May 17, 2020

Healthcare CIOs discovers danger of cloud-based apps

Global health
Healthcare executives
Healthcare techn
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Cloud technology poses data security threat
In today’s healthcare landscape, big data and cloud computing technology go hand-in-hand in determining the success of any healthcare organization. In...

In today’s healthcare landscape, big data and cloud computing technology go hand-in-hand in determining the success of any healthcare organization. In fact, the use of the cloud in daily operations of supply chain, procurement and financial management has implemented the cloud as more than just an option— it has become the expectation.

Today, cloud-based technology is used at an all-time-high, with more than 1,600 different cloud services and over 5,000 different cloud capabilities existing with the market.

"Organizations on average use 759 cloud services, up from 626 last quarter, according to Skyhigh Networks data based on 8.3 million users. Overall, of the 3,571 different cloud services found in Skyhigh Networks' database, only 7 percent are deemed enterprise-ready. What's worse is that 5 percent are considered highly risky. All tallied, one out of three cloud services was vulnerable to Heartbleed."

Healthcare CIOs are running into this problem of “rogue” cloud systems more frequently than other executives, simply due to the fact that the CIO is the position most in touch with the daily operations concerning company’s information input.

A gap has been created within the Health IT market for services to not only monitor the numerous ongoing cloud-based systems existing today, but a means to secure, protect and sustain productive cloud-based activity for the sake of a business’ survival.

Executives throughout the industry, and from various levels of leadership, are warning fellow businesses of the dangers of these rogue or uncultivated cloud-based systems.

"This is not conjecture, not hyperbole, not me getting sentimental -- this is fact-based data," says Skyhigh Networks CEO Rajiv Gupta. "This is the risk you're undertaking right now."

"CIOs can tell business managers, if you choose to take the risk, go ahead," Gupta says. "But tomorrow if there's a breach and the data is compromised, if compliance regulations are not met, then it's going to be you and me in front of the board of directors, not just me alone."

Industry analysts are quickly revisiting their own systems and those of major industry players, in order to address the loopholes proactively, rather than reacting down the road when the damage has already been done.

 “Even cloud services known by CIOs aren't necessarily safe havens. WinMagic's security survey found that 35 percent of IT decision makers allow employees to use personal cloud storage in the workplace,” a recent report stated, “Only six in 10 said their company has enforced encryption capabilities for tablets and mobile phones.”

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Jun 18, 2021

Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool 

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Skin Analytics uses AI to detect skin cancer and will be deployed across the NHS to ease patient backlogs

An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system. 

NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion. 

Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making. 

In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog. 

Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening. 

DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.

Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges. 

"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”

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