HealthTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/rss.xml en How Healthcare Organizations Should Respond to a Data Breach https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/how-healthcare-organizations-should-respond-data-breach <span>How Healthcare Organizations Should Respond to a Data Breach</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:41</span> <div><p>On the surface, the news seems hopeful: <strong>The number of patient records compromised by hackers is declining</strong>.</p> <p>But that’s no reason to breathe easy, as overall incidents are on the rise. The <strong>46 healthcare data breaches in April 2019</strong> mark the highest monthly tally since federal authorities began publishing breach statistics more than a decade ago, <a href="https://www.hipaajournal.com/april-2019-healthcare-data-breach-report/" target="_blank">according to the HIPAA Journal</a>. </p> <p>No facility is immune. Breaches hit hospitals and clinics of all stripes, as evidenced by a <a href="https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/cybersecurity/27-hospital-health-system-data-breaches-in-2019.html" target="_blank">Becker’s Hospital Review list of recently affected providers</a>. Just as concerning, a HIMSS and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/symantec.html" target="_blank">Symantec</a> study found <strong>75 percent </strong>of healthcare organizations spend<strong> </strong><a href="https://resource.elq.symantec.com/LP=5487?cid=70138000000zazwAAA" target="_blank"><strong>6 percent</strong> or less of their IT budgets on cybersecurity</a> — a smaller share than some other industries, such as banking and finance.</p> <p>Which is why healthcare leaders shouldn’t view hacking as a “what if” hypothetical. <strong>It should be an expected scenario</strong> that’s as central to contingency plans as a facility fire <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/06/5-ways-healthcare-organizations-guard-against-disaster">or a natural disaster</a>. </p> <p>Although specifics may vary, these basic steps can help inform every team’s game plan. </p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/01/bottom-line-healthcare-organizations-security-everyones-responsibility" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Preparing for a cyberattack can be costly, but failure to do so can be devastating.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Prepare a Healthcare Data Breach Response Plan</h2> <p>It’s not enough to discuss how you’ll react if a breach occurs. <strong>A formal written plan must be established</strong>, circulated among leadership teams and IT staff, and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure action points are up to date and consider a variety of potential problems. </p> <p>Working with key stakeholders in your business should help determine which data and systems require immediate attention, <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/security/does-your-organization-have-an-incident-response-plan" target="_blank">Jesse Wiener notes on CDW’s Solutions Blog</a>. Having that formal evaluation in place can reduce chaos and properly divert resources during a crisis.</p> <p>It’s also critical to review your IT team’s capacities. Keep a list of trusted vendors and partners at the ready if a breach is unmanageable. After all, “you’re only as strong as your weakest link,” <a href="https://www.halifaxhealth.org/" target="_blank">Halifax Health</a> Vice President and CIO Tom Stafford <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-cybersecurity-war-heres-how-providers-can-fight-back">said at this year’s HIMSS conference</a>. </p> <h2 id="toc_1">React Decisively, Then Prepare for the Next Breach</h2> <p>First, <strong>remain calm</strong>. Document the specific facts — including the date and time the breach was discovered, how you were notified of the problem and what actions were taken. This will be crucial when communicating with authorities, partners and patients.</p> <p>A recent blog post by SecurityMetrics <a href="https://www.securitymetrics.com/blog/how-manage-healthcare-data-breach" target="_blank">details the crucial first steps</a>. Among them: disconnecting affected systems, disabling access points, changing passwords and credentials, and segregating all hardware devices and internet traffic in the EMR. Collect further documentation by quarantining identified malware and taking screenshots of firewall settings and security logs. </p> <p>As soon as things are under control, conduct <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/security/respond-breaches-faster-smarter-incident-response-services" target="_blank">a post-breach review</a>. As systems come back online and workflows resume, <strong>organizations should address and review breach notification methods</strong>, whether the right people were notified and what new steps can be taken to avoid a repeat occurrence.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/healthcare-organizations-confront-data-breaches-head" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Healthcare organizations confront data breaches head on.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Communicate Data Breach News with Honesty, Caution</h2> <p>It might seem logical to keep quiet, but <strong>silence isn’t an option</strong>. Transparency is the law: The <a href="https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/HIPAAPrivacyandSecurityTextOnly.pdf" target="_blank">HIPAA Breach Notification Rule</a> requires covered entities to report a breach within <strong>60 days</strong> to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services if 500 or more individuals are affected.</p> <p>Work with your media relations and legal teams to properly inform authorities (smaller breaches may be submitted annually) as well as your employees. The latter notification is key to helping staff learn to recognize <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/06/3-ways-healthcare-organizations-can-protect-themselves-phishing">threats such as phishing</a> — and to prevent staffers from discussing the breach externally.</p> <p>Depending on the size and scope, <strong>the breach may require public statements</strong>. Admitting a weakness may be difficult, but withholding the news for an extended period can also erode trust. Explain only necessary details and assure patients that their data is secure.</p> <p>Document your organization’s actions throughout the process. Make note of missteps your organization may have taken and record the reactions from both the public and your employees. By conducting this review, your organization will be better equipped to respond to data breaches in the future.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>HealthTech<em>’s <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/monitor">MonITor blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using <a href="http://twitter.com/hashtag/WellnessIT">#WellnessIT</a>.</em></p> <p><em><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/monitor" target="_blank"><img alt="MonITor_logo_sized.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://healthtechmagazine.net/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/MonITor_logo_sized.jpg" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/alyssa-miller" hreflang="en">Alyssa Miller</a></div> </div> Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:41:39 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42721 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Why Basic Security Compliance Isn’t Enough for Healthcare Orgs https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/why-basic-security-compliance-isnt-enough-healthcare-orgs <span>Why Basic Security Compliance Isn’t Enough for Healthcare Orgs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:15</span> <div><p>The leading concern of healthcare industry executives is <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/4-important-items-your-2019-hipaa-compliance-checklist-perfcon">compliance</a>, according to a <a href="https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/threat-research/healthcare-cyber-heists-in-2019/" target="_blank">recent study</a> by endpoint security vendor <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/carbonblack.html" target="_blank">Carbon Black</a>. But too many organizations — even those that take basic precautions — end up becoming breach victims.</p> <p><strong>Healthcare facilities increasingly are targeted by cybercriminals</strong> for the large amount of protected information they collect and store. And as adoption of the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/10/providers-must-plan-today-tomorrows-iot-landscape">Internet of Things</a> and medical devices grows, so does the potential for attacks.</p> <p>But there’s good news: Healthcare CISOs, the report found, are <strong>more aware of the threat than ever</strong>.</p> <p>To employ that awareness and help organizations move beyond basic compliance, we’ve compiled several key recommendations from Carbon Black to apply when crafting — and maintaining — a security program:</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/01/why-effective-hipaa-compliance-risk-assessment-crucial-securing-phi-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Learn why an effective HIPAA compliance risk assessment is crucial to securing PHI.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Increase Your Organization’s Endpoint Visibility</h2> <p>As adoption of electronic health records and BYOD programs become more mainstream, CISOs must consider the vulnerability of their endpoints.</p> <p>Carbon Black’s healthcare customers observed an average of <strong>8.2 attempted cyberattacks per endpoint</strong> in each month of 2018, the report notes. </p> <p>Indeed, bad actors have used endpoints in recent years to <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/hosptial-ceo-forced-to-pay-hackers-in-bitcoin-now-teaches-others.html" target="_blank">shut down everything from a hospital’s access to patient records to their critical systems</a>, making it virtually impossible to administer effective patient care.</p> <p>“CISOs need to look at <strong>any connected asset as a potential target</strong>,” the report states. “This includes electronic medical-record systems, medical devices, payment processing systems, and more.”</p> <p>Increased visibility into endpoints such as these can provide organizations with actionable insights while also helping them to prevent threats.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Perform Regular System Audits and Vulnerability Assessments</h2> <p>Among surveyed healthcare organizations, <strong>66 percent </strong>believe that cyberattacks have grown more sophisticated over the past year.</p> <p>The report examines multiple types of sophisticated intrusions, from fileless attacks and destructive attacks to island hopping, which allows an attacker to set up command posts across a network, rendering it ineffective.</p> <p>The report states that <strong>33 percent </strong>of surveyed healthcare organizations say they’ve encountered instances of island hopping on their enterprise networks over the past year.</p> <p>One way to counter attacks such as these is by <strong>conducting frequent threat hunting</strong>.</p> <p>“With the risk of island hopping ever-present, you should be auditing systems regularly and establishing remediation steps across all your security infrastructure,” notes the report.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/01/4-cybersecurity-threats-healthcare-organizations-need-watch-out-2019" target="_blank"><em><strong>DISCOVER: </strong>Four cybersecurity threats healthcare organizations need to watch out for this year.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Back Up Your Data to Ensure Its Not at Risk</h2> <p>Even after taking all the necessary steps to prepare for a cyberattack, an organization still might have to face the unthinkable. </p> <p>Consider the current landscape: Of the organizations surveyed for the report, <strong>83 percent</strong> say they witnessed an increase in cyberattacks in the past year; <strong>66 percent </strong>say that they were targeted by a <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/08/healthcare-cybersecurity-how-providers-can-catch">ransomware</a> attack in the past year; and <strong>nearly half</strong> say they witnessed attacks where destruction of data was the primary motivation.</p> <p>That’s why healthcare organizations must take a pre-emptive approach with their data and prepare for the worst.</p> <p>“Destructive attacks, including ransomware, don’t need to destroy your business,” the report states. “Employ best practices for data backup to ensure your data is never at risk.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/andrew-steger" hreflang="en">Andrew Steger</a></div> </div> Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:15:48 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42716 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Review: The Zebra TC51-HC Is a Perfect Prescription for Mobility https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/review-zebra-tc51-hc-perfect-prescription-mobility <span>Review: The Zebra TC51-HC Is a Perfect Prescription for Mobility</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:13</span> <div><p>Adding mobility to healthcare environments can be <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/03/4-ways-mobility-set-revolutionize-healthcare-2022">a huge boon for both efficiency and user satisfaction</a>. But unlike some other industries, adding mobile devices to healthcare isn’t as easy as authorizing a BYOD program. Devices must have a long battery life and be highly secure, able to run multiple applications and able to shake off (and clean off) any biological or chemical hazards that they come in contact with.</p> <p>It’s clear that mobility in healthcare <strong>requires dedicated devices</strong> designed specifically for that environment.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/Zebra-TC51-HC-data-collection-terminal-Android-6.0-Marshmallow-32-G/4906230?pfm=srh#PO" target="_blank">Zebra Technologies TC51-HC</a> looks like a beefed-up smartphone. It’s a little bit bigger than most <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=android&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Android-based devices</a> and has many more features packed inside, both in terms of hardware and software. Most of the extra girth on this 8.8-ounce phone is due to a special case that will protect the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/zebra.html" target="_blank">Zebra</a> if it takes a tumble from as high as six feet onto a concrete floor. The case is also designed as a single piece so no fluids can seep inside, and it can be repeatedly sanitized as needed.</p> <p>The heart of the system is an Android device that has been hardened to protect any patient data stored on it. This includes a <strong>FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module</strong>, Zebra’s Mobility DNA platform with Mobility Extensions (Mx) for authorizing users, and software that constantly scans for configuration errors and takes corrective action if any are found. These features provide protection for any HIPAA-protected data the Zebra touches.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/04/set-your-healthcare-organization-mobile-success" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Discover how to set up your healthcare organization for mobile success.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Hardware Features for Healthcare Environments</h2> <p>The generous 5-inch screen can display images in 1280x720 resolution. The device also has a barcode scanner that works with both 1D and 2D barcodes for scanning patient wristbands or medication orders. Even the speakers have been enhanced, enabling calls to be played up to <strong>four times louder than on a typical cellphone</strong>, so conversations can be heard in loud environments such as a busy emergency room.</p> <p>The unit has two cameras: a high-resolution camera facing forward and a standard-resolution one facing backward. This configuration enables telemedical applications, letting remote doctors see and diagnose patients while also conferring with local staffers. And battery life, even with compute-intensive applications, <strong>lasted more than 12 hours</strong> in my testing.</p> <p>There simply may not be a better mobile device designed specifically for healthcare than the Zebra TC51-HC.</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="400" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/2019-07/HT_Q319_PR_Breeden_Zebra-TC51-HC_Product.jpg" width="700" /></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Zebra Takes on Tough Conditions in Healthcare</h2> <p>Hospitals are harsh environments for mobile devices. The Zebra TC51-HC is <strong>built to withstand challenging conditions</strong>, proving it not only has the brains to support healthcare professionals but also the brawn to stand up to the environment they work in. </p> <p>Devices that need to be hardened against factors such as shock (for instance, if the unit is dropped), vibration, water ingress and other environmental conditions generally measure their fitness against the military’s MIL-STD-810G standard for ruggedness. And although it is unusual for nonmilitary devices to face such testing, the trying conditions of a healthcare environment make these good candidates for ruggedization. </p> <p>The <strong>Zebra TC51-HC has been ruggedized</strong> against shock, dust, water ingress, vibration, electrostatic discharge and temperature extremes.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/09/review-panasonic-toughbook-20-tough-practical-device-clinicians" target="_blank"><em><strong>PRODUCT REVIEW:</strong> The Panasonic Toughbook 20 is a study, practical device for clinicians.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">How Tough Is the Zebra TC51-HC?</h2> <p>For dust and water, the one-piece design is <strong>rated IP67 and IP65</strong> on the <a href="https://webstore.iec.ch/publication/2452" target="_blank">industrial protection marking scale</a>. The 6 in both of those ratings means that no dust can enter the unit. Given that it’s a solid piece, this was not surprising, though I did let it spin in a dust chamber for eight hours just to be sure. The 7 and the 5 indicate two different forms of water ingress protection, both of which were tested. </p> <p>First, the 5 means that jets of water can strike the unit from any direction and not harm the device or penetrate the internal components. The 7 means that it can be dropped into 1 meter of water for half an hour with no ill effects. <strong>The Zebra TC51-HC passed both tests easily</strong>. From a practical standpoint, it means that harmful chemicals or biological fluids from a healthcare environment can’t get into the device, and that it can be sterilized using water or an alcohol-based cleaner without hurting the unit.</p> <p>Vibration ruggedness is used to protect devices operating inside vehicles. The Zebra TC51-HC is rated for exposure to vibration from <strong>20 hertz to 2 kilohertz for 60 minutes</strong>. I tested this using a shake table, and the unit was unharmed.</p> <p>It can also survive the rapid transition from a 158-degree Fahrenheit environment down to negative 40 degrees and back again. That might be useful if staffers are, say, running out into an ambulance bay during a Minnesota winter to grab patients before running back inside. Given that those temperatures are not particularly friendly to the people who might be carrying the device, the range is probably sufficient to ensure that it will survive most anything a doctor or nurse would face.</p> <p>I saved drop testing for the shock specification until last, because this is what often kills devices. The Zebra TC51-HC, however, did very well, thanks to its protective case and single-piece construction. I dropped the unit from up to six feet onto plywood over concrete, on every one of its surfaces, per the specification guidelines. <strong>It emerged without so much as a scratch</strong> and ready to go.</p> <p>Not only is the Zebra TC51-HC well designed for healthcare, but it’s rugged enough for the rigors of that environment and should perform flawlessly for years.</p> <h3>ZEBRA TC51-HC</h3> <p><strong>Display</strong>: 5-inch capacitive touch screen<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: Snapdragon 1.8GHz ARM hexa-core 64-bit processor<br /><strong>Memory</strong>: 4GB RAM OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow<br /><strong>Hard Drive</strong>: 32GB Flash Memory<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 6.1x 2.9x0.73 inches<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 8.8 ounces</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/john-breeden-ii" hreflang="en">John Breeden II</a></div> </div> Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:13:49 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42711 at https://healthtechmagazine.net 3 Ways Google Is Taking Healthcare Tech to New Heights https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/3-ways-google-taking-healthcare-tech-new-heights <span>3 Ways Google Is Taking Healthcare Tech to New Heights</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:33</span> <div><p>Recent business moves by <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-interstitial.html.html" target="_blank">Google</a> and its parent company Alphabet prove that the tech giant is <strong>investing heavily in artificial intelligence and data</strong> with hopes to reinvent the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry. </p> <p>Staffing and corporate acquisitions are chief among them. In November, <a href="https://www.blog.google/technology/health/david-feinberg-google-health/" target="_blank">Google hired David Feinberg</a>, the former CEO for Geisinger Health, to lead the company’s Google Health initiative. Days later, <a href="https://deepmind.com/blog/scaling-streams-google/" target="_blank">it absorbed DeepMind Health</a>, part of a British artificial intelligence company that produced an <strong>AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors</strong>. </p> <p>Both strategies are key to developing a wide range of complex and intuitive tools. </p> <p>“AI holds the potential for some of the biggest advances we are going to see,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/01/google-ceo-sundar-pichai-ai-is-more-important-than-fire-electricity.html" target="_blank">said last year at a town hall event in San Francisco</a>. “You know whenever I see the news of a young person dying of cancer, you realize AI is going to play a role in solving that in the future, so I think we owe it to make progress.”</p> <p>Here’s a look at some of the transformative technologies in development:</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/06/fda-debates-framework-ai-based-medical-devices" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Check out what the FDA has to say about AI-based medical devices.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. AI Helps Doctors Complete Routine Tasks</h2> <p>Google, in <a href="http://med.stanford.edu/" target="_blank">conjunction with Stanford Medicine</a>, is beefing up an early-stage research project called <a href="https://www.androidheadlines.com/2018/06/google-brain-jobs-open-in-healthcare-voice-touch-project.html" target="_blank">Medical Digital Assist</a> as it explores ways to use artificial intelligence to improve visits to the doctor’s office.</p> <p>The primary aim: using Medical Digital Assist to leverage speech and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/09/voice-activation-and-virtual-assistants-modernize-health-senior-care">voice recognition technologies</a> that can <strong>help physicians with note-taking and paperwork</strong>.</p> <p>This tool, which can listen in on conversations between a doctor and patient, not only transcribes dialogue but also takes relevant notes automatically as a means to help care teams better coordinate, <a href="https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/11/google-stanford-working-medical-speech-recognition.html" target="_blank">Android Headlines reports</a>. </p> <p>By picking up on key words in these conversations, <strong>the system is able to interpret medical terminology</strong> and, in turn, decipher which parts of the conservation are of particular importance.</p> <p>Still, the exchange is far from foolproof. The technology has an error rate of about <strong>20 percent</strong>, <a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1711.07274.pdf" target="_blank">according to a recent study</a>; Google and Stanford continue to train the AI system to improve clinical outcomes.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Google Uses AI to Help Cure Blindness</h2> <p>Three years ago, Google announced the development of an image library that helps itself, and other organizations, <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/12/improving-effectiveness-of-diabetic.html" target="_blank">train AI models to detect diseases</a> such as diabetic retinopathy — one of the world’s fastest growing causes of blindness. </p> <p>In this case, Google trained the models using images it collected from a computer vision system that could read images of <strong>retinal fundus, or the interior lining of the eye</strong>. </p> <p>As chief medical officer and chief of retina services at Aravind Eye Hospital in India, Dr. R. Kim recently <a href="https://www.blog.google/technology/health/new-milestones-helping-prevent-eye-disease-verily/" target="_blank">witnessed this technology</a> during Google’s first real-world clinical use of the algorithm. </p> <p>The algorithm, Kim said, offers “<strong>more time to work closely with patients on treatment and management of their disease</strong>” while also increasing the number of screenings a facility can perform. And its performance is on par with the service provided by U.S. board-certified ophthalmologists, <a href="https://ai.google/healthcare/" target="_blank">Google AI asserts</a>.</p> <p>“[W]e hope our study will be just one of many compelling examples to come demonstrating the ability of machine learning to help solve important problems in medical imaging in healthcare more broadly,” say Dr. Lily Peng, product manager for Google AI, and Varun Gulshan, research engineer for Google AI, <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2016/11/deep-learning-for-detection-of-diabetic.html" target="_blank">in a blog post</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/06/where-does-ai-automation-fit-health-data-security" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> See how AI automation fits into health data security.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Machine Learning Helps Predict Patients’ Care Needs</h2> <p>Google has also begun work on an <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/deep-learning-for-electronic-health.html" target="_blank">electronic health record model that uses machine learning</a> to forecast a host of patient outcomes. Among them: the potential<strong> length of a patient’s hospital stay, odds of readmission and the likelihood of death</strong>.</p> <p>The Google team demonstrated in a recent experiment how their deep learning models can make prediction sets that are relevant to patients by using deidentified EHR data.</p> <p>“Having precise answers to those questions helps doctors and nurses make care better, safer, and faster,” say Dr. Alvin Rajkomar, research scientist for Google AI, and Eyal Oren, product manager for Google AI, <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/deep-learning-for-electronic-health.html" target="_blank">in a blog post</a>. “If a patient’s health is deteriorating, <strong>doctors could be sent proactively to act before things get worse</strong>.”</p> <p>The benefits are twofold: Not only does an intuitive EHR have the capacity to help doctors alleviate some administrative work, but it can also identify patients that need the most attention — in some cases, before an adverse event even occurs.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/andrew-steger" hreflang="en">Andrew Steger</a></div> </div> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:33:11 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42706 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Deliver the Modern Meeting Experience https://healthtechmagazine.net/resources/white-paper/deliver-modern-meeting-experience <span>Deliver the Modern Meeting Experience</span> <div><p>The workplace has evolved considerably over the past decade. <strong>Meeting spaces need to keep up.</strong></p> <p>Today, more and more employees are working remotely, giving rise to a pressing need to <strong>create more meaningful and deeper connections</strong> between colleagues via collaboration tools. At the same time, video solutions finally made significant inroads with the consumer market, resulting in a workforce that not only accepts video solutions, but has even come to expect them.</p> <p>To enable effective video collaboration, organizations must make strategic investments in a range of technologies — including video displays, software platforms, advanced cameras and audio solutions — and then connect these tools in ways that both ensure compatibility and lead to tangible business benefits. Above all, video solutions need to provide end users with a <strong>simplified, seamless experience</strong> that helps to boost their productivity and easily connect with colleagues and clients.</p> <p><strong>Learn more by downloading our white paper: "Deliver the Modern Meeting Experience"</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:19</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/document_images/20190725_HT_White-Paper_Modern-Meeting-Experience.jpg" width="5613" height="3739" alt="Doctors on a video conference call." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/document_files/mkt33552-modern-meetingexperience-wp.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=214428">mkt33552-modern-meetingexperience-wp.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:19:21 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42701 at https://healthtechmagazine.net 5 Tips to Keep Unapproved Data from Your Windows Server File Servers https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/5-tips-keep-unapproved-data-your-windows-server-file-servers <span>5 Tips to Keep Unapproved Data from Your Windows Server File Servers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:46</span> <div><p>Storage administrators are responsible for managing disk usage and making sure that unapproved data isn’t saved to an organization’s <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=microsoft%20windows%20server&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Server</a> file servers. File Server Resource Manager includes several tools that can help make sure malicious executables and copyrighted media files don’t take up valuable storage space. Here are five tips to get IT leaders started.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/10/4-ways-providers-can-monitor-cloud-use-keep-data-safe" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Discover four ways providers can monitor cloud use to keep data safe.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Install File Server Resource Manager</h2> <p>The quickest way to install File Server Resource Manager is by using PowerShell. Open a PowerShell prompt with local administrator privileges and run this command:</p> <p><strong>Install-WindowsFeature –Name FS-Resource-Manager –IncludeManagementTools</strong></p> <p>Once installed, you can access FSRM from the Tools menu in Server Manager.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Create File Screens Using the Built-In Templates</h2> <p>FSRM includes templates that you can use to quickly set up file screening. In FSRM, expand File Screening Management and select <strong>File Screen Templates</strong>. Double-click <strong>Block Audio and Video Files</strong>. In the Properties dialog, you’ll see that the screening type is set to Active, which prevents users from saving files in the selected file groups. Passive screening merely generates a warning. The tool enables you to configure actions that trigger an email alert, event log, custom command or storage report. </p> <p>To create a file screen based on a template, right-click <strong>File Screens</strong> on the left and select <strong>Create File Screen… </strong>from the menu. Set the file path that you want to screen and a template to apply. You can also create exceptions to allow files that are blocked by other file screens.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html" target="_blank"><img alt="IT%20Infrastructure_IR_2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/IT%20Infrastructure_IR_2.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Enable Quota Management</h2> <p>FSRM also provides built-in templates to create quotas on volumes and folders. File screening is useful, but tech-savvy users could change file extensions to circumvent your screens. Users copying large media files to servers can quickly use up free space. Storage quotas can ensure that there’s enough disk space for genuine work files. </p> <p>Quota templates come with <em>Hard</em> and <em>Soft</em> limits. Hard limits stop users from saving any more data to a disk. Soft limits allow users to exceed the defined limits but create a warning. As with file screens, quota templates can trigger an email alert, event log, command or report. <em>Auto Apply Quotas</em> allows you to apply a quota template set on a parent folder to all new subfolders, generating a new quota entry whenever a new folder is created. </p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Schedule a Regular Storage Report</h2> <p>Administrators can set up a scheduled storage report in FSRM to include file screening and quota violations. Reports can also be emailed to an administrator. If you need to generate a report immediately, right-click <strong>Storage Reports Management</strong> and select <strong>Generate Reports Now…</strong> from the menu. </p> <h2 id="toc_4">5. Use PowerShell to Scan for Files by Extension</h2> <p>In addition to running a storage report, you can use PowerShell to scan a volume or folder for specific file types. For example, the script below scans the ‘accounts’ folder for MP3 audio files.</p> <p><strong>$FolderPath = "C:\accounts"</strong></p> <p><strong>$FileExtension = ".mp3"</strong></p> <p><strong>Get-ChildItem -Path $FolderPath -File -Recurse | Where-Object {$_.extension -eq</strong></p> <p><strong>$FileExtension} | Format-Table Name</strong></p> <p><em>Want to know more about a storage solution that can meet your current and future needs? Check out our review of the Pure Storage FlashArray//m50 at <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/PureStorageArray" target="_blank">healthtechmagazine.net/PureStorageArray</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/russell-smith" hreflang="en">Russell Smith</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:46:33 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42691 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Hyperconvergence Goes Mainstream https://healthtechmagazine.net/resources/white-paper/hyperconvergence-goes-mainstream <span>Hyperconvergence Goes Mainstream</span> <div><p>In recent years, <strong>organizations across industries have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure</strong> (HCI), an approach to IT architecture that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system.</p> <p>Hyperconvergence has been described as “the best of both worlds” by some data center administrators and industry observers, who see the model as offering the elasticity and scalability of public cloud providers, alongside the control and security of an on-premises system. More than any other outcome, perhaps, organizations are seeking simplicity from their hyperconverged infrastructure. At a time when IT shops are striving to spend less time and energy on routine maintenance and support — and focus more on planning and executing strategic projects that will help the business to thrive — <strong>HCI offers a way to deliver and scale in-house IT resources in a unified, simplified manner</strong>. Organizations that have embraced hyperconvergence have utilized the model to help them streamline data center operations and power their digital transformation efforts.</p> <p>While HCI simplifies operations, deploying the model does require some specialized expertise, and many organizations turn to a trusted partner for assistance with configuring systems, migrating workloads and other initial tasks.</p> <p><strong>Learn more by downloading our white paper: "Hyperconvergence Goes Mainstream"</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 15:54</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/document_images/20190708_HT_White-Paper_Hyperconvergence.jpg" width="5616" height="3742" alt="Employee working on data server." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/document_files/mkt33562-hyperconverged-infrastructure-wp.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=236815">mkt33562-hyperconverged-infrastructure-wp.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:54:45 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42686 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Managing the Hybrid Cloud https://healthtechmagazine.net/resources/white-paper/managing-hybrid-cloud <span>Managing the Hybrid Cloud</span> <div><p>Across industries, many organizations have found that they’re able to achieve benefits such as cost savings, enhanced agility and improved business continuity by integrating their private clouds with public cloud resources in a hybrid model<strong>. A hybrid approach can provide a best-of-both-worlds experience</strong>, allowing organizations to place workloads where they are best suited, or to take advantage of additional capacity in the public cloud during periods of peak resource demand.</p> <p>However, <strong>the hybrid cloud is not without its challenges</strong>. The model has evolved substantially since its debut less than a decade ago, with organizations increasingly incorporating resources from their private clouds and several public cloud providers in a multicloud approach. While this evolution gives organizations more freedom and flexibility, it can also introduce management hurdles around cost, performance, visibility and security.</p> <p>By incorporating cloud management best practices and tools, <strong>organizations can ensure that their hybrid clouds will adapt with a changing IT landscape</strong> and continue to provide business value well into the future.</p> <p><strong>Learn more by downloading our white paper: "Managing the Hybrid Cloud"</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 15:39</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/document_images/20190708_HT_White-Paper_Managing-Hybrid-Cloud.jpg" width="6099" height="4064" alt="Employees working on data server." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/document_files/mkt31471-upftf-hybrid-cloud-white-paper.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=220997">mkt31471-upftf-hybrid-cloud-white-paper.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:39:09 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42681 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Mobile Health Technology: Development, Deployment and Management https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/mobile-health-technology-development-deployment-and-management <span>Mobile Health Technology: Development, Deployment and Management</span> <div><p>The excitement around mobile device use in healthcare is building. But as organizations plan to deploy these devices, nurses and IT departments must work together to successfully and securely manage them. At the HIMSS 2019 conference, <em>HealthTech</em> spoke with Remy Morgan, a senior solutions architect with CDW's mobility practice, about the latest trends in mobile health technology and how they can be implemented in healthcare organizations.</p> <p>For more insights from HIMSS 2019, follow <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019"><em>HealthTech</em>'s coverage here</a>.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:15</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Insider Exclusive: With #mobile device use increasing in #healthcare, how can organizations manage them successfully?</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1586108878</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34216</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Mobility</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/mobile-health-technology-development-deployment-and-management" data-title="Insider Exclusive: With #mobile device use increasing in #healthcare, how can organizations manage them successfully?" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Jul</span> <span>08</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/mobile-health-technology-development-deployment-and-management" data-title="Insider Exclusive: With #mobile device use increasing in #healthcare, how can organizations manage them successfully?" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/mobile-health-technology-development-deployment-and-management" data-title="Insider Exclusive: With #mobile device use increasing in #healthcare, how can organizations manage them successfully?" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Frss.xml%3Fdestination%3D%2Ftaxonomy%2Fterm%2F5486%2Fdelete%26_exception_statuscode%3D403" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/media/video/mobile-health-technology-development-deployment-and-management"> &quot;We&#039;re seeing a lot of development and excitement around deploying iPhones — mobile devices — for clinical nursing ... for inpatient care.&quot; </a></p> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-07/remy-morgan-cdw.jpeg.jpg?itok=80Paf8Sg" width="60" height="60" alt="Remy Morgan" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Remy Morgan</span> Senior Solutions Architect - Mobility, CDW </p> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:15:25 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42676 at https://healthtechmagazine.net How Collaboration Tools Bring Doctors and Patients Closer https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/07/how-collaboration-tools-bring-doctors-and-patients-closer <span>How Collaboration Tools Bring Doctors and Patients Closer</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 09:38</span> <div><p>As virtual communication tools advance and become more prevalent among providers, it’s no surprise that <strong>patients expect a high standard when speaking with physicians</strong> from afar, especially during high-stress situations where the lives of loved ones could be at stake. </p> <p>Healthcare leaders have become receptive to these needs, and the majority of them — <strong>85 percent</strong> — say that digital innovation is tied to their long-term strategies to improve patient care, <a href="http://connect.healthforum.com/rs/734-ZTO-041/images/AVIA_AHA_Report_vF.pdf" target="_blank">according to a 2017 report</a> by the American Hospital Association and AVIA. </p> <p>Telemedicine is a major component of that strategy. <a href="https://www.aha.org/system/files/2019-02/fact-sheet-telehealth-2-4-19.pdf" target="_blank">In a separate piece of research</a>, the AHA states that <strong>76 percent </strong>of U.S. hospitals currently connect with patients at a distance using video and other technologies. That’s up from <strong>35 percent</strong> in 2010.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/04/5-ways-telehealth-taking-modern-healthcare-next-level">As the technology that supports telemedicine continues to improve</a>, organizations turn to collaboration tools to streamline their approach.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/04/how-collaboration-tools-bolstered-innovation-optima-healthcare-solutions" 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">RingCentral Helps Doctors Connect Anywhere</h2> <p>The Comprehensive Blood &amp; Cancer Center saw a need to communicate more intimately with patients and to provide a more integrated treatment plan from doctors with different areas of expertise. The privately held California facility looked to RingCentral for help. </p> <p>Because their communication platform has migrated to the cloud, the center’s <strong>doctors can use <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?b=r9i" target="_blank">RingCentral</a> on their mobile devices to return patient calls</strong> from any location while also maintaining the privacy of their personal mobile contact. </p> <p>The tools also facilitate videoconferencing and web meetings crucial to providing complex cancer care — no matter where a provider might be located. </p> <p>“<strong>Moving to the cloud for our communications was the best decision we’ve made</strong>, as we’re now connected with our patients and colleagues whether we are in the office, at home or traveling overseas,” said Dr. Ravi Patel, the center’s founder, <a href="https://www.ringcentral.com/whyringcentral/company/pressreleases/pressreleases-2016/largest-free-standing-privately-held-cancer-center-in-the-u-s--r.html" target="_blank">said in a press release</a>.</p> <p>“Our patients are happier, our IT staff is focused on more productive areas, and we now have a state-of-the-art solution that makes our future expansion limitless,” said Patel. </p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/10/videoconferencing-tools-let-providers-connect-leaders-staff-and-patients" target="_blank"><em><strong>DISCOVER MORE:</strong> Find out how videoconferencing tools let providers connect leaders, staff and patients.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Cisco’s Video Collaboration Solutions Provide Aid on the Spot</h2> <p>The University of Virginia Health System is another provider that sought to adopt collaboration tools that would allow doctors to serve patients from a distance, whether the patient is at home or at the scene of an emergency.</p> <p>By making the switch to <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=cisco%20jabber&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Cisco’s Jabber</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=cisco%20unified%20communications%20manager&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Unified Communications Manager (CallManager)</a> products — which provide instant messaging, voice and videoconferencing, and enhanced mobility — the health system has been able to <strong>deliver care to patients where they are</strong> to better facilitate their recovery. </p> <p>“The telehealth piece allows me to literally be in three to four places at once,” Dr. Michael Williams, associate chief medical officer for clinical integration at UVA Health System, explained in a <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=cisco" target="_blank">Cisco</a> <a href="https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/case-studies-customer-success-stories/uva-health-system.html" target="_blank">video</a>. “You should get medical care at home, or as close to it as possible — and that’s our future.”</p> <p>And when seconds count, <strong>the technology can be lifesaving</strong>. During a recent mass casualty incident near UVA, <a href="https://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8721" target="_blank">video collaboration was used</a> to connect emergency responders at the scene with physicians in the hospital’s command center. </p> <p>“Telehealth has become the backbone of our ability to reach out to our patients and to deliver care where they are, most convenient to them, in a highly effective way,” Dr. Richard P. Shannon, former executive vice president of health affairs at UVA Health System, told Cisco. </p> <p>“We think we can use telehealth as one of the fundamental disrupting technologies to really bend the cost curve in healthcare and <strong>allow every human being access to high-quality care</strong>.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/andrew-steger" hreflang="en">Andrew Steger</a></div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:38:38 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 42671 at https://healthtechmagazine.net