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Content tagged with Leadership posted in September 2009
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
New York Health System Launches $400M EMR Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
Wireless Technologies Help With Alzheimer's Care
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
As the Alzheimer's spreads, healthcare companies are developing wireless technologies to help caregivers look after their charges. The technologies monitor people with Alzheimer's to make sure they're not in trouble, with a particular focus on making sure that patients don't wander off.
Diagnosing IT Problems In Healthcare
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ability to quickly trouble-shoot network and other IT infrastructure problems escalates as a top priority as healthcare providers replace paper patient records with electronic ones. It's bad enough when billing systems are down, but a hitch with a server running clinical systems could translate to delays in care if doctors can't access patients' medical records.
Getting A Grip On Health And Wellness Via The Web
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
Social Network GovLoop Sold To GovDelivery
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The popular government social network's founder expects that the acquisition will give GovLoop more backing and a chance to grow its impact.
Meg Whitman Announces Gubernatorial Run
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
The former eBay CEO, a California Republican, vows to create private sector jobs and cut state payrolls.
FCC Head Net Neutrality Remarks Spark Reaction
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
The Federal Communications Commission Chair's suggestion that consumer protections applying to wired networks be extended to wireless networks elicits swift pushback.
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Linda Cureton leaves her position as NASA Goddard's CIO to fill the space agency's top IT job.
Lab To Market Cloud-Based E-Health Record System
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Practice Fusion's electronic health record system will be available free to BioReference Lab's 15,000 affiliated physicians.
GSA Devises Search Plan For Federal Web Sites
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Dave McClure, the recently appointed GSA official responsible for and other sites, wants to make federal data more accessible across government Web sites.
Obama Promotes National Innovation Strategy
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
The president unveils a three-pronged plan to spur technology and business innovation in the United States.
Dell's Acquisition Of Perot Helps Healthcare Push
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
Dell's $3.9 billion acquisition of Perot Systems will help fortify Dell's pursuit of new customers in the healthcare industry, a sector that's been getting a lot of attention from Dell--and its competitors--in recent months.
iPhone, Twitter Fight Swine Flu
Commentary  |  9/17/2009  | 
The NBC Nightly News did a report about how the iPhone, Twitter, and Google are being used in the fight against swine flu and other diseases. The technology includes an iPhone app from Children's Hospital in Boston, and tools to use Google Searches and Twitter messages to map outbreaks.
Health IT Is Part Of Senate Committee's New Healthcare Reform Bill
Commentary  |  9/16/2009  | 
The Senate Finance Committee today released a mark-up version of its new healthcare reform bill. The America's Healthy Future Act has several technology provisions, including a proposal for bonus payments related to health IT programs.
Vendor Offers 'No Excuses' Guarantee For Docs To Get Fed's Rewards
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
The federal government's definition for "meaningful use" of health IT won't be finalized for several months. But that's not stopping EMR software and business services provider Athenahealth from guaranteeing clients that they'll be getting their health IT stimulus checks from the feds.
Children's Hospital Boston Expands Patient Record Portal
News  |  9/14/2009  | 
Hospital will combine its own patient data with that from physicians' offices to provide comprehensive, patient-controlled e-medical records.
Hospitals Are Helping Docs Defray EMR Costs, Challenges
Commentary  |  9/14/2009  | 
Are hospital-sponsored e-medical records the best way to get lots of doctors using these systems in their offices quickly and affordably?
IW500: Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees More Cloud Computing
News  |  9/14/2009  | 
In his keynote at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra points to new transparency and performance management initiatives.
Getting Your Hands On ARRA Cash
Commentary  |  9/11/2009  | 
The coordinators for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have a lot of money to give out--$44 billion to be precise--and healthcare IT managers can improve their odds of getting it by making their applications broad and simple, according to the chairman of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.
Gov 2.0: Roadblocks Remain For Transparency
News  |  9/10/2009  | 
Speaking at the Gov 2.0 Summit, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said infrastructure upgrades will likely be required.
Gov 2.0: Obama Team Details 'Open Government' Progress
News  |  9/10/2009  | 
At the Gov 2.0 Summit, federal deputy CTO Beth Noveck detailed what is being done to make government data more widely available.
Health Insurer Deploys Social Media
News  |  9/9/2009  | 
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin is using Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to interact with its members.
Healthcare Market Hot For IT Staffing
News  |  9/9/2009  | 
The details of the federal government's HITECH stimulus legislation are not final, but healthcare organizations are getting their IT teams in order now.
Gov 2.0: Open Government Directive Nearly Ready
News  |  9/9/2009  | 
At the Gov 2.0 Summit, federal CTO Aneesh Chopra said the order, due soon, will outline steps agencies can take to be 'hardwired' for transparency, collaboration, and participatory government.
PlainView Systems Launches Medical Marijuana Marketplace
Commentary  |  9/9/2009  | 
It's a long way from Cheech & Chong. PlainView Systems launched its Compassionate Care Marketplace, a secure system to allow suppliers of medical marijuana to buy weed, with full accounting of the transaction for state and municipal compliance.
Survey Reveals Healthcare CIOs Are Seeking Tech Talent
Commentary  |  9/9/2009  | 
The healthcare industry plans to increase IT hiring about 5% in the fourth quarter, according to a new report. The figure might not appear to be blockbuster, but it's above the national average. Overall, CIOs across many industries plan to add zero tech people to their staffs in the near term.
CCHIT Rolls Out Preliminary E-Health Certification
News  |  9/8/2009  | 
New certification from the Certification Commission for Health IT comes as the industry waits for government's final "meaningful use" definition.
Social Security Administration Names New CIO
News  |  9/8/2009  | 
The agency's new IT leader, Frank Baitman, inherits a variety of tech initiatives, including a claims processing system upgrade, healthcare IT, and building a new data center.
Federal Agencies Plan To Hire Thousands Of IT Pros
News  |  9/3/2009  | 
A new survey shows that hiring by major federal agencies will rise a modest 1.7% each of the next few years, though that doesn't reflect job demand in intelligence agencies and smaller agencies.
Space Junk Hurtles Toward ISS
News  |  9/3/2009  | 
Orbiting debris poses impact risk to astronauts aboard space station.
Software Helps Surgeons Track Costs, Care
News  |  9/2/2009  | 
Applications from Surgical Information Systems are helping a Milwaukee medical center improve operating room processes and billing.
Will The Rush To Health IT Create Talent Shortages?
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is funding numerous new technical assistance centers to help doctors and hospitals deploy e-medical records systems. That should fill some support needs. But won't many doctors require more hand-holding and won't most hospitals need tech people working closely with clinicians on-site? Where will all this talent come from?
Federal Agencies Urged To Hasten Network Transitions
News  |  9/2/2009  | 
U.S. government's top IT procurement official prods agencies to move faster to network products and services covered under the Networx contracts.
Astronauts Complete Overnight Spacewalk
News  |  9/2/2009  | 
Discovery crewmembers Olivas and Stott handle tricky tank replacement.
Program Aims To Erase Doubts About Health Data Security
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
A new certification program could make it easier for healthcare organizations to decide whether their IT security products meet their compliance needs.
GSA Wants Bigger Role In Fed IT Spending
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Federal agencies spend $22 billion annually on IT purchases made through the General Services Administration via government-wide contract vehicles.
HHS Funding Health Information Project
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1.2 million grant to help states adopt, plan, and deploy health information exchanges.
Shuttle Drops 'Stephen Colbert' At ISS
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Discovery astronauts will undertake mission's first spacewalk following cargo delivery.

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