News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in February 2011
Feds Pick San Francisco CIO To Push Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Chris Vein is now deputy U.S. CTO for Innovation, reporting to U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
21,000 Healthcare Providers Registered For EHR Incentives
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
More than $20 million has already been disbursed in the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program in its first two months, as the parallel Medicare program prepares for its May launch.
Facebook Tells FTC To Balance Privacy, Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
In commenting on the Federal Trade Commission's plan to protect online privacy, the social media site cautions the agency not to do anything that will hinder business development.
Meaningful Use Big Business For Healthcare Consulting Firms
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
IT consulting firms are helping healthcare providers assess health IT systems for potential HIPAA violations and achieve the fine points of meaningful use compliance.
CHIME Recommends Waiting On Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
While the government wants to implement Stage 2 Electronic Health Records and MU quickly, it shouldn't move forward until a third of eligible hospitals and providers have demonstrated progress under Stage 1, said the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Microsoft, Athenahealth Collaborate On Amalga, HealthVault
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The Microsoft and Athenahealth alliance will funnel cloud-based Athenahealth e-health record and practice management data to Microsoft Amalga and HealthVault platforms.
Health IT Execs To Boost Spending In 2011
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Qualifying for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive funds is driving most hospital CIOs to increase their budgets and staff, found HIMSS survey.
VA, DoD To Finalize Joint EHR Standard
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Agreement on a common electronic health record should be in place within the next two months, the Veterans Affairs CIO told a Congressional committee.
Guerra On Healthcare: CHIME Says What It Thinks
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' letter to the Health IT Policy Committee shows it won't be relegated to ineffectual political correctness.
Telework Tops 5% Among Federal Employees
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
Nearly 14,000 government workers are now teleworking, a trend that should be bolstered by the recent signing of the Telework Enhancement Act, reports an OMB study.
Commerce Dept. Unveils National Broadband Map
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
The map shows the availability of high-speed Internet access services nationwide and lets people search for providers in their region.
HHS Awards $241 Million For HIE IT Innovation
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Seven states will receive funding to design, implement, and model the infrastructure to operate health insurance exchanges.
Federal IT Budget Reflects Strategic Cuts, Innovation Investment
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says government will slash IT budgets where projects aren't working, while spending more on innovation.
Open Government May Do More Harm Than Good
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
A Congressional Research Service report suggests that the expense, information security risks, and workflow disruption may not make the Obama administration's transparency directive worthwhile.
FDA Seeks To Speed Innovative Medical Device Reviews
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
The proposed Innovation Pathway would fast-track premarket evaluations for breakthrough healthcare technologies.
Obama Increases Budget For NIST's Tech Efforts
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
"It's a historic investment in IT-related technologies," said National Institute of Standards and Technology director Patrick Gallagher.
The $1 Trillion Federal IT Challenge
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
The CEOs of IBM, Dell, and other tech companies say the U.S. government can reap huge savings from IT-driven initiatives, but their ambitious plan has virtually no chance of success.
Obama's Budget Boosts IT Spending 1.3%
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
The President's 2012 budget includes $79.5 billion in federal IT spending, including a significant amount of new spending on cybersecurity.
HHS Invests $270 Million In Public Health IT
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
The funds supporting infrastructure, research, and tracking are part of $750 million allocated for states' disease prevention efforts announced by the Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS Awards Another $12 Million For EHR Support
News  |  2/9/2011  | 
Critical access and rural hospitals in 41 states will get additional technical assistance with implementing electronic health records.
White House Pushes IT Project Reviews Government-Wide
News  |  2/7/2011  | 
The Office of Management and Budget has released a toolkit to help federal agencies meet a mandate to increase use of TechStat performance review sessions.
Blumenthal Slams EHR Critics
News  |  2/7/2011  | 
The national coordinator for health IT said a recent study that showed little clinical benefits from electronic health records is flawed.
Tech CEOs Pitch Savings Plan In Washington
News  |  2/4/2011  | 
The CEOs of Dell and IBM go to Washington to share their ideas on how the federal government can save $1 trillion over 10 years through more effective use of IT.
HIT Workgroup Reports Meaningful Use Challenges
News  |  2/3/2011  | 
Continually evolving rules around Health Information Technology compliance and certification pose challenges for software vendors, developers, and healthcare organizations.
National Health IT Coordinator Blumenthal Stepping Down
News  |  2/3/2011  | 
Dr. David Blumenthal, leader of the HITECH Act's meaningful use programs, told staff he only planned to stay in nation's top health IT job for two years.
Hearsay Launches Social Media Management For Branch Offices
News  |  2/3/2011  | 
Platform helps corporations maintain control over brand, compliance when local representatives use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to support customer relationships.
Meaningless Talk Of Repealing Meaningful Use Programs
Commentary  |  2/1/2011  | 
Congressional threats to repeal HITECH funding are empty, but their potential to fuel confusion and mistrust among healthcare providers is real.
Privacy, Accountability Lead Health IT Concerns
News  |  2/1/2011  | 
Doctors and consumers want technology to play a great role in healthcare, but demand safeguards to protect patient privacy when information is shared, finds Markle Foundation study.


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