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Aliya Sternstein

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Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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FCC announces creation of telehealth initiative

November 19, 2007 The FCC is moving into the healthcare arena. Chairman Kevin Martin last week announced a plan for a $400 million effort to expand treatment access for Americans in rural and impoverished areas via high-speed Internet services. The expansion of long-distance healthcare, known as telehealth, will help lay the foundation for...

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Privacy concerns plague Senate health IT legislation

November 16, 2007 The Senate's eagerness to mandate incentives for modernizing healthcare through information technology has prompted concerns about enacting a law without adequate privacy protections. Psychiatrist Deborah Peel, founder of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, has alerted her coalition of nearly 40 organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the...

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Web experts weigh value of 'trustmarks' for health sites

November 12, 2007 A seal of approval on a health information Web site should not automatically instill consumer confidence, according to experts who discussed the role of such "trustmarks" at a Health Improvement Institute workshop Monday. Whatever rating "you come up with has to be page-specific, rather than just domain-specific," Tom Eng, president...

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Confusing terms prompt call for health IT glossary

November 9, 2007 A "cacophony" of competing and confusing definitions, with terms often used interchangeably, is hampering progress toward a nationwide health information network, according to the National Alliance for Health Information Technology and the Health and Human Services Department. On behalf of the alliance, HHS on Tuesday called for help in defining...

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Coalition seeks public's view of government transparency issues

November 7, 2007 A coalition that promotes transparency in government has partnered with an online debate forum to let the public speak its mind on the pros and cons of government transparency., a citizen-authored compendium of articles, debates and other forms of written expression, has incorporated OpenTheGovernment into Helium's site. Helium is...

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Immigration checks for contract jobs spur debate

November 2, 2007 Technology companies fear that new proposals threaten to disadvantage them by mandating that all federal contractors participate in what industry groups say is an error-prone, automated system for confirming the legal status of workers. Companies now must only check the status of workers through document verification. Jennifer Kerber, senior director...

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Old tools hamper drug inspections, observers say

November 1, 2007 Outdated information technology systems are frustrating the Food and Drug Administration's inspections of foreign drugs, former FDA officials and the government's watchdog agency told lawmakers Thursday. The testimony was presented at a House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on FDA's inspection program. FDA's import electronic screening system...

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Official defends Pentagon, VA moves toward e-health

October 30, 2007 The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments share a lot of electronic health records, contrary to what some observers believe, a VA official said Tuesday. "We have made significant progress as to those two organizations," Cliff Freeman, director of the program for sharing Defense and VA health information technology, told an...

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Panel proposed to balance research, security

October 29, 2007 The National Academies is recommending that the government establish a science and security commission to strike a balance between freely exchanging unclassified research with foreigners and controlling information that terrorists might use against the United States. The proposal comes from a report released Oct. 18 by a National Academies committee...

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E-health problems in the military frustrate lawmakers

October 24, 2007 At the third hearing on the topic this year, lawmakers on Wednesday struggled to understand why the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs continue to have problems electronically sharing information necessary to treat service members and veterans. "I hope and I expect that DOD and VA will tell us today...