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Patients Should Control EHR Information, Says Google Exec

Speaking at the American College of Healthcare Executives‘ annual conference on healthcare leadership, Google’s Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives Alfred Spector said patients should be able to add, change or delete information, and determine who can view their EHRs, according to ModernHealthcare. Patients should also be able to …

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PR Campaign to Educate Americans on Health IT

The Health and Human Services Department has awarded PR firm Ketchum Inc. a $26 million contract to create a publicity campaign to educate Americans about the privacy and security of their personal information in or managed by health IT systems, according to Government Health IT. Led by the Office of …

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GSA’s Martha Johnson on Green IT, Telework

After her keynote address at FOSE 2010, Martha Johnson, administrator of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters on green IT and telework, among other topics. When asked about what kind of internal programs or structures she has to ensure GSA buys green, Johnson said she believes there is no …

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FDA Warns Against Drinking Raw Milk

Campylobacteriosis is an illness related to drinking raw milk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently warning consumers about this illness due to an outbreak in Michigan. There have been at least 12 reported illnesses so far. This illness is linked to unpasteurized milk and leads to diarrhea, fever, …

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First Green IT Economic Summit to be Held in April

Featuring 50 of world’s top technology firms, high-profile speakers and panels geared toward a national audience of CXOs, private equity investors and executive entrepreneurs, the first annual Green IT Economic Summit will be held April 22, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va. Green IT Economic Summit 2010 …

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10 Health IT Security Breaches

Healthcare IT News has compiled a list of 10 breaches of unsecured protected health information that were reported to the Health and Human Services secretary per accordance with the HITECH Act. The secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals. Those …

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GSA Launches BetterBuy Pilot(s)

The General Services Administration has launched the first phase of the BetterBuy pilots. The pilots will be on data.gov, which launched today, March 25, 2010, and Clearpath, which will launch in the coming weeks. In phase one GSA is testing this wiki: https://betterbuy.fas.gsa.gov/index.php/Main_Page As well as a new Twitter account to …

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Transparency Initiatives Already Improving Government, Says Kundra

In testimony Tuesday before the U.S. subcommittee on federal financial management, government information, federal services and international security, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra spoke about how the Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative is already improving the performance of the U.S. government, according to InformationWeek. “Opening our government allows us …

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DOE to Enhance Nuclear Energy Education

Supporting university and college efforts to grow nuclear science and engineering research and education departments is a priority of the Department of Energy. Yesterday, March 24, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two Funding Opportunity Announcements. The Nuclear Energy University Programs will have funding of about $14.5 million that …

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