News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in June 2011
Cloud Computing: Faster Acquisition Key To Recognizing Value
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Alongside other, similar efforts, a new federal working group is aiming to streamline IT acquisition cycles to facilitate the government's move to the cloud.
Congress Enters Web Videoconferencing Age
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
House of Representatives members now can use Web-based Skype and ooVoo services to conduct official business over the House Wi-Fi network.
Social Security Administration Shakes Up CIO Office
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Commissioner reorganizes IT staff and spreads authority between several offices, counter to White House encouragement to centralize IT leadership.
Social Networking Policy: Write Now Or Regret Later
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Fewer than 25% of companies provide rules or guidance for employees posting on social networking sites, new research says--and that's bad news when trouble arises.
Omnipotent Hacker Myth Lets Business Off The Hook
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
If the public believes hackers are almighty, companies have little incentive to take security seriously.
Court Kills California Violent Video Game Law
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
California's attempt to restrict sales of violent video games to children violates free speech rights, the court says.
Google Confirms FTC Antitrust Investigation
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
The next move will be lots of subpoenas for documents, experts say. Google says the focus of the FTC investigation remains a bit cloudy.
Top Medical Groups: Meaningful Use Program Needs Fixing
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
AMA, AHA, CHIME, HIMSS, and other big players urge HHS to reduce regulatory complexity on physicians.
4G Wireless Bill Asks Carriers To Prove Speed
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Vendors throw around the term 4G around in the same way that some snack companies abused "low fat." One lawmaker wants the carriers to clearly spell out what 4G means.
FTC Silent On Google Antitrust Inquiry
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Google's dominance of Internet search advertising is expected to be challenged by U.S. antitrust enforcers.
EHRs Get Help Meeting 'Meaningful Use'
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
The National Institutes of Health has launched MedlinePlus Connect, enabling electronic health records to link patients directly to up-to-date medical information.
Back To School: Courses Help Physicians Learn Health IT
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
ACPE certificate program aids physician leaders in understanding the lingo, technology, processes and challenges involved with implementing e-health records and other health IT.
CMS To Battle Claims Fraud With Analytics
News  |  6/20/2011  | 
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on a project to use predictive modeling to weed out fake Medicare claims before they're paid.
Congress Mulls How iPads, XML Can Cut Costs
News  |  6/20/2011  | 
Experts suggest ways Congress can use smartphones and other technologies to cut down on paper and boost collaboration.
Medical Groups Ill-Prepared For HIPAA Standards Deadline
News  |  6/17/2011  | 
More than 40% of medical practices have not begun implementing the HIPAA Version 5010 electronic transaction standards, according to a Medical Group Management Association survey.
EHR Vendors Question Some Proposed ACO Rules
News  |  6/17/2011  | 
Conflicting requirement in different programs prompt the HIMSS trade association to ask the various agencies across the Department of Health and Human Services to work together better.
As Fed CIO Kundra Departs, Will Progress Stall?
News  |  6/16/2011  | 
An analysis of Kundra's tenure earns him good grades for transformation--but his peers have split feelings on whether progress lies ahead, or a lack of leadership continuity will mean a stall.
Infosys Seeks To Jumpstart Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  6/16/2011  | 
The Infosys Health Benefit Exchange will help states set up insurance exchanges and assist payers in marketing their plans to a wider audience.
Federal CIO Kundra Resigns For Harvard Job
News  |  6/16/2011  | 
Vivek Kundra will leave the White House for the Ivy League after two years of pushing aggressively for federal IT reform on consolidation, cloud computing, and cybersecurity.
Obama Sets Clock for Agencies: Boost Service
News  |  6/16/2011  | 
Federal agencies are on a 180-day timeline to create tech-heavy plans to overhaul customer service and comply with a White House executive order.
EHR Donation To Help Bridge Digital Divide
News  |  6/15/2011  | 
Quest, and its IT subsidiary MedPlus, are the first vendors to officially participate in a HHS effort to support e-health record adoption rates among healthcare providers in underserved, minority communities.
White House Unveils National Smart Grid Strategy Framework
News  |  6/13/2011  | 
The Obama Administration has revealed four key pillars for enabling a next-generation power grid, including consumer empowerment and guarding cyber threats.
The Challenge: Exploit Health Data, Create Innovative Apps
News  |  6/13/2011  | 
Organizations like Walgreens, Aetna, and the National Cancer Institute are pushing developers to use government data to help improve the nation's health.
Make EHRs More Like Cars, Healthcare CIOs Say
News  |  6/10/2011  | 
For user-friendliness, electronic health records need standardizing of certain features, much like braking systems in cars, health IT leaders tell feds.
Progress And Pain With Federal Plan
News  |  6/10/2011  | 
Seven months into the plan to reform federal IT management, seven major agency CIOs gave updates on CIO.gov recently on their progress around key initiatives.
Government Technologist: Give Federal CIOs The Authority They Need
Commentary  |  6/9/2011  | 
It's not clear if agency CIOs have the clout and support they need to accomplish all the tasks they've been given.
Health IT Panel Wants To Extend 'Meaningful Use' Deadline
News  |  6/9/2011  | 
Citing unreasonable timelines, the Health IT Standards Committee recommends that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put off compliance with stage 2 healthcare rules until 2014.
Docs Tell Congress EHR Adoption Presents Serious Challenge
News  |  6/8/2011  | 
Small practices are feeling the pinch as costs mount and once useful EMR systems become prematurely obsolete.
ACP Questions Meaningful Use Recommendation For ACOs
News  |  6/8/2011  | 
The American College of Physicians says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to loosen its requirements if it wants enough medical practices to get on board.
LinkedIn Compliance Enforcement Gets Easier For Financial Services
News  |  6/8/2011  | 
Actiance Socialite eases conformity with federal regulations that require pre-approval of profile updates on social media.
Should Mobile Health Apps Be Regulated By FDA?
Commentary  |  6/7/2011  | 
App developers and mobile device makers better pay close attention because the FDA says it's looking for "greater regulatory clarity."
Health IT Saves Babies' Lives
News  |  6/3/2011  | 
EMRs significantly reduced mortality in neonates, but did not impact SIDS, congenital, or accidental deaths, according to a study published in the Journal of Political Economy.
Google Sued For SMS Spamming
News  |  6/2/2011  | 
Twilio, GroupMe, and Google's recent acquisition, Slide, also were sued by users of group text services claiming to be flooded with unsolicited messages.
LinkedFA Offers Social Network For Financial Advisors
News  |  6/1/2011  | 
Regulatory and compliance issues forced the company to install controls and features not available on consumer social networks.
209,000 Doctors At Risk For E-Prescribing Penalties
News  |  6/1/2011  | 
Healthcare providers who don't write prescriptions electronically may be subject to a 1% Medicare payment reduction in 2012.


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