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Connected Health News, Fall 2015 Edition

Have you read the latest Cisco Connected Health newsletter? We encourage you to explore the customer success stories, white papers, and videos to learn new and innovative ways to provide your caregivers with highly secure and reliable access to health information, regardless of location.

Apple and Cisco Partnership
We have seen an increase in the use of iOS devices and apps in the healthcare industry so we are thrilled to report that Cisco and Apple have announced a new partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. Stay tuned for further news about how we are integrating IOS devices with Cisco networks to enhance clinical collaboration capabilities.

Cisco and UCSF Partner to Advance Healthcare Interoperability
To advance the secure exchange of data across the healthcare industry, Cisco and UCSF will develop a collaborative platform to collectively test and scale interoperability across different devices, IT systems and software in order to integrate clinical data to optimize health decisions.

White Paper: Combating Cybercrime in the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare security breaches are making headlines with escalating frequency.  Consequently, the need to safeguard personal health information (PHI) and other nonpublic data looms more urgent with each passing day.  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.

White Paper: HIPAA Compliance for the Wireless LAN
Wireless hardware, such as access points that are installed around a facility, must facilitate HIPAA compliance. Similarly, wireless software must support the security and management features that the facility requires to enforce HIPAA compliance. Learn how Cisco Meraki products can help customers maintain a HIPAA-compliant network.

Transforming the Health Insurance Marketplace
Cisco offers a vision for Connected Health that includes exciting new op­portunities for payers, enabling an approach that treats every member and provider as an individual, in a system that knows who they are and anticipates what they want. This allows you to provide an experience that is simpler and more transparent, leading to a better quality of care.

Cisco Patient Connect: Use Video to Modernize Your Healthcare Environment
Cisco Patient Connect brings state-of-the-art clinical communication and collaboration together in an integrated, easy-to-manage solution to deliver digital content (such as wayfinding or patient education), streaming media (along with broadcast TV), and personalized patient information.

Case Study: Roper St. Francis Implements Wireless and Unified Collaboration
Through a series of acquisitions, Roper St. Francis had nearly 50 different phone and key systems.  By replacing legacy voice environments with an integrated collaboration platform and a high-performing wireless network, RSF established a robust, scalable platform that provides an interactive patient experience.

Case Study: CALSTAR Connects People Processes and Data during Medical Emergencies
California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) is a nonprofit regional air ambulance service.  When the FAA updated its operational control guidance, CALSTAR leveraged its existing Cisco infrastructure to build its own air-to-ground dispatch system that connects air transport to lifesaving care.

Case Study: SickKids Foundation Enhances Fundraising
A large charitable funder of child health research in Canada, SickKids Foundation’s center receives contributions from more than 232,000 doors annually and its aging network and phone system were unable to keep up with its needs. To ensure an exceptional donor experience, the Foundation refreshed its network with an end-to-end Cisco solution.

Virtual Pediatric Network Connects Oncologists
The Virtual Pediatric Network connects some of the nation’s top pediatric oncologists to treat children and adolescents diagnosed with rare and complicated cancers. See how Cisco technology is making a difference in cancer care.

Case Study: Interpreters are just a click away
Language barriers can be a big concern in healthcare, where diagnoses and treatments are defined and agreed on after talks between doctors and patients.  Cisco video conferencing is helping to eliminate time, distance, and language barriers to provide effective communication between clinicians and their patients.

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Thanks to Cisco, Hospital Connects with Experts From Around the World

Thanks to Cisco, Hospital Connects with Experts From Around the World_18NOV2015Here’s a question that has troubled physicians for years: how can a specialist, who is thousands of miles away, examine a patient accurately enough to come to a diagnosis?  Patients at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) are lucky that hospital administrators have come up with an answer: they rely on Cisco to connect with the world’s best physicians.

During the last several years this renowned hospital has upgraded its wired and wireless networks with Cisco’s solutions. The IT department has depended on Cisco products such as: Cisco Aironet 802.11n access points, Cisco Nexus and Catalyst switches and Cisco wireless controllers to power their network. The hospital’s physicians are among the best in the business but if a second opinion is required, help is only a video conference away.

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Moving Beyond Connecting People to Delivering Engaging Interactive Experiences

As organizations move toward digital transformation, they are embracing the benefits of delivering timely, personalized information to customers, citizens, and patients. Connecting people with information and services when, where, and how they want, is a pivotal point in the way organizations process, apply data and deliver that information.

Given my busy schedule, I appreciate a shopping experience that is hassle-free and fast. I also want the information I need about a product or service to be easy to find.  And for that matter, I expect that a retailer knows what I am looking for and provides relevant promotions and discounts. These rising expectations have been born out of leading digital retailers and now that the bar has been set – anything that falls short feels like a disappointment.

Customer Experience

Today’s shoppers are looking for efficiency,  ease in problem-solving, and faster time to purchase. They want to take advantage of savings through discounts and promotional offers and they want to be engaged when learning about new items, entertainment, and product options.  To address these growing expectations, Cisco and Panasonic are partnering to transform the shopping experience through their Powershelf solution. The solution enables brick and mortar retailers to automate inventory tracking and pricing data, helping them optimize their supply chain and better manage demand.  In addition, real-time product information can be delivered to a customer’s mobile device.

Citizen Experience

The future involves much more than improving customer engagement. Cities are challenged with delivering enhanced citizen services and information on a limited budget.  In the face of inclement weather and emergencies, it is critical that cities link dispatch, first responders and the community with timely, accurate information. For example, the City of Mississauga is leveraging sensors and wireless connectivity to make these connections, analyze trends and share information between citizen services, public communications, and operations.

As more and more citizens prefer to receive information and updates via their mobile devices, this integrated public service system will allow cities to put a request into action quickly and efficiently and provide real-time updates.  Now, the City of Mississauga can deploy operations teams and emergency services faster, enable new services without recognizing an increase in IT budget and improve public safety with immediate, actionable information.

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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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Changing the Future of Healthcare with Collaboration

All of us have hobbies and some have passions. And then there are causes, which many of us are passionate about. I have a special place in my heart for making a difference in anything to do with healthcare.

I obtained my Master’s degree in Child Psychology. I realized that most of my student projects pivoted around activities like spending time with and reading stories to sick children in hospitals. And teaching families in rural areas about healthy living and good nutrition. My project reports were quoted as examples of near ideal written pieces that other students could emulate. The seed was sown.

I started my career with writing, mostly on health, fitness, nutrition among many other topics. I critiqued books on health, care, and life. As I progressed in my career, I moved into IT marketing. I could feel my satisfaction levels peaking when I could bring technology and healthcare closer together. Technology can improve healthcare access and delivery. It’s especially impactful in rural areas where the nearest hospital or clinic could be hours away.

The Promise of Technology-driven Healthcare
There is no doubt that technological advancements are transforming the entire healthcare industry. The proliferation of new collaboration technologies is helping to address issues such as:

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