New Health Care IT Solutions On the Block
Health care IT is officially blowing up. Health care is one of the fastest-growing verticals out there, but has historically lagged behind other industries when it comes to adopting new technology and applications.
The winds are starting to change. The rapidly growing and changing health-care landscape has given birth to an increasing number of health care IT solutions as of late.
One is a technology use case in the emerging area of telehealth and video collaboration. Cone Health, a health-care organization in Greensboro, North Carolina, operates a tele-ICU called eLink. eLink is designed to reduce mortality, shorten time in the ICU and even lower progression to septic shock.
eLink recently got a bit of an upgrade, integrating Yorktel’s Univago HE as its video platform. This snazzy new solution allows Cone Health to customize new and existing workflows.
Yorktel, a provider of health-care communications and managed services, recently announced completion of the integration of two-way audio and video communications launched directly from Epic. This is the solution that has been integrated into Cone Health’s virtual care service.
eLink supports more than 1,000 calls per week providing expanded care for critically ill patients throughout the Cone Health network. Some benefits of the new integration with Univago HE are:
- Seamless video communications launched from within Epic for optimized clinician workflow.
- High-quality video/audio, including night vision.
- Simple and intuitive clinician controls of camera and audio to enhance virtual interaction.
- High availability and reliability of the video platform and in-room equipment.
- Flexibility to add other clinicians, care team members and/or family members to video sessions on an ad hoc basis.
This is a cool, real-world example of how telehealth technologies can create efficiencies and improve outcomes for health-care organizations.
And now, a dive into IoT healthcare. With all the connectivity that comes with IoT, needless to say, this is a massive area of potential for MSPs.
Integrating IoT features into medical devices (which then becomes the internet of medical things, or IoMT) can significantly improve the effectiveness and overall quality of medical care, especially when it comes to patients who may need constant monitoring or preventive interventions (such as the elderly or patients with chronic conditions).
It’s important to note that even with all the benefits of IoT in health care, there also are risks.
This is now more vital than ever as poor implementations of IoT medical devices can not only affect the patient, but the overall infrastructure that keeps hospitals running.
But things are changing.
nCipher Security, a provider of trust, integrity and control for business critical information and applications, and Device Authority, a provider of identity and access management (IAM) for IoT and blockchain, recently announced its partnership to deliver trust of medical IoT.
Basically, Device Authority’s KeyScaler platform, combined with nCipher’s nShield hardware security modules (HSMs), provides high-assurance device authentication, managed end-to-end encryption, and certificate provisioning for IoT devices. This is ideal for …