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Top 15 Government IT Innovators For 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
From mobile apps to testbeds on wheels, creative thinkers at government agencies are finding ways to better serve the public.
Reddit Struggles While Hosting President Obama
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
The President of the United States answered questions on the website, which slowed under the heavy load.
FAA Reconsiders Airplane Mobile Device Ban
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Federal Aviation Administration study may change airlines' requirement that passengers turn off electronic devices for significant portions of flights.
Feds Off Target On Healthcare Quality Reporting, CHIME Says
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives wants the federal government to fix current obstacles to collecting and reporting data, instead of researching future possibilities.
CMS Finalizes One-Year Delay On ICD-10
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
New certainty about deadline will boost hospitals' efforts to implement the new medical coding system, medical industry experts predict.
EHR Interoperability Key For Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology, stresses EHR-to-EHR communication in webcast.
Apple, Samsung Both Violated Patents: South Korean Court
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
The decision helps Samsung, but is it fair?
Feds Give Agencies More BYOD Advice
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
New guidelines lay the foundation for more federal agencies to begin allowing employees to bring their own iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to work.
Feds Bring Post-Acute Care Into IT Picture
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
Long-term and post-acute-care community wants its voice heard, despite lack of government EHR incentives. Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT just weighed in.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Rules Finalized
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Federal officials emphasize EHR information sharing, require encryption, but dial back some thresholds.
White House Innovation Fellows Tackle Federal IT Projects
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Innovation Fellows program aims to improve access to health records, make it easier for start-ups to do business with the feds, create a one-stop federal website, and more.
Advanced EHRs Vs. Hospital Quality Of Care
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Study finds better outcomes as hospitals achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use, but gains recede in the rush to move beyond those standards.
Android App Piracy Leads Feds To Seize Websites
News  |  8/22/2012  | 
U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation cite alleged theft of intellectual property.
Dell Adds Security To Virtualized Government Environments
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
New desktop virtualization products support federal telework, security, and mobility goals.
Germany Wants To Charge Google For News Snippets
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Legislation proposed by the German government would create a new type of copyright requiring any online or offline use of publishers' content to be compensated. Cue debate.
Infosys Wins Court Battle, But Visa Troubles Continue
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Judge tosses Jay Palmer's whistleblower suit against Indian outsourcer, but ruling does not address visa fraud allegations. Meanwhile, a former employee has brought new charges.
Samsung: 'Miniscule' Galaxy Nexus Sales Didn't Harm Apple
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Samsung touts paltry sales figures as it tries to overturn a U.S. ban on Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Google, Oracle Deny Paying For Propaganda
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
Oracle insists Google has paid "influencers" to support its position in patent and copyright litigation.
Consultants Play Bigger Role In Public Health Information Exchanges
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
CSC and Impact Advisors are early leaders in KLAS's report on HIE IT systems integrators, staffers, and technical advisers.
Hospitals Look To EHRs To Reduce Readmissions
News  |  8/15/2012  | 
Prospect of decreased Medicare reimbursements drives hospitals to find ways to keep patients from quickly returning. Technology will play an essential role, new report says.
Google Enhances Patent Search Service
News  |  8/14/2012  | 
Prior Art Finder should help simplify patent research, to the benefit of companies making infringement claims and defending against them.
CMS Launches Electronic Quality Reporting Pilot For Hospitals
News  |  8/14/2012  | 
While designed to help hospitals meet Meaningful Use criteria, the program may someday allow them to report data for other programs.
Google Joins Copyright Police Force
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
Websites accused of copyright infringement, rightly or wrongly, may soon be harder to find. It is a bad idea, and Google should leave law enforcement to the police.
Google $22.5 Million FTC Fine Has No Teeth
Commentary  |  8/9/2012  | 
FTC privacy fine represents less than a day's profits for Google. But if you care about privacy, you have options.
Cybersecurity Tops Federal IT Priorities List
News  |  8/9/2012  | 
Amid flat IT budgets, government tech teams are focused on establishing a solid, secure foundation, according to our annual survey.
8 Accountable Care Organizations Worth Closer Look
Slideshows  |  8/7/2012  | 
ACOs break new ground in healthcare as cost pressures mount for providers.
Cloud Privacy Update Tackled By Lawmakers
News  |  8/6/2012  | 
Proposed legislation seeks to bring 26-year-old privacy law up to speed with law enforcement requests in the age of mobile and cloud.
Large Urban Hospitals Grab More EHR Incentive Payments
News  |  8/6/2012  | 
GAO report reveals which hospitals and professionals got the lion's share of Medicare electronic health record incentive dollars in 2011.
Cable And Telephone Companies Distort Reality
Commentary  |  8/6/2012  | 
Telecom incumbents should consider innovating instead of abusing customers and playing fast with the rules.
Meaningful Use Stage 3 Emphasizes Better Decision Support
News  |  8/6/2012  | 
Advisory panel also calls for greater use of computerized physician order entry, capture of structured data, and electronic referrals in last phase of EHR incentive program.
Minnesota Tops Surescripts E-Prescribing List
News  |  8/3/2012  | 
State and federal health IT mandates credited with the double-digit increase in electronic prescribing from 2010 to 2011.
FBI's Sentinel Project: 5 Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  8/2/2012  | 
Agency used agile development and private sector know-how to finish its long-delayed digital case management system.
Health IT Leaders Seek Bipartisan Commitment
News  |  8/1/2012  | 
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society asks leaders of both major political parties to support health IT in their party platforms.

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