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Opinion: Too Big to Succeed?

Published on 03/14/2017 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT

I got into Orlando late the Saturday evening before HIMSS17 just in time to attend the CHIME CIO Forum on Sunday. This year’s HIMSS attendance was advertised at over 40,000 people, all looking for innovation and solutions in a very technical collision of business, IT, internet fueled instrumentation, and healthcare. I started to think about the size of that attendance. According to the AHA, there are 5.564 registered hospitals in the USA. Now I realize that ...

What The Future Looked Like a Week Ago – Hopey, Feary, Changey Edition

Published on 08/25/2016 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Cloud Computing, Security

I have to confess; I went back to sifting through my own SPAM folder a little while ago. Not that I am a big fan of the electronic equivalent of dumpster-diving, and the algorithms behind the SPAM filters on Office 365 have gotten so good that there is rarely anything I want in there, but there is an occasional gem buried in the murk that I like to pluck out. Some of the “stuff” beckoning me to click ...

Life in the Fast Lane

Published on 04/13/2016 by Donna Dean
Category: Change Management, Project Management

Nowadays, it’s hard to find anyone who’s not multi-tasking or has a few minutes to spare.  Life is passing by at warp speed both at work and at home.  I am constantly asking myself: ”where did the time go?”  As a Project Manager working in Healthcare IT, I need to be cognizant that my customer’s time is at a premium and take this into account when leading large infrastructure refresh projects ...

Healthcare Security; Part 1: More than a Firewall

Published on 03/31/2016 by Mike Donahue
Category: Disaster Recovery, Compliance, Backup, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Cloud Computing,

Security is a topic that has been in the news recently far too often. If it’s not the showdown between the FBI and Apple (which is a whole other conversation) it’s the latest report out of Maryland, where MedStar Health was hit with a virus that infected the hospitals computer network.  The effect, however, spread much further than just the IT department. The extended outage has made the already difficult jobs of nurses and physicians even ...

Archiving Patient Information; Take the Next Logcial Step

Published on 03/28/2016 by Jacob Wheeler
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Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) is an essential approach to the economics of storing an ever increasing amount of digital data.  Core to every ILM strategy is archiving infrequently used data.  For Protected Health Information (PHI), the practices of ILM are further complicated, introducing additional concerns not applicable to most enterprise data.  Retention periods are longer and retrievals from the archive are more frequent.  Retention periods are longer due to state laws which mandate the periods ...

Healthcare IT: Industry Review & A Look Ahead

Published on 01/13/2016 by Matthew Donahue, James Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing, Networks, Security, MEDITECH

Happy New Year 2016 to our readers and customers.  We are glad you are with us.  Jacob Wheeler, Associate Product Manager sat down with Matt Donahue, VP of Technology Development and CTO, and Jim Fitzgerald, EVP to discuss the year gone past and the year ahead in Healthcare IT. Here is the discussion:1. Transition to CloudJW: Healthcare is continuing its transition to cloud services for IT; what are the obstacles hospitals face in this move, and what ...

(Healthcare) IT Evolution Revisited

Published on 09/28/2015 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, MEDITECH

I recently was fortunate to participate in the 6.x Peer-to-Peer Information Exchange at MEDITECH’s beautiful new Joanne Wood Conference Center in Foxboro, Massachusetts. There were many interesting discussion threads, both public and private, among the representatives of over 65 MEDITECH customers but the ones that “perked up my ears” like my cat, Mindy’s1, were Trending Towards Cloud, High Availability, and IT Focus Shifting Away From Physicians. It is one of those sunny and cool fall ...

Approaching VDI

Published on 08/12/2015 by Samuel Mata
Category: Healthcare IT, Virtualization, MEDITECH

Over the past few years, the approach to how we provide resources to our users has been changing.  VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) has slowly crept up to the top of many organizations’ priority lists and it is being widely embraced.  It is not difficult to understand why: VDI is a software solution that gives us the ability to create separation between the desktop environment and physical resources, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency in the workplace.  This ...

A Day in the Life at HIMSS

Published on 04/07/2015 by Susan LaVita
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, MEDITECH

Planning is well underway for this year’s HIMSS15 Annual Conference which will be held April 12– 16, Chicago, IL, at the McCormick Convention Center. If you have never attended a HIMSS Annual Conference, it is the largest health IT event in the industry. Last year’s conference, which was held in Orlando, FL drew nearly 38,000 Healthcare professionals, clinicians and executives from around the world to explore the value of health IT through education, networking and solutions ...

Windows Server 2003 End of Life and Active Directory

Published on 03/18/2015 by Leo Maguire
Category: Compliance, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Security, Servers

Why should you be concerned with that now “old” Windows 2003 server in your environment?  WOW, it’s tough to imagine that we can actually call Windows 2003 old.  It feels as if it just recently took over as the staple of your server OS environment.  Similar to the dreaded End of Life (EOL) countdown of XP on the desktops, Microsoft has announced that, as of July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will be EOL. ...

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