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Good to Know…Week of January 17, 2011

Facebook Gets Friendlier for State, Local Organizations
Facebook has revised its terms of service for state and local government agencies by removing several barriers that had been impeding those agencies from using the social media network, officials announced Jan. 5.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com


IT, New Care Delivery Models Among Top Health Trends in 2011
NEW YORK – Information technology underpins many of the care models healthcare providers will use to cut costs and improve healthcare, according to business advisory firm The Camden Group, which just released its Top 10 Trends in Healthcare in 2011.

To read this article, go to: HealthcareITNews.com

AMA Webinars Demonstrate How Quality Metrics Improve Care
A series of free webinars hosted by the American Medical Association highlights how doctors participating in initiatives around the country are putting physician-developed quality metrics to use to improve care.

To read this article, go to: AMA-Assn.com


How DARPA Plans to Catch the Next Arizona Shooter–Before He Strikes
As DARPA puts it: “When we look through the evidence after the fact, we often find a trail–sometimes even an ‘obvious’ one. The question is can we pick up the trail before the fact giving us time to intervene and prevent an incident?” Computer forensics companies rise to the challenge.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

Government Takes on Google, Plans to Challenge $700 Million Acquisition of ITA
Google’s planned $700 million acquisition of travel technology firm ITA Software may have just hit a roadblock. According to reports, officials at the US Justice Deparment are preparing to challenge the deal, which has caused a endless protests from a number of Google competitors.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

Smartphones on the Ground: Ex-Green Berets Bring Tech to Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The U.S. military is hampered by antiquated technologies that leave units all but deaf and blind as they try to hunt down insurgents and win hearts and minds. A team of former Special Forces officers is now building the tools to fix that.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

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