News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in September 2010
Health IT Expected To Improve Patient Safety
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Institute of Medicine receives $989,000 contract to study how electronic health records and other technologies can help prevent medical errors.
Kaiser Permanente Donates Terminology Technology
News  |  9/29/2010  | 
Integrating the Convergent Medical Terminology into clinical information systems could help make the meaningful use of e-health records easier and faster for U.S. healthcare providers.
White House Sets IPv6 Transition Deadlines
News  |  9/29/2010  | 
Moving to the next-gen Internet protocol standard will support agency modernization efforts, said U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra.
Text Messages Boost Patient Outcomes
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Automated text reminders about medicine and skin care improved dermatology patient outcomes in study by Partners Healthcare.
Feds Want To Broaden Internet Wiretap Power
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
The FBI and other law-enforcement officials are pushing for an update to legislation that would extend wiretap capability to Internet communications and services.
Guerra On Healthcare: Stand Firm As 'Meaningful Use' Changes
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Ignore the advice to "think outside the box" and stick to your plan, even as federal agencies continue to alter the criteria they'll use to award health IT incentives.
DoJ Settles Tech Hiring Pact Case
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar are again free to cold-call each other to lure away skilled workers.
Evolving Privacy, Security Regulations Complicate Health IT
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
As authorities go back and forth on health IT regulations, organizations developing health information exchanges need to keep a close eye on the process.
White House To Award Millions For Technology Innovation
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
The i6 Challenge will provide six $1 million awards to businesses that accelerate technology commercialization in specific geographic regions.
E-Prescribing Use Continues To Grow
News  |  9/21/2010  | 
About 190 million prescriptions were sent electronically in 2009 and that's expected to increase to 300 million in 2010, according to Surescripts.
Video Games Deserve Free Speech Protection, Groups Argue
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
The U.S. Supreme Court has to decide whether violent video games are different from other forms of expressive media.
OMB Director Nominee Hints At Tech Priorities
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
In mostly cordial nomination hearings, Jack Lew says that as director of the Office of Management and Budget, he'll focus on, among other things, procurement and performance management.
Medicare Awards $6.9 Million For EHR Planning
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
Massachusetts, Ohio, Hawaii, and North Dakota will receive matching funds to implement electronic health records.
Google Becomes Focus Of Federal Antitrust Hearing
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
A Congressional hearing examining "competition in the evolving digital marketplace" provided a forum for supporters and critics of the search provider.
Why Eli Lilly Might Talk To More Than One Cloud Vendor
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
In a discussion on cloud computing at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, Eli Lilly CIO Michael Heim disclosed that his firm has explored options with BlueLock and Savvis. Eli Lilly thus far has been strongly identified as a marquis user of Amazon's EC2. Could it be about to switch? Probably not but there's reason to shop around.
Helmsley Trust Funds Diabetes Information Exchange Project
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
The Jaeb Center will build an information exchange for type 1 diabetics patients, their clinicians and researchers funded by a $26 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Defense Spending Overhaul Likely To Affect IT
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
The series of changes announced by defense secretary Robert Gates include efforts to cut costs, improve contractor performance and improve project management.
Health IT Group Debates Meaningful Use Reporting
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Policy committee's quality workgroup urged to tread lightly in mandating stages 2 and 3 electronic health record requirements.
VA Mismanaged FLITE Contractor
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
General Dynamics' performance on the Financial and Logistical Integrated Technology Enterprises program's Strategic Asset Management system pilot project was not adequately monitored, according to the agency's inspector general.
InformationWeek 500: Eli Lilly Ties Future To Cloud
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
The pharmaceutical firm relies on the public cloud for compute-intensive scientific and drug development research and sees more extensive use of cloud computing as essential to its future.
Healthcare CIOs Optimistic About Meeting Meaningful Use
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Survey finds that 90% believe they'll qualify for electronic health record incentive payments within the two years.
DHS Testing Iris Scanners At U.S. Border
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Operational feasibility pilot will be run by the Department of Homeland Security at a border patrol station in Texas.
HHS Adds $20 Million For EHR Adoption
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Technical support will be offered to small critical access and rural hospitals in implementing outpatient electronic health records systems.
GSA Plans Data Center Consolidation
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
As part of its sustainability plan, the General Services Administration plans to install advanced energy meters in all of its data centers by year end and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020.
Online Insurance Exchange Helps Retirees Make Right Choice
News  |  9/8/2010  | 
Extend Health's online insurance marketplace is helping to match retirees of large employers with the best healthcare coverage options based on their medical needs and budgets.
Gov 2.0 Summit: FCC Offers 'Citizen Developer' Tools
News  |  9/7/2010  | 
As part of its open government push, the agency introduces four APIs and a website that make FCC data available as web services.
Adult Content Producers Take On BitTorrent Traders
News  |  9/7/2010  | 
Mass litigation lawsuits target people who allegedly pirated copyrighted movies through the peer-to-peer network.
Toshiba Recalls Laptops Due To Overheating Risk
News  |  9/3/2010  | 
Updated BIOS released to detect faulty power harness in certain Satellite model notebooks.
FCC Calls For More Input On Net Neutrality
News  |  9/2/2010  | 
Agency's decision to solicit additional feedback on wireless regulation hailed by industry groups, criticized by public interest organizations.
Download Capability Backed As Essential To Meaningful Use
News  |  9/1/2010  | 
Markle Foundation recommends HHS push "blue button" function in health IT systems to allow patients to easily obtain medical records.


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