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Infrastructure Engineer – Networking

baytechIT | Western Massachusetts | 9/10/2021 Our infrastructure engineers work with a team of other engineers to service IT consulting clients and managed service clients. Services include troubleshooting, repairing, patching, and implementing systems. There won’t be much time to let the grass grow beneath your feet as you’ll hit the ground running supporting our current…

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Leadership Edge with: Barbara Casey, Chief Executive Officer

This interview was originally published as part of the Thrive Global Leadership Edge series with Christina D. Warner, MBA.   For my leadership series, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and interview: Barbara Casey, Chief Executive Officer.  Barbara is an accomplished strategist and business advisor with over three decades of diversified health care,…

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INFRAM+: A CIO’s Best Friend (Part 3 of a 3-part series)

INFRAM and INFRAM+ puts IT in the center of the strategic financial decision-making process  It garners invaluable input and support from clinicians, executives, and administrators  Proprietary strategic mapping correlates INFRAM results with clinical goals and provides an IT roadmap for budget and leadership consensus building    INFRAM+: More Than Just Another Assessment  In part three of our series, we look at how INFRAM+, a proprietary mapping methodology that links INFRAM…

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INFRAM+: It’s All About Process (Part 2 of a 3-part series)

An INFRAM assessment is primarily tactical. INFRAM+ ties directly to clinical strategic initiatives  A three-to-four day on site analysis involves IT and primary department, executive, and clinical stakeholders  Proprietary strategic mapping ties specific technologies to specific clinical goals    INFRAM+: Taking INFRAM from Tactics to Strategy  Not seeing the forest through the trees is a common mistake in the IT business. In part one of our three–part series, we took a look at the HIMSS Analytics Infrastructure Adoption Model…

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INFRAM+: From Tactical Evaluation to Strategic Initiative (Part 1 of a 3-Part Series)

INFRAM+: Tactics versus Strategy  In part 1 of our three–part series, we look at the HIMSS Analytics Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM) as a foundational building block. INFRAM is fast becoming the healthcare industry standard for evaluating a hospital or health system’s infrastructure stability and manageability in five key areas.   Mobility  Security  Collaboration  Transport  Data Center  The resulting Baseline Achievement Report is just that, a baseline. INFRAM scores don’t provide…

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Can You Count to TEM?

If you’re like me, you probably learned to count to ten in kindergarten.  But when it comes to a company’s telecommunications infrastructure, you’d be surprised how many corporate executives have trouble with simple addition.   As a company grows, telco, like other IT investments, often gets treated as the necessary evil.  “The new guy needs…

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HIMSS21: Headlines from a Largely Empty Room

The good and beleaguered folks from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) threw their annual party in Las Vegas with less than half of the usual pre-COVID crowd in attendance. But while the crowds were small and many of the major vendors were absent from the exhibition floor, HIMSS put the spotlight on…

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Stamp Your Vaccine Passport on Blockchain

It seems that politicians and business leaders across the country have been doing a whole lot of head-scratching these days. President Joe Biden says he wants to require 2 million federal workers and contractors to provide proof they’ve been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Here at Pixel Health, our leadership team has issued a similar…

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HIMSS21: The Change is Now

Las Vegas is set to roll out the silicon carpet for HIMSS21, the healthcare technology party of the year. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has selected “Be The Change” as the theme for this year’s conference.  We asked our Pixel Health team going to HIMSS 2021 to expand on what this year’s conference,…

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Security Patching: Think About That Old Pair of Socks

Every time I get in a conversation about server patching, I think about my grandmother. My grandfather was a plumber, didn’t make a whole lot of money, and was “pretty hard” on his clothing. She was forever darning his socks, repairing the holes that would mysteriously appear almost on a weekly basis. Her thriftiness and…

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Healthcare M&A: Improving Your Odds

If we’re to believe the pundits, 2021 looks to be a rebound year for merger and acquisition activity in the healthcare industry. And not a moment too soon. COVID-19 hit the Mergers & Acquisition business big time in 2020. According to Bain and Company, overall healthcare disclosed deal value decreased by a whopping 37%  (-$339B)…

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Healthcare Innovation: We Need Leadership to Keep it Going

The pandemic was good for something. COVID-19 prompted expanded government reimbursement and the lifting of some regulations, resulting in an enormous amount of money flowing into digital health applications and start-ups. According to the Digital Health Funding report from venture capital firm Rock Health, COVID-19 “created what felt like a fast forward button for digital…

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Enterprise Imaging. The silos are coming down.

PACS is so turn of the century. When we used to talk about Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), it tended to be a very siloed discussion. The conversation centered around medical imaging technology used for storing, retrieving, presenting, and sharing images but Cardiology had their own and Pathology, Radiology, the ED, and other surgical specialties…

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A View of Post-COVID Healthcare IT

The pandemic-spurred triple threat of increased demand, decreased access, and mandatory distancing, put digital transformation into overdrive. ChannelProNetwork spoke extensively with Pixel Health Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Mike Machulsky and Nectar Strategic Consulting President Barbara Casey to gauge the state of Healthcare IT in the post-COVID era. Read the article

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To Outsource or Not Outsource…that is the question

“Do what you do best and outsource the rest,” says Peter Drucker, one of the great management consultants of the 20th century. But it’s not always so simple. When it comes to deciding whether a medical practice should maintain its own IT staff, I often answer with a quote of my own:  “It’s complicated.”  …

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How Blockchain addresses Interoperability: Healthcare’s Major Pain Point

Blockchain and Healthcare’s Interoperability Problem Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize healthcare IT   In healthcare, blockchain can lead to better care, improved transparency, and added protection for all trusted parties  Estonia: A golden model of blockchain  Pain point: Interoperability  Data management is one of the most pressing issues in the healthcare sector and the biggest barrier to true interoperability. The problems are many:  Data Location  Data Format: There…

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The Times They Are A Changin’

While technology is often the catalyst for change, we need to recognize that it is only one of the many tools and influences built into the human aspect of delivering healthcare.   The healthcare sector is not moving fast enough to embrace cloud computing, AI, big data, and new technologies and processes to improve outcomes…

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