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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in November 2009
Feds Providing $80 Million For Health IT Training
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The government funding helps set up 6-month health IT workforce training programs at community colleges nationwide.
Apple Seeks Permanent Halt To Psystar Mac Clones
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
The requested injunction would prohibit Psystar from selling Mac knock offs, which a federal court has already ruled violate Apple's copyright.
FCC Chair Wants More Broadband
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
A 10% increase in broadband availability means a 1.2 to 1.5 point increase in GDP, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski says.
Senators Urge EU To Finish Oracle Sun Probe
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
With Sun jobs at stake, U.S. lawmakers want the European Commission to speed up its antitrust investigation.
Feds To Sharpen Cybersecurity Job Policies
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
The Office of Personnel Management seeks to develop a framework for the classification, hiring, performance management, and development of federal cybersecurity pros.
Feds Launch Health IT Blog
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Health and Human Services' Health IT Buzz blog covers security, regulatory, standards, and other issues.
Physicians Question Health IT Stimulus Requirements
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
A physicians practice industry group expresses concern about electronic health record incentive programs.
Obama Calls For Math, Science Push
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
The president kicked off a public-private initiative Monday to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Web 2.0 Expo: Noveck Cites Open Gov Challenges
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
The deputy CTO for open government sees progress, but acknowledges push back and resource constraints on the path to transparency.
Obama Team Challenges Web Developers
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
Having rebuilt on the open source Drupal platform, President Obama's new media team is calling on the open source community for new ideas and technology.
FCC Speeds Cell Tower Reviews
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
The "shot clock" rule will set a limit on how long local governments can review applications for new cellular towers.
Web 2.0 Expo: Startup Aims At Public Policy Crowdsourcing
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
Expert Labs, founded by Anil Dash, will use social media tools to bring private sector expertise to the U.S. government's decision-making processes.
Lawmakers Slam Deceptive Web Marketers
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Post-transaction marketing abuses bring calls for stronger oversight.
Obama Administration Defends Its Data Quality
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Inaccuracies in stimulus-tracking data on do exist, but overall the transparency effort has been a success, says a special advisor to the President.
Healthcare Provider Saves With E-Invoicing
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Electronic invoices are saving Memorial Hermann Healthcare System millions of dollars.
Bill Would Ban P2P Use By Federal Employees
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Proposed legislation would prohibit use of P2P software like BitTorrent or Limewire on government computers and set policies for employees and contractors.
Healthcare's New Revenue Generator: Business Apps
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
Banner Health uses $17 million supply chain savings to pay for new clinical information systems.
CTIA Seeks More Mobile Broadband Spectrum
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
The mobile industry group said spectrum below 3 GHz should be reallocated for mobile data purposes.
Healthcare IT Job Outlook Perks Up
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Business analysts and technology architects face rosy IT job prospects in the healthcare and green energy sectors.
Reporting Health IT Security Compliance Gets Easier
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled a new program that helps streamline how healthcare organizations report to their business associates their status of compliance to security regulations such as HIPAA and others.
Obama, In China, Promotes An Open Internet
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
In a townhall meeting in Shanghai, the President acknowledges the challenges posed by unrestricted Internet access, but says the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
Programmers Charged In Madoff Scheme
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
Two men were arrested for developing and maintaining computer programs that helped convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff cover up his operation.
Senate Bill Would Help Family Doctors Fund EHRs
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
The bill, introduced by Sen. John Kerry, would make small healthcare practices eligible for federal loans.
Military Readies IT Acquisition Reforms
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
Deputy Defense secretary William Lynn says procurement reforms should be ready by the spring.
Avaya-Nortel Acquisition Gets OK
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies have signed off on the $900 million acquisition of Nortel's enterprise solutions unit.
Lawmaker Eyes Verizon Termination Fees
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that will stop carriers from raising cancellation fees.
NASA Space Technologies Go Mainstream
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
In its annual report, the space agency identifies 49 technologies that are being repurposed in the private sector, including scheduling software for hospitals and a tuning circuit for 3G networks.
Information Exchanges Let Doctors Share Patient Data Efficiently
News  |  11/10/2009  | 
Several new networks are being launched across the country, and while they vary in size, scope, and clientele, the goals and challenges are similar.
Justice Dept. Supports Oracle In EU Dispute
News  |  11/10/2009  | 
The U.S. agency's antitrust division said Oracle's purchase of Sun wouldn't harm competition in the database market.
EC Objects To Oracle's Sun Acquisition
News  |  11/9/2009  | 
The European Commission fears that combining Oracle's proprietary database with the open source MySQL would hurt competition.
Healthcare IT Career Tips
News  |  11/9/2009  | 
IT pros without clinical experience shouldn't rule out possible transitions into emerging healthcare IT jobs.
Craigslist Founder To Advise Veteran Affairs
News  |  11/6/2009  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has invited Craig Newmark to join a panel to review suggestions for fixing its claims processing.
Obama's Open Government Directive Nears Release
News  |  11/5/2009  | 
The directive, which is behind schedule, will require federal agencies to develop and outline specific actions they will take to be more open to the public.
Government Technologist: Vivek Kundra's Data Center Problem
Commentary  |  11/4/2009  | 
The number of data centers belonging to the U.S. government has more than doubled in the past 10 years. Can Federal CIO Vivek Kundra put a stop to the trend?
Intel Hit With Antitrust Suit In NY
News  |  11/4/2009  | 
The New York attorney general claims the chipmaker used bribery and coercion to prevent computer makers from using rival products.
Health Care Provider Improves Performance With Metrics
News  |  11/4/2009  | 
Presbyterian Healthcare Services uses Actuate performance management software in pursuit of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.
Big Blue Helps Ireland Stay Green
News  |  11/3/2009  | 
IBM has partnered with environmental authorities in the country to establish a real-time water management portal.
Cisco Bid For Tandberg Deemed Fair
News  |  11/2/2009  | 
The report by Ernst & Young answers Tandberg stockholders who believe Cisco's $3 billion offer is too low.

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