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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A coalition led by the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup and Healtheway, the newly formed public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, has established a program to test and certify electronic health records and other health IT to ensure interoperability and reliable data exchange.
October 11, 2012
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AT&T and IBM have partnered to develop what they bill as a first-of-its-kind "network-enabled" secure cloud service that uses private networks rather than the public Internet.
October 9, 2012
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Proper PHI management can reduce liability for HIPAA violations and, in the case of the near-disclosure of images to the wrong party with malevolent intentions, prevent potential litigation, experts tell an audience at AHIMA's annual convention.
October 4, 2012
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The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) has been selected by the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN) to serve as the management services organization for NEHEN operations.
October 3, 2012
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In an epoch of HIPAA breaches and privacy lawsuits that leave healthcare providers keeled over with clinical, financial and legal headaches - oftentimes meltdowns - more state medical organizations are adding Direct Messaging to their to-do lists.
October 2, 2012
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ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving patient care, has published a report that explores healthcare leaders' preparedness to share data to improve care coordination. Most recognize the value of data exchange, but 46 percent have yet to even examine their interoperability needs.
October 2, 2012
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As providers look ahead to Stage 2 of the meaningful use electronic health records incentive program, they will see a greater emphasis on quality of care and improved patient outcomes, according Alisa Ray, executive director of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT).
October 2, 2012
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Nearly half of U.S. physician groups plan to join a health information exchange (HIE), according to the findings of a new CapSite ambulatory EHR report released Friday.
October 1, 2012
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Missouri Health Connection announced Thursday that five of the Show Me State's best and biggest hospitals and health systems will be the first to participate in its statewide health information exchange.
September 28, 2012
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Chief information officers at healthcare organizations nationwide are confronted with growing challenges as they continue to see IT staff shortages, according to the findings of a CHIME survey released Thursday.
September 26, 2012
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When Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans a month ago, while some government engineers may have been holding their breath watching southern Louisiana's levee system, officials at the Office of the National Coordinator were watching news media accounts of flooded-out evacuees and wondering if they’d be able to access their health records.
September 26, 2012
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Michigan state officials announced Tuesday the formation of a new HIE, the Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange, which will serve some 300,000 residents and span nearly one-third of the state.
September 25, 2012
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