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Content tagged with Leadership posted in March 2010
NASA iPhone App Adds Facebook Link
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
New version of the application also connects to Twitter and NASA's massive image archive.
Obama Nominates Defense IT Chief
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Teri Takai has been CIO of Michigan and California, winning numerous plaudits along the way.
NHIN Direct Focus Is Health Data Exchange Specs
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Direct aims to develop interoperability specs, but not to replace statewide and regional health information exchanges.
CIO's Front-Row Seat In Healthcare History Making
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
John Glaser, CIO at Partners HealthCare System--which operates several Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's, is finishing up his nearly year-long stint as an advisor to President Obama's health IT czar.
Fed IT Urged To Emulate Private Sector
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Government IT pros should follow the lead of private industry to improve project management, customer service, and accountability, report says.
Transparency Caucus Supports Open Government
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
The bi-partisan caucus, formed in the House, will promote Americans' access to government information.
Guerra On Healthcare: Breaking Into Health IT Isn't Easy
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
You need to learn the language and gain people's trust to become an insider in this industry.
GSA Chief Seeks Change, IT Innovation
News  |  3/25/2010  | 
The government's main internal supplier is poised for growth, says the General Services Administration's new head, Martha Johnson.
Kundra Outlines Open Government Progress
News  |  3/24/2010  | 
The federal CIO said the government is already seeing performance improvements from the Obama administration's transparency plan.
Dell Unveils Medical Archiving Storage Products
News  |  3/24/2010  | 
Dell Medical Archiving Solution aims to help healthcare providers manage exploding data storage requirements.
Federal CIOs Seek Direction On Open Government
News  |  3/23/2010  | 
Agency officials say they are taking steps to make government more transparent, but worry that their efforts lack structure and could come at a price for security.
FCC Mulls Spectrum For Medical Gear
News  |  3/23/2010  | 
The designation of low-frequency wireless spectrum for Medical Body Area Networks, or MBAN, could drive adoption of low-cost telehealth applications for home use.
Healthcare Reform Already Underway
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
The House of Representatives passage Sunday night of the historic healthcare reform bill means 32 million Americans who don't have healthcare coverage will soon be able to get it. And while the Affordable Health Care for America Act is clearly the biggest change to the nation's healthcare system in 40 years, the wheels of healthcare reform really started spinning last year with the passage of the HITECH bill.
Hospital Supply System Improving Bill Accuracy
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
By simplifying medical supply record-keeping, a patient-charge capture system is helping a hospital system capture hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
FCC Broadband Plan Faces Challenges
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
The National Broadband Plan has met with widespread support, but also many disagreements on how to achieve the goal of bringing high-speed connections to all Americans.
Virginia Shakes Up IT Leadership Structure
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
A new law gives the state's CIO and secretary of technologies new powers and junks a bureaucratic oversight board.
FCC: Broadband Key To Healthcare IT Initiatives
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
Expanding the nation's broadband infrastructure will improve electronic medical record delivery and lower healthcare IT costs, report says.
Open Government Public Deadline Nears
News  |  3/16/2010  | 
A broad brainstorming initiative, in which the public is invited to submit ideas to the federal government, nears its end.
FBI Goes Undercover On Social Networks
News  |  3/16/2010  | 
Investigators may be using fake identities to track criminals online, if a confidential FBI presentation is any indication.
OpenGov Tracker Logging Thousands Of Ideas
News  |  3/16/2010  | 
People have only two more days to submit and vote for ideas about ways government agencies can work better for them and for the country as a whole.
Congress Targeting Defense IT Acquisition Reform
News  |  3/15/2010  | 
A House report recommends changes to military IT procurement policies ahead of possible broader reform legislation.
Demand For Healthcare IT Talent Growing
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Over the last six months, there's been an across-the-board uptick in all IT jobs posted on, and the demand for health IT positions is growing even faster than most, says a company executive.
Data, Analysis Drive Maryland Government
News  |  3/12/2010  | 
Without a central ERP system or sophisticated BI tools, Maryland officials have nevertheless seen positive changes as a result of the StateStat program.
Kaiser Permanente Finishes EMR Rollout
News  |  3/10/2010  | 
The health insurer will continue to tweak its electronic medical records system to comply with the federal government's upcoming meaningful use criteria.
Down To Business: Electronic Healthcare Won't Be Denied
Commentary  |  3/9/2010  | 
Obstacles abound, no doubt. But three huge constituents will demand it: government, large providers -- and the customers who will benefit.
White House Plans Innovation Prize Platform
News  |  3/9/2010  | 
The government plans to release a Web-based platform for federal agencies to use prizes and challenges to crowdsource innovative approaches to government problems.
NY BlueCross To Cover Telehealth Services
News  |  3/9/2010  | 
Telehealth services enabled via American Well's Online Care system are coming to BlueCross Blue Shield in upstate New York.
Guerra On Healthcare: Vendors Vie For Platform Space
Commentary  |  3/8/2010  | 
Vendors duke it out at HIMSS conference in bid to provide the healthcare platform that everyone wants.
Space Shuttle Debate Goes Ballistic
News  |  3/8/2010  | 
Obama to defend plan to kill the shuttle as GOP Senator introduces bill that would save the program.
Feds Still Seeking 'Meaningful' Feedback
Commentary  |  3/8/2010  | 
Want to weigh in the federal government's proposed meaningful use criteria before it's written in stone? Act soon. There's only about a week left to submit your comments to the feds.
Wireless Analyst Weighs In On Life After Stroke
Commentary  |  3/4/2010  | 
My post on Intel executive vice president Sean Maloney's stroke prompted an e-mail from wireless and telecom industry analyst Jeff Kagan, who's himself a stroke survivor. I wanted to bring you the exchange, because I expect it'll open your eyes, the way it opened mine, to the unpredictability of the illness and the recovery period.
Q&A: Homeland Security CIO Outlines Key Challenges
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
Eight months into the job, CIO Richard Spires discusses plans for creating a 'center of excellence' for program management, department-wide services, and other steps.
Microsoft HealthVault Extends Access To Hospital Data
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
HealthVault Community Connect gives patients and their doctors Web access to patients' hospitalization data upon discharge.
E-Medical Records: 10 Steps To Take Now
News  |  3/2/2010  | 
Don't wait for the government to finalize meaningful use requirements. Here's how to jump-start your health IT efforts.
NYC Orders Data Center Consolidation
News  |  3/2/2010  | 
New York City IT chief Carole Post will oversee the consolidation of 50 data centers into one shared system, a move aimed at saving $100 million over five years.
HIMSS: Meaningful Use Goes Over The Top
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
Remember the regulatory rash that broke out several years ago, when every software vendor had just the balm for your HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and other compliance problems? At this week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Atlanta, the new compliance is "meaningful use" of electronic medical records, with vendors appealing to healthcare providers and other customers anxious to get their hands on the $793 gazillion (or thereabouts) in promised governmen
E-Health Record Certification Program Adds Specialties
News  |  3/1/2010  | 
Certification Commission for Health IT now tests and certifies oncology and women's health EHR products.
Tips For Getting Money To Fund Health IT Projects
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
The government's HITECH stimulus programs promise to reward healthcare providers billions of dollars for the meaningful use of health IT. But those financial incentives don't begin kicking in till 2011. In the meantime, there are ways to get outside funding to help with your initial technology investment.
Meaningful Use Programs Spiking HIT Spending
News  |  3/1/2010  | 
About three-quarters of health IT executives plan to boost IT spending over the next two years, report shows.

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