NHS launches first "smart clinical asset"
An Australian smart health tech company has launched a new digital platform in the UK with the aim of improving efficiency within the National Health Service (NHS) and advancing digitalisation of its services.
Alcidion's new platform, Miya Precision, integrates information from across healthcare organisations' various systems, and uses it to automate routine tasks, care plans and pathways, overlaying this with existing data and advanced clinical decision support to make it clinically valuable.
The system will provide hospitals and regions with a means to move beyond static electronic record systems to technology that proactively engages healthcare professionals. It has been designed to benefit clinical workflow with clinical noting, natural language processing, electronic observations, electronic prescribing, flow management and mobility.
It's expected that the platform will enable the NHS to quickly adopt new and emerging technologies and algorithms, as well as address strategic priorities.
Chief medical officer at Alcidion, Dr Malcolm Pradhan, explained further: "Around the world the healthcare sector still expects doctors and nurses to perform acts of heroism every day just to get their job done. We believe IT systems should play a more active role in helping clinicians to look after their patients. Smart technology should help with the memory tasks so professionals can spend more time making difficult judgements – and then it should provide clinical decision support to aid in those decisions.”
The platform has been labelled as the very first smart clinical asset to be used in the NHS. It is hoped it will help to alleviate the pressures faced by busy healthcare professionals, while enabling the digital transformation of the healthcare system, part of the UK government's NHS Long Term Plan .
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is the first to sign up in the UK. Neil Perry, director of digital transformation at the trust, commented: “Miya Precision sits at the centre of our digital strategy. It provides a catalyst for us to harness digital technology in ways that allow our clinical staff to make informed decisions more easily, whilst focussing their time and efforts on delivering the best possible patient care and clinical outcomes.
"It is providing us with a new platform to become digitally mature, whilst leveraging artificial intelligence, natural language processing and many other advanced technologies. I look forward to sharing our approach with more hospitals considering this option.”
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.”