News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in December 2013
8 Healthcare Startups Catch Fire
Slideshows  |  12/30/2013  | 
Here's a look at some of the most innovative healthcare startups and health apps featured at the NYeC Digital Health Conference and the Connected Health Symposium.
Healthcare Data Breaches To Surge In 2014
News  |  12/26/2013  | 
The healthcare industry will see even bigger breaches of data and patient privacy in 2014, an Experian report says.
Patient Data On Filesharing Service Provokes Legal Trouble
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Medical file reportedly found on a peer-to-peer filesharing network leads to an FTC complaint, a federal lawsuit, and a book claiming regulatory overreach.
Top 15 Healthcare Stories Of 2013
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
What did InformationWeek Healthcare readers care about in 2013? Catch up on these popular items.
9 Digital Health Trends For 2014
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Step back, EHRs. These healthcare IT innovations are poised to take center stage in 2014.
Mobile: Medical Tech
Infographics  |  12/20/2013  | 
Healthcare IT is going mobile, yet the regulatory environment is unsettled and unchanging.
DeSalvo Appointed National Coordinator For Health IT
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Dr. Karen DeSalvo receives high praise for her post-Katrina work in New Orleans and her extensive experience in health IT.
Bill Seeks To Clean Telehealth State Regulations Mess
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Telehealth regulations differ in each of the 50 states, inhibiting use of technology to treat patients, say proposed law's sponsors.
Reform NSA, Tech Execs Tell Obama
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Top leaders from Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet with President Obama, urge him to "move aggressively" on US surveillance reforms.
Open Government Data: Companies Cash In
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Start-ups and established firms harvest government data for consumer and business applications, creating an economic stimulus.
Health Insurance Exchanges Struggle To Charm Customers
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Up to 80% of consumers abandon their transactions on the checkout page, even on well-designed retail sites. How can healthcare exchanges learn from their mistakes?
HealthCare.gov Leaders Play IT Blame Game
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
It's not fair to just point the finger at technology or its implementers when IT projects go bad. Let's talk about the business team that originally defined the project vision.
Hackers Outsmart Pacemakers, Fitbits: Worried Yet?
Slideshows  |  12/12/2013  | 
Mobile health devices aren't as secure as you might think. Look at how researchers plan to strengthen security for consumer devices and regulated medical devices.
2014 Healthcare Industry Forecast: Sweeping Change
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Long-percolating trends will come to a head with implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rise of private exchanges, says PwC report.
10 Jobs Destined For Robots
Slideshows  |  12/11/2013  | 
The machines are coming for some of our jobs. Be afraid or welcome our new robot overlords, as you prefer.
Cisco Brings Telemedicine Home
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Cisco Extended Care aims to reach patients at home through chat, video appointments, a Web portal, and, later, app and device integration.
Feds Extend Deadline For Electronic Health Meaningful Use
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extend period for attesting to Meaningful Use stage 2 regulations through 2016. Meanwhile, hospitals worry about meeting stage 2 in 2014.
Rackspace CTO's Prescription For HealthCare.gov
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
Rackspace CTO John Engates offers a prescription for HealthCare.gov's complete recovery and continued health.
Obama Administration's Open Government Projects, Round 2
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
Programs aim to use technology to better inform and engage citizens in a wide range of topics, from scientific research to budgeting.
NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Donít Underestimate It
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
A cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure owners is voluntary but will become the de facto standard for litigators and regulators. Here's how to prepare.
HIMSS Rates Hospitals' IT Maturity
News  |  12/5/2013  | 
In Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's test to score hospitals' adoption and use of IT tools, only about 2% of US hospitals have achieved a top rating.
The Rules And Tools Of Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
Doctors must capitalize on patient curiosity about their own medical records.
Seeking Secure Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
The New York eHealth Collaborative is among several forward thinking organizations that are helping make HIEs private and secure.
How Would You Fix HealthCare.gov?
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
The Obamacare website launch was an embarrassment. Whether it's truly "fixed" is questionable. What actions would you take, IT pros, and what lessons have you learned?
Chicago HIE Will Be Among Nation's Largest
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council is preparing to launch one of the largest regional health information exchanges in the US.
How I'd Fix HealthCare.gov: Extend Health CEO
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Government shouldn't be in the business of trying to provide "a spectacular user experience," says head of the largest Medicare insurance exchange operator.
How We'd Fix HealthCare.gov: Scalability Experts Speak
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher, consultants on building large-scale websites, say one answer to retooling HealthCare.gov is creating "swim lanes" for each state the federal website serves.
Lessons For HealthCare.gov: Project Crash Recovery
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Former Air Force Col. Mark Douglas shares lessons learned from a $5 billion problem IT project, as the HealthCare.gov recovery effort moves forward.
HealthCare.gov Hitting Performance Targets, Says Zients
News  |  12/2/2013  | 
User-facing components performing well, says project overseer Jeffrey Zients. But questions remain whether the back end will work for insurers.
HealthCare.gov Shows Government IT Procurement Needs Reform
News  |  12/2/2013  | 
Former ONC chief David Blumenthal says a disconnect between the contracting office and IT managers increases the risk that government tech projects like HealthCare.gov will fail.
Do Patient Portals Improve Healthcare?
News  |  12/2/2013  | 
Study results are mixed on how portals affect the quality and efficiency of patient care, suggesting more research is needed.


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