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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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Healthcare Passed, Green Bill Next?

The U.S. News and World Report this morning hosted a national issues briefing titled “Going Green: America’s Cities and the Role of Government” at the National Press Club in downtown Washington D.C. The panel included Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) of the U.S. Senate, member of the Committee on Environment and Public …

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New Smartphone App Helps Health IT Providers with EHRs

The American Society of Health Informatics Managers, Inc. last week announced the release and immediate availability of a cell phone application that allows health IT consultants help physicians select an Electronic Health Record. “In today’s rapidly expanding sea of EHR products, most health IT experts develop a personal preference, but …

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D.C. Takes Second Place Spot on EPA Ranking

Washington D.C. climbed the ladder this year from the number four spot to the number two spot in the ranking of number of energy-efficient buildings in a metropolitan region. Los Angeles has held the top spot since 2008. Following Washington D.C. and Los Angeles on the list were San Francisco, …

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New Deputy Director for HHS

Craig Brammer will be the new deputy director for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He will be leaving his current position in Cincinnati as the project director of Aligning Forces for Quality. Aligning Forces for Quality is the “Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to …

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Planned Survey to Uncover Attitudes toward Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is planning on conducting a nationwide survey of public opinion about electronic health information exchange and the privacy and security of personal data that is shared. Little is known about people’s attitudes toward electronic health information exchange and the extent to …

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