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The Dynamic Protective Shield of Big Data Analytics

As we think of Healthcare and Big data Analytics, some of the topics that come to fore front are personalized medicines, managing readmissions, identifying health risk indexes and many more. While each of these is important areas that benefit from power of Big Data Analytics, one of the areas that is at table stakes in Healthcare is protecting critical care systems. Can the power of big data analytics provide us a protective shield?

Before we dive in, the question that comes up is why is Healthcare Security any different and why Big Data Analytics instead of the traditional approaches to protection that we have today.

This was the topic of my presentation at the recently concluded COM.BigData 2014 conference in Washington DC: ‘Dynamic Protection for Critical Care Systems using Cisco Cloud web security (CWS): Unleashing the power of Big Data Analytics’.

While the Health IT transitions are opening up healthcare access in newer ways that has significant security implications, there are additional trends that are making Healthcare a prime target.

Healthcare Security Trends

Targeting Healthcare Industry

According to the World Privacy Forum, the street value of a stolen Healthcare data is ~ $50 as compared to $1 for a stolen social security number. The Ponemon Institute, in its third annual report on Medical Identity theft, 2012, estimates the economic impact of medical identity theft at 41.3 billion per year, a significant increase from 30.9 billion per year in 2011. In addition, new attack models such as ransomware can capitalize on the sensitivity of the situation, where the question is not about losing your data, but your life. Adding up all these, healthcare industry is an attractive target.

The expanded boundaries

The expanded boundaries

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Cisco helps to advance Health IT Collaboration and Communication

This is an exciting week for Cisco and for the Health IT industry at large.  Two big industry events are taking plan this week: Epic’s Users’ Group Meeting and National Health IT Week.

Epic’s 2014 Users’ Group Meeting: Down on the Farm
If you are planning to attend Epic’s 2014 Users’ Group Meeting from September 15-19 in Verona, WI, be sure to visit the Cisco booth (#316) to see solutions that improve the patient experience and facilitate collaboration, including:

  • Epic UGMCisco Virtual Sitter Patient Observation: Video-enabled, centralized approach that allows trained staff to monitor multiple high-risk patients while also delivering two-way communications to alert clinical staff about potential patient situations.
  • Cisco JabberAll-in-one collaboration application that brings together video, voice, and IM on any device.
  • Cisco Extended CareA personal health and wellness collaboration platform, enabling patient engagement and care team interactions at any time and from anywhere.

Also, drop off a business card to register for a chance to win a $250 American Express gift card.

National Health IT Week: One Voice, One Vision
NHIT WeekNational Health IT Week (NHIT Week) is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology. Cisco is one of 425 healthcare partners helping to bring this important cause to the forefront of the nation’s attention through events in Washington D.C., at the HIMSS 9th Annual Policy Summit, and other events throughout the week.  Follow tweets at #NHITWeek.

How the Internet of Everything enhances the quality of care
Both of these events highlight how hospitals and healthcare providers are now using the power of the Internet of Everything to expand their outreach within and outside their healthcare organizations.  From connecting patients with chronic medical conditions to using mobile technologies to help remind patients to take their medications on time, hospitals are incorporating new and innovative ways to improve the efficiency of care-delivery.  Cisco is here to help you adapt to these changes in accessing quality care and bringing expert care to your patients.

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Cisco Connected Health Newsletter, Summer 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:

Using video and remote medical  equipment, UVA Center for Telehealth  provides basic medical examinations and services in 40 specialties, including psychiatry, cardiology, pediatric specialties, child neurology, orthopedics, and genetic studies.

By transitioning their data center to Cisco UCS Blade Servers and Cisco Unified Fabric, Southern Illinois Healthcare achieved greater performance and flexibility with integrated management while saving over $200,000 in capital expenditures due to data center efficiencies.

Houston Methodist recently implemented Cisco wireless solutions to handle the exponential proliferation of wireless devices and applications at their 500,000-square-foot research institute in and five hospitals.

Mountain States Health Alliance reduced IT problems by installing an infrastructure capable of handling updates, scaling, and ensuring security while providing visibility into the network.

The latest newsletter also includes an introduction to the new Cisco DX70 and DX80 endpoints and a series of video clips featuring Barbara Casey, Senior Director of Health Care Business Transformation at Cisco, about trends in healthcare innovation.

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

Cisco Connected Health Newsletter



The Power of the Consumer has never been Greater, Especially in Healthcare

Acute care in a hospital setting is no longer the norm.  The continuum of care focus has shifted to seamless, integrated care plans designed around the patient and their needs instead of the setting.  Sg2* recently caught up with Barbara Casey, Senior Director of Health Care Business Transformation at Cisco, to discuss trends in healthcare innovation and technology that can help provide the right care, anywhere, anytime.

In the following video snippets, Barbara Casey discusses the power of healthcare consumers to make informed decisions about care plans as well as the power of providers to use data to deliver personalized medicine and seamless care coordination.

Cisco is in a great position to provide borderless collaboration interactions between providers and patients.  Cisco voice, video, and data solutions can help provide convenient access to care while ensuring the seamless handoff of secure and integrated information as patients move from one setting to another.  By supporting video on any endpoint, patients and caregivers can consult from their choice of devices which could be a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop, a video phone or any other specialized devices, even in the privacy of their own home.

Learn more about Cisco Healthcare Solutions.

* Sg2 is an industry leader in healthcare information with over 1,200 organizations around the world relying on their analytics, intelligence, consulting and educational services.

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10 Trends why TeleHealth adoption will take off

Some claim the early television experiments in 1955 as the origin of TeleHealth, which means TeleHealth is more than half a century old. The adoption of TeleHealth has had multiple challenges including, but not limited to reimbursements, affordability and experience gaps.

However, of late, the stars are aligning for TeleHealth adoption to take off. According to BCC research, the global telemedicine market is expected to grow to 27.3 billion by 2016. According to the AHA (American Hospital Association) report, 42% of US acute care hospitals have TeleHealth capabilities. While healthcare reforms have given the adoption a significant boost, there are more trends that are fueling the adoption. We look at 10 such trends. On a broad level, these can be classified into three major categories:

  • Policies and New Business Models
  • Technology and Affordability
  • Experience and Efficiencies

Here are 10 trends that are influencing the adoption curve:10-Telehealth-Trends

1. Paradigm shift generated by the Healthcare Reforms

The US healthcare reforms have created a fundamental paradigm shift in focusing efforts on driving wellness and preventive care as compared to episodic care. The longer term relationship between the patients and provider has put patient engagement and care coordination at the center. This need has created a renewed interest in

TeleHealth as it can provide not only a convenient and cost effective way to interact, but also drive experience and efficiencies for the patients and providers by providing better collaboration capabilities from anywhere.

2. Policy Changes and Legislation for Reimbursements

In the early days, as we talked to customers, we have constantly had the wow moment driven by technology and experience of our solutions, but when it comes to the reimbursement topic, the conversation would come to a full stop. Today, with the new long term wellness focus as opposed to episodic care, cost avoidance models, Reimbursement is no more a definite full stop. States have been catching up recently on its policies to support telemedicine. About 40 states allow Medicaid to pay for telemedicine visits and about 20 states have required private payers in the state to pay for telemedicine.

3. New business models

While the transition from pay-for-service to value based model happens, new innovative business models are emerging that drives TeleHealth towards a sustainable business. For example, a fixed flat fee based anywhere consults, corporate clinic models, cost avoidance strategies, wellness have created a renewed interest in TeleHealth

4. Pervasive Video

In the past, the promise of TeleHealth use to be ‘don’t travel 200 miles to see your specialist, you can get the services at your rural clinic”, which might still be few miles away. With pervasive video, the patient don’t have to even leave their homes and can have consults from their choice of devices which could be a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop, video phones or any other specialized devices. The cost of video has also significantly come down lately and has improved the affordability of TeleHealth programs. Leveraging software based video solutions in addition to hardware has expanded reach not just within the enterprise boundaries, but also outside to create a borderless collaboration experience between providers. The rise of WebRTC and other video standards have increased interoperability and will further expand the adoption.

5. Evolution of the Medical devices

In the early days of TeleHealth, if you look at a TeleHealth examination room table, it can be pretty scary for a patient. There can be way too many cables and too many bulky boxes to which the devices are connected. The complexity and the cost of medical devices has been a hindrance to adoption.

The cost and complexity of medical devices have also significantly improved lately. The evolution to smaller, cost effective, consumer focused devices with wireless connectivity has improved user experience and has expanded the range of users. Internet of things enabled device connectivity and the ability to automatically obtain data from sensors can be used to track vital signs and other activities to understand early signs. Read More »