"To address the problem, a number of hospitals around the country have formed groups to standardize color designations in their states and regions. They are limiting the number of colors and bands to avoid confusion, and taking steps to ensure that labels and stickers used in patients' medical records correspond with the colors and meanings used on the wristbands. Hospitals are also purchasing bands embossed with pre-printed messages to reinforce the meanings -- such as "allergy" or "fall risk" -- and asking both patients and staffers to remove any colored charity or social-cause bracelets that might add to the confusion."
I really think this is the only way to effectively deal with standards AND get a majority of a community to buy in and use them. Let them bubble up from the bottom-up, there may be some chaos, but otherwise you go down the road of committee meetings and planning forever.
The Defense Department has launched a new program to encourage the use of open-source encryption software within DOD systems. The Open Source Software Institute of Hattiesburg, Miss., will support the OpenCrypto Management Program, which is part of DOD’s Open Technology Development road map initiative. The goal of that program is to provide DOD with greater system development and acquisition flexibility through collaborative software development.
by Christopher Buckley - just finished reading this, beyond Buckley being able to tell a good yarn (this one is as good as 'Thank you for Smoking') this is also a very today subject - Babyboomers and the coming liquidity of Social Security and the younger generation having to pay for it.
Department of Homeland Security open source hardening project grows to 150 applications and regular scans of 35 million lines of source code
SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Coverity, Inc., makers of the world's most advanced source code analysis solution, today celebrated the one year anniversary of the scan.coverity.com project that was started under an open source vulnerability research contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The contract is shared with Stanford University and Symantec Corporation. Coverity also announced a major expansion of the analysis scope, increasing the number of open source projects involved to 150, up from 50.