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      • The AWS role in disaster recovery

        No matter how well prepared you might be, disaster can strike. Most mature IT organizations have disaster recovery plans, but Amazon Web Services offers a unique set of services that can keep your business running if the worst happens. This handbook discusses the strategies and options available to companies looking to AWS for disaster preparedness and business continuity, including understanding EC2 availability zones, using S3 for backup and storage, testing your DR strategy in AWS and preparing for AWS outages.

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      • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

        Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

        This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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      • Unified threat management aspires to the enterprise class

        Unified threat management (UTM) long focused on small and medium-sized businesses, but now it's climbing the ladder and attempting to become enterprise-class technology. This Technical Guide shows IT pros how to determine whether a vendor's UTM is truly an enterprise-grade security appliance and, if so, how to integrate and manage it into existing infrastructure.

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      • Cloud storage challenges and choices

        Our comprehensive e-book tackles the cloud storage challenges and business decisions that surround cloud storage investments, and breaks them into three areas of concentration: architecture, availability and return on investment.

        Get the latest updates on architectural choices when using the cloud for storage, including cloud controllers and application programming interfaces. We provide a short list of technical capabilities to look for in a cloud controller and questions to ask your service provider. Learn which metrics your peers are using to determine if cloud storage projects are meeting their potential, and what sort of service levels you can expect from providers or hybrid projects. Discover how to leverage the most cutting-edge cloud technologies and how not to get taken advantage of when choosing a cloud storage strategy/service.

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      • 2014 ONC certification standards put pressure on EHR rollouts

        March 2014

        Includes:
        • ICD-10 support, EHR applications among clinical, financial upgrades
        • Tips for making your 2014 EHR, ICD-10 update go more smoothly
        • Better quality measures, analytics needed for development of ACO models
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      • Healthcare analytics takes larger role in performance

        Today, analytics is just another part of doing business, and healthcare stands to profit: Reduced costs and improved care coordination are just a few of the expected benefits. But healthcare organizations first must get their houses in order. This briefing will explore the information management paths the industry is taking to the analytics Promised Land, assessing expert and executive viewpoints and taking a careful look at SearchHealthIT's 2013 data analytics survey.

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      • EHR integration, quality improvement driving clinical decision support

        Improvement in the care delivery process begins at the bedside, and for that to happen providers must implement and use more decision-support tools for better diagnosing and outcomes. Providers are interested in these tools, but HIPAA concerns, a lack of readily accessible, robust data and little awareness around how to integrate tools into electronic systems are obstacles to widespread adoption.

        Still, some hospitals and doctors are making definitive strides in healthcare analytics. In this handbook, gain an understanding of the intersection of analytics and quality improvement, how privacy rules fit into predictive analytics and how specialists who are integrating their decision-support practices with primary caregivers are creating more effective use of resources.

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      • Health care data analytics: Strategies for getting the most out of business intelligence

        The goal of clinical decision support (CDS), a business intelligence tool specific to health care, is to give physicians and nurses the granular information they need to make treatment decisions at the time they need it. Read this paper and learn how to develop a health care data analytics system that works for your environment.

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      • Managing virtualization for hospitals

        As health care providers collect increasing amounts of patient data, the burden on IT infrastructure only worsens. This SearchHealthIT.com e-book discusses server consolidation in a health care setting, moving apps and servers to virtualized platforms, desktop virtualization for health care, best practices for server virtualization, and more!

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      • Meaningful use requirements only go so far for radiologists

        March 2013

        Includes:
        • Finding the right storage for server virtualization implementations
        • Compliance with meaningful use regulations for specialists is attainable
        • Meaningful use guidelines for specialists: Stickier than for primary care
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      • How to enter the health care technology market or grow your existing health care IT business

        More than 75% of hospitals view electronic health records (EHRs) as the primary driver of IT spending and almost as many believe that EHR implementations will transform their IT environments. Inside this expert e-book, learn how healthcare facilities are preparing for network, storage and security changes in order to accommodate EHR implementation. Learn how to ride the health care IT modernization wave and enter the health care technology market or grow your business.

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      • The last mile of electronic health records implementation

        This e-book focuses on successful electronic health records implementations by both large hospitals and small practices alike. It looks at the ways in which organizations can deploy, integrate and manage an EHR infrastructure system and the advantages this type of system can bring. Read on to learn more.

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      • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

        Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

        This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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      • Storage needs for data backup in health care

        August 2012

        Includes:
        • Tip: Developing a HIPAA-compliant storage plan
        • Meeting HIPAA disaster recovery requirements tough but possible
        • What Joplin teaches hospitals about disaster recovery planning
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      • Managing IT in the electronic hospital

        The federal government's push for electronic healthcare records has made data security even more pressing. This e-book takes a look at where healthcare IT leaders should begin and what they should watch out for as they move to embrace the HITECH Act and other initiatives. Read on to learn more.

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      • VDI environments aim to address mobile devices, remote workers

        As health systems grapple with a host of new problems -- among them complications from HIPAA compliance regulations -- providers are actively seeking solutions to the myriad issues confronting hospitals' technology infrastructure. And with less-centralized medical staffs, remote health monitoring and a surge in personal technology devices -- tablets, thin clients and virtual desktops -- there are pressing concerns for many. After a recent surge in adoption, it would seem many see virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments as the answer healthcare IT professionals are looking for.

        In this handbook, experts provide readers with firsthand accounts on implementing VDI environments that focus on how the move positively affects healthcare IT environments. Also, readers can look forward to a special case study detailing one hospital's efforts to effectively and efficiently deal with printing remotely over a virtualized network -- even with issues such as HIPAA compliance and the 21st-century healthcare worker's proclivity for wireless devices. Lastly, SearchHealthIT Executive Site Editor Don Fluckinger closes with an in-depth look at why outsourcing pieces of healthcare IT operations is still so difficult for many health systems.

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      • Understanding secure, electronic storage of healthcare information

        The need for secure storage of personal health information, imaging data and other related medical data continues to increase as more healthcare information becomes electronic. Health systems are managing petabytes of data and must consider storage that is flexible, HIPAA-compliant and easily accessible.

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      • Protecting patient data: Tips for the health IT pro

        This e-book from SearchHealthIT.com provides invaluable tips for health IT leaders who are considering data, hardware, network and backup tape encryption technologies for their organizations.

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      • DLP for health care

        Data loss prevention (DLP) in healthcare entails preventing confidential patient records from falling into the wrong hands and requires thought out, well-enforced policies and the technology to back them up. Inside this resourceful e-book, learn how to achieve DLP through data encryption, monitoring tools, risk assessments and more.

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      • Data exchange: The coming ICD-10 onslaught

        July 2013

        Includes:
        • Supply chain automation supports cost reduction, quality improvement
        • SearchHealthIT original infographic: Federal health IT activity
        • Arm your coders with the technology to support ICD-10 readiness
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      • Exploring top health care business intelligence trends

        Business intelligence (BI) and data analytics are pushing into health care – and for good reason. Clinical data can be analyzed to improve patient care and track trends for medical research. In this expert e-book, gain insight on health care business intelligence trends and the benefits of BI from your peers at Maine Medical Center, Scottsdale Health Care and Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

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      • The business case for healthcare cloud computing

        Both public and private cloud structures can help health care organizations alleviate the burden that patient records and digital images place on data centers. And, learning how these technologies fit in to your facility is the first step toward achieving these benefits. This handbook from SearchHealthIT.com highlights some of the most important considerations for integrating public and private cloud structures into your health care facility. Within this valuable healthcare cloud computing handbook, learn about the cloud's risks and rewards, how to prepare for public cloud services, setting up your own private cloud and much more.

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      • Healthcare in the cloud

        Special Edition, June 2013

        Includes:
        • SAN-attached storage provides fast access at a high cost
        • Questions to ask before deploying cloud computing storage in healthcare
        • How private or hybrid cloud storage solutions can improve care
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      • Health care cloud computing: Ensuring patient data security

        September 2011

        Includes:
        • Negotiating maximum cloud uptime from service providers
        • Cloud storage security considerations for health care providers
        • Health care, cloud storage providers and data ownership
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      • Confront the problem with healthcare data storage

        State and federal data-retention regulations and an ever-increasing volume of data -- with imaging data as the biggest culprit -- are creating a big storage dilemma for many healthcare providers. Providers are required by law to store patient data for years and, in some cases, decades -- even though it's likely they will never give many pieces of data a second glance.

        So how to make room for the ever-growing mountains of healthcare data? Start with this three-part guide. Inside, our health IT experts outline useful tips for every step of the data management process. Readers will gain insight on the differences between data archiving and data backup as well as expert advice on storing and managing imaging data for the long term.

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      • Emerging cloud data storage techniques in health care

        Today’s health care organizations are struggling to keep up the ever-increasing amount clinical data. And many are turning to virtualization and cloud services to help meet growing storage demands. However, concerns such as data ownership and security continue to linger in the minds of health IT departments. But, that doesn’t mean storing sensitive clinical data in cloud is out of the question. This essential guide on emerging storage techniques in health care demonstrates how, with a little creativity, organizations can benefit from the new cloud data storage techniques that make electronic information easier to manage.

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      • Storage virtualization strategies for health care

        August 2011

        Includes:
        • Tips for thin provisioning storage in a health care setting
        • Effective data replication strategies for disaster recovery
        • Tiered storage, SANs essential for electronic health records, images
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      • Guide to tiered storage for health care

        As the number of doctors and hospitals using electronic health records and digital images grows, so will the demands on storage. The strategies presented in this e-book will help health care IT professionals meet those needs with tiered storage.

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      • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

        The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

        In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

        Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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      • ACOs justify telemedicine investment

        July/August 2014

        Includes:
        • How can IT avoid the security threats attacking mobile health devices?
        • Can you see me now? More providers make telemedicine investments
        • Security is top focus in outsourced healthcare identity management
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      • Healthcare IT leaders to focus on practitioner mobility, patient-first practice in 2014

        October 2013

        Includes:
        • How cellular signal-boosting indoor DAS networks benefit healthcare
        • Femtocells in healthcare: Look at HIPAA risks before you leap
        • Meaningful use stage 2 driving PACS integration, imaging strategies
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      • Best practices for mobile device security management

        Mobile health is becoming an integral component in the delivery of care, and IT departments must figure out how to integrate organization-issued as well as personal mobile devices onto networks. The data that flows through these networks and devices is protected health information, which is governed by HIPAA compliance mandates. To ensure that data remains private and secure, mobile device management needs to be a priority for IT experts. In this handbook, readers will find expert advice on the new BYOD frontier as well as insight into how mobile device management, or MDM, can help circumvent potential problems with BYOD policies in the workplace.

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      • Maintaining wireless network availability in hospitals

        Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are prime candidates for wireless networks. But sorting through the technologies available, understanding their pros and cons and determining a strategy can be confusing. This e-book provides an overview of three wireless technologies to help healthcare IT leaders better understand how to provide wireless access to their users.

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      • Engineering the wireless hospital

        Implementing a wireless network in a hospital allows physicians to use state-of-the-art equipment. But there are security, infrastructure and connectivity obstacles to overcome. Read this exciting e-book to learn more about topics like device security, running your network, and more.

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  • Cloud storage challenges and choices

    Our comprehensive e-book tackles the cloud storage challenges and business decisions that surround cloud storage investments, and breaks them into three areas of concentration: architecture, availability and return on investment.

    Get the latest updates on architectural choices when using the cloud for storage, including cloud controllers and application programming interfaces. We provide a short list of technical capabilities to look for in a cloud controller and questions to ask your service provider. Learn which metrics your peers are using to determine if cloud storage projects are meeting their potential, and what sort of service levels you can expect from providers or hybrid projects. Discover how to leverage the most cutting-edge cloud technologies and how not to get taken advantage of when choosing a cloud storage strategy/service.

  • Forging the path to tomorrow's CRM

    Perhaps no two words have more of an effect on business today than "customer experience." Consumers have a wealth of options for buying products and services -- and they're not shy about letting the social media sphere know when they’re not happy. To keep them coming -- and coming back -- organizations need to ensure that the experiences they’re serving up are nothing less than stellar.

    In our e-book series, The Risks and Rewards of Customer Experience Management, readers will get practical advice and real-world insight into strategies that place the focus of organizations' operations and processes on their customers. The first chapter concentrates on automation in the contact center. It will explore the technologies, such as interactive voice response and virtual agents. And it will examine what organizations need to evaluate when deciding which processes to automate and which areas will always need a human touch. The second installment delves into digital marketing, mobile applications and social media. It's no longer enough to send the same message to all customers; messages now must be personalized -- and soon, based on where customers are at any given moment. The chapter will look at location-based automated marketing and the pros and cons -- including the loss of privacy -- associated with such practices. The final chapter digs deep into the role of analytics in customer experience management plans, scrutinizing data harvesting methods and ways to use big data to augment customer experiences. And the chapter will look at times when knowing all about your customer goes horribly wrong.

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  • The AWS role in disaster recovery

    No matter how well prepared you might be, disaster can strike. Most mature IT organizations have disaster recovery plans, but Amazon Web Services offers a unique set of services that can keep your business running if the worst happens. This handbook discusses the strategies and options available to companies looking to AWS for disaster preparedness and business continuity, including understanding EC2 availability zones, using S3 for backup and storage, testing your DR strategy in AWS and preparing for AWS outages.

  • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

    Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

    This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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