Inspector General review highlights IT challenges for HHS

The Office of Inspector General has provided a laundry list of management and performance challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services. Many have IT implications, such as improving patient safety, preventing Medicare and Medicaid fraud and ensuring that IT systems and data are secure.

The overriding theme is that the department must strengthen its oversight capacity.

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Every year, OIG identifies for HHS the most significant new and emerging challenges the department faces. In reveiwing 2011, OIG identified these top challenges going forward.