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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Kaiser Permanente will put its longtime IT expertise to work in building a clinical data network aimed at improving patient outcomes in cancer, heart disease and obesity.
January 10, 2014
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A rural Montana hospital has filed suit against a big name electronic health record system provider alleging the company violated its contract by both failing to install an EHR system by the set deadline and not providing a system that meets 2014 federal meaningful use criteria.
January 6, 2014
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As we close out 2013 and look forward to a fresh new year, we present you with 10 stories that had you, our readers, most captivated. They inlcude news about IRS troubles and EHR breakdown at a major hospital system. Bad news seems compelling. But so does good news, in the form of lists.
December 31, 2013
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Driven by increasing demand for clinical information technology and administrative tools, the North American healthcare IT market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent, set to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012, according to a new report from Research and Markets.
December 30, 2013
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From the start, 2013 brought more focus to the issue of interoperability than ever before, and there is no sign the interest will abate. After all, interoperability is critical to data exchange.
December 26, 2013
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"In 2003, fewer than 5 percent of hospitals in the U.S. had any form of electronic records," said David Brailer, MD, who became the nation's first "heath information czar" in 2004. "A smaller percentage of doctors' offices had them, probably less than 1 percent. It was something everyone knew was inevitable, but the fire had not been lit," he tells Healthcare IT News.
December 20, 2013
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HIMSS Analytics was founded back in 2004, and has been tracking data relating to IT purchasing, processes and products ever since – most notably with its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Models, which seeks to help hospitals and ambulatory providers track their progression toward a fully-paperless environment.
December 20, 2013
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Every year, Coalfire, an IT governance, risk and compliance firm, names its top 5 information security and compliance predictions for the new year. And this time around, healthcare data breaches made the cut.
December 19, 2013
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The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute is paving a large part of its foundation with a new round of $191 million in grants for comparative effectiveness and clinical data research networks, including funding for projects exploring patient and family decision-making and health solutions for specific patient populations.
December 19, 2013
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Two midwestern states will be joining forces in a new data sharing agreement that will provide physicians in both states with real-time patient information to boost care quality.
December 17, 2013
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For the first time in almost 10 years, a nationwide study will take stock of information technology in nursing homes, as researchers from the University of Missouri spend three years tracking the use of IT for residents' care.
December 17, 2013
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The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have come under fire this past year over their botched development of the integrated electronic health record system, which resulted in a go-live pushback and a doubling of overall costs. The myriad implementation setbacks have prompted Congress to finally put its foot down.
December 16, 2013
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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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Partners Health Care (the dominant provider network in Greater Boston) and Neighborhood Health Plan (a local mostly-Medicaid HMO) just announced that the former intends to acquire the latter, and maintain it as a separate operating entity.
August 15, 2011
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I'm often asked why healthcare has been slow to automate its processes compared to other industries such as the airlines, shipping/logistics, or the financial services industry.
August 10, 2011
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At a medical office conference I attended, influential hospital executives stated that investing their capital in infrastructure needs and health information technology (IT) took priority over building new or renovating existing hospital ancillary facilities.
August 8, 2011
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From bolstering brand identity to reducing administration costs, hospital signage is a growing industry with a continuous supply of new and sophisticated tools that spread hospital communication.
July 18, 2011
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Few are surprised by this NY Times headline – Google to End Health Records Service After It Fails to Attract Users. Rumors and expectations of this announcement have been in the market for several months now. Reality has struck. Google Health evaporates.
June 28, 2011
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Two weeks ago, I wrote about a strawman for embracing internet-based standards to support the provider directory services needed by health information exchanges.
June 8, 2011
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I’ve never given much thought to the similarities between the National Hockey League and the painful process I’ve heard referred to in the healthcare IT world as “rip and replace.”
June 3, 2011
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My trip to Scotland provided a remarkable opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.
June 1, 2011
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