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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The numbers should shake any provider still blissfully ignorant of privacy threats out of their complacency: Two-thirds of health organizations polled by HIMSS for its latest cybersecurity survey say they've recently experienced a "significant security incident."
July 1, 2015
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In the national discourse about interoperability, much of the focus is on enabling a doctor using one electronic health record to access patient information residing in a different hospital's EHR, even when another vendor built it. But is that really the best way to give doctors the data they need?
June 30, 2015
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The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., announced recently that five million medications have been tracked using radio frequency identification technology. "It's cutting down on medication errors," says its CMIO.
June 30, 2015
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization might be taking a telemedicine to global level, after looking into such a platform that would help the military alliance better respond to global disasters.
June 24, 2015
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The global e-prescribing market, valued at $250 million in 2013, is expected to grow at a 23.5 percent compound annual rate, reaching an estimated value of $888 million by 2019, according to a recent report.
June 18, 2015
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Royal Philips and Westchester Medical Center Health Network -- WMCHealth -- have entered into a multi-year, $500 million partnership aimed at improving healthcare for millions of patients across New York's Hudson Valley.
June 16, 2015
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The nation's largest drugstore chain is set to expand its telehealth footprint, broadening its deployment of the MDLIVE platform and providing virtual doc visits to 25 states by year's end.
June 10, 2015
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CSC has agreed to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission to the tune of $190 million, after SEC charged the firm with "manipulating financial results and concealing significant problems" related to its massive IT contract for U.K.'s National Health Service.
June 8, 2015
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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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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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This white paper provides a brief overview of HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are using technology to assist with compliance. Many traditional document handling processes do not comply with HIPAA regulations for privacy and security. The whitepaper discusses network faxing, explores advantages for implementing a network fax solution to support HIPAA compliance initiatives and to improve the security and overall efficiency of the document transmission processes.
September 11, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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As doctors and hospitals fight for the lives of their patients, they find themselves drowning in a sea of paperwork. Healthcare workers struggle daily to communicate patient information quickly and securely while complying with numerous insurance policies and industry regulations. Now, with demand from the White House to demonstrate "<a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">meaningful use</a>", the incentive to invest in communications technology has never been greater. This report by Smith Ivanson explores the top communication challenges Healthcare organizations face today, and why many of them are turning to Fax Servers to send, receive, and store <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHRs</a>.
August 29, 2012
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As healthcare organizations develop strategies to comply with federal mandates and succeed in the new environment, wireless is one of the emerging technologies that can enable organizations to meet their clinical and business objectives, especially in this era of having to do more with a finite set of resources. This paper, featuring results from a Healthcare IT News online survey from June and July 2012, discusses current usage of wireless data technology in healthcare and identifies areas of demand and the potential benefits of wireless solutions and strategies.
August 29, 2012
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Hospitals, such as Southern California Hospital, are increasingly faced with the challenge of upgrading systems through medical campuses and across various platforms. This paper examines industry trends that bring network-based paging to the forefront. Specific focus is given to the five ways that network paging can improve hospital operations and the overall communication experience.
July 16, 2012
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While the HIPAA Privacy Rule covers protected health information (PHI) in all forms, the HIPAA Security Rule specifically applies only to PHI that is maintained, transformed, or transmitted in electronic form (e-PHI). The Security Rule requires covered entities to meet specific objectives and presents major challenges for virtually every covered entity in the HIPAA environment, no matter how big or small. Covered entities include health plans, health care clearinghouses, and healthcare providers. In addition, business partners and associates who interact with covered entities are forced to deal with the same security issues as covered entities. IT professionals, like you, know the amount of work involved in supporting HIPAA compliance. The members of your IT team have enough on their plates without assuming the role of HIPAA police, but the team can also appreciate that adding technologies for HIPAA Security Rule compliance is an opportunity to make improvements in overall IT security that increases the organization’s bottom line. Read this white paper, including results from the HIMSS 2010 Security Survey, to learn how to fulfill HIPAA Security Rule requirements and improve overall control and performance of your IT infrastructure.
May 16, 2012
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The efficient management of healthcare facilities has always presented challenges between delivering technology that meets the needs of staff and increases efficiencies, while contributing to the overall healing environment. Increasingly, the Healthcare Facilities Manager and IT Manager roles are beginning to converge, becoming the pivotal point where infrastructure and information technology come together. This paper reviews the top four trends in healthcare facilities management and how IT plays a key role.
May 3, 2012
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Now more than ever before, physicians use mobile technologies within their practice to bolster patient care and improve productivity. 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 are solving their bandwidth challenges while remaining HIPAA compliant and saving money.
May 1, 2012
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The United States is undergoing a major transformation of its healthcare delivery system, driven by federal health IT investments and healthcare reforms. This content piece features information from a joint presentation at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas in February, where Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute, presented on the power of “disruptive innovation” to meet the challenges of transforming the U.S. health sector. Download this paper to read examples of how disruption health IT innovation is driving new care models across the globe.
March 29, 2012
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Software AG, a leading provider of Business Process Excellence (BPE) solutions, is helping build the “hospital of the future” for Nemours, an internationally-recognized children’s health system. The full-service Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Orlando will feature state-of-the-art systems for its clinical, facilities, maintenance and other supporting functions, all working together and unified via Software AG technology to create a “smart building” that ensures a comforting, customized experience for young patients and their families.
March 19, 2012
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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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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’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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