Inside the Briefcase

Briefcase Highlights


Assistive Tech Apps Uplifting Lives of Children with Cerebral Palsy

June 10, 2020 No Comments

At present, more than 500,000 U.S. children under the age of 18 are living with cerebral palsy (CP). Although physical therapy, rehabilitation, orthotic devices such as braces splints, and casts are among the most common treatments for CP, the use of assistive technology is becoming increasingly prevalent. We are fortunate enough to live in an age where technological advancements happen at break-neck speed, much to the benefit of both CP patients and their families. Not only is assistive technologies making it easier for children to communicate, but it has also improved the mobility of countless children with limited use of their legs tremendously.

The Benefits of Print Management In The Healthcare Industry

May 27, 2020 No Comments

Print management software has radically changed the process and the tasks within many different industries and one area where it is having a highly beneficial impact is the healthcare industry. Whilst a great number of clinics, surgeries and hospitals have switched to a more digital way of working, there is still a great need for printing within these healthcare settings. Providing solutions for this industry are highly focused companies such as Konica Minolta, which are able to provide a wealth of benefits to this sector and many more. The healthcare industry is greatly improved thanks to print management software in particular and these are just some of those benefits.

How Technology is Shaping the New Normal in Healthcare during Covid-19

April 22, 2020 No Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in some major changes to our healthcare system. Some of these changes will pass as short-term anomalies, while others promise to become permanent realities. Although the new normal in healthcare is still being framed, it is clear that the field of Digital Health will play a major role in what comes next. From data to Internet of Things (IoT), here are some of the trends taking shape.

How Machine Learning is Beginning to Influence Medical Device Technology: An Example with AED Units

April 17, 2020 No Comments

While it may seem like everything is being automated, and artificial intelligence and machine learning are taking over the world, that’s not the case in the medical device industry. Since medical devices have to go through pre-market approvals prior to sales in the United States, sometimes important, even, life-saving equipment doesn’t use the latest technology.

How Machine Learning and AI is Transforming the Future of Healthcare

November 14, 2019 No Comments

Artificial intelligence has been vexing us all for years. And it only continues to get better and better as time goes on. Sure, you will have some people who believe AI is a bad thing, or that it knows too much. However, whether we like it or not, AI is here to stay. Imagine a machine learning technology that can bring with it the knowledge of THOUSANDS of doctors-and bringing valuable insight to a single physician who can then make a sound treatment decision.

Lack Of Connectivity Not An Issue For Modern Telemedicine

November 4, 2019 No Comments

Virtual health has transformed both patient lives and care delivery in multiple ways. Even in areas with provider shortages, patients can receive specialist care and focused medical expertise; better preventive care can help them avoid more serious conditions and more expensive hospital bills. Providers can expand their geographic service coverage without driving to different cities and better monitor patients with chronic conditions. Telemedicine can also reduce the healthcare industry’s carbon footprint by eliminating numerous staff, provider and patient car trips every day.

Technology Increases The Safety And Accessibility Of Cosmetic Procedures

October 28, 2019 No Comments

Cosmetic surgery is on the rise, with 18 million people undergoing procedures last year in America. The internet and the influence of social media has helped to spread information about cosmetic procedures, while the impact of new technology has made it safer and easier to perform them. In addition, less invasive procedures, such as fillers and microsurgery, are also becoming more popular. From the increasing use of IT to connect and communicate with patients, to improving outcomes of cosmetic surgery, advances in technology are allowing more people to benefit from safe and precise surgeries performed by reputable practitioners.

How IT technologies Have Had an Impact on the Clinical Trials of New Medicines

September 12, 2019 No Comments

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.

Why Tech Might Be The Silver Lining For The Health Industry

September 10, 2019 No Comments

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.

Medicus IT- Healthcare IT Support and It’s Benefits

August 12, 2019 No Comments

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.

Tech to Get Your Health Organization Communicating Securely

July 29, 2019 No Comments

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.

5 Things You Should Know About Big Data In Healthcare

July 29, 2019 No Comments

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.

5 Ways Technology Is Democratizing Healthcare

July 17, 2019 No Comments

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.

New Medical Dispenser Technology Successful at Reducing Medication Errors

July 12, 2019 No Comments

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.

Game Changing Healthcare Technologies of 2019

July 9, 2019 No Comments

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.

Types Of Advanced Technology In The Health Care Industry

June 20, 2019 No Comments

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.

The Importance of Medical Coding as a Universal Language

May 30, 2019 No Comments

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.

Health-Tech Raising Standards of Hospital Cleanliness

May 9, 2019 No Comments

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

March 19, 2019 No Comments

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.

Disruptive Technologies And How They Impact Modern Healthcare

March 8, 2019 No Comments

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.

How IT is Streamlining the Healthcare Sector

February 5, 2019 No Comments

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.

How Technology Is Impacting Healthcare

December 22, 2018 No Comments

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 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.