Author: WTN News

What makes a good CIO great? The last few blog posts have sought to answer this question in terms of the characteristics of a great CIO. The characteristics, listed below, provide some guidance on what a great CIO is, but not necessarily how...

Shares of companies developing stem cell therapies surged Wednesday on news that the federal government has cleared 13 new stem cell lines for testing, bringing to a close nearly a decade of restrictions. The news from the National Institutes of Health should provide some relief to...

The new Certificate in Stem Cell Techniques launched this fall at Madison Area Technical College (MATC) provides advanced-degree training in practical laboratory courses. It is thought to be the first course of its kind offered by a traditional two-year college. “This really makes sense in...

Twitter is like an emotional outburst: Tweets are brief, immediate, expressive, short-lived and attention getting. That’s why it’s no surprise that Twitter has become a great tool for customer service. On any given day, users are bashing and celebrating their favorite brands in...

A new DARPA contest is using balloons to test our social-networking skills. After kicking off the Internet 40 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is again tapping into the Net for a new challenge. The DARPA Network Challenge will award $40,000 to the first...

A short three years ago, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was funded at a level of less than $150 million. Today, thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH)—part of the American Recovery...

Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy. The federal government has a data center addiction. Despite ongoing chatter about virtualization, cloud...

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Kaiser Permanente are launching a pilot program to exchange electronic health record information using the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) created by the Department of Health and Human Services. The pilot program slated to begin mid-December 2009, will connect Kaiser...