May 17, 2020

The US healthcare sector added over 24,000 new roles in April, reports find

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Catherine Sturman
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Recent reports by Altarum have found that the growth of US healthcare roles continues to stabilise, with over 24,000 jobs filled in April this year, mak...

Recent reports by Altarum have found that the growth of US healthcare roles continues to stabilise, with over 24,000 jobs filled in April this year, making the industry one of the most influential in the country.

Despite this, socio-political tensions surrounding the delivery of healthcare remain, where President Trump has continually sought to overhaul existing insurance-based models. Technology companies are also looking at new ways to transform fragmented ways of working, to enable patient care to become increasingly integral, connected and patient-centered.

Whilst national health spending has increased in all categories analysed, rising to $3.62 trillion in March 2018, the Health Care Price Index has also increased, with hospital price growth rising by over 4%.

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Nonetheless, Altarum Fellow Dr Charles Roehrig, added: “It is concerning to see the growth rate in health spending move above 5% in the first quarter of 2018. While this is only a mild acceleration from the 4.6% growth in 2017, it comes even as health care coverage has declined. It also keeps health spending growth well above the 4.6% growth in GDP.

“Altarum’s first quarter estimates will be revised next month to reflect the Advance QSS data to be released on May 18. We will be particularly interested to see if the very high 8.1% estimated growth in nursing home spending is confirmed.”

Furthermore, the organisation has predicted a fall in prescription drug funding, but will continue to see a boost to hospital price growth as a result of Medicare and private hospital acceleration.

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

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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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