News & Commentary
Content tagged with Leadership posted in July 2011
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Clinical Informatics Poised To Become Medical Subspecialty
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Physician informaticists will finally be recognized as board certified if the American Board of Medical Specialties approves.
DARPA Seeks Wireless Power For Soldiers In Field
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
A method to transmit power over short distances would reduce the need for batteries and cut the load that soldiers carry.
Cancer Prevention App Contest Offers $80,000
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Federal health officials challenge developers to come up with an application that promotes early detection and helps the public reduce risky behavior.
In Case of Emergency, Check Twitter
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media tools can enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response, according to New England Journal of Medicine commentary.
GAO: Federal Data Center Consolidation Plans Lack Details
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Many federal agencies failed to provide a complete listing of data centers or list all of their software assets, which could affect anticipated savings.
Hospitals Boost IT Spending Plans
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
The prospect of Meaningful Use dollars has spurred healthcare providers to spend more in tough economic times, according to a HIMSS Analytics report.
Health IT Techs Get Another Certification Program
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
CompTIA offers industry-recognized credential that validates EHR installation and maintenance skills learned in federally funded community college courses.
VC Investments In Health IT Jump 27%
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
While overall investments in healthcare declined, venture capitalists are increasing their bets on health IT.
Feds Get Detailed Cloud Planning Advice
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
Private sector execs, academics suggest changes like updating laws and setting research priorities, share practical recommendations for CIOs.
Where The IT Jobs Are: Healthcare
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Demand and pay for health IT talent surges, according to online career site Dice.com.
US-CERT Director Leaves Abruptly
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Randy Vickers, head of the organization responsible for protecting the U.S. against cyber attacks, has resigned effective immediately.
Plead With HR For Fast IT Hiring
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Think tight government regulations or disgruntled docs are standing in the way of meeting your health IT goals? Nope, it could be Steve over in human resources.
Halamka To Leave Harvard Med School CIO Post
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
The hardest-working man in health IT will remain CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess and a Harvard faculty member.
Intelligence Agency To Cut Data Center Power Usage
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will use Miserware software to wring power-efficiency out of data centers.
Kundra Had Vision, Next Federal CIO Needs Speed
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
The long-term plan for federal IT reform has only just begun to be implemented, so Kundra's successor will have to hit the ground running.
When Health IT Meets Bugs Bunny
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
HHS seeks vendor to produce cartoons to educate the public about the benefits of EHRs and other types of IT in healthcare.
NASA Plans Future Missions As Shuttle Era Ends
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
What's next for space agency? Future projects include mapping the moon's gravity field and studying the Mars atmosphere.
CIGNA CIO: Technology Influences Customer Experience
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
Mark Boxer, who took on the CIO role at CIGNA in April 2011, talks about technology's role in supporting the health insurer's information-intensive global strategy.
IT Leadership Forum: Listen To Your Clinicians
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
The dialogue between IT execs and doctors isn't what it should be.
Feds To Close 178 Data Centers Next Year
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Will kill off more data centers this year than originally planned, ahead of master schedule to shutter more than 800 facilities by 2015.
Mayo Clinic Builds Next-Gen Health Information Exchange
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Open-source natural language processing software will provide additional context so that clinicians and researchers can better use patient data from a variety of sources.
Feds Toughen IT Program Manager Requirements
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Office of Personnel Management tries to ensure that future IT leader hires are highly qualified.
Healthcare CIOs Top Power Play: Friendship
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
By wielding power softly, it's easier to convert electronic medical record doubters into advocates.
FCC Criticized For Not Spending On Telemedicine
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association urges action on measures to achieve the National Broadband Plan's goals.
Essence Raises Money To Push Cloud Healthcare Tools
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Private investors provided $61 million to Essence Group Holdings Corp. to expand its Lumeris cloud-based technology products and services for accountable care organizations.
Federal Agencies Must Report More IT Spending Data
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
New OMB requirements broaden the set of data that agencies have to share on how they spend taxpayer dollars on IT.
Health Insurers Embrace Exchanges, Need Analytics
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
A majority of insurers plan to join health insurance exchanges, says a PwC survey, but they're going to need to invest in analytics to better manage risk.
Social Security CIO Resigns Following Shakeup
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Frank Baitman leaves after staff gutted; observers say agency's 9-year experiment with CIO office never resolved line-of-authority problems.
New MGMA Chief Brings Patient Safety, EHR Expertise
News  |  7/18/2011  | 
Medical Group Management Association recruits Wisconsin Medical Society's CEO and the founder of two data-exchange bodies as new leader.
Where Are The Doctors?
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
University of North Carolina researchers get a $750,000 grant to create a model they hope will track physician distribution and identify area where there is a shortage.
Outgoing Federal CIO: Focus On Execution
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
The new federal CIO must focus on execution, not just policy, if the government's IT infrastructure and operations are to improve, says Vivek Kundra.
Personalized Medicine Generates Big Data
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Coriell Institute for Medical Research deploys IBM storage hardware and data management software to advance its biomedical research.
Critical Access Rural Hospitals Lack Health IT
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
While many hospitals are ramping up their adoption of electronic medical records and other technologies, a study shows that critical access hospitals are lagging behind in health IT implementation.
HIT Leaders Tackle Tough Issue: 'Meaningful' Data Sharing
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Health IT experts at this week's InformationWeek Healthcare IT Forum tried to figure out the best data sharing strategies as Meaningful Use requirements evolve.
Meaningful Use Paves Way For Health IT Megatrends
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
The next stages of the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use regs are coming, as are painful transformative challenges for healthcare providers.
Healthcare Needs Help On Transparency
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
The industry will need to get over its skittishness about sharing electronic health records with patients. Because patients will demand full access to their digital records, plain and simple.
Federal Budget Battle Won't Threaten 'Meaningful Use' Dollars
News  |  7/14/2011  | 
HIMSS official says EHR incentive program is now officially an entitlement, and thus government is obligated to fund it.
Johns Hopkins Execs: How To Make Medicine Smarter
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
CIO and chief medical information officer share lessons learned on electronic health records, embedded intelligence, risk reduction, and personalized medicine.
Feds: Tell Us Which Government Websites To Close
News  |  7/13/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra has appointed a task force to eliminate underutilized or unnecessary dot-gov sites.
Guerra On Healthcare: Policy Trumping Health IT Experience
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
There's no substitution for working your way up through the ranks. Unfortunately, many of the federal policymakers have never been in the trenches--and it shows.
IT Spending: Interior Plans To Slash $500 Million
News  |  7/11/2011  | 
Cloud computing and data-center consolidation are central to the department’s plans for cutting technology spending over the next decade.
Consultants Deploy Healthcare Apps Better Than Vendors
News  |  7/11/2011  | 
Third-party firms almost always do a superior job implementing a vendor's applications as compared to the vendor itself, says a new KLAS study.
How To Redesign The EMR User Experience
News  |  7/11/2011  | 
Seattle Children's Hospital enlists product design firm to engineer prototype patient information viewer for better communication.
Most Physicians Don't Tap EHR's Full Potential
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
Many smaller practices still don't take advantage of features such as electronic prescribing, registries, electronic data for quality measurement, and clinical decision support tools.
Consumers Seek Healthcare Advice On Facebook, Docs Absent
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
Patients' need for emotional support is opportunity for clinicians. Unfortunately, many doctors are uncomfortable with social media, report says.
VA Adds iPhone, Android To Smartphone Mix
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs is a BlackBerry-only shop no more. Staff can soon use Androids and iPhones to access email and EHR system.
Geek Swap: DOD, Private Sector IT Workers Switch
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Mirroring a Homeland Security program, the defense department wants to share best practices and expertise on cloud, mobile, and more.
VA Awards $12 Billion For Tech Overhaul
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Harris Corp. are among those implementing the five-year program aimed at transforming a range of IT operations across the department.
Guerra On Healthcare: The Complexities Of System Change
Commentary  |  7/5/2011  | 
ONC doesn't fully appreciate how difficult it is to re-engineer the healthcare system, or how dangerous one piece of incorrect code can be to patients.
Global Tech Leaders Promote Open Internet
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Leaders from 34 countries, including notable technology pioneers, have released principles aimed at maintaining the Internet as a forum for open communication and expression.
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