News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in September 2011
Terremark Cloud Services Pass DOD Security Test
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
After a stringent review, two Terremark infrastructure-as-a-service data centers deemed secure enough for Defense Department operations.
HHS Offers $13.2 Million For Behavioral Health IT
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Organizations serving people with mental and substance use disorders get grants to improve IT capabilities.
Court Drops Google-Microsoft Cloud Contract Suit
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Interior department may reissue cloud email and collaboration services procurement, now that it's scrapped plans to award contract to Microsoft.
White House Looks To Moneyball-Style Analytics
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Obama administration official presses federal agencies to use data analytics as a cost-cutting tool.
Health IT Ready To Tackle ACO's Challenges
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
The feds have yet to explain exactly what's needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization, but many providers are ready jump on the bandwagon anyway.
Marines Release Social Media Handbook
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Two years after the military arm banned the use of Facebook, Twitter and the like, it's now embracing social media to promote communications.
Former U.S. CIO Kundra Earns "B" Grade In Survey
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Federal IT professionals said that Vivek Kundra improved the government's use of technology overall, but suggested his successor take a more realistic approach.
U.S. Ranked No. 1 In Tech Competitiveness
Commentary  |  9/26/2011  | 
The U.S is extending its global lead, according to a new study, but other countries are moving up the innovation chain.
Healthcare Needs HIPAA E-Transactions Contingency Plan
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
With the deadline to migrate to HIPAA 5010 electronic transaction standards looming, Healthcare Information and Management System Society questions whether the industry is ready.
IT Executives Reject Meaningful Use Metadata Standards
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has asked HHS not to include metadata standards to support Meaningful Use Stage 2.
IT Best Practices Can Sidestep EHR Snafus
Commentary  |  9/26/2011  | 
This guide to electronic health record basics isn't rocket science, but it's required reading for healthcare IT pros.
AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Set For Trial
Commentary  |  9/22/2011  | 
AT&T plans to argue that the merger with T-Mobile is a good idea because of efficiencies.
Google Battles Charges Of Search Bias
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
Company tells Congress that it acts in the best interests of consumers and competition is only a click away.
Obama Details Open Government's Next Phase
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
Speaking at the launch of an international open government partnership, Obama urged world leaders to foster transparency and citizen engagement.
Feds Still Misreport Spending Data, Watchdogs Say
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Sunlight Foundation analysis finds data federal agency reporting to USASpending.gov remains incomplete and inconsistent.
EU Drops Antitrust Probe Against IBM
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
European Commission says Big Blue also on track to resolve concerns in a separate case related to mainframe licensing.
Social Media Carries Risk At Disaster-Relief Time
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
The federal government increasingly uses of sites like Facebook to keep people informed during emergencies. But a new report warns of a few dangers.
Google Gets Ready For Antitrust Grilling
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
Does Google hinder competition? A Senate subcommittee hearing later this week puts Google on notice, one critic says.
Health Insurance Exchanges Change Game
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
Healthcare reform forces insurers to modernize their IT infrastructure and business processes, says health IT exec.
States Line Up Against AT&T's T-Mobile Acquisition
Commentary  |  9/18/2011  | 
Seven attorneys general join Justice Department in opposing the acquisition.
Amazon Cloud Achieves Key Federal Security Standard
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
AWS infrastructure, storage, and virtual private cloud service get FISMA Moderate certification.
RIM: We'd Shut Down BBM Under Government Order
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
Research In Motion has indicated to the U.K. government that it would comply with orders to shut down its BlackBerry Messenger service at a time of civil unrest. Is this acceptable?
Google Flight Search Now Boarding
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
With Justice Department antitrust suit settled, Google enters the air travel search business.
Docs Don't Want Lab Results Going To Patients
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
Health and Human Services' proposed rule to let patients directly access their lab test results electronically may do more harm than good, according to physician leaders.
WellPoint Picks Watson's Brain For Medical Proof
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
The insurer is partnering with IBM's supercomputer to search the medical literature for studies to support or challenge doctors' treatment choices.
Want Career Advancement? Try Health IT
News  |  9/13/2011  | 
The demand for health IT skills and experience is fueling career advancement and job opportunities at all levels, according to recruiters and hiring managers.
5 Key Facts About Patent Reform Act
News  |  9/9/2011  | 
Congress just passed the most sweeping patent reform in generations. Here's how it will affect inventors, tech companies, and the government itself.
Medicare Taps 3M For ICD-10 Conversion
News  |  9/9/2011  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services licenses 3M software to help translate old ICD-9 codes to the much more specific ICD-10 labels.
Feds Inject $12 Million Into Rural Health IT
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Forty grant recipients will get about $300,000 each to purchase technology, install broadband networks, and train staff members.
20 Innovative IT Ideas To Steal
Slideshows  |  9/7/2011  | 
InformationWeek 500 innovators have creative solutions to not-so-unusual business problems. How can these help your company?
Health Monitoring Data Supplements Telehealth Capabilities
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
American Well and Numera partner to help doctors better track chronically ill patients and initiate early intervention when needed.
15 Government IT Innovators: InformationWeek 500
Slideshows  |  9/7/2011  | 
Government agencies from California to Washington, D.C., are taking on ambitious IT initiatives in an effort to provide better services at lower costs. Here are some federal, state, and local efforts that are leading the way.
Sprint Sues To Stop AT&T, T-Mobile Deal
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
AT&T's bid for T-Mobile will harm consumers and corporate customers through higher prices and diminished innovation, Sprint said.
EHR Vendors Pan Medicare Quality Reporting Approach
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Plan to require submission of patient-level, rather than aggregate, data would cost too much and be too complex, say Electronic Health Record Association members.
VA, DOD Choose Open Source To Combine EHRs
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Two federal departments launch open-source community to create a single EHR that combines military and VA records.
NYC Program Shows EHRs Can Boost Preventive Care
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Program led by Farzad Mostashari, before he became national health IT coordinator, supports entering structured data into an EHR to monitor a population's health.
AT&T And T-Mobile: What's Next?
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Justice Department lawsuit has more or less imploded AT&T's attempt to acquire T-Mobile. What options do the companies have now?
Athenahealth's EHR Tools Boost Quality Of Care, Revenue
News  |  9/1/2011  | 
The insurer has developed a cloud-based "accelerator" program that may help clinicians more accurately report patient data, meet National Committee for Quality Assurance standards, and improve their bottom line.
AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Word Of The Day: Bloviate
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Key players have an entertaining rhetoric romp as they talk up their defense of the little guy, American jobs, and spectrum exhaust.


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