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The Dynamic Protective Shield of Big Data Analytics

September 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm PST

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 solves Healthcare BYOD challenges

December 18, 2012 at 8:00 am PST

Research from IDC Health Insights (Clinical Buyer Behavior Study) shows on average clinicians typically use 6.4 different mobile devices daily for professional use.  Recently, I participated in a Cisco Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) workshop discussing challenges Healthcare organizations have supporting mobile devices with reliable, high performance, in-building wireless coverage while maintaining operational efficiencies. Healthcare experts from Networking, Security and IT discussed challenges facing Healthcare and various ways BYOD is defined. A common question is  how to address challenges with BYOD. What recommendations does Cisco Healthcare offer in implementing BYOD? What options are available with wireless reducing security risks? What are Cisco’s best practices with BYOD maintaining compliance with regulatory policies and accreditation requirements?

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Executives Discuss Real-World Use Case for Cisco UPOE

June 27, 2012 at 11:47 am PST

Cisco UPOE doubles the power delivered per port over PoE+ to 60 Watts. Cisco UPOE can extend resilient network power to a broad range of devices including virtual desktop terminals, nurse call systems, IP turrets for financial trading, compact switches, building management gateways, LED lights, wireless access points, IP Phones, and more.

Watch Adam McMullin, Vice President and General Manager of Hill-Rom IT Solutions and Sachin Gupta, Senior Director of Product Management in Cisco’s Unified Access team discuss real-world use case of Cisco UPOE for medical networks in this 3-minute video. Read More »

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Introducing Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution

June 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm PST

Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to information technology to address major trends sweeping the healthcare industry, such as:

  • Pressure to reduce costs
  • The need for increased access to patient records to drive superior outcomes
  • Heightened concern for  security and privacy

In fact, a recent survey of 200 healthcare IT professionals and 202 caregivers -- doctors and nurses -- at large hospitals found that 84 percent of caregivers believe health care IT improves the care of patients. The same survey also found that hospitals fail to realize the full benefits of their IT systems. For example, they correctly emphasize investments in endpoints, but they do not make adequate investments in the networking, compute and storage infrastructure.

Cisco has partnered with industry leader Hill-Rom to bridge this divide between endpoint systems/applications and networking/compute infrastructure. Cisco leads the industry in Ethernet switching for enterprise networks, and now offers the same standards-based switching technology for medical networks through Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution in partnership with Hill-Rom. Healthcare providers can now eliminate the cost and complexity of managing separate corporate and medical networks by converging them into one Cisco network. The Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution includes:

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HCA Declares Cisco WebEx a “Home Run” for Training and Outreach

April 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm PST

The Director of IT solutions at Hospital Corporation of America, the world’s largest private health care facility operator with 199,000 employees, has reported high satisfaction with HCA’s recent implementation of Cisco Webex, saying it “has exceeded even our expectations.”

Andrew Kerr, who oversees IT resources for what he called a “very large dispersed workforce” staffing 163 hospitals in 20 states, described his positive Webex experience in an April 24 Cisco webcast presenting Webex advantages in healthcare environments.

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