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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)

The Future of Hospital Operations Looks like 'Air Traffic Control' | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData #Analytics

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)

Enabling Trust for Healthcare IT Security | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

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 | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #Cloud #BigData #MachineLearning

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)

Accelerate Mobile Application Development within Healthcare

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 s... (more)

Wearable Medical Devices | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #WearableTech

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)

PaaS Leads to Healthcare Solutions for Remote Regions of the World

The medical needs of developing countries are staggering and come in many shapes and sizes. The trouble is the real issues can only be understood once an individual or organization gets involved. About 10 years ago, our organization was routinely shipping medical supplies to hard-to-reach places. But what we found was that in many cases there were no hospitals to receive the supplies. We overcame this challenge by adapting the shipping containers used to move goods internationally into portable clinics outfitted with supplies and laptops. Once we were "on the ground" and learned more about the healthcare systems in countries such as Kenya, we found that even where there was an existing brick-and-mortar hospital, the medical software in place wasn't really compatible with local needs. This was for two reasons: either it was too complex or it was not designed to toler... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - II

Early Bird at Cloud Expo In Part 1 of Innovation and Risk in the Clouds, I focused on the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing. In part 2 we will discuss some of the risks and challenges cloud computing presents. Do you remember the last time you took a risk?  The first time?  Do you remember the first time you saw your company take a meaningful risk? In business there are some very memorable moments in risk taking.  Which ones do you recall?  One of my favorites is the Apple, Xerox, Microsoft, and IBM story told in the Pirates of Silicon Valley docudrama. It’s a classic tale of a large enterprise not fully recognizing the value of technology, and a smaller organization being sufficiently bold and nimble to capitalize on that mistake. As a former project manager, one of the activities I enjoyed most when managing projec... (more)

The Health of U.S. Healthcare

With Healthcare reform driving national attention to record levels of uninsured patients, the role of the CFO is becoming more difficult and crucial to the success of a hospital or healthcare service center. Due to the public eye scrutinizing this level of a corporation, CFOs across the healthcare industry are meeting in Miami for the CFO Healthcare Summit 2010 this October. The driving focus from attendees is to understand the right revenue cycle implementation and what is the most cost effective Supply Chain Management (SCM) procedures that can give their respective organizations a competitive edge. Raising issues of this caliber needs to be relevant for a private insurance environment as well as an increasingly socialized medical environment. For this reason representation from private institutions like Catholic Health East or the Baylor Health Care System, as w... (more)

Crosscheck Networks Drives Business-Critical SOA

Crosscheck Networks, Inc. on Tuesday introduced the next generation of its flagship product, Forum Sentry v8.0, helping organizations seamlessly migrate their enterprise SOA deployments to the cloud while capitalizing on the cloud computing model for business and competitive advantage. The company unveiled the latest version of Forum Sentry at the International SOA & Cloud Symposium (http://soasymposium.com), the world's largest international SOA and cloud computing conference. Notably, at the show today, Crosscheck Networks (Booth # 13) CEO Mamoon Yunus will explore enterprise-to-cloud migration in the session, "Requirements for Extending Enterprise SOA to Public Clouds (http://soasymposium.com/agenda2010.php)." Additionally, company CTO Jason Macy will share best practices in SOA threat defense in "SOA Threat Modelling: Attacking and Defending REST, XML and SOAP ... (more)