HealthTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Healthcare en Mobile Computers for Healthcare: How They Benefit Patients and Staff <span>Mobile Computers for Healthcare: How They Benefit Patients and Staff</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:04</span> <div><p>Workstations on wheels still serve a purpose in healthcare. <a href="">The carts help clinicians</a> tote around all of the devices and equipment they need and connect to systems at a patient’s bedside. </p> <p><strong>But they’re hardly as nimble or convenient as the current generation</strong> of clinical mobile computers that have a battery life that lasts for an entire shift, are built to withstand drops and can easily be sanitized. </p> <p>Small yet mighty, <strong>these tools help ease workflows and improve communication among clinicians</strong>. And they can perform an array of critical functions that once required additional or cumbersome technologies to execute. </p> <p>“Today’s caregivers are being asked to do more with less. How do you do that? You need to make some part of their jobs easier,” says John Barr, a consulting systems architect for <a href="" target="_blank">Memorial Hermann Health System</a> in southeast Texas, where the company’s stable of <a href="" target="_blank">Honeywell Dolphin CT40</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">CT50</a> models has grown to nearly 400. (He expects that number “to grow significantly, by fourfold to fivefold” in the near future.)</p> <p>Although Memorial Hermann still deploys <strong>more than 6,500 workstations on wheels</strong>, response to the new computers has been positive, with users citing security and portability as perks. The equipment also supports a systemwide initiative to untether staff from stationary command posts and bulkier tools.</p> <p>“I think nobody would argue that access to information on a mobile handheld device is easier than dragging around a computer on wheels,” Barr says. </p> <p>That sentiment is growing: Ninety percent of healthcare organizations plan to implement (or are currently implementing) a mobile device initiative, <a href="" target="_blank">a 2018 Jamf survey found</a>. And <strong>47 percent</strong> of respondents said they plan to increase mobile device usage by 2020.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Read more about how mobility is set to revolutionize healthcare.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Devices Offer All-in-One Functionality</h2> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Truman Medical Centers</a>, handheld computers have helped improve communications, efficiency and patient safety, says Kassaundra McKnight-Young, a senior clinical informaticist for the nonprofit hospital system in Kansas City, Mo.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/gienna-shaw" hreflang="en">Gienna Shaw</a></div> </div> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:04:44 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42891 at Why VR Is Poised to Transform Older Adult Living <span>Why VR Is Poised to Transform Older Adult Living</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:06</span> <div><p>Although it might seem more suitable for gamers or tech gurus, <strong>virtual reality is going mainstream for a variety of audiences</strong>. Older adults in assisted living facilities are no exception.</p> <p>Just as today’s children <a href="" target="_blank">prefer iPads to playing outside</a>, older adults — a population at risk for isolation and loneliness, who are <a href="">using technology in greater-than-ever numbers</a> — are finding games like bingo <a href="" target="_blank">less than engaging</a>. </p> <p>Which is why I believe <strong>wider VR implementation in the older adult living industry is crucial</strong>.</p> <p>“The market is going to demand it, and not only the residents, but their families, their children, their grandchildren and millennial caregivers,” said Dean Maddalena, president of studioSIX5, <a href="" target="_blank">in a recent CDW report</a> titled “The 21st Century Senior Living Community.” </p> <p>“It’s part of everyday life, and <strong>we want these communities to mimic everyday life as much as possible</strong>,” Maddalena said.</p> <p>The report cites a growing number of providers using this transformative technology to engage residents, stimulate memories and even nurture an understanding of different ailments.</p> <p><strong>Here are some examples</strong> I’m excited to see in action.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Discover how AI is helping predict and prevent senior falls.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Care Facilities Use VR to Engage and Entertain Residents</h2> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Front Porch</a>, a family of companies dedicated to independent and assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, is currently exploring the use of VR in group settings as well as a way to stimulate memories, according to the CDW report.</p> <p>Through focus groups, <strong>residents in various locations can participate in the same experiences using VR headsets</strong> — watching a movie, taking a trip to the Grand Canyon or taking in panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower — and have discussions afterward to foster a sense of connection. </p> <p>“Not only is it really cool, but it could be meaningful in terms of giving people shared experiences and opportunities to explore,” noted Kari Olson, chief innovation and technology officer for Front Porch and president of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, in the report. “We’re working hard to figure out how we build this tool in the fabric of what we offer.”</p> <p><strong>VR technology is also being tested in care facilities</strong> by <a href="" target="_blank">Rendever Health</a>, a startup focused on creating a research-driven VR platform for older adult care to improve quality of life. </p> <p>The company partnered with <a href="" target="_blank">Landmark at Longwood in Boston</a>, where the residents, wearing <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung Gear VR headsets</a>, were able to take trips across the solar system and paint from Vincent van Gogh’s viewpoint.</p> <p>“We started to notice once they were done with the demo, they would go back to their friends at their table and talk about what they experienced. It was social, it lit a spark,” Reed Hayes, a Rendever Health co-founder, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Boston Globe</em></a>. “Can you imagine coming up with a new conversation after being there for <strong>10 years</strong> and you haven’t been out?”</p> <p>Even better, a Rendever survey of older adults using the VR tools found a <strong>40 percent increase in happiness</strong>. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO: </strong>Watch to learn how innovations can enhance senior care.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Pennsylvania Facility Hopes to Improve Empathy Through VR</h2> <p>Not all implementations of VR technology in care facilities are aimed at residents, however. Consider the plans for two VR room installations at <a href="" target="_blank">Friendship Village of South Hills</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">Lifespace Communities</a> continuing care retirement community in Upper St. Clair, Pa. </p> <p><strong>The rooms let visitors experience what life is like for people with Alzheimer’s disease</strong>, and will be open to all Lifespace team members, residents from any level of living and outside community members in an effort to build empathy and understanding for Alzheimer’s patients, Sarah Hamm, Lifespace Communities’ senior vice president of successful aging and health services, told CDW.</p> <p>I’m pleased to see more implementation of VR technology in older adult living facilities because of its potential to positively impact everyone involved. <strong>This is only the beginning</strong>.</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="" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/ginna-baik" hreflang="en">Ginna Baik</a></div> </div> Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:06:50 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42881 at Review: The Dragon Medical Practice Edition Improves Workflow <span>Review: The Dragon Medical Practice Edition Improves Workflow</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:46</span> <div><p>One of the most profound changes in the healthcare field is the introduction of electronic health record systems. Initially seen as a way to digitize patient charts and records, <strong>EHRs have also vastly increased the amount of information collected</strong> — a challenge and an opportunity for busy clinicians.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Dragon Medical Practice Edition</a>, part of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software, can help users streamline workflows within an EHR. Like with other versions of the dictation software, it allows users to speak instead of typing out notes, forms and other reports. </p> <p>The version tested here is optimized for healthcare and boasts 90 specific medical vocabulary sets. As such, <strong>the software responded accurately to spoken medical terms</strong> such as “acetylsalicylic acid,” “pulmonary edema,” “cardiomyopathy,” and many other words not commonly used in everyday speech (and ones that are not part of other Dragon programs).</p> <p>Due to strict privacy laws, including HIPAA, that protect patient data and assign stiff penalties for breaches, <strong>Dragon has ensured that data collected by the software is secure</strong>. Everything spoken into the program is automatically encrypted and remains that way throughout the dictation process and resulting transfer into the EHR.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> What will HIPAA-compliant voice assistants mean for providers?</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Program Offers Users Speed and Clarity</h2> <p>The program is highly efficient and autonomous. It’s designed to install on a local workstation or even a <a href="" target="_blank">Windows 10</a> tablet and works without the need for an internet connection. It also evaluates the hardware that is driving it and configures itself for maximum efficiency. </p> <p>Compared to previous experiences with Dragon software, <strong>the new program’s speech training times have been vastly reduced</strong>. It takes less than a minute for the software to become fully familiar with voice and speech patterns.</p> <p>As clinicians face greater demands and time constraints, Dragon Medical Practice Edition can speed up the <a href="">paperwork process</a>. Those time savings can be valuable, offering more face time with patients and colleagues to help provide the best care possible. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/john-breeden-ii" hreflang="en">John Breeden II</a></div> </div> Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:46:09 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42876 at How Predictive Analytics Can Play an Influential Role in Operating Rooms <span>How Predictive Analytics Can Play an Influential Role in Operating Rooms</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:57</span> <div><p>A collaborative mission drives the staff at <a href="" target="_blank">UCHealth</a>: <strong>Keep costs down while improving quality of care</strong>. Accomplishing this goal can be tricky, but current models of <a href="">predictive analytics for healthcare</a> are helping achieve that balance.</p> <p>“Our use of analytics creates <strong>a win-win-win scenario for patients, payers and providers</strong>,” Steve Hess, CIO of UCHealth, tells <em>HealthTech</em>. “And that’s something that is very rare in healthcare.” </p> <p>Four years ago, the Aurora, Colo.-based organization began moving down a path toward predictive analytics by focusing on patient surveillance in outpatient care. And that has since compelled UCHealth to leverage an existing universal database to <strong>better predict patient outcomes in clinical settings — including operating rooms</strong>.</p> <p>Dr. Clint Devin, an orthopedic spine surgeon at <a href="" target="_blank">UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center </a>in Steamboat Springs, Colo., helped launch that database in 2008 while working at <a href="" target="_blank">Vanderbilt University School of Medicine</a>. Formerly known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) Spine registries</a>, the effort was established in coordination with nonprofit <a href="" target="_blank">NeuroPoint Alliance</a> to collect, sort and analyze the safety of care, patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction of care across multiple healthcare settings in spine surgery. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Discover how emergency departments can use predictive analytics to optimize staffing.</em></a></p> <p>Overall, the database is intended to <strong>record critical variables on patient outcomes </strong>through opt-in questionnaires before and up to a year after elective surgery. These questionnaires are designed to <strong>provide doctors with actual and actionable data</strong> that can inform patient management decisions.</p> <p>“We all know that there’s a lot of patient characteristics that really affect how people do, even if there's an indicated procedure done and it's executed technically well,” Devin tells <em>HealthTech</em>.</p> <p>Despite growing interest in and supportive evidence for predictive analytics in a clinical setting, <strong>the approach will take time to become an industry standard</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">A 2019 Deloitte survey</a> of 56 health system CTOs, CIOs and chief analytics executives found that <strong>84 percent</strong> believe analytics will be an important part of their strategies in the coming years. But only <strong>36 percent</strong> of those same leaders believe analytics are extremely important today.</p> <h2 id="toc_0">Devin Helps Establish the QOD, Brings It to UCHealth</h2> <p>UCHealth first adopted the QOD registries into its spinal surgery workflows in 2018. But in order for the database to be utilized for predictive analytics, an immense amount of data — about 10,000 patients’ worth — had to be collected. That process took Devin and his NeuroPoint Alliance partners nearly four years.</p> <p>The legwork was necessary, however. “You have to get a huge number; for every variable you test, you have to have a certain number of patients <strong>so that the analysis being done is statistically sound</strong>,” says Devin. “If you have too few patients, things will show up as being statistically significant but in fact they're not because you just don't have enough patients to really make that judgment call.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/andrew-steger" hreflang="en">Andrew Steger</a></div> </div> Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:57:41 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42871 at 5 Things Made Possible in Healthcare Thanks to the Cloud <span>5 Things Made Possible in Healthcare Thanks to the Cloud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:04</span> <div><p>From availability and accessibility of data to its virtually endless scalability, <strong>the cloud offers an array of benefits</strong> for the healthcare industry.</p> <p>And despite initial concerns regarding security and data privacy, the adoption of cloud in healthcare is largely flourishing, with proper safeguards in place to ensure integrity of patient data. <a href="" target="_blank">According to Global Market Insights</a>, the worldwide healthcare cloud computing market is poised to surpass <strong>$55 billion</strong> by 2025 — roughly a <strong>$48 billion increase</strong> from 2018.</p> <p>Healthcare organizations have directly benefited from cloud adoption thanks to the many capabilities it offers. <strong>Here are five ways they’re putting the cloud to good use</strong>:</p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Effective Data Security</h2> <p>There’s no question that healthcare organizations need enhanced security measures that meet compliance standards and protect sensitive patient data. As hackers increasingly target medical records, <a href="" target="_blank">Nutanix reports</a> that <strong>the industry is moving toward hybrid cloud solutions</strong> — which offer the benefits of both private and public cloud — to attain “optimum flexibility and the ability to move applications between private and public clouds.”</p> <p>“As a healthcare organization, we’re responsible for managing critical clinical and IT applications such as EHR and PACS as well as making sure we have an <strong>infrastructure that is secure and scalable to support changing needs</strong> such as hybrid cloud-based disaster recovery,” Dave Lehr, CIO of <a href="" target="_blank">Anne Arundel Medical Center</a>, shares <a href="" target="_blank">in a Nutanix press release</a>. “We knew that the right <a href="">hyperconverged infrastructure</a> would allow us to manage these workloads on a single, cost-effective solution.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Hybrid cloud strategies offer healthcare organizations agility and control.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Decreased Data Storage Costs</h2> <p>Hosting on-premises data centers not only requires an upfront investment in hardware but comes with ongoing costs of maintaining the servers, physical spaces and cooling solutions.</p> <p>“Cloud solutions are very beneficial from the standpoint that as you migrate data, <strong>you don't need to maintain your own datasets which can be costly and expensive</strong>,” <a href="" target="_blank">Forward Health Group</a> CTO Jeff Thomas <a href="" target="_blank">tells HITInfrastructure</a>. “[M]aintaining datasets on-site can also be expensive in that it takes up real estate which can sometimes be used for something else.”</p> <p>By managing the orchestration, structure and maintenance of cloud data storage services, cloud computing solution vendors can help reduce healthcare organizations’ data storage costs and allow them to focus their efforts on caring for their patients.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Improved Collaboration</h2> <p>A <a href="">rapid adoption of collaboration tools</a> has the potential to make a positive impact on healthcare teams and leadership. The cloud-based software behind these tools — such as enterprise messaging and video communications — <strong>helps improve the clinician workflow for improved patient care</strong>, no matter how far away a provider may be located. </p> <p>“Moving to the cloud for our communications was the best decision we’ve made, as we’re now connected with our patients and colleagues whether we are in the office, at home or traveling overseas,” Dr. Ravi Patel, the founder of the <a href="" target="_blank">Comprehensive Blood &amp; Cancer Center</a>, said <a href="" target="_blank">in a RingCentral press release</a>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="" target="_blank"><img alt="IT%20Infrastructure_IR_1%20(2)_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Integrated and Efficient Patient Care</h2> <p>The implementation of cloud storage for electronic health records has helped <strong>streamline collaborative patient care</strong>, making it easier for clinicians to access patient information. </p> <p>Web-based software also makes it possible for physicians, staff and patients to <strong>utilize mobile health applications and access patient portals</strong> to receive important health information, such as lab results, from any location.</p> <p>“With EHRs, every provider can have the same accurate and up-to-date information about a patient,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology <a href="" target="_blank">states on its website</a>. “Better care coordination can lead to better quality of care and improved patient outcomes.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>DISCOVER:</strong> How the cloud will transform health IT.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_4">5. Enhanced Medical Research</h2> <p>Similar to how cloud computing enables healthcare organizations to capitalize on their data, digitizing healthcare information through cloud-based data storage can also benefit medical researchers. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">UCLA Health</a> is employing <a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft Azure</a> cloud services to do just that. The academic medical center is exploiting its healthcare data for precision medicine and to further medical research.</p> <p>“By connecting health data and systems in the cloud in an interoperable way, <strong>we’re excited we can help advance healthcare data for more efficient and personalized care</strong>,” Peter Lee, corporate vice president at Microsoft Healthcare, <a href="" target="_blank">tells HITInfrastructure</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/andrew-steger" hreflang="en">Andrew Steger</a></div> </div> Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:04:59 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42866 at How IoT Devices Keep Seniors Safe and Healthy <span>How IoT Devices Keep Seniors Safe and Healthy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:02</span> <div><p>An aging population coupled with ever-increasing healthcare costs <strong>are adding intense pressure to an already-stressed healthcare industry</strong>. To address the issue, the industry along with patients, their families and even the government have adopted the notion of helping seniors age in place.</p> <p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="" target="_blank">defines</a> aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”</p> <p>As it happens, a Trump administration <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> from March — co-authored by <a href="" target="_blank">the National Science and Technology Council</a> and the Task Force on Research and Development for Technology to Support Aging Adults — states that finding solutions that meet healthcare and safety needs for an aging population is a research and development priority.</p> <p>“The overarching goals of this R&amp;D should be to <strong>enhance the functional independence and continued safety, well-being and health of older Americans</strong>, while reducing overall economic costs and the stress on the nation’s healthcare infrastructure,” the report notes.</p> <p>To enhance individual choice, improve quality of life and ultimately cut healthcare costs, the report emphasizes the use of a variety of emerging technologies.</p> <p>“Living independently requires the ability to perform a range of activities that impact our daily lives,” the report states. “<strong>Many of these activities can be assisted through technology</strong>, including those that support good nutrition, hygiene and medication management.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO: </strong>Learn how innovations are driving enhancements in senior care.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Voice Assistants Aid Aging in Place</h2> <p>Technologies that can help seniors age in place — and keep them safe while doing so —include sensors that <a href="">predict and prevent falls</a>, medication dispensers, <a href="">wearables</a> and smartphone apps that issues health and safety reminders related to proper hygiene, nutrition schedules, wound care and more.</p> <p>In particular, Laurie M. Orlov, founder and principal analyst with <a href="" target="_blank">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a>, points out <a href="" target="_blank">in a 2019 market overview report</a> that <strong>AI-enabled voice devices offer many benefits to seniors</strong> and are beginning to dominate the age-in-place market. </p> <p>“We are still downloading apps, but that era may end — which will be an enormous improvement for older adults,” writes Orlov the report. “Instead we will be experimenting with personal assistants or AI-enabled voice-first <a href=";searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Amazon</a> Alexa technologies, which can act as mini service provider interfaces.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon’s popular Alexa devices</a> can do more than simply announce the time and weather — <strong>they can also contact emergency services in case of a fall or other accident</strong>.</p> <p>And, <a href="" target="_blank">Innovation Enterprise notes</a>, “by using advanced sensors and connectivity, some of these devices can scan medications and help seniors maintain a consistent medication schedule.”</p> <p>Amazon’s commitment to improving healthcare doesn’t stop there, though. With their acquisition of <a href="" target="_blank">PillPack</a>, an online pharmacy that presorts medication in personalized doses, the company demonstrates it is continuing to invest heavily in the industry. <a href="" target="_blank">According to CNBC</a>, the company even went as far as creating a health and wellness team within its Alexa division <strong>to make the assistant more useful in the healthcare field </strong>and to clear data privacy regulatory hurdles.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Amazon announced <a href="">new HIPAA-compliant features</a> for its digital assistant, helping patients gain easier access to their health information. The company also <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> it’s added new Alexa skills, such as the ability to check the status of a home delivery prescription, find and schedule an appointment at a nearby urgent care center, and manage chronic conditions through voice commands and personalized health nudges.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/gienna-shaw" hreflang="en">Gienna Shaw</a></div> </div> Thu, 05 Sep 2019 19:02:05 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42861 at 5 Strategies for Implementing a BYOD Policy in Healthcare <span>5 Strategies for Implementing a BYOD Policy in Healthcare</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:29</span> <div><p>Nearly three-quarters of hospitals allow some sort of BYOD policy, <a href="" target="_blank">according to a 2018 infographic</a> by healthcare communications company <a href="" target="_blank">Spok</a>. That’s a <strong>22 percent increase</strong> from the previous year.</p> <p>Implementing a BYOD policy — which allows clinicians, administrators and other staff members to use their personal devices to interact with hospital resources in some manner — can boost cost savings and convenience.</p> <p>But <strong>the approach also presents challenges</strong> for organizations of all sizes, <a href="" target="_blank">notes the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society</a>, which urges hospitals also to identify the shortcomings of a BYOD arrangement.</p> <p><strong>Consider the following five commonsense mobile security strategies</strong> that offer key BYOD benefits and protect sensitive patient information.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Find out how collaboration tools bolstered innovation for Optima Healthcare Solutions.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Clarify BYOD Policies in Writing</h2> <p>It’s crucial to create a clear statement of your organization’s BYOD policy and share it with all team members. Neglecting to do so will create confusion among employees and could lead them to assume that it’s OK to use any device in a work-related scenario. </p> <p><strong>Your BYOD policy should answer the following questions</strong>:</p> <ul><li>Who may use personal devices, and for what purposes?</li> <li>What types of data may be accessed from personal devices, and what types of data are explicitly prohibited for BYOD use?</li> <li>What types of data may be stored on personal devices?</li> <li>What network or networks may employees use to connect personal devices?</li> <li>Who is responsible for the secure management of personal devices? What authority does the IT team have to inspect and alter their configuration?</li> <li>Where should users turn with questions about the BYOD policy?</li> </ul></div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/mike-chapple" hreflang="en">Mike Chapple</a></div> </div> Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:29:19 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42856 at How Augmented Reality Is Improving Patient Care <span>How Augmented Reality Is Improving Patient Care</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:45</span> <div><p>Although medical imaging technology has evolved radically, <strong>methods of displaying images haven’t changed in decades</strong>. But that practice is shifting as advanced visualization tools gain ground, with applications that range from physical rehabilitation to surgery prep. </p> <p>“<a href="">Virtual reality</a> and <a href="">augmented reality</a> are poised to totally disrupt healthcare,” says Todd Maddox, a research fellow at <a href="" target="_blank">Amalgam Insights</a>, because they will literally change the way clinicians see data and their patients.</p> <p>They’re also set to <strong>lead a shift in medical education</strong>, a field that still primarily involves two-dimensional tools. “If I want a three-dimensional representation in my head, why don’t I present a three-dimensional representation in the learning?” Maddox says.</p> <p>The <strong>$850 million market</strong> for healthcare AR and VR is predicted to reach <strong>$5.1 billion globally by 2025</strong>, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Zion Market Research</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> VR offers patients a virtual distraction from pain.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Technology Helps with Detailed Precision</h2> <p>Surgeons are among those expected to benefit, says Amitabh Varshney, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Maryland</a>, College Park. </p> <p>“<strong>Depth perception is a very important component</strong>,” he says. “A lot of different organs and blood vessels and nerves are in close proximity. Having an accurate assessment of depth becomes critical.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/jen-miller" hreflang="en">Jen A. Miller</a></div> </div> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:45:17 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42851 at 5 Tips for Laying an SDN Foundation <span>5 Tips for Laying an SDN Foundation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:58</span> <div><p><a href="">Software-defined networking</a> may simplify network management, but <strong>that doesn’t mean it’s easy to implement</strong>.</p> <p>“SDN isn’t something where you can just click on a switch and it works,” <a href="" target="_blank">Proliance Surgeons</a> CIO Curt Kwak <a href="">tells <em>HealthTech</em></a>. “It requires a lot of planning and a lot of foresight, because any mistake you make could actually impact your applications at the operational level.”</p> <p><strong>Here’s how to prepare</strong>:</p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Study Your Network</h2> <p>To make the most of SDN, <strong>you can’t just estimate network use</strong>. “Understand your traffic patterns, who and what is connected to the network, what kind of apps are being used, and what your baselines are for utilization,” says Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst for <a href="" target="_blank">ZK Research</a>. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Learn how SD-WAN helps healthcare organizations improve network reliability.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Educate Your Team</h2> <p>With SDN, “there’s definitely a learning curve in going from being a command-line jockey, who’s used to logging in to physical switches, to suddenly clicking on things in a graphical use interface,” says Kevin Rothstein, a network engineer at <a href="" target="_blank">Sharp HealthCare</a>. <strong>Training and support are crucial</strong>. </p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Have a Segmentation Strategy</h2> <p>Most organizations know they’ll need a guest network and another segment for clinical data. But <strong>you’ll need to go deeper</strong>. For instance, will you put X-rays and MRI images onto a single segment? “A lot of it has to do with taking regulatory compliance mandates and converting that into security policies,” Kerravala says.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Ask for Help</h2> <p>Guidance from CDW’s IT Professional Services was a big factor in a successful SDN rollout for Proliance. “<strong>We had hands-on support from experts</strong>, which helped us keep moving forward and learn,” says Kwak.</p> <h2 id="toc_4">5. Start Small</h2> <p><strong>Pick a manageable case for applying SDN and go for an easy win</strong>. “I call it going for a chip shot, rather than the moon shot, so it’s not so daunting,” says Kerravala. “By focusing on an area where there’s a pain point, you can understand how it works first and then expand from there.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/heather-b-hayes" hreflang="en">Heather B. Hayes</a></div> </div> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:58:58 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42846 at Is Inconsistent Network Segmentation Hurting Your Organization? <span>Is Inconsistent Network Segmentation Hurting Your Organization?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/29/2019 - 11:30</span> <div><p>Generally seen as a standard security strategy, <strong>network segmentation practices are inconsistent across the healthcare industry</strong>, according to <a href="" target="_blank">a recent study</a> conducted by <a href="" target="_blank">Forescout Technologies</a>.</p> <p>Segmentation, which involves splitting a network into subnetworks that are isolated from each other, is crucial for safeguarding sensitive information, reducing congestion and improving performance, among other benefits. At the most basic level, virtual LANs can be used to segment a network’s devices, effectively isolating critical data. The greater the number of VLANs an organization chooses to employ, the lower their potential for breach.</p> <p>But the Forescout report finds that <strong>49 percent of segmentation deployments</strong> in healthcare implement fewer than 10 of these networks to support all devices. In fact, just under half of organizations in that subset employ only a single VLAN. </p> <p>This finding, Forescout notes, suggests that healthcare organizations have yet to adequately invest in the technology needed to implement a proper segmentation. “Healthcare organizations are not comfortable putting gates around their devices,” Ellen Sundra, Forescout’s systems engineering vice president of Americas, tells <em>HealthTech</em>.</p> <p>But they should: Although Sundra believes <a href="">compliance laws such as HIPAA</a> have helped healthcare organizations to be more secure when it comes to tech use, she urges organizations to <strong>reconsider how they protect their devices and sensitive data</strong> from a breach.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Understand why basic security compliance isn't enough for healthcare organizations.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Why Network Segmentation Is Important</h2> <p>Done correctly and thoroughly, <a href="">network segmentation has many benefits</a>.</p> <p>“Ideally, segmentation tools should help you map your network, classify devices into logical groups and manage those devices at scale <strong>while restricting access to critical applications</strong>,” <a href="" target="_blank">a Cisco whitepaper explains</a>.</p> <p>However, organizations may find this easier said than done. And a poor or rushed rollout could ignore an array of network security vulnerabilities.</p> <p>“The reason why organizations aren’t successful with network segmentation is because <strong>they don’t know what’s on their network</strong>,” says Sundra. “Operational technology networks used to be air gapped” — physically isolated from unsecured computers or networks — “but now all the security tools that the team has invested in don’t work with all of these new devices. </p> <p>That, she adds, leads to “devices ending up on the network that security teams don’t even know about.”</p> <p><rc-c2d-menu class="_6772342E312E3230_src-lib-ExtensionContentRunner-_styles_c2dMenu_2ChJF" id="_6772342E312E3230_src-lib-ExtensionContentRunner-_styles_c2dMenu_2ChJF"></rc-c2d-menu></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/andrew-steger" hreflang="en">Andrew Steger</a></div> </div> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:30:27 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42841 at