News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in March 2011
Montana Reinstates Electronic Health Record Incentives
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Intense lobbying from the governor and healthcare providers led the state legislature to overturn previous rejections of federal EHR funding.
Google Settles FTC Privacy Suit Over Buzz
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Internet giant agrees to 20 years of third-party audits, as well as implementing programs to protect users' personal data and contacts.
Direct Project Rapidly Advancing Health IT Interoperability
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
More than 60 healthcare and health IT organizations are supporting the federal government's push for authenticated, encrypted health information to be shared with trusted recipients over the Internet.
Oracle, Moffitt Collaborate On Cancer Informatics System
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Moffitt Cancer Center is using Oracle technology to build a scalable, secure data analysis platform to support personalized cancer care and research.
Aetna Taps Healthline For Patient Portal
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Insurers and healthcare providers are increasingly using Web portals to comply with meaningful use, give patients ready access to medical data and other relevant information.
Medicare Previews EHR Incentives Attestation System
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Healthcare providers and hospitals are being prepped to apply for Medicare meaningful use funds starting April 18, said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ONC Solicits Feedback On Health IT Strategic Plan
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
Public comments are due April 22 on the plan, which outlines how the federal government will implement health IT initiatives over the next five years.
Wall Street Reform Will Bring Huge Technology Changes
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
IT organizations will need to adapt quickly to the Dodd-Frank law’s myriad requirements. Download our Cheat Sheet for a (relatively) quick summary.
Meaningful Use Workgroup To Review Timing Options
News  |  3/25/2011  | 
The recommendations and deadlines for MU Stage 2 are too tough, and a subcommittee of ONC's HIT Policy Committee is going to look for ways to ease the burdens.
Budget Ax Threatens Key Federal IT Initiatives
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
Taking the Congressional hatchet to funds for cloud computing, data center consolidation, transparency, and IT oversight is risky business, and appropriators should reconsider.
HP Wins $176 Million Nevada Health IT Contract
News  |  3/24/2011  | 
Under the five-year deal, HP will act as the state's fiscal agent, strengthen its Medicaid operations, and help position it for healthcare reform.
DHS Introduces E-Verify Self Check
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
People can now check their own employment eligibility status with the Dept. of Homeland Security database online and correct any inaccuracies.
GSA: Cloud Computing Is Safer Than You Think
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
GSA assistant commissioner Mary Davie tries to dispel cloud computing 'myths' and says a phased deployment strategy will raise the chances for successful projects.
Database Tracks State Healthcare Reform Initiatives
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
The National Conference of State Legislatures Web site is cataloging actions and legislation pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, enabling comparison among states.
AT&T T-Mobile Deal Sets Industry Abuzz
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
The industry is an uproar about AT&Ts plans to acquire the Deutsche Telekom unit and form the nation's largest wireless network operator.
Xerox's ACS Unit Buys CredenceHealth
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
The acquisition of CredenceHealth's clinical surveillance tools will expand ACS's line of Midas cloud-based healthcare software.
AT&T To Buy T-Mobile For $39 Billion
Commentary  |  3/20/2011  | 
AT&T announced its intent to purchase smaller rival T-Mobile in a $39 billion deal that will help both compete better with Verizon Wireless.
Prospects For Meaningful Use Stage 2 Progress Questioned
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
Members of a President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology workgroup said the lack of standardized universal exchange language message wrapper compromise feasibility.
EHR Adopters: Confident, Or Cocky?
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
Healthcare providers have an almost singular focus on putting electronic records in place this year and are highly optimistic about getting it done.
Bill Would Add Mental Health To EHR Incentives
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
Licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, and behavioral health facilities would have access to federal electronic health record stimulus funding under the proposed Senate legislation.
Defense Secretary Approves IT Spending Cuts
News  |  3/17/2011  | 
The Department of Defense will reduce some IT spending as part of a wide-ranging effort to cut costs, according to a memo from Secretary Robert Gates.
Time To Revisit Disaster Planning
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
Japan's tragedy reminds us of why disaster recovery planning is so critical for healthcare data.
Report Cards Planned For Federal IT Reform Plan
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says the White House will issue twice-yearly assessments of how well the government is implement his ambitious 25-point plan for federal IT reform.
Guerra On Healthcare: Procrastinators Prosper On Meaningful Use Deadlines
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Organizations that rush to attest to Stage 1 in 2011 may find themselves in trouble when they find themselves with a shortened timeframe to prepare for Stage 2 criteria.
HHS Finds IT Boosts Quality, Efficiency Of Healthcare
News  |  3/9/2011  | 
Literature review shows 92% of recent studies support the government's push to bring technology into the medical office.
Guerra On Healthcare: Fast EMR Decisions, Poor Choices
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
The Meaningful Use program has forgotten how much must go into system selection and implementation; selecting the right system is the foundation upon which everything else is built.
Health IT Stakeholders Find Meaningful Use Goals Aggressive
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
Electronic health record vendors, healthcare providers, and others say Stage Two and Three timelines, targets, and objectives are too demanding, according to a CCHIT survey.
Federal IT Budget Cuts Will Hit HUD Hardest
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Some 14 departments and agencies expect cuts in technology spending in fiscal 2012, while 12 expect to increase the amount of money they spend on IT, a preliminary analysis by IDC indicates.
The Government CIO 50: Vision, Influence, And Results
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
The top IT execs in federal, state, and local government are using new technologies and hands-on project management to drive change in the public sector.
EMR Market Pegged At $15.7 Billion In 2010
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
The electronic medical record sector grew 13.6%, and will approach 20% over the next two years in advance of meaningful use requirements, found Kalorama Information study.
NASA Seeks High-Bandwidth Deep Space Communications
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
The agency's Space Technology Program issued new solicitations this week that seek a range of innovations, including a system for removing man-made debris in earth's orbit.
Down To Business: Can The Healthcare Industry Handle All This IT?
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
The hope is that the platforms healthcare providers are being dragged into deploying today will serve as the foundation for future innovation.
GAO: Redundant Federal IT Systems Waste Money
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
The GAO identified four key areas for IT process improvement -- Department of Defense business systems, enterprise architecture, data centers, and e-health records -- and gave recommendations for how the government could eliminate overlap in these efforts.


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