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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Take it from someone who's spent 41 years of his career as a mathematician, cryptographer and technical director at the U.S. National Security Agency: Healthcare is hugely vulnerable to cybercrime, and that's a fact providers need to quickly come to terms with.
June 2, 2015
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Three new reports from IDC forecast "explosive" growth in the Internet of Things market in the coming years, with healthcare expected to be one of the biggest investors in connected devices and networked technology.
June 2, 2015
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What happens when a health system with liability insurance fails to secure protected health information of its patients and is hit with a $4.13 million class action settlement for it?
June 1, 2015
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Partners HealthCare's estimated $1.2 billion Epic EHR system promises to automate paper-based work at Partners' hospitals in Boston. Will the gamble pay off? The Boston Globe explores.
June 1, 2015
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Connected health infrastructure is emerging in healthcare as a binding agent for diverse devices and workflows, aiding diagnosis, monitoring and prevention, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. But many providers don't even have a plan for connectivity.
May 29, 2015
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A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying its patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year.
May 27, 2015
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It took a health insurance company almost a year to notify some 1.1 million of its members that their personal data had been swiped by hackers. What's more, the cyberattack wasn't even detected in-house.
May 21, 2015
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Surescripts processed some 6.5 billion electronic health data transactions across its network in 2014 -- more over the course of the year than either American Express (6 billion) or PayPal (4.2 billion), officials say.
May 19, 2015
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Two big-name California health systems have officially signed on with the San Diego Health Connect health information exchange, a deal poised to put an additional 2.7 million patients on the network.
May 14, 2015
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Prior to the deployment of its virtual desktop infrastructure, clinicians at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles had been logging into desktops using shared user IDs -- a risky shortcut to bypass having to type multiple passwords.
May 13, 2015
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Massachusetts state officials knew its $1 billion insurance website -- set up under the Affordable Care Act and part of the nationwide push to offer health insurance to the uninsured -- was in trouble. Worse, they said nothing.
May 12, 2015
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Recent repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, which benchmarked reimbursement to the U.S. gross domestic product, could complicate things for IT systems already overburdened with federal reporting regulations.
May 11, 2015
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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.
April 2, 2013
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For provider organizations, tools that drive improved performance of legacy clinical applications as well as improve security and create efficiencies in the management of client computing are increasingly becoming critical for healthcare organizations. Desktop virtualization technology is increasingly being used by providers to realize these advantages.
March 13, 2013
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Agility is central to delivering excellence in patient care. However, healthcare organizations have entered a new era of scale in which the amount of data captured, processed, and stored is breaking down every architectural construct in the storage industry. NetApp delivers innovative technologies and capabilities for an agile data infrastructure that address the challenges of big data scale, enabling healthcare providers to gain insight into massive datasets, move data quickly, and store important content for long periods of time.
March 13, 2013
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Now more than ever before, physicians use mobile technologies such as tablets and smartphones within their practice to bolster patient care, improve productivity, access EMRs and conduct video patient consultations. IT managers are then faced with the challenge of investing in a future-proof infrastructure, capable of handling gigabit capacities in order to avoid network bottlenecks over disparate facilities. Learn how healthcare institutions across the nation successfully solved their bandwidth challenges with a high-performance, HIPAA-compliant wireless connectivity solutions quickly, easily and cost-effectively.
February 27, 2013
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University of Tennessee Medical Center is a major medical center providing superior treatment and healthcare support to residents of the East Tennessee region. UTMC wanted to solve a number of challenges they were facing, such as an increasing volume of spam, an incomplete system for archival and retrieval, and a lack of a coordinated disaster recovery strategy. Read this case study to find out how UTMC used a single cloud service to solve all of these challenges, as well as reduced IT costs by 60 percent and reduced administrative time to less than 40 hours.
November 27, 2012
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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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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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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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In healthcare, IT systems management is not simply a matter of process efficiency and cost savings—it could be a matter of life or death for patients. Faced with regulatory requirements, widely dispersed facilities, demands for <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">electronic health records</a> (EHRs), and increasingly more and more mobile devices for providers, healthcare IT managers are forced to streamline systems management as budgets and headcount shrink.
October 25, 2012
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Electronic locks and latches provide enhanced security where healthcare facilities need it the most – on the carts and cabinets that house valuable medical supplies and patient information. Electronic locks provide secure locking and audit trail capabilities that can help healthcare IT managers comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA and <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a>. This white paper explores opportunities for improved physical security in the healthcare environment and reviews electronic access solutions available to equipment manufacturers.
October 16, 2012
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IT organizations are under increasing intense pressure to consolidate IT operations and refine cyber security initiatives to balance the need to cut costs, against requirements to better manage security and associated risks. This delicate balancing act is forcing many public sector organizations to make difficult decisions that must be carefully weighed. Read this white paper for a list of top cyber security myths that agencies must ‘bust’ to achieve greater security, and better manage ongoing risks.
October 14, 2012
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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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As talks continue about big data and how to aggregate and share it electronically, we need to keep our ultimate goal in sight – giving providers the information required to better manage the health of the individual patient, in real time at the point of care.
October 10, 2013
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Is your organization thinking of moving to a new practice management or electronic health record system? Are you uncertain as to how to begin tackling this task of selecting a new system?
October 8, 2013
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Cat and dog owners know that pets that chase their tails will eventually catch them – but they won’t stay caught for long. Healthcare providers who manage the exchange of health information understand the feeling.
July 31, 2013
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Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) solve commonplace challenges by tracking valuable assets, staff, and patients on virtual maps, helping hospital employees and administrators save time.
July 30, 2013
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In the world of modern medicine, it takes approximately seventeen years of original clinical research to be integrated into the day-to-day practice of medicine.
July 30, 2013
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To reduce overall healthcare spending, it’s important to examine areas of waste within healthcare transactions, and the ways to reduce or eliminate inefficiencies, streamline revenue cycle management and improve the patient experience.
July 29, 2013
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Clinically integrated networks (CINs) are becoming increasingly more prevalent—and necessary—as ACOs and other value-based care organizations take a strong foothold in our industry.
July 26, 2013
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File sharing happens frequently throughout the day. Nurses, technicians, physicians, medical records departments, transcriptionists and insurance companies all have their hands in a complex workflow revolving around patient care.
July 15, 2013
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We've been having one of those long running discussions over on the Structured Documents list-serve over the past couple weeks. There are two parts to the eterna-thread, one on the need for more examples, and another for the need to simplify the documentation.
June 19, 2013
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Anyone familiar with HL7 has undoubtedly heard about the emerging HL7 FHIR standard, introduced by Grahame Grieve, principal at Health Intersections in Melbourne, Australia, and an active participant in the HL7 International organization.
June 14, 2013
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From the floor of the HIMSS11 Conference & Exhibition, Allscripts today announced the Application Store & Exchange and the Allscripts Referral Network, two innovations to help hospitals and physician groups share ideas and information to improve care coordination, both inside and outside their organizations.
February 22, 2011
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Omnicell, Inc., a leading provider of medication management systems to healthcare facilities, will demonstrate its interoperable standards-based technology solutions during the HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase.
February 17, 2011
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iMDsoft, a global leader in hospital-wide clinical information systems, and Medical Web Technologies, a leading provider of web-based medical information solutions today announced a partnership to jointly offer their technologies. iMDsoft will now offer MWT’s One Medical Passport online pre-op workflow solution as part of its fully integrated end-to-end solution for the perioperative environment.
September 20, 2010
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The Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen medical facility has successfully implemented the iMedOne Hospital Information System (HIS), integrating a heterogeneous IT landscape and rendering over ten sub-systems superfluous.
September 20, 2010
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Array Networks Inc., a global provider of enterprise secure application delivery, announced that eClinicalWorks, a developer of ambulatory clinical systems, is now using Array Networks’ AppVelocity (APV) server load balancer and application delivery controller to support its medical record and management solutions for health care providers.
September 16, 2010
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Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc., today announced that St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL has selected the company's Amelior Tracker system to automatically track medical equipment throughout their facility.
September 9, 2010
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Xyntek, Inc., a global provider of IT, automation and compliance solutions, has launched XyNexus Healthcare Integration Service, the consolidation of its healthcare information technology service, which is designed for HIT integration, EHR (electronic health records) exchange, and complete lifecycle integration.
August 12, 2010
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Zenoss, Inc., the leading provider of dynamic service assurance products for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT environments, today announced that UMC Health System, the leader in comprehensive healthcare delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, has chosen Zenoss Enterprise to support and manage the company's rapidly increasing use of hosted networking solutions.
August 5, 2010
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