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Using Virtual Machines to Advance Health IT Infrastructure

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As organizations continue through their digital transformations, more are embracing virtual machines (VMs) to support their health IT infrastructure. Virtual machines support the growth and flexibility of the cloud and also allow organizations to take full advantage of their on-premises hardware. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options are currently being used, meaning that the...

Internet of Medical Things Devices Demand Dynamic Networks

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Organizations are relying on data more and more as digital tools prove to significantly help clinicians gain better insight into patient health. The data that Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices collect can also keep patients informed about their health so they can make steps to take care of themselves between visits to the doctor. The IoMT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of...

Unstructured Healthcare Data Needs Advanced Machine Learning Tools

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Healthcare organizations collect massive amounts of unstructured healthcare data and many struggle to find tools that will allow that data to be used. Making unstructured data actionable with machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) can help clinicians gain valuable insight into patients’ health. Understanding and reconciling the two major types of data, structured and...

Healthcare Cloud Computing Evolves with Interoperable Platforms

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Organizations are using more flexible technologies together as healthcare cloud computing continues to evolve. Interoperability and flexibility in IT tools are crucial as organizations continue to use technology solutions to support the demands of a hospital environment. Enterprise organizations are currently using or evaluating platform-as-a-service (PaaS), containers, or serverless...

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3 Improves Healthcare Network Security

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Wi-Fi Alliance announced the third generation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Protected Access, WPA3, has been finalized. WPA3 improves on WPA2, which has been in use for over a decade, by simplifying security features as well as improving them. These improvements will enhance healthcare network security as more connected devices are introduced to the network. The initial announcement of WPA3...

VMware, AWS Announce HIPAA-Eligible Hybrid Cloud

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VMware Cloud on AWS completed its third-party examination and now offers a HIPAA-compliant hybrid cloud environment for healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations are continuing to move parts of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. The scalability and flexibility of the cloud makes it an appealing way to store data and access tools. Large cloud vendors working together can...

Creating HIT Infrastructure to Support Healthcare Robotics

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Organizations are introducing robots into their HIT infrastructure to support clinicians, help treat patients, and assist during surgery. However, there is more to healthcare robotics than simply purchasing the machine and letting it do its job. A certain amount of engineering and development is needed to ensure robots are doing exactly what is needed, which is why understanding robot...

Walmart Patents Healthcare Blockchain, EHR for First Responders

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Walmart announced that it has been awarded a patent that will store customers EHRs on a healthcare blockchain that can be accessed via a wearable device. This patent is another example of large corporations seeing the value of medical technology and investing in health IT infrastructure technology. Walmart does not plan on entering into the medical field and treating patients...

ONC Promotes Open APIs to Solve Interoperability Challenges

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Interoperability remains one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare organizations today. Despite the advancements providers are making through digital transformation and (application programming interfaces (APIs), many clinicians and patients are still unable to successfully exchange EHR data.   ONC is continuing to work with stakeholders and federal agencies to address...

Understanding the HIT Infrastructure Role in Value-Based Care

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As value-based care continues to drive providers to cut back on medical costs, organizations need to understand how significant advanced and innovative HIT infrastructure tools are to reducing overall care costs. One of the biggest tenants of value-based care is cutting back on unnecessary medical costs, which plays into HIT infrastructure strategies for value-based care. A recent...

Using Broadband, Wi-Fi for Healthcare Internet of Things

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Healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) devices are becoming more prominent in the industry as many organizations see the value in tracking assets and monitoring patient health digitally. As more devices are added to the network, organizations need make sure that their network can accommodate more than the devices currently deployed to scale properly as more devices are added. Clinicians...

Microsoft, Apple, Google Secure HIT Infrastructure Patents

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Google, Microsoft, and Apple continue their efforts to break into the HIT infrastructure industry as they see value in securing patents for healthcare-oriented technology. Kalorama Information reported that about 84 percent of US hospitals have adopted basic EHR systems, indicating that it’s a lucrative vertical for major vendors to get into. Google, Apple, Microsoft have filed...

Healthcare API Management Supports Applications Innovation

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Healthcare organizations deal with several application programming interfaces (APIs) when it comes to building apps and sharing data. Organizations going through digital transformations need to manage their healthcare APIs to create applications that function to the best of their ability. An API is an interface that allows unrelated software programs to communicate with one another....

Making Growing Healthcare Data Lakes Actionable for Providers

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Organizations are challenged by constantly increasing amounts of health data as more connected and digital devices contribute data. The rate at which the data is growing is also causing healthcare data lakes to flood. Organizations need to resolve storage and analytics challenges to use the data collected in data lakes. A data lake is a centralized repository that stores structured and...

Cloud-Based Healthcare Blockchain Improves Efficacy, Control

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As healthcare blockchain becomes an impending reality, organizations are looking to major vendors to see how blockchain adoption and implementation will be approached in health IT infrastructure. Major vendors like Microsoft are prepared to take on specific requirements healthcare organizations need to successfully implement blockchain in the coming years by taking advantage of cloud...

How to Approach Healthcare Blockchain Vendor Selection

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Blockchain is one of the most prominent buzzwords in health IT, but figuring out which vendors are experienced and healthcare oriented can be challenging when first looking into the technology. Knowing what to look for and what questions to ask potential vendors will ensure that the organization have confidence in their healthcare blockchain solution and full vendor support. Blockchain...

Examining HIT Infrastructure Critical to Advanced Technology Success

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The progression of advanced healthcare technology leaves organizations eager to adopt solutions and tools that will vastly improve clinician and patient experience. However, organizations can’t adopt these advanced and revolutionary technologies if their IHT infrastructure does not support it. The adage “don’t send the train before the tracks are built” can be...

Healthcare Middleware Bridges New and Legacy HIT Solutions

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Provider organizations tend to hang on to legacy IT infrastructure longer than other business verticals because of budget and compliance restrictions. Healthcare middleware is a vital piece of HIT infrastructure that can help bridge the gaps between new and legacy systems. Middleware is software that provides services to software applications that can’t be obtained from the...

Microsoft’s GitHub Acquisition Impacts Healthcare Open Source Dev

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Microsoft announced its acquisition of GitHub, the web-based open source hosting service. Many healthcare organizations use GitHub for health IT related source code, so the acquisition could impact how organizations access and use healthcare open source code. Microsoft is expected to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock, and the deal will likely close by the end of...

Distinguishing Healthcare Mobile Apps from Web, Desktop Apps

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Making the distinction between healthcare mobile apps and web applications traditionally designed for desktops and laptops is one of the most significant challenges healthcare organizations face when modernizing their IT infrastructure. The hardware in mobile devices causes them to be constrained by speed of computation, size of memory, and the bandwidth of the wireless network,...

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