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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More healthcare organizations are moving forward with health information exchange initiatives, with one national exchange network reporting record participation numbers today.
January 30, 2014
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Last October and November, as HealthCare.gov struggled to accommodate visitors and offer its promised user experience, HHS staff and contractors were, among other fixes, "adding server capacity" -- suggesting that the U.S. CTO's goals of technological innovation remain to be seen in health programs.
January 30, 2014
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An IT network failure at a Florida health system put the organization's $80 million Epic electronic medical record system down for the count this past week. The outage, officials reported, lasted nearly two days.
January 28, 2014
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Maine may become the first state in the country to offer residents access to their personal health records via a health information exchange. The Maine HealthInfoNet plan is part of a federally-funded innovation project experimenting with a range of medical home, analytics and engagement strategies.
January 24, 2014
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Standards organization Health Level Seven International, which bills itself as the global authority for interoperability in healthcare information technology, has partnered with Sparx Systems, which sells modeling tools based on open standards, to launch the second annual tooling challenge.
January 22, 2014
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The two long-time staffers, both former members of the military, replace two other long-time agency leaders and are overseeing the most significant health coverage and regulatory expansions in the agency's history.
January 21, 2014
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Hackers have successfully gained access to the protected health information of thousands after hacking into an Ohio-based medical supply company's server back in March.
January 20, 2014
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The Joint Commission has announced changes to its standards for diagnostic imaging, effective July 1, 2014. Additional requirements will be phased in by 2015.
January 20, 2014
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Telemedicine programs may help extend higher quality care to patients living in rural areas, but cost is a serious consideration. Seeing financial savings with telecare, then, is encouraging. A new study from Mayo Clinic researchers suggests one telestroke program may just have done that.
January 17, 2014
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As far as Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is concerned, the $34 billion health IT and electronic medical record incentive program was a grave misstep for the healthcare industry -- but not necessarily for the reasons one might think.
January 15, 2014
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Edward W. Marx, senior vice president and chief information officer at Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit healthcare delivery systems in the U.S., has been named the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year, an award given jointly by CHIME and HIMSS.
January 14, 2014
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As cyberattacks targeting healthcare organizations reach record heights, a new partnership initiative has set its sights on getting the industry's threat response on track and ready to go.
January 13, 2014
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