News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in December 2011
New Accountable Care Model Could Save $1.1B
News  |  12/28/2011  | 
32 healthcare organizations chosen to participate in CMS' new Pioneer ACO initiative will begin trial usage of the model in January.
Will The FAA Relax Electronic Device Restrictions?
Commentary  |  12/28/2011  | 
Longstanding rules that require you to turn off your iPads and Kindles during airplane takeoff and landing may have no basis in science.
Health Executives Doubtful About ACO Participation
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
In a survey of senior health executives, a majority express doubt that they will participate in Medicare/ Medicaid ACO program.
Health Insurers Hindered By Outdated IT
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
Many payers unprepared for new healthcare mandates, partially because their 35-year-old mainframes don't support new models, reports survey.
Neonatal Telemedicine Could Save Medicare $186 Million
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association asks Congress to cover telehealth technologies for high-risk pregnancies.
Congress Funds Exascale Computing
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
The race is on for exascale computing, and Congress sees keeping the U.S. in the hunt as an imperative for long-term American competitiveness.
Feds Set Tougher Data Center Consolidation Goals
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Federal agencies are ahead of schedule in their data center consolidation plans, so the White House now plans to close even more data centers.
Feds Tackle Sprawling, Disorganized Government Websites
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Some agencies have more than 100 domains and dozens of Web hosting providers, but administration has ordered agencies to clean up their mess.
5 Lessons From Federal IT Project Reviews
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
TechStat IT oversight program saved more than $900 million, offers insights for IT managers from all sectors.
Electronic Health Record Eases HIV, AIDS Reporting
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
EHR module is optimized to meet HIV, AIDS reporting requirements and certified to Meaningful Use standards.
White House Moves To Future-Proof Government IT
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel's priorities for 2012 include making sure IT investments pay off, shared services, cloud computing, data center consolidation, and cybersecurity.
AT&T Licking Its Wounds Over T-Mobile Collapse
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
AT&T threw in the towel and said it won't fight the U.S. government any more over its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
Emdeon Donates EHR Software To Minority Physicians
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Emdeon will help physicians with the cost of digitizing their medical records to boost EHR use in poor communities.
Does Your Health IT Career Require Another Diploma?
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
Breaking into health IT isn't easy. Going back to school for more training is a good place to start.
Health Information Exchanges Cross Interoperability Milestone
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Ohio and Mississippi become the first states to complete an interstate transaction using Direct Project standards.
State Medicaid Programs Catch Up On Meaningful Use
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Feds say most states have launched incentive programs, but fewer are making payments to providers.
Google In 2012: 10 Predictions
Commentary  |  12/16/2011  | 
The year to come will see Google circling its wagons to defend its search business and pressing its advantage through Chrome and Android.
Pentagon Unveils Enterprise IT Strategy
News  |  12/15/2011  | 
Department of Defense looks to save up to $5.2 billion through IT consolidation and enterprise-wide adoption of shared platforms and services.
Congressman Wants More Green Cards For Tech Workers
News  |  12/15/2011  | 
Arizona Rep. Tim Griffin cites new study that foreigners with advanced technology degrees create more jobs than they take.
California Forms Cyber Crime Unit
News  |  12/14/2011  | 
California's eCrime Unit's priorities include identity theft, email scams, and computer equipment theft.
Humana Acquires Anvita To Bolster Healthcare Analytics
News  |  12/14/2011  | 
Clinical analytics provide actionable data to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs as accountable care organizations take hold.
NTSB Cellphone Ban Highlights Mishmash Of State Rules
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
While many states have laws covering driver texting and mobile phone use, it's a patchwork of rules, with different levels of enforcement.
Cellphone Driving Ban: Good Idea?
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
NTSB's controversial vote to ban drivers from using phones for any reason pits convenience against safety. Now it's up to individual states to pass and enforce any legal changes.
Feds Launch Shared Services Initiative
News  |  12/13/2011  | 
Federal agencies will each have to create two shared IT services in 2012, in push to accomplish more with less.
Federal Cloud Strategy: 10 Case Studies
News  |  12/9/2011  | 
The White House has instructed agencies to think 'cloud first' for new IT requirements. Here's how government CIOs are making the transition.
Federal IT Needs A Cost-Savings Dashboard
Commentary  |  12/9/2011  | 
We need better measures of government IT reform's payback, including concrete numbers on savings and returns.
3M, Berkeley Research Target Preventable Hospital Readmissions
News  |  12/9/2011  | 
Companies join forces to tackle two major pain points for U.S. hospitals: unacceptably high readmission rates and preventable complications.
Federal CIO: Project Oversight Saves $1 Billion
News  |  12/8/2011  | 
Agencies have delivered on 14 of the 25 points in the feds' year-old plan to clean up government IT, reports U.S. CIO.
HIMSS Launches Mobile Health IT Project
News  |  12/7/2011  | 
As healthcare CIOs scramble to develop policies to guide mobile device usage, trade group aims to help.
Health IT Leaders Launch Info-Sharing Website
News  |  12/6/2011  | 
Founded by clinicians, site called Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care encourages the medical community to share its EHR successes, complaints.
HHS Grants $220 Million For Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  12/6/2011  | 
Thirteen states get Department of Health and Human Services funds to create online exchanges to help consumers and small businesses buy health insurance.
Software Group Seeks Freedom To Install
News  |  12/5/2011  | 
The Software Freedom Law Group wants the U.S. Copyright Office to ensure that device makers can't limit users' ability to install lawful software on devices.
Doctors Get Timeline Extension For EHR Meaningful Use
News  |  12/2/2011  | 
If your hospital or practice began participating in the EHR incentive programs in 2011, you get one more year to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.


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