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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in January 2013
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HIMSS Goal: Show Value Of Health IT
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Convincing national policy makers that health IT is worth the investment and promoting interoperability tops health IT organization's Washington agenda.
EHR Accuracy Remains Problem, CHIME Says
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives warn technology and workflow burdens make EHR reporting nearly impossible.
China's GitHub Censorship Dilemma
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
Censorship becomes more difficult when communication gets combined with code.
Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
White House plan will work only if the IT systems and databases used for background checks and gun tracing get the improvements needed to support stepped-up oversight.
Judge Won't Triple $1.05B Verdict Against Samsung
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
In patent battle, Apple had sought "willful infringement" decision in motion following August jury trial; more wrangling ahead.
Healthcare Experts Confront EHR-Related Medical Errors
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
AMIA task force calls on vendors, clinicians, academics and policy-makers to rethink poorly designed health IT systems.
Quality Measure Reporting For EHRs Needs Work
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
Mistakes indicate a need for redefined quality measures suited for EHRs, say researchers who conducted Weill Cornell study.
Amazon Profits Fall Despite Rising Revenue
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Amazon reports fourth-quarter sales of $21.27 billion, but heavy capital expenditures led to a decline in net income in quarter and an overall $39 million loss for 2012.
Google Maps North Korea With Help From Users
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Individuals around the world are contributing geo-information about secretive North Korea.
Immigration Reform Package Includes Tech Workers
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Separate bill would significantly increase the number of H-1B visas issued by the United States.
How Big Data Could Help Tame Cancer
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
U.K. cancer scientists say a huge DNA database could help prolong the lives of some patients.
IT Cost Control Measures Pay Off For U.K.
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Ambitious plans to reform government technology purchasing are making a positive impact, netting $496 million in savings last year, says government audit.
Facebook Blocks Vine, Wonder Apps
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
If you take our data, you must let your users share on Facebook, say Facebook's new rules.
Glasgow: U.K.'s First 'Smart City'
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Scrappy Scottish city will be paid to help develop smart technology solutions to urban problems.
Google Silent About Wireless Experiment
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Google has applied to the FCC for permission to test an experimental wireless system. Is Google about to offer mobile broadband?
Federal CIO Outlines Second-Term IT Priorities
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Amid continued cost cutting, the White House will seek to drive innovation, ROI and cybersecurity.
Meaningful Use Slowly Increases EHR Use In Hospitals
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Expense and resistance to change are among reasons 75% of hospitals still aren't in advanced stages of MU, says Health Information Management and Systems Society.
Telehealth To Grow Six-Fold By 2017
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Remote patient monitoring will ramp up worldwide, largely driven by U.S hospitals working to reduce readmissions and avoid Medicare penalties, says InMedica study.
Google Sees Growing Government Demand For User Data
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
More than two-thirds of demands for Google user data in the U.S. are made without a judge-approved warrant.
HIPAA Changes Could Create New Bureaucratic Burdens
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Modifications to HIPAA may take the focus off patients and pile on administrative work.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Could Be IT Quagmire
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Federal Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements will make your organization more competitive -- if they don't drive you off the deep end.
EHR Vendors Join Chorus Against Federal Deadlines
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Pressure builds for government to delay start of Meaningful Use stage 3, refocus MU incentive program on interoperability and health outcomes.
Google Tops $50 Billion For 2012
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Google's strong Q4 2012 earnings beat analysts' expectations.
U.K.'s EHR Scheme To Copy Obamacare
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
NHS exec says copying the U.S. is best way for U.K. to develop national connected digital medical records. But who will pay for it?
Healthcare Innovation Doesn't Happen Overnight
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Intel-GE Care Innovations CEO: When it comes to technological innovation and advancement, healthcare IT leaders would do well to take a page from Intel's book.
New York Challenges Developers To Create Patient Portal
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Portal to let New Yorkers access their health data is "tip of the iceberg" for future state-wide consumer health applications, says contest sponsor New York eHealth Collaborative.
Payers Lure Providers With Big Data
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association affiliate's acquisition of Intelimedix is latest attempt to offer actionable clinical information for quality improvement.
Microsoft Kinect Technology Helps Surgeons Manipulate Images
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Study shows device can preserve sterility by letting surgeons alter MR images without touching computer.
Is 2013 Year Of The MOOC?
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Massive open online courses are forcing institutions to consider how to offer course credit and verify student identities.
Docs, Hospitals Say Delay Meaningful Use Stage 3
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
AMA and American Hospital Association question why government is rushing to set stage 3 criteria when nobody knows results of stage 2 yet.
EHRs Continue To Take A Beating
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
In TEDMED webcast, several vendor executives suggest Meaningful Use and the focus on billing might be making medicine less efficient.
Intel CTO: Smart Sensors, Wearable Tech Coming Soon
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Touchscreen Ultrabooks might be cutting edge today, but Intel CTO Justin Rattner says it's nothing compared to the next generation of smart sensors and wearable technology just around the corner.
'Fiscal Cliff' Law To Affect Medicare's Quality Reporting
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
Quality of care registries might someday be used to report quality data to the EHR incentive program.
Twitter U.K. Faces Fines Over TweetDeck Accounting
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
Twitter misses U.K. government financial filing deadlines for TweetDeck subsidiary.
Swartz Suicide Puts JSTOR Academic Database In Spotlight
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
Death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz renews debate over online content and copyright.
The Life Monochrome: The U.K.'s Digital Laggards
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
Government plans to save money -- and generate revenue -- by shifting citizen services online may be derailed by people with no interest in smartphones, computers or even color TV.
E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
E-prescription adoption will grow in 2013, but challenges persist in connectivity, funding and state regulations, says Black Book study.
Why Take EHR Data Out Of Structured Format?
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
HL7's conversion tool may seem counterproductive, but it's meant to encourage patients to use Blue Button.
Hospitals Outsource Transcription, Coding Despite New Technology
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
But as speech recognition software grows in popularity, providers are likely to reduce reliance on outside services.
Healthcare IT: Savior Or Sinkhole?
Commentary  |  1/11/2013  | 
Latest RAND report suggests we might be throwing taxpayer dollars away on EHRs and other healthcare IT systems.
U.K. Immigration System Blasted For Data Errors
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
Private company hired to clean up U.K.'s immigration control system has mishandled cases and sent deportation notices in error via text messages, lawyers say.
How Centre College IT Prepped For VP Debate
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Small college needed new IT infrastructure to meet the Wi-Fi, cellular, VoIP demands for the U.S. vice presidential debate. Here's how they did it.
Online Education Policy Draws Fire In California
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Higher education representatives and online education providers tussle over the impact of online, computer-mediated instruction on college students, faculty and budgets.
Commonwealth Fund: IT Can Rein In Medicare Costs
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Fund's reform proposal could trim $2 trillion from national health spending over the next 10 years.
EHRs, Practice Consolidation Can Alleviate Doc Shortage
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Columbia, Wharton researchers predict efficiency gains from EHR technology and new practice styles without harming continuity of care.
CES Keynote: Health Innovation Barriers Toppling
News  |  1/9/2013  | 
Information technology will close healthcare gap for poor and push other big changes, says Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams.
InformationWeek Education: Your New Guide To Higher Education IT
Commentary  |  1/8/2013  | 
Even if higher education is an industry and calling like no other, it must grow and evolve with its tech-literate clientele. Or it will whither.
Feds Delay Electronic Transaction Operating Rules Enforcement
News  |  1/7/2013  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gives the healthcare industry three additional months to implement the HIPAA 5010 transaction set.
FDA Hops On Big Data Bandwagon
News  |  1/4/2013  | 
Dynamics Research Corp wins five-year, $50 million federal contract to help bolster food and drug safety, scientific collaboration.
Microsoft Slams 'Weak' Google FTC Settlement
News  |  1/4/2013  | 
Google's lack of contrition rankles Microsoft.
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