News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in October 2011
Push Tech To Private Market Faster, Fed Agencies Told
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
White House orders agencies to transfer technology and funds to the private market more quickly, hoping to fuel a new group of startups.
Healthcare Providers Fear Disruptions With 5010 Standards
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Attendees at Medical Group Management Association conference urged to learn ANSI X12 version 5010 data format to prepare for medical coding changes in 2013.
EHR Privacy Rule Threatens Research, Federal Advisers Say
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Health IT Policy committee urges HHS to sidestep patient consent rule when electronic health record data is used in quality improvement research.
FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Would you spend $4.5 billion to put a 486 PC in every farmer's barn? That's basically what the FCC is proposing to do, and the lack of consideration of new models of telecom is troubling.
GAO: Federal IT Spending Reports Not Accurate
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Office of Management and Budget can't accurately track federal IT spending, GAO says, urging OMB to improve its reporting guidance to agencies and departments.
Feds Use Internet To Improve Customer Service
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Agencies disclose plans to use technology to improve services to citizens and an Obama administration executive order.
IBM, Georgia Tech Point Data Modeling At Kids Health
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Project seeks to identify factors contributing to health outcomes of pediatric patients with asthma, autism, and diabetes.
U.S. CIO VanRoekel Outlines What's Next For Fed Tech
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
In his first public speech since taking his post in August, Obama's CIO said he will build upon his predecessor Vivek Kundra's work to create innovation.
E-Transaction Standards Deadline Worries Grow
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Medical Group Management Association fears that cash flow will stop because many practices aren't ready for new transaction standards.
Athenahealth To Pay Some Malpractice Insurance Premiums
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
The jury's out on whether electronic health records increase malpractice lawsuits, but vendor pledges to help cut risk for some customers.
Q&A: Blumenthal Talks EHRs, Healthcare Reform
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
President Obama's former national coordinator for health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal, shares his thoughts on progress with meaningful use of electronic health records, and what's next for healthcare reform.
Electronic Records May Increase Malpractice Lawsuit Risk
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
EHRs may reduce medical liability for some errors, but could create new forms of medical liability and expose existing liability issues, says report.
Should Mobile Medical Apps Require FDA Approval?
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
The new FDA guidelines may create headaches for developers, but there is an upside for doctors and patients.
Medicare Safety Data Criticized As Flawed
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
Hospital groups, Joint Commission president say use of claims data invalidates comparisons published on HospitalCompare website.
Hospitals Move Slowly On Meaningful Use
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
But growing number of CIOs tell CHIME they are confident their facilities can win federal dollars.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 More Doable Than Round One
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
The feds seem to have learned from the problems they created with stage 1 criteria. Now they're doing their due diligence.
Medicare Eases Final Rules For Accountable Care Organizations
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Feds cut measurement requirements in half and encourage, but don't mandate, electronic health records and health information exchanges.
Telehealth Faces Challenges Worldwide
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
In developing countries, low cost wireless biometric sensors and cell phone technologies are being developed to monitor and screen patients.
GSA Loses $2.5 Billion Cloud Contract Fight
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
The end result may let the feds require U.S.-only, government-only clouds.
Opposition Grows To Meaningful Use Metadata
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Federal advisers say it's premature to include metadata standards in Meaningful Use Stage 2.
$25 Million Awarded For Behavioral Healthcare IT
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund technology to coordinate treatment for people with mental health and substance use disorders.
Are EHR Incentives A Waste Of Money?
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Critics charge that Meaningful Use incentives only reward longtime users of health IT rather than encourage new electronic health record adoption.
Wireless Carriers Promise Alerts Before Big Bills
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
Prices aren't going down, but at least you'll be warned how much expensive data you're using.
SEC Mandates Cyber Incident Reporting
News  |  10/14/2011  | 
Securities and Exchange Commission issues its first guidance for how and when companies should report cybersecurity or other incidents that pose a cyber risk.
India Tells U.S.: H-1B Process Too Slow
News  |  10/14/2011  | 
Authorities lodge U.S. Trade department complaint, say immigration process for tech workers is overly cumbersome.
Meaningful Use Compliance: A Piece Of Cake?
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
The feds have already paid out $653 million in incentives to clinicians who've implemented electronic health records. For some providers, the work wasn't so hard after all.
14 Rural Hospitals Join Nebraska Health Data Exchange
News  |  10/13/2011  | 
Nebraska Health Information Initiative adds more than a dozen critical access hospitals while some U.S. health information exchanges struggle.
2-D Barcodes Can Automatically Update EHRs
News  |  10/12/2011  | 
Cook Children's, Microsoft, Athenahealth, and drug makers Merck and Sanofi Pasteur develop system that allows smartphones to scan vaccine label information into e-health records.
Athenahealth CEO Says Meaningful Use Needs Performance Data
News  |  10/10/2011  | 
Physicians should be required to collect and report actual EHR performance data to avoid subjective aspects of Medicare's MU attestation process, says electronic health record vendor CEO.
How To Build A Government Cloud
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
As federal agencies race to meet OMB's 'cloud first' mandate, they must adapt the cloud model to the idiosyncrasies of government.
Oracle Pays $199.5 Million To Settle GSA Claims
News  |  10/7/2011  | 
Justice Department wins largest false claims settlement ever from Oracle, which is accused of not giving proper discounts on government technology purchases.
Health IT Group Pushes Tax Incentives For Jobs
News  |  10/7/2011  | 
Hospitals and clinicians need tax credits to hire, train health information systems professionals, American Health Information Management Association tells Congress.
Feds Expand Data Center Consolidation Plans
News  |  10/6/2011  | 
White House says the expanded effort will close more data centers and save taxpayers more money.
U.K. E-Health Records Failure Makes U.S. Plan Shine
Commentary  |  10/6/2011  | 
It's too soon to know whether U.S. healthcare providers will jump on the IT bandwagon, but one thing's for certain: the U.K.'s health IT project was too top-heavy.
GPS Mandatory On Mobile Phones By 2018
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
To modernize the 911 system, the FCC has ruled that all wireless carriers must offer GPS; VoIP services also.
New York Seeks To Turn Ideas Into Mobile Apps
News  |  10/5/2011  | 
At Interop, NY CIO Carole Post outlines next steps in the city's open government and IT modernization initiatives, including a mobile apps competition.
Denied An EHR Incentive Payment? Appeal
News  |  10/5/2011  | 
As dollars are distributed under CMS' EHR incentive programs, the agency is establishing an appeals process for applicants that don't make the grade.
Verizon, Duke University Collaborate On Health IT
News  |  10/4/2011  | 
Duke and Verizon will focus on scaling up promising health IT innovations and using the network to reach a mass market.


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