The October edition of Healthcare Global is live.
The healthcare industry continues to face a multitude of challenges. From limited budgets to the us...
The latest edition of Healthcare Global is now live!
The healthcare industry continues to face a multitude of challenges. From limited budgets to the use of outdated legacy equipment no longer fit for purpose, organisations have placed their attention firmly on the delivery of patient care, with little focus paid towards digitisation. In this month’s Healthcare Global, BlackBerry’s Global Healthcare Lead, Sara Jost discusses how the company seeks to guarantee technological excellence across the healthcare industry by working with customers, carriers, distance integrators, distributors and independent service centres (ISCs), in order to sell essential health IT services and products.
“A lot of healthcare organisations are implementing electronic medical records; whilst this is a very powerful tool, it is being implemented on an IT infrastructure that is not ready to handle it. Wi-Fi is not strong enough to handle voice-over-IP, networks can be hacked and equipment can fall to MEDIJACK,” she says.
“I view this as a barrier because organisations decide to just go with what is good enough instead of truly looking at what they could achieve if they deployed a stronger solution.”
Looking at the way in which technology is transforming the screening process for cardiac drug approval, Healthcare Global also spoke with co-founder of Novoheart, Kevin Costa, to find out how the company is revolutionising the flawed process for screening new drugs.
Lastly, this month’s issue also looks at the top CEOs transforming the healthcare industry, based on a list written by Robert Reiss and his team at The CEO Forum Magazine for Forbes. Also included are the key healthcare events and conferences for this calendar year, plus an in-depth report on Metro South Health.
We hope you enjoy the magazine, and as always we welcome your feedback on Twitter: @HealthcareGlbl.
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.”