Network Infrastructure

By John Halamka 09:03 am September 12, 2011
On September 11, 2001, I was sitting in my Harvard Clinical Research Institute office (I was CIO there from 2001-2007 as part of my Harvard Medical School CIO duties). A staff member ran into my office and told me that a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center Tower.
By Jennifer Dennard 09:02 am September 02, 2011
Though it was longer ago than I care to admit, I can remember checking out every copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure series my local library had to offer. Imagine my surprise when I found a similar concept had been applied to the curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine.
By Jennifer Dennard 10:02 am August 25, 2011
There seems to be an undercurrent of debate going on with regard to emergency room wait times. I’ve come across a number of articles and blogs lately having to do with the growing trend of hospitals advertising the wait times of their ERs to the surrounding community.
By David Harlow 09:19 am August 15, 2011
Partners Health Care (the dominant provider network in Greater Boston) and Neighborhood Health Plan (a local mostly-Medicaid HMO) just announced that the former intends to acquire the latter, and maintain it as a separate operating entity.
By John Halamka 11:00 am August 10, 2011
I'm often asked why healthcare has been slow to automate its processes compared to other industries such as the airlines, shipping/logistics, or the financial services industry.
By James Ellis and Aaron Razavi 08:24 am August 08, 2011
At a medical office conference I attended, influential hospital executives stated that investing their capital in infrastructure needs and health information technology (IT) took priority over building new or renovating existing hospital ancillary facilities.
By James Ellis and Aaron Razavi 08:10 am July 18, 2011
From bolstering brand identity to reducing administration costs, hospital signage is a growing industry with a continuous supply of new and sophisticated tools that spread hospital communication.
By Jon Mertz 09:29 am June 28, 2011
Few are surprised by this NY Times headline – Google to End Health Records Service After It Fails to Attract Users. Rumors and expectations of this announcement have been in the market for several months now. Reality has struck. Google Health evaporates.
By John Halamka 09:49 am June 08, 2011
Two weeks ago, I wrote about a strawman for embracing internet-based standards to support the provider directory services needed by health information exchanges.
By Jennifer Dennard 08:17 am June 03, 2011
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.”

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