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The Internet of Everything Hearts Your Health

An embeddable tooth implant sends patient information to a dentist in real-time.

A smartwatch responds to touch to help ease the loneliness of long distance relationships.

A bracelet records daily physical activity and caloric intake and provides recommendations to achieve health goals.

These capabilities may have seemed like a dream only a decade ago but now are a reality, thanks to the Internet of Everything (IoE)

Aside from the obvious coolness factor of the growing list of connected things, many of these wearable and mobile-enabled devices are helping save lives. In honor of Valentine’s Day and American Hearth Month, it’s a good time to ask: How is the Internet of Everything “hearting” our health?

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The Power of Four Enables Life-Saving Intelligence

At Cisco, we refer to the Internet of Everything as the increased connections among four key components: people, things, data and process. The true power of IoE is best seen when all four of these components work together to change how we enable intelligent processes.

This is especially true for the healthcare industry. It’s not enough for your smartwatch to be able to connect to the Internet or for your connected shirt to record your movement behavior. It’s what we do with that information that makes the connection so valuable.

In a recent CNBC article, Frans Van Houten, CEO at Royal Philips Electronics, discussed the rise of the hospital to home healthcare movement. The idea is our increasingly mobile world is enabling real-time vital signs, family history and diagnostic information to be shared with your doctor, allowing for faster and earlier detection with a more personalized treatment plan. For good reason, there is much development and investment in this emerging area of healthcare.

Here’s a closer look at how more networked connections are able to collect high-velocity data and turn it into knowledge that can be delivered to patients and professionals to prevent disease, eliminate wasted efforts and better manage health crises. In other words, here’s the IoE in action:

  • Improve caregiver efficiency at the hospital: Patient wait times and errors can be reduced when caregivers leverage the power of the Internet of Everything to coordinate resources, track completion of tasks and enable better communication between doctors, staff and patients. For example, using a combination of Wi-Fi and GPS-based location services, coordinators can keep track of where caregivers, medical equipment and other equipment such as wheelchairs are located, allowing for faster mobilization and managed workloads.
  • Monitor patients at home: Imagine that a surgical patient is outfitted with a wearable monitoring devices he can wear at home, allowing for a more peaceful recovery while doctors watch for any irregularities.
  • Share data with emergency personnel: It’s possible that in the future wireless mesh, 4G or other such networked connections between an ambulance, a cloud, a hospital and various data centers, could enable sharing a common view of vital patient information, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.

This is just the beginning of how the Internet of Everything can help us live longer lives with those we love. As the wearable technology continues to promote more patient involvement and evolves in analytic capability, what it means to receive a diagnosis or take proactive approaches to our health will fundamentally shift.

It’s clear that when we talk about the value of networked connections, there is nothing more valuable than a long and happy life. Tell us what you think – join the conversation with #IoE.

Attending HIMSS14? Don’t miss the 7th Annual Cisco Connected Health Summit focused on health innovation and best practices. Simply call HIMSS at 800-465-1272 and ask for the Cisco event (code CCCINV) to be added to your registration.

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Cisco Extended Care Improves Patient Engagement

Cisco’s new Extended Care Solution enables patient engagement and care team collaboration at any time and from anywhere including home, office and other remote locations.  Cisco Extended Care is a new browser-based health and wellness collaboration solution platform that features ad hoc and scheduled video consults, secure messaging, customizable pre-appointment questionnaires, a video library platform and the ability to manually capture readings from personal wellness devices.

Cisco Extended Care SolutionIn addition, the solution offers open application programming interfaces (APIs), enabling users to integrate with other third-party applications and environments, such as video workflow, into their existing patient portal solution, thus protecting existing investments.

“Cisco’s Extended Care solution offers our customers a new way to cater to patient wants and needs, ultimately providing patients with a better experience and increasing their engagement and involvement with their own care,” said David Plummer, general manager, Cisco’s Care-at-a-Distance Solutions. “By allowing patients and their care teams the opportunity to connect for both ad hoc and prescheduled video consults, and by providing secure messaging capabilities and online questionnaires, our hospital and clinic customers will be able to operate in a more efficient manner.”

A recent Cisco survey showed that nearly 74% of the 1,547 respondents were open to sharing medical information online, and the majority of those patients were comfortable with the idea of communicating with doctors using technology instead of seeing them in person. This shift in consumer attitude opens up new opportunities for hospitals and clinics to increase efficiency, while at the same time providing greater continuity of care, driving wellness education and potentially lowering the cost of care delivery. With new lines of communication and an increased dialogue between patients and doctors, hospitals can hope to see lower rates of readmittance.

If you are planning to attend HIMSS14 in February, be sure to visit the Cisco booth (#1453) to see first-hand how Cisco Extended Care can help your organization streamline and improve patient care.

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Giving Wings to Soar – Run for a Cause

AP19098How many times have we done something for others? Something for people we don’t even know. We all love doing things either for ourselves, family or friends but participating in a cause, which is entirely for people who do not currently enjoy the beautiful morning walks, running or playing is another dimension and fills us with energy.

Would you like to participate in such a cause?  It is happening simultaneously worldwide where everyone is running for those who can’t!

The Wings for Life World Run is an entirely new type of event never before seen nor undertaken in either running or any other sporting field. Why? Because it is a truly global adventure, encompassing up to 35 locations, in which everyone runs at the very same time all over the world! Read More »

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Register Now to Attend the Cisco Connected Health Summit at HIMSS14

On February 25, Cisco will sponsor the 7th Annual Community for Connected Health Summit during the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition. This year’s agenda promises to be the best one ever!

Customers from healthcare organizations can attend the Summit at no additional cost by registering for the HIMSS14 Annual Conference at the same time and using code CCCINVRegistration is required as seating is limited.

This is a half-day program and all sessions are included in the registration. Complimentary boxed lunch is also included.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. (check-in at 9:30 a.m.)
Orange County Convention Center, Room W414
Orlando, FL

The agenda will feature these engaging presentations:

Welcome

Mike Haymaker

 

 
 

Mike Haymaker

Healthcare Marketing for the Americas
Cisco
 

A Fresh Look at Patient Engagement

Barbara Casey

 

 


Barbara Casey

Executive Director of Healthcare
Cisco
 

Connecting Retail Clinics and Pharmacies to the Medical Home

Troy Brennan

 

 


Dr. Troy Brennan

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
CVS

Transforming Care Delivery with Innovations in Wireless and Mobility

Ed Martinez

 

 


Ed Martinez

CIO
Miami Children’s Hospital

Customizing Care

Eric Dishman

 

 


Eric Dishman

Intel Fellow and General Manager of the Health & Life Sciences Group
Intel

After Eric Dishman’s presentation, there will be a giveaway, sponsored by Intel, of two Ultrabook™ systems. Must be present to win.

Register now

 

Co-sponsored by Intel®:

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Intel, the Intel Logo, Intel Inside, Intel Core, Ultrabook, and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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) and Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).

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Creating Collaboration across the Care Continuum: A Customer Approach to Healthcare

Barbara Casey, Senior Executive Director for Healthcare Business Transformation at Cisco, recently wrote about challenges that patients face when navigating the continuum of care in our currently disconnected care settings.  In anCisco Extended Care Solution effort to assist patients, technology companies are beginning to shift their focus to take advantage of network technology to personalize the patient experience.  mHealth, video and collaboration tools offer an opportunity to create a true continuum of care and a more seamless patient experience. 

Read the full article to find out how Cisco video and collaboration tools can help patients to conveniently communicate with their physicians.

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