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The Start of a Blog . . .

I have been working in healthcare information systems for 14 years in North Carolina.  My role has changed over the years as technology, systems, requirements, etc. have evolved.  We have been through the early Internet, the dot com boom, Y2K, the dot com bust, HIPAA, Electronic Medical Record, virtualization and now the new requirements of the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The last item ARRA being a huge game changer for American Healthcare.

Electronic health record (EHR) technology is changing the way healthcare organizations meet the needs of their patients, physicians and employees.  According to HIMSS officials:

 “EHR technology is “meaningful” when it has capabilities including e-prescribing, exchanging electronic health information to improve the quality of care, having the capacity to provide clinical decision support to support practitioner order entry and submitting clinical quality measures – and other measures – as selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.” (from Healthcare IT News April 28, 2009).

 This translates to increased requirements for overall computerized system availability.  Clinical systems need to be architected to provide electronic health record services at all times in a flexible and secure manner.  To achieve this level, a heavy investment in advanced technical infrastructure has to be implemented.  The underlying information system technologies used to build a redundant, resilient datacenter are the network, storage, computing capacity, power, cooling, and adequate space.

 All healthcare organizations will be required to provide “meaningful” EHR technology.  Due to the technical complexity this will be a financial and technical challenge for many.  The options available to organizations would be to build and maintain their own technology infrastructure, purchase applications from a provider (Software as a Service model), merge or consolidate with other organizations and or lease technology capacity. 

We are at an evolution period for healthcare IT which will change the way healthcare is delivered in America.  I am excited to be a part of it, shaping how we move forward.


My plan is to use this blog as a way to lay out my thoughts on healthcare IT with a focus of the underlying technology infrastructure.  Key pieces being datacenter, compute capacity, storage, virtualization and application delivery.





October 23, 2009 - Posted by | General, Healthcare IT General |

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