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ONC Grants Research Funds for Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has awarded $60 million in research grants through the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program to Harvard University, Mayo Clinic, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to promote research …

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New Energy Initiatives to Improve Security

The U.S. will begin to wean off of foreign oil. Yesterday, President Obama announced that there is going to be a series of energy initiatives put in place in order to improve national security. These initiatives include plans to use more off-shore drilling. When addressing an audience at Joint Base …

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No Access of Health IT Data for CIA, Federal Depts.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal said last week that Americans should not fear their health information ending up at the CIA, FBI or other federal agencies dealing in security and law enforcement, Modern Healthcare reports. Blumenthal denied allegations that a framework for selecting data transmissions standards for …

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New Version of ‘Connect’ HIE Software to Support Cloud Computing

The next version of Connect–the open-source software that allows federal health agencies and other organizations to exchange health records data through the Nationwide Health Information Network–will offer cloud computing-based options, according to Government Health IT. Scheduled for release in July and September, the next two Connect software versions will allow …

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Clean Air Act Update from EPA

Stationary sources will not be required to get Clean Air Act permits to cover greenhouse gases before January 2011. This was a decision issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday. The goal of this decision is to give enough time to bigger industrial facilities to put better, more …

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Lieberman Wants More Staff for E-Gov Office, OFPP

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) wants to increase the size of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of E-Government and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and he is asking the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government for $6 million to do so. …

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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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