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 an 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.
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, healthcare, video
December is here and that means that Santa Claus is putting the final touches on his list and checking it twice. For the seventh year, Cisco is teaming up with hospitals across the Americas to provide children who are hospitalized during the holidays the opportunity to show Santa what good little boys and girls they’ve been (and let him know what tops their wish list). From Canada, down to the United States and Latin America, Santa will virtually visit hospitals from his post at the North Pole, making cyber-stops by way of the magic of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies.
Santa Visits Hospitalized Children (photo courtesy of American Family Children’s Hospital)
Approximately 50 hospitals throughout the Americas, with the help of Cisco and our partners, will bring a live feed of the North Pole to their patients – using either an iPad, or a video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa will visit with children in the hospital’s playroom, and for those who don’t feel well enough to leave their room, a mobile cart or iPad enabled with Cisco Jabber® software will help Santa travel for a bedside visit.
Much like children who are able to sit on Santa’s lap, patients will have the opportunity to pass along their wishes this holiday season in plenty of time for St. Nick to make his list and check it twice.
Cisco is proud to be able to touch the lives of these children with the hope and happiness of a personalized visit with Santa using Cisco technologies. View the full list of hospitals that are participating in the 2013 Cisco Santa Connection Program.
Tags: Cisco Connected Health, healthcare, santa
What if you had a “virtual doctor” who was available at any time—24×7—to give you a quick checkup, dispense friendly health advice, and even alert you to possible health problems before they become serious? What if your parents or grandparents got a gentle daily reminder to take their medication, so they would never have to worry about missing a dose? What if you could walk into any emergency room in the country and receive exactly the care you need because the hospital has instant access to all your medical records? While much of this may seem futuristic, it will become reality in a future not that far away.
Big Data and analytics are transforming healthcare as we know it. Let me share a few examples:
1. Patient care
Many healthcare providers are stretched to capacity, and can’t always follow up with patients to see how they’re doing and make sure they are following medical advice. Today, we are beginning to see pills with tiny ingestible sensors that send a message to your doctor or to a loved one to confirm that you have taken the pill—giving peace of mind to worried children of elderly parents, or anyone who needs to take medication at a specified time. In the future, these sensors will likely also be able to report whether the medicine results in the right impact, and to suggest a change of dose or even a different medication, if that is appropriate.
A high-risk pregnancy is a constant source of worry for many women. In the near future, small electronic “tattoos” will provide nonstop fetal monitoring through a sticker worn right on the skin. Wireless communications capabilities will send vital signs directly to the cloud, where Big Data and analytics capabilities can evaluate the information and send appropriate alerts to the mother and her doctor.
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Tags: analytics, Big Data, Cisco, electronic medical records, healthcare, Internet of Everything, Quantified Self, sensors
This post was written by Dr. Stanley Ndwiga, Outreach/Project Doctor at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. It was originally published on the Huffington Post.
Ten years ago, an AIDS epidemic was ravaging Kenya and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In one year alone, as many as 40,000 Kenyan infants were born HIV-positive, and only 30 percent of them could expect to see to their 5th birthday. Millions of Kenyan adults succumbed to AIDS, orphaning many millions more.
Today, thanks to better drugs, community outreach, and education, fewer Kenyans are acquiring HIV, and the number of those who have AIDS has fallen to 1.2 million, or 1 in 20 Kenyan adults. It is still a significant number, and we have a lot of work yet to do.
At Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, clinicians have been given a big boost in that effort through web conferencing technology.
Photo courtesy Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, CSR, Gertrude's Childrens, healthcare, web conferencing
The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule is now in effect and audits will continue in 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has stated several times that both Covered Entities and Business Associates will be audited. And the scope of Business Associates has greatly expanded. I wrote another blog directed towards these new Business Associates. This final blog of this series focuses on covered entities that work with business associates.
- HIPAA Audits will continue
- The HIPAA Audit Protocol and NIST 800-66 are your best preparation
- Knowledge is a powerful weapon―know where your PHI is
- Ignorance is not bliss
- Risk Assessment drives your baseline
- Risk Management is continuous
- Security best practices are essential
- Breach discovery times: know your discovery tolerance
- Your business associate(s)must be tracked
The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule changed the Business Associate definition, and also makes Business Associates obligated to comply with HIPAA. You most likely will have more business associates than previously, and those business associates that have access to your network and/or your PHI data are obligated to be HIPAA compliant. The Ponemon Institute’s Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security (December 2012), reveals that 42% of the breaches involved a third party “snafu”.
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Tags: healthcare, HIPAA, PCI Compliance, security