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Content tagged with Leadership posted in November 2009
Senate Healthcare Reform Bill's IT Provisions Make Sense
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
As the Senate begins debating its healthcare reform bill, there's several health IT related provisions that aren't likely to stir a lot of emotion on the Senate floor, but deserve some attention.
Feds Providing $80 Million For Health IT Training
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The government funding helps set up 6-month health IT workforce training programs at community colleges nationwide.
Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
Full Nelson: Video: San Francisco Goes Open, Transparent
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
An interview with the city’s mayor and IT principals about DataSF.org and its groundbreaking applications
Feds Launch Health IT Blog
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Health and Human Services' Health IT Buzz blog covers security, regulatory, standards, and other issues.
Physicians Question Health IT Stimulus Requirements
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
A physicians practice industry group expresses concern about electronic health record incentive programs.
Can IT Help New Cancer Screening Guidelines?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
New recommendations from a federal task force last week about breast cancer screenings have infuriated many cancer survivors as well as medical professional organizations, including the American Cancer Society. The guidelines were based on data analysis of the risks and benefits of mammograms for women under age 50.
Web 2.0 Expo: Noveck Cites Open Gov Challenges
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
The deputy CTO for open government sees progress, but acknowledges push back and resource constraints on the path to transparency.
Blumenthal: Patient Care, Not Tech, Will Drive Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
National health IT coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal dropped a big hint about upcoming criteria for giving out e-health records grants. He advised healthcare IT managers to focus on "goals of care" rather than technology.
EMR Adoption Earns Hospital High Score
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Achieving its high level of electronic medical records adoption has taken small Maine hospital five years.
Healthcare Goes Mobile, Virtual WIth Dell Offering
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Dell Mobile Clinical Computing solution provides clinicians with single sign-on and roaming capabilities.
Healthcare Provider Saves With E-Invoicing
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Electronic invoices are saving Memorial Hermann Healthcare System millions of dollars.
Healthcare's New Revenue Generator: Business Apps
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
Banner Health uses $17 million supply chain savings to pay for new clinical information systems.
Healthcare IT Job Outlook Perks Up
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Business analysts and technology architects face rosy IT job prospects in the healthcare and green energy sectors.
Reporting Health IT Security Compliance Gets Easier
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled a new program that helps streamline how healthcare organizations report to their business associates their status of compliance to security regulations such as HIPAA and others.
Blumenthal: Tear Down E-Health Barriers
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
The U.S.'s top e-health official urged healthcare organizations to tear down the barriers to effective exchange of e-health records in a message to healthcare providers.
Obama, In China, Promotes An Open Internet
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
In a townhall meeting in Shanghai, the President acknowledges the challenges posed by unrestricted Internet access, but says the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
Military Readies IT Acquisition Reforms
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
Deputy Defense secretary William Lynn says procurement reforms should be ready by the spring.
Information Exchanges Let Doctors Share Patient Data Efficiently
News  |  11/10/2009  | 
Several new networks are being launched across the country, and while they vary in size, scope, and clientele, the goals and challenges are similar.
Healthcare IT Career Tips
News  |  11/9/2009  | 
IT pros without clinical experience shouldn't rule out possible transitions into emerging healthcare IT jobs.
Craigslist Founder To Advise Veteran Affairs
News  |  11/6/2009  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has invited Craig Newmark to join a panel to review suggestions for fixing its claims processing.
IBM Launches Healthcare Research Center
News  |  11/5/2009  | 
Dallas facility will focus on how field data from hospitals and clinics can be mined to produce better patient outcomes.
Obama's Open Government Directive Nears Release
News  |  11/5/2009  | 
The directive, which is behind schedule, will require federal agencies to develop and outline specific actions they will take to be more open to the public.
eReferral System Boosts Medical Center Bookings
News  |  11/4/2009  | 
A portal-based referral system from Carefx and a clinical information exchange from GE Healthcare increase appointments and reduce patient no-shows.
Government Technologist: Vivek Kundra's Data Center Problem
Commentary  |  11/4/2009  | 
The number of data centers belonging to the U.S. government has more than doubled in the past 10 years. Can Federal CIO Vivek Kundra put a stop to the trend?
Tech Pros Want Security, Healthcare, Green Certifications
Commentary  |  11/4/2009  | 
Techies are seeking professional certifications in emerging areas like healthcare and green IT, and especially old standbys like IT security, according to a new survey.
Are Healthcare IT Grants Worth The Hassle?
Commentary  |  11/4/2009  | 
While the U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) promises big bucks to healthcare providers that implement effective IT solutions, healthcare providers wonder whether IT adoption is worth the effort. Speaking at a two-day hearing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare providers said healthcare IT is a good idea in theory, but current proposals have many problems.
Homeland Security Seeks New Ideas
News  |  11/4/2009  | 
The federal agency plans to adopt the Transportation Security Administration's IdeaFactory crowd-sourcing application to encourage brainstorming by employees.
Desktop Virtualization Speeds Hospital Clinicians
News  |  11/3/2009  | 
By rolling out desktop virtualization from Sychron, Seton Family of Hospitals has reduced the time clinicians spend logging on and off systems each day.
E-Health Privacy Regulations Draw Congressional Fire
Commentary  |  11/2/2009  | 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule to beef up penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA), as several Congressmen criticize the agency for leaving dangerous loopholes in the law.


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