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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Medsphere Systems and BT have agreed to jointly promote Medsphere's OpenVista EHR under a software-as-a-service. The goal, executives from both companies say, is to relieve hospitals of the many costly and burdensome IT responsibilities. It's also an indicator that proprietary models may be losing favor, they add.
January 13, 2015
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Sue Schade, chief information officer at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, has been named the 2014 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year, an award given each year by CHIME and HIMSS.
January 6, 2015
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"We're in for a rocket ride these next 10 years," says Peter Diamandis. With exponentially-evolving technologies set to disrupt medicine in ways we can't even imagine, the innovator and futurist believes "we're heading toward a world of extraordinary healthcare abundance."
January 6, 2015
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While healthcare chief information officers have been taking on more and more responsibility, staff and budgets in recent years, many have argued that their strategic capabilities are under-utilized. A new survey from SSi-SEARCH finds greater strategic alignment coming to the role of the CIO.
January 6, 2015
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What United States Postal Service officials originally reported as a "cybersecurity intrusion" that compromised the Social Security numbers of some 800,000 USPS employees, turned out to be even bigger than they thought, involving scores of protected health records too.
January 5, 2015
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The world's largest consulting firm has secured a behemoth five-year contract to continue its work on the federal government's health insurance marketplace.
December 30, 2014
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is offering up to $150.7 million to support further development of networks that make up PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.
December 30, 2014
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A $40,000 donation from Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, will support Georgia Tech's work on interoperability and also the Triple Aim Initiative.
December 30, 2014
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The Navy has awarded Accenture Federal Services five task orders, with a total value of $19.8 million. Accenture will provide information technology support and training for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning system. Each task order has a one-year period of performance.
December 23, 2014
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The role of the healthcare chief information officer is evolving rapidly, according to the annual CIO survey by executive search firm SSI-SEARCH. Its results show an increase in the number of female CIOs, more professionals earning advanced degrees and changes in compensation.
December 23, 2014
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A physicians network in the Mid-Atlantic has been awarded the highest level of electronic medical record adoption, joining the only 6 percent of all ambulatory clinics that have achieved this status.
December 22, 2014
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IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan.
December 19, 2014
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Last year I started a series of “Dos and Don'ts” in hospital tech by focusing on wireless technologies. Folks asked a lot of questions about dos and don'ts in other tech areas so here’s a list of more tips and tricks.
January 11, 2012
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Productivity loss and workflow disruptions are commonplace as our industry gets on the Meaningful Use bandwagon and is starting to adopt EHR systems at a slightly more rapid pace than in previous years (things aren’t really as rosy as many think, but the pace is picking up).
December 22, 2011
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HealthLeaders Media has one of the more interesting reports available.
December 6, 2011
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Over the past decade, I've been closely involved in the evolution of clinical summary/transition of care content standards.
November 29, 2011
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The healthcare industry is under constant pressure to streamline the sharing and availability of information, while at the same time maintaining ever-more rigorous controls over patient privacy, and of course, reducing costs at the same time. Therefore cloud computing offers some significant opportunities, perhaps even more significant than in many other industries.
November 15, 2011
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When I began my career as a CIO in 1997, success was function of the basics - email delivery, network connectivity, and application functionality. In 2011, CIO success is much more complex to measure.
November 1, 2011
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I've written about the implications of staff bringing their own devices to the office instead of using corporate desktops and the challenges of keeping mobile devices secure.
October 12, 2011
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Hospitals and health systems are more technically proficient than ever, as they should be. Yet with all these enabling technologies, many healthcare organizations are still plagued by inefficiencies, lackluster quality scores and uncontrolled costs. Why?
October 7, 2011
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No one really knows what an Accountable Care Organization is, but many provider organizations want to be one.
September 14, 2011
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On September 11, 2001, I was sitting in my Harvard Clinical Research Institute office (I was CIO there from 2001-2007 as part of my Harvard Medical School CIO duties). A staff member ran into my office and told me that a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center Tower.
September 12, 2011
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Though it was longer ago than I care to admit, I can remember checking out every copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure series my local library had to offer. Imagine my surprise when I found a similar concept had been applied to the curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine.
September 2, 2011
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There seems to be an undercurrent of debate going on with regard to emergency room wait times. I’ve come across a number of articles and blogs lately having to do with the growing trend of hospitals advertising the wait times of their ERs to the surrounding community.
August 25, 2011
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