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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. ...

What is Your Cloud Strategy? (Part 1)

Published on 02/11/2015 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing

If you made it through the end of 2014 without being asked by a miscellaneous c-suite denizen “What is our Cloud Strategy?” then congratulations. If you did not, I hope it went well. If you need one but haven’t created one yet, please bear with me while I suggest a simple framework.  If the very notion of cloud gets you inexplicably exasperated, navigate to the authors list and click on Joe Kelly. His blog entries ...

Getting Ready for MEDITECH Patient and Consumer Health Portal

Published on 02/11/2015 by Karen Giampietro
Category: Blog, MEDITECH, Patient Portal

What is Patient and Consumer Health Portal?The Patient and Consumer Health Portal is MEDITECH’s mechanism to actively engage patients in their care by allowing them access to online health information.  It allows the patient, and their authorized family members, access to a variety of information from exchanging secure messages with providers, obtaining Health Summaries, scheduling appointments, and a variety of other clinical and billing information.Beyond the application layerAs a Project Manager here at Park Place ...

Improving Your Productivity by Going Paperless

Published on 09/15/2014 by Gregg Burton & Donna Dean
Category: Healthcare IT, Project Management

Are you having trouble finding that important piece of information in the stack of papers on your desk?Are you hoping to eliminate the chaos and become more organized and efficient in your daily tasks?Then let us introduce you to a new tool for improving your productivity – the digital notebook.  There are a variety of options available, but two of the more popular are OneNote and Evernote.  Features may vary, but any digital notebook will ...

Heroic Intervention Not Required

Published on 08/13/2014 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

This is my first blog after a long absence. My reticence has been mainly self-inflicted. I like to find the humor in how seriously the technology industry takes itself, and how ironically that often plays out in the world of healthcare information systems, and then insert hot skewers in the appropriate soft spots. The problem of late is that the HCIS space isn’t generating a lot of funny material. Here in the USA, our entire industry has been ...

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