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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in November 2012
Feds Pull Plug On 'One Stop' Cloud Portal
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
The General Services Administration plans to decommission Uncle Sam's site, which was supposed to make it easy for agencies to acquire software as a service.
EHRs Can Thwart Prescription Drug Abuse, Says Study
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
New government-sponsored report suggests embedding access to state-level substance abuse data in physician and pharmacy systems.
Inspector General Slams Medicare Oversight Of EHR Program
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Office of Inspection General asserts that lack of prepayment audits of Meaningful Use leaves the Medicare program vulnerable to abuse.
Obama Victory Re-Energizes Health Information Exchanges
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Frost & Sullivan report predicts that market for health information exchanges will grow 30% to 40% or more in the next year.
Feds Fall Short On IT Project Management
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Government agencies, including Health and Human Services, do a poor job of following federal IT investment guidelines, reports Government Accountability Office.
Future Cities: IT Priorities For Urban Transformation
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
City planners and their IT teams are setting big goals -- and facing big challenges -- in the development of tech-enabled "Future Cities," our survey results show.
New Patient Engagement Guidelines Stress Electronic Tools
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
National eHealth Collaborative offers healthcare organizations self-assessment tool to measure their success in this area.
Samsung Slammed Over Labor Abuses
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
New Samsung guidelines at China supplier factories are insufficient to protect workers, says labor watch group.
10 Cities Raise Tech IQs In IBM Challenge
Slideshows  |  11/26/2012  | 
IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge helps 100 cities around the globe improve education, infrastructure, public safety and economic development. Look how 10 winning cities are tackling tough problems.
Google Encourages Action Against UN Internet Proposals
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Google fears that upcoming conference could give governments too much control over Internet governance, launches an online campaign to keep everyone in the loop.
Award-Winning IT Vendor Simplifies Adverse Event Reporting
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Using unified Web and mobile apps, KBCoreSM collects and analyzes information to improve reporting and promote patient safety, winning the Office of National Coordinator's challenge.
Do Accountable Care Organizations Improve Patient Care?
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Report suggests ACOs may improve quality of care and drive down costs, but analysis calls that conclusion into question.
McKesson To Standardize Next-Gen Healthcare Payments
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
IT powerhouse will use bundling automation software to promote payment approach that's being piloted by insurers across the country.
Feds To Use Social Media For Biosurveillance
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Office of Health Affairs teams with Accenture Federal Services to gather information from Facebook and Twitter to protect against disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks.
Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposals: Too Ambitious?
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Most objectives merely build on stage 2 -- but some new criteria might generate pushback, consultants say.
Modria's Fairness Engine: Justice On Demand
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
Dispute resolution technology could replace courtroom clashes, at least when the stakes are low.
Federal IT Dashboard: Agencies Overstating Progress?
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
New GAO report concludes that some agencies use the transparency tool to paint a rosier picture of IT projects than reality warrants.
Monster Chooses Splunk For Big Data Security
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
Popular job search website looks to Splunk, rising big data star, to meet its online security and compliance goals.
Google Says Government Surveillance Growing
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Demands for Google user data and content takedowns are on the rise, some of which are not legitimate.
Time To Deliver On Federal IT Reform
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
First four years of the Obama Administration were marked by the beginnings of significant changes in federal IT. Execution will be the name of the game during the next four.
EHRs Among Today's Top Health IT Hazards
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Inaccurate patient information, mobile distractions and med device interoperability are putting patients at risk, says recent report from ECRI.
Interoperability: Quick Route To Better Care
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Critic chides policymakers for downplaying standards and usability in Meaningful Use Stage 1 at American Medical Informatics Association meeting.
Medicare Electronic Submissions System Makes Slow Start
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Only 5.5% of the records requested by Medicare auditors went through the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation system as claims attachments during the first program year.
Meaningful Use Deferrals May Hurt Healthcare Providers
News  |  11/9/2012  | 
Health information exchange was the most common Meaningful Use criteria doctors deferred in stage 1, but it's required in stage 2. Will they be ready to comply?
Health IT: How Not To Get Hired
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Brains aren't enough to land that dream job. Humility and a willingness to learn are just as crucial.
ONC Design Challenge: 'Humanize' Electronic Health Records
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
Office of the National Coordinator seeks graphic designers who can redesign printed Blue Button patient records and make the documents more doctor friendly.
Apple, Foxconn Labor Promises Questioned
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
Report on Foxconn working conditions at Apple facilities is criticized for being overly rosy.
How Health IT Benefits From Obama's Re-election
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
The fed's health IT incentive program will continue, along with related programs, but one prominent analyst suggests the biggest threat to the EHR incentive program now is the 'fiscal cliff.'
Feds Fork Over $7 Billion In EHR Payments
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doles out $7.7 billion in incentive payments so far -- while experts remind that the ultimate goal is better patient care.
5 Items Should Top Obama's Technology Agenda
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
From infrastructure to tech education, here's what I want to see on the to-do list for the next four years.
Election 2012: New Voting Tech Caused Some Headaches
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
President Obama was re-elected on Tuesday, but not without glitches and malfunctions reported by users of digital voting technologies.
Google Catches Break In Apple Case, Still Faces FTC
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
Judge cans Apple's patent-related complaint, but Google's far from out of the woods. It will next face the U.S. government on the same issue.
EHRs Push Private Practice Docs Out of Business
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
Growing numbers seek employment, in part because government-mandated technology costs too much.
Apple Vs. Motorola Suit Tossed By Judge
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
Motorola and Apple sued each other in Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin; Judge Crabb dismisses Wisconsin case. Next up, Washington State.
National Health Information Exchange: Why The Delay?
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Hurricane Sandy took many lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. But so does a healthcare system that still refuses to embrace interoperability.

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