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How Edge Computing Enhances Health IT Infrastructure

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Healthcare organizations are adding more digital tools and trying to process growing amounts of data more quickly to meet enterprise demands. Many organizations have looked to the cloud for the best solution for democratizing data access and moving data around more quickly. While the cloud offers a number of advantages in these areas, it may not be sufficient for collecting, storing,...

Data Virtualization Supports Better Access to Clinical Data

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Data virtualization mobilizes access to clinical health data and organizes clearance parameters, making it beneficial to most healthcare organizations. However, virtualization can also pose challenges for maintaining HIPAA compliance and managing the technology’s deployment. Data virtualization enables convenient storing and viewing of data. With the help of abstraction...

Planning for Coverage, Capacity in Healthcare Network Upgrades

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Planning for network coverage and connectivity in healthcare network upgrades takes more than simply adding access points to existing infrastructure. Understanding how wireless signals interfere with physical barriers and what kinds of devices are connecting to the network is key to a successful network. “In a healthcare setting, the network has to be extremely reliable because...

How Will Amazon, Google, Microsoft Impact EHR Interoperability, FHIR?

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Earlier this month Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce announced their intent to jointly commit “to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those that are enabled through the cloud and AI.” This pledge could reshape how healthcare organizations share data and interact with interoperability...

Cloud-based Healthcare App Development Supports Infrastructure Growth

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The evolution of healthcare IT still poses challenges for organizations going through digital transformations. As applications and continue to develop, organizations are looking to new methods and partners to get the most out of their healthcare app development. “The idea that now software development can move into the cloud and offer new capabilities is moving to the...

Data Migration Supports Future-Proof Health IT Infrastructure

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Migrating data from one health IT systems to another is a taxing but necessary part of health IT infrastructure. Whether organizations are moving on from legacy systems or changing how they store and retrieve data, migration is a delicate process that takes time and expertise. One of the most challenging migrations healthcare organizations are experiencing today is the migration of...

Medical Image Management, PACS Adoption Rises in Hospitals

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Hospitals and health systems are increasingly adopting medical image management and PACS tools to meet growing demand for infrastructure solutions that can store and process imaging data. As advancements in diagnostic imaging technology and emerging machine learning techniques put pressure on legacy systems, the medical image management market is expected to grow at a compound annual...

Potential for Open Source for Health IT Software Development

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Open source development supports health IT software innovation as healthcare technology vendors and provider organizations work on improving the same source code. “Open source is a methodology on how to develop software,” Red Hat Director of Healthcare Craig Klein told HITInfrastructure.com. “The premise behind open source is you have a group of people...

Exploring Low-Code, Outsourcing for Healthcare App Development

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Healthcare app development is a critical IT infrastructure step, but choosing how to handle the development process depends on how many apps will be developed, what they will be used for, and what IT staff can handle in-house. Healthcare applications need to be developed with privacy, security, and compliance in mind, as well as clearly outlined objectives. This calls for developers...

How to Approach Building a Healthcare Data Lake Roadmap

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Collecting, storing, and using data produced by patients is a major challenge, and organizations often have data they can’t sort through and use efficiently. Healthcare data lakes contain valuable information that can be used to improve patient care, but organizing the data and making it available takes significant IT infrastructure planning. Organizations preparing to make...

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...

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