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"
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 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)
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
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 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)
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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, 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
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)