Though it hasn't gotten as much attention, one of the biggest recipients of largesse from President Barack Obama's stimulus package is the health care information technology industry. The bill requires utilization of electronic health care records for everyone in the U.S. by 2014, when only about 28 percent of health care providers use such systems now. The effort is intended to streamline health care records, reduce test duplication, and reduce errors. (Want to [URL="http://readthestimulus.org/amdth1.pdf"]read it for yourself[/URL]? Start on page 230.) Health data exchanges, also known as health information exchanges (HIEs) and regional health information organizations (RHIOs), provide a standard …

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WebProNews reported on Friday (link below) that Twitter was going to be launching a feature that makes the service location aware. Basically, you can choose to have your tweets mapped by longitude and latitude. The possible benefits seem to be twofold. Initially, as a follower you can choose to follow tweets based on location making the information you find more usable for whatever purposes you may need. Second, the potential for companies that tweet as part of their marketing communications campaign to target their tweets geographically to take advantage of rich target markets has to be considered a next logical …

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