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Texting to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

September 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Counterfeit drugs are big problem in developing countries and technology might have found a way to fight it. In an article on how wireless technologies are expanding in the health field, especially in the developing world, Fast Company posted an article today on how simple texting can combat fake drugs,...

Israel Targets Iran with Stuxnet Worm?

September 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Stuxnet computer worm - described as possibly the most dangerous malware because it can target and control specified industrial machinery - is thought to have been created in Israel to specifically target a nuclear power plant in Iran, reports the Guardian in London. [The worm] has been most active...

Rather Pay Than Install EHR

September 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot of work went into the development of meaningful use standards -- those requirements that an electronic health record system has to do to be considered a bona fide electronic health record system. But the federal government has some work to do to inform physicians that the standards exist...

What's the IT Cost of Legislation?

September 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This item was updated at 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 24 to provide another example of how Congress affects IT. When Congress passes legislation, it rarely thinks about how much work is involved in putting a new policy into place. And that includes information technology labor. One example I wrote about...

Stimulus Boosts EHR Sales

September 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Act seemed to have given sales of electronic health records systems a pop. KLAS Enterprises wrote in its annual report on EHR adoption in hospitals that while sales hit a seven-year...

Time to Get App Savvy

September 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The apps culture is here, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. In a survey released on Wednesday, the project reported 29 percent of adult cell phone owners have downloaded apps to their phone. Of the 82% of adults today who are cell phone users, 43% have software...

More on Cyberwar

September 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The debate about what constitutes a cyberwar still rages on. The latest installment comes from a conference put on by cybersecurity vendor ArcSight on Monday in National Harbor, Md., where Eneken Tikk, head of the legal and policy branch of the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia,...

Canada to U.S.: Step Up

September 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Canada's privacy commissioner took a swipe at her U.S. counterparts on Monday. Jennifer Stoddart, speaking to members of the Canadian Bar Association, discussed efforts to investigate Google's allegedly inadvertent collection of private data and Facebook's noncompliance with Canada's private-sector privacy law, The Vancouver Sun reported. "Why is Canada paying for...

Even When It's Good, It Isn't

September 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies may find it difficult to attract information technology workers now, but could the government lose even those that it has convinced to join the workforce when the economy improves? Maybe, according to the September GenTrends newsletter sent out on Monday. The Center for Generational Studies publishes the newsletter, and...

Tech-Savvy Winners

September 20, 2010 The Partnership for Public Service handed out its top honor to federal employees on Wednesday, awarding eight individuals with its Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Check out the the winners, and the descriptions for why they won. What jumps out at me is that many of the recipients...

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