Technology

HHS Awards $83.9M to Assist in Adoption of EHRs

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week announced $83.9 million in grants to help networks of health centers implement electronic health records and other healthcare-related IT systems. The grants are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration under the American Recovery and …

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ONC Establishes New Subcommittee

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has organized a new enrollment subcommittee that will respond to a section of the Affordable Care Act, asking the HIT Policy and HIT Standards Committees to come up with a set of standards that would help enrollment in federal and …

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DoD Holds Environmental Stewardship Awards

The annual Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards ceremony highlighted the federal government’s commitment to its environmental stewardship during an event held at the Pentagon. The nine recipients that received awards were honored for their creation of key sustainability projects. These projects included decreasing the use of pesticides and finding alternative measures; identifying …

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GSA Sends Sustainability Plan to White House

Yesterday, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson was the keynote speaker at a Potomac Officer’s Club luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, Va. Johnson spoke about the agency’s goal of Zero Environmental Footprint, which she called both a “big hairy audacious goal” (BHAG) and this generation’s “moon shot.” Johnson, who …

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NIH, NSF & OSTP Make Plans to Use STAR METRICS

Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, or STAR METRICS, is a multiagency initiative that will monitor the outcome of federal science investments. The National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation  and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are …

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GSA Drives Open Government

The General Services Administration is taking steps to further the administration’s goal of having an open and participatory government. Most recently, GSA called other agencies to boost innovation with plans to launch an online innovation challenge platform. This online platform is free and will hopefully promote more public participation. GSA’s …

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Health Data Exchange Development to Begin This Summer

By early July, the Office of the National Coordinator will announce the winners of 11 contracts for developing a health information exchange framework based on a model originated by federal homeland security agencies for sharing sensitive information online, Government Health IT reports. The National Information Exchange Model is a technical …

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International Green IT Awareness Week Kicks Off

Today marks the beginning of a week-long initiative that promotes sustainable information technology within businesses and organizations, a worldwide event that originates in Australia but spans across the globe. With activities, training and presentations, International Green IT Awareness Week aims to spotlight green IT and make way for organizations to …

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ONC Awards Second Round of Beacon Awards

Earlier this month, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced it had awarded $220 million to 15 Beacon Communities across the nation to demonstrate a future where hospitals, clinicians and patients use health IT in different ways to strengthen healthcare delivery within their communities and achieve measurable …

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DOI Fills CIO Spot

Sanjeev Bhagowalia has left the Department of Interior to serve as the deputy associate administrator for innovative technologies in the midst of the General Services Administration makeover. Now, his shoes need to be filled quickly and wisely because the catastrophe of the Gulf oil spill. The Department of the Interior …

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