News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in January 2012
Obama's Google+ Debut: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Online get-together with a handful of citizens was a step forward for open government, but participation was limited and key questions were skipped.
Bipartisan Think Tank Tackles Health IT Costs
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Bipartisan Policy Center also challenges government and health organizations to devise uniform specs on which to base patient care by June 2013.
FDA Spied On Employee Personal Emails, Lawsuit Alleges
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Six former employees and contractors of the Food and Drug Administration have filed suit, saying documents show the agency monitored their personal email and retaliated against their whistleblowing.
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra Resigns
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Chopra, the first person to hold the federal CTO post and a strong voice behind Obama administration efforts on open government, will depart in February.
AT&T Loses $6.7B, Faults FCC Regulation
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
AT&T CEO complained about inconsistent government regulation and the need for spectrum to serve rural America as the company recorded massive fourth-quarter loss.
Pay For Performance: Make Healthcare Metrics Count
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Healthcare providers must collect all sorts of quality and other performance data to meet emerging standards. We delve into the huge task ahead.
Can $10 Million Trim $100 Billion From Healthcare?
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Philanthropist-backed institute aims to spur technology-driven "common-sense changes in healthcare reimbursement and regulation."
Top 10 Open Government Websites
Slideshows  |  1/25/2012  | 
Federal agencies face White House orders to become more transparent. These websites expose new data sets, support public petitions, and reveal where taxpayer money goes.
Google Foes Fighting Social Search Ignore One Truth
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Google competitors ramp up protests that the search giant favors its own social content, hurting Facebook and Twitter. One problem, guys: There's no such thing as truly organic search.
IT Tools Help Patients Cut Prescription, Exam Costs
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Change Healthcare provides companies' employees with a Web portal, data analytics, personalized text messages, and email alerts to help them find lower-cost healthcare services and prescription drugs.
IRS Website Plans Too Vague, Watchdog Says
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
GAO criticizes the agency for plan to spend $320 million over 10 years to improve its online services without clearly defining what the changes will be.
Supreme Court Tackles GPS Tracking Vs. Privacy
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Government violated the Fourth Amendment when it attached a GPS tracking device to a car without a warrant, the court rules.
Defense Dept. CIO Needs More Authority, Board Says
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Defense department's advisory board urges military to give DOD CIO more authority to drive data center consolidation and cloud computing.
Google Data Centers: Safe For Your Back Yard
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
Auditors find that Google's U.S. data centers meet environmental and workplace safety standards.
Telehealth Reimbursement Will Grow, Health Leaders Say
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
Federal Medicare program for seniors and disabled Americans currently does not reimburse for most telehealth, care coordination, and home monitoring services, but that could change soon.
Google's Growth Path: 6 Challenges
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
As Google prepares to report its fourth-quarter 2011 earnings, some industry-watchers see obstacles ahead. Consider these six hurdles.
10 Government Ideas To Spur Innovation
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
More investment in basic research, STEM education, and entrepreneurship "clusters" are among the proposals in a 160-page Commerce Department report.
Federal Researchers Push Limits Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Energy Department's Magellan project, measuring the expansion of the universe, determines cloud computing can't beat its HPC systems on cost or performance. But flexibility is another story.
Google, Mozilla, Wikipedia Fight SOPA Piracy Bill
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Blacked-out websites and calls-to-action appear across the Web to protest proposed SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills.
SOPA Stalling As Opposition Grows
News  |  1/17/2012  | 
Two controversial anti-piracy bills, SOPA in the House and PIPA in the Senate, face mounting criticism for going too far to block pirated content.
Rhode Island Thinks Big About Health IT
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Meet Rhode Island Quality Institute's CIO and see why Medicare thinks other states could learn from his big ideas.
Salesforce.com Hires Former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  1/16/2012  | 
Tech visionary joins cloud apps and platform vendor as executive vice president of emerging markets.
Online Tools Slice, Dice EPA Emissions Data
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
An interactive map lets you break down and visualize data from nine industry groups on 2010 emissions in the United States
EHRs Linked to Errors, Harm, AMA Says
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
Clinicians can introduce errors when they copy and paste sensitive patient data into electronic health records, according to AMA research.
Google+ Search Controversy Grows
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
Twitter and privacy experts cry foul over Google's inclusion of Google+ content in its search results, raise issue of further government intervention.
VanRoekel Details Government Mobile Strategy At CES
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Federal CIO looks to cost optimization, coordinated procurement, and lessons learned from the private sector in his plans to help agencies do more with less.
HIPAA Electronic Transaction Standards Make Progress
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
Claims processing standards expected to cut administrative burden on healthcare providers, insurance companies, and states, says Department of Health and Human Services.
National Weather Service Bans Mobile App Development
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
The agency will rely on private apps developed using National Weather Service data rather than developing apps itself, but weather service union is calling the move tantamount to privatization.
ATA To Medicare: Broaden Hospital Telemedicine Participation Rules
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
The American Telemedicine Association wants Medicare to approve telemedicine services for stroke and intensive care.
Master Data Management And Justice For All
Commentary  |  1/6/2012  | 
Voting rights issues are at stake in a case in South Carolina that poses a classic and complicated MDM problem.
Medicare Names 73 Innovation Advisers
News  |  1/6/2012  | 
Advisers will test better models of care delivery and share ideas, to further Obama administration's healthcare reform goals.
NASA Promotes Open Source With New Website
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
Code.nasa.gov will showcase the agency's open-source projects and invite public engagement.
Top 9 Health IT Stories Of 2011
Slideshows  |  1/4/2012  | 
2011 was a challenging year for healthcare IT professionals. Providers rolled out electronic health record systems to qualify for the government's Meaningful Use financial incentives. Meanwhile, mobile health apps took off, e-prescribing increased, health info exchanges got a start, and some organizations suffered data breaches. On the plus side, more health IT jobs became available.
FBI's Beleaguered Sentinel Project Delayed Again
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
Bureau's next generation case-management system suffers another setback, as performance issues arise in testing and push deployment out to May.
8 Tech Trends To Shape Banking In 2012
News  |  1/3/2012  | 
As IT budgets finally rebound, these trends will shape tech spending in 2012 and determine banks' competitive positions for years to come.
Google Ad Controversy Prompts Finger Pointing
News  |  1/3/2012  | 
Google hired a company to develop ads for Chrome and got a campaign that ran afoul of its own rules.
5 Steps To Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use
News  |  1/3/2012  | 
HHS site offers small medical practices tips on selecting, implementing, and making the most of EHRs.


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