The healthcare industry is not immune from today's relentless wave of
cyberattacks. Cyber theft of protected health information (PHI) is on the
rise, and health organizations understand that 100 percent prevention of
attacks is not realistic.
According to Ponemon Institute's Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy &
Security of Healthcare Data report, nearly 90 percent of all healthcare
organizations have suffered at least one data breach in the last two years.
According to another report, 88 percent of ransomware attacks in Q2 2016 were
on healthcare entities.
Traditional prevention and detection techniques are falling short, and
healthcare IT professionals are scrambling for new approaches that can more
effectively detect attacks and mitigate the growing risks and damage.
Emerging on the scene, deception-based solutions offer a proven way to stop
attackers in the... (more)
Enabling patient-doctor trust goes a long way in a provider's ability to
provide care. Trust is also critical for enabling network connections that
are safe, to help secure health networks.
The healthcare industry is scrambling to shore up defenses as cyberattacks
and breaches increase. The rapid adoption of electronic health
records/electronic medical records (EHR/EMR) has created an attractive
opportunity for cyber criminals. Ponemon Research recently reported that
breach costs are $363 for each stolen healthcare record, and that is the
highest across all vertical markets.
Health organizations are tasked with the difficult job of protecting both the
core HIS network and departmental systems. This is particularly true in
multidisciplinary practices which are comprised of clinics and multi-location
healthcare facilities. Typically, cyber security in healthcare built... (more)
Making Healthcare the Way It Should Be
By Sanjeev Agrawal, president and CMO, LeanTaaS Healthcare
Interoperability continues to be one of healthcare IT's biggest trends in
2016 as the industry sees momentous forward movement.
In fact, interoperability is not a new trend. It has been an important
mission (and a challenge) for healthcare administrators for decades, but the
past couple of years have been game-changing.
First, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants
interoperability to be a common feature in all EHRs by 2024 so that patient
data can be shared across systems to provide better care at a lower cost.
Since the 2009 passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and
Clinical Health Act (HITECH), a $30 billion initiative to accelerate EHR
adoption, more than 433,000 professionals (95 percent of eligible hospitals
and 60 percent... (more)
The Future of Hospital Operations Looks like "Air Traffic Control"
By Mohan Giridharadas
Explosion of data volumes. Interoperability of systems. Large servers in the
sky that can analyze enormous amounts of data, compute complex algorithms in
real time, and communicate in microseconds. Mobile communication through
devices that patients, providers and staff all carry all the time. What does
this all mean for hospital operations? Based on working with dozens of
hospitals and conversations with 100+ others, we think the near future of
hospital operations is quite exciting. Call it what you will - "Hospital
2.0," "No Waiting Rooms," "Hospital Operations Center" - the basic building
blocks to enable the future of hospital operations are already here.
Today, two major shifts are putting pressure on hospitals to rethink how they
deliver care: (a) increased demand for care fr... (more)
Wearable Medical Devices to Drive Global Wireless Health Market till 2023
Recent estimations show that an astounding 1.8 million people across the
world will be using wireless remote monitoring devices by 2017. Many of these
users will be those suffering from chronic diseases. To put that into
perspective, consider this: about 75% of all healthcare expenditure worldwide
is spent on patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes,
asthma, and Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular problems. Grappling with these
issues, the healthcare industry has attempted to increase the integration of
technology into medical services, and the wireless health market is expected
to benefit from this. Transparency Market Research's report, titled
‘Wireless Health Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth,
Trends and Forecast 2015-2023,' says that wearable medical device... (more)
The global wireless health market by products encompasses ECG monitors,
insulin monitors, neuromonitors such as EEG and EMG devices. This research
report analyzes this market on the basis of its market segments, major
geographies, and current market trends.
Recent estimates show that an astounding 1.8 million people across the world
will be using wireless remote monitoring devices by 2017. Many of these users
will be those suffering from chronic diseases. To put that into perspective,
consider this: about 75% of all healthcare expenditure worldwide is spent on
patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and
Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular problems. Grappling with these issues, the
healthcare industry has attempted to increase the integration of technology
into medical services, and the wireless health market is expected to benefit
from this. ... (more)
Recent reports from the GAO indicate the US government is falling behind the
technology gap, effecting everything from nuclear weaponry preparedness to an
increase in medical errors that have pushed them to become the third leading
cause of US deaths. We have IT solutions to solve problems such as healthcare
IT interoperability, but for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic to
political, nothing is done.
Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology
mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio
show joke contest, "Can You Top This" except that increasingly the joke is on
us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks to needless deaths from
medical errors, many of which are caused by preventable interoperability
According to a report released to Congress, the Government Acc... (more)
The competitive landscape of the global cloud computing market in the
healthcare industry is crowded due to the presence of a large number of
players. The large number of participants has led to the fragmented nature of
the market. Some of the major players operating in the global cloud computing
market in the healthcare industry are Cisco Systems Inc., Carestream Health
Inc., Carecloud Corp., AGFA Healthcare, IBM Corp., Cleardata Networks, Merge
Healthcare Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., and Oracle Corp.
"The high level of customization required by various healthcare organizations
has resulted in the emergence of a large number of market players with unique
expertise," a TMR analyst points out. This level of customized services
prevents any form of standardization across the market.
Concerns About Data Leakage Is a Major Challenge for Market Players
Rapid transfo... (more)
Have You Upgraded Your Body to Version 2.0?
The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our
physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change
rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of
the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is
automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected"
In her session at @ThingsExpo, Lisa Calkins, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus
Consulting, will discuss the impact of wearables, IoT and predictive
analytics on health and the consumer. At the end of this presentation, the
audience will have a new perspective on health and the Internet of Things.
Lisa Calkins is the CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting. She brings with
her over 20 years of experience in software consulting. Before Amadeu... (more)
Slide Deck from Gene Dragotta and Sachin Agarwal's Cloud Expo Presentation: A
Peek into the Future of Mobile-Enabled Health Care
While unprecedented technological advances have been made in healthcare in
areas such as genomics, digital imaging and Health Information Systems,
access to this information has not been easy for both the healthcare provider
and the patient themselves. Regulatory compliance and controls, information
lock-in in proprietary Electronic Health Record systems and security concerns
have made it difficult to share data across health care providers.
The opportunities inherent in mobile technology are dramatically changing the
way healthcare business gets done. Healthcare provider professionals are
adopting mobile devices and tablets as an alternative to desktops/laptops and
using mobile applications to augment gaps in existing patient management
The health care sector represents one of the most important and growing
industry in terms of support from Information Technology. In several
countries, including the US, health care spending in IT is at the top of the
IT industry. The following are some of the challenges faced by the industry
worldwide in general and the US in particular.
Challenge #1: Single Truth of Customer data, electronic medical records (EMR)
and health information exchanges (HIE). A patient information needs to be
true and unique across the globe and across transactions
Challenge #2: Applications subject to unpredictable bursting in thework load
for reasons beyond control like epidemic spread and natural disasters.
Challenge #3: Large data volumes and processing needs. Scans, X-ray,
real-time monitoring information and extensive analysis of the medical
conditions. A modest 100-bed hospital wil... (more)