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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Some 71 percent of U.S. hospitals plan to purchase new health information exchange solutions, according to findings from a new study released Friday.
September 14, 2012
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This week, the Federal Communications Commission released the final rule on medical body area network (MBAN) devices, decidedly allocating spectrum for wireless transmitters that are used for patient monitoring.
September 13, 2012
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As director of the HIT Initiatives Group in the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at CMS, Elizabeth Holland is intimately involved in shaping meaningful use criteria. She gives an inside view of what it's like to write the rules.
September 13, 2012
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki have announced a joint effort to expand care delivery to veterans living in rural areas through new telehealth and health information exchange initiatives.
September 13, 2012
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One of the most interesting and innovative elements of the advancement of health information technology that I’ve encountered, is Blue Button, a web tool patients can use to view and download their personal health information. Blue Button has been in use for two years by the Veterans Health Administration and other healthcare organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, McKesson, Aetna and United Health Group.
September 13, 2012
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Preparing for the growth of the retail market, while trying to maintain profit margins under the medical loss ratio requirements, some insurers are chucking their old administration, claims and sales systems in favor of more Web-based and automated software.
September 12, 2012
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Arkansas' health information exchange is in its first year of extending Direct messaging to providers across the state, and officials have already observed significant participation, with the numbers of users currently pegged at 1,761.
September 10, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has dropped pursuit of a regulation for establishing "rules of the road" for the nationwide health information network (NwHIN) based on feedback it has received.
September 10, 2012
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While there's plenty of attention to healthcare topics in both the Republican and Democratic national party platforms, there is only a passing reference to healthcare information technology in each.
September 10, 2012
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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has achieved Stage 7, the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.
September 7, 2012
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The U.S. healthcare system has long been laden with growing inefficiencies, heightened costs and increasing complexities, all of which have stymied industry progress, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.
September 6, 2012
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Surescripts and health IT company Epic are working together to connect Epic's Care Everywhere interoperability platform to the Surescripts Clinical Interoperability Network.
September 6, 2012
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