Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Industry Legislation

On Christmas morning I received an unwelcome gift in the form of an email from a company, CSID, stating that they found activity related to one or more of my CSID identity monitoring services. CSID then went on to say that they had matched my information to “information being sold on the dark web”. For […]

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Reflections on 9-11

Fourteen years ago today I sat in a meeting with other Social Security Administration (SSA) Operations Executives as we discussed the mundane details of operational activities and procedures related to overseeing the Agency’s massive benefits programs. Shortly after we began our session, the Regional Commissioner from New York was called out of the meeting. When […]

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Moving Forward with Accessibility

In the late 1980’s, when I rejoined the government after a short stint in the telecommunications industry, one of my initial assignments was to develop policies to support accessibility in both the computer and telecommunications areas.  At the time, Section 508 had only recently been legislated, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was just a […]

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With Health Information Technology It’s all about the End User

Flying back from a business meeting recently, I had the privilege of sitting next to a young home health nurse who was going to her brother’s graduation from the Naval Academy. We got into a very interesting discussion about her job. Her clients are children with physical or mental challenges and she shared with me […]

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Public Service Recognition Week

Last week was Public Service Recognition Week, a time where our country tries to put aside politics and joins together to recognize the sacrifices and dedication that millions of government employees give each day. While it is great that a week is set aside each year, like giving to a charity at the holidays, one […]

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What do IBM HIMSS Announcements mean to Federal Health?

Last week at HIMSS, the large annual health IT conference, IBM made multiple announcements that demonstrate our commitment to becoming a strategic player in the dynamic health industry. First, we established the Watson Health unit, which will provide patients, physicians, researchers, and insurers secure access to individualized insights and a more complete picture of the […]

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Re-Thinking Security for Federal Health

What are the differences between how IBM views IT security solutions for Federal health and how the health agencies manage security? The short answer is that approaches are evolving rapidly in both areas but there is a convergence on the recognition that appropriate IT security is really based on understanding, assessing, and mitigating risks. The […]

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In Healthcare It Is All Personal

The call came Thursday night about 9:30. It was a call that no one likes to receive or make. As I heard my wife’s anguished responses in the next room, I knew that something had gone terribly wrong. After she hung up the phone, she told me what had happened. The 6 week old first […]

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Shifting the Healthcare Landscape with New Business Models and New Technologies

When we talk about healthcare transformation, many casual observers think that transformation is only related to the major Federal government mandates of the last several years, either the Affordable Care Act, and more specifically the insurance marketplace, or the Hitech Act and Meaningful Use.  Others look at the consumer mobility revolution with its potential to […]

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