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How cellular signal-boosting indoor DAS networks benefit healthcare
This article is part of the Pulse issue of October 2013
Indoor distributed antenna systems can expand cell phone coverage in hospitals, making it easier for physicians and other staffers to do their jobs. But they're not always the perfect fit.
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An indoor distributed antenna system can benefit a hospital's internal communications, but implementing a DAS network can be complex, CIOs explain.
It's not a meaningful use mandate, but radiology departments are preparing PACS integrations to move images to physician EHRs and patient portals.
Backfilling 3G smartphone traffic to your Wi-Fi in weak-signal zones with femtocells is enticing. It should be secured against HIPAA risks, though.
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A public-private group has formed to stop the sale of stolen medical information. Its first task: Involve payers, providers, vendors and consumers.
The controversial practice of using EHR copy and paste functions to move text between patient records is drawing compliance-officer scrutiny.
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Tasked with ensuring compliance with federal regulations and guiding big data projects, healthcare provider IT leaders will have their hands full in 2014.