Activate Care: the digital platform reducing gaps in care
US-based Activate Care is a digital healthcare company that helps coordinate care between healthcare providers and patients. This can include referring patients to specific services, and addressing issues that affect people's health like housing and access to nutritious food.
Jenna Simone worked as an Operating Room Nurse for seven years before joining the company. As a nurse, she saw first-hand how patients were returning to the hospital weeks after treatment due to a lack of care coordination and communication between providers outside of the hospital.
In her current role as a Market Director for Activate Care, she uses the Activate CareHub platform to provide community coordination, referral management, data exchange and analytics. "It's a software platform that connects to existing systems, like the electronic health record (EHR)" Jenna explains.
"All of that data in the EHR becomes actionable in the community, so that local behavioral health, housing supports, and social services can participate in someone's care in a much more efficient way.
"My role is to take my clinical experience and use it to speak the language of leaders at hospitals and health systems, community health centers, managed care organisations, and social services in new and innovative efforts to improve care."
Jenna explains that their services have become more necessary than ever due to the pandemic. "Every community across America is facing rising needs like homelessness and hunger. Activate Care is designed specifically to tackle these challenges. We make it easier for people in need to find help, with support from their primary care team and other local heroes, like social workers or community health workers. It is already working to reduce homelessness in states that utilise our platform, like in the state of California."
In order to address these problems, they created the COVID-19 Response Platform, which includes pre-configured tools to track data for each patient, refer them for the support they need and report on outcomes. This has been made available free of charge to whoever needs it during the pandemic. "The response has been really positive. We do not want to stand in the way of any community that needs our help" Jenna says.
Covid aside, a big focus has been the opioid epidemic, which is a serious public health issue in the US. Data from 2018 shows that 128 people die every day after overdosing on opioids. "It is still bad out there. There are too many people who are really hurting" Jenna says.
"The challenge in addressing substance use disorders is that there is still a stigma attached to this. But people in need actually often need help from a lot of people, and those care providers need a way to collaborate. In Oregon, where the opioid epidemic has hit communities really hard, our tools are helping those communities get more people connected to care."
Jenna Simone is speaking at Activate Care's next webinar on December 16. For more information visit Activate Care
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”