5 Technology Trends in Healthcare You Might Not Know About

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry. The first stage in this revolution was the adoption of electronic health records (EHR). With EHR, patient records have become more secure and accessible. Information can be easily read and shared across practices for a more coordinated approach to patient care.

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Topics: Healthcare Technology

Healthcare Providers Are Choosing Cloud For Disaster Recovery (And Here's Why)

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Healthcare companies have been hitting a considerable number of hurdles as of late. 

IT teams and business leaders alike are feeling the heat – from ever-changing HIPAA compliance laws to data retention laws, new Meaningful Use (MU) roll-out phases, and the overall transition to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Healthcare Technology

How The Cloud Will Answer Healthcare Interoperability Concerns

Posted by Connor Dierk on Thu, Mar 05, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Tech Talk Tuesday Take Two is an opportunity for you to get even more of the inside technology scoop from Oxford Networks. Join guest bloggers Connor Dierk and Rob Williams every Thursday for their take on the world of IT. 

As Healthcare organizations continue to focus on the transition to value-based care, an increasingly intense focus will be placed on data-driven decision making and analytics. For the last couple of years, providers have been focused on implementing their Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems among other digital tools to help with care management. With most hospitals and health systems having already implemented these systems, the challenge now becomes to extract the data which makes these systems so valuable.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Healthcare Technology

The Next Phase of EHR Is… [Tech Talk Tuesday Take Two]

Posted by Connor Dierk on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Tech Talk Tuesday Take Two is an opportunity for you to get even more of the inside technology scoop from Oxford Networks. Join guest bloggers Connor Dierk and Rob Williams every Thursday for their take on the world of IT. 

Since the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 incentivized the adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, providers have been focused on the implementation and optimization of these systems. Health IT Outcomes publishes an industry wide survey that examines the Top 10 Health IT Trends every year.

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Topics: Healthcare Technology

To Disrupt, or Not to Disrupt…Is It Really a Question?

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

If Shakespeare were alive today, and he recited his famous line “to be or not to be” to a panel of technology and business leaders, they would probably say “Simply being is not good enough.”

Change is the new constant. The digital revolution is bringing change to the doorsteps of time-tested processes and practices businesses have relied on for years – whether they are ready or not.

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers set the stage by declaring to the business world, “Disrupt yourself or risk being disrupted by the competition.” The thought of disruption can come across as subtly as a punch to the face. To disrupt is to shake up the status quo. It’s hardly a gentle nudge.

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Topics: Healthcare Technology

The Growing Need for 100% Uptime in Modern Healthcare - [Tech Talk Tuesday Take Two]

Posted by Connor Dierk on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Tech Talk Tuesday Take Two is an opportunity for you to get even more of the inside technology scoop from Oxford Networks. Join guest bloggers Connor Dierk and Rob Williams every Thursday for their take on the world of IT. 

The healthcare industry, along with the rest of the world, is experiencing data growth of unprecedented proportions. Healthcare providers are using more technology now than they ever have. The growing list includes electronic medical records, clinical decision support systems, medical imaging information systems, picture arching, communication systems, and laboratory information systems.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Healthcare Technology

Dedicated Cloud Providers Help Answer the Call for Meaningful Use

Posted by Connor Dierk on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

Meeting the requirements for meaningful use Stage 1 remains a critical step for many healthcare providers to complete.

Recent numbers from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found that nearly one-half of physicians still haven’t started the meaningful use program. This figure includes physicians that are new to the program.  

In particular, smaller hospitals – including small practices and community-based healthcare centers – are having a hard time approaching Stage 1 meaningful use even with the deadline being extended to next year. The pressure is on for these primary care providers to hit their requirements, or they will face the prospect of losing out on incentives or even incur penalties in 2015.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Healthcare Technology

Taking Disaster Recovery to the Cloud to Stay HIPAA Compliant

Posted by Connor Dierk on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

To meet HIPAA compliance, there are a number of regulations that healthcare providers have to abide by to achieve certain requirements and avoid noncompliance.

One of the biggest requirements is the implementation of a disaster recovery plan to safeguard electronic medical records (EMR) and vital patient data.

In accordance with the HIPAA Security Rule, organizations seeking to remain HIPAA-compliant must anticipate the damage disasters could potentially have on their systems. Providers need policies and procedures to not only respond to these events, but also show concrete steps within the plan for mitigating risk to critical files and ensuring data restoration in the event of downtime.

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Topics: Healthcare Technology

How Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Curb Healthcare Capital Expenditure

Posted by Connor Dierk on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

A big challenge that healthcare providers and professionals continue to grapple with is capital expenditure (CapEx).

As we discussed in our last blog about the value-based healthcare transition, the need across the board is to keep capital expense down, especially in light of the budgetary restrictions and variable revenue and reimbursement patterns that are impacting healthcare spending decisions.

“One of the big things driving the adjustment in capital spending is the reductions going on in the healthcare system in terms of reimbursement models. When less reimbursement goes to the hospital, they certainly need to manage their capital spending in a different way.”

- Durral Gilbert, President of Supply Chain, Premier Healthcare Alliance
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Topics: Cloud Computing, Healthcare Technology

Avoid the Hardware Growth Squeeze by Outsourcing Your Infrastructure

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Companies can be a lot like children: as both grow, they need new outfits to fit into.

The growth of a company is limited by the size and abilities of its hardware and IT infrastructure. If the hardware cannot keep up with the demands of increasing data and usage, the company (and its clients) will feel the squeeze. Businesses that anticipate growth can maximize success, and businesses that preemptively predict for this can achieve even greater success.

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Topics: Managed Services, Healthcare Technology