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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in July 2013
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Data-Driven Results Influence Federal Budget Cuts
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
As agencies are forced to do more with less, they'll need a clear vision, the right tools and an eye toward innovating, says former GAO leader and Deloitte director.
NASA Cloud Contracts Slammed By Auditor
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Space agency's early moves into cloud were poorly managed, may have exposed the organization to risk, inspector general reports.
Hospitals Struggle With EHRs For Quality Reporting, AHA Says
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
AHA report details problems hospitals encountered with EHRs in MU stage 1, recommends policy changes to address them.
Feds Move To Open Source Databases Pressures Oracle
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
Cost-conscious federal agencies move to open source choices, pressuring Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and Sybase to refine products, licensing agreements.
Lawmakers Grill Federal CIO On Data Center Figures
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
House subcommittee hammers Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel on how federal data center tally suddenly doubled.
Mobile Strategy In Emerging Markets: 10 Tips
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Building and establishing a mobile strategy in a developing economy presents unique challenges. Here's how to tackle them.
Docs Unlikely To Track Gifts With CMS App
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Busy doctors not expected to track freebies using Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' new mobile app, even though it could help them check government's accounting of gifts later.
Senate Committee Gets Earful On Health IT Woes
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Experts share concerns about Meaningful Use timeline, obstacles faced by rural hospitals, challenge of sharing electronic health records.
5 Helpful Online Services From Uncle Sam
Slideshows  |  7/24/2013  | 
These examples illustrate the White House's push to make government data and services more accessible.
3 Disruptive Technologies Gaining Speed
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Former chief strategist of Netscape says IT leaders should brace themselves now for three big movements: smart cities, car tech and big data analysis.
Healthcare Reform Spurs Health IT Mergers
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Deal-making declined in the first half of 2013 due to tax-law changes, but interest in buying healthcare firms remains high.
MGMA Protests Decision Not To Test ICD-10 With Medicare
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Government's decision against end-to-end testing would be "catastrophic" for practices, Medical Group Management Association says in letter to Health and Human Services' Sebelius.
FBI To Overhaul Printer Network
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Bureau picks Lexmark for $30 million contract as part of broader effort projected to save government billions in projected printing costs.
Common Core Meets Aging Education Technology
News  |  7/22/2013  | 
Many K-12 schools struggle to implement new educational standards with old technology, outdated skills.
Michael Dell Faces Biggest Week Of His Career
News  |  7/22/2013  | 
This week could alter the course of Michael Dell's legacy, as investors consider his $24.4 billion offer to take the company private.
Data.gov Gets Updated: A Closer Look
Commentary  |  7/19/2013  | 
Version 2.0 of government's data portal relies heavily on open-source platforms, but finding usable data can still be like looking for buried treasure.
Do Clickers Beat PCs For Testing Students?
News  |  7/19/2013  | 
Handheld devices typically used for informal polling and quizzes get attention as an alternative for digital testing, following online testing failures in several states.
State CIOs Press Governance Efforts
News  |  7/19/2013  | 
In tight budget times, governance is essential for successful sharing of government information and services, says NASCIO report.
Massachusetts Computer Services Tax Riles IT Industry
News  |  7/19/2013  | 
Proposed 6.25% sales tax on certain computer and software services would slow innovation and hurt the state's tech industry, opponents say.
High EHR Usage: Driven By Need Or Regulations?
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
When analyzing CMS data showing improvements in healthcare associated with EHR usage, beware "clicks for cash" phenomenon, cautions one analyst.
Most Wired Hospitals: Health IT's Hot Trends
News  |  7/17/2013  | 
Computer physician order entry, patient-generated data and big data are taking off, according to American Hospital Association survey.
5 Habits Of Highly Effective Government IT Leaders
Commentary  |  7/17/2013  | 
Former Department of Transportation CIO Nitin Pradhan offers lessons for up-and-coming and incoming government IT execs.
Big Data Career Switch: 4 Key Points
Commentary  |  7/17/2013  | 
Looking to retool your skillset to land a job in data science? Beware these issues as you consider university programs.
How 3 ACOs Use Technology To Survive
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
Nine accountable care organizations are dropping out of a program touted as a key cost-saving element of Obamacare. Here's how three providers are using technology to stick it out.
Stop Crippling Telemedicine
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
Remote patient monitoring is ready to reinvent routine healthcare tasks. So what are we waiting for?
States Seek Direct Messages For Health Data During Disasters
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
10 states recently entered a compact to exchange patient data in case of a natural or a man-made disaster. No solution covers the entire country, however.
Web Ad Networks Move To Block Unlawful Ads
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other online ad companies agree to policies that aim to starve rogue websites of ad revenue.
Federal Data Center Closures No Panacea: Navy CIO
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Navy's top IT official takes issue with the federal government's focus on cutting the number of government data centers, says it misses the big picture on IT cost control.
DoJ Limits Seizure Of Reporters' Data
News  |  7/12/2013  | 
Government investigators now face a few more hurdles when seeking reporters' records.
Health Information Exchanges Grow, But Slowly
News  |  7/12/2013  | 
Most HIEs that help unrelated organizations exchange data admit they don't have a long-term business model.
U.K. Costliest Country To Bid On Government Contracts
News  |  7/12/2013  | 
U.K. tops all European Union countries in expenses incurred by firms bidding on government contracts. It's tough as ever for small companies, especially those in IT, to win government business.
How Navy Sliced $1 Billion From Intranet Deal
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
New contract terms led incumbent HP to shuffle partners and ultimately win NGEN contract -- but questions remain if Navy took the most cost-effective approach.
What Agencies Need For More Agile Networks
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
The evolution of IT as a service and other forces are fundamentally changing how agencies need to think about the next generation of networks.
Disruptive Leadership: Bowdoin College CIO Mitch Davis
Commentary  |  7/10/2013  | 
Iconoclastic technology leader argues change management must start with IT itself.
ONC Outpost Ready To Help Docs With Regulations
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
New Jersey branch of Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT is converting into a membership organization to help providers meet Meaningful Use, ACO and patient-centered medical home requirements.
Apple Conspired To Fix E-book Prices, Court Rules
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
U.S. Department of Justice prevails in its antitrust claim against Apple, which vows to appeal.
Healthcare Experts Watch For EHR Dropoff By Docs
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Of the doctors who attested to Meaningful Use of EHRs in 2011, 20% failed to participate in the federal incentive program in 2012, new data says.
U.K. Courts SMBs For IT Services Contracts
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Digital Services Framework dangles £40 million in front of potential bidders, with a special appeal to small and midsize businesses capable of fulfilling the government's "digital by default" mission.
HHS Releases Health IT Safety Plan
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Public/private partnerships should make it easier to report health IT-related adverse events and correct potential patient safety concerns.
Patent Suits Increase, As Do Big Verdicts
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Three patent infringement lawsuits in 2012 resulted in damage awards of more than $1 billion, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports.
14 Reasons Law Schools Must Teach Tech
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
As technology reshapes both the way law firms run and the law itself, law schools must also morph, says noted legal scholar.
Critics Question U.K. Government Tech Gains
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
Small and midsize businesses say new tax-collection system costs them dearly, while government auditors dispute accuracy of IT-reform related savings.
Why Prism Is The Right Investment
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Let's not get distracted as a nation from the real problem: our sorry state of analytics.
Obama Reboots Technology Mission To Improve Government
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
President's second-term management agenda focuses on tapping private sector talent to help the government improve its services.
U.K. Debates New Tech Education Standards
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Education reform aims to ramp up British students' mastery of programming, mathematical modeling and other skills that industry says are in short supply.
British Anti-Cartel Regulators Target Government IT
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Are HP, Accenture stifling competition -- and the economy -- by supplying most of the British government's IT needs? Office of Fair Trading determined to find out.
Twitter's Tiny U.K. Profits Raise Eyebrows
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Twitter, prepping an estimated $10 billion public offering in the U.S., reported making less than £100,000 in Britain last year.
Parliament Pins U.K. Bank Trouble On IT Fiasco
News  |  7/3/2013  | 
Co-op Bank's scrapped Finacle IT platform may have pushed the bank into serious financial troubles, say members of Parliament's Treasury committee.
9 Pioneer ACOs Expected To Leave Medicare Program
News  |  7/2/2013  | 
Reasons aren't clear, but quality of data benchmarking and lack of access to claims data are said to be among the gripes.
FCC Needs To Be A Spectrum Hero
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
FCC must ensure the spectrum auction is fair to all wireless carriers, from the smallest to AT&T and Verizon, or we all lose.
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