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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With the launch of Evergreen, billed as a new approach to EHR implementation and maintenance, consulting giant Deloitte claims it can help reduce EHR operating costs by as much as 30 percent.
February 11, 2015
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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which has already achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics scale, will pick up its 2014 enterprise Davies Award at HIMSS15 this April. How did they do it? We ask their leaders.
February 10, 2015
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Healthcare industry, listen up: you're a prime target for cyberattacks. Just ask virtually every IT security expert out there. Or ask Anthem, who learned the hard way.
February 6, 2015
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As he prepares to embark on one of the largest IT implementations in recent memory, Mayo Clinic CIO Cris Ross explains the thinking behind the choice of Epic for EHR and revenue cycle, and lays out his next steps.
February 2, 2015
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After 350 giant steps, Kaiser has reached the pinnacle of HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.
January 26, 2015
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In the latest example of a world-class health system yanking its established electronic health record in favor of a blue chip vendor, Mayo Clinic is migrating to Epic.
January 20, 2015
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Two hospitals that are part of the MultiCare Health System in Washington State -- and more than 100 of MultiCare's ambulatory clinics -- have landed Stage 7 awards from HIMSS Analytics.
January 15, 2015
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Google is a key contender -- part of the PwC team -- bidding on the massive 10-year federal contract to build an electronic health record system for the Department of Defense. PwC announced the collaboration on Thursday.
January 15, 2015
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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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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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I'm often asked how healthcare reform will impact IT planning and implementation over the next few years.
December 9, 2010
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In the fall of 2008 I had the opportunity to do some research on the, then dormant, EMR marketplace. The results came as no surprise. Most physicians did not have an EMR and were not interested in adopting an EMR due to cost and usability barriers.
October 9, 2009
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Chilmark has not been a big fan of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) concept. It was, and in large part still is, a top heavy federal government effort to create a nationwide infrastructure to facilitate the exchange of clinical information. A high, lofty and admirable goal, but one that is far too in front of where the market is today.
October 2, 2009
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An often times overlooked aspect to implementing an electronic health record (EHR) is the need for a solid technical infrastructure.
August 11, 2009
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An often times overlooked aspect to implementing an electronic health record (EHR) is the need for a solid technical infrastructure.
August 11, 2009
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In 2005, after 13 years in the financial services industry, I migrated into the healthcare industry. I was about five weeks into my new career when a major network downtime occurred.
March 17, 2009
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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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