Jul 3, 2020

BMI Healthcare, Node4 support UK’s NHS during COVID-19

covid-19
IT
NHS
William Smith
2 min
British private healthcare provider BMI Healthcare and IT infrastructure firm Node4 have been supporting the UK’s NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
British private healthcare provider BMI Healthcare and IT infrastructure firm Node4 have been supporting the UK’s NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic...

British private healthcare provider BMI Healthcare and IT infrastructure firm Node4 have been supporting the UK’s NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With infrastructure provided by Node4, BMI Healthcare has been relieving the NHS by establishing connectivity between its systems and The NHS’s Health and Social Care Network.

In a press release, Ben Meade, IT Director at BMI Healthcare, said: “The work we have done with Node4 to lay flexible, scalable and supported IT foundations has given us the ability to carry out these projects in support of the NHS. We’re incredibly proud at BMI Healthcare to be working alongside the NHS to support the huge task of providing essential medical care for our nation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We have enabled a large number of our non-clinical staff to work from home as well as allowing secure access into BMI Healthcare systems for NHS staff working at a BMI Healthcare hospital during the pandemic. This has been made possible as a result of the investment we have made in our IT systems.

“Our managed services solution, supported by Node4, means that BMI Healthcare’s IT infrastructure and WAN network is resilient, robust and secure. The Node4 hosted applications, managed network and multi-layer firewall solutions have provided BMI Healthcare with confidence in its ability to respond rapidly to altered ways of working.”

Other technological solutions such as remote video consultations and the transference of patients and data have also played a part.

Paul Bryce, Chief Commercial Officer at Node4, said: “It is great to see that our continued work with BMI Healthcare has supported the business and NHS patients in such trying times. We will continue to enable essential digital transformation journeys for all our customers - particularly in the healthcare industry where modernised, flexible and scalable IT operations are needed now more than ever.”

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Jun 14, 2021

Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline

telehealth
videoconsultations
covid-19
Zoom
3 min
We chart Zoom's rise and entrance into the healthcare market

Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare. 

2011 - 2013


Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train. 

A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users. 

2014 - 2017

Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.

2017 - 2019

Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows. 

In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day. 

2020

As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world. 

Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion. 

Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events. 

2021

Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.

It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.

In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."

"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care." 

Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers. 

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