Monday, November 22, 2010
VLCM is a partner of Lifesize which offers high definition video conferencing solutions. If you are interested in pricing or a customized solution please contact me- Mike Linton 801-671-2849.
Here is a good VIDEO for a reference and introduction of the lifesize solution.
Here are a few more bullet points of why you should consider Lifesize as a solutions for video conferencing.
LifeSize consistently delivers the highest quality of experience
• Unmatched Full HD 1080p30 and True HD 720p60 immersive quality
• Highest number of resolutions supported at any bandwidth
• Modular and flexible to meet mainstream customer needs
• LifeSize architecture outperforms the competition
• Designed for intuitive ease of use to speed adoption and time to ROI
• Standards-based for interoperability and easy deployment
• Unrivaled price/performance to enable pervasive HD video
• LifeSize leads in price/performance across the full solution
Here is the link to the full story of "Debunking the Myth of a Single Vendor Network"
To give a quick summary here are some points from the Gartner report.
Introducing a second vendor into the network infrastructure will have no long-term impact on operational costs for organizations following best practices.
Introducing a second networking vendor will reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for most organizations by at least 15% to 25% over a five-year time frame.
We did not encounter one example were operational cost savings would offset the equipment cost premium that Cisco generally charges.
Most organizations that introduced a second vendor report a lasting decrease in network complexity, compared with an all-Cisco network.
Network operations teams that are already using some form of multivendor management tools for fault alerting, configuration management or performance management are well-positioned to take advantage of the second-vendor opportunity.
Network architects and CIOs must consider alternative network vendors to ensure that they deliver a functional network solution at an appropriate cost point.
Network operations teams should invest in multivendor-capable tools to help enable the organization to deal with a second vendor in their infrastructure, and to improve the operational capabilities with their incumbent solution.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Acquiring other practices and clinics
Security and Encryption
Wireless and Mobility
Performing Remote Diagnostics
Here are some of the HP specific solutions for Healthcare Practices and how they are addressing the needs that these trends are driving
- Servers, storage, backup and back-end IT infrastructure etc.
Personal Systems Group
- Desktops, laptops, tablets, etc.
Image and Print Group
- Scanners, MFPs, Printers
Contact me if you need any additional information on how HP can help your Healthcare Practice.
Mobile Computing devices
Backups/ Disaster Recovery
Digitize Paper Records
Secure Mobile Data Storage (USBs, Harddrives)
VoIP Phone systems
Printers/MFPs (Multi-Function Printers- Fax, Scan, Print, Copy)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
You can find the list HERE
Although there are several that are certified, not all of them will do exactly what you need them to do. It is important to do your research and find out which one is best for your practice.
Physicians need 3 things relating to IT as they look to implement a new EHR system.
1. IT consultant or manager
This seems simple to those that have implemented EHR systems and understand the complexity and the requirements, but physicians need to know that the systems are very IT dependent and definitely need guidance through the process of merging their current IT infrastructure with the new EHR system. An IT consultant will definitely help Healthcare practices have a smoother transition to a new EHR system. I recommend finding somebody in house that understands and can implement IT or finding an independent Healthcare IT consultant that knows how to integrate your IT systems with the proposed EHR.
2. Basic Systems and Network
It is super important that your computers and servers and firewalls are upgraded to handle the new load that will be put on the network. If a practice fails to do this, many problems related to the EHR will find their roots in a poorly set up network. Critical components to systems are cabling and wiring, reliable and sufficient internet connectivity, security measures like a good and managed firewall and anti-virus, and reliable desktops, laptops and tablets. If all these things are in place it will greatly help the transition to a new EHR be more pleasant.
3. Strategy for maintenance and support
New requirements for support are often overlooked and can add an additional cost of maintaining and supporting a new EHR. This step should not be overlooked. Many physician practices are spending at least $1,500/month on IT support to maintain and take care of the IT infrastructure that is critical to a smooth operating practice running a new EHR. This should not be overlooked and having an IT person on staff or outsourcing to a reputable company that has experience in that area.
If practices consider these 3 things they will be more prepared for the IT demands that a new EHR puts on a small practice.