News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in June 2012
Drones Fail 'Perch And Stare' Contest
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
DARPA competition to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of landing and relaying real-time surveillance video ends without a winner.
Health IT Leaders Divided On Supreme Court Decision
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Ruling to uphold Affordable Care Act validates health IT efforts, but a decision against it would not have slowed momentum of healthcare industry's transformation, say some observers.
Obamacare Victory Spells More Work For Healthcare CIOs
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
CIOs and CMIOs can expect many more sleepless nights now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.
Obama's Attack On Outsourcing Rings Hypocritical
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Campaign jabs at Mitt Romney notwithstanding, the evidence suggests the President wants to use outsourcing to boost ties with India and level the global playing field.
NASA Cranks Up Its Rocket Science
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Commercial space industry tests rockets, books flights, and builds spaceports in anticipation of playing a bigger role in the U.S. space program.
Patent Trolls Decimate Innovation
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Study finds the cost of patent litigation brought by non-practicing entities comes to about a tenth of R&D spending by U.S. businesses.
Mac Users See Pricier Rooms At Orbitz
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Orbitz says Mac users are willing to pay 30% more for hotel rooms than PC users so it is showing them more expensive options.
Feds Begin Work On BYOD Policy
News  |  6/25/2012  | 
Federal CIO VanRoekel announces an innovation center to help agencies share digital services, as well as a new advisory group working on a bring-your-own-device policy.
Long-Term Care Providers Still Need Data Exchange
News  |  6/25/2012  | 
Although LTC and post-acute care providers have been excluded from Meaningful Use, they still play a key role in continuity of care, says federal health IT official.
10 Developments Show Government Cloud Maturing
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Emerging trends such as FedRAMP, community clouds, and single-source contracts point to the start of phase two for cloud computing in federal government.
HHS Grants Tap Health IT To Improve Quality
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
Feds will spend $895 million on a national innovations program, but expect to get twice as much back through Medicare and Medicaid savings.
EHR Incentive Program Races Past Milestone
News  |  6/22/2012  | 
More than 100,000 providers receive Medicare or Medicaid payments for showing Meaningful Use or adopting EHRs--in less time than expected.
U.S. Healthcare Needs Data Standards, Registries, Study Says
News  |  6/21/2012  | 
Several IT obstacles hold the nation back from establishing a value-based healthcare system, according to the Boston Consulting Group.
25 CIOs Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  6/20/2012  | 
InformationWeek Healthcare's second annual list of IT executives highlights the exceptional thinkers and doers who are moving patient care forward.
Federal IT Spending Likely To Decline
News  |  6/20/2012  | 
Deltek forecasts a slight decline in federal IT budgets through 2017, even if Congress prevents threatened 10% across-the-board cuts in 2013.
Energy Department Names New CIO
News  |  6/19/2012  | 
With the prospect of an IT budget cut looming, the agency names an insider to oversee its IT reform efforts.
NASA, FAA Collaborate On Commercial Space Travel
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Space agency increasingly turns to private sector partners for services, so feds seek to ensure safety and minimize overlapping efforts with a new cross-agency agreement.
Google Sees Surge In Censorship Demands
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Silencing speech isn't just for dictators; democracies are trying it also. U.S. authorities, for example, asked Google to remove information 6,192 times in the second half of 2011.
Government IT Projects Pushed To Use Modular Contracting
News  |  6/15/2012  | 
New Office of Management and Budget guidelines aim to cut costs and improve contractor performance by breaking IT projects into smaller pieces.
Pentagon Outlines Mobile Device Plan
News  |  6/15/2012  | 
The Department of Defense releases a formal strategy that outlines its goals, challenges, and next steps in adopting commercial mobile devices and mobile applications.
New Domain Names Tempt Amazon, Google, Microsoft
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
ICANN's plan to approve new domain names sought by companies spurs competition for desirable suffixes such as .app and .book.
Fed Workers Cite Barriers To Tech Adoption
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Federal workers say technology at work isn't keeping up with their personal technology; training and cost are obstacles.
Medical Specialists Encouraged To Use More IT
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
National Committee for Quality Assurance dangles recognition program to get specialty practices to coordinate with primary care doctors and inform patients via email, websites, and other technology.
NY Accelerates State Health Information Exchange
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Regional health information exchanges team up with IBM and other IT vendors to build the massive Statewide Health Information Network of New York.
H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted For 2013
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
Work visas last year did not run out until late November, an indication that tech-industry hiring is picking up.
What's The ROI On Federal IT Spending?
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Uncle Sam should develop an IT savings dashboard that shows the returns on its multibillion-dollar IT investment.
Federal Agencies Devise Shared Services Plans
News  |  6/7/2012  | 
The Office of Management and Budget is requiring federal agencies to tap into a more efficient IT delivery model.
8 Health Information Exchanges Lead The Way
Slideshows  |  6/7/2012  | 
Look inside some of the most established HIEs and how they help U.S. health organizations share data, in the name of lower costs and better patient care.
HIX Data Reporting Should Rely On 'Benchmark' Plans
News  |  6/6/2012  | 
The Department of Health and Human Services' proposed rule would clarify 'essential benefits' in state health insurance exchanges (HIXs) ahead of enrollment.
Health IT Faces Eventful Summer
Commentary  |  6/6/2012  | 
Supreme Court's upcoming decision on healthcare reform and feds' Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rules add up to a heated summer for healthcare IT execs.


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