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HHS announces launch of new cybersecurity center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon launch a healthcare focused cybersecurity center, according to a press release. Christopher Wlaschin, chief information security ...

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EHR systems

Electronic health record (EHR) systems play a vital role in health care -- and, as of 2015, EHR use is mandatory for health care providers in the U.S. Find resources here for navigating the complexities of using EHR systems, from EHR selection and implementation to user training. EHR vendors can also learn about the federal government's EHR certification program here.

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  • athenahealth Inc.

    Based in Watertown, Mass., athenahealth Inc. is a leading vendor of cloud-based EHRs for small to medium-sized physician practices and hospitals.

  • go-live (go live)

    In software development, go-live is the time at which code moves from the test environment to the production environment. As a verb, go-live means to make such an event happen.

  • eClinicalWorks

    eClinicalWorks is a Massachusetts-based company that sells electronic medical record (EMR), practice management (PM) and personal health record (PHR) software and services to reportedly more than 115,000 physicians and 70,000 facilities in the United States.


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Health care regulations

Federal health care regulations can have a tremendous impact on an organization's health IT strategy and budget. Find out how new health care laws about electronic health record (EHR) use, quality reporting and ICD-10 codes -- and the deadlines associated with them -- are affecting the ways that hospitals do business. In addition, learn how providers are addressing federal health care regulations meant to improve care quality and cut costs.

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IT infrastructure

Find resources, news and tips on health care IT infrastructure systems and design and building electronic health systems, including medical devices, servers and virtual servers, desktops and virtual desktops, laptops, storage, wired and wireless networking, security systems and disaster recovery.

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  • revenue cycle management (RCM)

    Revenue cycle management (RCM) is the financial process, utilizing medical billing software, that healthcare facilities use to track patient care episodes from registration and appointment scheduling to the final payment of a balance.

  • PHI breach (protected health information breach)

    A PHI breach is unauthorized access, use or disclosure of individually identifiable health information that is held or transmitted by a healthcare organization or its business associates.

  • athenahealth Inc.

    Based in Watertown, Mass., athenahealth Inc. is a leading vendor of cloud-based EHRs for small to medium-sized physician practices and hospitals.


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Health IT planning

Understand what health care providers need to know about health care IT management and organization and managing regional health care partners and networks, including organization and governance, electronic health record requirements, health care regulation, health care funding, certification, compliance and interoperability.

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  • national provider identifier (NPI)

    A national provider identifier (NPI) is a unique ten-digit identification number required by HIPAA for covered healthcare providers in the United States.

  • information blocking

    Information blocking occurs when a person or entity purposely and unreasonably interferes with the sharing or use of electronic health information.

  • Health IT (health information technology)

    Health IT involves the use of electronic health records systems to improve medical care, coordination and research, patient engagement and safety, and provider reimbursement.


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Health IT conferences

Major health IT conferences offer IT professionals a great opportunity to meet their peers and see new products in action. Focusing on topics such as information management, coding, radiology, telehealth and mobile health, these health information technology conferences are also great learning opportunities. Our editorial staff attends HIMSS, AHIMA and other health IT events and one-day seminars to get the pulse of the industry. Find news, videos and other coverage of these health IT conferences here.

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  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional organization that promotes the business and clinical uses of electronic and paper-based medical information.

  • telemedicine

    Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the telecommunications infrastructure.

  • Radiology Information System (RIS)

    A RIS is the traditional core software system for electronically managing medical images, scheduling and billing in hospital radiology departments and physician practices.


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Hospital IT applications

Find out everything you need to know about running electronic health care systems and applications, including, records management, billing and inventory.

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  • U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest biomedical library in the world.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Promoting a healthy general public and sharing data about chronic diseases are main goals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • revenue cycle management (RCM)

    Revenue cycle management (RCM) is the financial process, utilizing medical billing software, that healthcare facilities use to track patient care episodes from registration and appointment scheduling to the final payment of a balance.


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Health IT compliance

Determine the requirements, policies and controls for managing electronic health care IT compliance, including privacy and security of personal medical records, personal health information and as required by ARRA, HITECH and HIPAA.

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  • copyright

    Copyright is a legal term describing ownership of control of the rights to the use and distribution of certain works of creative ...

  • keylogger (keystroke logger or system monitor)

    A keylogger, sometimes called a keystroke logger or system monitor, is a type of surveillance technology used to monitor and ...

  • password

    A password is an unspaced sequence of characters used to determine that a computer user requesting access to a computer system is...



  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.


  • CompactFlash card (CF card)

    A CompactFlash card (CF card) is a memory card format developed by SanDisk in 1994 that uses flash memory technology to store ...

  • email archiving

    Email archiving (also spelled e-mail archiving) is a systematic approach to saving and protecting the data contained in email ...

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...


  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage...

  • NVMe (non-volatile memory express)

    NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a host controller interface and storage protocol to enable a solid-state drive to use the ...

  • SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID)

    SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID) is a methodology commonly used to protect data by distributing redundant data blocks across ...


  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...