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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Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has created a public community to support its EN-Abled Veteran Program, which helps military veterans transition to successful healthcare IT careers.
July 5, 2014
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The 33-hospital Mercy health system in St. Louis has inked its first deal to market its customized Epic electronic health record system. The Gastonia, N.C.-based CaroMont Health signed the contract with Mercy in efforts to consolidate its myriad platforms, officials announced Thursday.
July 3, 2014
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While a key provision of the 2009 HITECH Act was to spur health data exchange within and outside hospitals, only 30 percent of U.S. hospitals are part of a health information exchange today.
July 2, 2014
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The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information has opened up new HIMSS Analytics data, offering insights into the IT usage patterns of thousands of U.S. hospitals and ambulatory clinics.
July 2, 2014
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If you had to guess which three EMR vendors increased their market share in 2013, you'd probably be right. Cerner, Epic and MEDITECH. Slam dunk.
June 26, 2014
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In one of the largest HIPAA breaches ever reported, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is notifying some 1.3 million people after hackers gained unfettered access to an agency server for nearly a year before being discovered.
June 25, 2014
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Sutter Health executives say its health information exchange will enable doctors and hospitals -- inside and outside its network of care -- to securely share clinical information. The organization sees it as a game changer, one that will boost care coordination and clinical quality across Northern California.
June 25, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has launched a federal probe into HIPAA privacy violations at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to an HHS spokesperson.
June 24, 2014
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Data attacks on healthcare organizations have increased a whopping 100 percent from just four years ago, a reality that has chief security and information officers in a dash to stay ahead of the data protection curve.
June 23, 2014
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In one of her first orders of business as new Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has made management changes aimed at ensuring that HealthCare.gov is robust enough to handle the upcoming open enrollment period.
June 23, 2014
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Politics and poor management led to the breakdown of the government's health insurance website HealthCare.gov during its launch and in subsequent weeks, a new Senate report concludes.
June 23, 2014
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David Bowen's title might be CIO of the Military Health System but these days he calls himself an anthropologist. The anthropology aspect of his job spans a wide-ranging consolidation across several military health IT systems.
June 19, 2014
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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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No, I'm not swearing. At least not now.
May 18, 2011
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It's been a bad month for the cloud.
May 16, 2011
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I've written previously about Healthcare Information Exchange Sustainability and the need for Healthcare Information Services Providers (HISPs) to serve as gateways connecting individual EHRs. How should HISPs be funded and how can we encourage HISP vendors to connect every little guy in the country?
January 5, 2011
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