News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in August 2010
EHR Revenue To Hit $3 Billion In 2013
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Changes in reimbursement practices more important that government incentives in driving physician practices to adopt electronic health record software, reports Frost & Sullivan.
HHS Selects E-Health Record Certification Groups
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Two organizations have been authorized by the Department of Health and Human Services to test and certify e-health record products for meaningful use incentive program eligibility.
Department Of Interior Tackles Two High-Risk IT Projects
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
As the White House begins heavy scrutiny of its IT projects, the agency is getting a head start on the multi-year $7.6 billion Consolidated Infrastructure, Automation, Telecomm project and the much smaller Incident Management, Analysis, and Reporting System.
HHS Pushes Competition With Health Insurance Site
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
HealthCare.gov hopes transparency on health policy costs, claim denials drives down costs and helps consumers and businesses make better decisions.
The Rare Earth Element Crisis
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.
Federal Workers Limited In Social Media Activities
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Facebook, Twitter and other social media activities of federal employees are restricted in how they express political views by guidelines from the Office of Special Counsel.
Army Seeks Input On E-Leadership
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Call for white papers published on best practices for using electronic communications to perform duties and lead subordinates.
Guerra On Healthcare: HITECH Demands Leadership, Then Checklists
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Guide instructs healthcare CIOs to move away from their task orientation and adopt a more strategic mindset to thrive in the era of meaningful use, but a blend of both is the better choice.
Health Data Privacy Recommendations Balance Security, Accessibility
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Advisers detail how health information exchanges should ensure safety and accuracy of patient medical information while still complying with meaningful use requirements.
NIH To Spend $40 Billion On Health IT Services
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
The Government-wide Acquisition Contract is the successor to a current GWAC that will expire in December.
CIA Opens Weapons Intelligence Center
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Agency's new Counterproliferation Center brings together two existing organizations in an effort to thwart nuclear, biological, and other weapons of mass destruction.
Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
Viacom last week fulfilled its promise and appealed the summary judgment granted to YouTube in June. If Viacom wins, companies allowing users to submit content could be forced to take a more active role in watching out for copyright infringement.
EHRs Can't Measure Stage 1 Meaningful Use
News  |  8/16/2010  | 
Two-thirds of the quality reporting requirements aren't captured in current hospital electronic health record systems, finds CSC study.
Guerra On Healthcare: Report EMR Meaningful Use Honestly
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
For Stage 1 meaningful use, CIOs may be tempted to fudge compliance achievements, but the wise will refrain.
DARPA Releases Privacy Guidelines For R&D
News  |  8/12/2010  | 
The military's technology research arm has formally committed to respecting personal privacy as it develops new projects.
Medicare Seminar Reveals Uncertainly On Meaningful Use
News  |  8/12/2010  | 
Questions posed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prove that the agency still has many details to iron out about how hospitals will be reimbursed.
Software Tool Matches Nursing Schedule With Patient Needs
News  |  8/11/2010  | 
Based on a patient's acuity scores, API's Patient Classification software helps hospitals staff nurses' shifts based on medical needs.
iMedicor To Create USA MCO Health Info Exchange
News  |  8/10/2010  | 
The nationwide health information network will provide the managed care organization's 350,000 doctors with secure messaging and medical data exchange capabilities.
Senators Propose HITECH Incentives For Mental Health
News  |  8/9/2010  | 
Senators Whitehouse and Reed introduced a bill proposing to expand e-health record system use by mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse professionals and facilities.
FDA Considers Changes To Medical Device Regulation
News  |  8/9/2010  | 
Agency looking into whether 510(k) approval process allows safe and effective devices to enter the market without stifling innovation.
Government Technologist: DoD Must Confront Child Porn Issue
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
In the wake of an Inspector General report, John Foley argues that the Defense Department must take aggressive steps to prevent access to child porn on government PCs and review its policies for dealing with the problem.
Intel, FTC Settle Anticompetition Case
News  |  8/4/2010  | 
Federal Trade Commission says the settlement is tougher than previous penalties lodged against the processor manufacturer.
Hospital Building Community Health Information Exchange
News  |  8/3/2010  | 
Fremont Area Medical Center using Lawson software to develop a patient information exchange for Nebraska healthcare providers.
HP Settles Kickback Suit With DOJ
News  |  8/3/2010  | 
The settlement with the Department of Justice is expected to cost Hewlett-Packard as much as $50 million.
Intel, GE Announce Telehealth Joint Venture
News  |  8/2/2010  | 
The venture, combining GE Healthcare's Home Health division and Intel's Digital Health Group, will focus on chronic disease management, independent living and assistive technologies.
Online Sales Tax Gains Momentum In Congress
News  |  8/2/2010  | 
Internet retailers, bricks-and-mortar stores, and elected officials battle over whether states should collect taxes on online sales.
Guerra On Healthcare: CIO's Guide To Avoiding Burnout
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
How to maintain your health, your sanity, and your career under the pressure of meeting "Meaningful Use" regulations.


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