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Content tagged with Leadership posted in October 2013
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
Federal Cybersecurity Champions Honored
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
National Institute of Standards and Technology senior scientist Ron Ross honored for creating risk management framework.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
After an FBI security rule prevented the LAPD from using Google Apps, the city was forced to backpedal from its move to the cloud. Now Los Angeles is trying again.
Datalink Lets Feds Test Drive Cloud
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
New service offers federal agencies a way to evaluate different cloud systems that align with their own configurations before they commit to a provider.
Private Sector Rides To Rescue Of HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Handful of Web insurance brokers will start enrolling people in HealthCare.gov plans within a month, but backend coding problems could continue to delay completion of policy purchases.
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
LPTA Contracts Stifle Government Innovation
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
"Lowest price technically acceptable" contracts drive down prices but sacrifice long-term value to meet short-term government savings goals, says study.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
Portfolio Management Tools: Lessons From King County, Washington
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
County IT portfolio manager shares what his team learned when they moved from spreadsheets to a real management tool.
Code For America Made Me A Better IT Leader
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
"Peace Corps for Geeks" offers crucial lessons in customer service, continuous improvement and workplace engagement.
IBM Creates Federal Cloud Innovation Center
News  |  10/22/2013  | 
Center focuses on encouraging government agencies to adopt open standards for cloud computing.
Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda speaks with former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan on Congress' role in fostering the U.S. technology market, immigration law and more.
Obama Addresses HealthCare.gov Glitches
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
President expresses frustration with the marketplace's problems in Monday press conference.
Surescripts Aims To Expand Hospital Network
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Surescripts partners with Meditech, Vitera in effort to enable Direct messages among more than 60% of U.S. hospitals.
Non-Profit Sets New Standards For Modular EHRs
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative redefines Meaningful Use definitions for EHR modules.
Why Doctors Hate EHR Software
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
Have meaningful use incentives merely propelled sales for a lot of lousy software?
Government Shutdown Damage May Linger
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Federal agencies and IT contractors are still assessing the fallout from the shutdown on their operations, but initial figures point to high costs.
NGA Cloud Demo Shows Power Of Virtual Organizations
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Disaster relief simulation demonstrates how governments and NGOs, with incompatible technologies, can join forces and collaborate quickly via the cloud.
Find Data Scientists At Local Universities
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Looking for new IT talent? Establishing a relationship with local colleges and universities can be a win-win. Here's how to do it.
Dignity Health, Optum Launch Revenue Management Firm
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Large West Coast healthcare system joins with healthcare IT firm to form Optum360, which aims to help hospitals prepare for new payment methods and optimize revenues.
Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Microsoft's new Student Advantage program means schools that license Office 365 for staff can now provide the software to students at no additional cost.
State CIOs Say Procurement Problems Hobble Innovation
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Cumbersome and risk-averse procurement processes hold back state and local CIOs' efforts to improve services, finds NASCIO survey.
Patient Engagement: How To Do It Right
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Some healthcare providers have figured out the best set of IT tools to get patients more involved in their own care.
Online Service Aims To Simplify Hospital Bills
News  |  10/14/2013  | 
As the hospital revenue mix shifts from insurers to patients, online services like Simplee can improve collections with bills that are easier to understand and pay.
Open Educational Resources: Smart Policy
Commentary  |  10/11/2013  | 
Educators around the world are already using OERs to improve learning. Why haven't they been adopted on a broader scale?
Boston Children's Hospital Innovation Chief Talks Hurdles
News  |  10/11/2013  | 
Boston Children's Hospital's chief innovation officer discusses innovating and overcoming the "O gap."
5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
Slideshows  |  10/10/2013  | 
From more powerful body armor to better tasting food, these technologies in development aim to improve the life and safety of military service members.
Remote Patient Monitoring Closer To Mainstream
News  |  10/10/2013  | 
Remote monitoring is mostly for the sickest patients today, but use could broaden as healthcare focuses on keeping people well.
Government CFOs: Bad Data Quality Hobbles Agencies
News  |  10/9/2013  | 
Government CFOs say their agencies' services are at risk due to rising requirements, diminishing resources and the lack of quality data, a new report says.
Social Site Aims To Connect Healthcare Community
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Next Wave Connect has potential to become the go-to professional social network for the healthcare industry, says Darren Dworkin, CIO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.
Athenahealth Tracks Flu Outbreaks During Government Shutdown
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Health IT vendor uses cloud-based EHR database to show outbreaks in absence of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Army CIO Cites Progress In Farewell To Staff
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, who retired last week, says efforts to modernize the Army's IT infrastructure leaves an "unbreakable foundation" for the next decade.
Budget Worries Grow For Government IT Leaders
News  |  10/4/2013  | 
Budget woes top cybersecurity worries in national poll of federal, state and local government IT managers.
3 Agile Government Myths, Busted
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
Agile development principles can help federal IT departments save time and money -- if they can get past the barriers.
4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
At first, shuttered government websites smacked of political statement to me. Four other factors apply -- but none of them explain the decision to shut off the Panda Cam.
What The GSA Could Adopt From Facebook
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
The General Services Administration could become a "GSA-as-a-service" platform that federal agencies could use to host and build their applications and systems.
Government Shutdown Hits Most Agencies
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
Congressional stalemate affects operations across the government, leaving many agency websites and services unavailable.
Energy Department Sidesteps Shutdown For Now
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
Energy Department employees are among feds who started working without pay on Tuesday. But if shutdown lingers, furloughs might be in store.
Microsoft Azure Earns FedRAMP Approval
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
Microsoft's Windows Azure platform passes key security hurdle, joins cloud vendor list for federal agencies.
Obamacare Health Exchanges: How Oregon Got It Done
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Oregon's experience building a health insurance exchange shows what's involved for IT operations.


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