Network Infrastructure

A hospital's network infrastructure is the foundation upon which its IT systems are built. Establishing a connection between providers and patients within a single hospital, or between a hospital and a larger state- or nationwide health information network allows providers to better coordinate care and retrieve data across a wide spectrum.

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Two very different healthcare organizations in the Lone Star State -- one a small rural facility, the other a joint venture between for-profits and nonprofits -- have won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, given by the White House for innovation excellence.
November 14, 2014
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Virginia-based Bon Secours Health System, with facilities across six states, has selected a combination of technology and services to help it achieve its goals for population health management, patient engagement and care management.
November 12, 2014
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A state insurance plan subcontractor is at the center of a serious security incident after hackers gained three months of unfettered access to its computer system, compromising thousands of members' health records.
November 12, 2014
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The American Hospital Association released a toolkit on Nov. 11 that gives guidance for hiring veterans as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. But it's worth remembering that many returning service members also have much to offer when it comes to information technology skills.
November 11, 2014
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New data suggests adoption of electronic health records is poised to save the healthcare industry some serious money over the next five years, as the systems are crucial in supporting infrastructure for a wide range of digital healthcare and mHealth projects.
November 11, 2014
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In a bid to spur both "internal creativity and external disruption," Intermountain Healthcare is teaming up with Healthbox for a venture initiative meant to drive collaboration among inventors, entrepreneurs and others in the healthcare industry to improve quality and lower costs.
November 10, 2014
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Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network announced merger plans on Oct. 16; if the deal clears regulatory hurdles it would result in New Jersey's largest hospital network. In the meantime, it's offering the chief information officers of each organization plenty to think about.
November 5, 2014
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The Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation has begun a new collaboration with Drexel University on several research projects aimed at improving the delivery of healthcare, including one targeting chronic disease.
November 4, 2014
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Raising concerns about security practices with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, the U.S. House Science Committee has issued a subpoena to compel U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify about his role in creating the site.
November 3, 2014
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The topic at the Cleveland Clinic annual summit this Monday was healthcare innovation -- what's impeding it, what more is needed to foster it and the innovation milestones taking place today. It may come as no surprise: Health IT came up a lot at this year's event. (And, yes, so did Judy Faulkner.)
October 28, 2014
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The healthcare breakthrough of the 21st century may not come in the form of a miracle drug from the pharmaceutical industry. Rather, it's more likely to emerge from the ways caregivers interact and motivate patients.
October 28, 2014
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Wes Wright, chief information officer of Seattle Children's Hospital, had a couple big reasons for embracing a virtual desktop infrastructure strategy for the 323-bed tertiary care facility. "Speed and ubiquity," he says. But soon he found a bonus.
October 22, 2014
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The cloud delivers many benefits: agility, performance, scalability and cost management. However, there are risks that come along with those benefits: users and organizations that are not security conscious and those without cloud-specific security solutions can be in jeopardy if they do not properly research their deployment requirements and find proven solutions. Learn why an organization's security posture must extend from edge devices to the heart of the business -- the data center -- whether that data center is on-premises, within the cloud, or a hybrid.
September 24, 2014
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Craft an optimized cloud security plan using the proven framework in this guide. These seven sequential steps enable organizations to structure security and compliance programs that take advantage of the financial benefits of managed cloud applications and services while meeting security and compliance goals.
September 24, 2014
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Heard the buzz about software-defined storage? Get the facts in the new book, Software-Defined Storage for Dummies. Download your free copy of the eBook from Nutanix and discover the benefits of a new era of storage solutions. You'll learn how a new era of storage solutions will help your infrastructure become more simple, powerful, and easy to manage.
July 1, 2014
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It’s time to adopt a new vision for an enterprise imaging strategy that focuses on providing electronic access to any medical image, anywhere, anytime. Current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians are driving the need for this new paradigm of image sharing. The right strategy aligns with your business needs, integrates with your existing EHR and PACS, and incorporates three critical components discussed in this white paper.
July 1, 2014
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Dealing with management complexities across multiple vendors in order to set up a single workload is often a costly and time-consuming endeavor for the small medical office with limited resources. This paper spotlights how Dell™ PowerEdge™ VRTX eliminates the problem by serving as the ideal application and database delivery platform.
June 9, 2014
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"Datacenter in a box" or "mini datacenter" aren't new ideas. But these solutions have often been out of the reach for use in medical offices. This whitepaper outlines a new, smaller and more affordable Dell solution that provides the needed performance, but in a package that is easy to manage and fits under a desk or counter. And it has the features, functionality and raw power that sophisticated data centers have, but in a cost-effective solution.
June 9, 2014
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The digital revolution that has put sophisticated tools in the hands of the average person has created a new type of healthcare consumer. This new consumer is technology enabled, more health conscious and empowered to participate fully in his/her own health management – from disease prevention to medical care. Consumer centricity in healthcare, driven by digital disruption, is set to bring telehealth to a tipping point and expand its capabilities in ways previously unimagined.
June 9, 2014
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As the healthcare industry addresses the stress and pressures being placed on it by an aging population, a shortage in healthcare professionals, demands for quality of service, and new government regulations - the industry is looking for ways to do more with less. The key to success is secure technology: not just deploying it, but embracing it. A secure network mitigates the risks of intrusion, infection and attacks.
June 9, 2014
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Did you know 37 percent of physicians are dissatisfied with EHRs? Your current EHR could be contributing to your physicians' dissatisfaction. Physicians' complaints will not go away unless you address them. In this whitepaper, learn from the perspective of Frank Newlands, MD on why EHRs are not meeting the needs of physicians and what you can you do to fix this problem.
May 19, 2014
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Is inefficient patient flow distressing your bottom-line and quality of care? Discover how Beaufort Memorial Hospital improved its patient flow and impacted its bottom-line. In this whitepaper, we discuss key industry issues such as 30-day readmissions, reimbursements, The Joint Commission’s patient-flow requirements, and more. We will review factors that hospitals must consider to achieve successful patient flow.
May 19, 2014
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Download the whitepaper to learn how Valley Regional Hospital improved their IT costs and increased their uptime to 99.5 percent with a Hosted IT solution. Not only were they able to reduce spikes in their IT spending but at the same time comply with the latest technology and regulatory requirements. Learn how to evaluate on-premise versus off-premise, hosted IT infrastructure and application management for hospitals, and the benefits that the proper choice can yield. A checklist is included that you can use to gage what is best for your hospital.
May 19, 2014
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Connecting patient health data across the care continuum is essential to achieve improved care, increased access to personal health records and lowered costs. A successful approach rests in having the hospital serve as the connectivity hub for bringing patients, care givers and healthcare professionals together in a secure, online environment. Click here to see what keys are needed to craft a community through your patient portal.
December 17, 2013
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A few years ago venture capitalist and iconic software engineer Marc Andreessen quipped, "Software is eating the world." While his comments might have been "tongue in cheek," they were prophetic.
November 19, 2014
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It's getting easier and easier to build unregulated software these days but it's still pretty hard to create regulated/certified systems such as EHRs, medical device software, and government IT. To help create better systems we need better user requirements.
October 22, 2014
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As the healthcare industry works toward Stage 2 meaningful use attestation, web portals are becoming a "must-have" for improving patient engagement and facilitating meaningful patient-provider communication.
October 20, 2014
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Storytelling is an engaging process that is rewarding for both the teller and the listener. Having mentioned that, a requirements engineer may ask, why couldn't we bring storytelling to our domain?
October 7, 2014
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In this age of technology, the number of discarded electronics or "e-waste" we generate is growing at an alarming rate -- and hospitals and medical offices are no exception.
September 9, 2014
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Is healthcare a business? In the United States, the question has been asked time and again but never satisfactorily answered. It's starting to look like Americans won’t be able to duck the question for much longer.
September 3, 2014
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These are very interesting times for the EHR vendors. EHR systems have undergone a dramatic change over the last 10 years and the pace of change has actually accelerated over the past five years, especially in the backdrop of meaningful use deadlines.
June 26, 2014
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The beauty of our technological world lies in the simple fact that as a technology is used by more people, it inevitably improves. Enterprise content management is no different.
May 29, 2014
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As I survey the landscape in 2014, I see much more sophisticated attacks at the same time there is much more severe regulatory enforcement. Where would I put my security dollars this year?
April 30, 2014
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I was asked a great question during a discussion with a tech publisher yesterday: "So, what's it going to take to achieve real interoperability in healthcare and how long will it take?"
March 31, 2014
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Historically, physician and nursing systems and workflow have been parallel, but independent, of each other. In looking at what is currently available, it is obvious that very few, if any, intersect where they should: at the patient.
February 4, 2014
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My first connectathon was in 2004. I've now been to 10 of the last 11 North American connectathons.
January 30, 2014
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General Cable (NYSE: BGC), a global leader in the wire and cable industry, recently launched three new mobile applications to help end users and customers using their smartphones or tablets maximize their productivity, no matter where they are.
May 22, 2014
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Network of Hospitals, Practices and Specialty Clinics will Leverage Rhapsody for Stable Connectivity and to Satisfy Meaningful Use Requirements.
November 4, 2013
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New implementation tool will enable commercial UML modeling tools to work with HL7 static models.
October 1, 2013
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ACL, the company that is transforming audit and risk, announced today that Greater Baltimore Medical Center has expanded its use of ACL technology by moving to ACL GRC.
August 1, 2013
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EngagePoint today announced that it has been awarded the prime contract for the implementation of a comprehensive automated solution to support human services programs for the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division and MO HealthNet.
June 28, 2013
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Healthation a leading provider of core administrative systems for legacy and emerging healthcare payers and administrators, will be used to support the operations of New Mexico Health Connections, one of the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) established as result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
June 12, 2013
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LiveData, Inc. today announced that the company's OR-Dashboard has been installed into a new integrated OR system at the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Facility in Miami, providing the cornerstone for advances in both workflow efficiency and patient safety.
June 4, 2013
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Continua Health Alliance today announced it has published four primary components on Open Health Tools, the Open Source clearinghouse for health IT projects. Continua has also created a Developer Resources area on its website to promote public access to key development tools that support certification according to its Design Guidelines for personal connected health devices and systems.
June 4, 2013
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Wellsoft Corporation has announced that Continuum Health Partners (CHP), based in New York City, has selected Wellsoft’s Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to support its goal of improved patient care in their four Emergency Departments located in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
May 16, 2013
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Aetna and Hunterdon HealthCare Partners have announced a new accountable care agreement that will improve the quality and cost of patient care, helping members and plan sponsors save money.
July 19, 2012
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In a groundbreaking survey studying the impact of online applications and social community support on health habits, the University of Southern California's Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) and the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) today released results from a study examining their impact on smoking cessation.
September 23, 2011
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OneRecovery™, Inc., a social networking and behavioral modification program, presented last week at the Care Continuum Alliance National Forum 11 Conference compelling evidence from an ongoing study with Aetna Behavioral Health (NYSE: AET), that engagement with the OneRecovery program favorably reduced the established pattern of healthcare utilization for this group of members.
September 13, 2011
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