What’s Next? Perspectives on Healthcare in the UK

May 6, 2021 Adiantku 0

The last year was an uphill battle for our healthcare partners, and it was an honor to support them in meeting every challenge as it came. We accomplished a lot together and I’m proud of the role Cisco and technology played in helping both patients and providers. I believe it’s important to leverage the momentum of upgrades and technology adoption to shore-up healthcare delivery across the UK for the long-term. However, after a year like 2020, while it’s exciting to start looking forward to the future of healthcare in the UK, I would be remiss to not to start by looking back.

The Early Days of COVID-19

While all of us were not quite sure what was happening in early March 2020, our healthcare teams were just a few days ahead, trying to brace for what the unknown would bring. When lockdowns rolled-in we helped 350+ trusts and Primary Care … Read the rest

Downloading an app for virtual care? No need. Choose Webex Telehealth Connect for Epic

April 22, 2021 Adiantku 0

Cisco in Healthcare? Don’t you just sell switches and routers?” When I talk to clinicians, this is often a question they ask. And we welcome the conversation because it means we can stop talking bits, bytes, speeds and feeds and really dive into how technology is transforming patient care. We can talk about how Webex, voice, video, contact center, wireless and mobility technologies have transformed every clinician’s experience.  We can talk about how Cisco has always invested in healthcare innovation and how we doubled down over the last year – especially in virtual care – to help our customers get through difficult times. And it starts to make sense that in today’s constantly connected world, healthcare doesn’t happen without Cisco transforming the experience for clinicians and patients alike.

For many years, Cisco innovation has been foundational to the growth of the telehealth industry, and we’re excited to announce … Read the rest

Preparing for a New Age without Information Blocking

April 10, 2021 Adiantku 0

Digital technologies have become prevalent in healthcare after the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009. Though we have seen adoption and meaningful use of technology in at least 96% of the hospitals in the United States, electronic access to health information is stymied.

What is Information Blocking?

“Information Blocking” means any practice that intentionally interferes, prevents, or materially discourages patients, providers and others from accessing, exchanging or using electronic health information (EHI) except as required by law or covered by an exception. These practices have plagued the healthcare industry and have been detrimental to improving overall patient-care. This stems from the physician’s reluctance to share patient health records outside their practice, unfair and restrictive contractual limitations, and excessive fees charged for non-standard interfaces to access and exchange health information records. These market forces created strong incentives to limit … Read the rest

Vaccine Administration in APJC: The Path Forward in 2021

April 8, 2021 Adiantku 0

As the calendar turns to April 2021 we’re reflective about the past year and more importantly, looking forward with determination and hopefulness. Along with the continuation of successful public health measures such as mandatory masks and social distancing, as vaccine administration in the APJC regions grows, we find ourselves cautiously optimistic. A successful rollout – both in our region and abroad – provides a clearer path forward to a more open world in 2021.

Vaccine Administration Support 

Cisco has been intent in supporting efficient vaccine administration from the first announcement of a viable vaccine. We’ve worked with our partners to create scalable solutions that can be implemented across healthcare and the public sector. Whether we’re helping facilitate smooth scheduling and patient access, enabling rapid deployment of pop-up vaccination sites, or ensuring the secure storage of COVID-19 vaccines – we’re committed to providing smart, timely and effective solutions.

We are all … Read the rest

What is Clinical Zero Trust?

March 12, 2021 Adiantku 0

The past year, more than ever, has driven home the importance of cybersecurity in the healthcare industry. Between unprecedented adoption of telehealth capabilities to increased attacks on healthcare systems, network security is top-of-mindEnter the new buzzword in healthcare: clinical zero trust. 

Clinical Zero Trust in Healthcare

Clinical zero trust is a cybersecurity philosophy that has grown to address the multi-faceted needs of healthcare. Taking the cornerstones of zerotrust ideas, this approach expands to encompass healthcare specific constraints including patient privacy concerns, connected – and unconnected – medical and IOT devices, and the explosion of virtual care.   

In a zero-trust environment, no person, device, or resource is considered secure. Networks are treated as perennially under attack and use a series of verifications to grant access to a specific user, at a specific time, to use a specific resource or Read the rest

Healthcare Now – Perspectives from Australia and Japan

February 18, 2021 Adiantku 0

Co-Author: Tomoyuki Wakamura, Business Development Manager

Divergent responses to the pandemic and a stutter-step start to global vaccine administration have shown just how varied global health systems are; challenging notions about strengths and weaknesses – ­at home and abroad. We’re taking the pulse of healthcare in our region, using perspectives from Australia and Japan, to provide insights into broader telehealth and connectivity themes at play across the continents. The pandemic reshapes healthcare daily, but as we move forward into 2021, we’re seeing concrete glimpses of what’s to come. The future of healthcare is starting to emerge in the wake – and hopefully a foreseeable ebb – of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates 

Australia seems to have controlled the initial waves of the pandemic, with most states recording very few – and often zero – new daily case numbers. Opening up after prolonged lockdowns, Australia now confronts  the return of international travelers and … Read the rest

Reimagining the Future of Healthcare through Innovation and Technology

February 4, 2021 Adiantku 0

Australia is in the fortunate position of having COVID-19 largely under control. To use a relevant analogy for an Australian summer, thankfully, we are not dealing with a all-out bushfire but rather monitoring and responding to spot fires and ember attacks. Entire states in Australia have been largely case-free for months and have established strong controls through contact tracing and testing regimes.

The relative calm is in contrast to where the State of Victoria (home to Melbourne) sat towards the end of winter last year, when daily infection numbers rose into the 700s and anxiety levels were high. At that point, significant capacity was being reserved in our health system for COVID patients at the expense of elective procedures and huge resources were thrown at COVID-19 testing in the hopes of stemming the spread.

The peak in cases also drove the adoption of new technologies by providers bracing for the … Read the rest

Healthcare Now – What’s Next in the Americas

January 29, 2021 Adiantku 0

With the new year underway, we are excited and encouraged by the new COVID-19 vaccines being deployed to healthcare workers and high-risk individuals in the United States and Canada.

Here in the United States, each of our states are receiving their allocated commitments of vaccinations and planning is underway for broad-scale deployment of the vaccine. With Wave 1, which began at the end of 2020, we’ve already seen the first round of vaccines being successfully administered to frontline healthcare professionals.

It’s absolutely incredible to see the speed of innovation in the US, Canada and Latin America. Innovation in technology, vaccine development and deployment and business and clinical resiliency in times of crisis. We are proud of the work we’ve done at Cisco to help empower and enable our healthcare organizations, and we know there is still so much to work to be done.

As we look forward into 2021, there … Read the rest

Healthcare Now – What’s Next

January 14, 2021 Adiantku 0

As we begin the new year, we are optimistic about our global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. With vaccines starting to be deployed around the world and our healthcare workers seeing critical relief on the horizon, we are hopeful for what the future has in store. 

2020 was a year unlike any other. The pandemic served as a catalyst for the transformation of healthcare, supported by the adoption of new, innovative technologies in months vs. years. We are incredibly proud of the opportunity we’ve had to support our customers through this challenging time. While the future is bright, there’s still much work to be done. 

Until we have widespread access and uptake of vaccines, our global community will continue to struggle with the pandemic and suffer terrible losses.  In the meantime, we will continue working with our customers to address the challenges of today while helping to prepare for a brighter … Read the rest

Strategies for Successful Security Outcomes in Healthcare

December 17, 2020 Adiantku 0

Follow along with our blog series #HealthcareNow and #PublicSectorNow, where we’ll address healthcare innovation around the world and how to maintain business continuity in today’s health climate. 

This year has brought unprecedented challenge and opportunity for healthcare organizations as they look to secure their patients, clinicians, care teams, endpoints and data.

With the shift to remote work, heightened demand for telehealth and virtual care, and more devices and connections on the network, there has never been a more critical time to address the cybersecurity strategy within your healthcare organization.

Unfortunately, cybercrime hasn’t stopped or slowed because of the global pandemic. In fact, earlier this year the FBI reported a 400% increase in daily cybersecurity complaints since the pandemic began.

So, how do you build a strong defense to enhance patient safety and protect your healthcare organization from cybersecurity breaches?

To understand and identify security practices that drive successful … Read the rest