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Top 3 Ways to Succeed with Healthcare IoT, Mobile Device Strategies

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Healthcare organizations looking to enable more effective workflows and speedier access to data are searching for mobile device strategies that will allow them to harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT).   Staying flexible and secure while managing mobile devices is a challenge, especially as rapid innovation puts pressure on providers to future-proof their...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Others Boosting Healthcare IT Role

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The announcement made earlier this week by Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce is the latest in a string of announcements and initiatives bringing tech giants into a more prominent role in health IT. A letter released by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and signed by the six companies, pledged that they are “jointly committed to removing...

Value-Based Care Drives Demand for Health IT Consulting

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The need for efficient technology that cuts costs has significantly boosted the health IT consulting market. Efficient health IT infrastructure tools are need as organizations continue to rely on technology for value-based care. Organizations are looking into advanced health IT solutions such as networking, virtualization, and analytics to better connect and communicate with patients...

Rural Healthcare Network Connections Require IT Infrastructure Support

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Telehealth programs rely on strong IT infrastructure connectivity to support rural healthcare programs. Rural healthcare network connections begin at the provider organization, and the network is built from within to support remote users. Many patients using telehealth programs live in remote areas and suffer from terminal or chronic illnesses that require them to visit their doctor...

Health IT Outsourcing Grows for Hardware, Software, and Staff

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Healthcare organizations going through digital transformations are often challenged when deciding how to handle IT staff. More organizations are considering health IT outsourcing for staff, hardware, and software during this rapid growth period, so that scaling down when projects end is less of a financial burden. The healthcare IT outsourcing market is expected reach $73 billion...

ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum Focuses on FHIR API, Faxes

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ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum, held this week in Washington, DC, focused on the future of the FHIR API in the healthcare space and the continued use of faxes to exchange health records. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, or FHIR, data standard provides a way to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources. FHIR creates a standard to...

ClearDATA Expands HITRUST Coverage for Google, Amazon, Microsoft

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ClearDATA announced its HITRUST Common Security Framework (CFS) Version 9.1 for its mulitcloud solutions including Amazon (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The expanded CSF 9.1 covers 36 privacy and security regulations including FedRAMP, NIST, ISO and the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR took effect back in May and protects the data...

APIs Are the “Missing Piece” for Healthcare App Interoperability  

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Healthcare app interoperability is not a new challenge for healthcare organizations. Over the past several years organizations have had trouble connecting their health IT tools to their EHRs. The increased use of application programming interfaces (APIs) is key. Large provider organizations can be tasked with integrating hundreds of healthcare applications, which can take months. These...

Considerations for Choosing Public or Private Cloud-based EHRs

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Healthcare organizations are moving different IT infrastructure applications to the cloud. Cloud-based EHRs in particular are examples of applications that are migrating the cloud. There are several reasons why organizations choose to move their EHRs to the cloud, including budget and IT resources. Moving any application to the cloud can help organizations save resources. Public cloud...

Anthem, doc.ai Launch Healthcare AI Data Trial on Blockchain

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Anthem and doc.ai announced August 1 the release of their collaborative healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) data trial on blockchain. The trial begins this month and will span the next 12 months. It will focus on whether it’s possible to use AI to predict when patients will experience allergies. The trial will employ a framework developed by Harvard Medical School that will...

Importance of End-User Satisfaction to Health IT Infrastructure

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Health IT infrastructure is constantly changing as IT staff build and deploy new health systems. While end-users may not always notice when their devices are running smoother or connecting faster, they will notice when things aren’t working the way they’re meant to. End-user opinion on digital tools is often seen as the least important opinion when it comes to health IT....

5G Wireless Advancements Support Future Network Connectivity

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The impending release of 5G wireless has organizations considering how they can leverage the technology. The ever-increasing number of connected medical devices leaves wireless networks strained, and the potential of 5G can help increase bandwidth for more devices. 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology with speeds that could reach up to 20 Gbps, edging out the current 4G...

Collaborative Edge Computing Supports Health IT Advancement

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Healthcare organizations have a greater opportunity to digitally share collected data with other organizations for analytics and population health purposes. Using collaborative edge computing to share data can help organizations efficiently and securely share data with other providers. Edge computing is a decentralized, cloud-based extension of an organization’s network. Instead...

Dangers of Legacy Solutions to Health IT Infrastructure Systems

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Legacy systems can be a thorn in the side of health IT infrastructure professionals. Dated systems may still function but can be a huge liability when it comes to security and connectivity. The general attitude of health IT is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” which can cause serious problems down the road. While this attitude could be harmful, it’s not...

Planning for Future Internet of Medical Things Growth

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Patients and clinicians are interacting with digital devices more, which has led to the rise of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). These tools are advancing rapidly and are being used to treat patients more efficiently and accurately. The major advancements in wireless technology over the past several years have led to mainstream adoption of IoMT devices. The ability to...

Balancing Health IT Infrastructure Budget with Innovation

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Organizations are often caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to balancing a health IT infrastructure budget. Recent technological innovations can improve clinician workflow, patient care, and business revenue, but proving that certain infrastructure additions or upgrades are needed can be a hard sell, especially with shrinking IT budgets. Improving IT infrastructure...

Iron Mountain, ClearDATA Partner with Google Healthcare Cloud

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The healthcare industry is going through a digital transformation as organizations continue to leverage advanced digital tools to increase clinician workflow and improve patient treatment. As a result, large tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are making big investments in healthcare cloud. ClearDATA and Iron Mountain both made announcements this week highlighting...

Ensuring Healthcare Networks Can Keep Key Data in the Fast Lane

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Wireless and cellular technologies are advancing, and healthcare networks need to keep up in order to support digital tools and connected medical devices. Applying network upgrades to existing systems to accommodate more data and an increased number of devices requires a well thought-out plan and the support from an organization’s financial stakeholders. Even though it may seem...

Choosing Healthcare Private Cloud Over Public Cloud

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Moving data and applications to the cloud is becoming standard practice in healthcare as organizations seek more flexibility for the data produced by connected medical and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Many organizations are interested in healthcare private cloud over public cloud because of the visibility and control it gives organizations over their data. After choosing to...

Selecting a Healthcare Mobile App Development Platform

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Healthcare organizations are creating more custom mobile apps for patients and clinicians and making mobile app development platforms a priority. Developing secure, functional apps quickly requires a platform that is usable and compatible with the existing IT infrastructure. Healthcare organizations face specific regulatory requirements for protecting health data that they often...

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