The Centers for Disease Control can envision a future where it uses social media as a data source for the early tracking of emerging diseases, but it's not without obstacles. Nontraditional data sources are an increasing necessity caused by the great recent decline of public health staff at local governments, said Joanne Andreadis, senior advisor within the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. She spoke on a panel Oct. 28 during the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
Nearly half of U.S. hospitals eligible for an incentive payment through the Medicare electronic health record program received one in fiscal 2012. The 2,291 hospitals that received a total of $3.5 billion in Medicare EHR incentive payments was up from 777 hospitals and $1.3 billion in fiscal 2011.
Problems plaguing healthcare.gov should be fixed for most users by the end of next month, former White House official Jeffrey Zients told reporters days into his role as head of the "tech surge" the Obama administration says will resolve the system's technical issues. Zients's comment came after a four hour Oct. 24 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during which system contractors were witnesses.
In the next few years, the Health Data Initiative plans to focus on publicizing its openly available data to ensure it's put to use. A strategy document dated Oct. 23 says the initiative, which the Health and Human Services Department launched in 2010, should make healthdata.gov more user-friendly and boost outreach to businesses and developers who can realize the data's potential.
A paper from a German journalist and an American technology advisor argues that fallout from revelations of widespread Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency holds the danger of balkanizing the Internet with little real effect against determined electronic espionage.
Rather than using radio frequency for communication, NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system uses a pulsed laser beam to transmit data. The system recently broke a bandwidth record by transmitting data 239,000 miles between the Earth and moon at a 622 megabits per second download speed and 20 Mbps upload rate, said NASA in an Oct. 22 announcement. That's five-times the current radio communication capabilities from lunar orbit, according to NASA.
The extent of the global cybersecurity problem is estimated to be large but data doesn't exist to make quantitative judgments, leaving discussions to be dominated by speculation and debate, says a new report from the East-West Institute.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House in April but has not received a vote in the Senate. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich), the House Intelligence chairman, said Oct. 23 that Snowden's revelations about National Security Agency surveillance damaged perceptions of the bill and raised concerns, which he said were undeserved, that it would allow more government access to personal information.
The Defense Department finalized regulations Oct. 22 for its cybersecurity threat sharing program with defense industrial base companies, making no changes to an interim final rule published in May 2012.
A European Parliament committee approved earlier this week a data protection measure that would restrict the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should launch a project to address the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare beneficiaries' cards as a core component of its information technology modernization efforts, says the Government Accountability Office.
Damage control and political fire-fanning dominate the fourth week of healthcare.gov's existence, making the federal healthcare insurance website for the 36 states that refused to build their own insurance exchange the locus for partisan divide and continuing criticism of federal information technology management. A poll shows that a majority of Americans may already believe that website problems are part of a broader problem with the health insurance law's implementation.
A slightly-delayed preliminary federal cybersecurity framework detailing cybersecurity standards meant for voluntary adoption by private sector operators of critical infrastructure that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released Tuesday still leaves unanswered questions about how adoption will be measured.
The National Institute of Standards today release a much anticipated, slightly delayed preliminary draft (.pdf) of the cybersecurity framework meant for voluntary adoption by private sector operators of critical infrastructure.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments' interagency program office awarded a 12-month, $11 million contract Oct. 9 to Systems Made Simple--the same company that originally won the iEHR contract in 2012.
As governments and relief organizations use crowdsourcing to respond to disasters, trust in the knowledge created from collective intelligence will determine whether such efforts are successful or unsuccessful, finds a paper recently published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
In an Oct. 20 statement on the Health and Human Services Department website, administration officials say the website has received more than 19 million unique visits so far, and acknowledges problems such as difficulty logging in, error messages and slow page loads.
Overlooked opportunities for competition in technology acquisitions at the Veterans Affairs Department led it to miss savings amounting to nearly $58 million spread over 20 task orders and another $51 million in 14 interagency acquisitions, asserts the office of inspector general.
The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange will reduce the complexity of credentialing, speed up integration with identity providers, improve consumer privacy and ease of use, and cut agency authentication costs, said Douglas Glair, manager of digital partnerships and alliances at the Postal Service, during a recent presentation. The FCCX will serve as a single broker to authenticate consumers, so end-users won't have to obtain a new credential each time they interact with an agency application, he added.