News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in January 2011
Guerra On Healthcare: Will Congress Cut HITECH?
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
As legislators look to reduce federal spending, funding for electronic health records looks to be right in their crosshairs -- and maybe that's not so bad.
EHR Studies Need Another Look Post-Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Recent studies concluding that electronic health records fail to boost patient care need a follow-up visit.
HHS Adds $80 Million For Health IT Grants
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Funding will be divided among Regional Extension Centers, health information exchanges, and workforce training initiatives, said the Office of the National Coordinator.
LinkedIn IPO Valuation Projected To Be $2 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The professional social networking site nearly quadrupled revenue from 2007 to 2009, but expects a slowdown in 2011 as it invests for growth, according to the company’s SEC filing.
New Tools To Help Hospitals Prevent, Spot Infections
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Web-based clinical data surveillance services from Pharmacy OneSource aim to help clinicians identify infections, adverse drug events, and other trouble sooner.
Intel Commits $100 Million To University Research
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The first of six university-based R&D centers, led by Stanford, will focus on visual computing in tablets, smartphones, and other consumer tech.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH A Bait And Switch?
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
Most hospitals say they expect to qualify for meaningful use incentive funds, but most shouldn't plan to see a return on their health IT systems investment.
HHS Expands Health Insurance Exchange Grants
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Funding will help states develop infrastructure for the sites where individuals and small business will be able to shop for insurance plans by 2014.
Blumenthal Cuts Ribbon On EHR Incentives Program
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
More than 100 healthcare organizations had already applied for federal electronic health records incentives before the program launched at an event with National Coordinator David Blumenthal.
FDA Revamps Medical Device Approval
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The 510(k) program overhaul aims to facilitate innovation, streamline the review process, and protect patient safety.
CCHIT Launches Alternative EHR Certification
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The program helps hospitals with homebrew or legacy electronic health records software meet meaningful use requirements.
Meaningful Use Compliance Could Be Harder Than You Realize
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Two recent surveys indicate healthcare providers are confident they'll comply with the government's meaningful use regs, but some CIOs say that's more challenging than you think.
Obama Directs Agencies To Post Regulatory Information Online
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Federal agencies must make rulemaking and enforcement information available for the public to view, download, and search.
Obama Orders FDA To Streamline Medical Tech Regulations
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Executive order signed the same day PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that the U.S. is losing ground on medical device innovations, partially due to the agency's cumbersome and costly approval process.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is The Sky Falling On Meaningful Use?
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
IT executives' testimony on the difficulty of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentives stands in stark contrast to the government's blue-sky perspective.
Navy Halts Server Buys To Facilitate Consolidation
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
The service aims to reduce its data centers by 25%, increase server utilization by 40%, and boost server virtualization by at least 50%.
81% Of Hospitals To Seek EHR Incentives
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
The federal government could pay out as much as $27 billion over 10 years, based on high rates of electronic health record adoption.
CGI Wins $55 Million Medicare IT Contract
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
The IT services firm will provide software development and operational support services for the agency's healthcare provider enrollment system.
NetApp To Acquire Storage Optimization Firm Akorri
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
Akorri's BalancePoint analysis software will extend NetApp's OnCommand storage and data management system with tools for improving capacity in virtualized environments.
California Governor Cuts Employee Cell Phones
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The cost-cutting measure requiring state workers to return 48,000 state-paid devices is expected to save $20 million a year
White House Loses Open Government Leader
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Deputy CTO Beth Noveck's departure marks the second high-ranking resignation from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in less than a month.
EHR Spending To Hit $3.8 Billion In 2015
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Double-digit growth in the electronic health record software market will be driven largely by government incentive deadlines, finds study.
Federal CIO Kundra Reinforces IT Procurement Neutrality
News  |  1/7/2011  | 
A memo from the OMB comes a day after Google won an injunction preventing the Department of Interior from awarding a contract to Microsoft due to alleged unfair technology acquisition practices.
Kentucky, Oklahoma Issue First U.S. EHR Incentives
News  |  1/7/2011  | 
The Medicaid electronic health record incentive program opened Monday and the two states have already announced the first awardees.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Being Readied For Comment
News  |  1/6/2011  | 
Seeking to balance empowering patients and increasing safety with not overburdening healthcare providers, the HIT Policy Committee is preparing specific questions for public comment about its Stage 2 matrix.
U.S. Visa Fees May Violate Trade Agreement
News  |  1/6/2011  | 
Increases for the H-1B and L-1 permits for foreigners working in the U.S. may not meet requirements of the General Agreement on Trade in Services, finds legal analysis.
Google Wins Injunction Against Microsoft Government Contract
News  |  1/6/2011  | 
Court order could impact how future cloud competition plays out in federal contracts.
Q&A: Social Security CIO On What's Next In Online Engagement
News  |  1/6/2011  | 
Social media, digital credentials, and behavior modeling are being employed to get more Americans to use the Web to get their retirement benefits, says IT chief Frank Baitman
Citizens, Federal Employees Support Open Data Plans
News  |  1/5/2011  | 
Despite widespread backing, agencies say they need more technological and leadership support to achieve government transparency goals, finds Socrata survey.
Qualcomm To Buy WiFi Chipmaker Atheros
News  |  1/5/2011  | 
The $3.1 billion purchase will fill a crucial gap in Qualcomm's mobile processor portfolio.
HHS Unveils Final Health IT Certification Rules
News  |  1/4/2011  | 
The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT has published permanent regulations for organizations authorized to test and certify health IT products for meaningful use.
Social Security Approves EHR Interoperability Technology
News  |  1/3/2011  | 
Health IT firm EHR Doctors gets clearance for its C32 Continuity of Care Document, which enables hospitals and doctors to achieve meaningful use in the electronic exchange of medical data.
China Erects Wall Against Skype
News  |  1/3/2011  | 
Government crackdown on illegal voice over IP services appears to shore up state-run providers. say observers.
Top Healthcare IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  1/3/2011  | 
Health systems will tackle technology challenges including mobile, manpower, meaningful use, and other mandates.
Guerra On Healthcare: Preventing EMR Planning Paralysis
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
If you wait for answers before implementing an electronic medical record, you'll likely fall behind on getting meaningful use incentive funds.


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