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Using Health IT to Detect Breast Cancer

This week marks the convergence of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Health IT Week.   Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to promote early detection, while National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum to advance health through the best use of information technology (IT).

While these may seem like unrelated events, they really aren’t.  Health IT, specifically the Internet of Everything (IoE), is beginning to use technology to change how breast cancer is detected and diagnosed.

Rob Royea, a scientist and entrepreneur, has developed a medical innovation called the iTBra, a bra patch embedded with IoE sensor technology.  The iTBra solution contains comfortable, intelligent breast patches which collect up to 12 hours of data for analysis.

The iTBra can detect abnormalities, such as tiny temperature changes, in breast tissue.  These tiny temperature fluctuations may indicate breast cancer, at an early state when it can be treated and possibly even cured.  The iTBra is tissue agnostic so it even works with dense breast tissue, which can be difficult to detect with traditional screening and often results in false negatives during mammography.

Cisco is helping fund a documentary about the iTBra called DETECTED. This documentary will chronicle Rob’s journey to create the iTBra and shed important light on how internet-enabled bras can make a difference in early cancer detection.

Throughout the month of October, you can follow inspirational stories from Cisco employees who are breast cancer survivors. Their personal stories highlight the importance of early detection, positive attitudes, and a determination to live each day to the fullest.

By using the IoE for early cancer detection, you can see that Health IT has the potential to advance healthcare in innovative and intelligent ways.  At Cisco, we know that IoE is more than just big data and sensors – it is the positive impact on human lives through transformed patient care.

Is your organization planning to use IoE to transform patient care?  If so, let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

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Cisco Approach to Telehealth

Telehealth, according to the Health Resources Services Administration, is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.1

Cisco’s robust interoperability, security, and video technology have put us at the forefront of telehealth.  In addition to facilitating remote clinical services, Cisco video technologies are also used in remote non-clinical services, such as clinician training, administrative meetings, continuing education, and contact centers.

Over the years, our teams have seen a recurring theme of limited deployments in a small handful of areas across healthcare organization.  These limited or siloed deployments typically lack a unifying strategy or architecture to be able to accommodate a secure telehealth deployment at scale that includes proactive care, big data, population health management, and a contact center. Cisco can help your organization to establish a vision and architecture strategy for deploying a telehealth program.

TelehealthThis new white paper, Cisco Approach to Telehealth, describes how Cisco can help you define:

  • Strategic imperatives that your telehealth program will address
  • Financial and reimbursement goals
  • Revenue and workflow outcomes
  • A go forward strategy for a telehealth platform that can scale to fulfill needs from multiple service lines

We look forward to helping you connect people, processes, data and things in ways that weren’t possible, or even imaginable, in healthcare before.

1 U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration,

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Connected Health News, Summer Edition

Have you read the latest Cisco Connected Health newsletter?  Find out how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is helping to connect people, processes, data and things in order to streamline operations, redirect workflows and reduce capital outlays.

White Paper: Cisco Approach to Telehealth
Cisco can help your organization to establish a vision and architecture strategy for deploying a telehealth program to extend your delivery of quality care to whenever and wherever it is needed.

Moffitt Cancer Center Connects Doctors Globally
By using Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) Cloud, which combine Cisco WebEx personal rooms with cloud-based WebEx video bridge technologies, doctors and researchers now have a simple way to connect with affiliates worldwide

White Paper: The Internet of Everything (IoE) and the Delivery of Healthcare
Connectivity is transforming healthcare delivery from a process of managing disease to an optimized, pro-active system of keeping people well.

Empowering Cost-Effective, High-Quality Care
Cisco Connected Health solutions and services enable new levels of communication and collaboration between patients, providers, payers, and life science organizations.

Expanding Your Reach with Effective Care-at-a-Distance Solutions
Cisco Care at a Distance solutions give patients, doctors, and hospitals better ways to communicate, educate, share information, and interact in real time.

White Paper: Combating Cybercrime in the Healthcare Industry
With the rising value of health records on the black market—roughly 10 times that of other records— it was only a matter of time before hackers began targeting hospitals and healthcare organizations in general.

Cisco Connected Health Assessment
Request this service, priced at $120K, to get an assessment of your network for Telehealth, Care Delivery optimization, Mobility, HIPAA, Network compliance and emerging standards for clinical networks.

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

Cisco Connected Health Newsletter

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Boosting the Patient Engagement Portal access Adoption curve

Meaningful use stage 2 sets the bar of 5% portal access for patient engagement and stage 3 raises the bar to 25%. What does it take to drive the adoption curve?

access-value-expThere are multiple factors that help the adoption curve to take off. The three key factors that are very important are:

   1. Access: The key question is what information and resources are made available for the patients?

   2. Value: The key question is based on the data that is made available, what is the value for the patients?

   3. Experience: The key question is how seamless experience does the patient have while accessing information and the experts?

While today, the primary focus is to increase access to information by providing a portal to your information system, it will be difficult for adoption to take off if value and experience are not focused on.

Enabling a portal to your information system is the starting point. Providing value added capabilities such as collaboration capabilities in your portal to communicate with your care teams increases the value for the patients. Once these capabilities are provided anytime, anywhere and on any device, with a seamless experience, patients will start using these systems. Enabling continuity of care from the hospital room to the patient’s home and enabling the data to be seamlessly available in the portal when the patient is discharged enables a higher experience. In the era of social media, a great experience leads to more influence with other patients and the adoption continues to grow.

Checkout the Cisco booth (#1301) to learn more about how Cisco is enabling access, value and experience leveraging its solutions at the American Telehealth Association (ATA) conference 2015 currently underway from May 3-5, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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See Cisco Care-at-a-Distance Solutions at ATA 2015

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting and Tradeshow is fast approaching!  If you’re planning to attend ATA from May 3-5 in Los Angeles, be sure to visit the Cisco booth to see products and solutions that connect patients and care teams so they can easily engage anytime from anywhere.


You’ll find us in booth #1301, where we’ll showcase innovations that overcome the barrier of distance while improving the patient experience. Highlights include:

      • Extended Care:  Browser-based health and wellness collaboration solution platform
      • Telepresence Showcase:  DX Series (Android-based touchscreens), SX Series, and Jabber endpoints designed for maximum collaboration
      • Cisco Virtual Patient Observation: A centralized approach to patient sitting that can help improve efficiency, staff satisfaction, and staff safety
      • Avizia:  Mobile telehealth cart that connects physicians, specialists and patients at the point of care
      • And more!

Gift cardWhile you’re in our booth, let us scan your name badge so you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $250 American Express gift card!

In the meantime, learn more about Cisco Care-at-a-Distance solutions for telehealth. Also take a second to download, Cisco Telehealth Report: Connecting Brazil’s Children to a Healthier Future.

See you in Los Angeles!

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