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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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Intelligent InSites and CMX Make a Difference for Today’s Healthcare

A CMX Partner Ecosystem Blog

Ecosystem partners are an important adjunct to Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). They augment the analytic and customer engagement capabilities of the solution with innovative business outcomes. This blog is one in a series that will highlight several of our CMX Ecosystem Partners. Today—Intelligent InSites.

Intelligent InSites provides products and services that enhance the interoperability of healthcare IT systems, empowering staff with the right information at the right moment. By applying logic and location to clinical equipment, patients, and staff, the healthcare system can improve workflow and maximize patient satisfaction by optimizing equipment usage and staffing. Intelligent InSites drives value to healthcare systems by offering three primary products:


Locate: By providing real-time visibility into the current location of mobile medical equipment and staff, Locate enables caregivers to spend less time searching and more time delivering care.

Asset Optimization: By delivering insights into the utilization of assets, Asset Optimization enables healthcare organization to better use what they have and avoid unnecessary purchases or rentals.

Ambulatory: By providing an instant view of Read More »

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Cisco Approach to Telehealth

Telehealth, according to the Health Resources Services Administration, is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.1

Cisco’s robust interoperability, security, and video technology have put us at the forefront of telehealth.  In addition to facilitating remote clinical services, Cisco video technologies are also used in remote non-clinical services, such as clinician training, administrative meetings, continuing education, and contact centers.

Over the years, our teams have seen a recurring theme of limited deployments in a small handful of areas across healthcare organization.  These limited or siloed deployments typically lack a unifying strategy or architecture to be able to accommodate a secure telehealth deployment at scale that includes proactive care, big data, population health management, and a contact center. Cisco can help your organization to establish a vision and architecture strategy for deploying a telehealth program.

TelehealthThis new white paper, Cisco Approach to Telehealth, describes how Cisco can help you define:

  • Strategic imperatives that your telehealth program will address
  • Financial and reimbursement goals
  • Revenue and workflow outcomes
  • A go forward strategy for a telehealth platform that can scale to fulfill needs from multiple service lines

We look forward to helping you connect people, processes, data and things in ways that weren’t possible, or even imaginable, in healthcare before.

1 U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration,

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Connected Health News, Summer Edition

Have you read the latest Cisco Connected Health newsletter?  Find out how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is helping to connect people, processes, data and things in order to streamline operations, redirect workflows and reduce capital outlays.

White Paper: Cisco Approach to Telehealth
Cisco can help your organization to establish a vision and architecture strategy for deploying a telehealth program to extend your delivery of quality care to whenever and wherever it is needed.

Moffitt Cancer Center Connects Doctors Globally
By using Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) Cloud, which combine Cisco WebEx personal rooms with cloud-based WebEx video bridge technologies, doctors and researchers now have a simple way to connect with affiliates worldwide

White Paper: The Internet of Everything (IoE) and the Delivery of Healthcare
Connectivity is transforming healthcare delivery from a process of managing disease to an optimized, pro-active system of keeping people well.

Empowering Cost-Effective, High-Quality Care
Cisco Connected Health solutions and services enable new levels of communication and collaboration between patients, providers, payers, and life science organizations.

Expanding Your Reach with Effective Care-at-a-Distance Solutions
Cisco Care at a Distance solutions give patients, doctors, and hospitals better ways to communicate, educate, share information, and interact in real time.

White Paper: Combating Cybercrime in the Healthcare Industry
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.

Cisco Connected Health Assessment
Request this service, priced at $120K, to get an assessment of your network for Telehealth, Care Delivery optimization, Mobility, HIPAA, Network compliance and emerging standards for clinical networks.

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Cisco Connected Health Newsletter

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