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By John on 10/24/2011 7:05 AM


imageOn the heels of funding issues with CONNECT last fall and winter, the Alembic Foundation got its start. Alembic forked HHS’ Federal Health Architecture CONNECT source code and worked with a number of partners to start adding critical features. They released their initial Aurion 4.0 Open Source Health Information Exchange Software last May (with some key enhancements)...
By John on 10/12/2011 7:26 AM


imageWhile I’m passionately against all the tracking done over the Internet – by advertisers and governments – it does happen and isn’t all used for underhanded purposes.

As a case in point, JumpTap uses their network (n.b., not fully representative of the whole market) to analyze mobile...
By John on 10/7/2011 4:00 PM


Joe Ulatoski for VIFR Fire Commissioner Position 4Joe Ulatoski is running for VIFR Fire Commissioner position 4. Check out his newly articulated positions on the issues - and then send him your endorsements. Also note the free website that takes advantage of the super simple WordPress framework – created as a community service by Vashon Software.

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By John on 9/21/2011 1:50 PM


HSToday.us has a new article out today noting that “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies are still struggling to comply with a presidential order to use smart cards for physical and logical access to their facilities and computer systems nearly three years after the original deadline.”

A variety of issues have confronted DHS (and other agencies) from accomplishing personal identity verification (PIV) card use as called for by 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The full GAO report can be found at: Personal ID Verification: Agencies Should Set a Higher Priority on Using the Capabilities of Standardized Identification Cards.

By John on 8/7/2011 1:27 PM


imageThe New York Times reports that VanRoekel will oversee the $80 billion federal government’s technology portfolio – $36.6B through the Department of Defense alone.

Poor use of the technology presents a huge potential to improve the government’s efficiency. Recent moves include plans to...
By John on 8/7/2011 12:05 PM


imageAs one of several initiatives from the National Broadband Plan, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau has completed the nation’s first Consumer Broadband Test, and released a new report entitled Measuring Broadband America - A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S.

Sadly the average measured speed was only 90% of the advertised speeds – thus...
By John on 8/7/2011 10:50 AM


Fastest Mobile Networks: NationalThere are a couple interesting data points on data speeds for all of us connected souls. This first report (below) looks at wireless networks while the second looks at wired Internet Service Providers.

PC Magazine recently rated most (U.S. Cellular declined) mobile networks in 21 cities (none in the NW though, as “we couldn't get our drivers as far as the Northwest”!) and not surprisingly found that Verizon's 4G LTE network...
By John on 8/7/2011 9:42 AM


imageSome gamer over at IGN snapped a screenshot of Verizon’s latest smartphone release schedule.

This summer’s releases have seen incremental hardware updates, but this fall (specifically mid-September) is finally looking like a great time to purchase your next device. After massive delays due to poor battery life with a non-SOC 4G LTE chip, Motorola’s...
By John on 6/22/2011 12:51 PM


from http://directproject.org/content.php?key=overviewYesterday, Arien Malec, ONC’s Direct Project Coordinator, responded to my...
By John on 6/17/2011 7:50 AM


CONNECT 3.2 ReleasedCONNECT is an open source software solution that supports health information exchange at the local & national level. CONNECT is a reference implementation of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) standards and governance, helping ensure health information exchanges are compatible with other private and state level exchanges being set up throughout the country.

On June 10th, CONNECT version 3.2 was released – a reasonable hiatus since the September 15th version 3.1 release – especially considering the loss of CONNECT stalwarts David Riley and Vanessa Manchester to the Alembic Foundation...
 
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