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Santa Visits Children’s Hospitals Across North America using Cisco Video Technology

December is here and that means that Santa Claus is putting the final touches on his list and checking it twice. For the eighth year, Cisco is teaming up with medical centers across North America to provide children who are hospitalized during the holidays the opportunity to show Santa what good little boys and girls they’ve been (and let him know what tops their wish list). From Canada, down to the United States and Latin America, Santa will virtually visit hospitals from his post at the North Pole, making cyber-stops by way of the magic of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies.Santa Connection 2014

Approximately 50 hospitals throughout the Americas, with the help of Cisco and our partners, will bring a live feed of the North Pole to their patients – using either an iPad, or a video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa will visit with children in the hospital’s playroom, and for those who don’t feel well enough to leave their room, a mobile cart or iPad enabled with Cisco Jabber software will help Santa travel for a bedside visit.

Much like children who are able to sit on Santa’s lap, patients will have the opportunity to pass along their wishes this holiday season in plenty of time for St. Nick to make his list and check it twice.

Cisco is proud to be able to touch the lives of these children with the hope and happiness of a personalized visit with Santa using Cisco technologies.

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Cisco Connected Health Newsletter, Fall 2014

Have you read the latest Cisco Connected Health newsletter?  In an effort to bring you relevant stories about the positive impacts of health IT, this issue features real-world implementations including:

Watch Leslee Gross, AVP of Baptist Health South Florida, describe their e-Pharmacy initiative, which won an American Hospital Association 2014 Innovator award and uses Cisco Jabber for communication and collaboration.

The enthusiasm from consumers for wearables and telehealth demonstrates how technology continues to rapidly change the face and future of healthcare.

University of Calgary’s W21C Program, Cisco, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) recently announced initiatives to strengthen the development of healthcare solutions in Alberta through advanced technologies and strategies.

Carlos Dominguez, Cisco Senior Vice-President in the Office of the Chairman and CEO, gave the luncheon keynote address at this conference and focused on ground-breaking new trends in technology, including the Internet of Everything.

UVA Center for Telehealth uses Cisco Jabber for video and recently received a 2014 Governor’s Technology Award for making it easier for patients in Virginia to access high-quality care and health education.

This issue also includes information about Cisco Compliance Solutions, which have helped hundreds of customers effectively meet HIPAA compliance technical requirements, and Cisco Mobile Apps, which can help you develop and integrate personalized mobile experiences, such as hospital wayfinding and location-aware application access.

Be sure to subscribe now to get our quarterly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox!

Cisco Connected Health Newsletter

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The Power of Technology to Transform Care

This month, Focus, Cisco’s monthly online publication, takes a look at the latest Connected Health trends and technology news.  Data-driven decisions, better specialized care and improved patient experiences are transforming healthcare, and I encourage you to read about it in this month’s issue of Focus.

Highlights include:

  • The Internet of Everything in HealthcareFocus
  • The Big Data Opportunity in Medicine
  • New Human-Machine Interfaces
  • The Startups are Coming
  • Telemedicine Transforms Care in Brazil
  • The Devices Making Healthcare Smarter

Register now if you would like to receive our quarterly Cisco Connected Health newsletter.

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New World, New Rules – The Evolution of Pediatric Healthcare in a Hyper-Connected World

Carlos Dominguez, Cisco Senior Vice-President in the Office of the Chairman and CEO, will present the luncheon keynote address on October 30 at the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards

Held over two days, the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards is designed to address unmet needs, solve problems and seize opportunities in pediatric health care.  Thought leaders, including clinicians, health care leaders, venture capitalists, policy makers, and payers, will address the most pressing pain points in pediatric medicine.

Dominguez will highlight ground-breaking new trends in technology, including the Internet of Everything, the democratization of knowledge, and exciting changes in the fields of collaboration and communication. 

Carlos Dominguez“Groundbreaking technologies tend to develop in siloes – and when they converge, that’s when they become transformative. Healthcare is experiencing that right now. Processing power, analytics, networking, wireless, genomics, and a host of other areas are suddenly coming together and driving profound change and jaw-dropping new possibilities.”

-- Carlos Dominguez, Cisco Senior Vice-President in the Office of the Chairman and CEO

Dominguez participates in a wide array of social media channels and publishes a daily newsletter on futuristic technology, “The Tech Nowist” (http://tinyurl.com/m53oku8). You can find his blogs at http://carlosdominguez.cisco.com and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.carlosdominguez.

If you are planning to register for the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards, be sure to attend Dominguez’s keynote to learn about recent breakthroughs in pediatric healthcare delivery and the need to embrace technology while creating a culture of innovation.

Carlos Dominguez luncheon keynote
Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards
October 30, 2014
12:30 pmBoston Childerns Hospital
The Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, MA

 

 

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The 2014 Hult Prize Demonstrates the Power of Innovation to Improve Health

As a visiting lecturer on “Transforming Health and Care” at the Hult International Business School in London, I was invited last March to be a jury panel member for the regional Hult prize competition. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and Time Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive US$1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

The 2014 Challenge: Solving Non-Communicable Disease in the Urban Slum

HultPrizeBlogThe 2014 Hult Prize “President’s Challenge” was focused on healthcare: Can we build a social healthcare enterprise that serves the need of 25 million urban slum dwellers suffering from chronic diseases by 2019? From a record 10,000 applications, representing more than 150 different countries and over 350 colleges and universities, regional finalists were selected to pitch their new and innovative social ventures in six regions around the world: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Sao Paulo and Shanghai.

The Hult Prize Global Finals took place last month at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City, an event attended by Cisco CEO John Chambers and Tae Yoo, Cisco’s senior vice president of corporate affairs.

The six finalists pitched their solutions and business models to President Bill Clinton and a panel of distinguished judges, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus. The solutions comprised an eclectic collection of innovative and disruptive ideas—from a chewing gum-based solution to prevent tooth decay, to low-cost, locally designed and manufactured eye glasses, to bees that can diagnose diabetics. (This was “Bee Healthy” the European regional finalist from HEC Paris, which I was privileged to help select.)

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