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AHA Stresses Importance of Broadband Access for Telehealth

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Recent funding cuts for the Rural Health Care (RHC) program could restrict broadband access for rural patients, which is needed for telehealth programs, the American Hospital Association (AHA) explained in an open letter to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch. The letter was written on behalf of the AHA’s nearly 5,000-member hospitals and health systems as well as 270,000 physicians and...

Using Healthcare AI, Machine Learning for HIT Infrastructure

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The engine that is healthcare is getting some pretty cool upgrades. We know that there are technical innovations happening within the healthcare world, especially with HIT infrastructure, and we also know that there is a lot more data being created around patients and the systems they use. However, unstructured data isn’t always useful and not always easy to quantify. This is why...

Successful Network Connectivity Critical for Patient Safety

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Implementing advanced health IT tools is not an easy task. While many of these tools offer organizations more efficient and beneficial ways to treat patients and address workflow, the tools need to be implemented thoughtfully and correctly to provide their services to their full capacity. Network connectivity is critical to ensuring patients are treated successfully and...

Healthcare Virtual Reality Enhances Clinician, Patient Satisfaction

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Healthcare organizations are considering new technology as innovative IT infrastructure tools make themselves available. Healthcare virtual reality (VR) is no exception and as its medical uses grow, more providers are considering it as part of their digital transformation. The healthcare virtual reality is expected to grow at a CAGR of 54.5 percent through 2023, according to a recent...

Hyperledger Adds New Health IT Members to Blockchain Project

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Hyperledger announced the newest members of its open source blockchain project, including two health IT companies, Ehave and CareiQ. Healthcare blockchain hopes to solve interoperability and data exchange issues. Ehave uses data to help improve patient management, diagnoses, and treatment for mental health patients and CareiQ creates better connected health by connecting clinicians to...

Healthcare APIs Put Patients in Control of Their Data

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The introduction of blockchain into health IT infrastructure has sparked the concept of giving patients more control of their own data. Organizations need to consider healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) to begin thinking about deploying this method of data sharing. Healthcare APIs are the key to successful interoperability. An API is an interface that allows unrelated...

Healthcare Object Storage Adds Scalability for Increasing Data

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Healthcare data storage continues to be a concern as the amount of data produced by patients, clinicians, and organizations grows exponentially. Sequence data is doubling every seven to nine months as entities add tools to their health IT infrastructure. Healthcare object storage is one option organizations should consider as they scale up. Cloud storage is one of the top ways...

Healthcare Blockchain Improves EHRs, Business Process Management

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As healthcare blockchain continues to grow, more vendors are releasing tools featuring the technology. Most recently, Alternate Healthcare and Appian with Luxoft have released blockchain tools for the healthcare industry. Alternate Health announced the release of its blockchain EHR system based on Ethereum blockchain. Other recent healthcare blockchain tools have been built on Ethereum...

Hyperledger Bug Bounty Increases Healthcare Blockchain Security

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Hyperledger announced the release of Hyperledger Bug Bounty as a part of its expanding blockchain security process. Several organizations use Hyperledger as a framework for their healthcare blockchain solutions and improving security could aid in the growing adoption of the technology. The security feature contains a public bug tracker, continuous integration builds, core...

Healthcare Virtual Mobile Infrastructure Boosts Security, Control

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Organizations are looking to virtualization to consolidate resources and streamline device management. While virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is becoming more common, healthcare virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) may have a place in health IT infrastructure as well. VMI works in a similar way to VDI where it uses abstraction to remote an OS to a mobile device. The virtualization...

What are HIT Infrastructure Requirements for Healthcare Big Data?

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The amount of data produced by healthcare organizations is growing at an exponential rate and entities need to prepare their HIT infrastructure to handle the continued influx of data. Big data has become more prominent in healthcare and it needs to be stored appropriately so it can be accessed quickly and so entities can benefit from collecting this data. Big data includes large data...

Healthcare Cloud Security Relies on Infrastructure Visibility

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Organizations have gone through different periods of trust with the healthcare cloud as the technology becomes a staple in health IT infrastructure. Providers were initially hesitant with cloud adoption. How could the cloud, especially the public cloud be HIPAA compliant if data was being stored in a third-party facility? HIPAA compliant cloud options have been made available over the...

Healthcare Blockchain Improves to Handle Genome Data

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Healthcare blockchain is still in its infancy and many vendors and organizations are working on proof of concept (POC) projects to prove that the technology has a place in health IT infrastructure. Currently, healthcare blockchain is being used for payment transactions, but developers are looking to prove other ways the technology can help the healthcare industry. Blockchain has...

Compliance Testing Remedies HIT Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

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Organizations expanding their IT environment are tasked with choosing tools that are in compliance with HIPAA and can be used securely and efficiently in a healthcare environment. HIT infrastructure vulnerabilities threaten patient data and entities need to consider compliance testing to make sure tools are functioning the way they should and in compliance.   Clearwater...

Healthcare Applications to Benefit from OCI Container Standard

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The Open Container Initiative (OCI) announced its Distribution Specification project to standardize container image distribution based on the specification for the Docker Registry HTTO API V2 protocol. Containers are a key part of ensuring healthcare applications remain accessible and secure. The standard supports the pushing and pulling of container images and will support...

Advanced Health IT Infrastructure Tools Reduce Cost

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Health IT infrastructure is increasingly vital as more aspects of patient care depend on the support of IT infrastructure tools. The pressure of value-based care adds to the importance of investing in IT infrastructure technology to reduce overall ROI. Organizations are working more with vendors to figure out how to best apply advanced technology to their IT infrastructure. A recent...

Applying Healthcare Blockchain to HIT Infrastructure

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As healthcare blockchain becomes more of a reality in the healthcare industry, organizations considering adopting the technology in the coming years need to consider how blockchain will impact their HIT infrastructure. Understanding how the technology works and what it will be used for are key to successful future healthcare blockchain deployments, according to HealthWizz CTO Sirish...

Site Surveys Ensure Reliable, Secure Healthcare Wireless Networks

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Organizations often struggle with obtaining a stable and secure healthcare wireless network. More connected medical devices and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are constantly being added to the network, which can create slow and dropped connections. The healthcare industry is increasingly relying on networked tools to provide better patient care. When these tools are slow to connect...

Budget, Cost, Regulations Dictate HIT Infrastructure Upgrades

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Keeping up with advanced technology and evolving user expectations while remaining conscious of budget restraints and ROI is one of the biggest challenges facing HIT infrastructure administrators. Not all healthcare organizations function the same, and careful consideration needs to be taken in regards to data volume, compliance, and cost. The healthcare industry is currently facing a...

Windows Vulnerability Potentially Exposes Healthcare Networks

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Windows faces a further vulnerability as the latest update to the meltdown bug exposed further weaknesses in the Microsoft OS. Organizations need to make a further update to their endpoints and servers operating on Windows 7 and Windows 2008R2 to protect their healthcare networks. The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Ulf Frisk and introduced a kernel bug that will...

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