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Networking for the Healthcare Industry

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At NIT we understand the unique needs of healthcare, particularly its ever evolving regulations. That along with shrinking profit margins, increasing costs and the challenges of consolidation have forced the healthcare industry to constantly come up with better use of information resources.Once an esoteric function within the organization, Information Technology has become a driver of change and innovation.

Physicians and Clinical Offices

The administrative functions of most physician's offices are highly computerized, relying on specialized software. While a visit to a doctor's office may be brief, the necessary scheduling, retrieval and updating of medical records, ordering of tests and accounting are all necessary and data-intensive tasks. Without the right computer systems in place, this volume of administrative activity would be prohibitively expensive.

The use of computers to aid medical treatment has become more common, especially as medical records become available in computerized form, providing doctors easier access to records and allowing "expert systems" to flag possible drug interactions and suggest diagnoses and treatments.

Electronic Records may Reduce Costs

Many medical groups are delaying adoption of electronic health records (EHR) systems. The Medical Group Management Association finds that only 14.2 percent of medical groups have implemented EHR systems; groups with multiple offices and large numbers of physicians had a much higher rate. An average 19.8 percent of all medical groups without EHR systems plan to implement them within the next 13 to 24 months, even though implementation cost averages more than $32,000 per physician. Despite upfront costs, EHR systems mean long-term savings and improved service.

HIPAA Compliance

Doctors have had to adjust operations to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) medical privacy law. The visibility and accessibility of patient charts, sign-in sheets, and computer screens must be altered to meet stricter privacy standards. The new law also has increased the volume of doctor paperwork. While most large group practices had little difficulty adjusting, many small ones may struggle to devote the necessary time and money to reorganize

Integrating Operations

Individual applications, such as hospitals billing, laboratory, radiology, and patient charting, often can't inter operate even within an organization, much less between organizations. To achieve the agility needed to better serve patients, healthcare entities must develop flexible, adaptable IT architecture.

Research, The Biopharmaceutical Industry and Medical Devices

The arrival of the first fully integrated trial-management product in the biopharmaceutical industry, making trial data readily available in a common repository, has led to increased awareness of the need for greater IT management and security in that industry.

Work in the research sector is our specialty. With tightening budgets and constant pressure to improve the standards of care, increase patient and information privacy and manage huge amounts of patient and research data, healthcare and research providers alike are increasingly looking into IT to lower costs and maximize efficiencies.

Network Infrastructure Technologies has an excellent track record in this arena. We've facilitated large data transfers between healthcare and research facilities, implemented document management systems and have flawlessly executed long-lasting backup solutions to remedy informational interruptions.

We allow you to respond quickly to regulatory and market change. By reducing the complexity inherent in the industry and providing healthcare information workers with ready access to all the information they need - when, where, and how they need it.

Our team of experts are professionally trained and certified, with a wealth of hands-on knowledge focusing on healthcare networks and infrastructures, security and compliancy administration (HIPAA and CFR Part II).

Healthcare Providers

NIT helps healthcare employees conduct business more easily and effectively - and providing them with the information they need, when and where they need it - empowering all segments: bringing data to the point of care, where physicians can see latest law reports, access electronic medical records and electronically enter prescriptions from a handheld device such as a pocket pc or tablet pc.