News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in September 2012
FCC Unleashes Mobile Health Innovation Initiatives
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Federal Communications Commission announces new measures to promote mobile technology in healthcare industry, including hiring its own healthcare czar.
EHR Savings Debate Grows
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Credible sources are raising serious concerns about the value of health IT. Some, but not all, of their criticism is warranted.
CIA Releases Official World Maps Collection Online
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Recommended for teachers, students, journalists, and traveling public, CIA maps include political hotspots and related government officials.
Google Autonomous Cars Get Green Light In California
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
California becomes the third state to permit vehicles that drive themselves to operate on public roads.
HIMSS Asks Congress for Patient Identity System--Again
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Health Information Management and Systems Society believes up to 14% of medical records have wrong, potentially dangerous info due to misidentification. New system might include biometrics.
5 IT Tips For State Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
States confront huge technology challenges and opportunities with federally mandated HIXs. A new report offers guidance to ease the transition.
Avatar Game Simulates Health IT Security Scenarios
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
IT experts see value in training tool for smaller practices, but interactive video also an effective training tool.
EHRs Under Fire For Inflating Medicare Bills
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
HHS, Center for Public Integrity say some healthcare providers are gaming the system to draw higher Medicare reimbursement. Doctors say electronic health records are simply enabling them to bill for things they had done for free in the past.
Facebook Halts Facial Recognition In Europe
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
Facebook hopes to restore the service if it can reach an agreement with regulators about how to obtain user consent.
IT Tool Makes Conversion To ICD-10 Less Painful
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
ChartWise system reduces the burden on clinicians by making ICD-10 codes appear when users scroll over ICD-9 entries.
Xerox Wins Contract For Nevada Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Nevada awards $72 million to Xerox to build its health insurance exchange system--and to prepare the state for the onslaught of users.
Analytics Can Expand Health Insurers' Role
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
Insurers can help solve problems such as medication errors and duplication of services if providers share clinical and financial data, says new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
Google Chrome To Get 'Do Not Track'
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Google browser users should see support for privacy setting that turns off tracking cookies related to ads, by year's end.
CDC To Automate Hospital Infection Report Submissions
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use Direct messaging to enable facilities to transmit data without manually uploading files.
Federal Money Boosts IT Investment In Insurance Exchanges
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Many states will use their portion of the $765 million grant to grow the IT capabilities of their health insurance exchanges.
Army Commanders: Let Us Choose Big Data Apps
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
The Army faces a technology control debate as some commanders ask to choose their own big data intelligence apps, looking to prevent more troop deaths from IEDs.
American Airlines Pilots Drop Flight Bags For iPads
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
Airline expects to save $1.2 million on fuel annually by swapping 35-pound bags of manuals and directories for lightweight Apple iPads.
FBI Sentinel Case Management System Actually Over Budget
News  |  9/11/2012  | 
Audit finds FBI failed to include $60 million in operations and maintenance expenses in calculating the cost of a system that agency has been developing for more than a decade.
Feds Postpone Bid To Govern Health IT Network
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT reacts to industry pushback on proposed rules for Nationwide Health Information Network.
Big Data Could Fix School Shortcomings
News  |  9/5/2012  | 
Data-driven tools, real-time feedback hold great promise for helping teachers and students, but obstacles stand in the way, Brookings report says.
Military IT's Future Stresses Cloud, Mobile
News  |  9/5/2012  | 
Military's IT agency has released a plan for Department of Defense's belt-tightening and shifting strategies during the next five years.
HL7 To Offer Messaging Standards As Freebie
News  |  9/5/2012  | 
Health Level Seven's CEO says government pressure related to Meaningful Use had nothing to do with the decision.
Meaningful Use Stage 2: Are You Ready?
News  |  9/4/2012  | 
Final stage 2 MU rule offers healthcare providers some compromises and EHR tweaks, and also requires greater patient engagement.


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