News & Commentary
Content tagged with Leadership posted in August 2009
Will Kennedy's Death End Or Renew Push For Reform?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
VA CIO Eyes 'Big' Changes, Challenges
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report finds "systemic" problems in IT project management at the agency.
NASA Eyes Shuttle Heat Shield
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Discovery and ISS crew members trade places in space following safety check.
Minimally Invasive, Incremental Approach To EMRs
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
With the stimulus incentive deadline for adoption of e-healthcare records quickly approaching, rising healthcare costs, and the increasing need to access patient data at multiple locations, there's no doubt that most healthcare IT professionals and physicians are planning to quickly and cost effectively embrace EHR technology in their organizations.
Simple Internet Tools For Improving Healthcare
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
When we think about using IT for improving healthcare, we think about big, expensive projects like electronic medical records and physician order entry systems. But, in fact, e-healthcare doesn't have to be a massive undertaking. I had fascinating conversation with Dr. Danny Sands of Cisco Systems, who talked about some of the ways that doctors and other healthcare providers can stay in touch with patients.
It's TGIF For 'Colbert Shuttle'
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
NASA now hopes to launch Discovery and COLBERT exercise device on Friday.
No Joke: 'Colbert' Shuttle Grounded
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
Faulty valve means Discovery and the COLBERT exercise device are grounded for second straight day.
Shuttle's 'Colbert Flight' Scrubbed
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
Thunderstorms force NASA to keep Discovery and the COLBERT treadmill on launch pad for at least one more day.
An Effective, If Odd, E-Health Tool
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
I admit to having a twisted sense of humor, so I got a lot of laughs out of the CDC's page of e-cards for all occasions--so long as the occasions are celebrated by hypochondriacs.
Shuttle Set For Dramatic Night Launch
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
NASA's Discovery is ready to light up the sky in Southeast Florida early Tuesday.
Phoenix Children's Bridges IT-Clinical Gap
Commentary  |  8/20/2009  | 
Here in the Southwest, population growth outpaces that of other regions and is most pronounced among children. By 2030 the number of children in metropolitan Phoenix alone is projected to reach 1.5 million. This explosive growth has placed increasing demands on pediatric care.
VA Reports Detail Misconduct By IT Officials
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Abuse of authority, nepotism, and other HR violations are among the findings of two reports issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general.
Shuttle To Carry 'Stephen Colbert' Into Space
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Discovery's next mission payload includes exercise device named after comedian.
Broadband Initiative To Link Colorado Hospitals
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Clinicians in 400 rural healthcare facilities will be able to tap expertise at larger medical centers.
Following Big 2008 Slump, E-Health Systems Will Boom
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
Fewer new clinical information systems were sold in 2008 than during the previous seven years, according to a new report. But that trend will change in a big way soon.
CSC Wins ATC Contracts
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Outsourcer will provide FAA-approved training systems at four universities.
Former Gartner Exec To Lead GSA's Online Outreach
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
A veteran of government IT, Dave McClure will manage USA.gov, the primary portal through which the General Services Administration shares information with the public.
Healthcare Reform Must Include Connected Health
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
There's great excitement and much debate over President Obama's ambitious healthcare reform agenda. Unfortunately, its three major thrusts--adoption of health information technology (HIT), universal access, and payment reform--focus only on improved access. Policy makers are realizing that these initiatives will only lead to cost increases and magnify healthcare labor shortages.
Workgroup Co-Chair Says HIT Certification Process Is 'Going Well'
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Last week, the HIT Policy Committee, which is advising the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the details of the $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, made several recommendations related to the certification of e-health products. Marc Probst, a co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee's certification and adoption workgroup, provides some insight.
Life On Earth May Be Extraterrestrial
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
NASA discovery of amino acid on comet suggests ingredients for organic proteins came from outer space.
HIT Certification Committee Still In Play
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Critics have complained that the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is too closely aligned with large EMR vendors.
White House Closes 'Disinformation' Tip Box
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The controversy over flag@whitehouse.gov began soon after it was launched on August 4.
CCHIT Is Ready For The Uncertainty Ahead
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
My experience as a rookie volunteer on the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology's new Clinical Research Workgroup has been surprisingly positive. I applied for this position because I wanted to get more involved in the national IT scene at an exciting time for clinical informatics. So far, I haven't been disappointed.
Should E-Health Records Be A Job Perk?
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
Vanguard Health is the latest company that's signed up with the Dossia Consortium to offer its employees electronic health records as a work benefit. But when will it become mainstream for any and all patients to access their health records electronically, rather than it being a rare job perk for some?
Vanguard Health Joins Dossia Consortium
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
The company, which operates 15 hospitals in four states, will offer its 19,000 employees electronic personal health records.
Has Government Set EHR Goals Too High?
Commentary  |  8/14/2009  | 
Despite the pending $36.3 billion that the U.S. government plans to spend over the next several years to drive physician adoption of electronic health record software, the market is at a standstill.
Privacy Regulations Bedevil Medical Social Media Efforts
Commentary  |  8/13/2009  | 
User-generated content is an essential component of social media. To truly participate in social media, healthcare organizations need to allow other people to leave comments on the organizations' content. But that's difficult to reconcile with HIPAA and other government privacy regulations, leaving healthcare providers juggling hand grenades in their online participation.
Will Social Security Project Set Off New Scares?
Commentary  |  8/12/2009  | 
The Social Security Administration is launching a project to electronically collect health data pertinent to people applying for disability benefits. From a political standpoint, isn't this bad timing considering Obama's contentious healthcare reform push? My gut tells me conspiracy-mongers will spin this Social Security plan as another alleged example of Big Brother attempting to ration health
Perseids Like Celestial Bug Splatter
News  |  8/12/2009  | 
NASA says meteors become most visible when they collide with and streak across Earth's atmosphere.
Parents Twittering During Childbirth
Commentary  |  8/11/2009  | 
Expectant Dads and even one Mom are Twittering during childbirth, sending out progress reports to family, friends, and the entire world. One of the Twittering soon-to-be-parents is Sara Morishige Williams, wife of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.
Making Dollars And Sense Of Growing Clinical Data
Commentary  |  8/10/2009  | 
The rollout of e-prescription, digital medical record and other clinical systems by healthcare providers is undoubtedly creating gigantic new mountains of data. The next big challenges for healthcare is in using that data to make better clinical decisions and save costs, and becoming more proactive in helping patients avoid imminent medical problems.
IBM Exec Takes Patent And Trademark Hot Seat
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
Former IBM lawyer David Kappos takes the reins at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is under pressure to reform amid a backlog of patent applications.
Healthcare Reform Battle Takes To Social Media
Commentary  |  8/7/2009  | 
President Obama is bringing out the tools that got him elected--YouTube and other social media--in an effort to win support for his proposed healthcare reforms. The White House is using grass-roots Internet activism in an effort to gain control over the healthcare debate, as public skepticism of the plan mounts.
CSC Acquires BearingPoint Brazil
News  |  8/7/2009  | 
Tech services provider also reports first quarter earnings gain and improved outlook.
NASA's Kepler Spots Atmosphere On Distant Planet
News  |  8/7/2009  | 
The Kepler space telescope provides the closest look yet at the HAT-P-7 exoplanet as it searches for Earth-like planets in other solar systems.
Intel Facebook App Taps Idle PCs For Research
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
The Progress Through Processors app lets users donate idle PC hours to help work on cures for diseases, climate prediction, and malaria control.
NIST Lab Director Tackles Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Cita Furlani explains the nuts-and-bolts work of defining key government IT standards and the job of working with federal agencies on adoption and implementation.
Seniors Using Online Tools For Healthcare
Commentary  |  8/6/2009  | 
Think that seniors are Internet-phobic? Think again. Kaiser Permanente reports great benefits from its Internet tools to help seniors manage their own healthcare. A recent survey by Kaiser Permanente showed a little bit about how and why the health provider succeeded.
Federal CTO Chopra Meets Silicon Valley
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
The federal government's chief technologist outlined priorities and talked of the need for procurement reform, new approaches to tech education, and open innovation.
Report Finds HUD's IT Systems Severely Lacking
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
Outdated, redundant IT systems and paper-based processes are among the problems identified by the Government Accountability Office.
White House: Redirect Some Spending To Tech
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
Federal agencies are to cut low-priority projects in favor of science and technology spending, memo to agencies says.
Promoting Healthcare Reform Through IT
Commentary  |  8/5/2009  | 
One could say that when it comes to IT and healthcare, President Obama is taking some of his own medicine. Obama isn't only pushing healthcare providers to adopt IT; Obama is skillfully using technology to promote his healthcare reform plans.
Can At-Home Patient Monitoring Boost Health, Cut Costs?
Commentary  |  8/4/2009  | 
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that widespread adoption of e-medical record systems will save the U.S. about $12 billion over 10 years. But other health related IT tools--especially web-enabled devices used to monitor chronically ill patients at home--could eventually boost those cost savings higher.
Obama's Healthcare Reform Vision And Where IT Fits In
Commentary  |  8/3/2009  | 
Although President Obama won't get his wish of signing a comprehensive healthcare reform bill before Congress begins its August break later this week, an important part of Obama's reform plan--digitizing patient records--is already in motion.


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