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Health and Human Services

Stories about technology to enable and improve the how state and local government delivers health and human services programs like housing, vaccines, telehealth, child and family services and mental health assistance.

After a ransomware attack recently caused major issues for medical providers as well as their patients, lawmakers are looking for policy moves that can protect against a repeat.
The North Dakota Hospital Association is working with a cybersecurity company and an insurance firm to offer affordable services to hospitals and health-care organizations statewide. It comes as cyber attacks on health-care groups are rising.
A cyber attack reported by Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin in January affected 533,809 people, the HMO told federal regulators this week, and stolen data may include Social Security numbers.
The California Health and Human Services Agency’s new IT and Data Strategic Plan underscores a resident-centric, integrated approach to services. It highlights the crucial role of IT professionals in advancing digital equity.
Change Healthcare has reportedly already paid off one set of cyber attackers, but now a second group is claiming that it has stolen data, too.
More than 23 million low-income households are enrolled in a federal discount program that is expected to run out of money in April or May, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
With the help of a grant, the public library in Glenmora, La., has deployed telehealth kiosks to its branches, offering equipment like blood pressure measuring cuffs and scales for residents to use.
Amid a growing body of research and lawsuits related to the subject, social media addiction was the focus of a presentation at the National School Boards Association conference this week, featuring a student with firsthand experience.
Officials at Quincy School District in Washington say phones have changed the dynamics of bullying by extending it beyond school hours, and most bullying incidents start on social media.
Responding to a spike in reported scams targeting local seniors, Solano County's Older and Disabled Adult Services and Adult Protective Services have launched the Solano Senior Fraud Prevention Center.