News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in November 2013
FDA Tells 23andMe To Halt Gene Tests
News  |  11/25/2013  | 
FDA fears inaccurate test results could harm consumers.
Obamacare Drives One Health Plan's BPM Adoption
News  |  11/25/2013  | 
Regulatory changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act prompted Fallon Health Plans to decide it needed a flexible framework for automating its business process management.
Robotic Surgery: da Vinci Versus The Ideal
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Better training and the equivalent of a surgeon's touch are needed to make surgical robots live up to their hype (and potential).
Online Healthcare: States Must Be More Open-Minded
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Telemedicine and online consultations from home hold great promise, if the law can get out of the way.
Consumer Privacy Protections Need Review, GAO Tells Congress
News  |  11/22/2013  | 
A congressional research report concludes that the patchwork of consumer privacy laws needs national review to reflect the increasing industry use of consumer information.
Patient Portals Aren't Very Patient Centric
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
It's time to put some excitement and creativity into e-patient education.
Better Balance Needed Between Patient Privacy, Data Sharing
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
The need for more open sharing of medical data is particularly acute in times of crisis.
Inside New York State's Health Site Launch
News  |  11/21/2013  | 
Where Healthcare.gov has failed, N.Y.'s marketplace has succeeded because of good planning, say a state official and the contractor CSC.
Thanks Obama! Technology Should Not Be An Afterthought
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
The HealthCare.gov debacle offers valuable lessons.
EHR Accreditation Could Spur Doctors' Direct Messaging
News  |  11/20/2013  | 
DirectTrust is on track to accredit intermediaries used by nine EHR vendors that have the bulk of the EHR market.
Patient Satisfaction, Medical Outcomes Must Go Together
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Beyond keeping patients well, today's healthcare providers must keep them happy.
Cyber Insecurity: When Contractors Are Weak Link
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Government and defense contractors play a crucial role in protecting sensitive information. But the evidence suggests they are losing the battle.
Genomics Startup Counts On Amazon Cloud
News  |  11/20/2013  | 
Courtagen taps AWS to handle the terabytes of data produced in analyzing individuals' genes to pinpoint disease-causing abnormalities and best treatments.
R.I.'s Direct Approach To Health Information Exchange
News  |  11/20/2013  | 
CIO Gary Christensen saw that if doctors could exchange records directly, the state's centralized HIE would also benefit.
Healthcare IT Leadership: Boiling The Frog
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Is the job of the CIO becoming an impossible one?
Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush's Quest: A Healthcare Internet
News  |  11/19/2013  | 
Experiences as Army medic, ambulance driver, and failed healthcare practice manager gave Bush the idea for a new way of structuring healthcare.
2014 Digital Business Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  11/19/2013  | 
When it comes to digital strategy, size matters. We broke 510 respondents down by employee count: 326 hail from orgs with fewer than 1,000 employees, while 184 have more than 1,000. We found that 62% of smaller shops have digital strategies vs. 73% of large companies. And that's just the start of the disparities.
White House Unveils Big Data Projects, Round 2
News  |  11/18/2013  | 
The White House announces dozens of new government-business-nonprofit collaborations to use big data for medical research, economics, and more.
EHR Adoption A Struggle For Rural Hospitals
News  |  11/18/2013  | 
Meaningful Use requirements have widened the digital divide between metropolitan and rural hospitals.
Welcome To The New InformationWeek
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
We're leaving behind the old, one-way publishing model of business technology journalism and pioneering an approach that emphasizes community and true multiway discourse.
HealthCare.gov: Biggest Security Risks Yet To Come
News  |  11/15/2013  | 
Push to fix Healthcare.gov by the end of November might create more problems, says security expert.
Google Wins Book Scanning Case
News  |  11/14/2013  | 
Authors Guild's claim of copyright infringement gets shot down in a surprise ruling.
IEEE, Continua Collaborate For Device Interoperability
News  |  11/14/2013  | 
IEEE Standards Association and Continua Health Alliance team to help home-monitoring devices and mobile health apps communicate more easily with healthcare providers.
IW500 Executive Survey Results
Steal Our Slides  |  11/13/2013  | 
Just 12% can switch between public cloud infrastructure and in-house datacenters based on ­demand; only 26% use PaaS; 54% do predictive revenue analysis; and 30% have widely deployed mobile apps for employees.
Feds Praise Open Data Health Cloud Launch
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
Taking advantage of more-open data standards in other countries, MedRed BT Health Cloud will provide public access to aggregated population health data.
How To Get Obamacare Moving Now
Commentary  |  11/11/2013  | 
CMS should let insurance brokers use its eligibility hub to start enrolling people who have been frustrated by HealthCare.gov.
Amazon Again Beats IBM For CIA Cloud Contract
News  |  11/8/2013  | 
IBM maneuvering over 10-year, $600 million CIA contract doomed its protest, in eyes of court.
Barriers To Health Information Exchange
News  |  11/8/2013  | 
In order to achieve true interoperability, patients' need for better data sharing must come before the interests of providers, vendors and regulators.
Health Information Exchange Needs A Simpler Model
Commentary  |  11/8/2013  | 
The CEOs of four cloud-based healthcare IT firms express skepticism about HIEs, seeing them as a bureaucracy rather than a workable architecture.
IBM Government Cloud Gets FedRAMP Approval
News  |  11/7/2013  | 
Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program guarantees IBM's infrastructure as a service platform meets federal network security standards.
Federal Agencies Lagging On IT Savings Mandate
News  |  11/7/2013  | 
Some agencies have failed to develop a comprehensive action plan or outlined efforts to migrate to shared services, which are required as part of the federal PortfolioStat initiative.
CMS CIO Leaves HealthCare.gov Mess For Private Sector
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
CIO Tony Trenkle, who oversaw $2 billion IT office for CMS, including Healthcare.gov program, heads for the private sector.
Apple Seeks Freedom To Disclose Gov Data Demands
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Apple released its first transparency report and seeks the right to tell its customers the truth about government orders for customer information.
How San Diego HIE Plans To Outlive Federal Support
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Former Beacon health information exchange, relaunching as community organization San Diego Health Connect, makes affiliates of private HIEs in region.
Vehicle-To-Vehicle Tech Hits Speed Bumps
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Applications that warn drivers of impending collisions are already in pilot testing, but a number of challenges could hinder their deployment, says government report.
Michigan Health Networks Joins eHealth Exchange
News  |  11/5/2013  | 
Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services becomes first state-designated entity to join the national network after meeting new set of testing criteria for "plug and play" interoperability.
Fermilab Gains Agility Managing IT In The Cloud
News  |  11/5/2013  | 
Energy Department's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory migrates its IT services management system to ServiceNow and earns ISO 20000 certification for operational excellence.
Social Media In Government: Managing The Risks
Commentary  |  11/4/2013  | 
Government CISOs have an added layer of responsibilities in balancing the pros and cons of social media in their organizations.
21% Of Obamacare Visitors Have Enrolled
News  |  11/4/2013  | 
Despite websites' technical problems, many people managed to obtain insurance, according to Commonwealth Fund survey.
Liberty Reserve Operator Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering
News  |  11/4/2013  | 
N.Y.-based co-founder of anonymous digital currency service that allegedly laundered $6 billion also admits to marriage fraud, repeat child pornography charges.
Food Stamp Automation Restrictions Must End
Commentary  |  11/4/2013  | 
Archaic rules prevent states from adopting modern technology and business approaches that would cut costs, but not services, in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Google, Android Hit With Patent Lawsuit
News  |  11/1/2013  | 
Apple and Microsoft are part of a group that has filed patent claims against Google and major Android device makers.
Federal Tiger Team Crafted Mobile Security Guidelines
News  |  11/1/2013  | 
Agencies earn tribute for defying odds, collaborating on baseline to enable secure adoption of mobile technologies.


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