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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in July 2010
White House To Review High-Risk IT Projects
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
As part of its effort to improve IT project management across federal agencies, OMB will require that designated projects devise improvement plans and get executive backing.
Meaningful Use Training Targets Next Steps
News  |  7/23/2010  | 
Now that Meaningful Use and Certification rules have been developed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are focusing on ensuring healthcare providers know how to enroll in the program.
Web 2.0 Triggers Government Security Challenges
News  |  7/23/2010  | 
Record keeping, privacy, and freedom of information are also concerns as agencies adopt new Internet technologies, says federal auditor.
DoD Creates Social Media Hub
News  |  7/22/2010  | 
The central location provides Department of Defense staff with information, links, feeds and guidelines to learn about social media and how the department should be using it.
Perfecting The E-Health Record
Commentary  |  7/22/2010  | 
Decision support, event-driven alerts, voice recognition, social networking--the EHR of the future should have it all.
CMS Offers Insight On Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  7/21/2010  | 
Comments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicate that Meaningful Use stage two will expand on stage on by making the current "menu" set part of future core requirements.
DHS Proceeds With Financial System Overhaul
News  |  7/21/2010  | 
Working with OMB as part of a government-wide financial systems review, the Department of Homeland Security plans to move ahead with its $450 million Transformation and Systems Consolidation project.
Meaningful Use Compliance Top Healthcare Executive Priority
News  |  7/21/2010  | 
A CSC survey of healthcare IT and non-IT executives' priorities shows agreement on meaningful use compliance, but some disparity about other concerns.
Memphis Cuts Crime With Predictive Analytics
News  |  7/21/2010  | 
Tennessee city attributes 31% drop in crime rate to knowing when and where to put cops on the street.
Meaningful Use Rules Make Sense To Patients
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
I'm not a doctor or nurse. Nor am I a hospital administrator, CIO or health IT worker. However, I am a patient. So while the government's long-awaited, meaningful use, stage 1 "core objectives" could very well entail a lot of process changes and costly technology to implement for healthcare providers, from a patient perspective--my perspective--many of the requirements sound reasonable, even commonsensible.
Meaningful Use Core Requirements For Healthcare Providers
News  |  7/19/2010  | 
So what are the more than two-dozen core "meaningful use" requirements that healthcare providers need to meet in order to qualify for financial incentives? Take a look here.
Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Use Regs Potentially Dangerous
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Despite modifications, the prescriptive directives of the final Meaningful Use regulations won't improve patient care.
Senate Committee Approves NASA Plan
News  |  7/16/2010  | 
The $19 billion bill authorizes private rockets for space travel and shifts focus from space exploration toward using space technology on environmental, geological, climate and other issues.
FCC Champions Broadband For Rural Healthcare
News  |  7/16/2010  | 
Vote to expand telecom services at rural hospitals and clinics aims to improve access to diagnostic tools that larger medical centers typically have.
Tech Industry's Pain Is Federal IT's Gain
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
In his Government Technologist column, John Foley argues in favor of the federal freeze on financial system projects, despite an industry backlash.
CIOs, Others React To Meaningful Use Final Rule
News  |  7/14/2010  | 
Most healthcare stakeholders are reacting positively, so far, to the feds' meaningful use final rule, but not everyone is pleased.
HHS Embraces Flexibility In Final MU Regs
News  |  7/13/2010  | 
The final Meaningful Use regulations issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services jettison a proposed all-or-nothing program in favor of a more flexible approach.
Health IT Czar, CMS Official On Meaningful Use
News  |  7/13/2010  | 
Coordinator of National Health IT Dr. David Blumenthal and CMS official Tony Trenkle share their views about the HITECH Act's long awaited meaningful use final rule in an interview with InformationWeek.
VA Halts $500 Million Financial System Overhaul
News  |  7/13/2010  | 
The move follows an OMB freeze on contracts for new financial systems and other steps aimed at fixing long-standing problems with IT project management.
HP Offers Hospitals, Doctors EHR Help
News  |  7/12/2010  | 
The EHReady program offers affiliated doctors financing and support services and marketing assistance to hospitals for for e-health record deployments.
White House Seeks Nanotechnology Ideas
News  |  7/7/2010  | 
The OSTP has released an official RFI soliciting submissions for 2010 National Nanotechnology Initiative agenda.
Healthcare Meaningful Use Criteria In Final Review
News  |  7/7/2010  | 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent its final meaningful use rules to the Office of Management and Budget for review, the last step before publishing the regulations.
Treasury CIO Tackles Bank Bailout, Data Center Consolidation
News  |  7/7/2010  | 
Michael Duffy talks with InformationWeek about navigating the financial crisis, leading a government-wide data center consolidation effort, and managing Treasury's IT infrastructure.
China Fires Back At EU Trade Probe
News  |  7/6/2010  | 
The European Union is investigating whether Chinese modem manufactures are dumping products into the market at excessively low prices.
Government Prepping Cloud Computing Guidance
News  |  7/1/2010  | 
As a report warns agencies won't move forward without clearer policy, White House readies comprehensive cloud strategy and cybersecurity rules.
White House Launches Healthcare Transparency Site
News  |  7/1/2010  | offers a health insurance search tool and information on healthcare consumer rights.

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