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MIT Invests In Next-Generation Medical Technologies
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
In conjunction with GE and Analog Devices., the school has opened the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center to improve IT usability and foster innovation.
HHS Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy Rule
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
50 Most Influential Government CIOs
Slideshows  |  5/31/2011  | 
Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
Guerra On Healthcare: Improve Your Feedback Loop
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
We need an accurate and fast data-feedback loop. IT data reports that take six months or more to come out don't make the grade.
Clinical e-Research Group Seeks Funding For IT Initiatives
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
PACeR, a group of medical research centers, drug companies, and health IT organizations, is hoping to advance evidence-based medicine with a variety of high-tech tools.
Open Government Sites Fall Prey To Budget Cuts
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The White House cancels plans to build new transparency sites and will be unable to update some established ones, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said.
Health IT Pros Are The New Cinderella
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Growing demand and a new appreciation for HIT professionals means these experts are no longer the "computer geeks" no one wants to hang out with.
DOD Blamed For Duplicative IT Systems
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The department is spending more than it needs to on health IT systems and could reduce overlap to save money, the U.S. comptroller said.
IT Is Not The Doctor's Real Enemy
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Information technology is not medicine's enemy but an ally that can ultimately improve patient care and reduce costs.
Physicians Slowly Embrace Patient Videoconferencing
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Seven percent of U.S. doctors now conduct video chats with patients, even if they still shun email interactions, according to a survey by Manhattan Research.
Health IT Boosts Bottom Line For Hospitals
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
The Fitch Ratings analysis suggests that better informatics and adherence to quality standards really do drive the bottom line.
Dare To Question The Status Quo
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
It's not the job of doctors to know what they want--it's up to IT's innovators to develop something unique, even if their peers find it outlandish.
Top DHS Cybersecurity Official Quits
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Phil Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the agency's National Protection and Programs Directorate, will leave his position June 3.
AHA Says ACO Costs Far Exceed CMS Estimates
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
The American Hospital Association says the feds used figures based on physician group practices that already have many ACO elements in place.
VA, DOD Lack Coordinated Health IT Plan
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Both departments have invested heavily in modernizing their own separate electronic health record systems.
Dossia Adds Medical Term Translator To E-Health Records
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
The consortium of large employers is looking to make it easier for employees to use its online health records. Evolves From Repository To Cloud Platform
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
The White House has added new features to the website to transform it into an open-API-based foundation for building new services and applications.
Tiny Satellites Ride On Shuttle Endeavour's Last Mission
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
Cornell University and Sandia National Laboratories developed the one-inch square devices to study space dust and collect data on solar winds.
NYC Digital Government Plan Embraces Social Networking
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr are partnering with the city to help it use social media to enhance public engagement, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Philadelphia To Roll Out EHR From eClinicalWorks
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The e-health records system will be used to help provide care at eight outpatient clinics run by the city's department of public health and several correctional facilities.
FBI Recasts Sentinel As Model Of Agility
Commentary  |  5/16/2011  | 
The agency's CIO and CTO share the methodology they're using to hasten completion of its overdue case management system, so that other agencies can learn from their approach.
CHIME Questions Patient Opt-Out For ACOs
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Letting patients restrict access to their records could hurt efforts to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs, the advocacy group says.
NIST Releases Federal Cloud Guidelines
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Technology standards organization aims to be a comprehensive resource to help agencies comply with government's "cloud-first" mandate.
GAO Slams IT Management At VA
News  |  5/12/2011  | 
Weak acquisition planning, testing, and oversight sunk a $127 million project to update an outpatient appointment-scheduling system.
Hospital CIOs To Increase IT Spending In 2011
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Health IT spending plans in U.S., U.K., and Canada are being pumped up by government programs, reports Ovum.
Atlanta Vies For 'Capital Of Health IT'
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Riding on the success of a growing vendor market and the recent HIMSS conference, the city's chamber of commerce is pitching the southern city as the "epicenter for health information technology."
Feds Seek $2.5 Billion In Cloud Services
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
The General Services Administration is asking vendors to bid to supply cloud email, cloud office automation services, and cloud-based records management services.
Guerra On Healthcare: Follow The HIE Leaders
Commentary  |  5/9/2011  | 
CHIME, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and several private organizations are all influencing the development of health information exchanges.
Homeland Security Criticized For Lax Acquisition Management
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
Inspector general finds agency is not providing adequate oversight or communicating effectively with internal organizations to help them manage $55.3 billion in purchases each year.
Navy Details Ambitious IT Plan
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
Improving cybersecurity and recruiting a more qualified workforce are among goals CIO Terry Halvorsen has set for the military service over the next two years.
Feds Draw Lessons From Private Sector IT
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said the government must innovate by borrowing best practices from the private sector during a panel discussion at the InformationWeek Government IT Leadership Forum.
Federal CIOs Embrace Social Media
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
Despite security risks, federal agencies increasingly are using Facebook, Twitter and the like to engage with the public, according to TechAmerica.
Federal Technology Innovation Slowed
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
The federal technology transfer program is still turning out thousands of inventions annually, such as a way to harness the ocean's power for energy.
EHRs Deemed 'Essential' To Pediatric Healthcare
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
Electronic health records and other IT systems support "medical home" concepts of information sharing, care coordination, and evidence-based medicine, said American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement.
E-Health Records Produce Some Environmental Benefits
News  |  5/3/2011  | 
Digitized patient record and medical imaging systems consume more electricity, but reduce paper use, patient travel, reliance on plastics used in traditional X-ray films and other waste, said a Kaiser Permanente report.
DOD To Close 52 Data Centers
News  |  5/3/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra reports that the federal government will close 137 data centers by the end of the year, and that 39 already have been closed.
Guerra On Healthcare: New Perspectives On Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  5/3/2011  | 
The chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee seems to be adopting a more realistic attitude about what's possible versus what's desired.
National Health IT Coordinator Mostashari Outlines Challenges
News  |  5/2/2011  | 
Upon assuming Dr. David Blumenthal’s role at the helm of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari discussed his vision for how IT adoption will transform healthcare, progress made so far, and the road ahead.

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