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Content tagged with Leadership posted in December 2009
Soyuz Crew Arrives Safely At Space Station
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Astronauts and cosmonauts embark on construction and scientific research mission.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Construction Crew Heads To Space Station
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Astronauts from the Expedition 22 mission will help install one of the ISS's last remaining segments.
Q&A: David Wennergren, DoD Deputy CIO
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Department of Defense deputy CIO David Wennergren addresses information stovepipes, SOA, procurement, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
Government Technologist: Holding The Fed CIO's Feet To The Fire
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs to rein in the government's ever-growing IT operations. He could learn a few things about cost management from private sector CIOs.
'Beacon' Communities Need Track Record For Feds' IT Funds
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Communities will need a proven track record if they're looking to receive funding to become health IT "beacons" under a federal program to set up models of meaningful health information usage. Communities qualifying for inclusion in the program must demonstrate that they're already embracing e-health records an electronic health information sharing.
Race To The Finish Line For Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Unless you're in an industry like retail, the weeks leading up to the holidays are a time when a lot of people use up vacation days and catch up on end-of-year chores. But I suspect that for many folks in healthcare, the holidays this year will be more hectic than usual.
Work Visas Back On Congressional Agenda
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 would make it easier for foreigners with advanced degrees from U.S. universities to get green cards.
Software Tools Help Manage Clinical Trials
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Web-based, analytic software tools help pharmaceutical firms keep patient recruitment on track for clinical trials.
Instruments That Help Clinicians Deliver Better Care
Commentary  |  12/15/2009  | 
In the medical world, every day brings new research findings that can potentially alter the prescribed "best practices" for treating patients with any given medical condition to facilitate the best outcomes. But keeping up with volumes of new medical studies is one of the biggest challenges for clinicians wanting to provide the best care possible for patients. That's where clinical decision support tools hold great promise.
NASA Launches Comet-Hunting Space Camera
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
WISE is designed to capture everything from near-Earth objects to distant black holes.
NASA Comet Hunter Set For Monday Launch
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Weekend liftoff of WISE space telescope scrubbed due to faulty steering engine.
Chopra, Kundra Urge Efficiency Role For Government IT
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
The Federal CIO and CTO tell Congress that transparency, efficiency efforts are beginning to pay dividends, but federal IT still needs to be more involved in business decisions.
Obama Allocating $600M To Health Centers
Commentary  |  12/10/2009  | 
President Barack Obama allocated almost $600 million to build community health centers and implement electronic medical records, part of the $787 billion stimulus bill. The White House framed the funding as means of adding jobs to the economy, and overhaul the nation's health system.
Open Government Directive Tackles Data Quality
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
The Obama administration will require federal agencies to take steps to improve the quality of their financial data. Heads For Overhaul
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
The government is looking to make significant improvements to its open data repository, adding features for developers and consumers and prodding agencies to participate.
White House Issues Open Government Directive
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
The Obama administration outlines steps that federal agencies must take to become more open, participatory, and collaborative, including release of "high value" data.
Demand For Health IT Talent Rising
News  |  12/7/2009  | 
Robert Half Technology and Manpower among staffing firms reporting that projected demand by clients for health IT skills will rise early next year.
Hospital Goes Mobile For Holiday Fundraising
Commentary  |  12/7/2009  | 
Non-profit organizations count on the giving, holiday spirit for end-of-year fundraising campaigns, but with the tight economy, generosity is being rationed by many people. Children's Hospital Boston is hoping a new text messaging campaign underway will drive smaller donations that will add up all year.
Government Technologist: States As Cloud Service Providers
News  |  12/4/2009  | 
As state CIOs devise cloud computing strategies, they must assess whether their teams can provide services with the same skill and efficiency as commercial providers.
IBM Helps Launch Green Data Center
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
Public-private partnership tapped to build showcase for energy efficient computing.
Feds Offer $235 Million For Health IT Leadership
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
A new grant program will help leading communities advance and track their use of health IT to improve quality of care and become role models to other communities.
Texas Hospital District Fires 16 For HIPAA Violations
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
The Harris County Hospital District of Houston, Texas, fired 16 employees, accusing them of violating patient privacy laws by inappropriately accessing the records of a medical resident who'd been admitted to the hospital after she was shot in a grocery store parking lot.
Can You Support Remote Workers In Case Of Flu Outbreak?
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
With the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention this week reporting widespread H1N1 flu outbreaks in 32 states, many companies are dealing with or anticipating the need for staff to work remotely in the months ahead. This can present a challenge for IT organizations that haven't in the past dealt with large numbers of remote workers.
IT Is 'Pillar' Of White House Healthcare Strategy
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Healthcare IT adoption is one of four pillars on which the Obama administration is basing its healthcare strategy, and is key to containing costs, administration healthcare officials said. Healthcare IT should be combined with a budget-neutral healthcare reform bill, establishing a Medicare Commission to improve quality, and an excise tax on expensive private healthcare plans, all of which are included in the Senate healthcare reform bill.
Cosmic Debris Threatens Space Station
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
NASA says it's too late for orbiting station to perform avoidance maneuver.

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