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US Government Shutdown Delays OMB Review of ONC Health IT Rule

January 16, 2019 - The US government shutdown, which is in its fourth week, is likely to further delay an ONC health IT rule being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), observed AMIA Vice President of Public Policy Jeffery Smith. OMB is reviewing an ONC health IT rule implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, which is expected to have a major impact on the healthcare...


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Tahoe Forest Health Selects Aruba Over Cisco for Healthcare Network

by Fred Donovan

Tahoe Forest Health System has decided to replace its current Cisco network with an Aruba mobile-first healthcare network for its two critical access hospitals and six specialty clinics. Tahoe Forest expects to save between $750,000...

Healthcare Blockchain Projects Need to Factor In HIPAA Compliance

by Fred Donovan

Organizations need to consider the HIPAA compliance and state law implications of implementing a healthcare blockchain solution, advised Mirick O’Connell Partner Matt Fisher. A healthcare blockchain initiative raises issues under...

New Service Could Help Hospitals with Wireless Networking Strain

by Fred Donovan

With all the connected devices in healthcare environment, wireless networking capacity has become a priority for IT teams in hospitals. One solution being proposed by the CBRS Alliance is to use shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for...

Outdated Healthcare IT Infrastructure Can Weigh Down Organizations

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry has missed two technology change cycles, so many organizations are burdened with a lot of legacy healthcare IT infrastructure. That is the judgment of Bob Renner, CEO of cloud-based data management firm Liaison...

Legacy Infrastructure Inhibits Healthcare Artificial Intelligence

by Fred Donovan

Many organizations are trying to implement healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) projects using traditional infrastructure models, which isn’t working well, observed Pure Storage Global Healthcare Technology Strategy VP Josh...

Major Tech Firms Partner to Boost Healthcare IT Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

Major tech companies, like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, are increasingly partnering with health IT vendors to remove barriers to healthcare IT interoperability. In a letter released recently by ITI, these companies, along with IBM,...

FHIR May Not Help Healthcare Orgs Achieve Semantic Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

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...

Adopting a Cloud-First Approach to Healthcare Data Integration

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

As healthcare organizations look toward a future of seamless healthcare data integration, they are facing the difficult task of managing legacy systems and connecting disparate data siloes created by aging infrastructure. Poor integration...

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

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

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...

Cloud-based Healthcare App Development Supports Infrastructure Growth

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

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...

APIs Are the “Missing Piece” for Healthcare App Interoperability  

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

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...

Ensuring Healthcare Networks Can Keep Key Data in the Fast Lane

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Wireless and cellular technologies are advancing, and healthcare networks need to keep up in order to support digital tools and connected medical devices. Applying network upgrades to existing systems to accommodate more data and an...

Adopting a Proactive Approach to HIT Interoperability Challenges

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations have long suffered from interoperability challenges since adopting digitized IT infrastructure. Tackling interoperability across an organization’s entire infrastructure can prove overwhelming to executives...

Considerations for Planning Healthcare Blockchain Adoption

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare blockchain is rising as organizations find ways to apply the technology to improve their business and in turn improve patient care. Payers are currently using in the healthcare blockchain as a way to securely track transactions...

Understanding Healthcare Cloud Migration for Cost Benefits

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Using the healthcare cloud to organize data and cut back on overall costs can help organization adapt and prepare for the future. Healthcare organizations are constantly collecting structured and unstructured data from many different...

Improving User Experience with Healthcare Edge Networking, AI

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare poses unique challenges for IT infrastructure especially when it comes to solving challenges presented at the edge of the network. Understanding healthcare edge networking and how it’s impacting the industry is critical to...

Cloud-Based Healthcare Blockchain Improves Efficacy, Control

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

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...

How to Deploy, Manage Healthcare Multicloud Environments

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are experiencing a digital transformation and introducing new digital tools into their health IT infrastructure at a rapid pace. In order to manage the tools that are driving digital transformation, organizations...

Applying Healthcare Blockchain to HIT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

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...

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