News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in April 2013
Microsoft Updates Cloud Agreement For HIPAA Rules
News  |  4/30/2013  | 
Microsoft responds to new HIPAA regulations that make cloud service providers "business associates" of healthcare providers and health plans.
Canada Doctors Reap ROI From EHRs
News  |  4/29/2013  | 
Medical practices and the Canadian government save millions per year after transitioning to electronic health records, study says.
Google Reports Censorship Surge
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
Governments around the world are telling Google to remove more information.
Google Floats Antitrust Concessions To EU
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
Without admitting guilt, Google proposes changes to its business practices in Europe.
Boston Hospital CIO Reflects After Bombing
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka blogs on risk planning and data sharing in wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
DataCell Wins WikiLeaks Donation Case
News  |  4/24/2013  | 
Iceland's Supreme Court upholds ruling against Valitor, a local processor of Visa and MasterCard payments that declined to credit donated funds to DataCell client Wikileaks.
U.K.'s Prized Creative Industry At Risk, Study Says
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
British creative industry must ramp up technological innovation or risk being left behind, says think tank.
White House Shares Earth Observation Plans
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
Feds plan to leverage resources to better track environmental, planetary systems and resources.
Dictating While Driving: As Dangerous As Typing
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
Study shows that drivers who use voice-to-text services to dictate text messages are just as impaired as those who type them.
Google To U.K.: Don't Snipe About Our Tax Rate
News  |  4/22/2013  | 
Google CEO dismisses complaints of low corporate taxes, says Britain should be grateful for the economic boost the company provides.
Will Doctors 'C' The Way To Accountable Care?
News  |  4/22/2013  | 
Health IT vendor Lumeris develops "Nine C's" framework to help primary care physicians achieve healthcare reform goals.
Pentagon Reverses Decision On Cyber Medal After Outcry
News  |  4/19/2013  | 
Following a review, Defense Secretary Hagel discontinues medal that would have recognized drone operators and other cyber warriors.
Google Wants To Pay More For Clean Power
News  |  4/19/2013  | 
To encourage energy utilities to offer major customers clean power, Google suggests businesses pay an optional tariff.
IT Strategies For Future Cities
News  |  4/19/2013  | 
How mayors and CIOs in five U.S. cities are using technology to create more efficient, sustainable urban areas that are good for business and great places to live.
Federal CIOs Launch Shared Services Catalog
News  |  4/18/2013  | 
New resources offer step-by-step road map for agencies looking to cut costs by sharing information technology and other services.
Android Smartphone Sellers Should Patch, Refund Or Perish
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
FTC should crack down on wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers that put their customers at risk by failing to update Android devices.
DOD Moves Forward With Cloud Broker Plans
News  |  4/17/2013  | 
DISA gets "initial operating capability" to act as Defense Department's cloud services broker, as DOD strives to simplify military groups' acquisition of cloud services.
EHR Incentive Program Is Off Track, Senators Say
News  |  4/17/2013  | 
Report says Obama administration should "reboot" program and delay later stages of Meaningful Use.
U.K. Eyes IT Savings From Open Standards
News  |  4/17/2013  | 
New panel of IT leaders from industry and public sector tasked with helping government cut IT costs by adopting open standard solutions.
European Lawmakers Upset ISPs, Game Makers
News  |  4/16/2013  | 
Brussels proposes changes to copyright protection legislation, delays planned tax breaks for British game developers.
Healthcare Industry Makes Little Progress On ICD-10
News  |  4/16/2013  | 
Unless healthcare providers, software vendors and insurers catch up quickly, there will be significant disruptions in October 2014 when the new code set becomes law.
Healthcare Directed Exchange Gets Big Government Push
News  |  4/15/2013  | 
Requiring electronic health record systems to allow direct communications, plus access to health information service providers, might help providers meet Meaningful Use stage 2 criteria.
EU Accepts Google Antitrust Proposal
News  |  4/15/2013  | 
Google escapes serious sanctions, but will change the way it displays some search results in Europe.
Banks Must Ditch Legacy IT
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
Banks with decades-old IT systems are struggling to adjust to the changing regulatory and financial landscape.
H-1B: Ripe For Reform
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
20% of H-1B petitions granted last year went to just four firms, all outsourcers. That's just one of several proofs that the controversial visa program is hurting U.S. tech.
U.K. Investigates Disappointing LTE Auction
News  |  4/15/2013  | 
National Audit Office launches probe into whether the government failed to maximize revenue from February's 4G spectrum auction, which netted only 67% of predicted proceeds.
U.K. IT Industry Offers Strategies To Improve NHS
News  |  4/15/2013  | 
National Health Service must become more like online travel and retail sites to thrive in the 21st century, says Intellect report.
Distance Learning Regulation Needs Simplification, Officials Say
News  |  4/12/2013  | 
Former education secretary Richard Riley heads effort to make it easier for students to take online classes by standardizing state regulations.
Donated EHRs May Be Allowed Until 2016
News  |  4/11/2013  | 
Proposed government regulation would let hospitals subsidize EHRs and related services for independent doctors through 2016, instead of 2013.
Federal IT Budget To Increase In 2014
News  |  4/11/2013  | 
DOD tech budget is flat, but major civilian agencies will see more investment.
Google Sued By British Street Mapping Service
News  |  4/11/2013  | 
Steetmap suit claiming Google uses "uncompetitive" practices follows announcement by six data protection authorities that they will sanction search giant for privacy noncompliance.
British Bank Faces Probe After IT Glitches
News  |  4/11/2013  | 
After two major IT failures last summer, the Royal Bank of Scotland now faces regulatory investigations that could result in further penalties.
Google Searches Show Seasons Shape Mental Health
News  |  4/10/2013  | 
Research showing an association between seasons and mental health affirms the value of search queries for public health surveillance.
Hospitals Must Address 'Alarm Fatigue,' Joint Commission Says
News  |  4/10/2013  | 
Hospitals should develop guidelines for adjusting alarms and improve staff training to prevent harm to patients, says accrediting group.
Android's A 'Trojan Horse,' Microsoft-Backed Group Charges
News  |  4/9/2013  | 
FairSearch.org says Google's decision to offer Android at no cost represents predatory pricing.
H-1B Rush Sparks Broader Debate
News  |  4/9/2013  | 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division holds computerized lottery to distribute visas in random fashion. IT talent shortage debate continues.
The Freedom From Information Act
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
The U.S. government needs to takes transparency more seriously.
Google Seeks Allies Against Patent Trolls
News  |  4/8/2013  | 
Along with BlackBerry, EarthLink and Red Hat, Google is urging the Federal Trade Commission to limit "privateering."
Britain's New Tax Reporting System Draws Criticism
News  |  4/8/2013  | 
New tax platform will require British businesses to file employee data in real time; business owners call new system overly burdensome and detrimental to growth.
Smartphone Maps While Driving Banned In California
News  |  4/8/2013  | 
Recent court decision in California makes it illegal to check smartphone maps except in cases of hands-free, voice-guided navigation.
British Worry Of Fraud With New Social Security System
News  |  4/5/2013  | 
Government group fears that new Universal Credit welfare system will increase fraudulent claims, not reduce them, because of poorly implemented detection technology.
Mobile Tech Helps NHS Reach Remote Patients
News  |  4/5/2013  | 
Healthcare workers providing in-home care use digital pens to send patient information to and from hospital records systems.
How Rafter Helps Colleges Cut Textbook Costs
News  |  4/5/2013  | 
Textbook rental broker finds niche partnering with public colleges to lower the cost of higher education.
ONC Awards HIE Interoperability Work
News  |  4/4/2013  | 
DirectTrust, Interoperability Work Group receive grants to continue work and focus on issues that concern ONC.
Supercomputer Apps Tackle Cancer, Autism, Heart Attacks
News  |  4/4/2013  | 
Healthcare and life sciences apps sweep top three spots in contest from YarcData, a unit of supercomputing pioneer Cray, showcasing the power of graph analytics.
NASA Pauses Mars Missions To Avoid Interference
News  |  4/4/2013  | 
NASA will significantly scale back its Mars missions in April as the Red Planet moves behind the sun as viewed from Earth.
Facebook OK For Company News, SEC Says
News  |  4/3/2013  | 
SEC's blessing is a big -- if belated -- admission that social networks have become an important part of doing business.
Patients Like Online Health Records Access, Study Says
News  |  4/2/2013  | 
Veterans in study said the ability to view notes, lab results and other documents helped them communicate better with their doctors and led to better health.
Army Falls Short In Mobile Security, Says DOD
News  |  4/2/2013  | 
Lack of comprehensive mobile security policy and thousands of unauthorized devices are among the security shortcomings of the Army's mobile efforts.
DHS CIO Richard Spires Takes Voluntary Leave
News  |  4/1/2013  | 
High-profile head of the Department of Homeland Security's IT has been on leave since March 15, but the exact reason for his departure remains unclear.


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