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Defense, VA struggle to share medical information

June 22, 2006 Efforts to standardize the sharing of health information across the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments lack a clear integration plan, a government watchdog said Thursday. Despite some progress made on two demonstration projects to exchange laboratory results and patient health information, Linda Koontz, director of information management issues at the...

Former federal technology official to take industry post

June 19, 2006 Phil Bond, a former technology undersecretary at the Commerce Department, confirmed on Monday that he will take the helm at a prominent tech industry association. The Information Technology Association of America named Bond as its president and CEO beginning in August. Bond told National Journal's Technology Daily that the job...

Data mining helps uncover fraud in disaster relief

June 16, 2006 A government watchdog relied on data mining to uncover an estimated $1 billion of improper or fraudulent payments for assistance in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year. The Government Accountability Office reported its findings on the fraud to the House Homeland Security Investigations Subcommittee on Wednesday. GAO...

Privacy language urged for bill to digitize federal employee health records

June 13, 2006 Employee groups on Tuesday urged a House panel to include in a health information technology bill language to protect the privacy of federal employees who would be covered under the bill. The bill, H.R. 4859, is currently under consideration in the House Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee. The measure would...

Commission strives to aid national e-records adoption

May 16, 2006 A commission on Tuesday made more than 30 recommendations in an effort to meet the national goal of widespread adoption of electronic health records by 2014. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt stressed that time is of the essence to find short-term health information technology applications to produce tangible...

Powell recalls State Department tech transformation

May 5, 2006 AUSTIN, Texas -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell captivated the crowd here Friday, the final day of the World Congress on Information Technology, by reminiscing about watching the information society emerge during his public service. Powell served as the national security adviser under former President Ronald Reagan and as...

Rice seeks better welcome for foreigners

April 12, 2006 The United States is trying to shed its image as a nation that does not welcome foreign travelers, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday at the Global Travel & Tourism Summit. New security measures taken since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, have caused delays in visa approvals and...

Public-private partnership unveils e-health prototype

April 6, 2006 As two House panels on Thursday focused on efforts to drive the adoption of health information technology, a public-private partnership unveiled its own e-health network prototype already in use in three U.S. communities. Greater use of information technology has the potential to improve health care and safety while reducing costs,...

Push for new travel IDs continues despite concerns

April 5, 2006 The Homeland Security and State departments are moving forward with a plan to require new travel documents for U.S. land-border crossings, despite concerns by border communities and businesses in both Canada and the United States. Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, James Williams, director of the US-VISIT immigrant-tracking...

Government’s work with data brokers prompts privacy concerns

April 4, 2006 The federal government's increasing reliance on personal data from information resellers has sparked questions about whether sufficient privacy protections are in place. With the spate of thefts of or unauthorized access to personal information, there are "questions with regard to the federal government's reliance on and contributions to the use...

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