The 25-Point Plan and "cloud first."
Government IT turned a corner with a single publication: The 25-Point for IT Reform. It was here Federal CIO Vivek Kundra issued his defining directive: “Beginning immediately, the Federal Government will shift to a cloud first policy.” The OMB will require federal agencies to default to cloud-based solutions, “whenever a secure, reliable, cloud option exists.” While the benefits of cloud computing may be obvious - economy, flexibility and speed – the path to getting there is less so. There is no one-size-fits-all cloud solution, and with the speed of emerging technology, it can be hard to keep current. Fortunately, the Plan also provided government with a solution: “Increase engagement with industry."
Health IT is at the top of the Federal Agenda.
Information technology for healthcare is a growing field, with emerging challenges in operations as diverse as billing, surveillance, security, supply chain, archiving, and infrastructure, among others. While specific policies and legislation may change, there’s no denying healthcare will be at the top of the federal agenda, and spending on information technology will continue to grow.
As the momentum of change picks up speed, agility is increasingly important. The NIH Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is uniquely poised to help, with two Government Wide Information Contracts (GWACs) for products, services and solutions backed by a fast, flexible online system for the fastest competition and awards.