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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in October 2013
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FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.
HealthCare.gov Faced Security Risks, Feds Were Told
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
As HHS secretary Sebelius testified to Congress about the flawed rollout, a memo surfaced that predicted security risks due to inadequate testing.
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
GSA Streamlines IT Operations, Closes Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Agency CIO says closure of 37 data centers and centralization of IT operations will improve efficiency within GSA and in serving other federal agencies.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
Obamacare Rollout Hampered By Operating Rules Lag
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Backend transmission rules, slated for 2016, may have prevented the rampant errors sending enrollment data from health insurance exchanges to insurance companies.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Google's Mystery Project Won't Float
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
A San Francisco regulator casts doubt on the viability of a waterborne Google store.
Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
After an FBI security rule prevented the LAPD from using Google Apps, the city was forced to backpedal from its move to the cloud. Now Los Angeles is trying again.
How Google Flu Trends Blew It
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Last year, Google Flu Trends made a mountain out of a molehill by overestimating the incidence of influenza. Blame the media.
Private Sector Rides To Rescue Of HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Handful of Web insurance brokers will start enrolling people in HealthCare.gov plans within a month, but backend coding problems could continue to delay completion of policy purchases.
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
LPTA Contracts Stifle Government Innovation
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
"Lowest price technically acceptable" contracts drive down prices but sacrifice long-term value to meet short-term government savings goals, says study.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
Walgreens Accused Of Exposing Customer Health Data
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Pharmacists' move from behind the counter exposes customer data to prying eyes and violates HIPAA, says Change to Win Retail Initiatives group.
Medicare Drags Feet On Secure Patient IDs
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Medicare increases identity theft risk because it uses social security numbers as patient identifiers, says GAO report.
HealthCare.gov: Latest Victim Of Federal Acquisition Problems?
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Healthcare.gov's problems aren't unique to federal IT projects, but they are uniquely visible to the American public.
Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda speaks with former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan on Congress' role in fostering the U.S. technology market, immigration law and more.
Obama Addresses HealthCare.gov Glitches
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
President expresses frustration with the marketplace's problems in Monday press conference.
Why Doctors Hate EHR Software
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
Have meaningful use incentives merely propelled sales for a lot of lousy software?
Government Shutdown Damage May Linger
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Federal agencies and IT contractors are still assessing the fallout from the shutdown on their operations, but initial figures point to high costs.
Fed IT Spending To Rise After 3-Year Decline
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Spending will increase only some and significant IT challenges remain ahead for government agencies, says TechAmerica Foundation.
State CIOs Say Procurement Problems Hobble Innovation
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Cumbersome and risk-averse procurement processes hold back state and local CIOs' efforts to improve services, finds NASCIO survey.
Patient Engagement: How To Do It Right
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Some healthcare providers have figured out the best set of IT tools to get patients more involved in their own care.
Online Service Aims To Simplify Hospital Bills
News  |  10/14/2013  | 
As the hospital revenue mix shifts from insurers to patients, online services like Simplee can improve collections with bills that are easier to understand and pay.
Open Educational Resources: Smart Policy
Commentary  |  10/11/2013  | 
Educators around the world are already using OERs to improve learning. Why haven't they been adopted on a broader scale?
Health Insurance Exchanges Plagued By Data Errors
News  |  10/11/2013  | 
Health insurance exchanges, especially the one run by Uncle Sam, are having problems sending files that can be opened and that have complete information.
Practice Fusion Guarantees Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  10/10/2013  | 
Free cloud-based EHR, sold primarily to individual doctors and small practices, says it will be certified in time for 2014 incentives.
Government CFOs: Bad Data Quality Hobbles Agencies
News  |  10/9/2013  | 
Government CFOs say their agencies' services are at risk due to rising requirements, diminishing resources and the lack of quality data, a new report says.
American Well: The Doctor Will See You Online
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Telemedicine company American Well offers anyone urgent-care video consultations on mobile devices for $49 a pop.
Federal Shutdown: We Miss Our Data
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
Greater respect for federal data services might be one of the good things to come from the government shutdown.
European-American Cloud Conflict: Bad for Business
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Europe is proposing privacy regulations that directly contradict American law. Business could get caught in the middle.
Athenahealth Tracks Flu Outbreaks During Government Shutdown
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Health IT vendor uses cloud-based EHR database to show outbreaks in absence of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why Medical Gadgets Need Digital Consumer Touches
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
People don't like to be reminded they're sick. That's one reason why tomorrow's health gadget needs to look more like a smartphone than a clunky medical device.
Army CIO Cites Progress In Farewell To Staff
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, who retired last week, says efforts to modernize the Army's IT infrastructure leaves an "unbreakable foundation" for the next decade.
Airbnb Fights Demand For Host Data
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants information about Airbnb hosts to curb potential violation of rental laws.
Big Data, Better Health Tracking
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Merck partnership with Israeli health system is another promising step toward using big data to improve the understanding of medical treatment.
Data Scientists Create Code Of Professional Conduct
News  |  10/7/2013  | 
Big data practitioners develop data science guidelines for a profession where, they say, ethics are often lacking.
Budget Worries Grow For Government IT Leaders
News  |  10/4/2013  | 
Budget woes top cybersecurity worries in national poll of federal, state and local government IT managers.
Keep The Web DRM-Free
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
The World Wide Web Consortium is moving ahead with support for digital locks for content in the HTML specification. Pray the group reconsiders.
3 Agile Government Myths, Busted
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
Agile development principles can help federal IT departments save time and money -- if they can get past the barriers.
Federal Websites: 'Sorry, We're Closed'
News  |  10/3/2013  | 
Government shutdown has plunged many federal websites into darkness, leaving visitors without information and skeleton operations vulnerable to hackers.
Obamacare Insurance Exchange Websites: Tech Critique
News  |  10/2/2013  | 
State and federal websites' failure to work as advertised in first days of insurance availability can be blamed on software bottlenecks due to poor design.
4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
At first, shuttered government websites smacked of political statement to me. Four other factors apply -- but none of them explain the decision to shut off the Panda Cam.
FAA Advisers: Lift Device Bans On Planes
News  |  10/2/2013  | 
Smartphones, tablets and other devices are safe during airplane takeoff and landing, says FAA panel, but voice calls are still a no-no.
Government Shutdown Hits Most Agencies
News  |  10/1/2013  | 
Congressional stalemate affects operations across the government, leaving many agency websites and services unavailable.
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