News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in July 2012
Minnesota Taps IBM For Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
IBM's Curam Social Program Management platform will verify Minnesotans' eligibility for healthcare coverage through the state's HIX.
AMA: Fold IT Tools Into Physician Profiling
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
The American Medical Association wants health insurers to standardize their doctor profiles and include clinical data from electronic health records; many carriers still balk.
ONC Releases Guidelines For Direct Clinical Messaging
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Many health information service providers can't forward messages to providers that use other HISPs. ONC aims to ensure security and common standards across all direct communications.
ICD-10 Deadline Uncertainty Breeds Healthcare Procrastination
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
American Hospital Association says if the government issues a final rule and deadline on the new diagnostic code set, reticent healthcare groups will work hard to meet it.
New FDA Law Paves Way For mHealth Regulations
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
By letting FDA proceed with developing regulations for mobile health apps, Congress assures mHealth industry that clarity is on the horizon.
Microsoft Tops H-1B Visa Employer List
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Software and tech services companies dominate the 25 biggest corporate users of the labor-import program.
California Gets Privacy Enforcement Unit
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Mounting concern about how businesses use personal information collected online prompts California Attorney General to launch dedicated privacy enforcement group.
Police Make Wide Use Of Social Tools
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Majority of law enforcement professionals turn to Facebook and YouTube to aid their investigations, research shows.
FBI To Add Tattoos To Biometric ID Capabilities
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Agency solicits information on using tattoo databases as part of a broader effort to expand its biometric identification platform and services.
Internet Defenders Launch 'Cat Signal' To Protect Freedom
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Modeled after Batman's bat signal, the Internet Defense League's cat signal will soon light the sky and later light up screens in the name of Internet openness.
Uncle Sam Wants To Secure Your Smartphone
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Draft NIST guidelines update cell phone and PDA security rules for the Android and iOS era.
Patient Data 'Mega-Registry' Could Bolster Clinical Research
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's new registry of registries would provide access to data from observational trials, quality improvement programs, and perhaps accountable care organizations.
Workday Rumored To File For IPO
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
ERP and human capital management software-as-a-service provider has confidentially filed for what would be the largest initial public offering since Facebook's.
YouTube Transforms News Coverage
News  |  7/16/2012  | 
Accounts of natural disasters and political upheaval are biggest draws among news videos.
Board Membership Do's And Don'ts For IT Leaders
News  |  7/16/2012  | 
You don't need to look further than RIM's board of directors to recognize the risk of joining a corporate board. But there are plenty of upsides, too.
Apple: Exiting EPEAT Environmental Program Was Mistake
News  |  7/13/2012  | 
Company responds to customer and media criticism by saying it will return to submitting most of its products for EPEAT certification.
Apple Clean Cloud More Talk Than Walk: Greenpeace
News  |  7/12/2012  | 
Apple has yet to follow through on commitments to run its data centers using clean power, Greenpeace report says.
Accountable Care Organizations Step Up to Medicare's Challenge
News  |  7/12/2012  | 
More than 150 ACOs are now contracting with Medicare to cover 2.4 million seniors. They're going to need a lot of IT support.
How Not To Plan A Data Center
Commentary  |  7/11/2012  | 
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency built a bigger data center than it needed. Now the potential federal IT boondoggle is being turned into a storage center for data generated by remote sensors and cloud computing.
Google FTC Privacy Settlement Awaits Approval
News  |  7/10/2012  | 
Federal Trade Commission said to be seeking a $22.5 million fine, its largest ever. Is it overkill?
Health IT Groups Criticize Information Exchange Regulation Plan
News  |  7/5/2012  | 
Private sector asks the feds to ease up on Nationwide Health Information Network governance; too much regulation could squash growing health information exchanges, they say.
Health IT Support Centers Get Their Own Advocates
News  |  7/5/2012  | 
Federally mandated regional extension centers have helped providers get on the EHR bandwagon; the Association of Regional Centers of Health Information Technology will now help these RECs stay afloat.
Opt-In Policy Best For HIE Patient Privacy
News  |  7/5/2012  | 
John Halamka, CIO for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, believes health information exchanges should use an 'opt-in to disclose' policy to safeguard patient data.
Google Proposes Remedies To EU Antitrust Woes
News  |  7/2/2012  | 
As antitrust entanglements bedevil Google around the globe, the company floats a proposal to resolve the concerns of European Union regulators.
Patient Engagement Requires Right IT Tools
Commentary  |  7/2/2012  | 
Federal and private policy makers are insisting that healthcare providers get patients more involved in their own care, but that's not going to happen without a careful analysis of your IT strategy.


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