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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in September 2013
Obamacare: The Rise Of Private Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Tuesday’s launch of state and federal health insurance marketplaces is also prompting new interest in private exchanges as legal landscape changes.
Do Cities Need Texting Zones?
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
New York state is planning pull-over texting "zones" on some of its highways to reduce driving accidents. Should cities follow suit?
GetInsured Wants To Be Cloud Provider To State Exchanges
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Website provides cloud back-end for New Mexico health insurance exchange and software for California insurance marketplace, with hopes to expand.
Dysfunctional Congress Hurts Government IT
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Government IT budgeting was hard enough even before government shutdowns, says this former government CIO. What can be done to combat the dynamic with Congress?
Feds Warm Up To LinkedIn
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Government IT managers have been cautious about using LinkedIn, but odds are activity will soon rise due to federal travel restrictions and greater comfort with the platform.
Government Shutdown: What Are IT Systems Risks?
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
If the looming government shutdown comes to pass, Federal IT faces security, budget, and workflow risks.
Cerner, Intermountain Partner On EHRs
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Healthcare IT vendor and Intermountain to collaborate on activity-based costing, expected to help accountable care organizations measure cost of care.
SAM Saves Cash, Not Just Compliance Woes
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Software asset management doesn't just make sure you're compliant with your software licenses. Smart use of SAM can also save money.
Will EHRs Ever Help Small Practices?
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
So far, evidence suggests that health IT benefits mostly hospitals and practices with deep pockets. That could change if small practices get more EHR training.
Tech Glitches Trip Obamacare Exchange Launches
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Several state health insurance exchanges say their websites might not be 100% functional on Oct. 1 launch date because of bugs that incorrectly calculate policy prices, among other problems.
State Insurance Exchanges: Hospital IT's Next Challenge
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
As state insurance exchanges take hold, hospital IT departments must figure out how to keep up with patients' insurance eligibility, health status and benefits in fluid environment.
CIOs & Health: Too Sick To Hire?
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
What sort of health problems can companies accept and manage in a CIO or other employee, and which are insurmountable?
Fed Health IT Chief And Deputy Departing
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Office of the National Coordinator deputy David S. Muntz will join chief Farzad Mostashari in Oct. 4 departure.
How NYCDOT Put 'Mobile First' Dev To Work
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Stringent procurement rules didn't stop New York City's Department of Transportation from quickly creating a tablet app to document Hurricane Sandy damage.
Patient Portals Bloom Under Meaningful Use
News  |  9/24/2013  | 
But most portals still have long way to go in fully meeting patient needs as required by law, according to KLAS survey.
N.Y. State Preps InBloom Student Data Dashboards
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Education officials persist with plans for an education portal despite public and political objections to InBloom's cloud-based data warehouse. But will it work?
Device Interoperability Effort Seeks Hospital Leaders
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Center for Medical Interoperability, funded by the Gary and Mary West Foundation, aims to solve incompatibilities between medical devices and health IT systems.
FDA Reveals Final Mobile Health App Guidelines
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Agency's tiered approach puts regulatory emphasis on high-risk apps.
DATA Transparency Bill Needs More Work
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
Proposed legislation aims to improve data accountability and transparency in government. Revisions have improved the bill, but some elements still need attention.
NOAA Asked To OK Sharper Satellite Images
News  |  9/19/2013  | 
DigitalGlobe, an imaging company, petitions National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to change restrictions on sale of sharper satellite images.
Allscripts Enables EHR Customers To Send Data To Payers
News  |  9/19/2013  | 
Deal with analytics firm Inovalon designed to relieve burden on providers while enabling online feedback from health plans.
White House Asks FCC To Unlock Cell Phones
News  |  9/18/2013  | 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration asks FCC to issue new regulations allowing consumers to use their devices with any carrier.
EHRs Are Not A 'Digital Menace'
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
Healthcare IT can compromise patient safety, but studies show that lack of it may present an even greater risk.
CMS Floats Flexibility In Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  9/18/2013  | 
As some unprepared EHR vendors opt to abandon Meaningful Use, agency considers options to ease transition requirements.
IBM's Big Data Education Outreach
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
In the last decade, IBM has partnered with more than 1,000 universities to increase the world's pool of computer science graduates. Latest focus: Big data.
Federal Agencies Faulted For Unnecessary IT Spending
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Health and Human Services continue to combat overlapping IT projects, says watchdog group.
Sequestration II: Expect Budget Rollercoaster In 2014
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Think federal sequestration is in the rear-view mirror? It's not. Chances are we'll have to go through another round of belt tightening in 2014.
Patients Seek More Online Access To Medical Records
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
41% of those who don't have online access to records would consider switching physicians to obtain it, Accenture survey finds.
ACOs Need Claims Data For Analytics, Expert Says
News  |  9/16/2013  | 
Accountable care organizations will use data from payers to manage population health for next 10 to 15 years, predicts Jonathan Weiner, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
10 Ways Government Clouds Have Changed This Year
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Learn how 2013's cloud predictions are quickly unfolding for government CIOs.
DATA Act, Pushing Spending Transparency, Regains Steam
News  |  9/13/2013  | 
Legislation sets transparency standards for all federal spending data, making it easier for business and the public to follow government money.
Twitter Prepares IPO, Facebook Pain In Mind
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Twitter confidentially files an S-1 document with the SEC, preparing to go public. Can it avoid the criticism that followed rival Facebook's IPO?
Doctors Propose 5 Changes To Meaningful Use Guidelines
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
American College of Physicians urges HHS to provide more flexibility and an extended timeline.
Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Michael Dell finally succeeds in taking his company private. He plans to keep building PCs -- and bolster the enterprise portfolio with more acquisitions.
ONC Partners Tackle Patient-Data Matching Problem
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
ONC leads public-private coalition working on a key interoperability challenge: how to match unique patients to their personal data as it moves across the healthcare system.
Hospitals In Early Stage of Analytics Usage
News  |  9/11/2013  | 
Fewer than half of healthcare organizations have clinical and business intelligence tools, and most who do are still learning how to use them, says HIMSS Analytics survey.
How Patient Generated Data Changes Healthcare
News  |  9/10/2013  | 
Patient-generated data, or PGD, could lower costs and improve care, but only if patients participate and healthcare providers can make sense of the data.
EPA Web Tool Addresses Chemical Safety
News  |  9/9/2013  | 
ChemView displays key health and safety data on more than 1,500 chemicals in an online format.
Information Sharing: Feds Cite Progress
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
Government agencies are gaining ground in automating the exchange of information, says new report that highlights Boston Marathon bombing lessons.
Google Fights Forced Censorship
News  |  9/6/2013  | 
Litigation in France seeks to require Google to take an active role in policing content rather than just responding to lawful demands.
Conquering IT's Three Monsters
Commentary  |  9/6/2013  | 
Former NASA CIO tells how government CIOs -- who often face challenges of mythological proportions -- can become heroes.
Michigan Health Information Network Harnesses Salesforce.com
News  |  9/5/2013  | 
Health information exchange builds network faster by developing software in the cloud, tapping Salesforce.com's APIs and relationship management components.
DARPA Explores Undersea Platforms To Support Navy
News  |  9/5/2013  | 
Hydra program would build unmanned platforms in the ocean to quickly deliver supplies for military, disaster recovery deployments.
3 Ways To Foster Healthcare Innovation
News  |  9/4/2013  | 
As some organizations struggle to innovate in today's complex regulatory landscape, others forge ahead.
White House Brainstorms With Businesses On Disaster Recovery
News  |  9/4/2013  | 
Google, Twitter, Zappos among 80 companies that helped government try to improve tools for disaster relief and recovery.
Microsoft Is The Apple Of PaaS
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
If you follow risk assessment best practices, public platform-as-a-service is a no go. That is, unless you sign on with a control freak.


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