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#TechConnect Feb. 18 Chat Recap: “Managed Services Providers for Small Business”

We had a great Tech Connect chat series discussion on February 18 where Intel Technology Providers connected with Intel experts. The chat occurred on Wednesday, February 18 and the group discussed “Managed Services Providers for Small Business.”  Intel Technology Deployment … Read more >

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Mobility Week: 5 Questions for Bradley Dick, Chief Information Officer, Resurgens Orthopaedics

 

Bradley Dick is Chief Information Officer at Resurgens Orthopaedics, one of the largest orthopedics practices in the country with 97 orthopedic surgeons, 21 locations in an around metro Atlanta, six outpatient surgery centers, and nine imaging facilities. We recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on his organization’s mobile technology strategy and why mobile technology is growing in healthcare.

 

Intel: What is the mobile strategy for your organization?

 

Dick: Our mobile strategy is to empower the physician at the point of care. It’s not tied to a particular device. Data is really the power of mobile healthcare technology and the key is to get the data to the practitioner at the point of care so they can make decisions and not impact the workflow. We found that with any type of solution, if it significantly impacts workflow it will not be successful.

 

Intel: What types of solutions have you successfully implemented recently?

 

Dick: The most recent solution we implemented is the Allscripts TouchWorks EHR for Windows 8. We wanted a solution that would enable the provider to have the entire episode of care available to them; everything starting when the patient walked into the building to the time they left the facility. Other solutions did not have the same multi-tasking functionality or support for other applications.

 

Intel: What has helped drive the growth of mobile technology in healthcare?

 

Dick: One of the big drivers of mobile healthcare technology is the ubiquity of bandwidth. With great bandwidth available, it opens us up to a lot of interesting possibilities. A lot of the big data systems we are starting to look at are going to be key in the mobile space because behind the scenes, we have to get that data to the clinician at the point of care. That’s always been the big challenge. Data is only as good as it is integrated into the actual care of the patient and bandwidth makes that possible.

 

Intel: What should CIOs be thinking about when it comes to mobile technology?

 

Dick: Healthcare CIOs should be thinking about the workflows of their clinicians and look to find ways that they can make those workflows more efficient. Trust me, physicians are using mobile devices and want to have that technology and the data. The key is to collaborate with providers and care coordinators to find the right tools. It will be much more successful if you integrate them into the process rather than come up with a process on your own.

 

Intel: What keeps you up at night when it comes to healthcare technology?

 

Dick: What keeps me up at night is the worry that we are not innovating enough. We have been focusing on regulatory compliance so much I don’t think we are innovating. EHRs are not innovation. We need to start seeing the smaller companies introduce solutions that we can integrate into our systems and have some sort of interoperability. Right now it’s almost impossible for the small companies to get our attention because we know they cannot integrate into our systems.

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Mobility Week: Mobile Technology Takes Nursing into the Heart of the Community

 

The impact of technology on healthcare is significantly enhancing the connection between the homecare nurse and patient. From reviewing prescription data to real-time conversations with remote clinical specialists, technology such as the Ultrabook™ 2 in 1 for Healthcare allows nurses to provide hospital-quality care to patients in the home.

 

Patients feel a greater connection with their homecare nurse and become more informed about their condition. And a more educated patient is one that takes more responsibility for their health and care, thus reducing the level of resource required to manage the individual.

 

For a homecare nurse, powerful mobile technology brings a wealth of patient data to the fingertips at a time and place when they need it. Through a combination of anytime-anywhere access to data & medical experience and knowledge, nurses are able to take their highly valued expertise into the heart of the community.

 

As population growth slows and population ageing accelerates across the European Union there will be increased demands on healthcare systems. Solutions which enable frontline care providers to do their job more efficiently and effectively will be embraced across the healthcare spectrum.

 

Check out the video above to see how a homecare nurse and patient in Sweden are benefiting from connected healthcare in the community.

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IoT innovation in India

If there’s one thing that sums up the spirit of India, it is this:

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A man weaving between cars in slow-moving traffic — selling sun visors, peanuts, and of course, the Harvard Business Review.


I saw this on my recent trip to Mumbai and Delhi, where I was running two CIO Executive Forums. At these events, I noticed the same street-savvy, entrepreneurial flair within business and tech leaders at the board level. Executives from across the political spectrum were uniting behind the government’s agenda for change.

 

Both events were well attended, and the conversation focused on the major trends driving the need for IT transformation across various industries. Through these conversations, I was struck with the realization that the time gap between technologies arising in mature markets and becoming a reality in emerging markets is ever shrinking.

 

IoT Innovation

 

One of the hottest areas for reinventing businesses today is on the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT). There was a lot of discussion around the subject with a clear understanding that change and rapid innovation are critical for success. One financial services CEO said: “For us to succeed and lead the market, it’s imperative that we keep reinventing ourselves.”

 

Some attendees were still looking for the right business applications for IoT, or researching how to put it into action. However, I was surprised by the number of executives who were already deploying live applications or engaging in trials.

 

IoT Security

 

Within the realm of IoT, another top priority for everyone was security. We’ve already seen headlines about fridges and other domestic devices being hacked, and there’s rarely a day that passes without another headline report about the latest large scale attack — often with a “connected device” as the entry point. As the number of smart devices grows, so does the number of potential attacks on them. Many estimates on the total number of connected devices hover around 50Bn by 2020. In 2015, the manufacturing, utilities and transportation sectors will have 736 million connected devices based on Gartner estimates — all of which must be protected against misuse.

 

The vast number of connected things presents a challenge. But so too does the breadth of technologies involved. The point of attack can now span across a number of technology layers – including edge devices, communications networks, and the cloud. All of these layers must be protected against intrusion and abuse. Many of the advantages of the Internet of Things disappear if security is managed on an individual device basis. A scalable secure solution is a crucial and fundamental need. One way to achieve this is to use a single security policy management solution to manage the device, software and data security in the IoT gateway solution. To support this strategy, this same solution can be used for managing the IT infrastructure. This approach enables security across the IT and IoT infrastructure to be monitored and managed through a single interface — reducing the complexity of protecting a dispersed and technologically diverse network of devices, and making the security management scalable as the data gathering.

 

IoT Privacy

 

Privacy was another mentioned priority for IoT. A robust privacy safeguard will be essential to win the trust of the owners of connected devices. Applications that deliver benefits to end users often have the side effect of exposing potentially private information to a service provider. One way around that is to use anonymity features at the processor level that enable service providers to address groups of users without knowing the identity of each one. For example, a group of cars might be authorized to use specific transport information services while the provider would deliver these services without identifying individual cars and their drivers. Intel is working with other silicon manufacturers to implement this concept, to ensure that hardware-based privacy can become a standard component of IoT.

 

IoT Agility

 

One final and more general observation was around agility. It was clear from the interactions with customers that they recognize the need to innovate quickly. To stay ahead, solution deployments should be scheduled in days and weeks rather than months and years. While this kind of timeframe was previously unheard of, a foundational step towards this agility is to deploy modern infrastructure.

 

All in all, my experience in India was fantastic. It was a truly insightful meeting of minds on the subject on the Internet of Things. Seeing the innovation coming out of this region was exciting and I look forward to the ever-developing technology of IoT.

 

Find out more about how Intel can help you to implement the Internet of Things

 

-Andrew Moore

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Mobility Week: How to Improve mHealth

 

It’s really interesting to look at the past few years of mobile technology and healthcare. Things have exploded in a great way and it’s exciting. The walls are starting to come down and innovation is really starting to happen. Four or five years ago, the barriers to entry were just as high as the barriers to exit in healthcare IT. Because they were so high on both sides, many people were stuck in the middle. It was almost impossible for new players to get into that system and integrate new, innovative ideas. We’re starting to see those barriers to entry come down. It’s exciting to see a big hospital system shake hands with a smaller startup and try to figure out a way to create solutions in an agile, startup-like approach.

 

But, at the same time, we’re starting to see that many of these solutions are siloed solutions. With my clinical hat on, if I want to leverage a certain application that will solve a problem for a patient, it might be a different application than what I need to open for another patient. What happens is that we are creating a salad of applications and solutions without actually thinking from the bigger picture about a platform. The truly exciting innovations in mobile health now are platforms, like data aggregation platforms, analytics platforms, and learning platforms.

 

If there was one thing I would change about mobile healthcare technology, it would be to make it more evenly distributed. I would want more sensors in the hands of more patients, and more mobile healthcare technology movements at more hospital systems.

 

At University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, we have been working with mhealth for years. But I know there are a lot of hospital systems that are just starting to sniff at this space. If we are going to move forward productively in the future, there has to be greater transparency in terms of data sharing and interconnectedness between all parties—patients and hospitals—so that we can actually leverage each other to do something much greater in scope. Until the technology is more evenly distributed, I don’t think we’ll be able to do that.

 

Shivdev Rao is Physician Advisor in Residence at UPMC.

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One step forward for high-skilled immigration reform

By Lisa Malloy, director of Policy Communications and Government Relations for Intel Today, the Administration followed through on action that could significantly improve the lives of thousands of Intel employees and their families. The Department of Homeland Security approved employment … Read more >

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Watch and Learn what Intel RealSense technology is about

Follow Gael on Twitter: @GaelHof Intel® RealSense™ Documentation Download the Intel RealSense SDK Required OS:  Windows 8.1 Desktop Intel Software TV on YouTube We have been busy creating some great content for developers on how to get started adding Intel RealSense technology into their … Read more >

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Impact of the IANA Transition on Business: What’s at Stake?

Companies like Intel that build the technologies and services of the Internet depend for their livelihoods upon a stable and trustworthy Internet environment. A year ago, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) began the final stage of a process … Read more >

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