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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in February 2013
Federal IT Reform: Are More Laws Needed?
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Efforts by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., could lead to significant reform of federal IT management and acquisition.
CPOE Cuts Medication Errors By 48%, Says Study
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
But it's still unclear whether the computerized ordering systems actually reduce harm to patients.
Immigration Reform: Find The Middle Ground
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
A 'virtual march' on Washington aims to bring more highly skilled technical workers into the U.S. It's time for a constructive debate rather than more vitriol.
Code.org Urges Students To Embrace Programming
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
After tech industry hiring practices left students reluctant to go into software engineering, the industry wants to make up.
New York State Plans Expansion Of STEM Schools
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal includes $4 million to establish 10 new Early College High School programs, similar to the IBM-backed P-TECH in New York City, aimed at preparation for high-tech jobs.
Pentagon Unveils Secure Mobile Device Plan
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Military releases a new plan to accelerate the adoption of mobile devices and apps for both classified and unclassified use.
Who Owns Student Data?
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
As data collection and data analysis in education grow, so do worries about student and teacher privacy. Is there enough protection?
Britain Might Get Cheaper High-Speed Data Connections
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Telecommunications regulator Ofcom wants dominant provider BT to lower its prices over next three years to increase market competition and create more interest in Ethernet services.
How Sequestration Could Hit NASA Projects
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Across-the-board budget cuts due to hit March 1, if Congress doesn't make a budget deal, could quickly impact NASA's technology work.
Tablets Rock On: Education Tech Through The Ages
Slideshows  |  2/22/2013  | 
From tablets to Google Glasses, education technology has a colorful history. Take a look back and a peek forward.
SEC Makes Big Data Push To Analyze Markets
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
Securities and Exchange Commission's new Midas system collects information on all trades in an effort to better understand how the markets work.
HP CEO Dismisses Break-Up Talk
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
While sharing dismal Q1 results, HP CEO Meg Whitman says HP will not sell its enterprise services or PC unit; projects return to growth in 2014.
Healthcare CIOs Juggle Obamacare, Traditional Projects
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Newly empowered healthcare CIOs struggle to find their way in regulatory landscape while defending budgets, says Deloitte report.
Federal CIO Outlines Next Steps
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
With Obama's first term in the rearview mirror, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel is looking for ways to continue to improve federal IT even in the face of looming budget cuts.
Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
Commentary  |  2/21/2013  | 
Microsoft's CTO for U.S. Education outlines what he believes technology companies must do to protect students.
Feds Roll Out Social Media Metrics, API
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
New metrics will help agencies assess their social media performance, while API will let news organizations pull real-time data from FEMA and other agencies.
FAA Drone Plan Hits Turbulence
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Technology and policy issues emerge as the FAA devises a five-year road map to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with commercial flights in U.S. airspace.
In ICD-10 Transition, Training Trumps Tech Concerns
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Clinical readiness is a top concern among providers regarding the ICD-10 transition, says recent KLAS report.
U.K. 4G Auction Nets Underwhelming £2.34 Billion Sale Price
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Sale is a third less than cash-strapped government expected, but increase in 4G services will help build a base for future digital industries, say pleased business groups.
Readmissions Don't Measure Quality, Harvard Doctor Says
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Noted health policy researcher Ashish Jha says new Medicare penalties on 30-day hospital readmissions promote accountability, but may not improve patient outcomes.
Patient Engagement Key To Better Health: AHRQ Report
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Lack of standardization is delaying commercial applications for home monitoring devices, says Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
CHIME CEO Wants CIO Voices In Healthcare Policy
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Incoming CHIME CEO seeks to give health IT professionals a greater leadership role in public policy, offer "tactical and practical" assistance to overburdened CIOs.
5 Ways To Improve Healthcare Information Exchanges
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Define the problem you want to solve with an HIE -- and be ready for incompatibility headaches, say experts.
Doctors Push Back Against Health IT's Workflow Demands
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Doctors are angry that accountable care organization workflows seem more like manufacturing, less like healthcare, say panelists at eHealth Initiative conference.
Does Health IT Safety Need New Regulatory Body?
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Recent Department of Health and Human Services proposal says no; new think tank report agrees with HHS stance.
IBM-Backed High School Gets Obama Plaudits
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
P-TECH, a partnership among New York Public Schools, IBM and the City University of New York wins praise for boosting technical education with combined high school and associate's degree.
U.K. Telehealth Ambitions Lack Firm Foundations
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
European policymakers see shifting chronic illness care into the home as a panacea to rising healthcare costs. But to get mobile healthcare off the ground, a lot of back-end work needs to be done.
ONC Continues Debate On Patient Safety Plan
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) elaborates on its plans for using health IT and patient engagement to deliver safer care.
Federal CIO Details Concerns On Looming Budget Cuts
News  |  2/12/2013  | 
With huge automatic budget cuts looking increasingly likely, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel and other officials are discussing the effects of sequestration on government IT plans.
Social Tools Meet Obama's State Of Union Address
News  |  2/11/2013  | 
White House unveils a host of social media initiatives to engage citizens in the State of the Union speech.
Feds Want Single Mobile Management Platform
News  |  2/11/2013  | 
To help accelerate federal adoption of smartphones, General Services Administration plans to offer a government-wide mobile management tools platform.
Google, Amazon May Face New Hurdle In U.K.
News  |  2/11/2013  | 
Will Google, Amazon and other U.S. IT companies be shut out of U.K. government contracts after bragging about tax avoidance?
Hospitals, CIOs Laud Health IT Safety Plan
News  |  2/8/2013  | 
HHS's "light regulatory approach" to a national patient safety plan draws qualified praise from industry trade groups.
Yahoo Revives Ad Partnership With Google
News  |  2/7/2013  | 
Five years after a failed attempt, Yahoo and Google try once more to set up an ad partnership.
Tool Streamlines Electronic Funds Transfer From Health Plans
News  |  2/6/2013  | 
Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare hopes letting providers enroll just once for multiple plans will be more efficient and encourage more doctors to participate in electronic funds transfer.
U.K. Students Not Lining Up To Study IT
News  |  2/5/2013  | 
New figures show sharp decline in the number of British teenagers taking up IT as a subject. The government says it has a solution, but will it come too late?
Online Medical Consults Save Money, Study Says
News  |  2/4/2013  | 
Study finds good outcomes, high patient satisfaction and average savings of $88 per case with use of Minnesota telehealth service for common ailments. State laws prevent wide expansion.
Obama Urged to Mandate Medical Error Reporting
News  |  2/4/2013  | 
Ex-Bush Treasury secretary and Alcoa chief Paul O'Neill says president should use upcoming State of the Union address to call for hospitals to submit daily online report of all accidents, infections and medication errors.
Google Pays For Peace In Europe
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
Google tries to escape burdensome regulatory sanctions and taxes with a proposal to resolve antitrust concerns and a payment to benefit French publishers.
Ship Ahoy: Inside Blueseed's 'Googleplex Of The Sea'
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
Blueseed's "Googleplex of the Sea" for international startups and entrepreneurs has a waitlist of more than 350 companies and 1,100 workers who want to come aboard.
CEOs Voice Support For Cyber Legislation, With Caveats
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
Senate report indicates many Fortune 500 CEOs support comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that increases information sharing, but only if sharing is voluntary.
Health IT Startups Make VCs Swoon
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
Investments in the health sector exploded in 2012, with consumer-facing technologies and M&A activity especially robust.


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