K2P: The virtual learning platform for clinicians on the go
Mary Ellen Beliveau is the founder and CEO of Knowledge to Practice (K2P), a digital healthcare education platform that focuses on heart conditions. Designed for working clinicians to continually update their knowledge, she tells us why she decided to create it.
Beliveau's daughter was born with congenital heart disease, something which led her to be in and out of hospitals during the first years of her life. Before getting the right diagnosis, she had to undergo a series of invasive procedures. Beliveau says that while grateful for the care the doctors gave her, she realised there was an issue for doctors to stay up-to-date with the latest medical treatments.
This spurred her to launch K2P in 2014. She quit her day job as Chief Learning Officer of the American College of Cardiology, hired five people, designed the curriculum, and developed the content, building the platform in just six months. "We set out to create a platform that would provide personalised learning, offer best-in-class content, and include real-time assessments that would provide us with the information we needed to continually improve our product" she says.
The platform is made up of short modules, some taking as little as five minutes to complete, containing the latest guidelines for a range of cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure, hypertension, and coronary artery disease. They can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet or desktop.
Beliveau explains that their business model is a significant step forward for continuing medical education. "It distills emerging medicine in the most practical manner, so it can be delivered and practiced the very next day."
"K2P helps close providers’ knowledge gaps with smart accessible tools, with the goal of empowering them to practice to the best of their ability and improve outcomes. The platform also empowers hospitals and healthcare systems to assess the current knowledge level of their medical teams and provide personalised learning to meet specific learning needs of various members of the team, including specialists."
In addition to its existing curriculum, earlier this year they launched CurrentMD COVID in response to the coronavirus, a new programme created to educate doctors on the front lines. "When COVID hit, we saw physicians and professionals on the frontlines struggling to diagnose and successfully treat patients infected with the virus" she explains.
"The need for just-in-time learning had never been greater, and we needed to act swiftly to bring a solution to market. We also felt the pandemic provided an opportunity for health insurers to give back and support providers."
To this end they partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and providing CurrentMD COVID to 26,000 providers across the state of South Carolina for free. "The response has been amazing, 98% of users rate the content as highly relevant and we’re receiving lots of positive feedback on the tool and how it’s helping providers stay current with COVID developments."
Beliveau and her team are set to launch an additional platform focused on complex diseases in early 2021.
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.”