HealthTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/rss.xml en Cloud Migration in Healthcare: Determine Your Workload Strategy Up Front https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/cloud-migration-healthcare-determine-your-workload-strategy-front <span>Cloud Migration in Healthcare: Determine Your Workload Strategy Up Front</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:10</span> <div><p>Increasingly, healthcare organizations are moving their infrastructures, information, or both to the cloud to boost scalability and data accessibility. According to a recent Datica survey, for instance, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/08/cloud-migration-concerns-persist-provider-organizations">60 percent of responding hospital CIOs called cloud hosting a top 10 priority</a>.</p> <p>But while many IT leaders approach a cloud migration knowing what they want to get out of it, <strong>how they complete the task can still prove challenging</strong>.</p> <p>The main question on their minds is “What will my workload strategy look like?”</p> <p>Strategizing ahead of time is crucial not only to avoiding financial and security pitfalls, but also to minimizing overall operational risk. Here are some planning tips for hospital IT leaders to consider when migrating to the cloud.</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/07/how-ensure-your-healthcare-cloud-storage-stays-hipaa-compliant-perfcon" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Ensure your healthcare cloud storage stays HIPAA compliant.</a></em></p> <h2>Review Application Architecture and Coupling</h2> <p>First and foremost, conduct an application assessment to understand if you need to replatform, re-code, re-architect, or retire an application. From there, you can <strong>identify what kind of architecture is necessary</strong>, whether your goal is to leverage Infrastructure as a Service or Platform as a Service.</p> <p>Each application requires strong architecture to meet its complexity needs. <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>’s <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/cloud-application-architecture-guide/" target="_blank">Cloud Application Architecture Guide</a> does a good job of differentiating between the various architecture styles, from N-tier (also known as multitier architecture) to microservices, which comprises many independent services, to Big Data, in which parallel processing takes place on one large dataset that’s broken up into smaller pieces.</p> <p>You’ll also need to determine your current application coupling status. For example, if you have two applications that are coupled together, and you move one to the cloud and keep one on premise, you could wind up incurring latency or performance issues.</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>Set Up a Proper Governance Structure and Keep Education Top of Mind</h2> <p>Prior to migration, it’s also <strong>imperative to define governance</strong> to ensure the proper processes, procedures, policies and accounts are defined. Additionally, it’s vital to continue such governance and account hygiene throughout the lifecycle of adopting IaaS to help optimize both security and cost.</p> <p>Finally, be sure to train your staff on what will be required before, during and after the transition.  Education is key when moving to IaaS; it’s important to understand that IaaS is a shared responsibility model</p> <p>By mapping out cloud migration strategies ahead of time, healthcare organizations can get the most out of such transitions more quickly. CDW’s cloud consulting services can help to ensure your workload strategy hits all the proper notes and puts your migration on the right track.</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="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/MonITor_logo_sized.jpg" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/sandra-blettner" hreflang="en">Sandra Blettner</a></div> </div> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:10:41 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 42141 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: 3 Takeaways from Orlando https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-3-takeaways-orlando <span>HIMSS 2019: 3 Takeaways from Orlando</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/danielbowman26806" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">daniel.bowman_26806</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:59</span> <div><p>The healthcare technology landscape is in a state of flux, with a growing focus on <strong>trying to improve consumers’ overall experiences</strong>, notably their access to data.</p> <p>That was one of many themes discussed by attendees at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Fla., spurred in part by an <strong>announcement prior to the start of the show of a proposed rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT</strong> that aims to boost information access and halt data blocking by providers and vendors.</p> <p>“We’re really talking about <strong>how to create the pull, how consumers are going to drive this marketplace</strong>,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo during the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-how-proposed-federal-rules-aim-boost-patient-data-access">event’s opening keynote session</a>. De Salvo, a former National Coordinator for Health IT, is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School.</p> <p>Here are three other takeaways from the week that was at HIMSS19.</p> <h2>1. Healthcare Innovation Requires Holistic Execution</h2> <p>For organizations to innovate, technology is key, but <strong>broadly examining the environment and developing holistic strategies for adoption and engagement are just as important</strong>. Dr. Richard Milani, chief clinical transformation officer at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, said that four social determinants — health literacy, medication affordability, social isolation and patient activation level — stand out as the biggest drivers for care. <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/05/mobile-tools-innovative-programs-bolster-patient-engagement-providers">Ochsner uses smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and other connected devices</a> to provide treatment to many of its chronic-disease patients.</p> <p>“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has,” Milani said, quoting Hippocrates. “<strong>Where we are today is clearly now driving toward data.</strong> Where things obviously are going to head is around a more personalized version of care where we can direct therapies specifically to individuals, and that’s where social determinants play a big role.”</p> <p>For instance, how he intervenes with a hypertensive male who lives alone and has low activation or low health literacy, Milani said, is entirely different than how he would approach a male with similar symptoms who has a spouse and a higher level of literacy or activation.</p> <p>“It’s <strong>totally personalizing and driving how we manage our patients</strong>,” he said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, <strong>Jewish Senior Living Group COO Michael Skaff</strong> talked about the importance of focusing on the “why” of a digital transformation effort, more than the “what” or the “how.”</p> <p>“Look at the structural elements of what drives organizational change,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what the tools are — they could be digital, they could be process, they could be financial, they could be a lot of different things — <strong>what matters are the core elements of change</strong>.”</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Check out all of our stories and videos from HIMSS19.</em></a></p> <h2>2. Don’t Take Security Awareness for Granted</h2> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-cybersecurity-war-heres-how-providers-can-fight-back">Halifax Health Vice President and CIO Tom Stafford</a> <strong>described the fight to maintain a cybersecurity war footing</strong>, but specifically pointed out the success he’s had with educating his staff.</p> <p>Stafford said the <strong>click rate for his staff on phishing emails is around 1 to 2 percent</strong>, a figure he chalked up to constant training that takes a personalized approach.</p> <p>“We always try to focus on the personal side, and it seems to stick better,” Stafford said. “Our best deterrent is the end user, hands down, based on the current environment.”</p> <p><strong>Karl West, CISO at Intermountain Healthcare</strong> in Salt Lake City, discussed why organizations must secure their clinically integrated supply chains, stressing the importance of developing an accurate data inventory.</p> <p>“I partner right with our supply chain organizations and say, ‘Don’t let anything come in through the alternative sources,’” West said. “<strong>I invite the auditors in our organization to go and audit our supply chain</strong>. I want to help them. I want to find out who’s not following the process. Let’s identify it and eliminate it. That way, we can keep this an accurate data inventory.”</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @CDW_Healthcare on Twitter for continued HIMSS19 coverage.</em></a></p> <h2>3. Telehealth Will Evolve as Reimbursement Models Change</h2> <p>During a discussion with CDW’s Ginna Baik, Dr. Bob Monteverdi, global healthcare solutions leader for Lenovo, talked about the growth of telehealth, saying that the <strong>definition continues to evolve as the landscape and use cases expand</strong>.</p> <p>“What used to be just, ‘how do we care for someone who’s not here in our facility’ is continuing to grow, despite the fact that virtual care is a relatively new technology,” he said. “The definition just keeps growing very, very rapidly.”</p> <p>Baik observed that the new Current Procedural Terminology codes for telehealth from the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services that apply to chronic remote patient monitoring and virtual check-ins will <strong>help telehealth expansion</strong>.</p> <p>That dovetails with sentiments expressed during the conference by Shawn Valenta, administrator of telehealth for the Medical University of South Carolina, who also said that <strong>if telehealth technologies are being used to simply replicate the current broken system, that’s a failing approach</strong>.</p> <p>“It needs to generate more efficiencies,” he said. “It needs to add value to care over a continuum.”</p> <p>Valenta added that he’s optimistic about the new reimbursement codes.</p> <p>“There’s been a lot of federal movement in the last year or so, which has been nice; there have been a lot of barriers,” he said.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/10/remote-care-tech-physicians-provide-timely-treatment-prevent-burnout">Dr. Eduardo Vadia, managing partner and co-founder of Access Physicians</a>, said during another discussion on telehealth that he expects <strong>interest and adoption of telemedicine to hit critical mass over the next two years</strong>.</p> <p>“We’re going to see an opportunity to realize a lot of the clinical and financial outcomes at the enterprise level with our clients in 2019 and 2020.”</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019">Keep this page bookmarked</a> for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, as well as the official organization account, <a href="https://twitter.com/HIMSS" target="_blank">@HIMSS</a>, and join the conversation using hashtags including #CDWHIMSS and #HIMSS19.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" id="" rel="" target="_blank" title=""><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://healthtechmagazine.net/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:59:56 +0000 daniel.bowman_26806 42136 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Answering ‘Why’ Is Critical During a Digital Transformation https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-answering-why-critical-during-digital-transformation <span>HIMSS 2019: Answering ‘Why’ Is Critical During a Digital Transformation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:47</span> <div><p>Successful digital transformation in healthcare and senior care is much more about answering the question of “why” rather than “what” or “how,” <a href="http://jewishseniorlivinggroup.org/" target="_blank">Jewish Senior Living Group</a> COO Michael Skaff believes.</p> <p>Speaking at <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank">HIMSS 2019</a> in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Skaff discussed the San Francisco-based organization’s current efforts to upgrade, stressing that while digital solutions are key, it first needed to “forget the technology.”</p> <p>“<strong>Digital transformation doesn’t happen quickly or easily</strong>,” he said. “Look at the structural elements of what drives organizational change. It doesn’t matter what the tools are — they could be digital, they could be process, they could be financial, they could be a lot of different things — <strong>what matters are the core elements of change</strong>.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/stonegate-senior-living-leverages-hyperconvergence-enhance-care-delivery"><img alt="StoneGate Senior Living" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/HT_Q119_StoneGate_VID_web.png" /></a></p> <h2>Collaboration and Safety ‘From the Dirt Up’</h2> <p>As part of its transformation, JSLG plans to build <strong>190 brand-new residences </strong>and update its San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. It’s working with CDW to upgrade the cabling infrastructure, Wi-Fi, its networks, and to build sensors into the walls throughout.</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019"><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Check out all of our stories and videos from HIMSS19.</a></em></p> <p>The organization’s Lynne &amp; Roy M. Frank Residences — its assisted living community — will feature <strong>new collaboration tools, wearables and </strong><strong>various</strong><strong> Internet of Things devices</strong> with resident safety in mind.</p> <p>“It’s an opportunity to do things right from the start, from the dirt up,” Skaff said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, JSLG’s Byer Square community will be a place where individuals can congregate socially.</p> <p>“People still need to connect,” he said. “It’s about how you bring people together; technology should exist to do that, and never get in between you and I.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare"><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @CDW_Healthcare on Twitter for continued HIMSS19 coverage.</a></em></p> <h2>Deliver the Services People Want, Where They Want Them</h2> <p>The main goals for Skaff and his staff are to deliver the services people want, where they want them, and to ensure all of his teams will be able to work well together. At the end of the day, he said, everything comes back to taking care of people.</p> <p>“You have to have the head, you have to have the heart that are both riding forward to make this a success,” he said. “What matters most is that we’re <strong>building physical communities</strong>. It’s a place for people to get together and talk to each other. And when they can’t come in, they’ll be able to watch things streamed to them, they’ll be able to stay in touch with the friends that they’ve made.”</p> <p>From the caregiver side, not everyone is champing at the bit for change, he said.</p> <p>“We have people who have worked for our organization for over <strong>45 years</strong>,” Skaff said. “These people do not want digital tools, they do not want to change that much, they want to keep doing what they’re doing and they want to retire in a few years. But if you can find out what matters to them and make small improvements, listen to them and understand where they see the issues and opportunities are, you can be very effective.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank">Keep this page bookmarked</a> for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, as well as the official organization account, <a href="https://twitter.com/HIMSS" target="_blank">@HIMSS</a>, and join the conversation using hashtags including <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdwhimss" target="_blank">#CDWHIMSS</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HIMSS19" target="_blank">#HIMSS19</a>.</em></p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-modernworkforce-_-NA-_-042018" target="_blank"><img alt="Modern-Workforce_the-office.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/Modern-Workforce_the-office.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:47:30 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 42126 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Integrated Solutions Deliver New Capabilities https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/himss-2019-integrated-solutions-deliver-new-capabilities <span>HIMSS 2019: Integrated Solutions Deliver New Capabilities</span> <div><p><em>HealthTech </em>takes a look at powerful new healthcare technologies on the conference's exhibit floor.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mattmclaughlin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">matt.mclaughlin</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:16</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Check out the powerful new mobile #healthcare device @ZebraTechnology showed off at #HIMSS19 #CDWHIMSS</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1450225200</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34208</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>False</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/himss-2019-integrated-solutions-deliver-new-capabilities" data-title="Check out the powerful new mobile #healthcare device @ZebraTechnology showed off at #HIMSS19 #CDWHIMSS" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</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/himss-2019-integrated-solutions-deliver-new-capabilities" data-title="Check out the powerful new mobile #healthcare device @ZebraTechnology showed off at #HIMSS19 #CDWHIMSS" 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/himss-2019-integrated-solutions-deliver-new-capabilities" data-title="Check out the powerful new mobile #healthcare device @ZebraTechnology showed off at #HIMSS19 #CDWHIMSS" 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%2Ftaxonomy%2Fterm%2F1341%2Ffeed" 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="node/"> &quot;Our partners, plus Cisco solutions, when they&#039;re engineered together, work better together, and that&#039;s good for clinicians.&quot; </a></p> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-02/Troy%20Yoder.jpg?itok=svC52-bQ" width="60" height="60" alt="Troy Yoder" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Troy Yoder</span> Americas Healthcare Lead, Cisco Systems </p> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:16:14 +0000 matt.mclaughlin 42131 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Cybersecurity Is a War — Here’s How Providers Can Fight Back https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-cybersecurity-war-heres-how-providers-can-fight-back <span>HIMSS 2019: Cybersecurity Is a War — Here’s How Providers Can Fight Back</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:03</span> <div><p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/02/halifax-health-foundational-technology-transformation">Halifax Health</a> Vice President and CIO Tom Stafford views the constant effort needed to defend against cybersecurity threats as a war. </p> <p>“At the end of the day, we’ve got the bad guys trying to get to our data,” Stafford said Tuesday at <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019">HIMSS19 in Orlando, Fla.</a> “And so we have to do novel things and layer technology to make sure we’re protecting our patients’ information.”</p> <p>Healthcare is an especially big target because <strong>it represents “low-hanging fruit,” </strong>Stafford said. Patient data not only is plentiful, it’s also timeless, making it much more valuable for hackers.</p> <p>“If you have a credit card and it gets stolen, all the account information gets wiped, you get a new credit card and you go back to work,” he said. “The problem is, <strong>when you get your healthcare data stolen, hackers can keep using it</strong>.”</p> <p>With that in mind, Stafford said organizations must be better stewards of data.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @CDW_Healthcare on Twitter for continued HIMSS19 coverage.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Improve Staff Education About Digital Threats</h2> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.himss.org/sites/himssorg/files/u132196/2019_HIMSS_Cybersecurity_Survey_Final_Report.pdf" target="_blank">HIMSS 2019 Cybersecurity Survey</a>, <strong>email continues to be the most frequently reported initial point of compromise</strong> for the healthcare industry, with <strong>59 percent </strong>of all organizations surveyed in the past 12 months saying they had experienced a breach that started with phishing.</p> <p>To that end, Stafford touted environmental awareness and staff education as critical. Halifax, he said, stresses the personal importance of<strong> good cybersecurity hygiene</strong>, which more easily translates to workplace practices by employees.</p> <p>“What’s the most important thing in the world to someone in their personal life? It’s the pictures and documents they have on their home PC,” Stafford said. “If you teach them the right principles to secure that, it’s no different than work, it’s just volume.</p> <p>Stafford said the organization’s click rate currently is <strong>down to 1 to 2 percent.</strong></p> <p>“Our best deterrent is the end user, hands down, based on the current environment,” he said.</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Check out all of our stories and videos from HIMSS19.</a></em></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Biomedical Devices Pose a Threat Due to Legacy Operating Systems</h2> <p>Stafford also called biomedical devices one of the biggest challenges healthcare organizations face today. When asked to identify legacy systems in place at their organization,<strong> 33 percent </strong>of respondents to the HIMSS survey said embedded legacy operating systems in medical devices were commonly used. </p> <p>“The real problem with biomed today is you’ve got devices outlasting the useful life of the operating system,” Stafford said. “Manufacturers are going to keep trying to sell us old stuff until they’re forced to make a change, and<strong> the only change will be when we start refusing to buy this stuff</strong>.”</p> <p>Stafford said before Halifax Health demonstrates biomedical devices to physicians, the company will scan those solutions.</p> <p>“If we bring in a device and a physician loves it, but it has XP on it, now you’ve just dissatisfied them,” he said. “If you have a program like that today, I would extend it not just to purchase, but to demo. Believe it or not, we had an ultrasound shipped to us that was <strong>supposed to be Windows 10, but it was Windows XP, so we shipped it back</strong>.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" tabindex="-1" target="_blank" title="CDW Cybersecurity Insight Report"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Providers Must Update Their BAAs and Embrace Ethical Hacking</h2> <p>Other strategies Stafford endorsed included two-factor authentication, getting to<strong> really know your </strong><strong>cyberinsurance</strong><strong> vendor and updated business associate agreements</strong>, the latter of which he called insufficient for the industry, especially in today’s climate.</p> <p>“They’re one-page documents,” Stafford said. “You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and if you’re working with a company that’s not that strong, then you’re not that strong.”</p> <p>He also stressed ethical hacking as vital to exposing current and potential weaknesses.</p> <p>“We look forward to ethical hacking because it allows us to improve our security posture and boost patient care,” Stafford said. “Don’t be afraid of it, and do it.”</p> <p>From a broad perspective, Stafford called for <strong>greater communication and sharing between organizations about their attacks</strong>.</p> <p>“As a group of people, we have to have a better call to action to help each other,” he said. “What happens today is, if someone gets ransomed or has a cyberattack, they don’t talk about it. The only way we can solve a problem and help everybody else is if there’s more collaboration.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank">Keep this page bookmarked</a> for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, as well as the official organization account, <a href="https://twitter.com/HIMSS" target="_blank">@HIMSS</a>, and join the conversation using hashtags including <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdwhimss" target="_blank">#CDWHIMSS</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HIMSS19" target="_blank">#HIMSS19</a>.</em><em> </em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:03:08 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42121 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Former Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra says, "I Want to Create the Healthcare Internet" https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/himss-2019-former-federal-cto-aneesh-chopra-says-i-want-create-healthcare-internet <span>HIMSS 2019: Former Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra says, &quot;I Want to Create the Healthcare Internet&quot;</span> <div><p>To improve care, the healthcare industry must figure out how to access, use and share data effectively.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mattmclaughlin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">matt.mclaughlin</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:08</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>&quot;I want to create the healthcare internet,&quot; says @aneeshchopra at #HIMSS19. 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Watch the full video" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>13</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/himss-2019-former-federal-cto-aneesh-chopra-says-i-want-create-healthcare-internet" data-title="'I want to create the healthcare internet,' says @aneeshchopra at #HIMSS19. 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Watch the full video" 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%2F" 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="node/"> &quot;The patient has the right to their data. Period.&quot; </a></p> <p class='speaker'> <span>Aneesh Chopra</span> President, CareJourney </p> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:08:03 +0000 matt.mclaughlin 42116 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Healthcare Industry "Living on a Mountain" of Data That Can Improve Care https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/himss-2019-healthcare-industry-living-mountain-data-can-improve-care <span>HIMSS 2019: Healthcare Industry &quot;Living on a Mountain&quot; of Data That Can Improve Care</span> <div><p>The next generation of healthcare data analytics will use data from sources outside of the industry, </p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mattmclaughlin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">matt.mclaughlin</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:18</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>.@KBDeSalvo says the next generation of #healthcare data analytics will use information from silos outside of healthcare #HIMSS19 #CDWHIMSS</div> </div> <div> 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data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/himss-2019-healthcare-industry-living-mountain-data-can-improve-care" data-title=".@KBDeSalvo says the next generation of #healthcare data analytics will use information from silos outside of healthcare #HIMSS19 #CDWHIMSS" 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%2F" 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="node/"> &quot;We have spent the last seven or eight years building this foundation of data, and we&#039;re living on a mountain of it. </a></p> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-02/Desalvo.00_07_57_19.Still002.jpg?itok=6zfXe82U" width="60" height="60" alt="Karen DeSalvo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Karen DeSalvo </span> Former National Coordinator for Health IT </p> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:18:58 +0000 matt.mclaughlin 42111 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: How Proposed Federal Rules Aim to Boost Patient Data Access https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-how-proposed-federal-rules-aim-boost-patient-data-access <span>HIMSS 2019: How Proposed Federal Rules Aim to Boost Patient Data Access</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/danielbowman26806" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">daniel.bowman_26806</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:34</span> <div><p>More and more, healthcare providers are leveraging technology to better meet patients on their terms, and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/11/digital-health-tools-can-pave-way-better-patient-outcomes">patients are taking notice</a>. In a survey published last summer by Black Book Market Research, for instance, <strong>more than 90 percent of responding patients</strong> said that they did not feel obligated to return to provider organizations that don’t provide a satisfactory digital experience.</p> <p>That includes access to data, which a panel of experts — including <strong>former National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Karen DeSalvo</strong> and <strong>former U.S. Chief Technology Officer</strong> <strong>Aneesh Chopra</strong> — discussed during Tuesday’s opening keynote session at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Fla. Also featuring <strong>Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma</strong>, <strong>former Health and Human Services Secretary</strong> <strong>Michael Leavitt</strong> and <strong>HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf III</strong>, the conversation was driven largely by a long-awaited <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/laws-regulation-and-policy/notice-proposed-rulemaking-improve-interoperability-health" target="_blank">proposed rule</a> published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday focused on patient access to information and information blocking. In the rule, ONC proposes adopting the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) standards as “the standard to which developers must certify their APIs” as part of an effort to “support an ecosystem for the secure flow of information.”</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Check out all of our stories and videos from HIMSS19.</em></a></p> <p>“We believe this approach could <strong>lead to industry standard interfaces</strong> — interfaces where app developers can develop effective apps that use API technology without special efforts to access a patient’s data,” current National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker says in a <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/oncs-proposed-rule-will-connect-people-to-their-care" target="_blank">blog post</a> about the rule.</p> <p>At the keynote session, Verma said <strong>the rule will help patients to become better partners in their own care</strong>, and that it will help providers to have more complete information to make better decisions and improve safety. Leavitt agreed, calling the rule transformative for the industry.</p> <script type="text/javascript" src="//sc.liveclicker.net/service/getEmbed?client_id=1526&amp;widget_id=1507600279&amp;width=640&amp;height=360"></script><p>“These rules now are basically saying ‘<strong>let’s use the power of consumers</strong> — let’s create APIs that people can submit information in a standardized way,’ and by doing that, we’ll see the power of consumerism reshape this,” he said.</p> <h2>Opening Up Data Pathways for Clinical Care and Innovation</h2> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/10/qa-dell-medical-schools-dr-karen-desalvo-calls-patient-care-revolution">DeSalvo, now a professor with the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School</a>, said that opening up data pathways is not just about improving clinical care, but also <strong>making the industry as a whole more innovative and nimble</strong>.</p> <p>“It’s about <strong>improving preparedness in public health</strong>; it’s about improving science and research. There are many ways that people want to use the data, and being able to free it, not just from the EHR, but from the many other places that it’s hoarded and held or blocked, was really a goal of ours during our time toward the end of the administration,” she said.</p> <p>Added DeSalvo, “It’s an incredibly exciting time, because we’re not having a deep conversation about EHRs and how to unlock that data. We’re really talking about how to create the pull, <strong>how consumers are going to drive this marketplace</strong> and how we’re going to think every day about doing this on behalf of them.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank"><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @CDW_Healthcare on Twitter for continued HIMSS19 coverage.</a></em></p> <h2>‘The Plumbing Is All There’ for Better Connectivity, Data Flow</h2> <p>Chopra, who now serves as president of CareJourney, said that he’s <strong>bullish about the opportunity</strong> ahead.</p> <p>“The way we structured the API rule under [DeSalvo’s] leadership was the notion that, philosophically, the consumer should have the ability to connect an app of their choice to their data,” he said. “Then the community did rise up and say ‘<strong>Why don’t we work together on a common language to make that reality?</strong>’ and so that’s where we are today.”</p> <p>Now, Chopra said, every provider organization essentially has a “set-top box” — like a cable box — that enables consumer connectivity to retrieve data. “<strong>The plumbing is there</strong>, and that consumer app that you have in your hand, you can connect onto that set-top box,” he said. “But the only channel is the common clinical data set — PBS without Downton Abbey. We’re going to add, now, more content on the set-top box: discharge notifications, notes, images and a whole host of other clinically relevant information to move this along.”</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank">Keep this page bookmarked</a> for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, as well as the official organization account, <a href="https://twitter.com/HIMSS" target="_blank">@HIMSS</a>, and join the conversation using hashtags including #CDWHIMSS and #HIMSS19.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://healthtechmagazine.net/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 22:34:12 +0000 daniel.bowman_26806 42106 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Hybrid Cloud Gains Momentum in Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-hybrid-cloud-gains-momentum-healthcare <span>HIMSS 2019: Hybrid Cloud Gains Momentum in Healthcare</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:34</span> <div><p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/07/hybrid-cloud-strategies-offer-healthcare-organizations-agility-and-control">Hybrid cloud can offer a bevy of benefits</a>, including application flexibility, easier access to resources and improved workload management. And according to a new report published Tuesday by <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/nutanix.html" target="_blank">Nutanix</a> at <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019">HIMSS19 in Orlando, Fla.</a>, the technology is steadily becoming a priority for healthcare organizations.</p> <p>Currently, <strong>38 percent of the 345 healthcare respondents </strong>to the <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190212005035/en/Report-Reveals-Healthcare-Industry%E2%80%99s-Increased-Affinity-Hybrid" target="_blank">Enterprise Cloud Index Report survey</a> say they rely on traditional data centers as part of their IT infrastructure setup. By 2021, however, the use of hybrid cloud by healthcare providers will rise to <strong>37 percent</strong> from <strong>19 percent</strong>, while organizations heavily reliant on traditional data centers will <strong>decline to 17 percent</strong>.</p> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare"><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @CDW_Healthcare on Twitter for continued HIMSS19 coverage.</a></em></p> <p>Many trends in healthcare, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning — as well as emerging trends like the Internet of Things and the need to have strong compute power for analytics — are forcing a lot of organizations to completely rethink how they approach building that foundation, says Chris Kozup, senior vice president of global marketing for Nutanix. </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/stonegate-senior-living-leverages-hyperconvergence-enhance-care-delivery"></a><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/stonegate-senior-living-leverages-hyperconvergence-enhance-care-delivery" target="_blank"><img alt="Nutanix" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/HT_Q119_StoneGate_VID_web%20(2).png" /></a></p> <p>“Organizations in healthcare are under a lot of pressure from a cost perspective and from a compliance perspective to really find the right IT infrastructure model to suit their business and their application needs,” Kozup says. “There is this general perspective that health IT leaders understand that they have to move beyond the traditional. Hyperconvergence is the first step toward evolving the infrastructure and moving toward more of a simple, easy-to-manage setup that allows organizations to save costs and streamline operations.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019"><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Check out all of our stories and videos from HIMSS19.</a></em></p> <h2>Security, Lower Costs Are Top Cloud Concerns Among Providers</h2> <p>Security is a primary concern for many of the healthcare respondents, with more than <strong>28 percent </strong>pointing to security and compliance as their top consideration for the location of workload deployment. However, another goal of deploying hybrid clouds is the ability to better manage overall IT spending, with <strong>21 percent </strong>of respondents highlighting cost as their biggest concern.</p> <p>According to the survey, healthcare companies reported being <strong>roughly 40 percent </strong>over budget in terms of public cloud spending, while organizations that used public cloud said they spent more than a quarter of their overall annual IT budget on it; by 2021, that figure is expected to <strong>rise to 35 percent</strong>.</p> <p>“These are definitely going to continue to be important factors that healthcare organizations are evaluating as they start to look at which different infrastructure models make sense for them,” Kozup says.</p> <p>Despite the forecasted uptick in use — and the fact that <strong>88 percent of respondents </strong>say they expect hybrid cloud will positively impact their business — the survey also found that hybrid cloud skills are scarce among current IT organizations.</p> <p>“<strong>Thirty-three percent </strong>of health organizations are saying that they lack in-house skills to deal with this,” Kozup says. “<strong>Thirty-five percent of organizations </strong>indicated that this was their second most in-demand skill set that they were having trouble filling.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank">Keep this page bookmarked</a> for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, as well as the official organization account, <a href="https://twitter.com/HIMSS" target="_blank">@HIMSS</a>, and join the conversation using hashtags including <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdwhimss" target="_blank">#CDWHIMSS</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HIMSS19" target="_blank">#HIMSS19</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:34:05 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 42101 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2019: Virtual Reality May Enhance the Lives of Seniors https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/himss-2019-virtual-reality-may-enhance-lives-seniors <span>HIMSS 2019: Virtual Reality May Enhance the Lives of Seniors</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:45</span> <div><p>Technology companies are continually developing new sensor-enhanced smart devices that, in theory, should help improve the lives of seniors. However, if there’s not a desire to use such tools, they won’t work, said Dr. David Rhew, chief medical officer and vice president and general manager of healthcare for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/samsung-interstitial.html" target="_blank">Samsung</a>.</p> <p>Rhew, who spoke Monday at the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019">HIMSS 2019 conference in Orlando, Fla.</a>, stressed that <strong>solutions that can enhance the ability to live independently</strong> and maintain interpersonal relationships are likely to be stickier and produce better results, since those aspects of life are some of the most appealing to seniors.</p> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare"><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @CDW_Healthcare on Twitter for continued HIMSS19 coverage.</a></em></p> <p>“They want to <strong>reduce their cognitive decline</strong>, they don’t want to lose their mind or memory, the don’t want to be lonely — they want to become more functional,” Rhew said. “If you can address those needs, then you’re more likely to get to a point of constant action and participation.”</p> <p>One tool that has several use cases discussed by Rhew was virtual reality.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/stonegate-senior-living-leverages-hyperconvergence-enhance-care-delivery"><img alt="StoneGate Senior Living" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/HT_Q119_StoneGate_VID_web.png" /></a></p> <h2>Virtual Reality Proves Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management</h2> <p>In some instances, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/08/how-virtual-reality-improves-senior-living">VR can help individuals to better tolerate chronic pain</a>.</p> <p>“Traditionally, the role that we have found in healthcare that we can provide for pain is around providing pain medication, which unfortunately led to the consequence of the opioid epidemic, where severe pain is managed with an opiate,” he said. “The more you continue to rely on that, the more you realize you end up in this vicious cycle that’s hard to get out of.”</p> <p>VR’s effectiveness is that it helps to introduce concepts of mindfulness to individuals, distracting seniors — and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/11/vr-offers-patients-virtual-distraction-pain">other patients using the technology</a> — and allowing them to divert their focus from constant or potential pain.</p> <p>“We’re starting to see that <strong>this is becoming a real therapeutic alternative to narcotics</strong>,” Rhew said.</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/healthcare-treatment-training-reaches-new-heights-vr"><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>Learn how medical professionals are leveraging VR for training.</a></em></p> <h2>VR Improves Vision and Fights Anxiety for Patients</h2> <p>Additionally, VR is being used to treat conditions such as macular degeneration, which results in impaired vision in the center of an individual’s visual field. Customized VR functionality leverages eye-tracking software that finds and latches on to a user’s preferred retinal locus and optimizes images for the wearer.</p> <p>In one test of the technology, conducted by researchers at <a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/virtual-reality-system-helps-people-with-low-vision" target="_blank">Johns Hopkins Medicine</a>, patients entered with a baseline vision of 2400, which is essentially legally blind, Rhew said, and<strong> improved it to 20/30</strong>.</p> <p>“We are at a point where the technology works, but people just don’t know about it yet,” Rhew said. “We need to figure out a way to <strong>help people understand the opportunity</strong>.”</p> <p>VR can also reduce stress and anxiety in individuals, and can prompt memories that can help to re-engage seniors in daily life, Rhew said.</p> <p>“It helps people reconnect,” he said. “It helps unlock the opportunity for them to then start talking.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2019" target="_blank">Keep this page bookmarked</a> for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, as well as the official organization account, <a href="https://twitter.com/HIMSS" target="_blank">@HIMSS</a>, and join the conversation using hashtags including <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdwhimss" target="_blank">#CDWHIMSS</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HIMSS19" target="_blank">#HIMSS19</a>.</em></p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-bowman" hreflang="en">Dan Bowman</a></div> </div> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:45:14 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 42096 at https://healthtechmagazine.net