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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If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the U.S., nominate it for Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program. Nominations opened April 23, and close May 23.
April 23, 2014
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Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today. Photo: Carol Smith, 2011
April 22, 2014
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UPMC officials say the number of employees affected by a data breach at the renowned medical center is much higher than originally reported -- rising from 322 employees first disclosed on March 6, now up to 27,000 out of a total of 62,000 employees.
April 21, 2014
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Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.
April 21, 2014
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It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.
April 16, 2014
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Security is a nightmare for all companies, but the very nature of healthcare makes it far worse. Are there ways to make security not merely viable, but even profitable?
April 16, 2014
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When it comes to security threat severity, the Heartbleed bug doesn't miss a beat. That's according to Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who, on a scale from 1 to 10, ranks the bug a solid "high priority" at 7.5.
April 14, 2014
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The state with the lowest electronic health record adoption rates in the nation has finally put a foot forward with its statewide health information exchange, after announcing the network's go-live earlier this week.
April 11, 2014
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Boston has long proven itself a mecca for healthcare innovation, a hub of some of the best minds and most prestigious hospitals in the nation. And the 2014 Boston Children's Hospital Innovators' Showcase proved no exception.
April 9, 2014
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Working in collaboration, HL7 International and the American Immunization Registry Association have announced the launch of a new HL7 Immunization User Group.
April 7, 2014
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Expectations are high and getting higher for today's healthcare CIO, who continues to be deluged with "do-it-now" projects at a time when, more than ever before, he or she is expected to bring top executive skills, the long view and strategy to the table.
April 7, 2014
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Healthcare industry response to yet another postponement of ICD-10 coding ranges from relief to resentment. Those who haven't prepared for the radical format transition are exhaling contentedly, while those who have worked furiously to make the deadline are understandably indignant about the delay.
April 3, 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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You probably have several goals for your patient portal of choice. Is “community” one of them? With a bevy of vendors offering portal solutions, it can be challenging for a hospital to know where to start. Fortunately, YourCareCommunity helps ease the decision-making process.
December 17, 2013
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Since 2009, Regional Obstetrical Consultants (ROC) has operated the Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Counties (STORC) project, a telemedicine program that delivers care in rural areas to women with at-risk pregnancies who would otherwise have little or no access to greatly needed, high-risk care. Learn how the physicians at ROC have implemented a telemedicine solution to bring mobile healthcare to remote locations.
November 27, 2013
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A visual look at ITaaS transformation. Get an inside look at the potential gains the healthcare industry can make to improve services delivery at lower cost.
November 4, 2013
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Learn how Saint Luke’s is transforming IT into a service provider, improving clinical and business applications delivery, and cutting storage costs in half.
November 4, 2013
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ITaaS provides healthcare organizations with the ability to lower operational costs, restructure from capital to operating expenses, and improve service levels. This white paper offers best practices regarding the technology infrastructure, business processes, and IT organizational structure to help healthcare providers maximize the value and impact of ITaaS across their organizations.
November 4, 2013
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Many healthcare organizations are recognizing the need for a more efficient and effective approach for addressing the HIPAA Security and Privacy rules, and other evolving compliance and security challenges. This paper explores one such solution: unified security monitoring. Unified security monitoring goes well beyond simplifying and automating HIPAA compliance. With always-on coverage and protection, it provides a mechanism for strengthening a healthcare organization’s overall security posture, while reducing ongoing operational risk.
October 9, 2013
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
May 23, 2013
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As healthcare providers implement health IT to comply with federal mandates and participate in quality of care programs, VNA solutions can play a critical role in helping them meet their needs today and in their future IT initiatives. Forward-thinking healthcare providers around the world are already successfully meeting this challenge with VNA. Download this Healthcare IT News eBook to learn how VNA enables exchange, supports data consolidation and IT simplification.
April 16, 2013
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In this webinar you will learn how Sutter Health pioneered the integration between Epic EMR and RightFax. Brett Reed, Sr. Engineer at Sutter Health, will review the Epic and RightFax integration and how RightFax streamlined their outbound faxing needs by moving to a fax server.
April 9, 2013
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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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Recently I was invited by the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation to lead a discussion that addressed patient privacy concerns and potential solutions for doctors working with EHRs.
January 27, 2014
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Where does a newbie go to get more information about HL7?
January 21, 2014
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As 2014 begins, I marvel at the evolution of the CIO role from 1997 to 2014.
January 15, 2014
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Partners HealthCare believes that patient-generated data is critical to our future and we're managing this integration proactively. That does not mean our work is finished.
January 9, 2014
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Maximizing the pharmacy's impact through automation and effective medication management.
January 9, 2014
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The healthcare system is moving away from fee-for-service models that reward fragmented care toward fee-for-value models that reward a more holistic continuum of care. But many organizations lack the care coordination software to succeed in this new environment.
December 20, 2013
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Matt Terry discusses the Hybrid OR market and how the vendors are performing.
November 19, 2013
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How can healthcare payers and providers, including Healthcare.gov, position themselves to come out on top as players scramble to be digitally relevant?
November 12, 2013
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There has been a lot of press lately about care coordination, and how it will play a significant role in improving patient outcomes. But despite all of this positive coverage, inter-organizational care coordination is far from becoming a reality.
October 28, 2013
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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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Physicians are highly engaged with social media for both personal and professional use, according to a 4,033-clinician study authored and conducted by QuantiaMD, the largest mobile and online physician community, and Care Continuum Alliance, an international association for wellness, prevention and care management.
September 8, 2011
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