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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Healthcare's all about the patients, right? But far too often, there's a disconnect -- the idea that the care ends when the patient exits the building or a diagnosis is made, the idea that clinical deals with clinical and information technology deals with IT.
June 4, 2014
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As the Cleveland Clinic adds its prestigious name to the hospital groups that have embraced next-generation medical kiosks, healthcare IT executives are wrestling with the powerful pros and cons of such a move.
June 4, 2014
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No matter what your job, there are certain phrases -- whether said by bosses, colleagues or clients -- that are just plain unwelcome: words that foretell frustration and added workload at best, panic and red-alert crisis response at worst. For hospital chief information officers, there's no shortage of these ominous sentences.
June 3, 2014
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Even as healthcare providers across the country are struggling to make their new, expensive technology work, a new survey shows providers are more frustrated with their purchases than ever.
June 2, 2014
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In its newly released semiannual report to Congress, OIG says it focused on "core risk areas" associated with the marketplaces, including eligibility systems, payment accuracy, contractor oversight, and data security.
May 30, 2014
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A Stanford University engineering group has come up with a way to manipulate deep body implants -- such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators and brain stem devices -- wirelessly.
May 27, 2014
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Returning service members are looking for jobs. Healthcare IT departments are desperate for qualified candidates. What special skill sets can veterans bring to the table?
May 26, 2014
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Making telemedicine work is often no easy process, but officials from Boston-based Partners HealthCare, a longtime leader in connected health, believe they've done it. So what's their secret?
May 22, 2014
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Disasters, natural and man-made, threaten more than hospital property. With many healthcare information technology systems integrated and focused on patient care, the threat of an IT or communications shutdown can be both dangerous to patients and costly to the health system.
May 21, 2014
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Surescripts, which bills itself as the country's largest health information network, routed more than a billion electronic prescriptions in 2013. In its new report, it names the top 10 e-prescribing states.
May 21, 2014
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A keystroke logger infecting three computers has been blamed for swiping the medical and financial data of UC Irvine Student Health Center patients.
May 19, 2014
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Epic to non-Epic clinical data sharing can be done, but it is not without challenges, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. The report examines what health organizations not using an Epic system have to do in order to share data with health systems that employ an Epic EHR.
May 16, 2014
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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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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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Speed, immediacy and scalability are just a few of the rewards of using the cloud for your applications and data, and the reasons why so many healthcare companies are turning to the cloud to hold even their most critical data.
June 5, 2013
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The title sounds all sunshine and daffodils, doesn’t it? Create your mission in health IT, how cute. But let’s deal with reality: very few people in health IT have the ability to introduce the sunny concept of a mission into their work lives.
May 30, 2013
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Yesterday I led the Clinical IT Governance meeting at BIDMC and I thought it would be interesting for my readers to get an inside look of the kind of topics we're discussing and how we're implementing our most challenging projects.
May 29, 2013
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In the “computer world” in which we live today, patients are using technology to address their healthcare needs in ways that we have never seen before.
May 21, 2013
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I recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Grahame Grieve, the originator of FHIR, on the details behind this evolving health IT standard.
May 15, 2013
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I’ve been in the healthcare delivery business now for 30 years and I can confidently say we’ve paid almost no attention to design. As we get closer to a world where we are engaging patients in their own health outcomes, design will be much more critical.
May 13, 2013
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I keep hearing that "There's no standards for that," or that "There's too many optional features in that data element." Sometimes these pronouncements come from people who should know better, and other times, it simply comes from folks who don't know that there are other places to look.
April 2, 2013
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A new term spreading (almost like fire) through the healthcare interoperability world is HL7 FHIR, pronounced as “fire.”
March 27, 2013
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Whatever your reason is for attending the HIMSS annual conference each year, there is never a shortage of education sessions, technology demonstrations, social networking, and meetings on meaningful topics specifically suited to your own tastes. While I was there, I asked some industry professionals what their key takeaways were from the conference.
March 11, 2013
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Among the numerous challenges that an ACO model presents, is the need for more sophisticated IT systems that will support distributed care management across a diverse care team that extends from the primary care physician, to the specialists, to the care manager, the patient and others.
February 26, 2013
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In my last article, I told you about an experience my colleagues and I encountered on a business trip in Thailand. My friend needed new contacts, and didn't have a chance to get them before he left DC. Since we were meeting in Bumrungrad, one of the leading medical tourism hospitals in the world, he decided to put them to the test.
February 18, 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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