News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in May 2010
Google's 'Screw Up' Looks Expensive
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google's Street View snafu may end up being one of the more costly copy-and-paste mistakes in recent memory. In the past ten days, there have been six lawsuits filed against Google in the U.S. for alleged illegal data interception.
HIT Standards Committee Struggles With Additional Demands
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
As a result of the recently passed healthcare reform legislation, additional tasks, including enrollment transaction specifications, are falling to the committee.
Gov 2.0: Cloud Success Hinges On Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Microsoft says the private and public sectors must work closely together for government to realize the promises of cloud computing.
Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
The panel was on "Financial Services in a Cloud Connected World." Its members were representatives of New York's big banks, a Wall Street consultancy and an industry advisory group, all assembled for the first event the morning after the CA World 2010 party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was time to get serious about cloud computing.
Congress Considering Rewrite Of Telecom Law
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
House and Senate leaders are looking to take up the contentious issue of whether to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, subjecting it to more regulation.
Performance Monitoring Aims To Improve EHR Satisfaction
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
By monitoring system performance on the backend, an Alabama health system hopes to make its e-health record rollout go smoother for users.
FCC Clears Verizon, Frontier Landline Deal
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Frontier Communications has agreed to pay $8.6 billion to acquire nearly 5 million Verizon telephone lines in 14 states.
Parents Want Online Communication With Pediatricians
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
While patients are pushing their doctors to use more e-mail and Web communications, the doctors are concerned about liability and reimbursement issues.
USASpending.gov Refresh Uses Open Source, Cloud
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Updated site allows more in-depth analysis of where and how the federal government is spending money.
Medical Association Objects To EHR Rules
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The Medical Group Management Association says expanding HIPAA disclosure requirements is burdensome and will hurt electronic health record adoption.
Europe Sets Broadband Strategy
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
The European Commission says moving to a single broadband market would overcome a host of challenges and improve its citizens' access to high-speed Internet.
Healthcare Lagging On Enterprise Mobility
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Gartner says healthcare CIOs need to take immediate steps toward implementing a sound wireless and mobile device strategy.
Data.gov To Relaunch Friday
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
The federal government's online data repository is getting a redesign that will add Microsoft's Bing search, feature links to data sets and applications, and focus on usability.
State Health Data Exchanges Face Common Challenges
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
While all states have their own health information exchange efforts underway, many face the same hurdles.
CMS Awards $107 Million In Health IT Contracts
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Northrop Grumann and CGI Federal will improve the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' e-medical record system and beneficiary Web sites.
Verizon Forgives $18,000 Cell Phone Bill
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
The Federal Communications Commission is examining ways consumers and wireless providers can avoid cell phone "bill shock" problems.
Guerra On Healthcare: Weighing In On Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
The success or failure of healthcare IT will be determined by how the government evaluates comments on proposed "Meaningful Use" and "Certification" regulations.
White House Reprimands Deputy CTO
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Counter to policy, former Google exec Andrew McLaughlin used Gmail to send work-related e-mail.
E-Health Laggards Need To Start Moving Now
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Healthcare providers starting from scratch with projects to implement e-health record systems in hopes of cashing in on the government's $20 billion-plus meaningful use incentive programs had better get going.
FBI CIO Unveils Next-Gen IT Strategy
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Despite a setback to its Sentinel case-management system, the agency is deploying a high-speed network, new Office-based PCs, and other infrastructure improvements.
Healthcare Fraud Losses Narrowing
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Attorney General Eric Holder says stiffer penalties and improved data systems are helping the federal government crack down on healthcare fraud cases.
FDA Input On Medical E-Marketing Sought
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
An advocacy group wants digital marketers of medical products to comply with Food and Drug Administration rules on healthcare advertising.
Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
Republican lawmakers say FCC chair Genachowski is pushing a government takeover of broadband.
Vidyo Launches Healthcare Telepresence
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Videoconferencing vendors are meeting the demand for telehealth applications by beefing up privacy and security.
Bills Propose Online Earmark Database
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
House and Senate bills would require a searchable Web site detailing all Congressional earmark requests, by legislator.
Concentra Adds EMRs For Worksite Clinics
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
The WebChart suite of enterprise e-medical record software will be implemented at Concentra's 250-plus jobsite healthcare facilities.
Guerra On Healthcare: Health IT Safety Needs Serious Attention
Commentary  |  5/11/2010  | 
Growing questions about risks can't be brushed aside.
Guerra On Healthcare: Electronic Medication Administration Records Work
Commentary  |  5/11/2010  | 
Policy makers should push eMARs while letting computerized physician order entry systems mature.
Clinical Decision Support At Bedside Aids Patient Monitoring
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
Combining clinical decision support tools with medical monitoring gear can help nurses quickly recognize early signs of complications and infection in critically ill patients.
Electronic Records Management Online Group Launches
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
ERM pros from Bank of America, BP, and Barclays Capital join technology providers, consultancies, and government experts to curb the risks of information mismanagement.
Joint Chiefs To Increase Social Media Use
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff details a four-tiered strategy to increase the number of people he can reach via Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
Net Neutrality Battle Lines Form Over FCC 'Third Way' Plan
News  |  5/7/2010  | 
The usual suspects on both sides of the FCC's broadband plan have weighed in with praise and complaints for FCC chairman Julius Genachowski's "Third Way" proposal for net neutrality.
FairWarning Foils EMR Privacy Breaches
News  |  5/7/2010  | 
Data definition guides help hospitals and healthcare offices detect, notify, and prevent privacy violations in electronic medical records.
Facebook Faces FTC Complaint
News  |  5/6/2010  | 
Privacy groups tell the Federal Trade Commission and Congress that the social network is violating consumer protection laws.
FCC Chair Pitches Restraint In Net Neutrality
News  |  5/6/2010  | 
Julius Genachowski's "Third Way" aims for moderate regulation of broadband to protect consumers while encouraging investment and innovation by Internet providers.
SAS Intros Government Fraud Detection Software
News  |  5/5/2010  | 
The SAS Fraud Framework identifies links between participants of government programs and suspicious behavior.
NASA Unwraps Open Government Plan
News  |  5/5/2010  | 
Awards, social networking, and collaboration are key to making the space agency's activities more transparent.
Coalition Urges Delay On Meaningful Use Rules
News  |  5/4/2010  | 
A letter sent by 53 medical associations tells U.S. government that its proposed e-health regulations ask healthcare providers for 'too much, too soon.'
Flaws Found In Coast Guard IT System
News  |  5/4/2010  | 
IT configuration and security errors weakened the Department of Homeland Security financial system.
OMB Gets Low Marks On Transparency
News  |  5/4/2010  | 
The Office of Management and Budget is in charge of the Open Government Directive, but a watchdog group found its plan among the government's worst.
HHS Awards $220 Million For Health IT
News  |  5/4/2010  | 
The Beacon Communities, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, aim to showcase how health IT can improve the care of patients nationwide.
Amazon Fighting State Tax Collectors
News  |  5/3/2010  | 
A lawsuit is challenging North Carolina's efforts to get its citizens' Amazon shopping records for tax collection purposes.
FCC Chair Holds Swing Vote On Net Neutrality
News  |  5/3/2010  | 
Julius Genachowski will make public this month his decision whether or not to favor broadband as a common carrier service.
Samsung Reports $3.6 Billion 1Q Profit
News  |  5/3/2010  | 
The record earnings were led by a boom in Samsung's memory chip business and gains in mobile phone market share.


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