Advocate Aurora Health partners with Taiwanese giant Foxconn
Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn Health Technology Business Group have partnered to drive technology innovation and integration which will take forward healthcare for the future and improve outcomes, whilst lowering health costs for individuals and employers.
The 10th largest non-for-profit integrated health system in the US, Advocate Aurora Health will leverage Foxconn's technologies and enhance its population health capabilities to transform care delivery across its 500 sites.
The duo will seek to transform preventive care and deliver employer-based wellness programmes; build a "smart city" connectivity infrastructure; and invest in precision medicine and transformational training programmes for a clinical team of the future.
"Technology will play a critical role in the future of health and wellness," said Nick Turkal, MD, Advocate Aurora Health President and CEO.
"We are excited about what we can do together to benefit not only our patients and communities here locally, but how our combined capabilities could potentially have a positive impact on wellness globally."
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By utilising Foxconn’s predictive modelling platform and advanced artificial intelligence solutions and combining this with Advocate Aurora Health's population health management expertise, the duo aims to transform employer healthcare cost forecasting and wellness programmes.
Additionally, the duo’s smart city concept will connect data from a variety of platforms to support healthcare professionals in gaining a well-rounded view of a patients’ healthcare needs, increase efficiency and driving down costs, as well as deliver a portfolio of virtual health offerings to cover all touch points, such as web and mobile.
"We are pleased to establish this robust partnership with Advocate Aurora Health with our technology portfolio," explained Leonard Wu, CEO of Foxconn Health Technology Business Group.
"We have utilised some of these same technologies with our own employees and are pleased to adopt them here to enhance health from the workplace to the community."
"Foxconn supports our relentless pursuit of safety and quality, and we look forward to exploring breakthrough connections to extend these offerings to consumers across environments," commented Jim Skogsbergh, President and CEO, Advocate Aurora Health.
"Our newly announced plans of expansion in Racine County provides the perfect location to pilot these value-added opportunities for consumers."
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.”