HHS to create data-sharing strategy for its 11 agencies

The HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer published a report on the state of data sharing across the department Sept. 17, as part of its ongoing effort to build an enterprisewide data strategy.

Mona Siddiqui, MD, chief data officer at HHS, is leading the agency's data-sharing initiative. The core objective is to implement a proof-of-concept project to integrate internal data from HHS' 11 agencies to improve workflow efficiency and support evidence-based policy decisions.

To inform the project, Dr. Siddiqui led a small team of HHS staff in interviewing leadership from the agency's 11 agencies, including the CDC, FDA and CMS, about the technical, legal and cultural challenges that currently prevent them from sharing data among one another.

In the report, the team concludes HHS lacks a transparent and standardized protocol for sharing data between its divisions.

"Creating a data-driven department requires implementing a cohesive data governance structure as well as a platform to encourages data sharing, acknowledge data as an asset, and design policy around evidence," HHS wrote in a news release.

To download HHS' report, click here. To learn more about the data initiative at HHS, click here.

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