HealthTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Healthcare en Healthcare Organizations Boost Efficiency via Identity and Access Management Tools <span>Healthcare Organizations Boost Efficiency via Identity and Access Management Tools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:10</span> <div><p>Six months prior to its scheduled go-live with a new electronic health record in 2012, <a href="" target="_blank">Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center</a> had a big problem: It lacked a <strong>scalable and sustainable</strong> identity and access management solution.</p> <p>“The project was going sideways and was only going to get worse as we rolled out more applications, so we had to eject,” CIO Kent Hoyos says.</p> <p>The <strong>412-bed hospital</strong>, which serves eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties, started investigating IAM solutions it could implement in short order when its EHR vendor suggested Imprivata. Two weeks after being shown a proof of concept, the organization began piloting the company’s <a href="" target="_blank">OneSign solution</a>.</p> <p>Soon afterward, Hoyos and his team rolled the technology out across the hospital and haven’t looked back since. OneSign allows Pomona’s clinicians to enter a single username and password and wave a badge over a reader, which automatically logs them in to all the applications they need to use. That enables unimpeded roaming between locations — from a patient’s room to a nursing station, for instance — as clinicians care for individuals and enter or retrieve data.</p> <p>Pomona’s OneSign implementation also complemented work on the deployment of a Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure. The organization wanted to standardize its infrastructure so that no matter a user’s location, they would have the same experience and the same user interface, Hoyos says.</p> <p>“The success for us has been ­clinicians’ acceptance, and as we’ve added applications, this tied in nicely with their workflow,” he says. “If they need to move somewhere else, they can tap out. The session lays in suspense for a few hours, and they can go right back to where they were.”</p> <p>Hospital clinicians typically use multiple applications, with doctors and nurses at Pomona leveraging <strong>35 to 40 different applications daily</strong>, Hoyos says. Identity and access management solutions enable IT teams to optimize workflow for end users, which ultimately leads to a better provider experience and more seamless patient care.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DOWNLOAD: </strong>See how organizations are keeping up with next-level security!</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Envision Healthcare Adopts Common Computing After M&amp;A</h2> <p>In an era of increased mergers and acquisitions in healthcare, many growing organizations are turning to IAM solutions to streamline operations and offer common computing experiences across user settings.</p> <p>Nashville-based <a href="" target="_blank">Envision Healthcare</a> has <strong>grown rapidly through M&amp;A activity</strong>. It contracts with hospitals and health systems to provide doctors and clinicians to those organizations, and owns <strong>261 surgery centers and a surgical hospital</strong>. With that growth comes challenges around assimilating new employees and identity and access management for both business users and clinicians.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/david-raths" hreflang="en">David Raths</a></div> </div> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:10:03 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41626 at Providers Must Plan Today for Tomorrow’s IoT Landscape <span>Providers Must Plan Today for Tomorrow’s IoT Landscape</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:55</span> <div><p>Over the past few years, the healthcare industry has started a shift to paying providers based on care quality. As that change persists, <strong>episodic care management will steadily decrease</strong>, replaced with constant monitoring and reminders that help individuals maintain healthy habits. It won’t completely go away, of course, but the goal for providers will be to prevent ailments as much as possible, rather than treat them reactively. This especially will be true for patients with <a href="">multiple chronic conditions</a>.</p> <p>Technology’s role in this process is critical and will continue to grow as time passes. Use of devices such as medical-grade wearables or connected scales and blood pressure cuffs — what <a href="" target="_blank">Partners HealthCare</a> Vice President of Connected Health<a href=""> Dr. Joseph Kvedar</a> refers to as the Internet of Healthy Things — will expand as patients and providers become more comfortable with such setups.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO: </strong>We bust myths about IoT in healthcare!</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Agile Development Facilitates Medical IoT</h2> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">statistics published by Aruba</a>, by 2019, <strong>87 percent</strong> of healthcare organizations will have adopted IoT technology. More than half of the survey’s respondents (<strong>57 percent</strong>) believe IoT will not only increase workforce productivity, but also save costs. Twenty-seven percent predict such <strong>tools will improve collaboration</strong> with both colleagues and patients.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11526" hreflang="en">Christine Holloway</a></div> </div> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:55:42 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41621 at New FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Improve Medical Device Security <span>New FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Improve Medical Device Security</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:01</span> <div><p>It's no secret that medical devices present <a href="">major security concerns for providers</a> everywhere as healthcare facilities become ever-more connected. In an attempt to address this, the Food and Drug Administration has released a <a href="" target="_blank">draft guidance</a> that seeks to ensure that medical device manufacturers are prepared to take on security issues.</p> <p>“Cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities in today’s modern medical devices are evolving to become more apparent and more sophisticated, <strong>posing new potential risks to patients and clinical operations</strong>,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said <a href="" target="_blank">in a statement</a>. In response, the FDA has been working with stakeholders in the medical sector to stay ahead of evolving threats, Gottlieb notes.</p> <p>The result is the draft premarket guidance released by the FDA on Oct. 17, which "provides updated recommendations for device manufacturers on how they can <strong>better protect their products</strong> against different types of cybersecurity risks, from ransomware to a catastrophic attack on a health system," Gottlieb notes in the statement.</p> <p>The new guidance builds on previous guidance for manufacturers released by the FDA in 2014. Gottlieb noted that the current updates were to help manufacturers stay proactive in the face of the "<strong>rapidly evolving nature of cyber threats</strong>."</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="" target="_blank" title="CDW Cybersecurity Insight Report"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen" hreflang="en">Juliet Van Wagenen</a></div> </div> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:01:43 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41616 at Q&A: Dell Medical School’s Dr. Karen DeSalvo Calls for a Patient Care Revolution <span>Q&amp;A: Dell Medical School’s Dr. Karen DeSalvo Calls for a Patient Care Revolution</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:04</span> <div><p>Dr. Karen DeSalvo understands the complexities of patient care and technology’s role in the process. In post-Katrina New Orleans, she established a model of <strong>neighborhood-based primary care </strong>to help vulnerable populations. That spawned growth in the use of IT for care in the city over the next decade. And as National Coordinator for Health IT until 2016, DeSalvo guided federal <strong>strategic efforts to improve data flow between care stakeholders</strong>.</p> <p><em>HealthTech</em> spoke to DeSalvo, now a professor at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School</a>, about the modern state of health IT, her work at the Office of the National Coordinator and the importance of emphasizing social determinants of health in patient care.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DOWNLOAD:</strong> Learn how mobility programs empower clinicans to step-up care!</em></a></p> <h2><span style="color: #c74037;">HEALTHTECH:</span> What is the state of technology use for patient care? What’s working, and what do you believe needs to change?</h2> <p><strong>DESALVO:</strong> EHR data is a good start, but we need to think a lot more about retail data and other sources of information that can tell providers something more about the current and future state of an individual’s health. We must try to understand how wearables, smart speakers and other devices can make access to health information and decision support more routine.</p> <p>Perhaps most important is how <strong>technology can democratize access to great care</strong>. Think about a chronically ill individual with special dietary needs who’s rural or has transportation challenges. If you live in an area that’s a food desert, concerns likely will arise about how to get to that food. But when the system can leverage, say, drones to deliver food to you, that starts to change your opportunity to not only have better care, but better health more broadly.</p> <h2><span style="color: #c74037;">HEALTHTECH:</span> What did you take away from your time as national coordinator, in which you traveled around the country to discuss IT challenges and successes with providers?</h2> <p><strong>DESALVO:</strong> I had this one particular week where I was in Alabama and they were raising really important issues about lack of internet access and health literacy and other challenges that they were facing that were causing barriers to basic adoption of electronic health records. Then I went to Silicon Valley for a listening session, and the focus was really more on <a href="">telehealth and virtual care</a>, other ways to leverage technology and build more sophisticated predictive models that incorporate measures such as retail data.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:04:23 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41611 at Visualization Solutions Put Big Data Front and Center for Providers <span>Visualization Solutions Put Big Data Front and Center for Providers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:26</span> <div><p>Hospitals and health systems increasingly want to leverage data analytics visualization tools to affect real patient and organizational change. Information pulled from a provider’s IT applications can be used for everything from improving emergency department efficiency and throughput to managing cash flow and stopping cybercriminals in their tracks.</p> <p>The latter use case is especially important for <a href="" target="_blank">Union Hospital of Cecil County</a> in Elkton, Md., which <strong>relies on analytics to stay ahead of security threats</strong>.</p> <p>“We keep our leaders well aware of what’s happening with security breaches,” says Bonnie Davis, UHCC’s director of health information services and management. “<strong>It’s all about the risk</strong>, so that’s how we presented it. The risk is definitely there and we would rather prevent it proactively than have something happen.”</p> <p>UHCC uses <a href="" target="_blank">Splunk Enterprise</a>, in combination with security software from <a href="" target="_blank">Carbon Black</a> and other vendors, to drive home the message that security threats are always present and constantly evolving. For instance, analytics help the <strong>122-bed</strong>, nonprofit community hospital flag suspicious activity patterns, such as multiple account login attempts to IT systems, including the electronic health record. The IT team can tell if multiple attempts result in an account lockout and, especially troubling, if the attempts occur outside of regular business hours or come from an external source or a foreign country where the hospital doesn’t do business.</p> <h2>Texas Taps Data as a Barometer of Success</h2> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Texas Children’s Hospital</a> in Houston, analytics help provide insights on everything from employee time tracking to patient readmissions.</p> <p>The <strong>767-bed organization</strong>, which uses <a href="" target="_blank">Qlik’s QlikView business intelligence software</a>, is especially focused on leveraging data analytics to help reduce maternal and fetal harm, says Frances Kelly, the former director of quality and safety at the organization’s Pavilion for Women.</p> <p><img alt="Q0418-HT-TechTrends-Shaw-BonnieDavis.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 20.8px;">Data visualization tools help Union Hospital of Cecil County track security trends, says Health Information Services and Management Director Bonnie Davis. Photo: Gary Landsman.</span></p> <p>Texas Children’s has used the tool to <strong>build reports</strong> on the Joint Commission’s perinatal core measures, including elective delivery before <strong>39 weeks</strong>, which is the rate of deliveries that occur before 39 weeks without a medical indication. The tool also <strong>gathers and reports data</strong> on obstetric adverse events, a composite metric that reflects eight maternal and four fetal measures. </p> <p>The organization uses this as a barometer of its quality and safety progress, Kelly says.</p> <p>By putting the data front and center and using it to drive performance improvement projects, she says, the <strong>rate of obstetric adverse events has decreased 64 percent</strong> since the Pavilion for Women <a href="" target="_blank">opened inpatient services</a> in March of 2012.</p> <p>UHCC also relies on analytics to manage clinical quality. Data sharing is simplified using dashboards that sort information into heat maps, charts or graphs, and with geo-visualization, available via the <a href="" target="_blank">Google</a> Maps add-on for Splunk Enterprise. </p> <p>“It’s a really good way to ingest data that is organized and more serviceable for individuals, from security to business,” says UHCC HIPAA Security Officer Nolan Forrest. “<strong>It’s incredibly powerful.</strong>”</p> <p>One report compiles readmission rates for the top five diagnoses so clinicians can better monitor at-risk patients. At <strong>daily safety huddles</strong>, the team discusses the data and how each readmission might have been prevented.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DOWNLOAD: </strong>Learn how to leverage analytics and digital health tools to drive health outcomes 24/7!</em></a></p> <h2>Analytics Is a Team Sport at Michigan Medicine</h2> <p>Ann Arbor-based <a href="" target="_blank">Michigan Medicine</a>, an academic medical center that’s affiliated with the University of Michigan medical school, deploys Tableau software throughout the healthcare organization to improve safety, efficiency and business processes.</p> <p><img alt="Q0418-HT-TechTrends-Shaw-elpunto.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></p> <p>Three groups at Michigan Medicine — the IT team, the business customer and the operational crew — <strong>partner</strong><strong> on analytics projects</strong> and implement the findings, says Jonathan Greenberg, former analytics director for the organization.</p> <p>“Analytics and data science are a team sport,” he says.</p> <p>In one pilot program, Michigan Medicine used predictive data generated by the emergency department staff to help physicians visually track patients’ status. Tom Cook, a business intelligence analyst with the program, combined a physical map of the building with each patient’s data to create a geo-visualization of all patients. That allowed doctors to look at the map from any room on a desktop, tablet or smartphone to see not only who was sickest, but who was getting sick the fastest.</p> <p>David Berrie, another business i­ntelligence analyst at the academic medical center and health system, helped automate a complex cash reconciliation program. In six months, he’d automated almost <strong>95 percent</strong> of the ­process, <strong>saving tens of thousands of ­dollars</strong>, Greenberg says.</p> <p>“For automation, that’s insanely high,” he says. </p> <h2>Stakeholders and Experts Prove Key to Data Distribution</h2> <p>Often, analytics deployment ideas come from outside of the IT department, Greenberg says.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/gienna-shaw" hreflang="en">Gienna Shaw</a></div> </div> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:26:22 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41606 at Legacy Hardware Offers Hackers a Gateway into Health IT Infrastructure <span>Legacy Hardware Offers Hackers a Gateway into Health IT Infrastructure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:43</span> <div><p>Healthcare organizations are facing a mounting security challenge: Not only is patient data a ripe target for hackers, but legacy hardware systems have such holes in their security <a href="‘Perfect-Storm’-Healthcare-Industry-Data" target="_blank">that ERI called the current situation a “perfect storm.”</a></p> <p>According to the report, <strong>3.15 million</strong> patient records were compromised in <strong>142 healthcare data breaches</strong> in the second quarter of 2018. A full <strong>30 percent</strong> of privacy violations involved repeat offenders.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DOWNLOAD:</strong> Prioritize security with a risk-based strategy!</em></a></p> <h2>The 2 Types of Legacy Medical Device Vulnerabilities</h2> <p>Vulnerabilities around legacy hardware come in two forms. <strong>The first is that security hasn’t been a priority</strong> when it comes to healthcare hardware. “Modern IT systems are being <strong>designed with security baked in</strong> from the beginning. That wasn’t the case with medical devices, and still often isn’t the case,” says Christopher Dawson, threat intelligence lead at <a href="" target="_blank">Proofpoint</a>.</p> <p>While new devices might be developed with security at least tacked on as an afterthought, legacy hardware is still in use in practices — even if the devices were developed years before <a href="">ransomware became a high-profile problem.</a></p> <p>“These devices stay in clinical practice for years,” says Dr. Christian Dameff, emergency physician and clinical informatics researcher at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of California, San Diego</a>. “Think of a device conceived using Windows XP that goes into practical and clinical use for eight years. It could be in operation well after Microsoft stops issuing patches for it.” <a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in 2014</a>.</p> <p>The second type of vulnerability is that hospital systems, busy with saving lives, <strong>aren’t necessarily budgeting for security</strong>. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Industry Cyber Task Force report</a>, three out of four hospitals don’t have a designated security person on staff.</p> <p>“You might have a very secure medical device, but it goes into a clinical environment where no one knows anything about security,” Dameff says.</p> <p><strong>Healthcare data is attractive to hackers</strong> because it’s information that can be used over and over again — information like Social Security numbers.</p> <p>With this type of information, “you can do a lot more damage in the long term,” says Dawson. A weakness in an MRI machine or CT scanner could be a hacker’s entry point into the entire healthcare IT system.</p> <h2>The Dangers of Unsecured Medical Devices</h2> <p>While it hasn’t happened yet, these devices could be hacked to do real patient harm. “There’s a finite amount of time you have to treat a patient having an acute stroke, and a CT scan is vital. If your hospital is suffering a cyberattack and those devices are offline, you can’t take care of your patients,” Dameff says.</p> <p>In 2017, he and Dr. Jeff Tully, a resident anesthesiologist at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, held the <a href="" target="_blank">CyberMed Summit</a>, where they <strong>simulated a </strong><strong>cyberattack</strong> on the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, where they are both alumni. They were able to hack insulin pumps and a pacemaker.</p> <p>While stealing patient data is a big problem, Dameff also wouldn’t put it past nation-states to use these vulnerabilities to attack “individuals of high political stature and other important people being taken care of in hospitals,” he says. “Hospitals help people, but if things are manipulated in such a way, <strong>they can also hurt people</strong>.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="" target="_blank" title="CDW Cybersecurity Insight Report"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/jen-miller" hreflang="en">Jen A. Miller</a></div> </div> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:43:39 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41591 at Digital Health’s Secret Weapon: Behavioral Science <span>Digital Health’s Secret Weapon: Behavioral Science </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:34</span> <div><p>With the <strong>ubiquity of </strong><strong>smartphones</strong>, and the fact that everyone (<a href="" target="_blank">even grandma</a>) carries their devices with them everywhere, we also carry with us the perfect opportunities for health management. With mobile devices in the right place — that’s everywhere — behavioral science can help make sure interventions are reaching us at the right times.</p> <p>Technology can be used to <strong>reach out with timely interventions</strong>, and behavioral science demonstrates how to do so effectively. Your phone can remind you to exercise, or call you out if you don’t. It can <a href="" target="_blank">let your friends know when you skip the gym</a> if you are brave enough to ask it to. Your phone can even dole out <a href="" target="_blank">punishments if you fail to meet your health goals</a>. It can keep track of your progress, and that data can be used to inform an evolving weight loss plan. And since your phone can keep you on track toward losing those pounds, you don’t need to rely on fallible human devices, like memory or motivation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO: </strong>Check out how health systems are tapping data to improve care!</em></a></p> <h2>Behavioral Science, Digital Tools Pair to Drive Health Outcomes</h2> <p>Behavioral science asks some crucial questions: <strong>What is the health behavior we want to exhibit?</strong> How does the behavior fit into the context of our lives? What frictions stand in the way of exhibiting that behavior? How naturally motivated are we and how can we fuel more motivation?</p> <p><img alt="behavioralscience.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></p> <p>The big secret that behavioral scientists incorporate into every analysis is that human behavior is a function of the person and their environment, and that in order to truly be helpful to patients, we have to integrate health solutions within the context of their lives.</p> <p>Only then can we make technologies that work within those contexts, because digital health without behavioral science simply misses the point. A <a href="" target="_blank">Fitbit</a> on the nightstand doesn’t do anyone’s health much good, just like a tennis racket in your garage doesn’t make you a better tennis player.</p> <p>With technology to bring caretakers to the right place at the right time, and with behavioral science to lay the groundwork on how best to intervene, we can <strong>more effectively help people reach their health goals</strong>. The real opportunity lives at the sweet spot, right where behavioral science and technology meet.</p> <p>So, if you’re a digital health innovator who wants to change the world, look into how to incorporate the context of people’s lives into your product to <strong>balance the data with the digital</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11771" hreflang="en">Aline Holzwarth</a></div> </div> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:34:00 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41586 at NHIT Week 2018: Intent-Based Networking Transforms Healthcare Campuses <span>NHIT Week 2018: Intent-Based Networking Transforms Healthcare Campuses</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:21</span> <div><p>Healthcare is a business like no other. And while digital transformation is never easy, care organizations have some particularly high hurdles to jump. This is because, through digital transformation, healthcare organizations must prioritize data security and privacy, maintain high availability and performance for medical services, and seek to unify complex campuses and distributed clinics with a consistent communications network.</p> <p>Moreover, the number of devices that need network services is growing rapidly, overwhelming legacy networking gear and IT staffers as they seek to reckon with an influx of endpoints, Wi-Fi access points and security settings.</p> <p>These campuswide challenges <strong>stress the capacity of IT staffs</strong> as they struggle to keep up with changes in device types, equipment locations and personnel security profiles. Doctors need access to patient records including data-intensive imaging scans, which call for high-capacity routing. Nurses need consistent Wi-Fi connectivity to monitor patient statuses. Administrators need collaborative video applications to manage a distributed workforce efficiently. Compliance with privacy regulations necessitates that access to patient data is not only restricted to specific groups, but that access can be tracked for audits. And all the while, patients desire easy access to their family support groups via mobile apps and reliable internet connections.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DOWNLOAD:</strong> Learn how providers are tapping connected technologies to streamline operations!</em></a></p> <h2>What It Takes to Manage Networks by Intent</h2> <p>As the technologies employed by healthcare organizations become more complex, distributed and in need of tightened security, the network becomes the foundation for managing change. Working together, IT and administration can design and implement intents that define the access and security policies that the network automatically applies as needed.</p> <p>Here are a few examples of how an intent-based network <strong>automates a range of connectivity issues in a healthcare environment</strong>, and also guards against security risks and violations of privacy regulations:</p> <p><strong>Intent:</strong> Only doctors and nurses have access to patient records; other personnel do not.</p> <p><strong>Policy:</strong> Automatically apply security access policies for groups “doctors” and “nurses” to patient records databases.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Intent:</strong> Patients and visitors have access to the internet but are restricted from connecting to sensitive data sources.</p> <p><strong>Policy:</strong> Define “guest access” for visiting devices and limit connections through the internet firewall; all other segments are off-limits.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Intent:</strong> Researchers have access to anonymized patient data, but not to live records.</p> <p><strong>Policy:</strong> Group “research” can access anonymized database, not patient records database.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Intent: </strong>Medical imaging equipment only accepts connections from a restricted segment of the network, ensuring external agents cannot infiltrate sensitive equipment.</p> <p><strong>Policy:</strong> Device types “scanners” allow connections only from network segment “radiology.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Intent:</strong> Keep track of critical medical equipment.</p> <p><strong>Policy:</strong> Wi-Fi access points create a location fabric to monitor and report on beacons attached to equipment.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Intent:</strong> Ensure resilient operation for device network connectivity.</p> <p><strong>Policy:</strong> Seamless failover of access points, switches and routers maintain consistent connectivity for staff and equipment.</p> <p>Security is often cited as a top priority when deciding to upgrade a healthcare organization’s network. With an intent-based network, adding high levels of security does not complicate business operations, and multiple automation components strengthen security and limit the overall attack surface. When it’s necessary to move medical equipment among campus locations, for example, a <strong>policy follows the device</strong> so that when it is reactivated in a new location, it automatically connects to the correct network segment. This automation removes a considerable burden from IT while significantly increasing security with consistent policies.</p> <h2>Simplify Healthcare Campus Troubleshooting with IBN</h2> <p>Another major time-sink for IT is troubleshooting random anomalies in network performance. For a healthcare campus, there are often tens of thousands of endpoints connecting through thousands of Wi-Fi access points spread out over a cityscape. This can mean that trying to physically hunt down a specific endpoint fault or random AP error is a vast puzzle of when, where and why.</p> <p>Instead, with intent-based networks, IT can rely on built-in intelligence to <strong>continuously monitor and record traffic</strong> and AP performance across the interconnected campus. A central management portal alerts IT to anomalies and can pinpoint when, where and why they occurred. This enables IT to literally find a needle in a giant haystack of APs and endpoints, determine the cause, and in many cases, fix the issue from the central management portal, eliminating the need to track down the device physically.</p> <p>Healthcare organizations, which are highly dependent on a vast array of technologies to provide excellence in patient care, can find great success in implementing intent-based networks, and, indeed, <a href="" target="_blank">many already are</a>.</p> <p><a href="">Check out HealthTech’s NHIT Week coverage on our event page</a>, or follow the conversation at <a href="" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a> or with the hashtag <a href=";result_type=recent" target="_blank">#NHITWeek</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11766" hreflang="en">Anand Oswal</a></div> </div> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:21:14 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41571 at NHIT Week 2018: Why Social Determinants of Health Are Vital to Patient Care <span>NHIT Week 2018: Why Social Determinants of Health Are Vital to Patient Care</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:10</span> <div><p>As payment reform shifts provider strategies to strive for quality over quantity in care, organizations must think more and more about how best to keep their patients happy and healthy. Social determinants of health — environmental conditions that factor into a patient’s everyday life — are an important part of an equation that, to date, have not been considered as much as they ought to be.</p> <p>But while safe communities and access to both healthy food and a quality education impact a person’s wellness, a <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> published earlier this year from Patchwise Labs found that less than <strong>4 percent </strong>of health systems and managed care organizations invested any money in technology geared toward social determinants of health. One reason: Providers aren’t sure how best to incorporate such information into the care paradigm.</p> <p>“In communities across the country, it remains mostly unclear what performance, payment and accountability look like for non-clinical care,” writes Naveen Rao, Patchwise Labs founder and managing partner, in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a> on the report.</p> <p>However, he calls data a <strong>unifying thread</strong> across such issues.</p> <p>“Today’s investments in new tech serve as a foundational effort in understanding how to<strong> better capture, translate and otherwise leverage SDOH data </strong>for better clinical and financial outcomes,” Rao writes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DOWNLOAD:</strong> Learn how organizations are tapping connected technologies to streamline operations!</em></a></p> <h2>Elevate the Conversation Around New Care Models</h2> <p>Even as providers are still trying to find their footing when it comes to social determinants of health, influential industry stakeholders are working to elevate the conversation around their inclusion in healthcare. For instance, former National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who now serves as a professor at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School</a>, focuses much of her time today on trying to integrate social determinants into new care models.</p> <p>“There’s an <strong>exciting array of tools and approaches</strong> that are emerging to do some social risk stratifications, and also to use digital tools to help link people between the health and social services sector,” DeSalvo said in an <a href="">interview</a> earlier this year with NEJM Catalyst. “I would be an early adopter of some of those tools, because I think solving this for our patients, whether this is the cost you’re worried about, or the health outcomes, or their social needs, we’re going to have to be able to measure and track it.”</p> <p>Earlier this month, the American Medical Association, <a href="">touted</a> that social determinants of health will be part of new curricular innovations as part of its <a href="" target="_blank">AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium</a>.</p> <p>“Knowing that our work to transform medical education is far from finished, the AMA is excited to continue to foster this environment where individuals and institutions can learn from each other and innovate,” AMA CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. James L. Madara said in a statement. “This next phase of work will allow consortium schools to continue to explore new concepts and create new solutions for medical education — impacting the national direction of medical education and better preparing all of our future physicians for practice in the continually changing healthcare environment.”</p> <p>Now more than ever, providers are looking to take a <strong>more holistic approach to care</strong> that prioritizes patient health and wellness. Including social determinants in care conversations will only help to fuel such efforts.</p> <p><a href="">Check out HealthTech’s NHIT Week coverage on our event page</a>, or follow the conversation at <a href="" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a> or with the hashtag <a href=";result_type=recent" target="_blank">#NHITWeek</a>.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>HealthTech<em>’s <a href="">MonITor blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using <a href="">#WellnessIT</a>.</em></p> <p><em><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="" target="_blank"><img alt="MonITor_logo_sized.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/gus-vlahos" hreflang="en">Gus Vlahos</a></div> </div> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:10:30 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41566 at NHIT Week 2018: 15 Health IT Social Media Influencers Worth a Follow <span>NHIT Week 2018: 15 Health IT Social Media Influencers Worth a Follow</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:18</span> <div><p>The health IT space is flush with experts, CIOs and healthcare IT gurus who are always keen to offer their takes on emerging and established technology or advice on how to overcome challenges in the space and improve care. And while blogs are a great way for many of these experts to get their thoughts across (<a href="">check out our must-read health IT bloggers list</a>), <strong>news moves fast and conversations move faster</strong>. Luckily, we live in a time where social media — Twitter in particular — can offer these experts a platform to help <strong>drive the ongoing conversations and ever-growing community around health IT</strong>.</p> <p>Regardless of what you’re looking for, these social media influencers probably have it. <strong>Tap into the conversation</strong> with these 15 social media influencers who are <strong>intimately familiar with the health IT space</strong>, and start tweeting, re-tweeting and feeling their influence! (And don’t forget to <a href="" target="_blank">give our own account a follow</a>, to stay connected to all the latest!)</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Don't miss out on our must-read health IT bloggers list!</a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen" hreflang="en">Juliet Van Wagenen</a></div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:18:25 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 41561 at