Emerging Tech

Hospital identifies, tracks patients with palm reader

Officials at NYU's Langone Medical Center say using biometric infrared scanning to create digital palm images is the most efficient, accurate way to ensure patients get the right treatment.

State & Local

NASCIO offers states a guide to using national data exchange

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has released a guidance document to help state governments adopt the National Information Exchange Model

Emerging Tech

Surveillance at the genetic level: Is it possible?

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking technologies that could track gene changes in bacteria and viruses.

State & Local

Georgia to network its trauma care systems

New system will provide operators with an immediate picture of patient status, ambulance availability and the trauma capabilities of nearby hospitals.

Cybersecurity

'Minority Report' technology is just a game -- for now

Advances in human interface technologies, evident in Microsoft's Kinect, have a lot of potential in public safety and health care.

State & Local

HHS says 'the age of meaningful use' of health IT starts this year

The Health and Human Services Department is seeking public comments on a draft copy of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, which focuses on health IT adoption, information sharing and improved health outcomes.

Spectrum: The looming question for wireless innovation

The FCC and wireless trade association are big on innovation but the biggest obstacle is the availability of wireless spectrum.

Cloud & Infrastructure

E-government at work in Wayne County, Mich.

Faced with dwindling resources, Wayne County, Michigan officials had to take innovative steps in order to deliver quality, cost-effective taxpayer services.

State & Local

HHS cracks down hard on HIPAA privacy violations

The Health and Human Services Department fined Mass General $1 million after an employee left records on a train, and Cignet Health of Maryland $4.3 million for denying patients access to their records.

XML the Rx for sharing health data, panel says

A White House panel is recommending widespread adoption and use of Extensible Markup Language in health care to make it easier to exchange data.

Cloud & Infrastructure

HHS sweetens the pot for states building health exchanges

The Health and Human Services Department announced a grant program that will fund up to five states or consortiums to build exchanges that HHS hopes will serve as models for other states.

State & Local

Maryland puts health data exchange online

The Health Information Exchange will eventually link all of the state's 48 hospitals, along with some doctors' offices, clinics and other medical facilities.

Beware an impending e-records train wreck

Outdated technologies and inadequate transparency are hampering HHS's electronic health records effort, but the experience could provide lessons other agencies can use to avoid similar pitfalls, says columnist Michael Daconta.

Cloud & Infrastructure

HHS plans move to cloud for regional centers

The software will help the RECs to more effectively track and manage medical providers implementing electronic health record systems

Cloud & Infrastructure

Why not use a supercomputer to process health care records?

The U.S. government operates the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Using some of that power to process government health care records would be difficult to set up, but the benefits could be worth it, says William Jackson.

White House CTO talks innovation at CES

White House CTO Aneesh Chopra talks with reporters at CES about ways to increase innovation.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Can the world’s fastest supercomputer combat health care waste?

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar supercomputer has the capacity to process the government’s health care claims in real time, which computer scientist Andrew Loebl says could reduce waste and improve the quality of health care.

FDA readies new data systems for drug safety

The Food and Drug Administration will expand its tracking of drug safety once the drugs enter the marketplace, according to a new report.

IT turkeys: 7 government projects worthy of a roast

Over the years, the American public has been gifted with its share of computer-based turkeys -- information technology projects gone wrong, often at spectacular expense.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Agiliance adds Privacy Manager to risk and compliance suite

New tool helps organizations track, report and comply with stringent privacy reporting requirements.

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