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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 ...
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 Ann...
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 increas...
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 coup...
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 th...
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 clou...
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 prob...
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 t...
From watches to socks, shirts to wristbands, glasses to rings, wearables promise all kinds of features to make our lives better. Thus, everyone seems to be building new wearables or software to run on them. The hottest sectors for wearables currently are twofold: wristbands such as Fit...
I’m struck by what’s happening in the healthcare industry – between healthcare providers such as hospitals, and healthcare payers such as insurance companies – and how that industry is ripe for a metamorphosis into something much more efficient, effective and customer (patient)-centric...
Healthcare providers continue to assume increasing amounts of risk in care delivery. This has major implications, not just for providers and patients, but also vendors in IT, diagnostics, therapeutics and devices. If providers assume risk, why shouldn’t their vendors? We're already se...
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 compan...
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 ...
Hypertension, or the state of having constantly high blood pressures within the arteries, affects almost 76 million people in the US. That is nearly 34% of the entire country's adult population. Needless to say, it isn't rare. Adding to that, it is the leading cause of cardiovascular d...
The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia Ne...
Lake Success, NY, March 15, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Voicebrook today announced an agreement with Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), in which the two leaders in clinical documentation solutions will work together to deliver comprehensive, speech-enabled reporting solutions for anato...
Orlando, FL, March 14, 2012 --(PR.com)-- OpenEMR is an ONC-ATB Ambulatory EHR 2011-2012 certified electronic health records and medical practice management application. The selection came after significant review of the OpenEMR architecture and the possibility of integration with a Sk...
Earlier this week the Canadian Government announced $67 million in funding for ‘personalized medicine’. A big part of the challenge will be technology – Even for standard healthcare there is still slow progress in key areas like adoption of the basics like EMR. Cloud will play a big ...
Recently we formed the ‘Canadian Cloud Best Practices Council‘, to define a strategy for how Canada can become a leader in the emerging field of Cloud Computing. Central to this will be the development and publication of policies for ‘Digital Economy’ leadership. This is a crucial pi...
What are the drivers affecting buy and build strategies? What elements must be considered if a hospital is to grow and maintain its own applications, purchase an off-the-shelf product, or work with a team (outsource engineering) to build a product? Making the right choice is a challeng...
The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Greetings! This is Kevin Benedict offering a...
The health care and social services vertical marketplace is extensive. It includes companies that provide medical care and social assistance for individuals -- which includes ambulatory healthcare services, hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and social assistance servi...
According to the findings from a global market study, the health care sector has a highly complex IT environment that's supporting a very diversified professional user population (i.e., clinicians) -- along with their patients in life-critical situations. The industry is currently faci...
3SO is a perfect example of a use case for the NIST Community Cloud Deployment Model, because they are a “shared services organization” for a number of Healthcare units. A shared services organization is an example of the same community effect at the people and process level. It exis...
Our Telco Cloud Services initiative is a product innovation program for telcos and web hosting companies, intended to develop a Cloud solutions portfolio for them to adopt based on best practices developed from real-world projects.To achieve this I was inspired by the UK Governments co...
How important is a patient’s privacy? If your organization is a health care facility, the instinctive answer that comes to mind is “Very important!” After all, a patient’s privacy is the basis upon which the doctor/patient relationship is based. Right? But the real answer, when it com...
In my last post on choosing the best monitoring system, I talked about what good network, cloud and website monitoring systems should offer, for example, information on network traffic, end-user activities, apps, virtual machines and cloud platforms themselves. In this post, I’d like ...
Cloud computing continues to gain steam, and it has been some time since we first asked, who is gaining your mind share? As previously noted in the 4Q09 article, this list is a subjective impression of Cloud Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) on the cloud computing radar. As us...
For others, that will build and support their own enterprise cloud environments, the dynamic nature of cloud computing – with servers, networks, and storage dynamically showing up and disappearing from the environment, it will be a difficult and challenging model to manage; particularl...
Do you have reservations about cloud computing?  You are not alone. Cloud computing is no panacea. You may wonder then why I'm a cloud computing advocate.  Well, simply put, it has the best business model potential I have seen in the marketplace since the advent of the Internet. While ...
In part 1 and part 2 we covered the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing; and discussed the risk of innovation in the cloud. Now lets turn our attention towards our respective organizations. Innovation in the world of business occurs i...
Here's a very good article concerning the various types of strong identity management, multifactor and two-factor authentication solutions that are necessary for healthcare system and process identity enforcement - recently written by John D. Halamka MD, a self-described Healthcare CIO...
As most of you are aware, last week Salesforce.com held its DreamForce 2009 Cloud Computing event.  Unfortunately, I had a conflict with an ITIL course and was unable to attend what is arguably one of the most important Cloud Computing events of the year.  However, I did have the pleas...
I attended the mHealth Summit organized by the Foundation for NIH in DC on October 29-30 to get a sense of the progress in the use of mobile technologies to improve health care. It is a fascinating area where mobile technology can make a real difference in the lives of many people, esp...
Medical processing is a very good use case for Cloud Computing, since it requires significant processing power. It also has clear and obvious governance requirements, concerning secure access to information. David Brossard from BT is speaking at
Healthcare wealth is no different than any other form of wealth – it’s just a much more emotional microcosm. There is simply not enough medical care to go around. Not enough doctors, hospital beds, machines, drugs – not enough of any of it, and there very likely never will be. This isn...
In the excitement of witnessing the dawn of a new era in computing, we often overlook the fact that while many of us understand the benefits of cloud computing, there are many more that are just beginning this exciting journey. For those just getting started, here’s a few quotes...
The NHS seems to think that all us journalists ever want to do is knock it. That'’s not true. When I was treated in Poole Hospital for an arm fracture the nurses asked me what I did for a living, so I told them and they immediately recoiled. I had to expla...
Most significant challenges deserve objective analysis based on economic principals. Supply and demand being at the core. Things costing to much ? The explaination is usually a lack of competition or artifical restrictions among alternative options for buyers. Not enough supply? Ba...
A posting that I published originally on GreenSpacesRx called "LEED for Healthcare: Worth It?" has been edited and is now published on the Cleantech Group's website. The essence of the posting has stayed the same, however, the lead in may be more definitive than what I meant in the edi...