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

Ensuring Safer Healthcare Wireless – Backed by Evidence

December 3, 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. 

What would your life be like without wireless technology?

The average household has over 9 Wi-Fi devices and that number is growing rapidly. Smart speakers. Smart lights. Security cameras. Temperature controls. Virtual assistants. The phenomenal growth of wireless networks is driven by the design evolution of powerful personal devices.

Wireless technology also plays a pivotal role in the orchestration of effective and accessible healthcare. The average hospital room has 25 wireless-enabled devices. That means a small 200-bed hospital contains 5,000 devices or more, not including the many environmental sensors that are deployed to monitor and control other aspects of the hospital environment.

Wireless technologies are now a mission-critical capability in the array of hospital network tools. But, making wireless technologies patient-safe remains … Read the rest

How Webex Uses Patient and Provider Insight to Improve Virtual Care Delivery

November 19, 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. 

In the past few months, we’ve seen huge shifts in how people are working. This naturally extends to the healthcare industry, where care delivery continues to be a priority, even amidst social distancing and shifts in the workplace.

Earlier this spring, the Webex UX Research team conducted an extensive qualitative study with healthcare providers and patients who use telehealth services. The study unearthed the challenges, opportunities and patterns of behavior when using video in healthcare settings. It also served as the foundation for developing healthcare personas, among the first industry-specific personas to be created and used at Webex.

In the world of product development, personas are a common tool to help surface deep research findings and build alignment across multiple … Read the rest

The New Care Outlook, According to Healthcare Executives

November 5, 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, the healthcare sector has been thrust into the spotlight globally. Healthcare is the front line, but also our last line of defense in this pandemic – doing incredibly important, but also dangerous work with huge health and economic consequences.

To date, healthcare providers have been focused on the response phase of COVID-19 which, as the state of Victoria in Australia has proven, is not necessarily linear. We are starting to realize that this pandemic is not predictable, and we will need our systems, institutions and individual mindsets to be dynamic, adaptive and resilient.

To discuss the impact of the pandemic to care and the outlook in a post-pandemic world, we gathered virtually more than 30 health and aged-care executives from … Read the rest

Achieve Business and Clinical Resiliency in Times of Change

November 2, 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. 

Change. It’s constantly redefining the healthcare landscape, whether triggered by technology innovations, cultural shifts, or world events.   

Healthcare organizations understand this and plan for it, putting continuity and recovery plans in place to help them maintain normal operations as much as possible in times of change. 

However, with the recent pandemic many healthcare organizations were faced with changes so great and so fast, there was no “normal” to return to. 

The industry is quickly changing, and healthcare organizations are pivoting their services and work environments to be more flexible and resilient. 

According to this recent PwC Pulse Survey, 90% of healthcare executives are prioritizing changing workplace safety measures and requirements as their employees transition back into the clinical Read the rest

Securing Internet-Connected Devices in the New Era of Healthcare

October 22, 2020 Adiantku 0

The proliferation of medical and internet-connected devices in healthcare brings both clinical benefits and security risks. Just think of the volume of healthcare data being transferred and stored every day — data from IoT and connected medical devices, electronic health records (EHRs), clinical workstations, and smart hospital applications for patients, clinicians, researchers, and administrators.

All of this data requires secure and segmented networks to better protect medical devices, guest wireless devices, clinician devices and more from cybersecurity threats.

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re focusing on what’s at stake when it comes to securing internet-connected devices in healthcare and how you can create an end-to-end security strategy to help address patient privacy requirements, improve threat detection, reduce management complexity and ultimately lower the risks associated with medical and IoT devices.

Why do my internet-connected devices need to be secure?

With the number of connected devices on healthcare networks … Read the rest