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BridgeHead signs TechUK Interoperability Charter

As of Friday, BridgeHead Software has officially signed up to TechUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter – an initiative designed to realise a vision for ‘Making Integrated Care Happen’ across the UK healthcare system. As one of the first wave of vendors... read more

Healthcare data standards – for the ‘common’ good

This story in Digital Health earlier this year got me thinking about the word ‘common’ in a bit more detail and its relevance and importance to the UK healthcare market, especially regarding the use and adoption of data standards to facilitate interoperability. The... read more

BridgeHead Invests in the Future Supporting Young Talent

I’ve been asked to write this blog and, as many people who know me at BridgeHead will testify, I can usually talk about something for hours before getting to the point – let’s see if I can steer this in a sensible direction! I have been with BridgeHead for 2 years... read more

Why Data Interoperability Is Key to Meaningful Use

By Tim Kaschinske In late March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed rule for Meaningful Use, Stage 3. The mantra for Meaningful Use Stage 3 is to “Simplify and Streamline” by building toward program milestones, reducing... read more

It’s Time to Retire the VNA

By Jamie Clifton In his May 1 blog, Time to Retire the term “VNA”?, Joe Marion, Founder and Principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies, makes a sound case for abolishing an outdated term, VNA or Vendor Neutral Archive.  While I agree with much of Joe’s argument,... read more

Interoperability Upgrade for MEDITECH Systems

At this week’s MUSE Conference in Nashville, BridgeHead Software is announcing the MEDITECH Interoperability Campaign, a new program designed to help MEDITECH Hospitals to achieve true data interoperability by quickly and cost-effectively upgrading to the BridgeHead... read more

A catalyst for change…

By Jim Beagle, President & CEO, BridgeHead Software In January, we announced that our customer Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust (QE Gateshead) in the UK had completed the final phase of an image migration project to our HealthStore™ VNA and gone live with a... read more

What are your obsolete applications costing you?

By Tony Cotterill Introduction As IT adoption grew within healthcare, it happened at different speeds and without a clear lead from the IT department. Many departments ‘grew their own’ applications. In fact, Radiology, in many hospitals, grew its IT infrastructure... read more

The Road to an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

This January BridgeHead Software will participate in the MUSE 2015 Executive Institute, which will focus on the topic: “Achieving an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.”  Much of the upcoming conference will key off of a recent paper from the Office of the... read more

Beyond a VNA – the Independent Clinical Archive

By Tim Kaschinske In my last blog in this six-part series focusing on how healthcare organizations are dealing with unprecedented volumes of unstructured data, I talked about solutions within the market, one of which is the Independent Clinical Archive.  In November,... read more

Possible Solutions

By Tim Kaschinske This is the fifth and final blog in a series focusing on how healthcare organizations are dealing with unprecedented volumes of unstructured data and how this impacts the holistic view of the patient’s data. You can read the prior blogs here: Much... read more

Identifying a Patient

By Tim Kaschinske This is the fourth blog in a series focusing on how healthcare organizations are dealing with unprecedented volumes of unstructured data and how this impacts the holistic view of the patient’s data.  The previous blogs are available here: Much Ado... read more

Balancing the cost and staff requirements of data protection

Steven Giangregorio, VP, Professional Services More often than not, when I’m discussing professional services work with customers, I’m told that their resources are strapped, that they are focused on too many things and that they can’t get started for a while.... read more

IHE, Hard at Work Solving Healthcare’s Big Data Dilemma

By Tim Kaschinske In my last blog I discussed the avalanche of unstructured data sweeping through healthcare organizations and the data management challenges it is creating.  In this article, I will introduce an organization that is working to resolve these issues in... read more

Much Ado About Unstructured Data?

By Tim Kaschinske Unstructured data comes in many formats] Unstructured data is data that is stored in files rather than databases.  It is unstructured in that it is generally not organized for easy access.  There may be an application database with links to the files... read more

Why We Do What We Do In Healthcare Data Management

By Mike Ball In my conversations with hospital CIOs around the country, I often discuss an intangible that I think is of general interest and importance to understand: Why does BridgeHead do what it does? I’ve realized something that is at the core of everything... read more
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