Cisco Leading The Digital Transformation in Healthcare


The advances in technology are all around us.

We have mobile devices phones that have replaced and combined everything from your phone, computer, web browser, email and music player, to self-driving cars and drones dropping off your online order minutes after you order.

But there are still a few areas it seems technology is having a hard time breaking through to.

Those are usually the tried and true mega institutions that have been around for a long time, have a long history and find it hard to turn over their tried and true method to some “new” tech, that may bring it all crashing down around them. Which seldom ever happens, but that’s their fear anyway.

Those behemoths were technology is slow to make progress are your government agencies, your education systems and of course the healthcare industry.

Cisco is actually helping to lead the way in that last category. Recently Cisco has teamed up with Pure Storage to revolutionize the world of data storage.

Cisco is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with partner Pure Storage to revolutionize the world of data storage. FlashStack combines Cisco UCS with industry-leading flash storage in one powerful package. This is especially good news for for customers of Epic, the leading EHR software vendor in the U.S., because FlashStack is Epic-compliant. It meets – or exceeds – Epic hardware specifications.

When customers build Epic on FlashStack, they get an instantly upgradable platform for Epic deployment. Additional capacity and capabilities can be added seamlessly in minutes, with no need for rip-and-replace upgrades. A simple, unified management interface gives the IT team the ability to manage UCS and Pure Storage resources using familiar Cisco management tools and processes.

FlashStack gives facilities the ability to scale on-demand, drive always-on high performance for Epic (even under heavy use), and deploy a cloud-like infrastructure for flexible growth. In fact, FlashStack is already making waves in the industry. One early adopter achieved a 234% ROI on a VDI deployment with all-flash storage from Pure Storage.

Source: Cisco and Pure Storage Announce Data Storage Solution


Cisco is also looking to “Empower healthcare innovation. Simply and securely transform experiences and outcomes.” They have several healthcare offerings that can help do just that.



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They are even creating content, solutions and documents to help any healthcare facility make the switch. Here’s one they created for those getting started with telemedicine. According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), more than 15 million Americans receive some kind of remote medical care, and that number is only expected to grow.

Ready to join the telemedicine revolution? One key to your success is getting everyone in your organization excited and on board with your plan. Here are a few tips to overcome barriers and hesitation.

1. To get buy-in, communicate value: not only to the C-Suite but also to providers.

Consider all the stakeholders who could be affected by your plan. Be prepared to share answers to the following questions:

What are the organization’s goals with telemedicine? Is it to reduce costs, increase convenience, improve patient outcomes, reduce physician burn-out, and/or grow the business? Share details. (These are all potential benefits of telemedicine – visit the ATA to get more information.)
What ROI are you expecting as an organization in one year, five years, 10 years? Help them visualize the long-term benefits.
How will you help keep liability risks low for providers? Is your insurance policy up to date? Are there any concerns with licensing? How will you address security? Knowing these answers may help ease provider anxiety.
2. Get a champion (or a committee of champions).

Seek out providers who are enthusiastic about telemedicine and encourage them to share information with colleagues. These folks can also serve as your implementation committee once your telemedicine program is off and running.

3. Run a patient education campaign.

Study after study shows that patients want telemedicine but don’t know where to get it – or don’t know if their insurance policy covers it. Make sure they not only know it exists but also understand how to access it.

4. Have the right technology – or a plan to acquire it.

Can your network handle the increased bandwidth – and is it secure? What about video quality? How will your system operate with other technology already in place? It’s critical that you ensure a smooth transition for your end users.

Source: Four ways to overcome telemedicine hesitation

Are we there yet? Nope! We are still waiting for those flying cars.

Are there still hurdles to overcome? Absolutely, but Cisco is helping get a foothold and prove to the healthcare industry that the tech works and with that, hopefully continue to pave the way. Allowing for more technology, better systems and efficiencies that can help us all.

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Healthcare IT’s Most Influential Women


Seven women from across the globe learned that they are the inaugural recipients of HIMSS’s Most Influential Women in Health IT Award, sponsored by Verizon and EY.

Our distinguished judges, themselves notable influential women, selected our awardees from more than 140 nominations.

I am honored to share this exciting news with you. Each of these women has demonstrated transformational influence in the health sector. They are at various stages of their careers, which was a defining philosophy of our Awards program – that a woman at any stage of her career can be influential and positively change health and healthcare in meaningful ways.

Each Awardee collaborates and innovates within her area of health IT-related expertise.

Each understands, and has acted upon, the power of harnessing the best of IT across many different components of health and healthcare including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, government, public policy, industry and business management. The accomplishments of these women matter not only within their respective organizations, but across the healthcare trajectory.

As many of our nominees demonstrated various characteristics required of the Award, our judges had a challenging time determining our inaugural recipients. The stories and accomplishments are inspiring; one Awardee has positively impacted the lives of millions of citizens, while another has shaped the entire trajectory of the health IT sector. And, we have recipients who have used IT in health settings to utterly transform the ability of a region’s population to remain well, and to receive optimal care when needed.

Inaugural recipients of HIMSS’s Award are:

Shareefa Al Abulmonem, MSc CPHIMS

  • Head of eServices
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia


  • Senior Advisor, IBM-Center for Computational Health, USA
  • Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University

Rachelle Blake, PA

  • CEO and Managing Director
  • Omni Med Solutions, Germany

Christina Caraballo, MBA

  • Senior Healthcare Strategist
  • Get Real Health, USA

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., MPH, MSc

  • Acting Assistant Secretary of Health
  • US Department of Health and Human Services, USA

Karen Guice, M.D., M.P.P.

  • Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
  • US Department of Defense, USA

Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine, USA

When I reviewed the nominations of our recipients, I found consistent references that captured the accomplishments and drive of these seven leaders. As leaders in their respective careers, these seven women also understand the strategic role IT plays in improving health and healthcare. They acted on that knowledge, and as a result, made patient care better, more accessible and more affordable.

Here are examples from the nominations:
Marion Ball has and is mentoring many young women and men in her long career as a national and international leader in health IT.

Dr. Karen Guice’s leadership has already created profound improvements for our military’s fighting forces, and will shape military medicine’s engagement with the world for the coming decades.

With a focus on innovation, Lisa Stump is leading efforts to experiment and roll out new technologies aimed at improving population health, patient engagement, and the patient’s experience with the healthcare system.

Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a physician who has dedicated her career to improving access to affordable, high quality care for all people, especially vulnerable populations, and promoting overall health.

Recognizing Shareefa Al Abulmonem as one of the Most Influential Woman in Health IT will set the female population of her home, Saudi Arabia, ablaze as to an example of what can be accomplished when you put your passions to purposeful use.

Christina Caraballo is highly respected in the community for her passion to move health IT forward, working with other thought leaders and getting involved in her community to learn, share ideas and solve problems.

Rachelle Blake’s critical thinking and problem solving skills allow her to equip professionals to meet policy, business, and regulatory requirements in everyday practice – to take the possible in health IT and make it real.

HIMSS knows that women in health IT seek resources and community:

About a year ago, after surveying over 20,000 women about the current state of women’s professional needs in health IT, we identified a need for expanded recognition of women sector-wide.

Some 83% of respondents said there remains insufficient recognition for the women executives in health IT. And, an overwhelming 85% would find value in a resource recognizing contributions, and supporting the career advancement, of women. Women across all career levels within health IT seek community and resources.

HIMSS is answering that call.

Our resources include a biweekly enewsletter from HIMSS Media and HIMSS webinars, podcasts, roundtable reports and more offered online for anyone ready to enjoy and benefit from this information.

Women have been making a difference in health IT for decades, but their accomplishments and contributions are not often visible to all of us. Recognizing these seven recipients of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award changes that scenario. I congratulate them and encourage all of us to embrace and learn from their collaborative spirit and success.

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Women in Health IT events at HIMSS17:

We will honor the recipients of the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards at HIMSS 17 on Monday, Feb. 20. You can register for the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards Dinner and the Women in Health IT Reception preceding the dinner. Both are on Monday evening, Feb. 20 and require a separate fee. Register for HIMSS17 and use the online registration to sign up for both events, which each require a separate fee.


Source: HIMSS’s Most Influential Women in Health IT Are Most Impressive