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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It's been almost two weeks since Obamacare's federal insurance exchange website went live, was inundated with traffic, went weird, was taken down for maintenance, then came back online still filled with glitches. Why did such a crucial site fail at such a critical moment? And what are the lessons that can be learned?
October 11, 2013
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According to research released Monday by the Medical Group Management Association, medical practices are sounding a cautious note with regard to Affordable Care Act insurance exchange implementation.
October 7, 2013
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Health IT company athenahealth will use its data to report on the flu and other communicable diseases during the government shutdown. The firm will monitor and share population health information from across its nationwide big data set.
October 4, 2013
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As medical practice administrators and physicians head to San Diego for the Medical Group Management Association's 2013 annual conference, they're likely to have money on their minds. Keeping a medical practice going has become a complex, pricey endeavor. At the top of the list of increasing costs: IT.
October 2, 2013
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Back when online startups would launch to a storm of website visitors that overwhelmed servers and crashed sites, the cliche often applied was "a victim of one's own success." Perhaps the same could apply to the crashes that stopped the brisk business the new health insurance exchanges attracted on Oct. 1.
October 2, 2013
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Even amid the government shutdown, the new online insurance marketplaces -- known as health insurance exchanges -- were up and running today. There were early reports of computer glitches across several states. Some states, with large numbers of uninsured are dealing with problems of a different sort.
October 1, 2013
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On any given day, a disaster occurring somewhere in the country is making news. And while the focus is (rightly) on the human toll and physical destruction these events cause, little attention is paid to how important data and IT infrastructure is lost to provider organizations in the danger zones.
September 30, 2013
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Seven of the nation's leading health systems announced Thursday the formation of an interstate consortium that will address quality, population health management, best practices and medical research in the Northeast region.
September 20, 2013
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There's a lot of excited commentary out there about genomics and personalized medicine. And no doubt it’s exciting.
September 20, 2013
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The 595-bed Children's Medical Center in Dallas is the one of the latest hospitals to move forward on the telehealth front, with the launch of its TeleNICU, billed as Texas' first neonatal telemedicine program.
September 17, 2013
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The global wireless health market has hit growth mode, according to new report findings, which project the market will expand more than 20 percent within a five-year period.
September 16, 2013
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A visit to the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition can sometimes seem like a visit to Tomorrowland. To someone from a small and rural hospital, say, all the stuff being tracked and measured by RFID and RTLS might look like a vision of the future.
September 11, 2013
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