News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in April 2012
Busting Through The Federal IT Budget Ceiling
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Federal agencies in lean startup mode? It's one of the ideas being floated as government CIOs look for ways to deliver new technologies and services despite flat IT spending.
Many EHRs Not Ready For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Study finds that only 11% of physicians have the technical capabilities to meet federal standards that define how an electronic health record system is to be used in a meaningful way.
So What Was Wrong With ICD-9?
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
As your IT team makes the transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system, doctors will insist that the older system worked just fine. Here's your comeback.
FTC Hires Attorney, Eyes Google Search: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Despite Google's mantra, "competition is only a click away", FTC hires lawyer to head antitrust investigation of Google's search advertising business. This pressures Google to make concessions.
CISPA Passes House: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Cybersecurity information-sharing bill moves to the Senate, but civil liberty groups vow to continue fighting it tooth and nail.
Physician EHR Adoption Varies With Age, Specialty, Affiliation
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Study suggests that older, small-practice, specialist, and independent doctors are less likely to have EHRs than are other physicians.
DARPA Aims To Reuse Space Junk
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Agency seeks to transform non-functioning Earth-orbiting satellites into refurbished communications systems.
The Great ICD-10 Debate: Healthcare Coding Transforms
Slideshows  |  4/25/2012  | 
Healthcare's move to ICD-10, an updated set of diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes, will affect everything from billing systems to medical records. After several delays, debate still rages on how to time the transition.
An Open Internet: A Tale Of Two Approaches
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
The Obama administration takes a hard line, while the Aspen Institute sticks with softer platitudes, as some governments try to restrict Internet freedoms.
Asteroid Mining Plan Revealed
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Planetary Resources, a new company with backers including current and past Microsoft and Google execs, shared its strategy to create a new industry in mining asteroids.
Philips, Vidyo Partner To Extend Telehealth
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Collaboration aims to expand telemedicine services into specialties such as pediatrics, neurology, emergency care, home health, and transitional care.
Compliance Policy Development: Do's And Don'ts
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Consider this advice to make sure your governance and compliance policies are written wisely.
ICD-10 Boosts Appeal Of Computer-Assisted Coding Tools
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Growing number of hospitals and other inpatient organizations plan to purchase computer-assisted coding tools to help with ICD-10 mandate, says new KLAS Research report.
U.S. Suspends Controversial Outsourcing Training Program
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Funding stopped for USAID program that trained students in the Philippines to work in offshore, English language call centers serving U.S. companies.
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
Obama Authorizes Sanctions Over Iran, Syria Internet Crackdowns
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Executive order would punish countries or companies that help Iran and Syria use communications networks to track dissidents.
Lawmakers Slam USAID Outsourcing Training Program
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Congressmen say U.S.-funded initiative to train call center workers in the Philippines puts American jobs at risk.
Feds Banish Oracle From Popular Contract Vehicle
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Federal government cancels Oracle's services contract on the General Services Administration's IT Schedule 70. Feds spent $388 million on Oracle products and services through Schedule 70 in fiscal 2011.
NYC Selects BigApps Contest Winners
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
New York City's third annual developers' contest awarded $50,000 for apps that help users take advantage of what the city has to offer.
Google, Tech Execs Accelerate Space Privatization
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and ex-Microsoft exec Charles Simonyi are backing Planetary Resources, a new space exploration company to be unveiled April 24.
Asian Call Center Workers Trained With U.S. Tax Dollars
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Multimillion dollar USAID program trains college students in the Philippines to work in offshore call centers, but one Congressman tells InformationWeek he's going to put a stop to it.
Hillary Clinton Lauds Global Open Government Efforts
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Secretary of State says countries that are open with data will flourish, while closed nations will have trouble with stability and security.
Air Force IT Strategy Stresses Mobile, Thin Clients
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Agency seeks an additional 2,725 iPads and updates a procurement for a virtual desktop infrastructure to support most of the Air Force.
VA: Remove Copayments For Video Telehealth Consultations
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs proposal signals expansion of a decade-old VA program to move more healthcare out of expensive hospitals and into patients' homes.
Apple Should Settle E-Book Antitrust Case, Expert Says
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Former FTC policy director says the DOJ's evidence against Apple and several book publishers is the kind that prosecutors "fantasize about."
'Do Not Pay' Portal Targets Federal Spending Waste
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
New Web portal aims to cut down on fraud and prevent federal agencies from making improper payments to ineligible recipients.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
U.S. Targets Apple, Publishers On E-Book Price Fixing
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Justice Department sues Apple and alleged co-conspirators, including Hachette, HarperCollins, and Penguin, saying they conspired to undercut Amazon in e-book market. Could be one of biggest antitrust cases since Microsoft.
NYC Tests Replacing Pay Phones With Tablets
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
In soon-to-launch pilot program, city will install interactive smart screens around town; pedestrians can access maps, local information free of charge.
Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Texas Needs 10,000 Health IT Pros
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
New report concludes that Texas will need a larger-than-predicted crop of health IT workers in order to make EHR progress.
Feds Release New Healthcare Quality Measures
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes clinical reporting standards that physicians and hospitals will use to qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use bonus payments.
Gingrich Health IT Think Tank Goes Bankrupt
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
Center for Health Transformation played major role in promoting health IT to Congress and the healthcare industry.
Is Your Clinical Decision Support Built On Quicksand?
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
If a CDS system isn't based on rock-solid data, don't expect to see better patient outcomes or long-term cost savings.
Microsoft Presses: More Green Cards For India IT
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Oracle, Google, Cisco, and Intel also push Senate to pass stalled legislation to end per-country caps on employment-based green cards.
If Court Squashes 'Obamacare,' IT May Suffer: HIMSS
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
HIMSS executive says if the Supreme Court finds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, health IT implementation plans may be interrupted.
White House's New Attack On IT Spending Waste
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Office of Management and Budget tells agencies to "look into the darkest corners" to eliminate duplicative, inefficient technology, orders portfolio reviews, consolidations.
Big Data Initiative Or Big Government Boondoggle?
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
A White House plan to step up research on big data analytics sounds promising, but agencies could save big bucks through consolidation, collaboration, and cost sharing.


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