Cloud Computing

 
Don't count fax out of the healthcare picture quite yet. With a few 21st century updates and a little adaptation, what many thought would soon be an outmoded technology is proving its staying power.
March 3, 2015
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Healthcare organizations considering a cloud or hybrid cloud for data storage are getting new options -- including one with a household name stamped all over it.
March 2, 2015
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There's a right way to manage third-party risks and vendor contracting, and there's the wrong way. And, too often, it's the latter. But it doesn't have to be. Here are some things your organization should keep in mind.
February 25, 2015
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Optimizing EHRs for tablets is the first step toward transforming care delivery. Next up: Covering more steps of the care continuum.
February 24, 2015
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Cleveland Clinic has partnered with a cable TV giant to form an alliance that aims to expand the reach of healthcare beyond the hospital, into a mall kiosk, a mobile phone or a patient's home.
February 23, 2015
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Jointly developed in conjunction with two hospitals, POC Advisor is showing impressive early results.
February 23, 2015
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Google and Amazon: you just got outplayed -- at least in the security standards arena. Just this month, tech giant Microsoft announced it was adopting the first international set of privacy standards for the cloud, making it the first major cloud computing platform to do so.
February 20, 2015
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"There's an app for that" may be an effective marketing phrase, but don't expect hospital security officials to appreciate it. The proliferation of devices and the apps that drive them is one of healthcare's biggest security concerns.
February 19, 2015
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Pulling together analytics, population health functions and care coordination, Virtual Health's new platform overlays existing silos to help organizations better manage cost-sharing.
February 18, 2015
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The SaaS vendor has been busy aligning with healthcare partners, adding analytics to its quiver and fostering a developer program for wearables.
February 17, 2015
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EMC's hybrid cloud solution pushes data through bottlenecks.
February 16, 2015
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Big data tools and techniques are enabling providers to glean information from more and more sources. The challenge is analyzing it all and understanding how to put it to work improving processes and care.
February 10, 2015
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Summers Labs has relied on a customary AS/AV interface with features that were not typically user-friendly for their patients and did not include an archiving system. The small facility needed to complete their arrangement update effectively, while incorporating enhanced business continuity features such as email uptime. After evaluating a number of email management options, Summers Labs organized their migration to Exchange 2010 without distressing about email outages. Download this case study to learn how the facility guaranteed a comprehensive, workable server.
November 27, 2012
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Memorial Hospital of Converse County is a state-of-the-art facility, where Dave Patterson, CIO, understood that their existing email archiving and retrieval system was at a loss. Complying with government mandates and protecting patient and financial information became a challenge for Patterson and his team. Read this case study to learn how MHCC found that implementing an email archiving and business continuity solution was a ‘must have.’ In addition, this report explores the benefits of cloud-based email management, while ensuring regulatory compliance.
November 27, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with <a href="/directory/medicare" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Medicare</a> to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
November 9, 2012
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to deliver complex applications with high performance and security, while tight budgets demand cost reduction initiatives. For this reason, healthcare IT professionals are seeking cloud-based service options that reduce the infrastructure burden on the organization while reducing operating costs and the associated capital investment. Read this Q&A with Judy Hanover, research director at IDC Health Insights as she answers questions about different strategies organizations can use and the benefits of moving to the cloud.
November 7, 2012
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In January 2010, QualSight - the nation’s largest LASIK manager serving over 75 million health plan members - was informed that a hack attempt had been made against their infrastructure. They were concerned that a repeat occurrence could take place and wanted to take a pro-active role in eliminating any future occurrence. Download this case study to find out how QualSight finally found a solution that offered complete HIPAA compliancy.
November 7, 2012
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Information Transforms Healthcare. As a Provider, you collect more data than ever before, from EMRs, patient surveys, home monitoring, to imaging. Collaborating on patient care is difficult at best—there’s so much data, it can’t easily be shared and it’s often incomplete. And new insights can only be derived from relevant information. IT executives can close the gap between maintenance and innovation budgets and deliver clinically relevant, operationally efficient, and fiscally sound solutions for the business. How? With a proven IT infrastructure that allows you to securely take advantage of newly digitized data.
November 7, 2012
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The wealth of electronic data generated by the U.S. healthcare system presents a paradox for healthcare providers. Cloud services offers healthcare an attractive solution, helping hospitals scale with ease, better manage resources, and provide fluid access and sharing of medical images across organizations, departments and providers – achieving a connectedness that supports healthcare organizations’ patient care goals. Learn why cloud services may be the solution to your healthcare organization’s medical imaging challenges.
November 7, 2012
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My ears perked up earlier this week when the radio show Marketplace ran a piece entitled “Megaupload Case Exposes Cloud Computing Risks.” I had read rumblings of the imminent shutdown of the file-sharing site, and sure enough, the Justice Department shut it down earlier this month for alleged copyright violation.
February 3, 2012
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Last year I started a series of “Dos and Don'ts” in hospital tech by focusing on wireless technologies. Folks asked a lot of questions about dos and don'ts in other tech areas so here’s a list of more tips and tricks.
January 11, 2012
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The healthcare industry is under constant pressure to streamline the sharing and availability of information, while at the same time maintaining ever-more rigorous controls over patient privacy, and of course, reducing costs at the same time. Therefore cloud computing offers some significant opportunities, perhaps even more significant than in many other industries.
November 15, 2011
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I've written about the implications of staff bringing their own devices to the office instead of using corporate desktops and the challenges of keeping mobile devices secure.
October 12, 2011
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If you’re reading this blog, you most likely saw the pop-up/interstitial Intel ad that asks “Is Cloud Computing Right for You?” Steve Jobs apparently thinks so.
June 7, 2011
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On June 1, enterprise imaging vendor DR Systems announced that it is developing an ambulatory imaging-centric EHR. According to DR Systems, the cloud-based, vendor-neutral EHR is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will be certified to facilitate meaningful use compliance for medical imaging specialists.
June 2, 2011
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In an age so defined by technology, two seemingly contradictory assertions seem pretty safe. First: the legal system will always be playing catch-up to technological change. Second: those who decide to use new technologies would do well to understand current law, regardless of whether or not it’s up-to-date.
June 2, 2011
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It's been a bad month for the cloud.
May 16, 2011
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Datacenters are booming. Demand grew 13% in 2010 and is expected to continue to accelerate according to New York research firm Tier 1. However, demand has outpaced the rate of construction for physical space, thus alternative strategies of data management are being considered.
May 6, 2011
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Cloud-based EHRs are being touted as a cost-effective alternative for physicians who are worried about the price tag of client-served, software-based EHRs. A recent article, however, questions whether they are such a good choice for a number of valid reasons.
August 18, 2010
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Distant thunder rumbles across the HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 horizon. That's the sound of cloud computing services gliding toward healthcare organizations.
May 12, 2010
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While conducting research for the long overdue and nearly completed report on Personal Health Clouds (Dossia, Google Health and HealthVault) came across a recently published report by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) addressing cloud computing security.
December 10, 2009
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