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Saving lives at the speed of light

pointer By Eric Clelland,
The private fiber network has been shown to dramatically reduce the time required to perform virtually any healthcare function.

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Considering telehealth?

pointer By Jim Gerrity, Ciena, March, 2013
The right network infrastructure is critical to telehealth.

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Help for incorporating medical devices into IT networks

pointer By Karen Delvecchio, March, 2013

In the last decade, healthcare technologies have become increasingly interconnected and....

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Improving medical device connectivity

pointer By Brian McAlpine, June, 2011

The application and use of auto-ID technology at the point of care in hospitals...

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Ensuring safety through wireless communication

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Although typically considered a safe place, emergency departments...

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Protect patient data from an inside job

pointer By Phil Neray, March, 2011

Healthcare industry IT has traditionally focused on improving patient...

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Optimize your mobile assets

pointer By Fran Dirksmeier, March, 2011

Waste in healthcare is defined by The New England Healthcare Institute as "healthcare spending that can be eliminated without...

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A new prescription for building trust online

pointer By Jeff Barnett, January, 2011

The effort to access and manage healthcare information online is well underway, and for good reason: it's one way healthcare providers and health plans can rein in the cost of administering...

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What happens when HIEs meet Web 2.0?

pointer By Rey Currie, December, 2010

According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is Internet-based computing with shared resources, software and information provided to computers and...

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Inventory is key to off-site record storage

pointer By April D. Robertson, November, 2010

TheAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) modifications to the HIPAA regulations affecting record storage and retention are shaking up the way...

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Device makers can add meaning to meaningful use

pointer By Symeria Hudson, November, 2010

Meaningful use does not yet have a final definition, but it already has a deadline. As the healthcare industry works with President Obama's administration.

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So much data, so little time

pointer By Tony Cotterill, November, 2010

Healthcare organizations are in the throes of a data explosion. Government incentives — such as the HITECH provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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How to achieve the full potential of telemedicine

pointer By Fouad Abu-Akel, November, 2010

Telemedicine — which is defined for this article as the use of videoconference capabilities to bring together clinicians and patients, regardless of geography...

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Where does IT go from here?

pointer November, 2010

To commemorate our 30th anniversary in healthcare IT, Health Management Technology asked industry experts about the most significant technologies introduced over the past few decades and what new technologies and challenges they see on the horizon.

The past 30 years has seen a lot of technology change. What do you see as the most significant, game-changing technologies introduced in the past few decades? What technologies do you see providing the most significant opportunity for healthcare providers going forward?

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Avoid being the next data-security-breach headline

pointer By Jim Kegley, September, 2010

kegleyFor healthcare management managers and executives, it almost seems impossible. Everyone is buying fancy new biometric scanners, fisheye lenses and other security devices. They're upgrading to the newest encryption techniques and working every day to secure information against loss — and yet, in first quarter 2010, the Open Security Foundation recorded over 30 data loss incidents by healthcare groups.

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Roam if you want to: carts roundup

pointer September, 2010

Offering everything from videoconferencing to security-enabled medication management, these aren't your grandfather's carts.

It could be said that the 21st century is the Golden Age of mobile workstations. Gone are the days of clunky, squeaky-wheeled shopping carts on steroids. The confluence of necessity and cutting-edge technology have conspired to transform today's mobile workstations, carts and COWs (computers on wheels) from the frumpy flotsam of our forefathers into the beautiful belles of the ball.

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Critical considerations for mobile device deployments

pointer By Greg Davidson, August, 2010

The right device is dependent upon the user, where it will be used and the tasks being performed.

There is no one-size-fits-all mobile computing solution in healthcare, but one point is universal: With the adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) on the rise — from 34.8 percent in 2007 to 43.9 percent in 2009, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics — it's critical to pair EMR software with the right mobile computer. Without the proper pairing, you'll either lose money on your investment or fail to maximize it.

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IT infrastructure convergence key to managed network services

pointer By Rod Sampson, RCDD, August, 2010

Aside from traditional telephone (voice) systems, pre-Internet protocol (IP) hospital communication systems were primarily devoted to life safety and monitoring applications, such as nurse call systems and fire alarms. Because of their life safety implications, these systems became strictly regulated. They were, and often still are, required to have their own dedicated infrastructures.

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UC platform increases centerís effectiveness

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Community health center Urban Health Plan enhances patient service and simplifies management with unified communications system.

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Save energy and $$$ in the data center

pointer By Eric Leichter, May, 2010

The cabling installed today has to meet the requirements of the cabling for tomorrow.
Most data centers are planning for speeds of 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

Data centers are basically big computer rooms that use optimized infrastructure components to support servers, storage and networking equipment devices. Such centers have grown to consume about 2 percent of the total U.S. electrical usage and are forecast to consume 9 percent of the U.S. total by the year 2020.

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Medical center balances network needs

pointer March, 2010

Grove Hill's new cabling infrastructure supports both its bandwidth and flexibility needs in a single solution.

A common dilemma for IT professionals is selecting a network infrastructure that can offer future-proof support of the organization's most bandwidth-intensive applications and users without over compensating for less speed-critical connectivity needs. A healthcare organization could install multiple channels of varying cable types and performance levels or, as Connecticut-based Grove Hill Medical Center did — choose a single cabling solution.

Grove Hill Medical Center offers services ranging from routine check-ups to the latest diagnostic imaging. Home to more than 70 physicians, Grove Hill covers 19 medical specialties, including cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and radiology, as well as housing administrative and patient-service offices. When Grove Hill began the upgrade to its network cabling infrastructure, it did so with a wide range of network applications, users and challenges in mind.

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