News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in May 2012
State Health Insurance Exchanges Choke On Health IT
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Politico: Politics aside, IT could be biggest barrier to 2014 readiness.
Maine Health Information Exchange Adds Medical Images
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, becomes first in the nation to support statewide sharing of X-rays, CT scans, and other medical images.
Clinical Goals Drive Paperless Hospital's IT Choices
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
Danish hospital plans for an all-digital future, seeks technology that addresses healthcare delivery needs of the 2020s.
Mass. Safety Net Hospitals Land $628M For Transformation
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Health IT infrastructure improvements will be part of healthcare delivery changes supported by federal and state funding.
Facebook's Advertising Problem
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
GM says Facebook ads don't work. While search was made for advertising, social will be harder for marketers.
How To Improve Communication Between Clinicians
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
Although mandated to communicate better with patients, some healthcare providers also are looking for tech tools that get info to staff faster.
Facebook IPO: Strangest Of All Time?
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Technology glitches, insane valuations, secret disclosures, and high-frequency trading have all played a part in the Facebook IPO soap opera.
North Carolina Fights Medicaid Fraud With Analytics
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
In two years, IBM data mining software has identified $191 million in potentially false Medicaid claims.
3 Goals Of White House 'Digital Government' Plan
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
Federal agencies required to make services available to mobile users within 12 months and to release more government data through Web APIs.
Facebook's Tech-Snarled IPO: What We Know
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
Four lawsuits have arisen following Facebook's troubled initial public offering. NASDAQ's trading systems are not the first to suffer IPO day technical woes.
With SpaceX In Flight, What's Next For NASA
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
The Dragon spacecraft faces a series of tricky tests and maneuvers as it heads to the International Space Station.
Emerging Wireless Medical Technology Gets FCC Blessing
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
FCC proposes increased spectrum capacity for Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices, paving the way for doctors to use patient-worn devices to monitor vital signs.
Tesla's Electric Sedan Hits The Road In June
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Model S luxury sedan boasts the longest range of any all-electric car.
E-Prescribing Reaches Tipping Point
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Surescripts survey finds 58% of office-based physicians now issue prescriptions electronically. Meaningful Use e-prescribing requirements have played a large role in the technology's adoption.
Google Must Make 4 Antitrust Fixes
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
European Commission demands proposals to address its anti-trust concerns, which include results placement and copying content from other search engines without permission.
Web-Based Insurance Exchanges Attract $1 Billion+
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Recent federal investments in state health insurance exchanges bring total grant funding to more than $1 billion. Needed next: strong security.
Senator Wants 55,000 Green Cards For Tech Grads
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
Sen. John Cornyn proposes replacing visa lottery with program that allocates more permanent resident visas to foreign STEM students at U.S. universities.
One Year ICD-10 Delay Just Right, CHIME Says
News  |  5/16/2012  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says the government's recommendation to postpone compliance with the new medical billing code system until 2014 strikes the right balance.
HTC Smartphone Blockade Racks Up Victims
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
Certain HTC smartphones have been blocked at U.S. Customs, putting the hurt on AT&T and Sprint. Does Apple care that its patent war is damaging its own customers?
Private Health Information Exchanges Take Over
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
Enterprise exchanges owned by healthcare organizations account for most of the 40% annual growth in the market.
Towers Watson To Acquire Extend Health
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
Benefits and talent management consulting firm plans to buy online health insurance exchange provider Extend Health for $435 million.
Stage 2 EHRs Require Meaningful Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Many of the government’s proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria for e- health records won't be easy to meet. Here's how providers are meeting the challenge.
10 Ways To Stifle Tech Competition
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
Competition happens, unless you can avoid it. From Microsoft Windows RT to Google Chrome, here's how today's giants safeguard their turf.
Ban On USAID Outsourcing Programs Makes Bipartisan Sense
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop wants to bar the development agency from using public funds to help train offshore workers. Here's why lawmakers from both sides of the aisle should support the initiative.
IT Growing Pains: An SMB Outsourcing Dilemma
News  |  5/11/2012  | 
C&J Energy Services once outsourced all its technology needs, but it's outgrown that approach. Here's how the company now decides what to keep in-house and what to outsource.
Lawmaker Seeks Ban On USAID-Backed Outsourcing
News  |  5/11/2012  | 
Proposal by U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop would bar agency from funding programs that train overseas students in the Philippines and other countries to work for outsourcing companies offshore.
Compromise On Health Data Access May Be Ugly
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
Some hospitals and doctors oppose giving patients electronic data as quickly as required by proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations. Consumer groups want more speed--and the compromise likely won't please either side.
Consumer Groups Seek Tougher Meaningful Use Requirements
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Consumer Partnership for eHealth calls for quicker data transfer to patients, higher threshold for exchange of clinical summaries.
Patient Advocates Urge Fast Access To Hospital Data
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
American Hospital Association's call for 30-day waiting period to access electronic records would harm patients, according to Society for Participatory Medicine.
Pentagon CIO Talks Security, Mobility, Shared Services
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Budget cuts and cybersecurity demands have led the Department of Defense to push increasing resources into a long-term strategy to create shared IT infrastructure across the military, CIO Teri Takai says.
Health Insurers Proceed On IT Aspects Of 'Obamacare'
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, health plans likely will implement the technology needed to meet its objectives, predicts one prominent IT consultant.
Google Gets License For Driverless Car
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Google's autonomous cars can now lawfully be tested on Nevada roadways, using the first such license issued in the U.S.
EHR Vendors Ask For Meaningful Use Reporting Changes
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
EHR software vendors say doctors and hospitals need more time to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ask the feds to tweak their reporting requirements.
Google Faces Antitrust Inquiry In India
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
Regulators in Europe, the U.S., and now India circle Google; number of formal complaints still to be determined.
Federal CIO Touts Shared Services Model
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
White House's cut-and-invest strategy aims to redirect billions of dollars in IT funding toward shared technology platforms and services.
10 Lessons From Leading Government CIOs
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Under extreme budget pressure, federal IT leaders adopt shared services and build mobile app stores as they shift dollars where most needed.
Governance Meets Cloud: Top Misconceptions
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
While cloud computing takes some IT responsibilities off of your plate, governance isn't one of them. Experts say you still need to do the heavy lifting to ensure strong security and access policies.
CHIME: Providers Need More Time For Meaningful Use
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives wants the feds to grant more time for hospital and ambulatory EHRs to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.
AHA Fights Meaningful Use Stage 2 Timing, Scope
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
American Hospital Association asks the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to soften requirements, push back start date, and change timeframe for penalties.
EU Court Says Computer Functions Not Copyrightable
News  |  5/2/2012  | 
Ruling reaffirms the right to reverse engineer software and could enhance a Google appeal if Oracle prevails in its Java copyright claim.
GSA Creates Social Media Registry For Federal Agencies
News  |  5/1/2012  | 
As government accounts proliferate on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites, the feds establish a registry to help the public know which ones are authentic.

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