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FCC Hosts Forum for Broadband, Health IT Discussions

A panel of healthcare, technology, government and academic experts will meet for two days in Washington, D.C., to begin looking at ways government can ensure the safety and reliability of wireless broadband-enabled medical devices while increasing their availability to consumers and healthcare providers, the Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday. The …

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Maryland Taking Steps to Become Health IT Leader by 2012

Maryland could become a national leader for health IT by 2012, if Gov. Martin O’Malley gets his way. The Maryland governor Tuesday announced his goal to position the state as an authority for health IT innovation at a roundtable forum with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, medical system presidents, hospital chief …

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HHS Remains Vigilant on Health IT Security

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has rolled out an 18-month, multimillion dollar effort to strengthen security and cybersecurity efforts within health IT following the passing of the HITECH Act. According to statement released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services, ONC has requested the …

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Small Businesses Get $30 Million for Clean Technology

Under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, $30 million will be made available to develop clean-energy technologies for U.S. small businesses. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the funding will be used from the Recovery Act budget appropriations to support the building of a clean-energy …

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GSA Begins Green Efforts for Federal Contractors

The General Services Administration has requested federal contractors submit their greenhouse gas emissions to make the federal government and its supply chain greener. Following the executive order signed by President Barack Obama in October 2009, GSA submitted a document to White House Council on Environmental Quality that outlined recommendations on …

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FCC Chairman Genachowski: Rural Broadband Plan to Deliver Better Healthcare

In an effort to enhance telecommunications services to healthcare facilities in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission introduced yesterday a new healthcare connectivity program that would expand investment in broadband for medically underserved communities across the country. The program would improve medical care, reduce healthcare costs, create jobs and spur …

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HHS Releases Final Rules for ‘Meaningful Use’

The Department of Health and Human Services released yesterday its final rules on meaningful use, a set guidelines established under the The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act healthcare providers must follow to receive federal funding for their implementation of electronic health records systems. The rules were …

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