e-books: Cannon Library adds online resources

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Library Director Melissa Haraughty navigates through the Tumble Books Library on one of the library’s computers. As the world turns more to digital in every aspect of their lives, they also turn to electronic books, called e-books. The Cannon Library staff hosts a tutorial about different electronic resources available at […]

Airport scanners digital Peeping Toms

Freedom New Mexico This is creepy. When the government started using full-body scanners over the past few years to screen passengers at airports and people visiting federal buildings, it promised the electronic images would not be stored. That’s because the scanners basically see through clothing, revealing a nude image. (Magnetic scanners, in use for decades, […]

Their view: Electronic messaging violates Open Meetings Act

The Las Vegas City Council last year discussed public business by e-mail. New Mexico’s attorney general recently let council members know they can’t skirt the state’s Open Meetings Act by communicating electronically. Here’s commentary from Sarah Welsh, executive director of New Mexico Foundation for Open Government: “Call it what you will. Special meeting. Work session. […]

Feelings mixed on medical e-records

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017. And some are happier about it than others. The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and […]

Electronic records not up to par

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Department of Defense’s $4 billion electronic health record system, AHLTA, is so unreliable and difficult to use that military physicians list it among their top three reasons for leaving service. That fact came to light during a House armed services subcommittee hearing last week in which senior medical officers […]

March 17, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: four Electronic medical records bill heads to governor The House has approved a measure that would allow patients and doctors to chose to use electronic medical records. Under the measure (SB 278), which is now headed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, patients would re-consent annually to have their information available electronically. […]

Political compromise possible, even likely on surveillance issues

The House of Representatives last week thumbed its nose at President Bush by going on vacation after declining to make a surveillance law permanent — and by issuing contempt citations to former White House counsel Harriet Miers and chief of staff Josh Bolten for not cooperating in a legislative inquiry into the firings of U.S. […]

Christmas not about hype, but happiness

By Jim Lee We have another Christmas behind us. No more trying to remember Uncle Edgar’s favorite color for new suspenders or if your spouse’s grandma will take out her teeth at Christmas dinner and complain about the mixed nuts. Yesterday ended the panic, running out of tape at the last minute, and braving the […]