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Pause Before You Press

Published on 12/13/2017 by Mike Donahue
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT

As I mentioned in my last blog article “What is a IT Health Check?”, IT systems are as critical to patient safety as medical devices and caregivers depend on the availability of their tools at all times.  Understanding and maintaining the health of your infrastructure is only one aspect of being a healthcare IT professional. Before my move into management, I was a technical consultant and spent the majority of my time assessing, optimizing and ...

What is a Health Check?

Published on 12/04/2017 by Mike Donahue
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT

As a Technical Consultant, I get asked this question a lot: What is a Health Check and what does it do? Simply put, a Health Check is no different than the yearly physical we all should be getting from our doctor, but for your IT infrastructure. Instead of checking vital signs and blood pressure, we are measuring your infrastructure’s CPU ready time, memory utilization, network throughput, latencies, etc, and reviewing against benchmarks. I think it’s very ...

Save Your Data (and Your Budget) from Cyberattacks

Published on 10/03/2017 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, Security

MEDITECH Guest Blog Article by Jim Fitzgerald Republished with permission.   It cannot be overstated how much of a disaster cyberattacks are on hospitals. Despite the severity of the crime, the moral, legal, and cultural norms that would stop a prospective vandal from crossing a physical fence and painting graffiti on your hospital don’t seem to apply on the internet.I believe that enforcing a stronger deterrent for these crimes is just the beginning of accountability ...

Helping hands, CloudWave and Community Hospitals

Published on 07/13/2017 by Peter Stone
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing

When running a business, social responsibility, and doing good all come together….My day-to-day responsibilities often take me in front of the CFOs of community hospitals. Theirs is a crazy world where reimbursement challenges are persistent, and the route to become financially successful changes from year to year. Not too long ago, the CFO would tell me that “the inn is full and the CEO could not be happier”. Today it’s more likely that the same CFO ...

CloudWave and Commvault: A Conversation about Data Security & Ransomware

Published on 05/25/2017 by Christine Mellyn
Category: Blog, Backup, Healthcare IT, Security

Leaders from CloudWave and the Commvault healthcare team sat down to discuss Commvault’s data management and protection solution for the MEDITECH EHR and the entire healthcare enterprise. We will be sharing this conversation with you in a multi-part blog series.This post focuses on how Commvault can help healthcare organizations secure their data and combat cyber threats like ransomware.Participants:John Valutkevich, Product Manager, Healthcare, CommvaultMike Leonard, Director of Product Management, Healthcare, CommvaultMatt Donahue, CTO, CloudWaveJacob Wheeler, Product Manager, ...

Healthcare Security Roundtable: An Interview With CloudWave and Fortified Health Security Experts

Published on 05/01/2017 by Christine Mellyn
Category: Blog, Compliance, Security

Participants:Dennis Peasley (DP), Director of Security & Compliance, CloudWave Dan Dodson (DD), President Fortified Health Security Ryan Patrick (RP), Vice President Fortified Health Security Security is top of mind for healthcare organizations today.  In fact, a recent survey of CHIME members revealed that security tops the list of IT investments that CIOs are planning in the coming year.  CloudWave and Fortified Health Security partner to deliver security services to healthcare organizations.  Recently, members of each team ...

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 ...

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