January this year witnessed the largest healthcare breach to date in which the personal records of 80 million individuals were compromised. It also marked an apparent change in focus from attacks on delivery organizations to healthcare payers. Last week two additional health insurers reported that they too had been hacked, resulting in the possible compromise of a further 11.25 million personal records. In a period of less than 3 months, the US has seen over 91 million records and personal identities stolen from healthcare insurers alone.
The health insurers appear to have been the target of highly sophisticated cyber attacks perpetrated from China, which involved the use of advanced persistent threats (APTs) and spear phishing. This allowed them to gain administrative credentials that were used to exfiltrate stolen data via the use of common cloud data services.
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Tags: health care, healthcare, security
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!
While 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!
Tags: Cisco, healthcare, video
On April 13, 2015, Cisco kicked off day one of the annual HIMSS healthcare conference by hosting a media panel to discuss a range of healthcare technology topics impacting the U.S. as well as around the world including the Internet of Everything (IoE), telehealth, and the use of virtual pediatric networks (VPN).
Members of the media heard from leaders in the healthcare industry about how they are utilizing the latest technologies to provide enhanced healthcare to patients, the meaningful impact on patient-doctor interactions as well as the broader social impact on the community as a whole.
One such example discussed at HIMSS was the results of a program piloted by Cisco; the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil; and other key partners in Sergipe to bring care via telehealth technology to underserved children who may not have convenient access to physicians given they’re located in such a remote north-east region of Brazil.
On April 13, Cisco released a report called Connecting Brazil’s Children to a Healthier Future, which includes results based on a survey conducted by Cisco. The results indicated that telehealth helps enhance the quality of care to patients, and also reduces travel time it takes to visit a medical specialist. So rather than traveling to a bigger city in Brazil to see a specialist, patients and their families can remain in Sergipe but meet with a specialist over video. Some of the key findings from the pilot illustrate how the technology is having a powerful impact on the patient care. For example, 93% of patients surveyed and who participated in virtual consultations found them effective and were satisfied with their experience.
The pilot, which is slated to go into full production later this month, utilizes Cisco collaboration technology, for example, to help with virtual patient-to-physician consultations. This connectivity allows for the patients located in Sergipe to receive consultations from medical experts residing outside the region – a method that allows patients to tap into a wider pool of medical expertise.
Additional supporting resources:
Connected Healthy Children – Brazil Video (English)
Connected Healthy Children – Brazil Video (Portuguese translation)
Connected Healthy Children – Brazil Video (Spanish translation)
Connected Healthy Children Program
Brazil Starts Pediatric Care Through Telemedicine in Sergipe
Virtual Pediatric Networks Connect Doctors with Doctors
As healthcare challenges are being addressed around the world, many healthcare challenges are actively being addressed inside the U.S. During the HIMSS event, media heard from CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) about the implementation of a virtual pediatric network.
This virtual pediatric network utilizes Cisco technology and creates a hub to connect leading pediatric oncologists from CHOC Children’s and five other leading hospital locations with one another to collaborate on how to treat children and teens with rare forms of cancer. The VPN consortium aspires to link to 200 cancer centers of excellence globally including 8,000 physicians through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) http://www.childrensoncologygroup.org.
For more on how CHOC Children’s is utilizing the virtual pediatric network, watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97LPNwSwXcg&feature=youtu.be
These are just couple of examples where we see the true impact of technology on the healthcare industry. Over the next few years, we are going to see increasing adoption of these types of technologies, which ultimately is going to result in improved quality of patient care. To say the least, we live in very exciting times and we are just at the tip of the iceberg!
Tags: Cisco, healthcare, IoE, IoT, Patient Care, telehealth, video
We are looking forward to participating in the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition from April 13-15 in Chicago, IL. If you are planning to attend HIMSS15, be sure to visit the Cisco booth (#2002) to discover solutions for mobility, collaboration, telehealth, and patient engagement designed to help your organization deliver safe and affordable care. Highlights include:
- Cisco Mobility and Integration Platform: Mobile patient check in and comprehensive web portal.
- Mobile Heartbeat: Clinical Communications.
- Virtual Patient Observation: A centralized approach to patient sitting that can help improve the workflow for care providers, resulting in increased efficiency, staff satisfaction, and staff safety. Nexus will display their new mobile version.
- Location-Aware Alerts: Partners STANLEY and Extension will show their solution to trigger location-aware alerts in a hospital.
- Avizia Cart: Mobile telemedicine cart.
- Cisco Patient Connect: Patient infotainment systems.
- Cisco Extended Care: 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 and the ability to capture readings from mobile devices.
- Telepresence endpoints: DX Series (Android-based touchscreens), MX Series, Jabber.
- Ask the Architect: Booth visitors can get their security, mobility, and UCS questions answered by a Cisco Healthcare architect.
In the booth, you can meet with Cisco Healthcare specialists, experience hands-on demos, and watch the in-booth theater presentation highlighting Cisco Connected Health solutions.
Learn more about the Cisco booth, the Connected Health Summit on April 13, and the other exciting activities we have planned for you at HIMSS15.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Chicago.
Tags: Cisco, healthcare
Well, New Year’s Day is long past. As I continue to plod along with my New Year’s resolutions through this brutally cold winter, I do so with varying degrees of success. I still start my day with an apple-ginger juice and try to eat my veggies. Along the way I bolster my dedication with the incremental successes that a healthy lifestyle delivers. I feel lucky to have my health and I’m trying my best to protect it!
Sometimes, I get bummed when I read the healthcare headlines: There’s a new “super bug”… there is a shortage of doctors… antibiotics are nearing the end stage of their effectiveness…. The headlines can be scary!
But I know that headlines are meant to elicit emotions and capture attention. I recently looked behind the headlines at stories about how companies in the healthcare industry are using Cisco collaboration technology. I came away feeling optimistic. There are some cool things happening!
Technology is making a huge difference in doctor-patient care.
Park Nicollet Healthcare is a nonprofit integrated healthcare system located near Minneapolis. The company was looking for ways to improve collaboration between the more than 1000 physicians on staff. Park Nicolette made huge strides when it added Jabber to its existing Cisco Unified Communications Manager implementation Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cmr, collaboration, healthcare, telehealth