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The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream.  The final symptom is Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down. The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community. What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point? Embedded  Content The new strain embeds video and MP3 files into seemingly innocuous engineering slides.  And in some populations where broadband is endemic, researchers have even seen streaming live web content. But the final result is the same: audience and presenter are left with an empty feeling of disappointment. How and why ... (more)

Possibilities with Cloud Based Healthcare Records

New Possibilities with Cloud-Based Healthcare Records Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects - scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e., the largest single medical system in the United States. VistA is a collection of over 168 application packages/modules and is based on the client-server communication model operating on RPC broker. Moving VistA to a cloud platform is still in its infancy. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Shrikant Pattathil, Executive V... (more)

IBM pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics

IBM has announced a new software technology called DB2 pureScale, running on IBM Power Systems, that helps clients increase their database transaction capacity while reducing the risk and cost of growing their IT systems. Jointly developed by the IBM Toronto Software Lab and Power Systems Lab in Austin, TX, the new DB2 feature delivers the continuous availability and virtually unlimited computing power required to meet growing business demands. The design of pureScale, based on the architecture and 15 years of proven experience of DB2 on System z, reflects the strengths of IBM software technology optimized for Power Systems. As the amount of data continues to grow, industry segments are poised to take advantage of IBM's economical and efficient approach to scaling capacity -- without forcing customers to overspend on excess hardware and software. With pureScale, com... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

IBM Launches Global Initiatives

IBM has announced a broad set of global initiatives to better position clients to take advantage of cloud opportunities. This effort is aimed at further expanding IBM's cloud ecosystem, enabling organizations to develop solutions and services on IBM SmartCloud and PureSystems, built on open standards.  As more clients embrace cloud computing, they are looking to local technology providers known as Managed Service Providers (MSP) to help them quickly develop cloud based services in a more simplistic, secure and economical way. Managed service providers deliver a defined set of technology solutions or services to clients with a pay-as-you-go model. MSPs are largely leveraged by customers which want to take advantage of cloud technologies but lack the internal IT skills, resources and time. For example, smaller hospitals are still challenged with adopting electronic m... (more)

Healthcare “Meaningful Use” Regulation Changes and Cloud Computing

According to Erin McCann, Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News, “Meaningful use will bring about the most significant improvements in the health information technology arena, say health IT executives, who are working tirelessly to meet industry deadlines. However, a new survey finds it’s still a trying task, with officials citing regulation ambiguity and competing IT projects as the biggest barriers to moving forward with MU.” This was from a survey conducted by the Stoltenberg Consulting firm.  The results include insights from HIT management, physicians, clinicians, government agencies and HIT vendors who attended the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Meaningful use rulings will have great impact on how cloud computing works with healthcare Survey respondents also identified the three greatest challenges in fulfilling meaningful use re... (more)

Attacking High Blood Pressure through Big Data

Hypertension, or the state of having constantly high blood pressures within the arteries, affects almost 76 million people in the US. That is nearly 34% of the entire country's adult population. Needless to say, it isn't rare. Adding to that, it is the leading cause of cardiovascular death in the US. Treatment of the disease is achieved by using drugs that slow the heart rate, dilate the arteries, or dilate the veins. There are actually over ten classes of these antihypertensive medications being used today. With so many available treatments, it would be assumed that the disease is under control. That is not the case, however. Many of those who have been diagnosed with hypertension are not well-controlled with their current medical regimens, either due to poor selection by the clinician or by non-compliance. In fact, only 48% of patients who are aware that they suff... (more)

Has healthcare.gov Claimed “Mission Accomplished” Too Soon?

Over the weekend those in charge of Healthcare.gov have claimed "Mission Accomplished," that the site is now performing optimally, and will be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users. The healthcare.gov team also stated that if there happens to be a problem they have software in place to help get to the root cause. Any affected user will get a number in line and receive an email when they can return to the site. However, when we tried to access the site today with our Ajax Edition to see what changes have been made, we received the following error message. In fact as of this report there have been new indications that thousands of people are getting the error message. The question we have is "is this Mission really Accomplished?" Mission Accomplished? Doesn't look like it for those who want to find their health insurance It is only about the end user experience The... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of May 25, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Connected Globe News Weekly Also read Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Panasonic Corporation and Jewish Home Lifecare have launched a pilot program, "Pathways to Health".  It uses Panasonic's home gateway solution to transform ordinary televisions into interactive remote healthcare management portals to monitor, query and communicate with patients.  Read Original Content The new OM Biometric Smartwear shirt is a type of wearable technology that ... (more)

Healthcare Industry and Data Security By @CipherCloud | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Healthcare Industry Must Address Data Security Threats Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like HIPAA and HITECH, consumers' confidential health and personal information is still not safe enough. That's the lesson to be learned from Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems' (CHS) August 18 regulatory filing. In the filing, CHS disclosed that the names, SSNs, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers of approximately 4.5 million people across 28 states have been stolen, according to Computerworld. Those 4.5 million victims, whom Computerworld reported had either received or been referred for services to CHS-affiliated physicians, are now at risk of identity theft, thanks to the security weaknesses of their healthcare provider. This latest large-scale data breach serves to highlight just how critical data security is in today... (more)

LeaseWeb Hosting Solutions Now U.S. HIPAA-Ready | @CloudExpo @LeaseWebUSA #Cloud

LeaseWeb USA has announced that its platform complies with all the applicable requirements in the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The third-party statement of recognition by independent auditor EY allows customers in the United States to make the LeaseWeb platform part of their overall HIPAA compliance process, while also providing international customers with the assurance that their data will be well protected. HIPAA sets out standards for security controls to safeguard Protected Health Information (PHI) that is stored or processed online. PHI includes virtually all individually identifiable health information that is collected during the provision of a medical service. The HIPAA-ready hosting environment is housed at the company's data center in Manassas, VA. EY noted that LeaseWeb USA's HIPAA-compliant hosting environment meets a... (more)