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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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NIST Software May Help Improve Health IT Privacy

According to a recently released statement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, health IT may be incorporating privacy software the agency developed 10 years prior to control access to critical information systems. The patented software was created by former member of NIST’s Software and Systems Division John Barkley …

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