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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in August 2009

Simple Internet Tools For Improving Healthcare

When we think about using IT for improving healthcare, we think about big, expensive projects like electronic medical records and physician order entry systems. But, in fact, e-healthcare doesn't have to be a massive undertaking. I had fascinating conversation with Dr. Danny Sands of Cisco Systems, who talked about some of the ways that doctors and other healthcare providers can stay in touch with patients.

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U.S. Government Goes Startup

Blogger Anil Dash takes a look at this year's crop of tech startups, and concludes that the most interesting one around is a little outfit based out of Washington D.C. Maybe you've heard of it? It's the executive branch of the U.S. government. Government technologists embrace the hard-working, open, innovative culture of the best of Silicon Valley, says Dash.

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Privacy Regulations Bedevil Medical Social Media Efforts

User-generated content is an essential component of social media. To truly participate in social media, healthcare organizations need to allow other people to leave comments on the organizations' content. But that's difficult to reconcile with HIPAA and other government privacy regulations, leaving healthcare providers juggling hand grenades in their online participation.

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Government As A Platform, Not A Vending Machine

Tim O'Reilly has a knack for summing up trends in a catchphrase and a few hundred words of pithy prose. He's the guy who coined the phrase "Web 2.0," and got many of us thinking about the Web in a whole new way. Tim didn't coin the phrase "Government 2.0," but he's written a nice explanation of the implications and how the Internet fits. He sees Government 2.0 as a means of transforming the government from a vending machine to return to the Founders' vision of what it should be.

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Air Force Used Twitter To Monitor Outrage

After Air Force One scared the bejeepers out of New Yorkers by flying low over the city to stage a photo opp, the Air Force used Twitter and other social media to monitor the public backlash. The Air Force's work is an example of how government agencies can use Twitter and other social media as a barometer for public opinion.

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Parents Twittering During Childbirth

Expectant Dads and even one Mom are Twittering during childbirth, sending out progress reports to family, friends, and the entire world. One of the Twittering soon-to-be-parents is Sara Morishige Williams, wife of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.

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Seniors Using Online Tools For Healthcare

Think that seniors are Internet-phobic? Think again. Kaiser Permanente reports great benefits from its Internet tools to help seniors manage their own healthcare. A recent survey by Kaiser Permanente showed a little bit about how and why the health provider succeeded.

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Marines Ban Social Networking Sites

Citing security concerns, the U.S. Marine Corps banned Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites from its networks, effective immediately, for a year. And other branches of the military are considering doing the same.

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Twitter Gets Dragged Into U.K. Government Slap-Fight

Once again, we look to Great Britain for a lesson on the proper use of social media in government. In this case, two city council members in Swansea, Wales, are coming under fire for Twittering during council meetings, when they should have been paying attention to the people's business. The whole thing looks like a big name-calling slap-fight involving accusations of advocating forced sterilization, eugenics, and Nazi philosophy.

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