IT

The purpose of the public reporting of healthcare performance data is transparency for consumers and internal quality, and software analytics is playing a role in providing that transparency in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Health Information Organization is partnering with the state Department of Health and Family...

Data-center virtualization and blade-server technologies are coveted approaches when it comes to managing data center growth, power consumption, and server sprawl, but don't go rushing into a decision, say Forsythe Solutions Group consultants James Geis and Steven Harris. In this WTN Guest column, they spell...

A doctrine that limits the control a patent owner can exert upon a patented product once it has been sold is now being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court. As attorney Grady Frenchick explains, at stake is whether an unrestricted sale of a patented...

Before rushing to market with an internally developed technology that works well within their environments, healthcare providers and other organizations are well advised to consider how it will play in Peoria. There are examples, including Marshfield Clinic's electronic medical record, where internally developed IP has...

Declines in IT confidence among mid-sized businesses were uncovered in the most recent IT Monitor produced by CDW Corp. Mid-sized companies joined their small-business counterparts in expressing growing pessimism due to the slowing economy, but the gloom still has not spread to corporate America and...

Businesses face several legal challenges today, but the most daunting might be electronic discovery requests. Even though they have been place for more than a year, companies are paying a heavy price for their failure to prepare for and comply with the e-component of the...

If it's true that high-performing companies are more analytical than low-performing ones, the healthcare industry is poised for a golden era if organizations choose to capture their data. Many healthcare CIOs believe the large amounts of data being generated by recently deployed information technology can...

Medical imaging equipment is not only producing tangible operational benefits, it is generating massive amounts of data that is taxing storage and could someday result in system failure. Fred Terry, director of information systems for Mercy Health System in Janesville, expects picture archiving to add...

Personal health records have their champions and critics alike, and they were not bashful about sharing their views on PMRs during WTN's 2008 Digital Healthcare Conference. Growing consumer interest in PMRs will require technology companies to develop better tools, and Microsoft and Google are already...