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connect up

To attach or link something to something else. Let me just connect up these two cords, and then everything should be running again.
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connect the dots

1. Literally, to draw a line between dots, often as part of a children's activity to create an illustration or design. The kids are having fun connecting the dots and making pretty pictures for us.
2. To understand something by piecing together hints or other bits of information. Once I started to connect the dots, I realized that, if they hadn't called me by now, I probably wasn't getting the job.
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connect (up) to (someone or something)

1. To physically join people or things together. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." The handcuffs kept the thief connected to the chair as he was questioned. If you don't connect this piece to that one, the base will be lopsided.
2. To be involved in or linked to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." Once he became connected to that scandal, his political career was over.
3. To successfully access a connection to something, such as electricity or the Internet. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." I'm having a hard time connecting to the Wi-Fi here.
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connect (up) with (someone or something)

1. To have a positive or meaningful connection with someone, often quickly. I just don't connect with those people—I doubt we have anything in common. I connected with Ashley immediately, and we've been best friends ever since.
2. To communicate with someone. I've been having a hard time connecting with Stephanie, since she's been out of the office every time I've tried to call her.
3. To form a relationship or a group. I'm sure you'll be able to connect with other photography enthusiasts in your new town.
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connect someone or something(up) to someone or something

 and connect someone or something (up) with someone or something 
1. Lit. to connect people or things in any combination, physically or by wires. The nurse connected Maggie up to the electrocardiograph. Eric connected the machine to the wall plug. The receptionist connected my call up to Susan.
2. Fig. to make a mental connection between people and things in any combination. I connected myself up to a person with similar interests. I often connect up Bob to sailing, because I first met him on a boat.
3. Fig. to argue that someone or something is linked to a criminal or a criminal act. I can connect Eric to the crime. The police connected the stolen goods to Susan.
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connect (up) to something

to attach to something; to attach or link something to some electrical device or electrical signal. When we finish the house, we will connect up to the utilities. We have to connect to the Internet ourselves.
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connect (up) with someone or something

1. to form an association with someone or a group. (The up is informal.) Let's connect up with some other people and form an organization through which we can express our views. We need to connect with like-minded people that can help us with our problems.
2. to meet with someone or a group; to communicate with someone or a group, especially over the telephone. I tried to connect up with Bob over the phone, but I could never reach him. We could not connect with the council to discuss these matters.
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connect (with someone)

Fig. to meet someone; to talk to someone on the telephone. Let's try to connect on this matter tomorrow. We finally connected and discussed the matter fully over dinner.

connect (with the ball)

[for a batter] to hit a baseball. Wally connected for a double. He swung, but didn't connect with the ball.

connect the ˈdots

(British English also join (up) the ˈdots) find or show the relationships between different things: It’s not hard to connect the dots between crime and poverty. ▶ connect-the-ˈdots adj.: a connect-the-dots article
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connect (with someone)

in. to meet someone; to talk to someone on the telephone. We connected over a drink and discussed the matter fully.
See also: connect, someone



connect (with something)

in. [for a batter] to hit a ball. He swung but didn’t connect with the ball.
See also: connect, something



connect the dots

1. To draw connecting lines between a seemingly random arrangement of numbered dots so as to produce a picture or design.
2. To draw logical inferences connecting items of information to reveal something previously hidden or unknown.
See also: connect, dot
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Connecting for Health believes that the organizations that will benefit most from the Common Framework are those that are prepared and committed to creating private and secure health information exchange through a decentralized approach.
The broad array of stakeholders participating in Connecting for Health are confident that the Common Framework can accelerate and provide structure to the development of health information exchange, but they also recognize that this approach is still evolving and much remains to be done.
said John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and vice chair of Connecting for Health.
Connecting for Health is committed to accelerating the development of a health information-sharing environment by bringing together an array of private, public, and not-for-profit groups to develop common standards and values.
Previous efforts to achieve the benefits of electronic connectivity in healthcare have been hampered by the fact there seemed to be no way of electronically linking medical records without jeopardizing privacy," said Jim Dempsey, executive director of the Center for Democracy and Technology and member of Connecting for Health's Working Group on Accurately Linking Information for Health Care Quality and Safety.
In order to maximize trust in the system, Connecting for Health's Preliminary Roadmap recommends a decentralized and federated network approach that leaves decisions regarding the sharing of health information with patients and their healthcare providers.
Marc Overhage MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; senior investigator, Regenstrief Institute and co-chair of the Connecting for Health Technical Panel.
A common framework is a critical aspect of making sure that we are able to mobilize and effectively share health information on a large scale," said Wes Rishel, vice president, Gartner Research and co-chair of the Connecting for Health Technical Panel.
Connecting for Health's Preliminary Roadmap includes recommendations designed to realign incentives and tackle the legal and financial risks that providers and hospitals face when making decisions regarding the adoption of IT applications and interoperable systems.
The Connecting for Health Working Group on Financial, Organizational and Legal Sustainability will release later this summer an analysis of funding and other incentives designed to help healthcare leaders better understand the costs and benefits of accelerating the use of health IT systems.
Due to the scarcity of capital, not a lack of interest, healthcare providers are hard pressed to make the investments in technology that would allow them to provide better quality, evidence-based care," said Herb Pardes, president and chief executive officer of New York Presbyterian Hospital and executive vice chair of Connecting for Health.
Some of Connecting for Health's most far-reaching recommendations involve the patient's changing role regarding personal health and healthcare.
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