News & Commentary
Content tagged with Leadership posted in September 2010
NASA Budget Paves Way For Mars Mission
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Last minute House deal provides money for research that one day could allow humans to land on the Red Planet.
Kaiser Permanente Donates Terminology Technology
News  |  9/29/2010  | 
Integrating the Convergent Medical Terminology into clinical information systems could help make the meaningful use of e-health records easier and faster for U.S. healthcare providers.
Text Messages Boost Patient Outcomes
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Automated text reminders about medicine and skin care improved dermatology patient outcomes in study by Partners Healthcare.
SSA Faulted For Lax Records On IT Purchases
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Auditors can't determine whether Social Security overpaid or underpaid for thousands of Hewlett-Packard computers.
Commerce Department Awards $206 Million For Broadband
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
The agency's final round of Recovery Act broadband funds have been earmarked for "middle mile" projects, which connect broad regional areas.
HHS Awards Final Health IT Regional Extension Centers
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
National network funded by the Department of Health and Human Services will help smaller or rural hospitals, medical practices, and public health clinics with electronic health record adoption.
New iPhone App For Breast Cancer Patients
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
New free application helps breast cancer patients decipher their pathology reports and gives clinicians a tool to explain the disease and treatments.
Guerra On Healthcare: Stand Firm As 'Meaningful Use' Changes
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Ignore the advice to "think outside the box" and stick to your plan, even as federal agencies continue to alter the criteria they'll use to award health IT incentives.
Giving Patients Meaningful Health Data
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Healthcare providers aren't the only ones trying to achieve meaningful use of health IT. Patients are also increasingly looking to use electronic tools meaningfully for managing and tracking their own healthcare.
E-Prescribing Use Continues To Grow
News  |  9/21/2010  | 
About 190 million prescriptions were sent electronically in 2009 and that's expected to increase to 300 million in 2010, according to Surescripts.
Guerra On Healthcare: For Health IT Success, Look Inside
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Don't leave your career to luck -- leverage your strengths to get into the position that will increase your own chances to thrive.
White House Scraps, Overhauls IT Projects
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
Changes to Department of Justice and Interior plans show Office of Management and Budget isn't going to be shy about canceling or reforming IT projects.
Gates, Barrett Back 'Change The Equation' Education Nonprofit
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
The organization will provide funding to underprivileged schools and communities for science, technology, engineering and math education.
OMB Director Nominee Hints At Tech Priorities
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
In mostly cordial nomination hearings, Jack Lew says that as director of the Office of Management and Budget, he'll focus on, among other things, procurement and performance management.
Medicare Awards $6.9 Million For EHR Planning
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
Massachusetts, Ohio, Hawaii, and North Dakota will receive matching funds to implement electronic health records.
White House Financial System Review Saves Millions
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Three federal agencies will save an estimated $327 million by scrapping or cutting back planned financial system modernization efforts, White House says.
FBI Takes Control Of Troubled Sentinel Project
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Exclusive: The agency's CIO outlines a plan to complete the case management system with internal resources, while reducing reliance on primary contractor Lockheed Martin.
Helmsley Trust Funds Diabetes Information Exchange Project
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
The Jaeb Center will build an information exchange for type 1 diabetics patients, their clinicians and researchers funded by a $26 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Health IT Group Debates Meaningful Use Reporting
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Policy committee's quality workgroup urged to tread lightly in mandating stages 2 and 3 electronic health record requirements.
Guerra On Healthcare: CIOs Need To Gain Clinical Knowledge
Commentary  |  9/14/2010  | 
Many CIOs are finding HITECH constitutes an overwhelming test of their clinical knowledge, but they should also recognize it as a golden opportunity to learn.
BI Made Easier For Healthcare
Commentary  |  9/14/2010  | 
Business intelligence tools give healthcare organizations the ability to analyze data to make better informed business and clinical decisions. Some of these products are even suited for healthcare providers that don't have the time or resources to build large data warehouses.
Healthcare CIOs Optimistic About Meeting Meaningful Use
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Survey finds that 90% believe they'll qualify for electronic health record incentive payments within the two years.
Ex-Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz Launches Health IT Firm
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
Picture of Health is recruiting staff for a firm that aims to "leverage technology in pursuit of better health."
Departing Navy CIO Urges IT Evolution
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
In a farewell blog post, Rob Carey urged the service's IT department to embrace organizational, technological and educational changes that started during his tenure.
Online Insurance Exchange Helps Retirees Make Right Choice
News  |  9/8/2010  | 
Extend Health's online insurance marketplace is helping to match retirees of large employers with the best healthcare coverage options based on their medical needs and budgets.
Guerra On Healthcare: Implementing EMRs Despite Reluctant Leadership
Commentary  |  9/8/2010  | 
Hospitals must become meaningful users of electronic medical records, but not every hospital CEO is willing to step up and lead the charge. Here's how healthcare CIOs can get leadership on board and get the job done.
Gov 2.0 Summit: NSA Chief Outlines Cybersecurity Plans
News  |  9/8/2010  | 
Teamwork, global leadership and respect for privacy are necessary as feds work to secure critical infrastructure, the National Security Agency's Gen. Keith Alexander said.
Asteroids Just Missed Earth Wednesday
News  |  9/8/2010  | 
NASA says the space rocks, detected only Sunday, came within a moon's distance of striking the planet's surface.
Gov 2.0 Summit: Feds Launch Online Prize Platform
News  |  9/7/2010  | 
New website Challenge.gov will act as a locus for government-sponsored innovation challenges that award winners with prizes ranging from small change to millions.
InformationWeek 500: Government Innovators
Slideshows  |  9/7/2010  | 
With projects ranging from safer Web browsing to a 21st century air traffic control system, federal, state, and local agencies demonstrate that they, too, can apply IT in critical and novel ways.
Gov 2.0 Summit: Advocate Calls USASpending Data 'Useless'
News  |  9/7/2010  | 
Sunlight Foundation director Ellen Miller questioned the federal government's commitment to transparency initiatives, speaking at a presentation at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C.
HHS Awards $17 Million For Patient-Centered Research
News  |  9/7/2010  | 
Health IT will support studies that determine the most effective treatments and improve the nation's health, says Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS Awards Beacon Grants To Cincinnati, Detroit
News  |  9/2/2010  | 
Local collaboratives will use government funding to pilot health IT to improve care of children and adults with chronic illnesses.
Wound Care Goes ToThe Cloud
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
GWR Medical decided more than a year ago that instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade and maintain its own IT infrastructure supporting its wound care therapy business, it would instead pass the baton to Verizon. That's when GWR Medical made the move to the cloud.


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