Public Health Information Technology: HHS Has Made Little Progress Toward Implementing Enhanced Situational Awareness Network Capabilities, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

"A public health event, such as a widespread disease outbreak or health problems resulting from a weatherrelated emergency, could have catastrophic consequences for the nation. These potential threats can be partially mitigated by having a national public health situational awareness capability--that is, a capability for public health officials to be able to access real-time information about emerging threats to enable them to make timely, responsive decisions to prepare for and respond to emergencies. PAHPRA [Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013] required HHS [Health and Human Services] to establish a near real-time electronic nationwide public health situational awareness capability through an interoperable network of systems. PAHPRA also included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to evaluate HHS's progress in developing such a capability. This report addresses what progress HHS has made toward establishing the network. GAO analyzed documents describing HHS's plan for enhancing public health situational awareness and evaluated evidence of actions taken by HHS to establish the network required by PAHPRA. GAO also examined the department's IT [Information Technology] planning and management processes and guidance, and interviewed HHS officials."

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