The transformation of how technological and data access work is performed in the Department is due in part to rapid changes in computer technology. The technology industry has evolved from word processors to microprocessors, from collecting data to warehousing data, and from information management to knowledge management. In order to leverage these advances, HHS’s business model must be supported by its technical model. Both must become fully synchronized to realize the strategic goals and objectives of HHS.
Over the past several years, each HHS division has developed its own means and methods of dealing with computer technology, resulting in a network of separate systems that have limited capacity to interact with each other in a seamless fashion. HHS has now implemented an Enterprise Architecture program that addresses planning from an enterprise perspective to ensure that the allocation of resources is aligned with the effort to realize the HHS strategic goals and objectives. Within this enterprise planning activity, information resources and technology are not only aligned in support of the HHS strategies, but also focus on the facilitation of interoperability, data sharing, and overall efficiency and effectiveness across the Department and with HHS’s external partners.
This appendix offers a broad overview of the initiatives that the Department is currently undertaking, and some of the innovations and trends that are planned.
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