May 17, 2020

The National Institute of Health rolls out its $1.45bn All of Us health initiative

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Catherine Sturman
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The National Institute of Health is looking for volunteers who will work with them to revolutionise healthcare.

Spanning 10 years, up to a million peop...

The National Institute of Health is looking for volunteers who will work with them to revolutionise healthcare.

Spanning 10 years, up to a million people will be asked to submit their DNA and record their biological, behavioural and environmental influences and much more. Both the healthy and the sick will be incorporated for the industry to better understand how to deliver world-class, precision medicine.

The US government has now launched a nationwide enrolment for citizens over 18 years to take part in the study, investing up to $1.45bn. Volunteers will be granted increased visibility over their health results, which can also be shared with the patient’s physician.  

Part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the data-driven study, called ‘All of Us’, will reflect the rich diversity of the US and enable providers and patients to work with researchers to develop innovative solutions and effectively become partners.

“Being able to bring communities of colour, not only to contribute to science but to contribute to our ability to understand the nuances within those populations,” commented Karen Kim, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago.

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“It is important for minorities to be a part of this or we again will be left with medications that are really created for other populations,” added Patricia R. Butts, Founder and President, Emeritus of the Abyssinian Baptist church health ministry.

All of Us will therefore seek to better understand common and rare diseases, which presently have no proven means of prevention of effective treatment to empower patients.

“So much of what we have done in medicine over the years has not really taken into account individual differences. We’re really building a fundamental base of knowledge about how humans stay healthy or get sick and what to do about it.

“I think the practice of medicine will be altered I profound ways,” reflected Francis S. Collins, MD PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health

 “It’s about health, it’s about disease, it’s about behaviour, it’s about environment – why not participate and be part of it? noted Philip Greenland, Director, Institute of Public Health and Medicine Center for Population and Health Sciences

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

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.”


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