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What Does Blockchain Mean for Health IT Infrastructure?

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The healthcare industry continues to explore the value of blockchain technology for improving its approach to security and interoperability. Blockchain could be the future of electronic health information exchange, but how does it work? Bitcoin...

Impact of Consumerization of IT, BYOD on Healthcare IT

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The consumerization of IT movement encourages healthcare organizations to embrace technology used by clinicians and patients in their personal lives to access the secure healthcare network. Lifestyle changes over the past decade have driven end...

Are Software-Defined Data Centers Growing in Health IT?

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

A software-defined data center is an evolving technology that virtualizes components of an organization’s data architecture, saving on cost and space. So is it a good fit for health IT infrastructure? A software-defined data center (SDDC),...

NAC Denies Unauthorized Devices Access To Health IT Network

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations allowing mobile devices to access IT infrastructure need to manage which devices are granted rights to their network. Network access control (NAC) protects the network by passing devices through security clearance protocols...

ONC Final Rule Key to Evolution of Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently issued the final rule updating the Health IT Certification Program to include Enhanced Oversight and Accountability providing oversight and developer accountability...

CMS to Update Infrastructure for Quality Payment System

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected Okta Identity Cloud to improve security, scalability, and user experience in its build up to the official start of the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation. ...

SDN Supports Digital Health IT Network Infrastructure Growth

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Software-defined networking (SDN) has a place in health IT network infrastructure as enterprise virtualization continues to grow. The goal of enterprise network virtualization is to take strain off hardware and make the network more visible to...

Is Health IT Infrastructure Ready for the Internet of Things?

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

As the internet of things (IoT) grows so does the importance of a healthcare organization’s infrastructure to support increased connected devices of various kinds.  Gartner predicts that by 2018, 6 billion connected things will be...

Mobile VPN Adoption Continues in Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The adoption of mobile virtual private networks as part of health IT infrastructure is expected to grow in the coming years in order to support remote access to secure files and safeguard against continued threats from hackers, according...

Top 10 Virtualization Terms in Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Virtualization is a relatively new concept for health IT infrastructure and becomes complicated when terms describing its characteristics are thrown around. Most of these terms describe digital concepts and can be difficult to follow when mapping...

Ransomware Emerges as Top Health IT Infrastructure Threat

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Ransomware is the cause of forty percent of disruptive IT events, according to a new cross-industry survey by Fortium Partners, highlighting one of the top threats to health IT infrastructure and data security. The survey of more than 80 C-level...

How WLAN Vendor Acquisition and Collaboration Affects Clients

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Wireless networks are a significant piece of health IT infrastructure responsible for security and connectivity. It’s important to be informed of any WLAN vendor changes to be sure HIPAA requirements are still being met. This month, Extreme...

Why Careful Health IT Infrastructure Planning is Essential

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

A successful health IT infrastructure comprises many layers. From storage to wireless networks, these solutions need to work together to ensure electronic health data is secure and accessible. IT infrastructure is made up of the solutions used...

Solutions to Guest Healthcare Wireless Network Challenges

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

More and more hospital visitors are expecting guest access to healthcare wireless networks, so healthcare organizations need to plan accordingly. In a recent survey of healthcare IT trends, 77 percent of respondents stated their wireless network...

Using Firewalls to Strengthen Healthcare Network Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Firewalls are the the first line of defense for securing healthcare network against the public internet. Firewalls are digital walls that stand between protected health data and potentially dangerous malware. Following an established set of rules,...

5 Essential Steps for Healthcare Cloud Data Migration

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Cloud migration is the process of moving data from on-site storage into the cloud, or from one cloud storage service model to another. Cloud migration is a delicate process involving careful planning from IT staff, especially in the healthcare...

Lack of Data Decryption Could Endanger Network Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

In a recent study conducted by Ponemon, nearly two-thirds of organizations polled believed their organization could properly leverage data decryption technology in order to project against malicious network traffic.The use of of server socket...

What Cloud-Managed WLAN Has to Offer Healthcare Networks

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Managing healthcare wireless networks can strain IT departments especially if those on the smaller side. And the growing popularity of mobile devices in the workplace and the constant connection needed Wi-Fi enabled medical devices makes network...

Challenges Facing Large-Scale Healthcare Wireless Deployment

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Deploying a large-scale wireless network is a serious undertaking for any healthcare organization. Hospitals don’t see a lot of downtime in network traffic because of around-the-clock operation, which can put strain on the most reliable...

Preparing Health IT Infrastructure for BYOD Environments

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Bring-your-own device (BYOD) strategies have been working their way into healthcare organizations over the past few years, giving users access to the healthcare networks and allowing organizations to cut spending on company-owned devices. Accessing...

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