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October 22, 2012

New tools to help patients better manage and access information in their electronic health records (EHRs) have been selected as challenge winners by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at HHS during the sixth annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference in San Francisco.

October 18, 2012

So we are making information more accessible on Smartphones and Social Media, how does this help me if I don't use those things? Several have asked us such questions.

October 18, 2012

In November HHS ASPR is hosting a day-long forum to discuss how we are using citizen-generated data, the benefits it offers and challenges to its application.

October 12, 2012

For the first time ever, the most recent round of HHSinnovates Awards featured a "People's Choice Award," in which all six finalists were showcased for public voting. The results were astronomical; nearly 18,000 votes were cast.

October 10, 2012

Million Hearts™ recently launched an educational program—Team Up. Pressure Down —to help pharmacists talk to consumers about blood pressure control. Animated videos and custom Facebook tabs provide a targeted method for reaching both audiences.

October 9, 2012

Studies of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the Haiti cholera outbreak demonstrated that social media trends can indicate disease outbreak more quickly than traditional surveillance methods. Early identification of an outbreak allows health officials to respond quickly to protect communities.

October 4, 2012

One of the challenges with social media in the federal government is how to interact directly with followers. Often, we have limited capacity to reply to direct questions. Holding events such as a twitter townhall, however, allows a set timeframe for followers to directly interact with government representatives.

October 3, 2012

Each year, more than 300,000 new cases of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the United States. A disproportionate percentage of these cases affect minority and underserved women. To help fight this problem HHS has launched the “Reducing Cancer among Women of Color” App Challenge.

October 3, 2012

So we are liberating our data. So what? "Tell me why this is good," one person writes. "Tell me this is not bad," writes another.

September 27, 2012

Our commitment to consolidating Web content into topic-based websites has generated much interest. One commenter asks about alternate models.