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Content tagged with Leadership posted in April 2010
NASA Space Telescope Achieves Milestone
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Webb deep space telescope has gained manufacturing approval, putting it a step closer toward its mission to study the Big Bang's origins.
Federal Health Architecture Director Steps Down
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Vish Sankaran used his post to urge federal agencies to collaborate with one another and to adopt interoperable health IT.
Tech Experts Sought For STEM Events
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The White House and The National Science Foundation are urging technologists to participate in events to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
NIST: Federal R&D Boosts Industry
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
In an annual report, The National Institute of Standards and Technology details innovations developed collaboratively by federal labs and organizations outside of government.
Chronically Ill Need Telehealth But Face Hurdles
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Several recent studies highlight the importance--and challenges-- of utilizing IT to help manage chronic illnesses.
6 In 10 Americans Use Government Web Sites
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The popularity of accessing government information online supports the mission of the Open Government Directive, research shows.
Open Government Plans Need Improvement
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Only three federal agencies received excellent marks on compliance with White House open government requirements.
Federal CIOs Urge Changes To Entice IT Workers
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The government faces big challenges in hiring and retaining young IT pros to meet staffing and evolving technology goals.
Federal Agencies To Share Incentive Ideas
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
A White House-sponsored event is aimed at showing federal officials how to use awards to inspire technology innovations.
Top Secret U.S. Space Plane Launched
News  |  4/23/2010  | 
The Air Force will say only that the shuttle-style X-37B is "a flexible space test platform."
FAA Air Traffic Control Plan At Risk
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Poor leadership and funding make it unlikely modernization of the air traffic control system will meet its 2025 deadline, officials told Congress.
Government Technologist: Can Cloud Computing Save San Jose?
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
The city runs seven-year-old software on aging PCs, and its CIO says the setup feels too risky. He's evaluating cloud services as a better, but not necessarily cheaper, alternative.
First HD Images Of The Sun Captured
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
A NASA space-borne observatory is giving researchers new insights into solar events that impact life on Earth.
Bill Extends HITECH To Mental Health
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Eligibility for $20 billion in incentives would be expanded to include mental healthcare professionals and facilities, a group left out of original ARRA provisions.
VCs Lukewarm To Health IT
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
The HIT sector has pulled in 20% less in venture capital funding year-over-year.
VA Offers Lessons For Health IT Adoption
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
The private healthcare sector can benefit from the VA's successful, decades-long use of health IT, says a senior Veterans Affairs official.
NASA CIO Conducts A Web Experiment
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
In a blog post, the space agency's top IT executive shares her eye-opening experience in using the Web to engage with the public in one-on-one discussion.
NASA Cloud Guru Named CTO For IT
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
The brains behind the Nebula cloud computing effort moves to NASA HQ to drive IT innovation for the space agency.
White House Calls For CEO Advisory Board
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
The Office Of Management And Budget will oversee the private-sector board, which will give guidance on technology, productivity, and customer service.
Shuttle Returns Safely To Earth
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
Discovery touches down at Kennedy Space Center after 15 days in space.
Microsoft Unveils Crowdsourcing For Politicians
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
The TownHall platform aims to help public officials and candidates better engage with the public.
Top 10 Meaningful Use Challenges Faced By Docs
Commentary  |  4/19/2010  | 
Doctors and other eligible healthcare providers, such as dentists and nurse practitioners, who meet the federal government's upcoming meaningful use criteria for health IT could earn up to $44,000 or $63,000 each in incentives depending on the patients (Medicare or Medicaid) they treat. But meeting those criteria won't be easy. A new CSC report lists the top ten challenges healthcare providers face in cashing in on the incentives.
Weather Thwarts Shuttle Landing
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
NASA will undertake a second attempt to bring Discovery home to Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday.
Broadband Plan Author To Leave FCC
News  |  4/16/2010  | 
Veteran government technology advisor and leader Blair Levin has been an advocate for spreading Internet usage among technologically underserved Americans.
Obama Mars Plan Too Far Out?
News  |  4/16/2010  | 
Republicans say the President's vision for NASA means the end of U.S. space leadership, and even some Democrats are questioning the plan.
Guerra On Healthcare: Experienced CIOs, Share Your EMR Knowledge
Commentary  |  4/15/2010  | 
Tech execs who've successfully implemented electronic medical record systems should consider mentoring less-experienced peers.
Washington Debates Broadband Plan
News  |  4/15/2010  | 
Lawmakers and lobbyists are urging the FCC to decide whether broadband should be classified as a telecommunications service or an information service.
Botswana Hospital Takes A Digital Leap Forward
News  |  4/14/2010  | 
A digitized and networked African hospital provides care based on U.S. best practices for electronic medical records and clinical systems.
NASA, Chrysler Team On R&D
News  |  4/14/2010  | 
Information about robotics, energy storage, radar, and other technologies will be shared by the organizations.
Obama To Defend NASA Cuts
News  |  4/14/2010  | 
The President will address the nation Thursday to detail his plans for the space agency in the post-shuttle era.
Telehealth Lets Patients 'See' Specialists Sooner
Commentary  |  4/13/2010  | 
It a common frustration for patients: During an office visit with your primary care physician, the doc advices you to see a specialist. But then you're forced to wait weeks for the appointment to see the specialist. A new telehealth service available to patients in Hawaii could have patients elsewhere envious.
CCHIT Names Health IT Veteran To Chair
News  |  4/13/2010  | 
Dr. Karen Bell has been tapped to lead the Certification Commission for Health IT through a challenging but recharged health IT landscape.
Healthcare Consultants Get Creative To Survive
Commentary  |  4/13/2010  | 
Over a year ago, HITECH legislation gave rise to concepts like the "meaningful use" of electronic health records and established Regional Extension Centers to help small healthcare practices in underserved communities select and implement EHR systems. At that time, I found the latter to be an especially painful example of just how destructive government interference in the private sector could be.
GSA Seeks Role As 'Change Agent'
News  |  4/13/2010  | 
New GSA administrator Martha Johnson looks to transform the federal agency with better use of technology as well as cultural and process improvements.
Personal Health Records Use Rising
News  |  4/12/2010  | 
Despite privacy and other concerns, 7% of Americans have online PHRs -- twice as many as two years ago.
Image Gallery: Inside NASA's Nebula Compute Cloud
News  |  4/12/2010  | 
NASA engineers have developed a cloud computing environment in a portable container that's about to go into broader testing.
Astronauts Complete 7-Hour Spacewalk
News  |  4/12/2010  | 
Discovery crew continues maintenance and repair operations as shuttle program winds down.
Claims Of Government Cloud Savings Don't Add Up
Commentary  |  4/9/2010  | 
Federal CIO Kundra sees cloud computing as a cheaper alternative to existing IT, and a new report supports that, but detailed examples are still lacking, argues our columnist.
NASA Retools As Shuttle Faces Final Countdown
News  |  4/9/2010  | 
Focus will shift from space station missions to Earth science and research into manned flights beyond the moon.
Space Shuttle Completes 'U-Haul' Mission
News  |  4/8/2010  | 
Astronauts aboard Discovery ready to begin unpacking container that holds eight tons of cargo bound for International Space Station.
Agencies Release Open Government Plans
News  |  4/7/2010  | 
A Freedom of Information Act dashboard, mobile applications on air quality, online scheduling from Social Security, and a community health data initiative are among the initiatives announced.
California CTO Resigns
News  |  4/6/2010  | 
P.K. Agarwal will become CEO of influential industry nonprofit TiE Global in May.
Does My Doctor Want To Know I Took My Lipitor?
Commentary  |  4/6/2010  | 
Ask physicians what their main complaint is with their profession, and many will say it's the heavy burden of malpractice insurance. With legions of lawyers whose raison d'etre is to sue doctors, it's no wonder high-risk specialties, such as surgeons and ob-gyns, must spend tens of thousands of dollars a year just in case they wind up in the crosshairs.

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