News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in August 2011
Americans Using Web More For Federal Customer Service
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
But only 31% say they're "very satisfied" with federal customer service so far in 2011, survey shows.
Regulating Mobile Apps: Where Do We Draw The Line?
Commentary  |  8/30/2011  | 
Critics call the FDA a control freak, while others see the agency as a key public health guardian. A recent hacking experiment suggests the latter.
BI Tools Prep Clinicians For Accountable Care
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Healthcare organizations are turning to business intelligence software to help navigate a new era in the delivery of patient care, says KLAS report.
Online Tool Grades Feds On Efficiency
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Performance.gov site tracks the Obama administration's effort to create a more efficient and responsive federal government.
Health IT On Congressional Chopping Block?
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Experts outline several ways that healthcare could be affected by deficit reduction committee's $2.4 trillion in cuts to federal spending.
Navy CIO Plans 25% Cut In IT Spending
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen plans to trim IT budgets via cloud computing, data center and app consolidation, thin clients, enterprise licensing, and rigorous spending controls.
Google Pays $500 Million Over Illegal Drug Ads
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Google says it should not have run online ads for Canadian pharmacies that illegally shipped drugs to U.S. consumers.
Doctor Groups Seek Changes To CMS Disclcosure Rule
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Proposed rule on the use of Medicare claims data to measure clinicians' performance would burden doctors and healthcare IT staff, the AMA and others say.
VA To Test Cloud Collaboration For Doctors
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
The department is look for cloud-based email, calendaring, and other collaboration tools that can integrate with the VA's existing Microsoft Exchange-based collaboration system.
DOD CIO Driving Enterprise IT Structure Across Military
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Defense CIO Teri Takai previews policy directives on commercial cloud computing and cybersecurity during the procurement cycle.
Critical Access Hospitals Get Funding For Health IT
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Obama administration will offer loans to help CAHs catch up to their urban counterparts in adopting technology to improve healthcare quality.
When EHRs Meet Malpractice Suits: New Concerns
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Electronic health record data stores bring legal liability fears, logistical headaches for healthcare organizations, attorneys say.
VA Issues Social Media Policy
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Agency sets policies and limits on how personnel can use Facebook, Twitter, and other online sites to communicate with veterans and other stakeholders.
Socialware Cashes In As Finance Gets Compliant
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
As financial advisors get clarification on compliance rules for social media, Socialware's business grows.
10 Mistakes Accountable Care Organizations Still Make
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Successful ACOs require new health information exchanges, better EHR functionality, and the ability to measure true outcomes. Two experts say we're not there yet.
U.K. Prime Minister Floats BlackBerry, Twitter Crackdown
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
In the wake of the violent London riots, David Cameron has proposed limiting use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks in some cases.
Carriers Latest FCC Proposal Would Cost You
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
We need to overhaul telecom regulation for an IP, broadband world, not simply tweak a decades-old voice model.
Expectations Rise For Government Agency CIOs
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Steven VanRoekel, in his first blog as U.S. CIO, outlines expanded accountability for agency IT heads in achieving cost savings and reform goals.
AMA Denies Conflict On Pharmaceutical Data Mining
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Healthcare organization lashes out at New England Journal of Medicine commentary suggesting that AMA's financial interest in promoting prescription drug data mining is greater than its support for physician privacy.
Emdeon's $3 Billion Privatization Undervalued, Say Shareholders
News  |  8/8/2011  | 
The healthcare business management company's majority shareholder and board approve deal with Blackstone, but minority owners protest.
U.K. Scrapping National Health IT Network
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
The much-criticized network would have covered 52 million England residents; local health authorities now empowered to build IT infrastructure of their choice.
HITECH Act Blocking Smaller IT Firms
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act prevents some small and midsize IT services firms from pursuing new healthcare business opportunities, says a CompTIA report.
Hospitals Use BI To Stanch Revenue Losses
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
With Medicare set to stop paying for preventable hospital readmissions in October, healthcare organizations are turning to business intelligence tools to reduce the risk.
Health Information Exchanges Struggle With Sustainability
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
The number of HIEs in the U.S. is growing, but many struggle to maintain a healthy business according to a report from eHealth Initiative.
HealthSouth Rehab Facilities Choose Cerner EHR
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
HealthSouth will roll out the EHR to 97 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 26 states over five years so it can handle Medicare's new system of bundled payments.
Don't Shortchange Nursing Informatics
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
The feds are offering $71.3 million to expand nursing education, but lack of targeted funding for nursing informatics is a missed opportunity, says a nurse leader.


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