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Connectivity Underground!

After just one day in London, I began to take the Tube system of transportation for granted. It’s just so easy to zip from one side of town to the other – no traffic, continuous service and more destinations than any person can hit during one vacation.

I felt savvy and confident using the Tube given my previous experience commuting on the NYC subway for 7 years. But I had a moment of panic when I remembered that I was without an international data plan; could I really survive 5 days without my “data”? Not being able to make calls or to send or receive texts was scary enough, but finding my way around a new city without a mapping app in my hand? Unimaginable! Turns out the Tube was the solution to my problem. Wi-Fi was readily available, for FREE, in Tube stations around the city. Since I was constantly out and on the go, I actually found myself relying on my underground travel time to connect with friends, make plans, post to Twitter and Facebook and even buy a new book for my e-reader! Read More »

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BYOD: What Consumers Want

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

Before exploring how service providers can capitalize upon the opportunities that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) offers, it is critical to understand what consumers actually need and want from their home network.  A few usage scenarios will illustrate the key characteristics of the next-generation connected home:

  • You’re watching the news on your smartphone as you take a walk around the neighborhood.  When you get home, you pause the video stream and resume it on your IPTV in the comfort of your living room couch.
  • You’ve heard about a new TV show you want to check out.  You have no idea whether Read More »

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BYOD: The Changing Topology of the Connected Home Network

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – is a catch-phrase capturing the idea that consumers are bringing more and more devices into the connected home network.  It is no longer just the early adopters who have non-PC devices they want to use while at home.  There has been a literal explosion of electronic devices that consumers want to share content and data across – smartphones, tablets, IPTVs, network-attached storage (NAS), and even game consoles.  Each of these devices generates different types of traffic and consumes content in completely different ways.  The number of new usage scenarios to support is daunting.

BYOD also refers to the idea that people want to be able to bring and use their own devices in other people’s homes.  If you want to look something up on the Internet, for example, you don’t want to have to borrow your friend’s phone to do so.  You want to do it on your own device.  Similarly, today’s Read More »

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BYOD on a University Campus: A Student’s Perspective

There is a new generation of college students out there, I would know as I recently was one of them.  Information being at your fingertips is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity.  Professors’ expectations of their students have increased dramatically due to the wealth of information on mobile devices.  Every class I attended leveraged some form of wireless access to the web.  Instant message in response to real-time questions and online submissions are just two of many examples of how network access has been integrated into the education system.  Professors would consistently use online tools such as online drop boxes for projects and web conferencing tools.  According to MarketWire 92% of college students feel a laptop is a necessity, this indicates that the requirement of mobile access at a university is a given and the college experience is defined by the ease of that access. 

Professors are on tight schedules and are generally available only at certain times of the day.  Imagine- wanting to contact a professor during open hours only to fall short because your laptop had difficulty getting any kind of connection.  I remember the frustrations of wanting to revisit PowerPoint presentations on a class website in the library, only to realize that I was sitting by the one window notorious for being a wireless dead zone.  Dorms were infamous for spotty coverage.  Having the dorm room located closest to the access point for best access was purely by luck of the draw.  I was not so lucky.  In my dorm, you would not get any wireless access unless you were sitting right next to the hallway.  That’s why I am especially envious of the students of Colorado University, whose alma mater upgraded to enterprise-class coverage. 

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Cisco Repeats in “2012 Best in KLAS Awards for Medical Equipment and Infrastructure”

KLAS recently released its “2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure” reportand for second year in a row, Cisco’s wireless infrastructure, specifically the Cisco 7900 series phones earned the top spot in the industry.  As stated by KLAS, the Best in KLAS awards are based solely on the data from customers who provide feedback with the goal to ultimately improve healthcare through better technology. The awards recognize companies that offer excellent service and meet provider needs with product functionality. This report includes a total of 3,765 provider evaluations, including interviews with hospital and clinic executives, administrators, physicians, nurses, clinicians, directors, and managers interacting with healthcare equipment and infrastructure solutions.   Specific details on Cisco wireless products and infrastructure can be found in KLAS’s wireless infrastructure report.

Certainly this is very exciting news for Cisco, but I am even more excited about the fact that technology continues to improve quality of patient care and clinical workflows that ultimately enables a superior patient experience.   Wireless continues to be one of the key technologies that is truly transforming  the healthcare arena – whether it’s a doctor accessing patient records (in a secure manner) on his/her mobile device from any place – any time or a smart pill ingested by a patient that is wirelessly dispensing the appropriate medication dosage based on patient vitals.  The graph below illustrates some of the key examples of patient care improvement that are being impacted by wireless technology. 

Examples of Patient Care Improvements

Source: KLAS

We can all have differing opinions on what is the most effective way of lowering cost within our healthcare system, but one undisputable fact is that technology continues to improve every aspect of the healthcare eco-system and I am really excited as to what awaits us in the next few years.  What do you think?

 

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