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Adm. Mullen Releases Social-Media Strategy

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen has released his social-media strategy, which details goals of increasing interaction with Twitter and Facebook followers and identifying new social-media platforms to use. Mullen started using Twitter in April 2009 and has since opened accounts at Facebook, YouTube, iTunes and …

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HHS Allocates $220M for Health IT to 15 Communities

The Health and Human Services is allocating $220 million to 15 communities to pilot test the adoption of emerging health IT. The awards are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds totaling a $2 billion effort to promote the implementation of electronic health records by 2014. Vice President …

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Blumenthal Urges Physicians to Adopt EHRs Sooner Rather Than Later

While some physicians throughout the United States have decided to become meaningful users of electronic health records by 2011 when Medicare and Medicaid begin extra payments to meaningful users, many others remain undecided, said Dr. David Blumenthal, national health IT coordinator. Last week, Blumenthal wrote on the Health IT Buzz …

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Blumenthal Focuses on Health IT Reform

National Health IT Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal last week asked his advisers to come up with a solution on how to streamline federal and state systems for enrolling people applying for health insurance benefits under the law. Government HealthIT reports that Blumenthal asked members of the Standards Committee to start …

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EPA Launches New Web Tools for Clean Water

Now you can stay informed about clean water and check water violations in your own community. The Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new set of web tools to better inform citizens about Clean Water Act violations. These tools will include interactive maps and datasets listed state-by-state. According to Cynthia …

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Chopra and Kundra Assess Open Gov Plans

Federal CTO and CIO Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra believe that the Open Government Initiatives for each agency “are off to a good start–but have much more work to do.” In a blog post on the White House website, Chopra and Kundra outlined three major findings from reviews of the …

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Smartphones Can Boost Health IT, Says Report

A new report finds that two-thirds of physicians were using a smartphone in 2009, compared to 42 percent of the general population, data that has led the California HealthCare Foundation to say the rapid growth of smartphone use could positively impact health IT. The report “How Smartphones are Changing Health …

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Open Government: “Making it Real” Panel

The Open Government Directive has been “wildly successful,” according to GSA’s David McClure said.While the open government plans have opened floodgates across agencies to allow Americans to participate in democracy and give feedback, “we are talking steps down a longer road,” he continued. It is the process of restoring trust …

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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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