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As digital health continues to expand capabilities and find further integration in traditional healthcare organizations, equity and access are major concerns for the industry. Telehealth, for example, has been heralded as a great connector to care during a public health emergency. But broadband connectivity is still a barrier for millions of Americans, especially in rural…
The notion that “every company is a data company” is so widely accepted that it’s almost a cliché. Still, many organizations continue to struggle even to inventory and organize their data, much less leverage it in a way that helps them to arrive at transformative insights. Data analytics can help organizations improve customer service, increase…
An average hospital room holds 15 to 20 connected medical devices, including patient monitors, ventilators, smart beds, insulin pumps and MRI machines. These devices are a critical component of care delivery, but they can also pose security risks. Just this year, McAfee researchers found vulnerabilities in a widely used infusion pump that could allow hackers to…
Healthcare leaders are bullish on hybrid public-private cloud. Nearly 95 percent of respondents to the 2020 Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index survey said it is their preferred IT operating model. That’s 9 percentage points higher than the average for all industries. Healthcare organizations are embracing a hybrid cloud model to better support remote employees, manage data,…
Healthcare organizations aren’t immune to pandemic pressures. Just like their enterprise counterparts, hospitals, clinics and specialists faced the need for sudden adaptation to stay in operation — and cloud provided the shortest path to success. With hybrid and remote healthcare now here to stay, organizations face a new challenge: Ensuring that hastily built cloud environments…
Island Hospital, in Anacortes, Wash., planned to upgrade its aging phone system in 2019. The hospital provides healthcare in a rural, seaside area in northwest Washington state and recognized the need to improve its telecommunications system to better serve its community. “Our population is older,” says Network Engineer Shane Taylor. “They tend to want to…
Smartphone users have access to their bank accounts, favorite stores and nearby restaurants, all at their fingertips. Increasingly, they’re also gaining access to their healthcare data, whether it’s through a consumer application or their provider’s patient portal.   Mobile health (mHealth) apps can empower patients, streamline communication, and provide real-time monitoring and self-management of medical conditions.…
With cybercrime on the rise and the collection of valuable patient data increasing, many healthcare organizations are more vulnerable to attacks. In this excerpt from a recent CDW Tech Talk webcast, learn how community hospital Sky Lakes Medical Center survived a ransomware attack thanks to a recent upgrade to its infrastructure. REGISTER: Enjoy these live…
Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mobile apps to connect with patients in the hospital and at home. Apps can be used for wayfinding on a health system’s campus, health monitoring or even to assist patients in completing physical therapy exercises. Adoption is on the rise, but who is developing these healthcare apps? Internal app development…
To satisfy regulatory requirements, healthcare organizations must store patient data digitally in the form of electronic health records or electronic medical records. As noted in the journal Heredity, moving beyond simple storage to the actionable application of Big Data offers “significant potential” for healthcare, but significant challenges remain. Among the most common are data fragmentation,…

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