May 17, 2020

Philips launches a tele-intensive care eICU programme in Japan

Japan
healthcare services
Patient Care
healthcare services
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Leading health technology company, Royal Philips has launched its first intensive care (eICU) programme in Japan.

In partnership with Showa University...

Leading health technology company, Royal Philips has launched its first intensive care (eICU) programme in Japan.

In partnership with Showa University, the programme has been implemented at Showa University Hospital and Showa Koto Toyosu Hospital. Designed to improve the outcomes of high risk patients and advance the globalisation of critical care, the duo is working to increasingly develop connected, patient-centered, critical care models and provide a fundamental shift in the delivery of patient care.

By reducing costs and improving patient outcomes, the programme will follow the success of similar programmes in the Americas, the UK, Australia, and the Middle East.

Leveraging technology to support access to highly experienced critical care physicians and nurses, an ongoing challenge for hospitals within Japan, the critical care model enables clinicians to deliver improved critical care support to patients across multiple sites.

With the aging population and unsustainable rising costs of healthcare, the eICU programme is expected to improve efficiency in medicine through a subsidy programme for global innovation centres funded by the Japanese government to bring technology advancements to healthcare.

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Allowing for near real-time remote patient monitoring and early intervention via advanced audio-visual technology, the programme will harness smart algorithms to predict deteriorations in patient health, giving remote experts the ability to communicate with bedside caregivers via live video link, monitor patient status, and advise on the best course of treatment. 

“The eICU represents the future of globalized critical care, transforming the delivery of care from the bedside,” said Hiroyuki Tsutsumi, CEO, Philips Japan.

“Having a centralised remote patient support centre provides the ability to consolidate and standardise care, reduce transfers while maximising bed utilisation, and reassure bedside staff. This helps reduces costs while enhancing revenues, patient flow and capacity management across the system.”

Virtual health hubs are leveraging eICU technology and care transformation beyond the ICU to impact clinical, financial and operational outcomes to support broad patient flow and clinical access efficiency across the acute patient experience.  Such systems recognise the value of technology-enabled clinical insights is one of the primary drivers for sustainable operational improvement.

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
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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