Department of Health - News, Features, and Slideshows


  • WA path lab system project management slammed by auditor

    Two years late and $23.7 million over budget, the roll-out of a pathology lab information system by the Western Australia government has been slammed by the state’s auditor general.

    Written by George Nott19 June 19 15:51
  • Govt to invest $485M in e-health reboot

    The federal government’s personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) scheme will be renamed ‘myHealth Record’ and doctors will trial an opt-out model, as part of a $485 million plan announced on Sunday.

    Written by Byron Connolly11 May 15 10:09
  • Department of Health awards $242M contract to Datacom

    The Federal Department of Health has awarded a $242 million contract for the supply of ICT infrastructure and support services to Datacom. IBM had held this contract for the past 16 years.

    Written by Byron Connolly01 April 15 12:12
  • Why Is Healthcare IT Under Fire?

    It's been a rough year for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT -- and it's unclear when things will get better.

    Written by Brian Eastwood11 Nov. 14 02:49
  • Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

    The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan20 Aug. 14 06:25
  • IT malpractice: Doc operates on server, costs hospitals $4.8M

    An inadvertent data leak that stemmed from a physician's attempt to reconfigure a server cost New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center $4.8 million to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan09 May 14 06:09
  • Possible Belarus connection prompts probe of

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a security probe of after a U.S. intelligence unit last week warned that portions of the Affordable Care Act website was built by software developers linked to the Belarus government.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan05 Feb. 14 11:30
  • Medical lab says FTC breach probe forced it to close

    An Atlanta-based medical laboratory that has been embroiled in a bitter feud with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over a data breach investigation shut down its operations this week.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan31 Jan. 14 11:43
  • Ailing Obamacare site to get a "tech surge"

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is boosting the IT trauma team giving urgent care to the Obamacare website, which has badly malfunctioned since its launch almost three weeks ago.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez20 Oct. 13 22:14
  • Lawmakers seek answers Obamacare Data Hub security

    Two Republican lawmakers Wednesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) provide information on security measures used to secure the Federal Data Services Hub that was built to support Obamacare healthcare exchanges.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan16 Oct. 13 20:22
  • Obamacare could help fuel a tech start-up boom

    The arrival of Obamacare on Tuesday may make it easier for some employees to quit their full-time jobs to launch tech start-ups, work as a freelance consultant or pursue some other solo career path.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau30 Sept. 13 20:54