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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Bassett Healthcare Network, a six-member hospital network based in upstate New York, is continuing its transition to electronic medical records (EMRs). The network transitioned its outpatient services to an enhanced EMR back in 2011 and has recently implemented an EMR in the inpatient setting at the 180-bed Bassett Medical Center, which went live Dec. 8.
December 10, 2012
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In a Thursday press conference, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, announced they intend to expedite the electronic health record rollout for the Veterans benefits management system.
December 7, 2012
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A new report shedding light on the challenges data breaches pose for the healthcare industry finds that the annual number of breaches continues to trend upward, and also could come with a nearly $7 billion price tag.
December 6, 2012
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The New England Telehealth Consortium has awarded a four-year contract worth more than $16 million to FairPoint Communications to provide carrier ethernet services to more than 400 healthcare sites in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
December 3, 2012
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More than two-thirds of hospitals surveyed for a new study reported that their nurses use their personal smartphones while on the job for personal and clinical communications. IT support for those devices is lacking, however, as are policies for their security.
December 3, 2012
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More than half of all healthcare providers in the U.S. are now using patient portal technology, according to a new report conducted by KLAS.
December 3, 2012
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While smaller critical access hospitals often struggle to successfully and affordably implement electronic health records, a recent case study conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives found that Henry County Health Center in central Iowa is well on its way to success.
November 30, 2012
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Officials at the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) announced Wednesday that they have begun sharing anonymous patient data with BioSense, a public health system coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that systematically tracks hospital emergency department visits.
November 28, 2012
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At the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference this year, a real-world use case of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) medical image and personal health record standards is slated for demonstration. IHEs road leading up to RSNA 2012, however has been a long and involved one.
November 21, 2012
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Pediatricians in the U.S. continue to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems at an underwhelming rate, citing costs and hesitancy over potential system benefits, according to a new study published Monday.
November 20, 2012
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Slowly but surely, state health and human services agencies are recognizing the transformative potential of information technology, according to a report published this week by the American Public Human Services Association and Microsoft.
November 16, 2012
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A new survey released Thursday sheds light on health IT trends currently affecting the industry, with data showing that interoperability and costs are chief concerns for healthcare providers.
November 15, 2012
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