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Mobility Week Coming February 23-27


If you’re like me, you’re probably looking at your February calendar and noticing that something is missing. Where’s HIMSS? Traditionally held the last week of February, the 2015 show was moved to April in hopes of better weather in Chicago. But in the meantime, we’re hankering for a health IT gathering where we can converse with peers and learn about key industry topics.


That’s where Mobility Week comes in.


Mobile health technology has exploded over the past few years with the introduction of smartphones, tablets, and 2 in 1 devices that allow clinicians to access data when they need it regardless of location. CIOs are struggling to keep up with the latest devices, form a strategy for dealing with security, BYOD and useability, and find enterprise-grade mobile applications that are optimized for touch. The mHealth Summit last December showed the massive growth in mobility and its impact on healthcare. That’s why Intel is designating the week of Feb. 23 to Feb. 27 as Mobility Week.


The online, themed week will feature a number of opportunities for you to interact with peers and learn more about preparing your mhealth strategy and working with clinicians, who are the ultimate end users of this technology. For example, you’re invited to join:


Webinar: Preparing for the Next Wave of Mobile Health. During this Feb. 26 webinar through HIMSS, listen in as mobile health IT experts from Intel, Microsoft and Dell discuss how clinicians are pushing CIOs for mobile solutions and bringing new ideas to the table for mobile enhancements. You’ll hear how CIOs can handle the flood of consumer devices coming into healthcare environments, work more closely with clinicians to find the right devices, and prepare for the next generation of mhealth devices made specifically for clinical use cases. Watch the above clip for a preview. Register for the webinar.


#HITsm Tweet Chat: Ben Wilson (@benwilsonintel), director of mobile health at Intel, will moderate the #HITsm chat on Twitter on Friday, Feb. 27, at 12 noon ET. Come prepared to discuss and ask about how mobile impacts clinician workflows, devices and adoption, conceptual computing, and how mobile is used beyond the walls of hospitals and clinics.


Blog takeover: Visit the Intel Health and Life Sciences Community blog each day during the week for a new post or video on mobile health best practices, advice from your peers, and how security and cloud computing fit into the mobile mix. Read and comment and let us know how you are developing your mobile health strategy.


We’re looking forward to Mobility Week and filling that big empty hole in our calendars during the last week of February. We hope to see you online at the events, and then at HIMSS in Chicago come April.


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Podcast: Talking Data Security and Privacy in Healthcare

I recently spoke to the Apps Alliance, a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs, on the latest trends in healthcare security.


It was a fascinating 40 minutes and a great opportunity to take a look at security issues not just from the healthcare professional or patient perspective, but also from a developers’ point of view. In this podcast, we take a look at what’s important to all three groups when it comes to privacy, security and risk around healthcare data.

Listen to the podcast here


We discussed:


  • Best practices for developers looking to secure healthcare data
  • Security challenges that stem from the flow of data from mobile healthcare devices
  • The relationship between usability and security


I recently wrote a blog looking at the perceived trade-off between usability and security in healthcare IT and how you can mitigate risks in your own organisation. We have solutions to help you overcome these challenges, many of which are outlined in our Healthcare Friendly Security whitepaper.


We’d love to get your feedback on the issues discussed in the podcast so please leave a comment below – we’re happy to answer questions you may have too.


Thanks for listening.

David Houlding, MSc, CISSP, CIPP is a Healthcare Privacy and Security lead at Intel and a frequent blog contributor.

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The Evolving Workplace

Ever since visiting my father’s office as a small child, I realized the importance of personalizing my workplace. Seeing pictures of the family on his desk, diplomas on the wall, and the surrounding library of books communicated who he was and how capable he was at his job.


Mixed with those personal effects were productivity tools: whiteboards, inbox/outbox, paper, printers, Rolodexes, various office supplies, and the ever-abundant Post-it note. Today, much of this clutter has been automated by modern applications, technology and devices — and this is especially true when I consider social media tools. I found the cartoon below summed up the integration of these desk-based productivity tools nicely.

We’ve significantly reduced our desktop clutter through digital devices and applications. As a result, many of the traditional workplace effects are now relics of the past, replaced with new tools that house photos, collect our notes, organize our contacts, send our communications, and so on.


As new digital tools are introduced and virtualized workspaces continue to evolve, the traditional desk setup will evolve again. If we focus on what is cluttering our desks today, why do we still deal with the mess of tangled wires and plugging and unplugging from the devices needed to get our work done?

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Last week, Intel introduced its 5th Generation Core processors, which offer a wire-free work experience and mobile collaboration tools, resulting in an improvement in work productivity. Thinner, lighter devices will leave us free and flexible while working on the go — all day long, with battery life topping eight hours on a single charge. A secure wireless docking experience and wireless display experience paired with new hands-free voice command technology take the hassle out of working on the go.


I found this Intel IT Center white paper highlighting modern collaborative technologies to be helpful in showcasing the future of work technology and experiences. As a remote worker, conventional office accessories prove ineffective and unwieldy for my daily tasks. The modern collaboration technology I look forward to most is the shared virtual interactive whiteboard.


What technology do you want that can provide you a better way to work?




To continue this conversation on Twitter, connect with me at @chris_p_intel or use #workingbetter.

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Face and Hand Triggers for Unity in the Intel Realsense SDK

Follow Gael on Twitter: @GaelHof SDK Unity Toolkit (Intel® RealSense™ SDK Documentation) Download the Intel RealSense SDK Required OS:  Windows 8.1 Desktop Game developers who are wanting to include Intel RealSense technology capabilities in their games will be interested to know that the Intel … Read more >

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Checklist For Designing a New Server Room

Joel.jpgDesigning a new server room may initially seem to be a daunting task, there are after all, many factors and standards to consider. However, setting up the space and equipment doesn’t have to be an ordeal as long as you plan in advance and make sure you have all the necessary items. Here’s a checklist to facilitate the design of your data center.

Spatial Specifications

  • Room should have no windows.
  • Ensure space is large enough for future growth
  • Ceiling should be at least nine feet
  • Should have drop ceiling return to exhaust heat


Equipment Specifications


  • Computer racks should have a clearance of at least 42 inches.
  • All racks should have proper grounding and seismic bracing.
  • Computing equipment should have a maximum electrical intensity of 300 watts per square foot.
  • Server room should contain fire, smoke, water and humidity monitors.


Cooling Specifications


  • Racks should be arranged in a hot-aisle/ cold-aisle configuration.
  • Use cooling equipment with variable speed fans.
  • Plan for redundancy, do not rely on building cooling for back-up.
  • Under floor cooling systems require a raised floor with a minimum height of 24 inches, with the ability to hold the weight of server racks and equipment.

Electrical Systems Specifications

  • Computer equipment and HVAC should have separate power panels.
  • There should be no heat-generating support equipment.
  • Electrical systems should have an isolated ground, grounding grid and dedicated neutral.
  • Separate back-up power should be available for data center.
  • The electrical system should have a shunt trip for purposes of emergency shutdown.


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2015 CIOs: Need to Be in the Digital Driving Seat – Not a Passenger

McMahon.jpg2014 was another challenging year for the CIO with plenty of column inches given over to debating the control and usage of technology across the enterprise with much speculation about the validity of the role itself.

Personally, I think talk of the demise of the CIO role is presumptuous though what is critical right now is that the CIO role needs to evolve with 2015 being the time to flourish and show their true worth in helping set the strategic direction of their organisation.  The CIO role is like no other in that it allows visibility across the organisation that others rarely get to achieve and those that are commercially astute with a capacity to add tangible value to the business will excel – those who are not will likely be sitting in a different chair at the start of 2016.

As a result of the recent economic turmoil and rapidity of change across the commercial landscape, many organisations are now looking for a different type of CIO or technology leader than they have in the past. They are diluting the need for a more technically focused individual to one who is able to unravel the complexity of IT, increase the accessibility to technology, and be open to new ideas with the ability to work with peers on getting the right things done.  One of the key factors in this evolutionary change in the CIO role is the need to understand and appreciate they no longer have ultimate say over what technologies are used within their organisation but they will still be held accountable for making sure it all works.

Gartner research has shown that 38% of IT spend is already outside of IT and that they expect this to reach 50% by 2017.  This is going to send a shiver down the spine of many a CIO but they must understand the diversification of technology usage and need across their organisation.  This is quite the culture shift for many who have migrated in to the CIO role from the traditional ‘lights on’ IT director role of old but this will make absolute sense for those who have the ability to evolve in to this new model which will free them up to get more involved in defining and executing the ‘big picture’ strategy.  Too long the CIO has been identified as the strategic and commercial weak link in the c-suite and not adding tangible value across the business – they must seize this opportunity to transform their role and reputation in to one that thinks collectively, understanding how best to resolve the issues that matter across the business and ultimately delivering commercial value.


The main theme and focus for many of us this year is how to transformand drive a digital business.  Naturally this is a hot topic for CIO’s and the challenge of how to implement and transform your business to a digital operating model is now top billing on the agendas of many boardrooms across the globe.  This is exactly where the CIO can step up and work with peers and key stakeholders across the business to define a strategy which is moulded around a ‘customer first’ approach where digital technologies will form the cornerstones of how your services are delivered and consumed going forward.  This will require much managing of change, process, and incumbent technology and possibly need a marked change in strategic direction – a role tailor-made for the commercially astute CIO in harness with the CMO.

The impact of digital business on industries and individual organisations cannot be underestimated and Gartner have predicted that by 2017 one in five industry leaders will have ceded their market dominance to a company founded after 2000.  This is a bold claim but one which I support as no longer can you rely on historical dominance of your sector – either embrace disruption now or start planning your burial in the corporate graveyard alongside luminaries such as Kodak and Blockbusters.


CIO’s must embrace a “Bi-Modal IT” mind-set where they simultaneously embark on the digital transformation journey whilst maintaining Business as Usual (BAU) services.
It’s no secret that the most successful CIO’s are those who are able to run the business and transform it at the same time. Many industry observers and consultants will tell you that they have witnessed more transformation in the last 3 years than in the previous 20 years combined, so this shows how important these skills are in the modern CIO.  I don’t see any lessening in this pace as the demand for new and simpler ways to consume data, information, products and solutions is only going to increase year on year as the technology and accessibility to it improves.


CIO’s will also need to start concentrating on what talent they need to bring in to their organisations this year to manage this “Bi-Modal IT” approach as the market for the best talent is already stretched and growing ever more taut.  CIO’s should help their business colleagues and the CEO think outside the box to imagine new scenarios for digital business that cross companies and industries, providing a great opportunity for CIO’s to amplify their role in the organisation.


Gone are the days where you can supply rigid corporate systems, which are only accessible on site – the corporate world has evolved and everyone wants to consume technology in different ways with previously inaccessible data being lusted after to analyse for new operational and commercial insights.


CIO’s need to help create the right mind-set and a shared understanding among key decision makers in the enterprise – to help them “get” the possibilities of digital business.
They must take a leadership role in helping their organisations change their mind-set to what’s possible – and what’s inevitable in a digital business future.


This should not be done in isolation or be detrimental to any key relationships such as that with the CMO as it’s imperative you work together and deliver the ‘right’ digital strategy for your organisation.


Get yourself in the digital driving seat and don’t become a passenger.  It’s going to be a busy year with a fair amount of turbulence, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.



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Part II: 5 Significant Health IT Trends for 2015

In my last post, we looked at two of the top five health IT trends I’m seeing for 2015. In this blog, we’ll conclude with a more in-depth look at the remaining three trends.


To recap, the five areas that I strategically see growing rapidly in 2015 are focused on the consumerism of healthcare, personalization of medicine, consumer-facing mobile strategies, advancements in health information interoperability including consumer-directed data exchange and finally, innovation focused on tele-health and virtual care.


While all of these trends can be independent of each other and will respectively grow separately, I see the fastest growth occurring where they are combined or integrated because they improve each other.


Here’s my take on the three remaining trends:


  1. Consumer-facing mobile strategies: To control spiraling healthcare costs related to managing patients with chronic conditions as well as to navigate new policy regulations, 70 percent of healthcare organizations worldwide will invest in consumer-facing mobile applications, wearables, remote health monitoring and virtual care by 2018. This will create more demand for big data and analytics capability to support population health management initiatives. And to further my earlier points, the personalization of medicine relies on additional quality and population health management initiatives so these innovations and trends will fuel each other at faster rates as they become more integrated and mature.

  2. Consumer-directed interoperability: Along with the evolution of the consumerism of healthcare, you will see the convergence of health information exchange with consumer-directed data exchange. While this has been on the proverbial roadmap for many years, consumers are getting savvier as they engage their healthcare and look to manage their increasing healthcare costs better along with their families’ costs. Meaningful use regulations for stage 3 will drive this strategy this year but also just the shear demand by consumers will be a force as well. I am personally seeing a lot of exciting innovation in this area today.
  3. Virtual care: Last but certainly not least, tele-health, tele-medicine and virtual care will be top-of-mind in 2015. The progression of tele-health in recent years is perhaps best demonstrated by a recent report finding that the number of patients worldwide using tele-health services is expected to grow from 350,000 in 2013 to approximately 7 million by 2018. Moreover, three-fourths of the 100 million electronic visits expected to occur in 2015 will occur in North America. We are seeing progress not only on the innovation and provider adoption side but slowly public policy is starting to evolve. While the policy evolution should have occurred much sooner, last Congressional session we saw 57 bills introduced and as of June 2013, 40 out of 50 states had introduced legislation addressing tele-health policy. I see in every corner of the country that care providers want to use this type of technology and innovation to improve care coordination, increase access and efficiency, increase quality and decrease costs. Patients do as well so let’s keep pushing policy and regulation to catch up with reality.


While the headlines this year will be dominated by meaningful use (good and bad stories), ICD-10, interoperability (or data-blocking), and other sensational as well as eye-catching topics, I am extremely encouraged by the innovations emerging across this country. We are starting to bend the cost curve by implementing advanced payment and care delivery models. While change and evolution aer never easy, we are surrounded by clinicians, patients, consumers, administrators, innovators and even legislators and regulators who are all thinking and acting in similar directions with respects to healthcare. This is fueling these changes “on the ground” in all of our communities. This year will be as tough as ever in the industry but also, a great opportunity to be a part of history.


What do you think? Agree or disagree with these trends?


As a healthcare innovation executive and strategist, Justin is a corporate, board and policy advisor who also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). In addition, Mr. Barnes is Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS EHR Association as well as Co-Chairman of the Accountable Care Community of Practice. Barnes has appeared in more than 800 journals, magazines and broadcast media outlets relating to national leadership of healthcare and health IT. He recently launched a weekly radio show, “This Just In.”

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DistribuTECH 2015: Intel IoT Energy Solution Brings Intelligence to Critical Secondary Substations

At this week’s DistribuTECH 2015 conference, we’re demoing the Intel Intelligent Substation Solution featuring Intel® Pico Canyon software, which introduces data intelligence to secondary substations. Pico Canyon provides a straight-forward solution for energy utilities that are responding to significant and … Read more >

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Enabling Software Defined Infrastructure through the Convergence of Great Technologies

By Albert Diaz, Intel VP Data Center Group, GM Product Collaboration and Systems Division

When Intel’s Platform Collaboration Solution Division (PCSD) was approached by EMC & VMware® about collaborating on a best of breed Hyper-Converged Infrastructure appliance we realized that PCSD had the ability to integrate assets across Intel’s product groups and make a compelling solution to meet a growing storage market need. The EMC® VSPEX® BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure appliance is more than the convergence of software-defined compute, networking and storage infrastructure; it is the convergence of great brands.   Each company brings its expertise to ensure that the resulting product addresses the many challenges that Enterprise IT is facing as their organizations evolve to meet the real-time workload demands of private/hybrid cloud deployments.  VSPEX BLUE gives IT managers what they need, but without complicating their lives, the product just works! 

Hiding all the complexity from the user is…well its complex, but we knew we were up for challenge.  It is all about ensuring that pluggable fixed configuration H/W is all synchronized through a common S/W stack.  We needed to ensure the product had the memory and I/O bandwidth to meet the demands of the enterprise and mid-market, and what better choice than the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Product Family.  Putting 8 processors into a dense 2U chassis was made easier by our 20+ years of experience in the server board and system business. The solution includes a modular Intel 10GbE Network connection from our Networking Division (ND), giving users the choice of fiber SFP+ or copper RJ45 connectivity and ensuring that users have the flexibility to integrate as their cable plant requires.  Adding high performance solid state disks with technology from the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG) and being able to seamlessly scale, from 100 to 400 Virtual Machines and 250 to 1000 VDTs, with the goal of getting customers up and running in 15 minutes, was super challenging from a H/W integration perspective. 

From the initial requirements discussion with EMC and VMware through final production release, we always kept the design goal of SIMPLICITY in mind.   Installation and management needed to be fully orchestrated.   Patching and upgrading needed to be intuitive.  Very importantly, the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance had to easily grow and contract based on business needs in order to offer mid-market enterprise customers the fastest, lowest-risk path to new application and technology adoption.

I want to be sure to mention that our team enjoyed working on the VSPEX BLUE project.  Storage has reached an important inflection point.  Delivering truly converged solutions that have great brands doing the validation and integration together makes successful deployments of private/hybrid clouds predictable. IT Directors want proven configurations that enable the businesses they support to go from idea to solution without incurring the risk normally associated with new cloud deployments.  Our team is proud to have been part of the creation of a product that is simple to manage and simple to scale, so that IT Directors can invest their valuable resources elsewhere, because I know their lives are complex enough!

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Part I: 5 Significant Health IT Trends for 2015

While I know meaningful use (stages 2 and 3), electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, ICD-10 readiness, patient safety and mobile health will all continue to trend upwards with great importance, the five areas that I strategically see growing rapidly in 2015 are focused on the consumerism of healthcare, personalization of medicine, consumer-facing mobile strategies, advancements in health information interoperability including consumer-directed data exchange and finally, innovation focused on tele-health and virtual care.


While all of these trends can be independent of each other and will respectively grow separately, I see the fastest growth occurring where they are combined or integrated because they improve each other. It’s like a great marriage where the spouses make each other better and usually more successful because of their unity. I see the same occurring in 2015 and why I am so bullish on these integrated opportunities and innovations.


In this first part of my 2015 outlook blog, we’ll look at two of the top trends:


  1. Treating the patient as a consumer: This is due to numerous factors but a significant driver is the shift in various CMS regulations and incentives that have care providers and healthcare organizations focused on increased patient engagement as well as patient empowerment to improve communication, care coordination, patient satisfaction and even discharge management with hospitals. As a result of an increased focus on improving the patient/consumer experience, 65 percent of consumer transactions with healthcare organizations will be mobile by 2018, thus requiring healthcare organizations to develop omni-channel strategies to provide a consistent experience across the web, mobile and telephonic channels. I have already begun to see this in hundreds of area hospitals and practices in Georgia and know it is occurring across the country.

  2. Personalized medicine: While this concept is not new, the actual care plan implementation as well as technology and services innovations supporting this implementation is being driven quickly by the increased pressure for all care providers to improve quality and manage costs. You will see this increase dramatically once Congress passes SGR Reform that received bipartisan and bicameral support last Congressional Session and Congressional leaders are poised to take up this legislation again in the next month. The latest statistics show that 15 percent of hospitals will create a comprehensive patient profile by 2016 that will allow them to deliver personalized treatment plans.


Tomorrow we’ll look closely at the other three 2015 trends in health IT.


What questions do you have? What are the trends you are seeing in the marketplace?


As a healthcare innovation executive and strategist, Justin is a corporate, board and policy advisor who also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). In addition, Mr. Barnes is Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS EHR Association as well as Co-Chairman of the Accountable Care Community of Practice. Barnes has appeared in more than 800 journals, magazines and broadcast media outlets relating to national leadership of healthcare and health IT. He recently launched a weekly radio show, “This Just In.”

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