Author: Tim Gee

Health Care Messaging and Orchestration — Systems of Action

In this post we will delve into a growing enterprise software category, consider the underlying technology, and explore the ways this technology is being developed and applied in health care. System of Action A system of action provides the right information, at the right time, in the right format, to the right user(s). As a near real-time information system, systems of action are optimized for quick use by mobile users, rather than waiting for clinicians, caregivers, techs, and even patients, to return to their computers to interact with a conventional enterprise application. This system of action represents a new class...

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HIMSS18 Planning

What makes the annual HIMSS meeting special?  Many vendors release new products or make important announcements at HIMSS. Of the huge number of exhibitors, vendors bring more than sales reps to attend HIMSS. This is a great opportunity to have meaningful conversations with product managers, engineers and a variety of company executives to discuss detailed product and implementation questions, product roadmaps and connectivity with other vendor's systems. Perhaps the biggest advantage of HIMSS is that you can do this across numerous vendors, looking at both competitors and potential vendor collaborators in a broader overall solution. The only practical alternative...

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Medical Device Security: a Simple Roadmap and What to Do Right Now

Join us for an in-depth discussion with Caston Thomas, an expert in the field of data security with an emphasis helping hospitals secure and manage their medical devices, networks and IT assets. This event will be on February 21, 2018 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific time. Register Here Our discussion will delve into the following areas: How medical device security differs from IT security, and how to make the best use of the skills sets in both departments Building a framework for locking down medical devices and addressing the challenges that have inhibited our progress until now How we...

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Medical Device Security Threat Predictions for 2018

Last November Kapersky Labs made some medical device security predictions for 2018 on their SecureList security bulletin. Kapersky has forgotten more about security than I know, but my understanding of health care and the medical device world allows me to offer some perspective and corrections to Kapersky's predictions. Let's review the relevant predictions: Attacks targeting medical equipment with the aim of extortion, malicious disruption or worse, will rise. The volume of specialist medical equipment connected to computer networks is increasing.  Many such networks are private, but one external Internet connection can be enough for attackers to breach and spread...

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Healthcare Messaging Conference – Special Limited Time Pricing

Early-bird pricing lasts until October 31 Receive an extra $100 off your registration fee with the discount code '79' Offer lasts until October 31 Click here to get this special pricing! 20+ Speakers Here are just some of the speakers on the program that includes clinicians, IT professionals and vendor executives. Their presentations will provide insight into best practices, lessons learned and how messaging solutions are evolving. And there are another handful of speakers being being added to the agenda this week and next. Be sure to check for additions to the agenda! Joseph Biederman, MD Chief, Clinical and...

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Having Problems with Your Emergin System?

Years ago, many hospitals bought an Emergin messaging middleware system as a point solution to bring messaging to specific interfaced systems. Many of these were used to get event data out of nursecall and other systems that was communicated to caregivers or some other point of care use case. These point solutions were installed in closets or data centers and not given much more thought. Inevitably, something changes in the systems connected to Emergin and an interface breaks. Getting help with these problems can turn out to be rather difficult. If your problem was caused by an update to...

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Interactive Healthcare Messaging Mind Map

You've seen static images of mind maps on this site before (here and here). Now, you can get access to the interactive mind map for the health care messaging market. I've been collecting data and refining the market map for several years. This analytical tool enables you to quickly find what companies are making claims for specific features, and was the main source of data used to create the messaging use case spreadsheet described here. What's included? Approximately 200 companies that have implemented a messaging use case are included in the map. For more about the types of companies...

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The Healthcare Messaging Conference & Exhibition

Venue and dates secured! Wednesday and Thursday, November 29-30, 2017 in Boston Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School This site has a great auditorium and breakout rooms for the three tracks of presentations and post-conference workshops we have planned. There are over 30 speaker slots planned covering many of the big messaging use cases (see below). I am actively recruiting speakers and topics so please contact me if you would like to nominate a speaker or suggest a topic. What you will see and experience at the Conference Case study presentations and actionable information for attendees looking to adopt,...

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An Explanatory Framework for Comparing Health Care Messaging Systems

Comparing features and capabilities between various health care messaging solutions requires an understanding of how messaging systems do what they do and a common vocabulary so you can talk about it with others. And because health care messaging is a growth market with first or second time adopters, there is not yet a widely accepted or understood framework or terminology for describing how various messaging systems work, let alone comparing them. In the absence of an accepted organizing principle, vendors and providers both tend to come up with their own unique way of talking about things. When every manufacturer's...

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Housekeeping: Update on Comments

Due to a sustained brute-force password attack on this site's administrative panel, I have turned off post comments for the time being. As always, you can email me at any time with your question, comment or inquiry. All of the 800+ comments made on the site up to now are still there, and will remain accessible. I am currently exploring commenting system alternatives to to replace that which is provided with WordPress. Many of these third party systems reduce the attack surface of websites running WordPress (and have more commenting features). You may recall, a few years ago, this...

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