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Connecting the Data to Transforming Intensive Care Units (ICUs)

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Data analytics in healthcare industry

Healthcare is teeming with data. We have all witnessed pictures of ICUs with multiple devices scrutinizing critical statistics, displaying readings, and chiming warnings. But what we often overlook is that data that rolls off the mesh and is not collared. If you’re acquainted or aware of data analytics, you would be able to apprehend the value that comes from collaring, marking, and interpreting that information. 

I had the amicable opportunity to converse with Dr. Emma Fauss, Cofounder and CEO of Medical Informatics Corp., and discuss how capturing and analyzing this data has transformed healthcare and how this changeover has evolved specifically consequential during a global pandemic. To know the bits and bytes of our conversation related to data analytics in healthcare industry, make sure you listen to our podcast via the link shared below. 

A couple of decades back, Emma cofounded MIC with Dr. Craig Rusin and formed their Sickbay solution. Sickbay permits users to draw together the previously deleted and lost data and leverage it to furnish patient administration functionality and administrative advancements and enhance the patient’s medical journal.

There’s presumably existed a requirement for analytics in the healthcare industry for ages, but it has been technologically challenging to organize and hold the data at such a high scale. Further, individuals have loomed the crisis by pouring to acquire as much information as feasible in any possible form or manner without truly comprehending the end-use matter. Previous endeavors have taken one machine and assembled one dashboard for that device. Following this reason, you end up with multiple machines right next to the bedside, all attached to different dashboards, which wasn’t scalable.

MIC germinated from an investigation ground with a specific service case. If they could identify the routine on the mesh for witnessing circumstances, they could determine those sub-acute customs in the betterment and provide healthcare experts early alarm. The significance begins to rise exponentially when you merge the data across machines.

INTEL

MIC was presented to Intel via another technology counterpart in 2019 and is ecstatic to partner with such a symbiotic ally. Emma’s knowledge as an engineer implies she always had a fondness towards Intel and their mastership to “assemble items in the ranking hierarchy of nanometers”. Intel assisted MIC to open a Blue Ocean of untried types of data analytics that could be scaled up, deployed, commercialized, and suggested that prototypes could be devised in a matter of span.

Rather than spending decades on developing a medical gimmick, they can, in periodic months, conceive and construct a prototype that can be utilized in real-time. Intel also enabled its protection schemes and looked at methods to enforce federated data standards.

COVID19

When the pandemic transpired, the Intel team was keen to provide the necessary support and glimpsed an opportunity to team up with MIC.

Bryce Olson, the Global Strategist for the Intel Health and Life Sciences Group, visited healthcare providers, questioning what they required when feedback concerning their misery pinpoints instantly led to the Sickbay answer.

Here is a few feedback that included in the hospital responses:

Infirmaries were swamped with patients and laboured to mount their team to conform to patients’ requirements.

Restricted stockpiles of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) implied capping staff interactions with patients.

Because COVID19 is extremely infectious, medical staffers who were straight in contact with patients were at elevated risk, and if they contracted the virus, that indicated more irregular personnel are obtainable to minister patients.

During this pandemic period, time was of the substance. Infirmaries required devices to quickly obtain all their proprietary patient health records from disparate bedside machines into one screened vista.

In connection to Intel’s $50 million pandemic retort, Intel and MIC established the Scale to Serve Program to support 100 infirmaries continually installing MIC’s Sickbay outlet. Some of the remarkable attributes of Sickbay comprise:

Sickbay is the sole scalable, FDA-cleared clinical administration and analytics outlet developed for ICUs.

The Scale to Serve Program enables infirmaries to remotely observe ICU patients across agents, departments, and establishments, so infirmary staff can look after more patients at once while lowering their peril of exposure to COVID19.

It employs Intel Xeon processor-based outlets to furnish data visualization and analytics and can be attained by healthcare workers operating any affiliated desktop, notepad, or mobile device.

There wasn’t a moment where the MIC team said, “do we do this or not?”. Emma stated it was pleasing to observe how engineers and science coupled up to resolve things. 

Acquiring an alliance behind such a modification can be an arduous job from a logistics and planning, administration, and technology standpoint. Because of the product’s path and scalability, it’s clear that the development can be nestled in a day. But it’s all the additional elements across an institution that must be dragged concurrently. Nevertheless, the skillfulness and scalability of the answer surprised consumers.

Emma says they desired to drive an accessible medical device integration. “You shouldn’t have to set a completely fresh set of hardware in the space when you’ve already subsidized a lot in your web structure”.

CONCESSIONS

Medics can scrutinize the crazes and the real-time data in healthcare industry of the patient and provide sustenance direction remotely without undervaluing the grade of care. Consolidating immediate contact also diminishes the drain on lacking aids such as PPE.

The secondary advantage is that you can leverage caregivers at abodes and those under quarantine. Moreover, you can access caregivers who are potentially in other states, which provides tremendous flexibility as we see the strain on health care aids ebb and course across provinces with multiple tides of the COVID19 pandemic.

The threat reduction by utilizing virtual ICU technology is extensive.

Today a very small percentage of data developed by patients is driven into the electronic health record, compelling medics to function without having the complete picture. Sickbay opens that data to permit predictive analytics, AI and machine learning applications, remote patient monitoring, eventually enabling providers to devise a new care benchmark.

COVID19 has consolidated the instantaneous requirement to decrease dealings in space and scrutinize aid restrictions differently. Scanning more patients with minimal face-to-face dealings without renouncing the grade of care, surveying numerous patients at one time, and leveraging data for the patient course, analytics, and threat scoring.

UNDERSTANDINGS

The Sickbay forum was approximately before the pandemic, but its components distinctively assisted the requirements of this global crisis by permitting infirmaries to handle those challenges.

One of the greatest understandings has been that once an institution has a scalable structure, it can acclimate to a spectrum of diverse scenarios in a matter of days/hours. Therefore, it places institutions to deal with pandemics and further scenarios that might come into space. And by employing predictive analytics and vacating the obligation of management, the solution enables it to bear a favourable influence on the care crew, the patient, and the lowest line.

I want to show my gratitude to Emma, her team, and the entire crew of Intel for gathering together to make this interview a success. Please tune in to the discussion at the link mentioned below and employ the additional aids to comprehend our discussed technology and innovations more.

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Rupesh Chokshi on AT&T Cybersecurity Challenes at AT&T Business Summit

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I caught up with Rupesh Chokshi, Vice President of AT&T Cybersecurity at AT&T Business, to get a preview of his two presentations for the upcoming 2021 AT&T Business “Business Summit” titled “Reinventing Reality”.

AT&T Business are hosting their annual Business Summit in a virtual format this year, on October 27th & 28th, 2021 in American Central Time (CT) time zone. Registration is free! There’s a link below to register.

Featured speakers this year include:

  • Anne Chow, Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business
  • Indra Nooyi, former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo
  • Shaquille O’Neal, American basketball star & philanthropist
  • note: there are more than 60 amazing sessions across the two days!

Rupesh is actually presenting two talks this year, which are titled:

The Age of Cybersecurity:

  • Connecting and protecting your business in a digital world
  • scheduled for October 28 at 11am CT

Cybersecurity and Edge Networking:

  • Delivering the next level of enterprise protection
  • scheduled for October 28 at 2pm CT

Without giving away too many secrets, which given his role is something he’s naturally good at, keeping secrets that is, what Rupesh was able to share both a taste of what we can look forward to at the event.

Rupesh also shared some very powerful insights into what Rupesh and his team within the AT&T Business “AT&T Cybersecurity” division offer their customers.

There is so much you’ll be able to take away from this fireside conversation in this episode of our podcast Conversations with Dez, both on the two talks Rupesh is presenting, but also broadly across the current trends and challenges organisations of all shapes and size are facing and how AT&T Cybersecurity are helping those organisations address those challenges.

A brief summary of what Rupesh and I discuss includes the following key topics:

Trends in Cyber Security

  • Hybrid Work
  • Multi-Cloud Adoption
  • Security and Network Convergence
  • 5G, IoT, and Edge
  • Pervasive security fabric
  • End-to-end protection of users
  • Protection of devices, networks, apps, and data

AT&T’s vision for cybersecurity and edge

  • Customer Edge – Software Defined, IoT Driven
  • Network(s) – Intelligent, High Speed
  • Cloud Ecosystem(s) – Multi-cloud, Distributed
  • Embedded Pervasive Security Fabric – Customer Edge, Network
  • End to end protection of users, devices, networks, applications & data
  • Identity / Endpoint, Advanced 5G Security, CDN / DDoS
  • Secure Access Service Edge ( SASE ), Extended Detection & Response
  • Importance of the Culture of Cybersecurity
  • Security is not an IT and technology issue, it’s a business issue
  • Connected economy and business continuity being under threat
  • Digital trust
  • The Culture of Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility

New AT&T capabilities in the market

  • Comprehensive view of security is key
  • Successful adoption of SD-WAN
  • Shifting focus to SASE
  • Protecting endpoints with XDR solution

Example Use cases from IoT, Enterprise & Data Centres, Infrastructure & Healthcare

  • Securing Industrial IoT
  • Zero Trust access with security support for industrial systems
  • Enabling the future of healthcare
  • Resilient, low-latency network with centralised security management
  • Protecting Your Company
  • End-to-end protection of Devices, Networks and Data, Proactive remediation of Ransomware and DDoS

For the full conversation and so many amazing insights, and key actionable takeaways for any organisation facing the challenge of wrapping up the year that is 2021 and facing the unknowns of what the new year in 2022 will bring, you’ll want to push PLAY now, and tune into the full discussion.

Please register now for the AT&T Business Summit here => http://bizsummit.att.com

Add do make sure you add both of the talks Rupesh is presenting to your calendars, for both:

  • 1st presentation is on October 28 at 11am CT
  • 2nd presentation is on October 28 at 2pm CT

For more information about AT&T Cybersecurity, please visit: https://cybersecurity.att.com/

This podcast was made in partnership with AT&T Business.

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Rebounding for the data-driven fate with FPGA and eASICS

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Field Programmable Gate Array Technology

Data is now the new driving force of the modern world. How well your business performs or what its rank could be on the performance list entirely depends on how you leverage the data available, involving emerging tools such as ML, AI, and cloud! Such forces have, in turn, lit up a stand for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). 

Lately, I have had a great fortune to sit down and have an in-depth discussion with Jim Dworkin, the senior director of the cloud business unit in the Programmable Solutions Group at Intel. During our discussion, even Jim asserted that in order to unlock the potential of data, we need to embrace the latest FPGA technology. 

Further, having the modern architecture out into the right place now could easily uncover the paths to get things right. Perhaps, we need to educate ourselves on the ‘hardwiring’ of data flow to ensure we can appropriately leverage the power of data, speed time to market, diminish the costs of ownership, and a lot more that could take the businesses to new heights. 

For example, the technology Intel has been offering has virtually evolved “off-the-shelf”, so competent than ever before that it can now solve specific infrastructure or business problems.

With the embracement of FPGA latest technology and eASICs(the Intel tech discussed above), there has been an acceleration in infrastructure use cases (SmartNICs). So, what is SmartNICs? Well, SmartNICs is a programmable accelerator. It holds the capability to centre all the networking data with the utmost security and proffering storage flexibility and efficiency at the same time. 

Having SmartNIC onboard businesses hold enough power to handle more refined infrastructure workloads using cloud hosts, churning of wastage of time, and saving more resources. Besides, SmartNICs also furnish great value towards nurturing virtualized assistance, such as multi-tenant shared cloud and more.

Perhaps with hyper-scalers’ mushrooming, the overhead of network infrastructure might turn daunting. But the applications of FPGA have helped manage that. 

Apart from this, Intel has also come up with FPGA cloud SmartNIC platforms that replicate the hyper-scalers’ used architectures. So, how does it operate? 

This platform integrates Intel high-performance Stratix 10 FPGA with an Intel Xeon D processor that works together on the SmartNIC card, enabling virtual switching by offering the Tier-2 data centres a mass-market solution. 

Intel has also been heavily sponsoring more efficient AI via recommender systems and natural language processing. It has even established a more robust form of FPGA, which is able to interpret voice coder inputs. 

Jim contends that the enactment of a GPU manages to be modal and established on the micro-architecture constructed around it, irrespective of their power. Therefore if it shifts from an optimization point, latencies might rise, negatively impacting the performance of speech processing. 

FPGA applications are virtually inexhaustible, particularly with FPGA transition reaching up to par with software programming in ease of usage. 

Jim is optimistic about exploding evolution. He believes people wouldn’t be asking what SmartNIC platforms are. Instead would be keener towards knowing how transformative it could be. But if you ask me, I would still say the real excitement lies in accessing Intel’s technology and then jumping to Microsoft Azure to revise and enjoy leaner and faster service completely.

With his extensive product knowledge of large-scale integration work, Jim puts it; we must decode problems at a strategic level and not in a microcosm.

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A New Breeding Ground For AI Apps, At The Intersection Of Knowledge And Scarcity

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Intersect of Knowledge & Scarcity - knowledge based AI

Artificial Intelligence bestows you the ability to scale wisdom. By corresponding the knowledge required to accomplish a chore against the absence of resources to execute it, you conspire with ample prospects for AI. Further, with the abundant availability of data and shortage of human resources to analyse them, AI is putting up a stage of opportunities for all.

Lately, I have had a great opportunity to interact with the IoT Marketing Global Lead for Intel, Alexis Crowell. And we conversed about challenges and prospects round and about AI adoption and how service issues are really assisting drive the knowledge-based AI forward.

Prospects and Challenges 

Currently, Intel is at a position that shows a prospect of having 75% of AI onboard soon, fetching more horsepower to the juncture of data creation. However, what Alexis said was also worth noting that it isn’t feasible to appoint people to analyse such a high amount of data. In fact, the ratio of data output and people available aren’t corresponding. 

To be honest, you can practically heap the challenges around knowledge base artificial intelligence edge elaboration with the drivers controlling the computing models. Therefore, the very things making the edge so desirable are also the cause of the difficulty. And that’s:

Web needs & mounting bandwidth

Scarcity of actionable insights

Machines breeding extensive data device multiplication aviating

Web tie-ups and latency

Fortunately, Intel holds a raft of use cases, having all successfully used knowledge-based AI at the edge, fetching solutions in this wilderness of extensive data. 

While in retail, Tesco has been embracing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to provide accessible custom services for their consumers with knowledge base artificial intelligence. On the other hand, AI at airports has been helping keep traffic flowing safely.

With its enormous “brownfield” of present infrastructure, large-scale retrofits are challenging to make expense feasible in the automotive drive. 

Likewise, edge computing knowledge-based AI use cases find abodes in the oil and gas enterprise, where anticipated supervision is mandated underwater, and negligence is fateful to the enterprise and environment. 

Right now, even fast food is evolving AI use cases. For instance, one consumer Alexis talked about was sampling cloud-connected devices that can be remotely controlled, therefore decreasing the chore load on-site.

How Can You Make Data More Useful?

As the industries turn themselves into an AI breeding ground, the solution to what one is supposed to do with the accumulated data has also intensified. Alexis said that there is no specified key for the lock on this very note. He said the solution undoubtedly varies from customer to customer and use case, at least for now.  

One excellent instance of creating more valuable data occurs at GE Healthcare, a long-time Intel associate. Healthcare is an untamed conjunction end because there are never sufficient medics or radiologists, particularly in the more rural environments. Employing AI at the edge can quicken time to diagnosis, which eventually enhances the grade and pace of comprehensive patient care.

Hereafter

Alexis believes the future darts an optimistic prospectus for AI at the edge. She says that one of the greatest understandings is that consumers ought to be obtaining the most out of their infrastructure.

Embracing Intel’s Xeon will directly avail you to fasten the process and possibly help absorb the new normal.

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