The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Chief Technology Officer released a report examining the state of data sharing within the agency. The report outlines five challenges HHS faces in sharing information, including the lack of consistent and standardized processes for one agency to request data from another, penalties from various laws, the fear of misrepresenting data, and a reluctance to critique other agencies for poor data-sharing practices. “Whether surveillance, survey, or claims data, HHS expends an enormous amount of financial resources to report on the state of the health of the population it serves,” the report states. “These data, however, are largely kept in silos with a lack of organizational awareness of what data are collected across the department and how to request access.”
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