News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in December 2010
EHR Incentive Programs Ready For Monday Launch
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals can begin registering to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payment system.
Top 10 Healthcare Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
Medicare Details IT Modernization Plan
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Agency aims to transform into an information-centric organization to improve its delivery of healthcare services and manage new programs and requirements outlined in federal law.
Alcatel To Pay $137 Million In Bribery Settlement
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found the telecom made illegal payments to foreign government officials in exchange for favorable business treatment.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH Worth It?
Commentary  |  12/27/2010  | 
Before you jump into the Meaningful Use qualification game, remember that it's voluntary and it means you now have a new boss: the federal government.
Onsite Medical Imaging Equipment Concerns Researchers
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Beginning Jan. 1, doctors must disclose their financial interest when referring Medicare and Medicaid patients for certain advanced imaging services within their practices.
White House Deputy CTO Resigns
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will leave his government post, where he worked on Internet policy, to launch two startups.
Share Your Thoughts On IT Risk Management
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
"In today's interconnected world, filled with increasingly sophisticated yet generally anonymous malefactors, IT must have a risk management program." Most of us have heard this so many times it goes in one ear and out the other, making about as much impression as your grandmother's homespun advice to always brush after meals and never run with scissors. But we all know grandma was right.
FCC Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Challenges
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The 3-2 Federal Communications Commission decision in support of an open Internet won't be the end of the story, as Congress and the courts will likely be called in to address the matter.
National Archives Accelerates Declassification Project
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Cross-agency collaboration, public engagement, and improved technology key to processing a backlog of 400 million pages by December 2013.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers Forecasts Top Health IT Trends
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Analyst firm predicts that the industry will undergo an extreme strategy makeover in 2011, due to federal mandates, continuing cost pressures, and consumer demands.
Guerra On Healthcare: EHR Certification Boosts Competition
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Electronic health record vendors are applying for -- and receiving -- a government-backed stamp of approval, expanding options for vendors and buyers.
Facebook CEO Visits Baidu China Office
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with the CEO of China's largest search engine prompts speculation about Facebook's prospects in the country.
Medicare Expands Analytic Tools To Fight Fraud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use predictive modeling to identify fraudulent billings before they are paid.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements Debate Begins
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
How much to increase Meaningful Use thresholds from Stage 1 is among the issues the Health IT Policy Committee will address in reviewing draft recommendations.
Obama Administration Urges Online Privacy Bill Of Rights
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Businesses support the administration's proposal to give companies the option of following a proposed federal code of conduct for handling personal data gathered on the Web.
White House Urges $1B In Fed IT R&D
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Spending on health IT, cybersecurity, social computing, and supercomputing is key to future U.S. success says Presidential advisory panel.
Regulators Approve Qwest Sale To CenturyLink
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Colorado utilities commission signs off on the $22 billion deal for the former Baby Bell wireline operation.
AMA Challenges E-Prescription Penalties
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
The minimum electronic prescription usage requirement for the first six months of 2011 place a financial burden on physicians, according to the American Medical Association.
Air Force Blocks Web Sites With WikiLeaks Content
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Personnel can't access major media outlets that published the full leaked embassy cables.
EHR Deployment May Cost $120,000 Per Doctor
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Doctors expect to see 10% fewer patients in first year of deploying e-health record systems, but gain boost patient encounters as much as 15% after adjusting to the new system, according to CDW Healthcare.
White House IT Overhaul Plan Includes Imminent Action
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Data center, cloud, program management, IT acquisition, and budget moves are coming within the next six months as part of Obama administration's IT overhaul.
Where's Government Data In The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Amid the Obama administration's 'cloud first' strategy, federal agencies face the prospect of seeing their data go offshore. There's a lesson to be learned from WikiLeaks.
Health CIOs Shrink Meaningful Use Expectations
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
The percentage who expect to qualify for early stimulus funding has dropped by half since August, finds College of Health Information Management Executives survey.
Emergency Departments To Invest 30% More In IT
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Federal health IT funding will promote growth in the high-acuity information systems market in 2011, reports Millennium Research Group.
Obama Signs Telework Bill Into Law
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Federal agencies must establish policies and managing officers to enable government employees to work remotely.
FCC's Clyburn Optimistic About Net Neutrality Agreement
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
With crucial Dec. 21 vote fast approaching, Republican and Democratic commissioners are moving toward a consensus, according to commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn.
President's Council Calls For Universal Data Exchange
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
A "universal exchange language" will facilitate the robust, secure electronic exchange of health information across institutions according a report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Supercomputer 'Virtual Cleanse' Aims To Ease Colonoscopy Preparation
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Image processing technologies being tested by Massachusetts General Hospital intend to take the yuck factor out of colorectal cancer screenings.
Practical Analysis: A New 'ERA' Of Telework
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Departments can use federal agency’s remote-access portal to get teleworkers up and running for a fraction of what it would cost to provide them with new gear.
Rearview Cameras May Be Required On All Vehicles
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Department of Transportation proposal intended to reduce fatalities and injuries caused by backing-up cars.
Legislation Would Mandate WiFi In Federal Buildings
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
Wi-Net Act, proposed in the Senate, would free up cellular networks by installing wireless base stations in all public government facilities.
Guerra On Healthcare: Frustration With Meaningful Use Widespread
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Healthcare IT executives would be wise to keep key players in the loop about industry-wide roadblocks to achieving Meaningful Use.
Amazon Says Wikileaks Plug Pulled Over SLA Violation
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Amazon says it halted operations of WikiLeaks servers in its EC2 cloud data center due to Wikileaks' breach of its service level agreement, including violations of the provision that it hold all rights to posted content.
HHS Challenges Developers To Create Healthcare Apps
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
The myHealthyPeople competition will award prizes for software that supports the Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 goals.
Xbox Mod Suit Dropped By Federal Prosecutors
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
Matthew Crippen had been accused of hacking Microsoft consoles to play pirated games.
Air Force's Secret Space Plane Lands In California
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
The X-37B touched down at Vandenberg AFB amid speculation about the military's true intentions for the unmanned orbiter.
FCC Focuses On Waxman 'Net Neutrality' Framework
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
The agency's proposal will be based on Congressman Henry Waxman's "strong and balanced framework" for regulating broadband, said FCC chairman Genachowski.
FCC Net Neutrality Vote Set For Dec. 21
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Battle lines are drawn as Republicans react to FCC chairman Genachowski's proposal for regulating broadband Internet providers, but stops short of reclassifying broadband as a telecom service.


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