Cisco, in partnership with Mobile Work Exchange, is eager to kick off the third-annual Telework Week from March 4-8. Telework Week 2013 is a global effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework anytime during this week. I plan not only to pledge to telework that week, but also to continue in my career of teleworking.
I have worked for companies based in San Jose, Tucson, Phoenix, Washington DC, Boston, and now San Jose again… all without leaving my beautiful home state of Ohio. I adopted telework in 1993 and as Telework Week 2013 approaches, I wanted to share my story about my years as a teleworker. Let me start by saying I would not change a thing.
Telework Pros and Cons… But Are They Really Cons?
Do I miss having lunch with my colleagues? Sure. However, my dogs are pretty good companions because they never complain. Plus, the food in my kitchen is a lot better than any cafeteria food. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve missed being able to celebrate the milestones taking place in my colleagues’ lives in person, but I’ve made sure they always get a baby gift or a wedding gift.
What I don’t miss is the daily commute. Driving in rush-hour traffic or in snowstorms aren’t especially fun or productive and through telework, I’ve been able to get to work on-time every day. Also, my checkbook likes my lower insurance rates. On top of all of that, I am able to work in pajamas or sweat pants if I feel like it. For big projects that require more focus and concentration, I appreciate not having people dropping by to chat about their weekend.
Sometimes, people tell me I have it so easy working from home, being that I can come and go as I please. However, any teleworker will tell you it just doesn’t work unless you have regular office hours. My schedule still fills up with meetings just like my colleagues’ working from an office. What many people don’t know though is that it seems a lot harder to end the work day when your office is just a few steps or clicks away. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, social media, TelePresence, telework, video, WebEX
We are excited to be participating in the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition from March 4-6 in New Orleans. If you are going to HIMSS13, make plans now to visit the Cisco booth #2329 to see solutions to streamline clinical workflows, facilitate BYOD, enable care-at-a-distance, and improve the patient experience.
See the Cisco Way-Finding Solution at HIMSS13
Some of the featured demos include:
- Cisco HealthPresence 2.5
- VX Clinical Assistant
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
- Virtual Patient Observation
- Way-Finding Kiosks
- WebEx Solutions
Start your visit to the Cisco booth by attending the Connected Health Overview in the in-booth theatre. You’ll learn about innovations at Palomar Health in San Diego and be introduced to the rich set of healthcare solutions featured in the booth. Grab a keypad to participate in the interactive presentation, and you’ll have a chance to win a $25 American Express gift card! One winner per session.
Visit Cisco at HIMSS13 to learn more about what’s happening in the Cisco booth, the Cisco Connected Health Summit on March 4, and the other exciting activities we have planned for you at HIMSS13.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
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On March 4, Cisco will sponsor the 6th Annual Community for Connected Health Summit during the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition. This year’s agenda promises to be the best one ever!
The Summit is open to all HIMSS13 attendees at no additional cost; however, registration is required as seating is limited. This is a one day program and all sessions are included in the registration. Complimentary boxed lunch is also included.
Monday, March 4, 2013
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (check-in at 9:30 a.m.)
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
The agenda will feature engaging presentations from:
The Net Effect – A Cisco Perspective
Equal parts prognosticator and pragmatist, Cisco’s chief futurist will share how innovation is driving dramatic change in all fields, including healthcare.
Transforming Patient Engagement
Dr. David Langer
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
North Shore, LIJ Health System
Vice President of Enterprise Network Services
North Shore, LIJ Health System
Learn how a unique partnership between clinical and IT leadership has led to the practical application of technology in the care process that has greatly increased patient engagement.
Lake Nona: A Connected Health Community
The first city in the US built with ubiquitous connectivity and interconnected building, transportation, utility, and civic systems– hear how Lake Nona’s innovative design provides for unified approach to lifelong health care delivery, learning and education.
A Collaborative Discharge Process
Dr. Mark Blatt
Chief Medical Director
A classic “moment of truth” impacting quality, the patient experience, and even the bottom-line – attend this session to learn about a technology-enabled, collaborative approach to the discharge process.
Following Dr. Blatt’s session, there will be a giveaway, sponsored by Intel, of three Ultrabook™ systems. Must be present to win.
Ultrabook is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Co-sponsored by Intel®:
This program is approved for up to 3.25 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS).
Tags: Cisco, HIMSS13
Yesterday, via Cisco TelePresence and WebEx, Cisco hosted an international roundtable examining the current demands placed on the healthcare industry and how technology is addressing many of these issues. A panel comprised of Cisco executives and customers discussed how connected technologies and services can enable healthcare providers to help improve patient care, address security and patient privacy, and manage BYOD devices all while increasing efficiency and lowering costs.
Participating in the panel were representatives from Seattle Children’s in Seattle, WA; Resolute Health in New Braunfels, TX; Fundación Peluffo-Giguens in Montevideo, Uruguay; and Albert Einstein Israelita Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, along with Kathy English, senior director, public sector and healthcare marketing for Cisco.
Kathy kicked off the discussion by offering several eye opening healthcare statistics. Did you know, for example, that 41% of patients would switch hospitals for a better experience? Or that in 95% of countries, the rising cost of medical care exceeds the rate of general inflation?
These statistics illustrate the difficult challenges many of our healthcare customers face today. Therefore, during the healthcare roundtable, Cisco unveiled two new connected health offerings – Cisco HealthPresence 2.5 and Cisco Services for Connected Health. These solutions help enable efficient, convenient, high-quality patient care, and more collaboration across the healthcare continuum.
Roderick Bell II spoke directly to the successful deployment of Cisco HealthPresence at Resolute Health – so successful, in fact, that local schools are now connecting nurses to students across the district, thereby lowering costs and expanding the access of nurses to students in need. Roderick expects local businesses and county jails to join Resolute Health’s HealthPresence initiative later this year. Likewise, via Cisco TelePresence, Fundación Peluffo-Giguens in Uruguay has connected 10 hospitals in the country with the central hospital in the Montevideo, improving access to specialists and avoiding travel and logistics complexities for remote patients and their families. Similarly, the implementation of Cisco’s TelePresence endpoints in Brazil have allowed Albert Einstein Israelita Hospital to deliver care from a distance to seriously ill patients if no specialists are available at the public hospital or if a second opinion is required to provide a more extensive assessment.
Wes Wright, CIO of Seattle Children’s spoke to his overall success with Cisco. When tasked with building a virtual desktop infrastructure program at the hospital, he found that Cisco’s Unified Computing System is the best out there: During the event he said, “I wanted the power of Cisco behind me… and it’s worked!”
Yesterday’s roundtable further demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to connecting the previously unconnected with an intelligent network at the foundation.
You can view the discussion here on YouTube and we’d love to hear your thoughts about the future of healthcare delivery. How do you think video collaboration tools will transform the way your health is monitored?
Tags: Cisco Connected Services, connected health, healthcare, TelePresence, UCS
Cisco is pleased to be participating in the World Congress Telehealth Executive Summit on January 28-29 in San Diego, CA. This two-day conference targeted at senior executives in payer and provider organizations will feature insightful discussions on virtual care models for specialty services, primary care, follow ups and continuous monitoring.
One of the highlight sessions will feature Dr. Joe Peterson, CEO of Specialists on Call, the nation’s premier provider of specialty physician consultations delivered via telemedicine. Dr. Peterson will discuss the success of their telemedicine program which uses Cisco infrastructure and the Cisco TelePresence VX Clinical Assistant system to provide immediate 24/7/365 access to board-certified specialists.
Dr. Peterson’s session, Creating Commercial & Clinical Synergy: A Key to Unlocking the Value of Telemedicine will take place on Monday, January 28 at 4:00 pm, just before the closing keynote address. He will discuss how to unlock the value of telemedicine through blending clinical quality with strong financial foundations, business ethics and governance. He’ll also provide insights on how to bridge the gap between “white coats” and “suits” to strengthen a telemedicine program.
Luke Leininger, Cisco Telehealth Product Manager, will introduce Dr. Peterson. “I am thrilled to have the honor of introducing Dr. Joe Peterson at this important conference,” says Leininger. “Dr. Peterson is passionate about providing excellent specialist care to patients in all locations within a guaranteed 15-minute response time.”
The Cisco TelePresence VX Clinical Assistant is an easy-to-use, high-definition video collaboration system that is designed for mobility at the point of care. It is ideal for a variety of medical uses, including remote patient consultations, virtual care, and medical education.
Tags: Cisco, mobility, TelePresence, video