News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in July 2011
Clinical Informatics Poised To Become Medical Subspecialty
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Physician informaticists will finally be recognized as board certified if the American Board of Medical Specialties approves.
Social Media Engagement: Feds Need Better Policies
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Guidelines for use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media are being developed by federal agencies, but the GAO says they must do more to address records management, privacy, and security.
In Case of Emergency, Check Twitter
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media tools can enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response, according to New England Journal of Medicine commentary.
Hospitals Boost IT Spending Plans
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
The prospect of Meaningful Use dollars has spurred healthcare providers to spend more in tough economic times, according to a HIMSS Analytics report.
Telemedicine Reduces Rural Health Disparities, Says UnitedHealth
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Major health insurer urges more broadband connectivity, fewer regulatory hurdles, and better reimbursement policies.
AMA Says ePrescribing Program Penalizes Docs
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Aggressive timetable may decrease Medicare patients' access to healthcare, says American Medical Association, which calls for delays.
IT Leaders Fight New HIPAA Rule
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
CHIME and MGMA take exception to a proposed requirement to produce access reports within 30 days after a patient's request.
Obama Talks, Congressional Websites Crash
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Several websites were unavailable or sluggish after an overwhelming public response to the president's call for Congress to resolve debt ceiling issues.
Sen. Al Franken Opposes AT&T, T-Mobile Merger
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Outspoken senator from Minnesota says deal would kill off thousands of U.S. jobs and raise cell phone prices.
Feds Get Detailed Cloud Planning Advice
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
Private sector execs, academics suggest changes like updating laws and setting research priorities, share practical recommendations for CIOs.
Where The IT Jobs Are: Healthcare
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Demand and pay for health IT talent surges, according to online career site Dice.com.
Feds Must Detail Data Center Consolidations By October
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Agencies will have to publish their plans online by October 7, according to a new memo by outgoing federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Eye Doctors Need Specialized EHRs
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
An American Academy of Ophthalmology report outlines flaws in most primary-care oriented EHRs and offers remedies.
Kundra Had Vision, Next Federal CIO Needs Speed
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
The long-term plan for federal IT reform has only just begun to be implemented, so Kundra's successor will have to hit the ground running.
EHR Incentive Program: Hurt By Poor Checks, Balances?
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
Department of Health and Human Services finds states are unable to gather information tied to Medicaid electronic health record payment eligibility.
Mobile Apps: Proposed FDA Rule Will Disrupt Industry
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
Regulations to classify apps as medical devices cover only a fraction of health-related apps, but many parties will be affected.
Block AT&T T-Mobile Merger Says Senate Antitrust Chief
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Members of Congress blast the proposed deal as anti-competitive, but Verizon COO thinks it'll go through anyway, with restrictions.
EHR Maker Greenway Files For $100 Million IPO
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Analyst says stock offering could be successful, based on Greenway's rapid growth and the quality of its electronic health record product.
Bill Seeks 'Parity' In Meaningful Use Incentives
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Current HITECH policy disadvantages many multi-campus hospitals, says American Hospital Association, legislation's sponsors.
FCC Criticized For Not Spending On Telemedicine
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association urges action on measures to achieve the National Broadband Plan's goals.
Essence Raises Money To Push Cloud Healthcare Tools
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Private investors provided $61 million to Essence Group Holdings Corp. to expand its Lumeris cloud-based technology products and services for accountable care organizations.
Federal Agencies Must Report More IT Spending Data
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
New OMB requirements broaden the set of data that agencies have to share on how they spend taxpayer dollars on IT.
Health Insurers Embrace Exchanges, Need Analytics
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
A majority of insurers plan to join health insurance exchanges, says a PwC survey, but they're going to need to invest in analytics to better manage risk.
Social Security CIO Resigns Following Shakeup
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Frank Baitman leaves after staff gutted; observers say agency's 9-year experiment with CIO office never resolved line-of-authority problems.
National Health IT Coordinator Endorses 'Meaningful Use' Delay
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Speaking to chief medical information officers, Dr. Farzad Mostashari says the current timeline creates a 'disincentive' for providers to meet federal standards this year.
Outgoing Federal CIO: Focus On Execution
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
The new federal CIO must focus on execution, not just policy, if the government's IT infrastructure and operations are to improve, says Vivek Kundra.
HIT Leaders Tackle Tough Issue: 'Meaningful' Data Sharing
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Health IT experts at this week's InformationWeek Healthcare IT Forum tried to figure out the best data sharing strategies as Meaningful Use requirements evolve.
Meaningful Use Paves Way For Health IT Megatrends
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
The next stages of the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use regs are coming, as are painful transformative challenges for healthcare providers.
Technology A Major Concern For Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Revenue is expected to triple, to $200 billion annually, within the first five years, but many health insurers have serious reservations about jumping into the market, finds PwC study.
Government Regulation Hinders Public Health Information Exchanges
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Funding uncertainty and healthcare providers' concerns about security and efficiency also contributing to slow growth of public exchanges, finds KLAS study.
Medicare Online Documentation System To Cut Healthcare Costs
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
NaviNet among seven contractors approved to participate in the pilot that allows medical offices and hospitals to submit medical documentation electronically.
GE Software Helps Docs Prepare For Meaningful Use
News  |  7/14/2011  | 
GE Healthcare upgrades Centricity electronic medical record and practice management system to help physicians prepare for Meaningful Use and the changeover to ICD-10 codes.
Federal Budget Battle Won't Threaten 'Meaningful Use' Dollars
News  |  7/14/2011  | 
HIMSS official says EHR incentive program is now officially an entitlement, and thus government is obligated to fund it.
Make Patient Safety Goals Part Of Meaningful Use
News  |  7/13/2011  | 
A proposal to include the 2011 National Patient Safety Goals in future MU criteria and certification requirements for electronic health records has the support of the EHR Association.
Guerra On Healthcare: Policy Trumping Health IT Experience
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
There's no substitution for working your way up through the ranks. Unfortunately, many of the federal policymakers have never been in the trenches--and it shows.
HHS Proposes Health Insurance Exchange Rules
News  |  7/12/2011  | 
Federal guidelines assist states in building mandated competitive health insurance marketplaces.
Nurses Should Shape More Health IT Decisions: HIMSS
News  |  7/12/2011  | 
Nurse informaticists play key role selecting health IT that's interoperable, user-friendly, and focused on quality outcomes.
Hospitals Don't Always Plan for 'Hybrid' EMRs
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
Transition to EMRs may be slowed by long period of running parallel paper and electronic systems, a survey suggests.
Medicare Will Expand Coverage For Telehealth
News  |  7/8/2011  | 
But critical care may not meet the new standard for eligibility.
VA Adds iPhone, Android To Smartphone Mix
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs is a BlackBerry-only shop no more. Staff can soon use Androids and iPhones to access email and EHR system.
Delays Force Feds To Propose EHR Reporting Changes
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services isn't ready yet to accept data online from providers regarding clinical quality measures.
HHS Seeks To Standardize Insurance Transactions
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
The department is seeking comment on proposed rules for electronically verifying patient eligibility for a health plan and checking the status of insurance claims.
Guerra On Healthcare: The Complexities Of System Change
Commentary  |  7/5/2011  | 
ONC doesn't fully appreciate how difficult it is to re-engineer the healthcare system, or how dangerous one piece of incorrect code can be to patients.
Global Tech Leaders Promote Open Internet
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Leaders from 34 countries, including notable technology pioneers, have released principles aimed at maintaining the Internet as a forum for open communication and expression.
SAS 70 Is Dead: Hello Better Cloud Governance?
Commentary  |  7/5/2011  | 
Cloud computing, outsourcing, and their accompanying risks demand that we move beyond the vendor checkbox that SAS 70 represented.


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