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 sensor slipped under a mattress and a bedside monitor to continuously keep tabs on a patient's vital signs, such as heart rate and oxygen levels can avoid code-blue events, reduce how long a patient stays in the hospital and save costs, according to a new Harvard University Medical School study.
March 20, 2014
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Without question, BYOD, or "bring your own device," offers benefits to both healthcare employees and employers. It also presents security issues. No matter who owns the device, hospitals are responsible for any data breaches that occur.
March 19, 2014
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The 28-hospital Indian Health Service has failed a mock cyberattack conducted by HHS' Office of Inspector General after its computer network was discovered to have "high risk" vulnerabilities.
March 19, 2014
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In order to redesign healthcare, we need to become new students of the problem -- erase the assumptions we have and approach challenges with a fresh mind.
March 18, 2014
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In order to redesign healthcare, we need to become new students of the problem -- erase the assumptions we have and approach challenges with a fresh mind.
March 18, 2014
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A rural Colorado hospital has identified a virus present on its computers that collected and encrypted patient data in a hidden file system. As a result, some 5,400 patients are being mailed breach notification letters today.
March 17, 2014
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The surge in the number of hospitals and providers inking data exchange deals has resulted in corresponding market growth for health information exchange, according to a new industry report.
March 14, 2014
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Having landed 250 mega multi-million dollar EHR installations in large hospitals and integrated delivery networks across the country, Epic is now making its way into smaller community hospitals. According to a new report, the move is providing new opportunities for the organizations.
March 13, 2014
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If you're in charge of a healthcare organization's data privacy and security, listen up. You now have a new, valuable resource at your fingertips.
March 13, 2014
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The state boasting one of the highest electronic health record adoption rates in the nation has officially launched its statewide HIE.
March 6, 2014
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Ohio State University's 263 clinics have achieved Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which represents the top level of EMR use.
March 5, 2014
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With two hospitals, 800 physicians and more vendors than you can count on two hands and two feet, Hartford, Conn.-based St. Francis Care has a tall order when it comes to data sharing and care coordination.
March 4, 2014
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The healthcare delivery system is complex in many ways that cannot be simplified. One aspect of healthcare delivery that can be simplified, however, is patient identification.
February 26, 2009
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In Washington, Healthcare Information Technology policy planning is accelerating at a pace that is faster than at any time in history (at least my 30 years in healthcare IT).
January 19, 2009
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On Dec. 19, we published an Open Letter to the Obama Health Team, cautioning the incoming Administration against limiting its Health Information Technology (IT) investments to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Instead, we recommended that their health IT plan be rethought to favor a large array of innovative applications that can be easily adopted to result in more effective, less expensive care.
January 12, 2009
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On Dec. 19, we published an Open Letter to the Obama Health Team, cautioning the incoming Administration against limiting its Health Information Technology (IT) investments to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Instead, we recommended that their health IT plan be rethought to favor a large array of innovative applications that can be easily adopted to result in more effective, less expensive care.
January 12, 2009
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