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GSA Hosts 2010 Government Web & New Media Conference

The 7th Annual Web Manger University’s Government Web and New Media Conference was surely a sign of the times. When the GSA Administrator was unable to give the welcome address as the schedule had originally planned, she appeared on the big screen through Skype. Audience members started a “twitterfall” by …

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Traditional Health IT Vendors Losing Big with Digitalization

Many traditional healthcare IT vendors are struggling to retain their prominence on the market after more conventional radiological film is being replaced by picture archiving and communication system technology, according to Jamie Coffin, vice president of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. In an interview with InformationWeek, Coffin said transitioning from …

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Rural Areas a Focus for Health IT Adoption

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal wants healthcare providers in rural areas to be an early focus for health IT extension centers, and setting up “beacon communities” will help those providers with better access to broadband connections, Government Health IT reports. Speaking at a rural health IT conference …

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Symposium Teaches Best Practices in Green IT

Executives and other leaders in IT will soon get a chance to summon and share ideas about the best energy-efficient technologies at a national event that addresses green technologies and how to best apply them. Held May 5 in Des Moines, Iowa, the Heartland GreenUp Symposium & Expo promotes awareness …

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DOE to Invest in New Technologies

Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the department plans to invest more than $200 million in new solar and water power technologies. Over the next five years, the DOE will use these funds to facilitate a clean-energy economy and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. The new …

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VA Department Celebrates Medical Research

VA research advancements are frequently making news. Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould spoke yesterday, April 22, 2010, to kick off National Veteran Affairs Research Week. VA researchers have made numerous medical advances in the last 85 years and Gould spoke about some of these achievements, as well as more …

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Happy Birthday EPA, Happy Birthday Earth Day

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Both Earth Day and The Environmental Protection Agency are 40 years old today. Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in the spring of 1970, and a few months following this, the EPA was founded. This weekend the EPA will be celebrating with …

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Obama Nominates Dr. Berwick for Administrator of CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has not had a permanent director since 2006. Yesterday, April 19, 2010 President Obama nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services (CMS). Dr. Berwick is currently the …

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FDA Launches New Transparency Website

The FDA is hoping to become more transparent through the launch of their new website. By launching the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Transparency website (CDRH), FDA will be able to provide more data about medical devices and radiation-emitting information and data. CDRH is also an effort by the …

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