News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in June 2010
Healthcare CIOs Worried About Achieving Meaningful Use
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Reporting requirements and uncertainty around the meaningful use criteria raise concerns with 80% of healthcare CIOs according to survey findings.
Space Policy To Boost Tech Investment
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Obama administration wants the U.S. to lead the world in space science and technology, while urging international, public-private cooperation.
OMB Ends Cookie Ban
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
An updated privacy policy for federal websites allows limited use of cookies, but limits tracking on non-government sites.
Siemens Taps Glaser To Lead Global Healthcare IT
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
A former advisor to health IT czar Blumenthal and longtime Partners Healthcare CIO John Glaser will be CEO of Siemens Health Services Business Unit.
White House Pauses $3 Billion In IT Spending
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
The Office of Management and Budget is conducting a detailed review of high-risk IT projects and placing a temporary pause on billions allocated annually to financial systems.
Resistance To EHRs May Widen Healthcare Disparities
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Small medical practices serving Medicaid patients have been reluctant to adopt electronic health records because they're already overwhelmed with providing medical services.
OMB Launches Payment-Accountability Site
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Move supports the Obama administration's goal to stop improper payments made by federal agencies.
Mobility To Lead Health IT Innovation
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Government stimulus funds will help, but not quickly cure, the lag in health IT adoption caused by years of failure to invest in new technology.
Public Skeptical Of Government Transparency Plans
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
The federal agency commitment to implementing the Open Government Directive is questioned by a majority of Americans according to survey results.
Health IT Boot Camp To Accelerate Professional Certification
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
The five-day crash course in health IT and e-medical records can lead to professional certification for IT pros and clinicians.
White House Battles Trademark, Copyright Infringement
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Obama administration aims to stop intellectual property violators with a multi-agency, international initiative.
Federal IT Spending To Reach $112 Billion
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
More than five percent growth is predicted for Federal IT spending spurred by the Obama's administration cost-saving and transparency goals.
Q&A: Dr. Steven Waldren On What's At Risk With E-Health Records
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
It's time for doctors to move on EHRs or get left behind, says head of American Academy of Family Physicians health information group.
Guerra On Healthcare: Father's Day Lessons On CPOE
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Understand physicians and you understand the abysmal computerized physician order entry adoption rates.
FCC Meets With Broadband Providers Over Regulation
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Public interest groups object to being excluded from talks about giving government authority over high-speed Internet lines.
Healthcare Taking Computing To The Cloud
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Cost, scalablity, and flexibility are reasons healthcare organizations are looking to move applications onto cloud computing models, says report.
FAA Not Ready For Air Traffic Upgrade
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
An inspector general says that the Federal Aviation Administration needs to do more planning before jumping in on its major NextGen upgrade.
HHS Establishes EHR Certification Program
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
The temporary certification will let healthcare organizations qualify their electronic health record systems and receive incentive payments through the Department of Health and Human Services.
FCC Opens Inquiry On Broadband Regulation
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
A flood of comments is expected on the question of how and whether high-speed Internet should be regulated by the Federal Communications Commission.
Balancing PHI Message Transaction Requirements
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
The privacy and security tiger team of the HIT Policy committee must balance a host of issues in determining the requirements for personal health information transactions.
Health Information Exchange Enhances Decision Making
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
The Wisconsin Health Information Exchange gives emergency room doctors access to patient data faster, helping improve clinical decisions and identify waste, drug abuse, and misuse of ER services.
FCC Data Roaming Proposal Divides Opinions
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
Verizon and AT&T object to mandated mobile data roaming, while public interest groups and smaller carriers support it.
GE Healthcare Intros Cloud EMR For Small Practices
News  |  6/15/2010  | 
The software-as-a-service GE Centricity Advance e-medical record system will help small medical practices comply with healthcare reform's "meaningful use" requirements.
E-Verify Site Gets Facelift
News  |  6/15/2010  | 
Department of Homeland Security has added user-friendly updates to the program employers use to verify worker eligibility for U.S. employment.
Gov Forum: Federal CIO Pushes Performance Gains
News  |  6/15/2010  | 
Vivek Kundra told attendees at the InformationWeek Government IT Leadership Forum that he's working to close the "IT gap," improve project oversight, and advance cybersecurity technology.
NOAA Funds Marine Forecasting In Gulf
News  |  6/14/2010  | 
The $4 million competitive grant was awarded to a group of university researchers to create more precise computer models of ocean and coastal conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
Web Tools Help Cancer Doctors Pick Treatment
News  |  6/14/2010  | 
Evidence-based clinical support tools developed by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center help doctors choose most promising and cost-effective treatments for cancer patients.
Q&A: Dr. David Blumenthal On Getting Doctors On Board With EHRs
News  |  6/14/2010  | 
Nation's health IT coordinator discusses what's at stake for doctors, the potential for consolidation in healthcare market, and what the government is doing to secure e-health records.
White House Eyes Financial Systems Overhauls
News  |  6/10/2010  | 
Federal financial systems upgrades are too costly, complex, and poorly executed, White House says, as it announces major changes.
Allscripts To Buy Eclipsys For $1.3 Billion
News  |  6/9/2010  | 
The stock deal positions Allscripts to accelerate electronic health record adoption among hospitals, physician practices, and other health delivery organizations.
Government Pushing To Close IT Gap
News  |  6/8/2010  | 
IT modernization is key to reforming government and eliminating inefficiencies, said the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
Military Arrests Alleged Wikileaks Source
News  |  6/7/2010  | 
Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning purportedly sent classified videos and other information to Wikileaks.
CMS Awards $24 Million For IT Services
News  |  6/7/2010  | 
Companion Data Services received a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract to host the National Level Repository, which will track healthcare providers' meaningful use of technology.
Manatt Says HITECH Needs Changes
News  |  6/3/2010  | 
A Manatt Health Solutions report said the HITECH Act has potential to dramatically improve healthcare, but only if the Meaningful Use criteria are revised.
Army Outlines Cloud Computing Strategy
News  |  6/2/2010  | 
Application consolidation and server virtualization are steps in a broader plan to consolidate data centers and offer cloud services across Army operations.
Senator Schumer Proposes Call Center Tax
News  |  6/1/2010  | 
The proposed legislation would tax U.S. companies that transfer domestic calls to foreign call centers and that require consumers be informed when their call is transferred outside the U.S.
House Allocates $84 Billion For Technology R&D
News  |  6/1/2010  | 
Reauthorization of the America Competes Act would fund efforts to keep the U.S. competitive in science and technology.


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