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Healthcare IT Infrastructure News for IT pros in the Healthcare Industry

Secure Communication Requires Functionality and Smooth Integration

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Healthcare organizations are introducing increasing numbers of network connections into their health IT ecosystems. As a result, secure communication becomes a high priority for health IT departments. Each organization has unique needs and most vendors vary on how they handle secure communication, making selecting the right vendor an involved process, according to a recent KLAS...

HIMSS Analytics Establishes New Infrastructure Adoption Model

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HIMSS Analytics announced its new infrastructure adoption model, INFRAM, to measure the technical infrastructure used in health systems. This framework will help organizations identify benchmarks it needs to reach before going live with their EHRs. Organizations need to make sure that their infrastructure is stable and manageable before they launch digital tools. INFRAM has an...

Microsoft Azure Supports Full Suite of AI, Automation Platforms

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H2O.ai announced the availability of its full suite of AI platforms in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Microsoft Azure customers will now have access to all the open source artificial intelligence (AI) vendor’s AI products including the automatic machine learning program H2O Sparkling Water, and H2O Driverless AI. Healthcare organizations using Microsoft Azure deployments can...

Building a Healthcare Cloud Strategy Prevents Overspending

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Many organizations are moving to the healthcare cloud to reduce the cost of on-premises IT infrastructure deployment. While initially deploying a new cloud infrastructure may be expensive, over time cloud service models are less expensive to maintain. Many healthcare organizations face IT budget restrictions which can deter them from investing in advancing infrastructure technology...

Cloud-Based Identity and Access Management Increases Flexibility

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Organizations are leaning towards healthcare identity and access management (IAM) solutions as they continue to add cloud-based services and mobile devices to their IT infrastructure. Research and Markets predicts that the IAM market should grow at a CAGR of 12.7 percent through 2025 because of the emergence of insider threats and the increased spending on IT security solutions. The...

Healthcare Organizations Partner with Fujifilm for PACS, VNAs

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Fujifilm announced its latest partnerships with several large health systems to provide picture archive and communications system (PACS) and vendor neutral archive (VNA) medical imaging solutions. The health systems introducing new Fujifilm solutions to their health IT infrastructure include Lee Health, Nemours Children’s Health System, Hackensack Radiology Group, and Anderson...

Healthcare WAN Edge Infrastructure Supports Evolving Networks

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Healthcare wide area network (WAN) edge infrastructure is evolving as organizations need to support more dynamic networks that include on-premises and cloud-based models. “By year-end 2023, more than 90% of WAN edge infrastructure refresh initiatives will be based on virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) platforms or software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) software/appliances...

Blockchain in Healthcare Could Be “Game Changer” for EHR Interoperability

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Blockchain in healthcare is a potential game changer for the way providers exchange data. However, understanding the potential of blockchain and how to realistically implement it are not always clear. According to a recent Deloitte report, blockchain provides a specific set of capabilities: transparency, trust, disintermediation, auditability, and smart contracts. Because of these...

Lack of Use-Cases Delay Healthcare Blockchain Implementation

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Healthcare blockchain is growing, but with the technology being so new, organizations should be aware of what obstacles may hinder blockchain adoption before adding the technology to their health IT infrastructure strategy. Blockchain is a weighted buzzword in healthcare IT as more vendors and provider organizations are seeing the value the technology can bring to the healthcare...

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,...

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