The emergence of the e-patient

The National Library of Medicine held a conference to highlight how patients are using health IT to help manage their own care.

Acquisition

NIH prepares to fight for contract authority

NIH plans to meet with OFPP about its GWAC authority, but NIH's acquisition director expresses confidence that it will keep its governmentwide contract.

Acquisition

Is GSA gunning for other GWACs?

Blogger Steve Kelman argues that the federal government is better off having GSA compete with other agencies for acquisition business.

Cybersecurity

Obama wants nearly $80B for IT projects

The administration has proposed only a small increase for IT spending in fiscal 2011.

IT Modernization

NIH Pillbox prototype is easy to digest

The National Institutes of Health's online prototype pill verification system, Pillbox, owes its success to user-centered development, its project manager said.

Prison computer recycling put staff, inmates at risk, NIOSH finds

Prisoners were exposed to toxins, but poor record-keeping makes it hard to know how extensively, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Workforce

National Cancer Institute seeks tools for electronic data management

The National Cancer Institute expects to issue a request for proposals next month to identify a contractor that can expand use of electronic data.

NIH preparing small business GWAC for IT services

The National Institutes of Health has released a draft RFP for a small business set-aside acquisition vehicle that will cover a broad array of IT services.

Medical mapping tool ready for test drive

The National Library of Medicine has released a draft mapping tool to link a standardized medical vocabulary of clinical terms to applications for billing and claims.

IT Modernization

Cancer institute seeks expert to develop data standards

The National Cancer Institute plans to standardize data elements in its research grid for better information sharing.

NIH funds a Facebook for scientists

The National Institutes of Health funded a $12.2 million "Facebook for Scientists" project to set up a network for researchers.

Acquisition

NIH revamps acquisition center's image

The agency's IT acquisition center has shed its assisted-acquisition services and will instead focus on GWACs.

Acquisition

New NIH manager gives Acquisition Center a facelift

The center cut its assisted acquisition services and aimed those resources at customer service, manager says.

Acquisition

NIH emphasizes health IT in its new $20 billion contract

National Institutes of Health officials expect to award the 10-year, $20 billion Chief Information Officer—Solutions and Partners 3 contract in early 2010.

Digital Government

Calling for better mine safety

The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research launched a collaborative project with industry to create an innovative wireless emergency communications system to improve mine safety.

Cybersecurity

CIOs urge more telework programs

Officials also say managers need different skills to supervise employees who work at remote locations.

Acquisition

IG: DOD, NIH need to clean up GWAC deals

Contracting officials waste money by awarding task orders without adequate competition, DOD auditors found.

Workforce

Federal 100 winner: L. Rodney Long

L. Rodney Long helped develop imaging and database tools for researchers looking for a cure to cervical cancer.

Workforce

Federal 100 winner: Jonathan Kagan

Kagan spearheaded the development of a system that enables AIDS researchers to manage and exchange information about HIV clinical trials.

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