Nov 9, 2020

Women's digital healthcare centres launch in India

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Leila Hawkins
2 min
New women's digital healthcare centres launch in India
The 11 digital health clinics will increase access to healthcare for low income women...

A leading digital healthcare company in India has partnered with Shakti Foundation, an organisation that works for the financial inclusion and empowerment of women, to increase access to healthcare for women from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Shakti Foundation supports almost half a million women with micro and SME financing, as well as healthcare and other services. Their partnership with Bangladesh-based Digital Healthcare Solutions (DH) aims to bring new healthcare tech solutions to the women they work with, and their surrounding communities. 

DH and Shakti have installed new technology at 11 Shakti Medical Care Centres, upgrading them to Digital Women’s Health Centers. Overall DH intends to evolve more services providing support to more than 70 clinics. 

Shakti borrowers and their families can now access free unlimited physician consultations via call, chat or video call, as well as specialist physicians such gynecologists, pediatricians, skin and medicine specialists.

All consultations are provided via video. Test results, referrals and prescriptions will now be provided digitally making them easy to share with other healthcare organisations, before being printed locally. 

The partnership has also launched a free helpline for Shakti members, who can now call doctors toll-free over the phone or make a video call via the Digital Hospital” app. 

In a press release, Imran Ahmed, deputy executive director of Shakti Foundation, said: “Our partnership with Digital Health to bring quality health services and online consultation with specialists to marginalised women and their families even in remote areas, is yet another example of Shakti leveraging technology to disrupt the status-quo and reiterating its commitment to ensure good health and overall empowerment of women.”

As well as its key project helping ultra-poor urban women in Bangladesh with micro loans to start businesses, Shakti Foundation have been supporting low income families with relief packages throughout the pandemic. 

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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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