News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in May 2011
WHO Classifies Cell Phones As 'Possible Carcinogens'
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Health agency finds that the electromagnetic fields received by mobile devices may increase odds for a type of brain cancer.
HHS Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy Rule
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
Physicians Get Meaningful Use Payment Checks
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
A family doctor with a six-physician center in Ohio recommends building spreadsheets to track progress and ease the attestation process.
Open Government Sites Fall Prey To Budget Cuts
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The White House cancels plans to build new transparency sites and will be unable to update some established ones, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said.
Cisco Accused Of Helping Chinese Police Track Dissidents
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
A lawsuit claims internal marketing material shows that Cisco encouraged Chinese authorities to use its products for surveillance and control.
CVS Caremark Pilots Prescription Electronic Prior Authorizations
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Giving clinicians the ability to electronically request prior authorizations for certain medications will simplify a time-consuming, sometimes frustrating process.
Guerra On Healthcare: Beware Cost Of MU, ACOs
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
The feds want your involvement in Accountable Care Organizations and Meaningful Use, but will you see a meaningful return on investment?
AHA Says ACO Costs Far Exceed CMS Estimates
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
The American Hospital Association says the feds used figures based on physician group practices that already have many ACO elements in place.
Medicare To Start Payments For Meaningful Use
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
CMS will soon be issuing the first bonuses to providers for meeting federal EHR standards.
IT Certifying Commission To Cover Obstetrics, Cancer, Research
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
CCHIT will accept EHR applications from vendors beginning on June 2.
California Proposes Smart Grid Data Privacy Standards
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
Energy providers and their business partners would be required to follow fair information practices for customer data.
E-Prescribing Increased 72% In 2010
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
One in four drug orders were delivered to pharmacies through secure electronic exchange, reports Surescripts study.
White House Releases Comprehensive Cyberspace Policy
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The seven-pronged "International Strategy for Cyberspace" is the federal government's first stab at a comprehensive, integrated cyberspace strategy.
Philadelphia To Roll Out EHR From eClinicalWorks
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The e-health records system will be used to help provide care at eight outpatient clinics run by the city's department of public health and several correctional facilities.
White House Seeks National Data-Breach Notification Law
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
The Obama administration's cybersecurity policy proposal aims to standardize how U.S. businesses notify people if their personally identifiable information is inadvertently released.
Senators Demand Public Companies Disclose Data Breaches
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Democrats call for SEC to require mandatory disclosures of all data breaches, and for public companies to detail their data breach mitigation strategies.
NIST Releases Federal Cloud Guidelines
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Technology standards organization aims to be a comprehensive resource to help agencies comply with government's "cloud-first" mandate.
Hospital CIOs To Increase IT Spending In 2011
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Health IT spending plans in U.S., U.K., and Canada are being pumped up by government programs, reports Ovum.
AT&T Deal For T-Mobile Gets Greater DOJ Scrutiny
Commentary  |  5/10/2011  | 
The Department of Justice is taking a harder look at AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, which means the deal could be delayed indefinitely while the investigation continues.
Homeland Security Criticized For Lax Acquisition Management
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
Inspector general finds agency is not providing adequate oversight or communicating effectively with internal organizations to help them manage $55.3 billion in purchases each year.
Medicare Telehealth Restrictions Too Tight
Commentary  |  5/5/2011  | 
If accountable care organizations are being set up to improve healthcare and lower costs, rules that put severe restraints on telemedicine reimbursement seem counterintuitive.
EHRs Deemed 'Essential' To Pediatric Healthcare
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
Electronic health records and other IT systems support "medical home" concepts of information sharing, care coordination, and evidence-based medicine, said American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement.
India Adopts New Privacy Rules
News  |  5/4/2011  | 
Organizations doing business in India may be forced to re-evaluate how they handle personal information.
AMA, MGMA Launch Practice Management Software Directory
News  |  5/4/2011  | 
Groups seek to ease physician transition to 5010 transactions, ICD-10 coding
Congress Probes White House Social Media, Smartphone Use
News  |  5/4/2011  | 
Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, grilled Obama administration officials about the effect of digital communications on presidential recordkeeping.
E-Health Records Produce Some Environmental Benefits
News  |  5/3/2011  | 
Digitized patient record and medical imaging systems consume more electricity, but reduce paper use, patient travel, reliance on plastics used in traditional X-ray films and other waste, said a Kaiser Permanente report.
Guerra On Healthcare: New Perspectives On Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  5/3/2011  | 
The chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee seems to be adopting a more realistic attitude about what's possible versus what's desired.
National Health IT Coordinator Mostashari Outlines Challenges
News  |  5/2/2011  | 
Upon assuming Dr. David Blumenthal’s role at the helm of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari discussed his vision for how IT adoption will transform healthcare, progress made so far, and the road ahead.


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