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Federal Source Code Policy Requires Agencies To Share Code
News  |  8/9/2016  | 
The objective behind the White House's Federal Source Code policy is to ensure all agencies make custom-developed source code available for re-use across government. The aim is to make the government work more like developers in the private sector and to encourage sharing and collaboration.
Microsoft Targets Legal Marijuana Industry With Azure Offering
News  |  6/18/2016  | 
Microsoft will partner with cannabis tech startup KIND Financial to develop software for tracking the legal growth and sale of marijuana.
Robots: Not The Job Stealers We Feared
News  |  5/23/2016  | 
Automation and digitalization are unlikely to wipe out as many jobs as once feared, but significant changes will arise, finds a new report.
MarkLogic 9 Enhances Security, Adds Optic API
News  |  5/13/2016  | 
Pitching itself as the NoSQL database for the enterprise, MarkLogic unveiled version 9 of its platform at its user conference. It adds a host of new security features, plus new data management capabilities to help organizations wrangle structured and unstructured data.
Microsoft Azure Expands Into Canada, South Korea
News  |  5/12/2016  | 
Microsoft is investing $15 billion to establish the Azure Cloud as a worldwide presence. Canada and South Korea are part of its expansion roadmap.
Intermountain Healthcare Balances IoT Adoption And Security Vigilance
News  |  5/6/2016  | 
Intermountain, a Salt Lake City healthcare provider, innovates with Internet-connected patient devices, but clamps down on security exposures when it sees them.
Horizon Prioritizes Data And Patient Experience
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey implemented a fee-for-value healthcare delivery model that uses new technologies to gather data and improve member experience. More than 80 business processes were created or modified, transforming systems for enrollment, claims processing, billing, customer service, provider portals, sales, and benefit monitoring. These efforts earned the company the No. 3 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
CrescentCare CIO: How Analytics Improves Patient Outcomes
News  |  3/23/2016  | 
CrescentCare Health in New Orleans has expanded beyond its original charter as the NO/AIDS Task Force to serve the broader community. CIO Seema Gai is leading the charge to incorporate data analytics to improve patient outcomes.
CHIME, HeroX Patient ID Challenge Gains Momentum
News  |  3/14/2016  | 
CHIME launched a prize to fix a stubborn data problem in the healthcare industry. More than 300 companies and individuals have registered to receive more information about the contest, with judging set to begin in May. Hard-Earned Lessons For CIOs
News  |  3/2/2016  | 
It's been just over two years since the controversial and troubled launch of, a marquee project for a new age of digital government, implementing a politically controversial policy of affordable healthcare insurance for everyone. As of today more than 6 million people have been enrolled through this system. InformationWeek caught up with's technology lead to talk about lessons learned.
Computer Science For All: Obama Unveils Initiative For US Students
News  |  2/2/2016  | 
Computer science is no longer an optional skill, says President Barack Obama. The new Computer Science for All initiative represents an extension of ongoing efforts by the White House to improve the availability of, and access to, K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
DOJ Sues VW Over Emissions-Cheating Scandal
News  |  1/5/2016  | 
Volkswagen and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche used "defeat devices" to make polluting vehicles appear to meet clean air regulations, the US Department of Justice claims.
Healthcare IT: Hot Trends For 2016, Part 2
News  |  12/31/2015  | 
In the second of this two-part series on healthcare IT, we look at the influx of healthcare data and what it will mean for practitioners and IT professionals. In part one, we explored the ways in which advances in patient-focused data collection, wearables, and the Internet of Things will change how doctors and patients communicate.
Healthcare IT: Hot Trends For 2016, Part 1
News  |  12/30/2015  | 
In the first of this two-part series on healthcare IT, we look at the ways in which advances in patient-focused data collection, wearables, and the Internet of Things will change how doctors and patients communicate. In the second part, we look at the influx of healthcare data, and what it will mean for practitioners and IT professionals.
TechHire Grants Aim To Make More IT Workers
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
The Department of Labor is offering $100 million to organizations that can teach needed tech skills.
FCC: No Ban On Open Source Firmware
News  |  11/16/2015  | 
The FCC has issued revised rules to clarify its effort to modernize how it regulates radio-frequency devices.
Microsoft Promises Secure Data Center Services In Germany
News  |  11/11/2015  | 
Through a partnership with a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft will bring secure data centers online in two German cities, while circumventing US laws on data collection.
DMCA Ruling: OK To Mod Code In Cars, Jailbreak Smartphones
News  |  10/28/2015  | 
Reviewing and modifying automotive software will be lawful in 12 months, thanks to a copyright law exemption.
Fairview Health Services CIO: Give Patients Their Data
Commentary  |  10/9/2015  | 
Frustrated with a fragmented system that doesn't give caregivers or patients access to full patient data, the CIO of Fairview Health Services has the beginnings of a plan.
ICANN CEO: Why The Internet's Future Is At Risk
News  |  10/5/2015  | 
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadť spoke with InformationWeek about how the Internet can continue without US government oversight.
ICD-10: The Big Healthcare IT Change You Didn't Expect
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Updated medical classifications for billing purposes could cause problems for insurers, and may end up jacking up healthcare costs.
Blue Cross CIO: Big Data Can Fix Healthcare Quality, Costs
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
The Axis big data initiative at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association incorporates more than $350 billion in annual claims, 36 million provider records, and more than 700,000 BCBS patient reviews, all with the goal of helping healthcare consumers make informed decisions. BCBSA CIO Doug Porter takes us through the project.
Volkswagen CEO Resigns Over Emissions-Cheating Software
News  |  9/23/2015  | 
Winterkorn says the company needs new leadership to win back trust.
Volkswagen: 11 Million Cars Used Deceptive Emissions Software
News  |  9/22/2015  | 
The German carmaker has acknowledged that its suspect emissions testing software is a global issue.
Volkswagen Software Cheated Emissions Test: EPA
News  |  9/19/2015  | 
The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board claim VW deliberately programmed almost 500,000 diesel cars to emit fewer pollutants under test conditions than during actual use.
ICANN Proposal: Internet With Less US Oversight
News  |  8/5/2015  | 
An Internet governance committee is seeking comment on a proposal for managing aspects of the Domain Name System with reduced US government oversight.
DoJ Argues Against Google's Java Appeal
News  |  5/27/2015  | 
The Solicitor General advises the Supreme Court to reject Google's petition to have its copyright infringement loss to Oracle reviewed.
Epic On EHR Interoperability: Not A '1-Time Project'
News  |  4/10/2015  | 
Epic has ridden the wave of electronic health record adoption to huge success. Now it needs to help drive a wave of EHR data-sharing.
FCC Net Neutrality Salvo: Reclassify Broadband Providers
News  |  2/4/2015  | 
Wheeler's proposed rules would classify broadband providers as common carriers, meaning they would be subject to the same open access rules that currently regulate telecommunications companies.
White House Revises Rules For Intelligence Gathering
News  |  2/3/2015  | 
Intelligence agencies like the NSA face data-retention limits and privacy training.
CommonWell: Healthcare Interoperability Or Bust
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
Peter Bernhardt of CommonWell Health Alliance, a group of clinical and health IT organizations, talks about its goal of better data exchange and application integration.
UPMC: New Leaders, Same Big Health Tech Ambitions
News  |  1/6/2015  | 
Long a pioneer in adopting electronic medical records, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is on the verge of making them work together in new ways.
Geekend: Pardon Me, Is That A Nose On Your Arm?
Commentary  |  1/3/2015  | 
Do we really need to grow replacement noses on arms and foreheads and other bizarre places? With 3D printing we could just order replacement body parts from Amazon.
Health IT In 2015: What's In The Cards?
Slideshows  |  12/31/2014  | 
Healthcare CIOs need to build on existing groundwork to improve compliance and efficiency in what should be a demanding year.
10 Threats Worse Than Artificial Intelligence
News  |  12/30/2014  | 
Killer robots and malicious computers may keep technical geniuses up at night, but we need more artificial intelligence to keep natural stupidity in check.
Don't Mug Me For My Password!
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
In today's information-based world, crooks are targeting mobile devices -- and the data on them. The healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable.
When Holidays & Healthcare Open Enrollment Collide
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Lack of transparency in health plans is enough to give most people heartburn.
ICD-10 Delay Again? Don't Do It
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Congress is once again toying with the notion of pushing back the new diagnostic coding requirement.
Nuance Opens PowerShare Images Network To Developers
News  |  12/2/2014  | 
Nuance aims to improve radiologists' workflow not only through PowerShare image-sharing network but industry regulations embedded in clinical decision software.
Direct: 5 Years Of Simplifying Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
David McCallie, father of the Direct protocol, discusses the state of interoperability in healthcare with Georgia Tech informaticist Mark Braunstein.
FDA Scrutinizes Networked Medical Device Security
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Federal agencies are trying to address threats to the privacy and security of people using connected medical devices.
DirectTrust Delivers Interoperable Messaging To Healthcare
News  |  11/24/2014  | 
The nonprofit counts EHR developers, health networks, and care providers among its growing roster of members.
Healthcare Interoperability: Who's The Tortoise?
News  |  11/21/2014  | 
Are EHR vendors or government committees leading the race to interoperability?
OCR Audits: Donít Fall Victim To Past Mistakes
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The Office of Civil Rights is not out to get you. But it does expect you to make good-faith efforts at protecting patient data.
7 Important Tech Regulatory Issues In 2015
Slideshows  |  11/19/2014  | 
From net neutrality to patent reform and drones, these regulations will be in the spotlight. See what's at stake.
9 Healthcare Innovations Driven By Open Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2014  | 
Startups are using big, open data to power apps and tools designed to keep people healthier -- and we're not just talking about Watson.
How To Improve Hospital Emergency Department Communications
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
For better patient outcomes, start by improving communications among staff members, departments, and patients.
ACA Open Enrollment: Showtime For Health Insurance Sites
News  |  11/14/2014  | 
During the next three months, consumers can sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New technologies at health insurance websites aim to smooth the way.
InformationWeek 2014 Healthcare IT Priorities Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  11/14/2014  | 
Health IT pros are focused on government mandates and programs, which leaves little time to optimize the new technology they've added over the last few years.
EHR & Artificial Intelligence Can Reduce Medical Errors
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
Electronic health records save lives by collecting patient data in one place. Artificial intelligence takes it a step further by calling on the expertise of multiple doctors.
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