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Modernization at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and How Splunk is Helping

Last year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) had identified the department’s top challenges as combating opioid and drug abuse, protecting health and safety of children, preventing fraud and enhancing Medicare program integrity. Clearly, all this while continuing to deliver the services they offer today and meet mission goals of ensuring the well-being of the citizenry of the United States.

 

This sentiment and the complexity behind these challenges were behind the key talking points by various agency officials at the 10th Annual Health IT Day sponsored by the AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter on January 16th.

Delivering on these priorities means ensuring high availability of services while managing and minimizing security risks. The problem is only exasperated as more medical devices get connected to the networks. Given that legacy systems lack the flexibility, agencies have an imperative to modernize and address pressing needs—understanding and reducing costs, improving operational efficiency, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

From discussions at the event, it was clear that HHS leaders are taking charge. Acutely aware of how modernization is key to success, the discussions centered around agile development, secure use of cloud computing, data sharing and collaboration, shared services and data-driven insights. The officials—where relevant—showcased progress across these initiatives; and most importantly, there was visible recognition that leveraging data and insights from them were fundamental to success.

At Splunk, our mission is to help organizations like HHS and its sub-agencies make their data accessible, usable and valuable in solving these problems. We have been providing solutions to similar challenges across government, including sub-agencies in HHS. Splunk has already been successfully employed within these sub-agencies to reduce cybersecurity risk, keep critical healthcare networks available, detect and reduce fraud and comply with various healthcare regulations and mandates. The Splunk platform has also been used to monitor clinical networks, clinical data flows and medical devices.

Together we believe we can meet today’s challenges in HHS. Be it the opioid crisis, enhancing program integrity, preventing fraud or any others—our express mission is to help the federal health agencies meet their mission objectives in making healthcare safer and available to the citizens of the United States.

Until next time,
Ashok

Ashok Sankar
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Ashok Sankar

Ashok Sankar is the Director of Solutions Strategy focused on public sector and education markets at Splunk. In this role, he is responsible for evangelism of the company’s solutions portfolio, leading thought leadership and strategic initiatives, customer engagements and content marketing strategies for the company’s portfolio of data analytics solutions. He brings expertise across analytics, security, mobile, cloud and virtualization technologies and their applications in public sector and commercial industries. He holds a Master’s in Electrical Engg from Virginia Tech and a certificate in cybersecurity strategy from Georgetown University

 

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