Clinical research is one of the most critical areas of the pharmaceutical industry. Its main task is to study the safety and efficacy of new drugs before they enter the market. These studies are conducted with the participation of volunteers (patients). All processes in the clinical trials involve a number of difficulties and risks. Specialists in this field are primarily responsible for the health of patients who will use the medicine. Therefore, the entire scope of clinical research is regulated by regulatory documents, standards, and procedures.
Chronic diseases have recently come under the spotlight as it’s not only taxing to the individual, but also how they have a ripple effect on the economy. A recent study revealed that 50% of Australians have a chronic disease, which places health insurance, the workplace, and the patient’s personal finances under severe pressure. But there might just be a way that chronic diseases receive a boost. Not from further pharmaceutical development, but rather a technological boost. Will tech revolutionize the way our health insurance is managed? Perhaps.
The use of information technology in the medical field has been growing tremendously over the last couple of years and this is because of the numerous efficiencies it’s been bringing to the healthcare industry. Along with it, the demand for healthcare IT support has also risen. Today we examine how healthcare IT support is now vital to establish a more efficient way to manage healthcare.
The explosion of new technology hitting the market has transformed the way companies do business, governments make policies, and citizens live their lives. That we all have pocked-sized devices which keep us connected to people around the world is truly a marvel, but it comes with risks too.
Big data is a relatively new term used to describe the collection of structured or unstructured complex data that inundates businesses on a daily basis. Some of the main uses of big data is to uncover deep insights about an organization, and provide solutions to business-related problems that may have been impossible to uncover using more conventional analytics software.
The smartphone was once known as an essential technology for millennials; however, it crossed the generational lines in 2014. Nielsen first revealed previously this year that the majority of mobile users, including those 55 and older, own smartphones across all age groups. As such technology becomes more prevalent among all customers, the healthcare industry is now shifting to democratization. Nowadays, today’s customers are leveraging technology for health care reasons. Thus, health care providers are actively seeking fresh methods to use innovative techniques and patient information to improve the experience of health care and drive commitment.
In the United States alone, between 7,000 and 9,000 people die every year because of errors in medication. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of additional patients have adverse reactions that they simply do not report – meaning that the number of people affected by medication errors is much higher. A 2019 study by R.A. Tariq et. al. found that the total expense associated with this type of error ascends to a whopping $40 billion annually. Of course, financial cost is only one issue.
It’s a new dawn in the healthcare sector with the latest innovations and advancements in technology that can promise human beings a long and salubrious life. From Artificial Intelligence to Virtual Reality, it is a whole new era of health technologies, and there is perhaps a no better time to be alive. Health and technology have been working hand in hand for a long time now, but 2019 looks propitious now that a hoard of fresh approaches to technology is on the block.
The reach of technological and digital innovations has become unprecedented and has changed all industries. It continues to grow as it evolves every year. The healthcare industry, for example, greatly benefited from increasing role of technology, which has changed almost all processes. Smartphones and tablets are now used to replaced the old monitoring and recording system. There’s also the fact that people can now have full consultations with their doctor even though they’re at home. Because of advanced technologies, there are now healthcare services that are now available in user-friendly and easy-to-access devices.
We are all familiar with the importance of universal computer coding languages and how they facilitate the world-wide communication of information upon which our modern society is based. But parallel to these exists the equally vital world of medical coding, a universal language that is of increasing significance for both correct documentation of procedures and analysis of big data. Medical coding is as important within the healthcare system as Java or Python is to programmers, and it’s increasingly essential for maintaining the services and practices we’ve all come to depend upon.
Healthcare-Associated Infections lead to more deaths than car accidents, Aids or breast cancer in the US, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The spread of bad bacteria, as well as infectious viruses, is minimized by optimal cleanliness standards in hospitals. In addition to the revolutionized healthcare services brought by innovation in the healthcare industry, technology has heavily impacted the hospital disinfection processes. The primary goal is to curb the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections (HIAs), states the Center for Disease Control, in order to make these facilities safe to handle or use.
Digital innovations in the healthcare industry, also known as “healthtech”, are technologies that are either revolutionizing or predicted to revolutionize the industry. The healthcare industry is a great testing ground for digital innovations, because the goal is to make a lot of medical procedures easier to perform, and easier to obtain.
We regard technology as a catalyst to major change in our civilization. It drives evolution from one era of human existence into the next. It makes our daily activities easier, faster, and more efficient. Technological innovations are being produced today at such an accelerated pace that what is current now may become outdated in just a few short months. As remarkable as it is, technology has a way of becoming a major disruptive force that coerces societal change, welcome or not.
Sure enough, as new trends in IT development emerge, it has become crucial for stakeholders in the healthcare industry to be made aware of the latest disruptions within the field. In this sense, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest developments in IT that provide healthcare institutions the capacity for effective service deliveries.
There are a few ways in particular that are worth noting for future reference and being aware of. It can be difficult to keep up with all the latest trends and enhancements, so that’s why it’s good to educate yourself on a regular basis and get the overall picture of what’s going on. There are many breakthroughs that are revolutionizing the industry and creating a true interruption in the space.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Digital Healthcare, and Leveraging Technology, Movement and Behavior Modification to Chip Away at the Opioid EpidemicAugust 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.