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Advancements in HIT Infrastructure Tools Spawn Digital Transformation

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Allina Health announced Oct. 18 it has joined AVIA, a network of healthcare organizations committed to transforming patient care through digital transformation, to help improve their HIT infrastructure. The recent advancements in health IT have driven Allina Health to prioritize digital transformation to increase clinician workflow and improve patient care. The health system has...

Lack of Broadband Access Can Hinder Rural Telehealth Programs

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Telehealth programs allow patients to connect with their care providers from local clinics or the comfort of their homes. While this is useful to many patients who can’t easily meet with a provider or are interested in saving on travel time, the reliable broadband connections needed to successfully use telehealth services isn’t available to all patients. The ONC states that...

Artificial Intelligence Requires Broader HIT Infrastructure Talent

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The HIT infrastructure landscape is rapidly changing, and organizations should keep their eyes on artificial intelligence (AI), cultural advancement, and processes becoming products as the result if increased digital capabilities and continuous conceptual changes in technology, according to Gartner. Gartner analysts explored the near future of enterprise technology as a result of its...

Software-Defined Networks Support Future-Proof Connectivity

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Organizations are broadening their healthcare networks to reach out beyond the confines of the facility. In order to do this successfully there needs to be more visibility and control over the network, and many organizations are turning to software-defined networking gain more control. SDN uses virtualization to remove the intelligent management software from network...

Healthcare Network Firewalls Include Next-Generation Features

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Organizations looking for healthcare network firewalls should consider the features that make each vendor unique, so they can select a solution that best meets their needs, according to Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant report. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 15 percent of enterprise firewall RFPs will include a requirement for the vendor to support and manage IaaS-native firewall...

Health System Consolidation, Mergers Impact PACS Vendor Selection

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Healthcare organizations are looking to standardize and consolidate their picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) as health systems continue to merge and grow, according to a recent KLAS report. PACS provide storage and convenient access to medical images such as ultrasounds, MRIs, CTs, and x-rays. PACS started to become popular during the transition from film images to...

ClearDATA Achieves Amazon Web Services DevOps Competency Status

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ClearDATA announced its achievement of Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency status. This designation indicates that payers and providers can use ClearDATA to integrate into onto the cloud with automated safeguards and configuration management tools on AWS. The AWS Competency Program identifies technology partners to take advantage of the services offered on AWS. For the...

Digital Transformation Promotes HIT Infrastructure Automation Adoption

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Advancing HIT infrastructure technology calls for organizations to use tools to help IT staff with mundane repetitive tasks so they can spend more time innovating and planning for the future. This drive for simplified management through advanced technology is prompting organizations to adopt HIT infrastructure automation. While many other industries have transformed their business...

Cloud Management Platforms Support Multiple Cloud Environments

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Organizations are introducing more healthcare cloud tools to their IT infrastructure, making the prospect of managing them a growing challenge. Selecting a cloud management platform (CMP) can give IT staff visibility and control over multiple cloud environments. “CMPs provide a means for a cloud service customer to manage the deployment and operation of applications and...

eClinicalWorks Announces Integration with CMS Blue Button 2.0 API

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eClinicalWorks announced its approval to integrate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Blue Button 2.0 application programming interface (API). The Blue Button 2.0 API will help eClinicalWorks users obtain certain patient information including type of Medicare coverage, prescriptions, and primary care treatment. Patients also have control over how their health...

Healthcare Fog Computing Supports Future AI, 5G Adoption

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Health IT is advancing, but there’s a missing link between what IT innovators imagine for the future and what their infrastructure is capable of supporting, according to the latest OpenFog Consortium report. Healthcare fog computing can offer healthcare organizations a new way to support their IT solutions as they continue their digital transformations.  Fog computing is a,...

Remote Patient Monitoring Supports Vendor Connectivity, Technology

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Reducing patient visits and improving long-term patient health motivate healthcare organizations to embrace remote patient monitoring. However without the healthcare network to support healthcare monitoring devices, organizations can’t fully support remote monitoring programs. Reducing hospital visits by remotely monitoring patients helps healthcare organizations keep their...

Healthcare Internet of Things Influences Increased Blockchain Interest

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Clinicians and patients are connecting to the network using healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The increased number of devices connecting to the network can cause security concerns which blockchain may be able to solve in the near future. Blockchain and IoT are bother relatively new to the healthcare space. The IoT increases data flows that can be overwhelming especially when...

Healthcare Blockchain Standards Support Collaborative Development

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Healthcare blockchain is gaining traction as health IT vendors and provider organizations look to the technology to decentralize data exchange to provide improved data protection. Understanding the healthcare blockchain standards being used in healthcare is key to developing a successful way to exchange data. The success of blockchain in healthcare depends on a standardized approach so...

ISA’s Annual Review Period Promotes Interoperability Advancements

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The Interoperability Standards Advisory’s (ISA) annual comment and review period comes to a close at 5 pm, ET, on October 1. The process began to help determine how the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will implement specifications for the healthcare industry to exchange data and promote interoperability advancements. “The reviews will help the...

Advanced Medical Imaging Solutions Require Analytics, Visualization

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Healthcare organizations implementing advanced medical imaging solutions to generate more detailed images may have trouble viewing images in a timely manner or picking out necessary details without appropriate medical image analysis software. The increase in advanced imaging solutions is driving the market for medical image analysis software, according to a recent Markets and Markets...

Healthcare IoT Community Provides Implementation Guidelines

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The Internet of Things (IoT) Community announced the formation of its healthcare IoT Center of Excellence (CoE). The CoE will be led by vendors including Zebra Technologies and Cerner along with health IT professionals. The CoE aims to use IoT application for healthcare services and provide best practices for healthcare IoT applications that will include: Learning portal and...

Growing Mobile Availability Fuels Healthcare Mobile Development

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The dependence on mobile networks to keep patients and clinicians connected is expected to increase dramatically over the next several years, according to the latest GSMA Mobile Industry Impact Report. This increased availability is expected to encourage healthcare mobile development.   One of the most significant ways increased mobility has contributed to healthcare is it has...

Building Scalable Healthcare Internet of Things Networks

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Network connections continue to be a challenge as healthcare organizations improve their healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. “The rising demand of chronic disease management, better connectivity between doctors and patients, and enhanced drug delivery systems in healthcare sectors have created the demand for IoT in the healthcare sector,” said a recent...

FHIR May Not Help Healthcare Orgs Achieve Semantic Interoperability

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Healthcare organizations participating in the value-based care environment are in need of strong, secure data pipelines that can help them communicate across disparate health systems to coordinate and streamline patient care. As providers build out the infrastructure required to support meaningful health information exchange, they are keeping their eyes on the ultimate goal of complete...

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