A major problem with the healthcare system today is fragmentation. From a lack of integration among systems to well-intentioned initiatives that misalign with other purposeful measures, fragmentation is hurting healthcare. From the local to federal level, innovative programs are not scaled up or out successfully, and the industry misses out on what could bring value to the market. Inefficient resource allocation has led to waste and an annual spend approaching nearly $10K per person in the US alone. Doesn’t sound like an issue to you? For the best healthcare system in the world, that might be okay. However, the US ranks last among 10 other industrialized nations (that spend less) according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2014 report. This issue of fragmentation in healthcare is one of many, and it’s one that unified communications (UC) can feature prominently in fixing.
As in all businesses, in healthcare, mobility is on the rise. With the advent of telemedicine and the usefulness that mobile devices bring to the workplace it’s no wonder. Wireless networks along with mobile devices can be beneficial in the healthcare setting but require controls to successfully manage and maintain the privacy and security demanded by federal regulations.
ISI will be sponsoring the fourth annual Cisco Americas Partner Organization (APO) Geekfest in Nashville, TN on April 12-14, 2016. On the agenda is a dynamic keynote address from Todd Nightingale, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Meraki. The event will also include three days of Cisco-expert-led technical presentations from the Business Entities, APO, Software and Solutions Innovations, Advanced Services and DevNet groups.
The governing body of Telecom Expense Management (TEM) professionals, the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) recently held their bi-annual meeting to discuss best practices, elucidate industry trends, and set strategy for the sector going forward. ISI’s Director of TEM, Michelle Forney, was in attendance and brought back the most notable news.
Telemedicine is the way practitioners leverage Unified Communications (UC) such as voice, video, and IM, to perform patient evaluations and consultations, educate and train, or even perform remote surgery. Think of telemedicine as a bridge that eliminates barriers to care caused by physical impairments or distance.