Sweden to pursue illegal file-sharers

In an effort to curb piracy, Sweden’s culture and justice ministers on Friday said their courts will soon be able to force the country's Internet providers to report information on suspected file-sharers, the Associated Press reports. The AP notes that “file-sharing can be traced by tracking the IP addresses of the computers that download or distribute a file.” in a joint opinion piece published in the Svenska Dagbladet daily, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask and Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth suggested that the country needs to “stand up for musicians, authors, filmmakers and all other copyright owners so that they have the right to their own material." According to the AP, the ministers plan to move ahead with the proposal this spring (AP/Yahoo! News, 3/14/08). 

Sun, NSA partner to develop improved security mechanisms
Sun Microsystems on Thursday announced that it is partnering with the U.S. National Security Agency to develop new security mechanisms for OpenSolaris, InformationWeek reports. Together, the agencies will work with the open source project, OpenSolaris.org, to integrate a separate form of mandatory access control. According to Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, the joint project aims to expand the mandatory access controls already provided by Solaris Trusted Extensions. He also notes that the OpenSolaris community will evaluate and test all of the additions. To add to access controls, Sun and NSA researchers will use Flux Advanced Security Kernel (FLASK) architecture, which "builds flexible support for security policies into the operating system instead of having it address one real world scenario," according to InformationWeek. Under FLASK, the operating system (OS) controls access rights propagation, but does not issue rights without consulting security policies; it can issue fine grained rights, differentiating between users and users groups. In addition, the OS enforces revocation of previously granted rights, according to University of Utah publications about FLASK, InformationWeek reports (Babcock, InformationWeek, 3/13/08). 
AHRQ awards $5 million for health IT initiative

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on Thursday awarded $5 million to two health information technology (IT) initiatives, which aim to boost adoption of clinical decision support systems, AHA News Now reports. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut will use the funding to incorporate decision support tools into existing health IT products that are certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. Specifically, the recipients will target clinical guidelines and patient outcomes, analyzing how the decision support tools affect patient satisfaction, provider efficiency, cost and risk. Meanwhile, participating clinicians will be surveyed about their use of the technology and will share lessons learned from the project with the health IT vendor community (AHA News Now, 3/13/08; AHRQ release, 3/13/08).

Goolge unveils GoogleSky online

Google on Thursday announced that users can now Google Sky, previously an option within the Google Earth desktop application, to view space through a Web browser, InformationWeek reports. One Google product manager recently blogged that "Sky in Google Earth, which launched last August, was originally available to our 350 million Google Earth users." He added that "this release brings the universe to every browser and makes Sky accessible to just about anyone with an Internet connection--from school children to professional astronomers--in 26 different languages." However, InformationWeek reports that the applicaiaton's launch is also the subject of a lawsuit. Last month, a former Google contract worker named Jonathan Cobb filed a $25 million lawsuit in Atlanta, alleging that he thought of Google Sky and that Google stole it. Google this week, meanwhile, requested that its deadline to respond to the lawsuit be extended to March 28 (Claburn, InformationWeek, 3/13/08). 

British health IT program saves money despite some delays

British health officials said that the U.K.'s National Health Service information technology (IT) project will likely save 1.14 billion pounds -- roughly $2.3 billion -- but that the savings could have been higher, BBC News reports. According to the BBC, the 10-year project aims to link more than 30,000 general practitioners to nearly 300 hospitals by 2014. Yet, the program has been running roughly two years behind schedule, and the system's electronic health records and online physician appointment systems have seen the worst delays, the BBC reports. British officials said the program has saved 208 million pounds -- roughly $419 million -- by March 2007 because of the broadband network that has made progress with digital imaging and scanning for NHS (BBC News, 3/14/08). 

Pentagon plans coordinated health data surveillance center

The U.S. Military Health System is combining a number of its health information technology (IT) systems and merging staff to establish the new Armed Forces Surveillance Center, which will work to enhance the health of military personnel, Government Health IT reports. Specifically, the center will analyze health surveillance data, provide information on known and potential public health threats, and respond to disease outbreaks. In addition, the center will coordinate investigations and assessments and ultimately combine several U.S. Department of Defense IT systems. According to the center's provisional director, the organization will provide actionable information to commanders, policymakers, planners and health care providers in order to aid the health of military service members (Buxbaum, Government Health IT, 3/13/08).

Colorado foundation grants $6 million to boost health IT adoption

The Colorado Health Foundation on Wednesday announced plans to donate $6 million to an initiative designed to spur health information technology (IT) adoption throughout the state, the Denver Business Journal reports. The Healthy Connections Health Information Technology Initiative provides computer hardware and software to physicians, clinics and groups that care for low-income, uninsured state residents. The foundation in 2007 also made an initial contribution of $2.5 million to support the initiative’s efforts to help safety-net providers adopt health IT (Denver Business Journal, 3/12/08).

CDC grants aim at using RHIOs to share public health data

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently awarded three contracts worth $38 million to support data sharing plan development among health information exchanges and regional health information organizations (RHIOs), Government Health IT reports. The CDC announced the awards as a compliment to a program led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is launching trial implementations for the Nationwide Health Information Network. Among the recipients, the Indiana University School of Medicine received $10 million across five years to continue its work with the Regenstrief Institute, the Marion County Health Department and the state health department on tracking disease outbreaks by monitoring data from the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Science Applications International, meanwhile, received $8 million across five years to support an undisclosed project (Ferris, Government Health IT, 3/12/08).

NIH considers plan to create DNA, health information database

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) this spring will begin developing plans to establish a "biobank" of DNA and health information with data from roughly 500,000 U.S. residents collected through a series of town hall meetings, interviews with community leaders and a national survey of 4,000 residents, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Scientists currently collect DNA from families with histories of certain diseases to help identify patterns, as well as from large health care providers such as Kaiser Permanente, which collect DNA and health information from patients. The biobank, however, would "offer a far richer treasure trove of data" than such efforts because of the "vast and diverse population" in the U.S. and could "help reveal now-hidden links between genes, lifestyles and the environment," according to the Mercury News. The director of the National Human Genome Research Institute adds that the biobank would help scientists determine the medical significance of differences in human DNA. Commenting on the plan, some scientists suggest that the biobank is a "long shot" because of the cost, which they estimate at "billions of dollars," and because of the current lack of protection against genetic discrimination, the Mercury News reports (Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, 3/11).

Scientists track nanoparticles in 3-D

U.S. scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed an orthogonal microscope that can track nanoparticles in three dimensions, United Press International reports. According to the researchers, the design allows nanotechnology researchers to track the motions of nanoparticles in solution as they about within three dimensions. Presenting this week in New Orleans during a meeting of the American Physical Society, the researchers say they hope the technology, which the institute plans to patent, “will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of nanoparticles in fluids and, ultimately, process control techniques to optimize the assembly of nanotech devices,” UPI reports (UPI, 3/12/08).

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