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 state insurance plan subcontractor is at the center of a serious security incident after hackers gained three months of unfettered access to its computer system, compromising thousands of members' health records.
November 12, 2014
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The American Hospital Association released a toolkit on Nov. 11 that gives guidance for hiring veterans as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. But it's worth remembering that many returning service members also have much to offer when it comes to information technology skills.
November 11, 2014
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New data suggests adoption of electronic health records is poised to save the healthcare industry some serious money over the next five years, as the systems are crucial in supporting infrastructure for a wide range of digital healthcare and mHealth projects.
November 11, 2014
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In a bid to spur both "internal creativity and external disruption," Intermountain Healthcare is teaming up with Healthbox for a venture initiative meant to drive collaboration among inventors, entrepreneurs and others in the healthcare industry to improve quality and lower costs.
November 10, 2014
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Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network announced merger plans on Oct. 16; if the deal clears regulatory hurdles it would result in New Jersey's largest hospital network. In the meantime, it's offering the chief information officers of each organization plenty to think about.
November 5, 2014
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The Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation has begun a new collaboration with Drexel University on several research projects aimed at improving the delivery of healthcare, including one targeting chronic disease.
November 4, 2014
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Raising concerns about security practices with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, the U.S. House Science Committee has issued a subpoena to compel U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify about his role in creating the site.
November 3, 2014
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The topic at the Cleveland Clinic annual summit this Monday was healthcare innovation -- what's impeding it, what more is needed to foster it and the innovation milestones taking place today. It may come as no surprise: Health IT came up a lot at this year's event. (And, yes, so did Judy Faulkner.)
October 28, 2014
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Wes Wright, chief information officer of Seattle Children's Hospital, had a couple big reasons for embracing a virtual desktop infrastructure strategy for the 323-bed tertiary care facility. "Speed and ubiquity," he says. But soon he found a bonus.
October 22, 2014
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While it's clear how Apple's HealthKit and the newest smartphones will play in the healthcare realm, Apple Pay, which the company is rumored to be preparing for a debut when it announces new iPads this week, could actually have an impact there as well.
October 15, 2014
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Providers have begun to make targeted use of leading-edge technologies to optimize their electronic medical records, but the vast majority don't yet have the IT capacity to make full use of advancements such as big data and the cloud.
October 13, 2014
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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is exporting its knowledge and management services around the world, to countries like China and Lithuania expanding healthcare for emerging middle class populations.
October 10, 2014
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We begin the first of two compliance planning retreats at BIDMC as part of the Summer of Compliance.
June 14, 2012
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Last week we attended the big healthcare IT confab HIMSS in that grand city of sin, Las Vegas. Nearly every vendor we met with at HIMSS had a story to tell about how they had the solution the market was seeking for ACO enablement.
February 29, 2012
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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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