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What Is an Enterprise Health Cloud? By Jikku Venkat Digital transformation has changed the way users interact with the world, and the traditional healthcare experience no longer meets rising consumer expectations. Enterprise Health Clouds (EHCs) are designed to easily and securely deliver the smart and engaging digital health experience that patients expect today, while ensuring the compliance and data integration that care providers require. Enterprise Health Cloud Defined Enterprise Health Clouds allow health care providers and payers, pharma, biotech and medical device manufacturers to all deliver a secure and modern digital experience to their patients, members and workforce. They provide development accelerators in the form of SDKs, as well as cloud-based app development and delivery services. EHCs also handle security, interoperability and scalability, letting... (more)

Improving Operational Efficiency in Healthcare | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Analytics

Improving Operational Efficiency in Healthcare By Mohan Giridharadas, Founder and CEO, LeanTaaS The notion of improving operational efficiency is conspicuously absent from the healthcare debate - neither Obamacare nor the newly proposed GOP plan discusses the impact that a step-function improvement in efficiency could have on access to healthcare (through more capacity), quality of healthcare services (through reduced wait times for patients) or cost (through better utilization of scarce, expensive assets). The opportunity of improving operational efficiency in health systems is plainly visible - a quick walk around any hospital or clinic will show the obvious symptoms: waiting rooms filled with people while the very piece of equipment for which they are waiting remains idle and patients spending 90 minutes or more to obtain a quick consultation or a check of their v... (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)

‘Antiquated’ Systems Means the Government Is Not Delivering

Dr. Terry Mason, Commissioner for Chicago's Department of Public Health (CDPH), famously started his tenure by telling City Hall to shape up - but he soon discovered that waistlines weren't the only thing that needed to be leaner. Poor organization meant grants were not being used effectively, and service delivery to the public was subsequently below par. "We had an organization that was a bunch of castles trying to exist in one kingdom, and each castle had its own siloed operation and it duplicated a lot of things," says Dr. Mason in an interview for MeettheBoss.com. "Always at the 11th hour we were scrambling because we had unspent grant dollars and because our systems were antiquated, we didn't know." Dr. Mason estimates that some 10% of all healthcare grant dollars were returned. CHPD was reorganized with "a structure and the technology and a methodology" that ... (more)

US Patent and Trademark Office Grants athenahealth, Inc., Patent

Healthcare Innovation Journal athenahealth announced that on November 10, 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued athenahealth a patent entitled, ‘Practice Management and Billing Automation System’ (U.S. Patent No. 7,617,116) for its athenaNet rules engine that is part of the Company’s revenue cycle management service, athenaCollector. The patented athenahealth technology is, briefly described, a method for managing a medical practice’s insurance claims by storing and modifying claim rules based on ongoing interactions with claim messages received from payers on submitted claims, enabling the system to automatically produce cleaner and more accurate claims. A complete description of the patented technology is available through the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “Early on we designed athenaNet to act as a national utility that was ab... (more)

Challenges and Solutions for the Health Care Industry in Cloud Computing

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)

Healthcare IT and the Cloud

Over the last few weeks I've been hearing a lot of discussion around HIPAA. When we speak about HIPAA, invariably the two components of data security and data privacy arises. In the traditional data centers, database managers and data owners know where their data resides and implement the necessary processes to preserve privacy and audit access. However, when we move to the cloud, the cloud being all about data, we are looking at servers, network, and storage that are abstracted. This raises concern that data owners may not necessarily know where their data sets physically reside and we are looking at Cloud Service Provider (CSP) employees who will be handling confidential patient data or Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Of importance here is that when it comes to leveraging the cloud ecosystem for healthcare segments, the foremost concerns are around HI... (more)

Cloud Healthcare with HIPAA Compliance By @Ariel_Dan | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Case Study | Orbograph: Cloud Healthcare with HIPAA Compliance and Safe Harbor Orbograph is an innovative healthcare ISV that provides Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management (HRCM) solutions, online medical scheduling, PHR, and other services to hospitals and clinics. The Leader: Ran Rothschild, Director of Operations The Project: The company's next generation of products launched as a cloud service. The Challenge Orbograph was seeking to benefit from the advantages of cloud computing (elasticity, flexibility, cost-effectiveness) without compromising full compliance with HIPAA, Safe Harbor, and the utmost protection for its sensitive customer and corporate data. The Goal The company needed to secure electronic Protected Health Information (e-PHI) that the company creates, receives, maintains or transmits electronically in a way that is compliant and requires no hardwar... (more)

Case Study: Cloud Transitions Done Right By @VIIAD | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Every successful company hits growing pains at some point along the way. One of the most harrowing for IT is the transition from the "build it quick!" startup mindset to the more structured and stable mentality of a mid-stage business. For VIIAD Systems, a healthcare technology company that is reinventing how healthcare information flows, our transition from startup to mid-stage was marked by a transition from a physical, bare metal solution to a private cloud. We had been experiencing an almost overwhelming influx of business over the last two years, which was both a blessing and a challenge. Like many small businesses, we had pieced together our infrastructure over the years, which eventually resulted in an expensive and "clunky" solution. Upgrading our systems was a daunting task, and we were concerned that any downtime to critical systems would be crushing to ... (more)

IoT Trends 2016: Healthcare | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has impacted the healthcare sector heavily, unlike the trivial impact of the technology on an array of other verticals. M2M connected healthcare, which operates in an IT ecosystem, enables a range of healthcare service offerings, such as easy sharing of healthcare-related data pertaining to the medical history, personal information, diagnostic results, prescription information, clinical data, and other data regarding patients. The other uses of M2M connected healthcare lie in home monitoring, assisted living, clinical monitoring, and telemedicine. Thus, M2M healthcare systems hold the potential to cater to the increasing demand for quality healthcare for the increasing global population. Already, numerous M2M applications are in use in hospitals and other medical facilities, with more expected to be used in the near future. M2M Mo... (more)

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

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)