In the campaign to increase the interoperability of medical devices and integrate them into hospital networks, infusion pumps are on the front lines. Pumps are growing ever smarter as manufacturers improve their interoperability.
The advent of ultra high definition technology will have multiple payoffs in healthcare, including better screens for diagnostic imaging and central patient monitoring stations. Networking columnist Jeff Kabachinski reveals the key technical details behind UHD.
Dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) is a key mechanism to facilitate Internet-like communication. Without it, Internet or network access would be difficult, if not impossible. Jeff Kabachinski takes a look at DHCP and shows what’s going on behind the curtain.
Nexus Health Systems, Houston, Tex, a four-facility health network specializing in long-term acute care, has chosen Summit Healthcare to provide integration support during its transition to Meditech in spring 2014.
GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wisc, is hoping to usher in the next revolution in the delivery of medical care – that of the anticipated Internet of Things, aka the Industrial Internet. The end goal is the elimination of unplanned downtime for equipment.
Estes Park Medical Center, a 25-bed critical-access facility, has turned to Summit Healthcare to integrate its Meditech 6.0 health care information system and a new MedHost emergency department information system it plans to adopt in March 2014.
The importance for hospitals of developing effective cybersecurity protocols was underscored by the multiple news reports last week of a data breach at the University of Washington Medical Center. The breach resulted from an email containing malware.
The growing trend of cyber criminals using domain-generation algorithms (DGAs) to control their bot armies represents a significant challenge to healthcare IT. Defending against the threat requires vigilant deployment of self-protection techniques.
Methodist Hospital of Southern California is an early pioneer in cybersecurity, with an effective protocol for reducing the risk to patient safety from cyberattacks. Its achievement has been recognized with ECRI’s Health Devices Achievement Award.
The US Food and Drug Administration has endorsed 12 IEEE standards on interoperability and cyber security, folding them into a larger list of 25 national standards for improving medical device communication.