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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in February 2012
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Look Beyond Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Physicians and institutions must accept new reimbursement models and greater patient control, says healthcare CEO at HIMSS.
5 Keys To U.S. National Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Security, device support, and applications development are tough issues that agency CIOs must address as they hurry to put smartphones and tablets into more employees' hands.
Feds Offer Agencies Guidance On Cloud Implementation
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
As agencies adopt cloud services, a new report helps set some guidelines around SLAs, security, and privacy.
Meaningful Use Update: Submit Once, Get Double Credit
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Stage 2 Meaningful Use electronic health records incentive program would let providers also get credit toward Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System.
HHS Proposes More Security On Healthcare Mobile Devices
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Encryption would have stopped many of the patient data breaches caused by lost smartphones, laptops, and tablets, said Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposal.
Motorola 'Pushes' Apple To Turn Off iCloud Notifications
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Court orders Apple to halt offering push notification services in Germany.
Healthcare IT Goes Star Trek
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Captain Kirk could talk to his computer and get the information needed to make executive level decisions. The latest clinical analytics tools featured at HIMSS are just about there.
GAO: First Responders Broadband Network Lacks Crucial Features
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
GAO report says network, which just got $7 billion in funding, lacks many key voice capabilities, forcing use of current system for another 10 years.
U.S. Army Plots Bring Your Own Device Strategy
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
Army's aggressive mobile device plans include a BYOD policy, new authentication tools, and mobile virtualization technology.
Interoperability: One Key To Saving U.S. Healthcare
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
It's not the entire solution, but without well-designed, interoperable systems, our healthcare industry can't climb out of its current hole.
Air Force Unit Cancels iPad Procurement
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Special Operations Command had planned to acquire nearly 3,000 iPads to transfer paper-based flight information and technical manuals to an electronic format.
Feds Promise Flexibility In Meaningful Use, Stage 2
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules regarding electronic health records will be finalized by midyear and take effect in 2012.
Is Cloud Computing A Global Market Yet? Nyet
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Brazil, China, and some European countries have erected barriers to free flow of data, due to fears of U.S. domination of cloud market, says BSA.
Defense Dept. IT Reform Moves Forward
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
After announcing impending reforms in 2010, the military is beginning to shake up how it manages IT.
ICD-10 Delay Worries Health IT Leaders
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
The train's already left the station for organizations that have been prepping for an October 2013 ICD-10 deadline, say health IT organizations and CIOs.
Nursing Information Officers: Newest Health IT Leaders
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Onslaught of health IT initiatives brings a need for nursing Informatics expertise, and a new breed of chief nursing information officers.
Personalized Medicine Reaches Endocrinologists
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Medical app gets patients fully involved in their own care and lets diabetes specialists monitor them 24/7.
Health IT Leaders Biggest Worry: Finding Qualified Staff
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Hospital CIOs say their biggest concern is lack of qualified health IT professionals, not a lack of funding, HIMSS survey reveals.
Changes Planned For Meaningful Use Rules
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
HIMSS12 attendees were disappointed when details of Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules weren't revealed on Tuesday, and they were surprised to hear that changes will be made to Stage 1 rules.
Fed CIOs Try To End Duplicate IT Investments
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
DoD, DHS, and DoE have instituted new internal reviews and practices to help consolidate and modernize IT infrastructure, software, and other systems.
U.S. Leads In Healthcare IT Adoption
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Accenture study shows that government incentive programs to spur adoption of EHRs have helped the U.S. outpace other nations in healthcare IT.
Highmark Will Use Verizon-Built HIE
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Health information exchange will link healthcare organizations across western Pennsylvania, providing cloud access to patient data and cutting costs by reducing redundancy of lab and imaging tests.
HP Announces Alliance Program With Healthcare ISVs
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
HP's Healthcare Alliance program expands its relationship with independent software vendors to develop innovative technology for small and midsize healthcare providers.
HIMSS Chief Predicts Dialed-Down Health IT Requirements
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Government's Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements may get less stringent, based on lower than expected Stage 1 adoption, forecasts health IT group's CEO.
Veterans Affairs CIO Eyes Budget Increase
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
While spending for most federal IT groups will be flat in 2013, Department of Veterans Affairs seeks budget boost to improve access to electronic health records, telehealth, and mobile devices.
Healthcare CIOs Should Become 'Servant Leaders'
News  |  2/20/2012  | 
Author and consultant Ken Blanchard advises healthcare CIOs at HIMSS12 to lead their teams with a clear vision and respect for others' ideas.
ICD-10 Tops Current Worries For Medical Practices
News  |  2/17/2012  | 
New medical coding scheme ranks above electronic health records, health reform in minds of doctors and practice managers, survey says.
HHS Delays ICD-10 Deadline
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responds to increasing pressure from AMA and others to reduce regulatory 'burden' from the new medical billing coding system.
GSA Prepares For Federal Mobile Push
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
General Services Administration simplifies federal procurement of wireless equipment and services, expands its smartphone use to iPhones and Android-based devices.
Dell, Siemens Partner On Image Sharing, Archiving
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Partnership will boost Dell's Unified Clinical Archive and Siemens' Image Sharing & Archiving system and its Healthcare Cloud Computing Center.
Apple CEO: 'We Care About Every Worker'
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Tim Cook reiterates Apple's commitment to fair labor practices and highlights his company's focus on cloud services.
What To See At HIMSS12
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
Among the hundreds of health IT presentations, demos, and vendor offerings at HIMSS12 next week, don't miss these highlights.
New Website Tracks Health Bills, State By State
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Bill Track 50 monitors all bills, including healthcare-related legislation--on ICD-10, health informative exchanges, and the like--for each state. One use: Search for and compare similar proposals.
Obama Would Cut Military IT Budget
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
The White House budget proposal for fiscal 2013 would cut the Department of Defense's IT budget by 3.6%. But cybersecurity gets an increase.
Healthcare Reform Is Here, Like It Or Not
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
Participation in new accountable care organizations isn't for the faint of heart. But healthcare providers that have their IT acts together have a good head start.
Feds May Delay ICD-10 Deadline
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reexamining timeline for conversion to ICD-10 medical codes.
Google Motorola Deal Approved
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
U.S. and EU regulators find no reason to block Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility.
Obama's Budget Cuts Federal IT Spending
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
President's fiscal 2013 budget proposal reduces federal IT spending by 1.2%, all of it attributable to cuts in military IT.
Agile Government: Elusive, But Not Impossible (Really)
Commentary  |  2/13/2012  | 
A coming together of technologies and IT management philosophies at the federal level---including agile development and shared services--is cause for guarded optimism.
Federal Agencies Prepare For National Mobility Strategy
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
A national mobility strategy will attempt to replace ad hoc policies with a coordinated, cost-saving plan.
Obama Boosts Federal R&D By $2 Billion
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Department of Energy are among the agencies that will likely see budget boosts in fiscal 2013.
CIOs Need To Engage Docs In ICD-10 Transition
News  |  2/10/2012  | 
Focus group suggests that CIOs need to get clinicians enthusiastic about the new diagnostic coding system, but they don't know how to make that happen.
Health IT Factors Into Leapfrog's Hospitals Rankings
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Leapfrog Group's 2011 list of 65 top hospitals in U.S. highlights facilities that use health IT to prevent deadly dosing mistakes.
Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
Why should CIOs care about the DMCA's jailbreaking rules? Despite Pollyanna assurances that locking down a box will make everybody more secure, that's just not true--and it decreases choice.
GSA Details Federal Cloud Security Program
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
The General Services Administration on Tuesday released extensive new details on FedRAMP, a program the Obama administration hopes will accelerate the adoption of cloud computing and cut security costs.
Major Telemedicine Roadblock Could Clear With Proposed Bill
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
New law would set up national credentials database so telehealth providers would no longer need multiple state licenses.
Feds To Employees: Use Your Own Devices At Work
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
Survey finds that 62% of agencies encourage staffers to bring their own mobile devices to work to save the agencies money. Close to half of federal employees are doing just that.
Federal Standards Body Focuses On Big Data, Cloud
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
National Institute of Standards and Technology's new IT Lab Director Chuck Romine says agency is focusing on big data, cloud computing, mobility, and cybersecurity in the coming year.
Health IT's Newest Ideas: HIMSS12 Preview
Slideshows  |  2/6/2012  | 
Take an early look at 14 of the most interesting health IT products and services that will be displayed at the annual HIMSS conference, happening this month in Las Vegas.
Google Unveils 'Secret Lab' For Radical Ideas
News  |  2/6/2012  | 
What 'skunkworks' projects are underway at Google? New website aims to bring together big thinkers and big problems, such as climate change and cancer.
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