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A new survey finds many U.S. physicians don't yet see the benefits of health technology, and that they're lagging behind their counterparts the rest of the world. The research by Accenture found 45 percent of U.S. doctors think healthcare IT will improve diagnostic decisions, compared to 61 percent across the globe. And only 45 percent think it improves their patients' health outcomes. In the rest of the world, it's 59 percent.
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It's the end of an era at the U.S. Treasury Department. As of January 1, paper savings bonds are no more. The agency is taking another step away from paper and into electronic transactions as new savings bonds transition exclusively to an electronic system. Treasury estimates the move away from paper will save it around $120 million per year. From now on, the way to get electronic savings bonds is through the agency's e-commerce website at TreasuryDirect.gov, where users with paper savings bonds can also convert them to the electronic variety.
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Chief Information Officers in the intelligence world are sketching out a technology infrastructure that could eventually serve the entire intelligence community. CIOs think they'll save money and improve interagency collaboration by building a single back-office and desktop architecture, moving most IT users to thin client machines, adopting cloud technologies that can interoperate with other clouds, and collapsing their networks and applications.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking another step toward the deployment of tablet computers to its workforce. VA has sent a request for information to industry in the hopes of buying a mobile device management platform that will let it secure and manage tens of thousands of tablets across the enterprise. The plans call for a deployment of 10,000 tablets running Apple's iOS, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Mobile to start. They plan to eventually increase that to up to 100,000 tablets.
The Department of Homeland Security is getting ready to pilot a technology acquisition concept that will bundle several services into one. They call it workplace-as-a-service, and DHS is hoping it will help its components buy IT more efficiently. The concept would bundle technologies like virtual desktop infrastructure, mobile devices and smartphones into a single service contract that parts of Homeland Security could sign up for. DHS has also ordered all of its components to use enterprise services for commodity technology purchases.
As the intelligence community looks for ways to cut its budget over the coming decade, it's turning to IT efficiency to be a big contributor. The director of national intelligence says he intends for agencies to get half of their budget savings by implementing more collaborative and common IT architectures, and migrating more services to cloud computing. DNI James Clapper says the stretch goal will take some up-front investment, but he hopes the IT initiatives will pay big dividends over the next ten years.
The Department of Veterans Affairs thinks it can squeeze around 50 million dollars from its technology budget by using hardware and software more efficiently. VA is launching what it calls its ruthless reduction project. For example, employees will be given a choice of a laptop or a desktop computer - not both. VA will get rid of printers at individual employee desks and move to multifunction devices. And they'll implement more server virtualization, to cut down on the physical IT infrastructure they operate.
Federal agencies are being told to start accepting login credentials from outside providers for access to federal websites. Over the next year, agencies will start phasing in support for login credentials from providers like Google, Paypal, and members of the OpenID initiative. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says the goal is to get rid of duplicative and expensive backend systems that agencies operate now to manage public access to functions on their websites. OMB wants agencies to start with systems that have lower security needs.
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The Office of Management and Budget is setting a new, more aggressive target for data center consolidation in federal agencies. OMB now thinks agencies will close 472 data centers by the end of 2012, up from a previous estimate the office gave in July of 373 closures. By the end of 2015 the goal is 962 centers. Meanwhile, agencies are being told to tackle IT infrastructure in even smaller spaces. OMB's new definition of data centers will include spaces as small as 100 square feet.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will cut its IT costs for email and collaboration services in half, by moving all its employees to the cloud. The science agency has just issued a three year contract to handle email, calendar, collaboration and mobile device synchronization. NOAA says it's the largest federal agency to move to a cloud solution so far. They expect to migrate 25,000 mailboxes to the new service by the end of this year.