A progress report on digital transformation in healthcare – Microsoft Industry Blogs

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It’s been an incredible year so far for the health industry. We’ve seen the dream and the opportunity of digital transformation and AI start to really take shape in the marketplace.

We saw many examples of this last month at HIMSS 2019, many of our partners and other cloud providers are offering commoditized access to complex healthcare algorithms and models to improve clinical and business outcomes.

Trust

These examples show how cloud computing and AI can deliver on the promise of digital transformation. But for health organizations to realize that potential, they have to trust the technology—and their technology partner.

Microsoft has always taken the lead on providing cloud platforms and services that help health organizations protect their data and meet their rigorous security and compliance requirements. Recently, we announced the HIPAA  eligibility and HITRUST certifications of Microsoft Cognitive Services and Office 365.

It’s crucial for health organizations to feel utterly confident not only in their technology partner’s ability to help them safeguard their data and infrastructure, and comply with industry standards, but also in their partner’s commitment to help them digitally transform their way—whatever their needs or objectives are. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. So whether you’re a health provider, pharmaceutical company, or retailer entering healthcare, your mission is our mission. Our business model is rooted in delivering success rather than disruption for our customers.

Interoperability

Another point of vital importance as we support the movement of healthcare as an industry—and healthcare data specifically—to the cloud is ensuring that we avoid the sins of the past, specifically data silos.

To that end, we jointly announced with other leading cloud providers that we’re committed to healthcare data interoperability among cloud platforms and supporting common data standards like Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). And I was particularly thrilled to see the excitement in the health industry in reaction to our launch last last month with Azure API for FHIR and our commitment to develop open source FHIR servers. I hope you’ll join the huge movement behind health interoperability fueled by FHIR and encourage your technologists to start actively using the open-source project to bring diverse data sets together—and to build systems that learn from those data sets.

As my colleague, Doug Seven, recently wrote, interoperability helps you bring together data from disparate sources, apply AI to it to gain insights, and then enrich care team and patient tools with those insights to help you achieve your mission. That’s a crucial step in the digital transformation of health.

Teamwork

Another crucial step is supporting health teamwork. With the changing nature of care delivery, health services increasingly require coordination across multiple care settings and health professionals. So we launched a new set of capabilities to our Teams platform that provides workflows for first-line clinical workers such as doctors and nurses that they can use to access patient information and coordinate care in real time.

The end game

Why does all of this matter? To answer that question, I always come back to the quadruple aim, which all of us in the health industry strive for: enhancing both patient and caregivers’ experiences, improving the health of populations, and lowering the costs of healthcare.

Empowering care teams and patients with data insights and tools that help them coordinate care—and that they and your health organization can trust—will help bring about the desired outcomes of the quadruple aim. Not only will this systemic change improve clinical and business outcomes, but also, at an individual level, enhance the day-to-day and digital experiences of clinical workers and patients alike—creating better experiences, better insights, and better care across the delivery system.

Learn more about real-world use cases for AI in the e-book: “Breaking down AI: 10 real applications in healthcare.”

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Author: Steve Clarke

FBI director calls for public-private cybersecurity partnerships

Fostering public-private cybersecurity partnerships is an effective way to tackle the sophisticated and diverse cyberthreats to which the U.S. is exposed, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“Today’s cyberthreat is bigger than any one government agency — frankly, bigger than the government itself,” Wray told RSA Conference (RSAC) attendees in San Francisco this week. “In the cyber arena, the need for private sector partnerships is higher than really anywhere else of any program we have.”

Wray stressed the need to build cybersecurity partnerships between law enforcement and businesses and said these partnerships are also crucial to securing the nation’s critical infrastructure — a vast majority of which are owned and operated by the private sector.

“The key is having the private sector start to form those kinds of relationships with their local field office beforehand, because the name of the game is not just prevention, but, in many cases, it’s going to be mitigation,” he said.

Speed is crucial in mitigating threats, he said, and speedy mitigation is more likely to occur when such public-private partnerships are in place. Wray also advocated greater information sharing in the private sector.

To nurture cybersecurity partnerships, the FBI organizes routine defensive classified briefings for companies, Wray informed RSAC 2019 attendees. During such briefings, businesses are alerted of critical threats and offered guidance on how to stay ahead of such threats, he said. The bureau has also implemented programs to help guide CISOs and general counsels, he added.

“At the end of the day, we need each other in a way that is becoming more and more apparent every day,” he said.

The FBI is seeing a “greater uptick” in the threats from various foreign adversaries, including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, Wray said.

At the end of the day, we need each other in a way that is becoming more and more apparent every day.
Christopher Wraydirector, FBI

“[There is] an increasing trend toward what we call the ‘blended threat,’ which is really when a foreign intelligence service enlists the help of criminal hackers — essentially mercenaries,” he said.

Dealing with today’s sophisticated cyberthreats requires a multidisciplinary approach and response, Wray said. To shed light on the breadth and scope of modern-day cyberthreats, Wray alluded to cyberadversaries ranging from multinational cyber syndicates to foreign intelligence services, insider threats to hacktivists, who employ a diverse range of attack techniques, including spear phishing, ransomware, botnets and distributed denial-of-service attacks.

When asked about the FBI-Apple encryption dispute — in which the iPhone maker refused to grant the FBI access to the iPhone of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif., attack in 2015, and the bureau paid a third-party to unlock the phone — Wray said the bureau is not trying to weaken end-to-end encryption.

“We are a very strong believer in strong encryption; after all, cybersecurity is part of the FBI’s mission, too,” Wray said. “We have to figure out a way to deal with this problem, and it can’t be a sustainable end state for there to be an entirely unfettered space that is utterly beyond fully lawful access for criminals, terrorists and spies to hide their communications.”

Wray said he wants U.S. law enforcement, the national security community and the private sector to come together to work toward solutions.

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Wanted – Apple iMac 27inch 5k

I’ll have a 2015 iMac available after tomorrow.

My mate (lives in Wales) and I decided it best to get it shipped to me, that way I can take full ownership for it, take some decent pics and confirm its condition. I tried to do this long distance last week but it was going to prove difficult so took it off the classifieds.

It’s a Late 2015, 27″ 5K, 3.2GHz i5, 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion in near perfect condition (to be confirmed), both inner and outer boxes, Magic Keyboard 2, Magic Mouse 2 (rechargeable versions) and PSU. I believe he’s reset it with macOS Mojave.

Subject to inspection, it will then be up for £900 with offers considered.

Shipping would be extra but perhaps you’d consider collection from North Essex.

Keep a look out…

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A progress report on digital transformation in healthcare – Microsoft Industry Blogs

Two scientists using digital tablet in laboratory

It’s been an incredible year so far for the health industry. We’ve seen the dream and the opportunity of digital transformation and AI start to really take shape in the marketplace.

We saw many examples of this last month at HIMSS 2019, many of our partners and other cloud providers are offering commoditized access to complex healthcare algorithms and models to improve clinical and business outcomes.

Trust

These examples show how cloud computing and AI can deliver on the promise of digital transformation. But for health organizations to realize that potential, they have to trust the technology—and their technology partner.

Microsoft has always taken the lead on providing cloud platforms and services that help health organizations protect their data and meet their rigorous security and compliance requirements. Recently, we announced the HIPAA  eligibility and HITRUST certifications of Microsoft Cognitive Services and Office 365.

It’s crucial for health organizations to feel utterly confident not only in their technology partner’s ability to help them safeguard their data and infrastructure, and comply with industry standards, but also in their partner’s commitment to help them digitally transform their way—whatever their needs or objectives are. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. So whether you’re a health provider, pharmaceutical company, or retailer entering healthcare, your mission is our mission. Our business model is rooted in delivering success rather than disruption for our customers.

Interoperability

Another point of vital importance as we support the movement of healthcare as an industry—and healthcare data specifically—to the cloud is ensuring that we avoid the sins of the past, specifically data silos.

To that end, we jointly announced with other leading cloud providers that we’re committed to healthcare data interoperability among cloud platforms and supporting common data standards like Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). And I was particularly thrilled to see the excitement in the health industry in reaction to our launch last last month with Azure API for FHIR and our commitment to develop open source FHIR servers. I hope you’ll join the huge movement behind health interoperability fueled by FHIR and encourage your technologists to start actively using the open-source project to bring diverse data sets together—and to build systems that learn from those data sets.

As my colleague, Doug Seven, recently wrote, interoperability helps you bring together data from disparate sources, apply AI to it to gain insights, and then enrich care team and patient tools with those insights to help you achieve your mission. That’s a crucial step in the digital transformation of health.

Teamwork

Another crucial step is supporting health teamwork. With the changing nature of care delivery, health services increasingly require coordination across multiple care settings and health professionals. So we launched a new set of capabilities to our Teams platform that provides workflows for first-line clinical workers such as doctors and nurses that they can use to access patient information and coordinate care in real time.

The end game

Why does all of this matter? To answer that question, I always come back to the quadruple aim, which all of us in the health industry strive for: enhancing both patient and caregivers’ experiences, improving the health of populations, and lowering the costs of healthcare.

Empowering care teams and patients with data insights and tools that help them coordinate care—and that they and your health organization can trust—will help bring about the desired outcomes of the quadruple aim. Not only will this systemic change improve clinical and business outcomes, but also, at an individual level, enhance the day-to-day and digital experiences of clinical workers and patients alike—creating better experiences, better insights, and better care across the delivery system.

Learn more about real-world use cases for AI in the e-book: “Breaking down AI: 10 real applications in healthcare.”

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Author: Steve Clarke

Google Cloud Storage price plan stresses data gravity’s pull

Google Cloud Storage customers can now weigh a plan that promises more flexibility and price transparency, but it also carries the potential for deeper lock-in.

The Storage Growth Plan for Google Cloud Storage requires customers to spend at least $10,000 a month for 12 months, with no extra charges if their use of storage services exceeds that commitment during that period. After the year is up, customers can sign another one-year deal based on their peak usage in the initial year. If that peak usage was within 30% of the original contract’s limit, Google won’t charge for it. If the overage exceeded 30%, customers will pay it back amortized over the next year. Customers can also leave the plan altogether after the first year, but must pay outright for any overages.

The Google Cloud Storage Growth Plan is applicable to any class of storage, and prices vary for each GCP storage class.

The new Google Cloud Storage price strategy reflects today’s reality where data volumes can expand dramatically and unpredictably, and a data set’s relevance ebbs and flows as conditions change. For example, a batch of images that sits in cold storage might suddenly be useful as a Cloud Vision API training set, Google said.

Holger Mueller, Constellation ResearchHolger Mueller

It also targets cloud cost management, which has become increasingly relevant as companies commit more resources to the deployment model but sometimes find themselves with unexpectedly high bills. With this upfront commitment, Google said storage customers can possibly avoid such nasty surprises.

Customers with medium and large cloud footprints likely will benefit most from the Google Cloud Storage price plan, given its minimum annual commitment of $120,000, said Steven Hill, analyst at 451 Research, which is based in New York. “For some companies it’s like, ‘Our whole IT budget is that,’ [but] for some others it’s a drop in the bucket,” he said.

In addition to the annual storage price plan, Google has cut prices on its archive-level Coldline tier by 42%. The price chop comes shortly after Google added geo-redundancy to Coldline, which now stores a copy of customers’ data in a location at least 100 miles away from the original, in a different region.

The data gravity opportunity underlies Google Cloud Storage price plan

Beyond cheaper and more predictable cloud storage costs, Google aims to capitalize on data gravity, the concept that massive data sets naturally attract other services.

Grant Kirkwood, CTO, Unitas GlobalGrant Kirkwood

Like its competitors, Google wants to be an enterprise’s linchpin for new and refactored cloud applications. To that end, Google Cloud Storage integrates with other GCP services, such as Cloud SQL, Dataflow, BigQuery, Dataproc and Cloud ML. While this cohesion can benefit customers, it also generates additional revenue for Google and makes its cloud platform stickier overall.

“Data gravity is a real thing,” said Holger Mueller, VP and principal analyst at Constellation Research, based in Cupertino, Calif. Companies with plans to build modern applications don’t know how much data they’ll need to store, yet still need some security on the budget front, which Google’s plan could provide, he added.

Still, there are clear benefits when storage volumes are tightly coupled with a cloud provider’s other services, despite the specter of lock-in.

When I think of unpredictable costs on the cloud, I think of that more on the compute side. This is more about predictability for Google itself.
Grant KirkwoodCTO, Unitas Global

“Smart developers are going to look for the platform that has the least friction,” said Grant Kirkwood, CTO of Unitas Global, a hybrid and multi-cloud consultancy in Los Angeles. “If [BigQuery] is important to you, the last thing you’re going to do is plug that into S3 on Amazon.”

As always, customers must be mindful of their stored data access and movement, activities that can balloon the final price tag compared to data that sits idle, 451 Research’s Hill said.

Still, data volumes are typically predictable.

“Storage never decreases in utilization, it always goes up,” Kirkwood said. “When I think of unpredictable costs on the cloud, I think of that more on the compute side. This is more about predictability for Google itself.”

Unitas Global has worked with many companies that mull whether to move storage volumes between the likes of Google Cloud and AWS on a semi-regular basis in search of savings, Kirkwood said. “[Google is] building in the incentive at that key decision point for you to not make that move.”

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For Sale – 27″ 5K iMac 2017

I have a 2017 27″ 5K for sale which was bought from the Apple refurb store on 11/12/18.

3.8Ghz i5
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
8GB Radeon Pro 580

Change of circumstances means I’m having to go back to Windows.
Absolute mint, as new condition with the remaining Apple Care until Dec 2019 and tech support until 10/03/19.

I would prefer collection but if you need it posting I will do so on the proviso it is at your own risk and cost.

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Price and currency: £1750
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on collection or BT
Location: Chorley, Lancs
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18353 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18353 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle (which currently is 19H1).

We’ve enabled microphone in Windows Sandbox, which among other things will improve several accessibility scenarios.
We’ve added functionality to configure the audio input device via the Windows Sandbox config file.
We’ve fixed an issue in which the Windows Sandbox time zone was not synchronized with the host.
We’ve enabled the Shift + Alt + PrintScreen key sequence in Windows Sandbox which activates the ease of access dialog for enabling high contrast mode.
We’ve enabled the ctrl + alt + break key sequence in Windows Sandbox which allows entering/exiting fullscreen mode.
We fixed a recent issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bug checks upon lid close, monitor plug, or monitor unplug.
We fixed an issue resulting in preferred region settings getting reset on upgrade in the last few flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in the Chinese version of multiple games not working.
We fixed an issue in memcpy that caused some drivers to hard-hang the system on load; this could manifest as a hang on upgrade, depending on the system.
Here’s the latest on trying out our new Windows gaming technology:

Still haven’t had a chance to get the game State of Decay for free (for a limited time)? More slots are available again! Whether you’ve tried it in earlier builds or haven’t had the chance yet, these instructions have everything you need.
Installed the Insider version of State of Decay already? We’ll be trying out an update later today. To get it, launch the Store app, click […] and then “Downloads and Updates”. Once installed, you shouldn’t see any difference in the game – it’s just a test update – but please let us know if anything doesn’t work!

Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
We’re continuing to investigate feedback in the night light space.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
We’re investigating an issue preventing VMware from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds. Hyper-V is a viable alternative if available to you.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

We have locked down the inbox apps in 19H1. These simplified versions of some of the inbox apps are what will ship with 19H1 when it is released. As a result, Insiders may have noticed that some features have disappeared from these apps. This was probably most noticeable with the Photos app. Insiders can get these features back by going into the settings of an inbox app like Photos and clicking the “Join preview” button.

Going somewhere? Save time and money on your next trip. Use Bing Maps to plan your route and see gas prices, hotels, attractions, and restaurants along the way.
If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insider Program.
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