Gov 2.0 News

January 24, 2012

As U.K. report praises U.S. veterans' home health monitoring, it begs the question why telehealth hasn't gained traction across U.S. healthcare system.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department will begin a pilot program allowing U.S. citizens in the United States and Canada to apply online for a passport card, officials said.

Every federal agency could benefit from engaging more on social media, but different agencies ought to engage in different ways, said Gadi Ben-Yehuda, who will be teaching a 12-week government-sponsored course beginning in ...

Homeless people may stand a better chance of improving their health when offered a permanent place to live without a requirement for sobriety, the results from a Seattle center suggest.

For schools that have trouble finding volunteers willing to visit, newly designed software is allowing tutors to meet with beginning readers online.

Maryland is trying to give local business owners more incentive to grow the economy with a series of measures. They’ve launched an online database of all financial incentives available for job creation, and economic development. The database will support a variety of other online tools for business owners, designed to help them while also increasing [...]

A New York hospital is testing a new approach to fight obesity. A Boston hospital wants to try a new nursing model. A suburban Washington primary-care clinic plans to expand its pharmacy program that gives one-on-one medication counseling to patients with chronic illnesses.

January 23, 2012

Cities are getting into food policy as a means to make it easier for their residents to get healthy food. Funding is also an issue, with billions of USDA dollars flowing to food and health programs.

As states and metropolitan areas fight to regain ground lost during the economic downturn, the ability to innovate is proving increasingly crucial. Innovation allows economies to adapt as new technologies emerge. It enables existing companies to survive and thrive and encourages new businesses to develop. A strong innovation ecosystem facilitates the design of new products and the development of new production processes. Without it, states and metros will find themselves lagging behind in the next economy. Recognizing the role that innovation will play in stimulating job creation and economic ...

VA will begin shifting operations at hospitals in New York and New Jersey in March.

The commonwealth's nonprofit affordable housing developers are outgreening their market-rate peers, bringing green building up to scale statewide.
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Members of area municipal boards may soon be able to take part in meetings even when they are miles away. The attorney general’s office in November authorized cities and towns to allow members of their boards and committees to participate remotely at meetings under certain circumstances using audio and video technologies. Some area communities have begun exploring the option.

More investment in basic research, STEM education, and entrepreneurship "clusters" are among the proposals in a 160-page Commerce Department report.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 Americans a day die from prescription drug abuse — more than heroin and cocaine combined.

January 17, 2012

The New York Police Department is working to develop a tool capable of detecting concealed firearms at a distance.

Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School in the Pocket area is opening its doors to neighbors and families interested in playing with LEGOs and learning how the school uses the colorful blocks to build math, science and engineering skills.

Tax credits, other financial incentives offeredFrustrated by Maryland's high rate of health disparities, state leaders are proposing a new attack — one more commonly associated with economic development.

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