Is the C3-Cloud the future of coordinated care?
An ambitious new project led by European researchers and healthcare providers is aiming to change how people with multiple chronic health conditions receive treatment.
Multimorbidity, when patients have two or more long term conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, renal failure and depression, is rising in line with the aging population. Having multiple illnesses also makes each one more difficult to treat.
The C3-Cloud has been developed as a response to this, with the aim of offering joined up care to patients, rather than treating each condition in isolation. It is hoped the digital healthcare system will prevent avoidable readmissions to hospitals and reduce repeated visits to doctors and specialists.
In practice, the digital system will allow each patient to have a personalised treatment plan. The idea is that hospitals, doctors and other health and social care organisations will be able to exchange information to better coordinate care. Patients and members of their care team will also create, edit and review the plan, with an emphasis on the patient making decisions about their care.
A tool that functions like a daily digital assistant helps patients monitor their health, with reminders for appointments and medication, communicating with their healthcare team via chat, video interview or email, and answering questionnaires to track progess.
The personalisation process of C3-Cloud is supported by a Clinical Decision Support module; this has over 500 rules concerning clinical practice guidelines of the most common comorbidities, such as diabetes, heart failure, and depression.
The digital healthcare system also incorporates risk prediction, and patients and their next-of-kin are involved through a 'Patient Empowerment Platform' to make sure their needs are respected in decision making where appropriate.
Researchers also looked at remote management scenarios, such as in the current pandemic; the C3-Cloud is able to support this too.
The four-year project has been developed by 12 partners in seven European countries, led by the University of Warwick in the UK. Pilots are set to run for 15 months in three areas - Warwickshire in the UK, the Basque Country in Spain, and the Jämtland Härjedalen region of Sweden. These areas were chosen to compare their varied health, social care and technology systems. After this it is hoped that the system will be rolled out across Europe.
Professor Theodoros Arvanitis, project coordinator at the University of Warwick, said: “As the world develops and becomes more digital it is essential our healthcare system does too. With an ever growing population and life expectancies increasing it’s important to make a digital healthcare system that works for everyone and that is what the C3-Cloud does.
“Not only does the C3-Cloud work across all systems, it can recommend treatments for patients with multiple health problems, which is helpful when someone is seeing multiple care outlets such as their GP and local hospital for different care needs.
“Our first pilot has taken place, and with the European Innovation Radar identifying C3-Cloud’s key components as tech ready, our next step is to expand this to large scale trials in multiple countries, this could lead to an enrolment in the system, and if there’s ever a pandemic like Covid-19 again different strategies for people with different health problems could be deployed rapidly.”
The C3-Cloud Grand Finale Conference takes place on Friday 28th August, with a range of talks about how digital health tools can address multimorbidity with more personalised care. Register for free here
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.”