GovCIO: HHS Targets Data Strategy Amid Federal Cyber, CX Priorities

Federal health IT leaders are focusing on data strategy and interoperability, improved customer experience and cybersecurity as their top priorities throughout the rest of 2022…

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CIO Karl Mathias — who joined the agency in March — said although these efforts are all important to him, one of his biggest one is to publish a department-wide data strategy within the next two and a half months.

“The top priority at HHS is developing a comprehensive department-wide data strategy, and we are in the middle of doing that,” Mathias said at a Federal News Network event Tuesday. “We’re looking at how can we improve the people and the culture associated with how you manage data, bringing in people who are experienced data scientists who understand this kind of thing.” …

Meanwhile the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is focusing on interoperability standards to improve health data exchange.

“Our top priority here is interoperability of networks based on robust health IT standards … that are then certified and required and that we see come to life in the marketplace — whether it’s through the advancement of API-based systems or just inclusion of all the new innovations,” said ONC Office of Technology Deputy Director Ryan Dempsey Argentieri. “Interoperability of networks based on robust health IT standards that I already talked about that are then certified and required and that we see come to life in the marketplace, whether it’s through advancement of API based systems or just inclusion of all the new innovations.”… Read the full article here.

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