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The risks and rewards of IoT in healthcare

December 12, 2018 No Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking the industries of the world by storm, and the healthcare sector is no exception. With 101 million IoT devices worldwide, the healthcare industry is becoming more connected by the day, and this figure is expected to increase by over 62% by 2020. As is always the case with new technology, the growing presence of IoT in the healthcare industry poses several threats to both patients and providers – but do the rewards outweigh the risks?

Dignity Health Case Study

December 3, 2018 No Comments

The healthcare industry is undergoing tremendous transformation. To ensure its process improvement efforts are most effective, Dignity Health established a Performance Excellence Group to facilitate initiatives across the provider’s nearly 40 facilities.

UDM – Taming The Unstructured Data Beast

November 27, 2018 No Comments

The Beast is Big and Getting Bigger Never has this famed quote been more appropo. Organizations have been losing the battle with the growth and rampant sprawl of unstructured data. To help put this into perspective, according the IDC’s DataAge 2025 report they predict that global storage datasphere will grow from 16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025 and over 90% of that data will be unstructured vs structured. Taming the unstructured data beast is the opportunity in the chaos for the channel. The Unstructured Data Test Do you want to find a new opportunity with your clients or prospective clients? If so, here is a simple set of test questions you can ask. 1. How much data capacity is online today in your org, both on-premises and in the cloud? 2. Where is this data located, and is that where it should be? 3. Who owns this data and can you identify them for governance compliance? 4. What data sets belong to which applications? 5. Is that data protected and secured to your required SLAs? I can guarantee that 4 out of 5 times you will get more “I don’t know…”s, “that is hard to say…”s, or non-committal monosyllabic grunts, sighs and shrugs than anyone is comfortable with. Why? Because the answers to very simple questions are often the most difficult to provide. These five questions should be enough to to find a new business opportunity, show your value to your clients, and increase your standing as a trusted advisor. To back up this test, we gave it to over 200 IT leaders and application owners and the results are available at (Link). Unstructured Data Management Report In the Unstructured Data Management (UDM) report, over 200 IT leaders and application owners shared their current perspectives, challenges and predictions about unstructured data. In this report, we sought to understand three core trends facing IT leader and applications owners. 1. What is the scale of unstructured data under management? 2. How is that data being is being generated differently today and into the future? 3. What are the new ways that data is being applied in the business? From a scale perspective, 40% indicated that the “age of machine file creation” is upon us and machine created data will far exceed human generated data going forward. This is driven by analytics, IoT, medical imaging, EDA, media, financials and dozens of other automated functions. With IDC predicting that global storage datasphere will grow by 10X (16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025) and over 90% of that new data will be unstructured, it is easy to see that we are just beginning to see the scale and scope of the unstructured data beast. The second major data trend is the cataloging and management of metadata and tagging files into data sets that feed specific workflows and real-time analytics. Organizations are beginning to think of data in groups and datasets with shared metadata categories. This better enables them to support the needs of specific workflows, applications and analytics As the metadata is more visible it helps enhance the value, usability and mobility of data to support a greater range of use cases. They are clear that data must always be searchable, shareable and deliverable for any need. Next was the transition in unstructured data’s importance. It went from being important for business continuity to being strategic for generating revenue and improving operating models. This is best demonstrated in the the use of real-time analytics and the training of machine learning models. Analytics and machine learning are improving everything from marketing (via churn prediction, recommender systems, and targeted ad placement) to cancer diagnosis (via image recognition). The ability to operationalize data is a competitive weapon, and when combined with auditable integrity, it’s a game-changer. Competitively, data must and will be used for driving revenue, improving product designs, creating better customer interactions, finding ways to lower cost, and optimizing supply chains (both physical and digital). The Unstructured Opportunity for the Channel All of this leads us to the opportunity for the channel. The problems have changed and the solutions need to evolve with them. We think that when you ask your clients to take the “unstructured data test” you will find an consulting and business opportunity right in front of you. There are now new tools that can help you scan these vast sources of data and create a single catalog. Use these tools to help clients understand the scope and scale of the challenge in front of them. Help them to think of data as a dynamic resource instead of a static one stuck in silos. We see an evolution happening. Legacy unstructured data, new machine-generated data, IoT, real time analytics and AI/ML can be leveraged using a modern UDM approach that provides: ● Data visibility: The ability to see, search and find all of your data ● Data classification and organization: : The ability to organize, understand and govern your data ● Data protection: The ability to backup, archive and recover data ● Data mobility : The ability to programmatically move your datasets to the right places throughout their lifecycle We have seen this opportunity manifest in the real world, with companies like Paige.AI improving cancer diagnostics by accelerating machine learning workflows, moving the data to the right place at the right time and then providing the ability to track and recreate data sets for specific ML models. This closed loop UDM capability is required to meet the challenges of the future. Best of all, this is not just a future vision, but something we are deploying today with channel partners like FusionStorm, Red8, SnowCap, and P1 Technologies.

Cyber Defender Strategies: What Your Vulnerability Assessment Practices Reveal

September 13, 2018 No Comments

What’s your vulnerability assessment style? Are you scanning weekly, monthly or quarterly? And, what does your scanning habit reveal about the maturity of your organization’s vulnerability assessment practices, a critical part of cyber hygiene? These are the key questions Tenable Research set out to answer in our Cyber Defender Strategies Report. We discovered four common vulnerability assessment strategies in use today. These strategies tell us how mature an organization’s vulnerability discovery process is – and help us identify ways to improve.

Cybersecurity Insiders 2018 Application Security Report

September 13, 2018 No Comments

What happens when you mix swelling application portfolios and eager attackers? According the 2018 Application Security Report from Cybersecurity Insiders, you find 62% of organizations less than fully confident in their application security posture. With over 20 charts and graphs, the 2018 Application Security Report gives you insight into the most critical appsec trends and challenges, and provides an overview of the tools cybersecurity professionals choose first when keeping applications safe and secure.

IDC Analyst Connection: Accelerating Digital Transformation in Healthcare to Embrace Disruption

August 28, 2018 No Comments

Tweet Healthcare organizations are under intense and mounting pressure to prioritize delivering value-based health, responding to consumerism, and improving outcomes. Adoption of these new technologies will lead to profound changes in processes, workflows, and expectations of healthcare organizations and their stakeholders. Most healthcare organizations are just beginning to embrace digital transformation, with 83% of providers […]

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Digital Healthcare, and Leveraging Technology, Movement and Behavior Modification to Chip Away at the Opioid Epidemic

August 27, 2018 No Comments

In this interview, Daniel Perez, CEO and co-founder of Hinge Health, will discuss how the rise of digital healthcare programs are helping providers better care for a large segment of the population living with chronic pain. He’ll outline the undeniable benefits of applying technology to healthcare, and share clinically-proven alternatives to expensive pharmaceuticals and invasive procedures for treating musculoskeletal pain.

The Impact AI Has on Value-Based Care

August 16, 2018 No Comments

Most people do not really understand what they have to think about when it comes to artificial intelligence. There is a huge possibility that the majority will remember some fantasy movies where they saw flying cars and robotic maids that will cook your dinner and do the washing for you. Otherwise, we would already have a robot at home that will help your children with their homework and with your projects at work.

Tech is a Game Changer in Reducing Medical Errors

August 13, 2018 No Comments

Around 250,000 deaths per year occur due to medical errors, making them the third leading cause of mortality in the United States. The physical suffering, as well as the psychological and mental anguish caused by these unintentional acts, cost money and time. Luckily, with the advent of advanced technology, there are several ways that medical errors can be prevented to improve the outcomes of healthcare. By integrating technology in healthcare, on or off the operating table, the likelihood of errors and negligence is reduced substantially.

4 Ways Mobile Apps are Helping the Health Industry

July 26, 2018 No Comments

The era of digitization has brought some major changes in the world. Some things have become easier while others have become more complicated. Looking to the brighter side, it has played a vital role in many industries where work has become cost-effective. Since the inception of mobile devices, it has been really convenient to reach out to as many people as possible.

Virtual Care: Innovation to Impact

July 26, 2018 No Comments

Telemedicine is well on its way to transforming healthcare. In the coming decades, virtual care will be woven into the fabric of healthcare at every stage. For example, it will take over much of primary care, it will incorporate genomic therapy, and it will become the healthcare backbone for the Internet of Things.

The Rocky Road to Healthcare IoT Security

July 24, 2018 No Comments

In today’s healthcare world, the Internet of Things or IoT stands at the core of digital transformation along with blockchain, VR, AR, and other forefront technologies. Healthcare organizations will undoubtedly benefit from adopting IoT. According to a recent report on PRNewswire, the global market’s volume for IoT sensors in healthcare accounted for $1.1 billion in 2017. The report also forecasts the market to reach $1.9 billion by 2022, growing at 12.7% CAGR. Still, the increasing interest in connected devices and dedicated enterprise mobile development inevitably clashes with security concerns. While regular security breaches in healthcare carry a threat to sensitive clinical and patient identity data, IoT breaches can put patient health at risk.

How Adaptive Cyber Security Can Enable Digital Health Adoption

June 27, 2018 No Comments

Digital health focuses on connecting the systems, tools, medical devices, and services together that deliver needed healthcare to each of us and gives critical data insights to each player across the healthcare delivery landscape that weren’t available before. According to the recent 8th Annual Industry Pulse Report from Change Healthcare, security and privacy concerns are causing healthcare payers and providers to strongly reconsider whether or not they want to adopt these digital health technologies and mobile tools.

The Impact of Information Technology on Medicine

May 30, 2018 No Comments

Technology is one of the most volatile spheres of today’s world. Every day, new updates are being developed with the aim of making tasks easier and more enjoyable. Technology is known to continuously influence all spheres of life, as well as professions. From commerce to law, even business and science – they have all benefited one way or another from the advancement of this sphere. The healthcare sector hasn’t been left out either.

Telemedicine In Chronic Care Management: Improving Patient Outcome

April 9, 2018 No Comments

The care quality reinforced by optimized performance of the medical staff is the main goal among healthcare vendors today. The endeavors to provide maximum patient-centered and equitable care are especially palpable for Medicare patients with chronic conditions. What are the reasons? Medicare reimbursement has been a questionable issue for the last few years as medical staff had to do quite a number of things beyond the bounds of face-to-face visits. Previously, phone calls and core coordination services with other specialists were not paid at all, but now there has been found a solution to get reimbursed.

Is My Electronic Information Safe In a Hospital?

March 23, 2018 No Comments

If you’re somewhere over the age of 30, you’re most likely familiar with the scene of walking into a doctor’s office and seeing walls of medical files lining the office. In recent years, however, all of those rows of files have started to be replaced by digital records, transported instantaneously from office to office, wherever your doctor may need them.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Using Big Data To Identify The Cells Already In Your Body To Fight Disease

February 23, 2018 No Comments

with Kevin Bermeister, CodondexBig data is promising to help healthcare providers take massive steps forward in treating diseases such as cancer. In this interview, we sit down with KevinBermeister, long time technology investor and innovator, about his startup Codondex. Read More >>>

Why Healthcare Organizations Need a Cloud Strategy for 2018

February 23, 2018 No Comments

Although healthcare’s migration to the cloud has sped up in the past few years, many internal IT departments are still lagging behind, relying on legacy infrastructure and data centers while pushing back on requests to better support existing services—or innovative new ones. One of the most common responses to such requests: “We’ll be able to accommodate that after we move to the cloud.”

4 IT Trends That Businesses Can Learn from the Healthcare Sector

January 16, 2018 No Comments

Tweet Featured article by Katie Johnson, Independent Technology Author IT implementation is helping businesses in various industries move forward and stay ahead. Through the use of tech-based solutions, businesses now have the ability to streamline their operational workflows and improve efficiency. At the same time, IT implementation is helping businesses manage information better as well […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Breaking Into Health Tech

January 3, 2018 No Comments

Technology is important in nearly every aspect of modern life, from communicating with friends and family to completing essential work tasks. However, nowhere is technology more vital than in healthcare, where physicians and patients rely on high-tech machines and tools to perform tests, make diagnoses, and administer treatments. While a new smartphone or a high-performing network might be advantageous in other fields, it is inarguable that developing health tech is a noble effort that deserves high praise and prestige.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Is the IoT Infiltrating the Healthcare Industry?

November 14, 2017 No Comments

with Mohamed Shishani, Schneider ElectricIn this interview, Mohamed Shishani discusses how healthcare organizations are implementing new technologies to improve power management capabilities in their facilities, and the impact this has on patient care. Read More >>>

Predictive Scheduling Solutions May Save Healthcare Providers Billions of Dollars

October 31, 2017 No Comments

Incidents of patient no show are more common than you might think, and they can come with a hefty price tag for healthcare providers. As many as 15 percent of appointments that are made result in a no show and it’s been suggested that as many as 40 percent of a day’s bookings can result in a missed appointment. Not only does this pose an enormous inconvenience to providers who already have to put in substantial effort to keep appointments in order, but the ultimate loss of revenue can be enormous.

Teaching Hospitals May Provide Better Care for Patients

October 23, 2017 No Comments

The medical industry is just one field that is benefiting thousands of people from its newfound developments and incorporations of technology and big data. Doctors and hospitals are using these new advancements in technology, big data and artificial intelligence to find more effective ways to give patients the care they need.

How Big Data is Changing Medicine

October 3, 2017 No Comments

Big data is starting to change our world in a number of exciting ways. In recent years, big data has been used for many different purposes, including to track the spread of infectious diseases and played a pivotal role in helping aid agencies to get ahead of an Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.

The Future of Medicine: Medical Microchips

August 21, 2017 No Comments

The phrase “medical microchips” may elicit a science fiction-esque sense of imaginative fancy, but as healthcare technology advances, use of such devices becomes more and more plausible. Medical professionals have been working to interface with the human brain for years using electroencephalography, but now comes the opportunity to track and interact with brain waves on a more intimate level.

Using Technology to Ease Change Management in Healthcare Organizations

August 2, 2017 No Comments

Healthcare organizations can increase the odds of successful integrations that result in greater agility decrease their cost base, and improve the quality of care they provide.

Modern Healthcare Cloud Solutions Designed for Best Practices

August 2, 2017 No Comments

Explore this actigraphic to see if your organization is on the right track for tackling these healthcare cloud issues.

Doing the Math to Reduce Wasted Time for Healthcare Delivery

August 2, 2017 No Comments

Excellent service processes are fast processes — this is the universal truth of service operations. Just as the water level in the bay hides the rocks from visibility, high levels of inventory mask underlying problems in manufacturing or logistics. Extending the analogy to service, long process times mask all kinds of service inefficiencies, such as incorrect order entry, insufficient resources, and errors in processing individual steps in the service journey. Increasing the velocity of a service process is akin to lowering the water level in the bay in order to expose the “rocks” that need to be tackled. Speed really does matter.

Technology That Is Changing the Nature of Medicine

July 10, 2017 No Comments

The field of biomedical research is huge and ever expanding. As industry, in particular, the tech industry, contributes more and more funding and patents for medical firms to use, there are now technologies available that were completely unthinkable just a few decades ago. Technology has had an impact on the medical field in other less direct ways too, from the ability to study for nursing degrees remotely and even consult with patients remotely using webcams.

10 Tech Pointers Hospitals Can Reduce Length of Stay for Their Patients

June 22, 2017 No Comments

Hospital administrations have set their sights on reducing patient length of stay (LOS), both because of changing reimbursement requirements and the fact that reducing LOS can also decrease the number of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), which have payment reductions of their own. These efforts have led to a flurry of research into factors that impact LOS and how to address them. However, due to the diversity of patient conditions, much of the literature focuses on a very specific class of patient (e.g., patients with acute kidney damage). Beyond those two factors, though, there are several general operational considerations that have an impact on LOS and are more straightforward to address.