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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 many years of predictions about the rise of telehealth, the vast changes in health care brought about by the pandemic are giving it momentum like never before in this current moment.
At Syracuse University, professors from two different academic departments are developing an AI-powered treatment method they hope will weaken heroin or oxycodone cravings caused by neurophysiological stress.
The affected health-care systems were hit by the cyber attack on Thanksgiving Day, and they were forced to divert ambulances in the aftermath, according to officials with Ardent Health Services.
Conemaugh Township Area High School will use a federal grant to buy classroom technology such as interactive projectors, laptops and display boards, and to implement a telemedicine system with two Telemed Carts.
The state of Pennsylvania has announced the addition of select resources to the electronic Power Library, providing constituents with tools to learn new languages, learn about their heritage and more.
The breach affected more than half of the data held by state’s Department of Health and Human Services, as well as data from other agencies. The incident affects 1.3 million people, in some cases exposing Social Security numbers.
Harris County officials are investigating the extent of a recent ransomware attack on the county's provider for mental health services. They noted that some employee files have become inaccessible because of encryption.
Although several uses of artificial intelligence in mental health are showing some success, experts say the jury is still out on the technology’s capabilities for more extensive use.
Dallas County Health and Human Services is continuing to enhance the public health platform that it centralized several years ago to monitor and improve the health of county residents and prepare for any future health crises.
CISA and partners announced a toolkit bringing together advice and other resources to help health care and public health organizations improve their cyber postures.