News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in March 2012
Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Fair Labor Association association finds significant issues with factories in China operated by Apple supplier Foxconn, which said it would reduce hours for some workers.
No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Let's outlaw distracting passengers in the name of safety. Or perhaps we can regulate a one-gag-per-passenger rule.
FBI's New Sentinel System: Exclusive Look
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Our first look at the FBI's $451 million case management system reveals a user interface and features with the look and feel of a PC application.
White House Shares $200 Million Big Data Plan
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Obama administration announced plans to fund R&D push for big data analysis, for applications ranging from health to defense.
Google Apps Vault Promises Easy E-Discovery
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Understanding and managing corporate correspondence can be simple and affordable, Google contends.
Is That Healthcare Website Making You Sick?
Slideshows  |  3/28/2012  | 
Many healthcare websites provide valuable information that can help prepare you for the next doctor's visit. But some serve up misinformation that just might land you in the hospital. Here's how to tell the difference.
IT Decisions Hang On Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation could influence the direction of health IT.
Some States Slow To Pay Medicaid EHR Incentives
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Some are making strong efforts to spread health IT, but a dozen are not yet paying providers for EHR adoption.
India Lodges Complaint Over H-1B Visa Rejections
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
U.S. makes it too difficult for foreign tech pros to enter the country on H-1B and L-1 visas, Indian commerce minister says.
Dear FTC: Privacy Power Trumps Privacy Rules
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
As it tackles consumer data privacy, the FTC needs to think less about limiting what companies can do, and more about empowering consumers themselves.
Parlez-Vous CIA? Agency Website Speaks 5 Languages
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
CIA.gov now available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
Google Ordered To Delete Defamatory Autocompletions
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
Google says Japanese court issues limited demand that covers a specific set of queries affecting a single plaintiff.
FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
Federal Trade Commission requests legislation on privacy and data brokers and continues to push for a Do Not Track program.
Healthcare Industry Not Ready For ICD-10: Survey
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) report confirms that many health organizations wouldn't have met Oct. 1, 2013 deadline.
Angry Birds Space Mirrors Real Rocket Science
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
Did you know Rovio's Angry Birds Space was developed in collaboration with NASA through a Space Act Agreement? The game illustrates microgravity, a concept fundamental to current NASA experiments.
White House 'Green Button' Initiative Eyes Electricity Savings
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Effort to help people manage electricity usage expands, with backing from nine utilities, a developer challenge from the DOE, and third-party Web and mobile apps.
11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  3/21/2012  | 
We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
Global Telemedicine Market Headed For $27 Billion
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
BCC Research report says global demand continues to grow, while U.S. market is thriving thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Can Personalized Medicine Improve Drug Safety?
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Personalized medicine programs can find better treatments based on patients' genetics. Why can't the same tools be used to predict--and prevent--adverse drug reactions?
New AMIA Chief Focuses on Real-World Medicine
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
Association's new CEO hopes to bridge gap between academia and in-the-trenches medical practice.
Electronic Devices, Takeoff Might Get Along: FAA
News  |  3/19/2012  | 
FAA will reconsider letting airline passengers use some electronics during taxi, take-off, and landing. But don't pull out your smartphone just yet.
CMS Further Extends HIPAA 5010 Deadline
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
Healthcare providers now have until June 30 to meet new standards for processing electronic insurance claims.
Agencies Earn C- For FOIA Management
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
Federal agencies struggle with transparency into their Freedom of Information Act responses, finds Congressional watchdog report.
Costs Hold Back State Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
A KPMG poll finds state officials complaining about expenses, as well as political and legal uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
Yahoo, Facebook Patent Spat: History Repeats Itself?
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
"Yahoo got there first," the company says about methods of webpage customization, online ad placement, and content sharing. Some hear echoes of a Yahoo, Google patent fight.
Feds Set Classified Info Sharing Standards
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Department of Homeland Security structure and standards will apply to government and private sector entities.
Army: Social Network Geotagging Puts Soldiers At Risk
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Military warns soldiers and their families that posting location information on sites like Facebook and Foursquare could pose a security threat.
Health IT Priorities: Time To Deliver
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
Grabbing federal incentive dollars and meeting pay-for-performance regs are the top issues keeping IT execs awake at night.
Data Protection Officer Drought Predicted
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Google's global privacy counsel doubts there are enough data defenders to help companies comply with EU data rules.
What Universal Device Identifiers Could Do For EHRs
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
FDA and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT discuss including a universal device identifier (UDI) in stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program to boost patient safety.
White House Names New Federal CTO
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Todd Park, CTO of Health and Human Services Department, gets the nod as the new federal chief technology officer. Park is known for his open government work.
NASA's Blue Marble: 50 Years Of Earth Images
Slideshows  |  3/9/2012  | 
NASA's Earth-observing satellites help scientists render photo-like composite images with unprecedented detail. Take a look, from the earliest attempts to the newest stunners.
6 Things Management Better Know About Compliance
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Business leaders may consider the issue of compliance daunting or dull, but it is ultimately their burden to bear.
Ethics.gov Shares Lobbying, Campaign Data
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
Latest federal data transparency site also delivers information on White House visitors, travel payments, and more.
NYC Passes Data Transparency Law
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
New law will give the public unprecedented access to public government data and supports the city's IT innovation efforts, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Feds Update IT Dashboard To Reduce Errors, Duplication
News  |  3/6/2012  | 
White House updates IT investment open-data site to include new accessibility features.
How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposals raise the bar for online patient engagement, highlighting how important it is for healthcare providers to communicate with patients and give them access to their information.
Natural Language Processing Takes Center Stage In EHRs
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
NLP tied to speech recognition software can help physicians enter structured data into computers more easily.
GSA Bans Agencies From Sending Electronics To Landfills
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
Agencies must find environmentally friendly ways to dispose of or recycle PCs, laptops, mobile devices, printers, and other electronics used in federal offices.
ICD-10 Delay Worries Grow Among Health Leaders
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
Healthcare executives believe a postponed ICD-10 implementation deadline would disrupt health IT plans and budgets, finds a new poll.
Epocrates To Sell Electronic Health Records Business
News  |  3/2/2012  | 
News comes just a week after company shows native iPad version of EHR at HIMSS conference.
Interoperability Initiative Adds Structure To Clinical Text
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Industry-wide alliance Health Story aims to use natural-language processing to turn free text such as doctors' notes and reports into exchangeable e-documents.
H-1B Application Window Opens April 2
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Controversial visa program allows foreign-born tech pros to work in the U.S. for up to six years.
Docs Value EHRs, But Older Physicians Lag In Adoption
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Poll suggests that most physicians recognize the value of the technology but don't believe it improves diagnosis or treatment.
EHR Certification Proposal Stresses Interoperability
News  |  3/1/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hopes new rules will improve communications between providers through use of single standard for continuity of care documents, standardized terminology, and Direct secure messaging.


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