Of Interest

E-Deceptive Campaign Practices Technology Report Released
"EPIC's voting project releases the first report on the technology of deceptive campaign practices. Deceptive campaigns are attempts to misdirect voters regarding the voting process for public elections. Deceptive campaign activity can be false statements about polling times, date of the election, or voter identification rules. The EPIC report reviews the potential for abuse of Internet technology in an election context, and makes recommendations on steps that could be taken by Election Protection, Election Administrators, and voters to protect the integrity of the upcoming election. A legal and policy companion of the report was simultaneously released by Common Cause and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For more information, see EPIC's Voting Project."

Updated page: Research Underway in Health Literacy Supported by NIH
Note that HCT is an important part of several of these funded studies re: health communication http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/ocpl/resources/healthliteracyresearch.htm
To get ideas for what NIH-funded research for 2008, use CRISP database form at http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/crisp/crisp_query.generate_screen
Search for something like HUMAN COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY, change the search to AND so the terms are combined. The retrieval today is 199 NIH-funded research projects for (human & communication & technology)

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 2008 (ICA) is now online from Wiley Interscience.
Starting in January 2008, new issues will be published only on the Synergy site. The journal's format will continue to be open access. Also, on January 1, 2008, Kevin Wright of the University of Oklahoma assumed editorial responsibility for the journal. Please direct all JCMC-related correspondence to him at jcmc @ ou.edu.

New Pew Report: The internet and cell phones have become central components of modern family life
10/19/2008 http://ww.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/309/press_release.asp: "Traditional nuclear families use the internet and cell phones to create a ““new connectedness”” that revolves around remote interactions and shared online experiences...Among all household types, the traditional nuclear family has the highest rate of technology usage and ownership. A national survey of 2,252 adults by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that households with a married couple and minor children are more likely than other household types -- such as single adults, homes with unrelated adults, or couples without children –– to have cell phones and use the internet."

New online documents:

Accelerating Progress: Using Health Information Technology and Electronic Health Information Exchange to Improve Care [60p. report at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0809EHEALTHREPORT.PDF ]
A group of bipartisan health policy & technical experts released a report 09/23/2008 calling for accelerating adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health information exchange (HIE) to speed improvements in the U.S. health care system. In their inaugural report, the State Alliance for e-Health (State Alliance), a consensus-based, executive-level body composed of governors, state legislators, attorney generals & state commissioners, examines the challenges states face in implementing HIT and HIE, including provider concerns about implementation costs, variations in technical standards for interoperability and consumer concerns about data privacy and security. The State Alliance specifically highlights e-prescribing and consumer privacy as critical to advancing e-Health in America and encourages states to be proactive in creating and implementing policies that advance these and other e-health initiatives.

Assessment of Internet Access Across the Indian Health Service in Aug issue of the IHS Primary Care Provider in .pdf format http://www.ihs.gov/PublicInfo/Publications/HealthProvider/Provider.asp

The Plugged in Patient by E Perlman, Governing.com Sep 2008 feature, Pg. 53
Health records going electronic--with the help of high-profile companies. http://www.governing.com/articles/0809records.htm