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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Three recent deaths at the Memphis VA Medical Center emergency department could probably have been prevented with better communication, digital documentation and better layout of the emergency department, according to an investigation by the Veterans Administration Inspector General.
November 1, 2013
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When President Obama addressed massive problems with the federal health-insurance exchange website last week, he couldn't cite any actual enrollments in health plans offered through the site. At the same time, several states running their own exchanges have exceeded federal-enrollment targets. Why?
November 1, 2013
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As CommonWell Health Alliance, the new interoperability coalition of health IT vendors, approaches the start of its first pilot project, company officials used AHIMA's annual conference in Atlanta to highlight the biggest health information exchange hurdles currently facing vendors and providers.
October 31, 2013
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Many ACOs start out with massive population health analytics projects, But there's a better way to go, a speaker at the AHIMA Convention in Atlanta suggested.
October 30, 2013
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With mobile technologies becoming central to the operation of a hospital, it's more important than ever for doctors and other healthcare providers to be able to move anywhere in the hospital without losing wireless access. An in-building wireless network is the key.
October 29, 2013
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Every country, every government, every population is participating in a global trial and error when it comes to improving health outcomes. As it finds uptake around the world, health information technology is central to this care revolution, with nations learning from each others' struggles and successes.
October 24, 2013
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As controversy continues around the not-ready-for-primetime launch of the federal insurance exchange website, calls from some Republicans are getting louder for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
October 23, 2013
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Anyone who has ever been to the Interoperability Showcase at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition has probably caught a glimpse or two of what interoperability means to healthcare.
October 20, 2013
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For the second time in just over a week, HIMSS Analytics has given out a Stage 7 award. Morgantown, W.Va.-based Ruby Memorial Hospital, the flagship hospital for WVU Healthcare, achieved Stage 7, and 30 of its associated ambulatory clinics were honored with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.
October 18, 2013
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An integrated electronic health record between DoD and VA -- the fate of which has faced uncertainty in recent months -- may now be moving in the forward direction.
October 18, 2013
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With an eye toward improved interoperability and public trust in privacy protections, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and the Texas Health Services Authority are partnering to develop a state accreditation program for health information exchanges in the Lone Star State.
October 16, 2013
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Novant Health, a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and medical centers, with headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C., has received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award from HIMSS Analytics. Novant is just the sixth system in the country to receive this recognition.
October 14, 2013
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