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ROI for an Enterprise Archive

By Tim Kaschinske | @TimKaschinske When selecting any software technology, it’s always important to understand the products return on investment (ROI).  This is especially true for a technology such as an Enterprise Archive, as it has an impact on all areas of the...

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Some Surprising Facts About MEDITECH Recovery

By Kelly Baig @KEHBaig If MEDITECH is your hospital application, then you understand that it is at the center of how much if not most of how your hospital functions. Whether in terms of patient care or payroll, when MEDITECH applications are not available, extreme...

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VNA: Neither Vendor-Neutral nor Archive

by Tony Cotterill @TonyCotterill VNA technology has received much attention in healthcare IT and clinical environments over the last few years. But the definition of what a VNA technology is and the benefits that it can deliver varies widely depending on the vendor,...

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Why RAID 6 Stops Working in 2019

by John Macy Technical Solutions Expert, Healthcare Data Management In 2010, Robin Harris wrote that “RAID 6 will stop working in 2019”. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise: Harris had previously commented that RAID 5 would stop working in 2009....

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Spring Cleaning and Healthcare Data Management

My wife ambushed me the other weekend and coerced me to commence a spring clean of the home office. This was a painful experience, and I’m sharing it with you because my major recollection of this event is also relevant to healthcare data. Let me explain…...

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Empowering the EPR – data management is key

Tim Kelsey, Commissioning Board Director of Informatics, recently warned that some hospitals had little over a year to meet an NHS Commissioning Board deadline for upgrading to electronic patient record (EPR) systems. This is a tough deadline and one that is...

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Best Practices for PACS Image Archive Protection Part 3 of 3

By Tim Kaschinske @TimKaschinske Part 3 of 3 This is part 3 of 3 in a blog series intended to provide best practice information on using file-level protection within a hospital environment. For full information and context you can read Part 1 and Part 2, posted on Feb...

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Extending your LSP Contract – Help or Hindrance?

With the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) slowly winding down, Trusts are in the process of considering their options regarding their PACS environments. This means many trusts are deciding to extend their PACS contract to allow them more time todo this. However, each...

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A Question of Data Migration…

We often get asked for advice on data migration, and the first thing we then ask is: “What are you migrating from and what do you want to migrate to?” This question is often met by a deathly silence. Whilst this may appear to be a simple question, many...

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Best Practices for PACS Image Archive Protection Part 2

By Tim Kaschinske @TimKaschinske This is part 2 of 3 in a blog series intended to provide best practice information on using file-level protection within a hospital environment. Part 1 of this series was published during the week of Feb 4; Part 3 will be published...

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Better Data Means Better Care

Although it has not yet officially been announced, there have been reports by Government Computing that the NHS Commissioning Board is set to appoint Ming Tang, managing director at NHS South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit, as the new director for...

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Best Practices for PACS Image Archive Protection Part 1

By Tim Kaschinske @TimKaschinske This is part 1 of 3 in a blog series intended to provide best practice information on using file-level protection within a hospital environment. PACS image archive protection is best understood within the context of the entire of suite...

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