Technology

HHS to Survey Patients about Health IT Use

The Health and Human Services Department will conduct surveys to learn more about patient perceptions and preferences for the use of health IT when it comes to healthcare. While health IT experts agree HITECH stimulus funds are likely to enhance how healthcare providers practice medicine for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, …

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Former NIH Director May Be New Director of NCI

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Harold Varmus as director of the National Cancer Institute yesterday. Varmus is a former director of the National Institute of Health, bringing a wealth of expertise to the position. Varmus is a co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine …

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$1 Billion Awarded to NIH for Biomedial Research

One billion dollars of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were awarded to NIH on May 14. This funding will go toward building or improving biomedical research facilities across the country. “These Recovery Act dollars will provide state-of-the-art facilities for hundreds of researchers to conduct cutting-edge science with the latest …

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Navy’s Chris Kelsall: Cyber Must Compete for Resources

Christopher T. Kelsall supports the Department of the Navy CIO IT Workforce Team. We had the opportunity to learn about his role specifically, some implications of the new social media policy, and some of his current priorities and challenges. ExecutiveGov: Could you explain your role in supporting the Department of Navy …

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DOE and DOI Respond to Oil Spill

Secretary Steven Chu of the Department of Energy and Secretary Ken Salazar of the Department of Interior traveled to Houston, Texas, earlier this week to meet with scientists, industry officials and engineers. They were sent by President Barack Obama to seek solutions to the oil-spill disaster. Their mission? Containment of …

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EPA Addresses Greenhouse Gases

After considerable research and about 450,000 public comments, the Environmental Protection Agency has established thresholds for greenhouse gases. The EPA yesterday announced a final rule to address greenhouse gases emissions. The approach will consider large facilities such as power plants and other stationary sources, which are responsible for 70 percent …

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Virginia Tech Team Wins EPA Award for Clean Ecosystem Solution

A team of students from Virginia Tech has won federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a project that could potentially help scientists keep water ecosystems clean and healthy. EPA awarded a $9,927 P3 grant–People, Prosperity and the Planet–to the Virginia Tech team to further design its project …

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Maryland Receives Funds for Health IT Adoption

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that Maryland’s Medicaid program will receive approximately $1.37 million in federal matching funds for state planning activities necessary to adopt the electronic health record incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. According to CMS, EHRs will …

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