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HIMSSCast is a podcast produced by the HIMSS Media editorial team behind Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews, and Healthcare Finance News. In each episode, host Jonah Comstock is joined by editors from one or more of the brands and/or special guests from around the health tech industry to discuss major news stories or trends in the space. The aim of the show is to add depth, analysis, and color to our ongoing coverage of the digital health, health tech, and healthcare finance realms, as well as to facilitate lively conversations about hot health tech topics. HIMSSCast is a member of the Health Podcast Network (www.healthpodcastnetwork.com).

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A beginner's guide to SASE frameworks — with Samuel Hill

New trends in computing require new frameworks and architectures, so that when stakeholders want to merge or collaborate they can trust that their technologies will work together. For edge computing, that framework is Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE. This network architecture rolls software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and security into a single cloud service. Samuel Hill, senior manager for healthcare at Aruba Networks, joins host Jonah Comstock to dig into what SASE is and why it's important for healthcare technologists to know about.This podcast is brought to you by Aruba Networks.Talking points: Why SASE is coming out strong as the pandemic abatesWhat SASE is and why it makes sense as more work goes remoteHealthcare as an illustrative use case for SASEHospital use case example: radiologySecurity implications of SASE frameworksBenefits and drawbacks of SASEHow SASE relates to SD-WAN and SD-BranchTips for implementing a SASE frameworkWhat is ZeroTrust and how does it fit in? More about this episode:Last week on HIMSSCast: Edge Computing 101 with Tao ZhangHealth passports and distancing tools among COVID-19 tech climbing Gartner Hype CyclePonemon Survey ATM Digital: WAN & Security Transformation Theresa Payton Keynote


7 May 2021

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Top Stories for 5/7

Biden Administration aims to get 70% of Americans at least one vaccine dose by July 4; Healthcare among the top industries affected by tracked ransomware incidents . Also: Employer health benefits management platform Collective Health has scores $280 million in Series F funding .Links to the stories:Biden sets new goal of 70% of adults getting the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4Healthcare hackers demanded an average ransom of $4.6M last year, says BakerHostetlerCollective Health scores $280M to scale employer health benefits platform


7 May 2021

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IMO Presents: Women in Health IT: Gender Equity Is the Ultimate Goal

Encouraging girls and young women to study for careers in health IT is ongoing. Experts say it will take years to reach gender parity. In this podcast, IMO CEO Ann Barnes talks about her philosophy on what’s needed now, the changes she’s made in her company and how the health IT industry can come together to bring about gender equity in a cohesive, collaborative way.In this podcast, we’ll discuss:•Learning from one another to bring more parity to the health IT industry•Best practices in developing women leaders in health IT•How the industry is collaborating and sharing best practices for greatest impact


5 May 2021

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Twilio Presents: Programmable Video Platform Enhances Long-Term Telehealth Strategy

On this podcast Christina Sung, Twilio’s Director of Product for Healthcare,  shares how scalable and secure Programmable Video solutions are easily integrated into clinical workflows throughout the patient journey.  She discusses  the benefits of a platform approach versus a point solution and the tools that providers should consider as communities adjust to hybrid in-person and virtual health appointments.This podcast is presented jointly with Twilio.


3 May 2021

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Edge Computing 101 — with Tao Zhang

While the last five years have seen computing move from local networks to the cloud, especially in healthcare, the trend of edge computing is seeing organizations move back to move forward: Moving key computing and intelligence back to the point of care while still retaining the benefits of cloud computing. This not only reduces latency, which can be especially important for healthcare, but also has important implications for privacy and security. On today's episode, we welcome NIST Fellow Tao Zhang to give us a primer on edge computing, and explain what it can do for healthcare organizations.This podcast is brought to you by Aruba Networks. Talking points:What is edge computing and why is it gaining traction now?Striking the balance between the edge and the cloudThe history of edge computingWhy the healthcare space is turning to edge computingSecurity implications of edge computing for IoTDownsides to edge computingMore edge computing use cases Tips for adopting edge computingWhat next for edge computing: edge and AIMore about this episode:NIST ResourcesHospitals embracing IoT must be prepared to secure a decentralized environmentStriking a balance between medical device security and innovationGE Healthcare unveils new edge computing tools for cliniciansNvidia launches AI edge computing platformTech Optimization: Medical device and IoT operating secretsHow Vail Health ensures consistent medical device security and firmware patching


30 Apr 2021

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A healthcare coalition releases a framework protecting the safety and security of patient information; Biden signals goal to lower ACA premiums, deductibles and prescription drug costs. Plus: Accolade eyes the telemedicine space with the acquisition of PlushCare.Links to the stories:Patient ID Now coalition releases national strategic framework for identity, matchingIn his first joint address, Biden promotes giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug pricesAccolade acquires virtual primary care platform PlushCare


30 Apr 2021

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Twilio Presents: Innovations to improve patient engagement

In this podcast, presented jointly with Twilio, we welcome Twilio’s Sr. Global CX Consultant, Mauro Faili joins us to talk about innovation and different strategies to reimagine your communication operations using the existing data your system has. Additionally, learn about different ways you can personalize your patient communication.Mauro Failli is a Senior Global CX Consultant is currently the team lead for Twilio Foundry - a consulting practice designed to inspire executive engagement vision. With over 20+ years of industry experience his knowledge spans from communication technologies, IT service management and lifecycle frameworks, and customer engagement / experience management. He enables customers to deliver their engagement vision through reference architectures, milestone planning and facilitating the creation of success criteria through diversified stakeholder discussions.


29 Apr 2021

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Top Stories for 4/23

Peloton comes under fire for safety concerns about its Tread+ treadmill; Electronic health record usability scores take a nosedive, possibly contributing to burnout among nurses . Also: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said the U.S. needs to do more to promote racial equity.Links to the stories:Consumer safety group warns parents to stop using Peloton Tread+ after reports of child injuries and deathNurses give EHR usability an 'F' in new studyDerek Chauvin conviction prompts HHS vow to tackle racism as a serious public health threat


23 Apr 2021

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Digital health's $7B Q1 and what it means for the space — with Unity Stoakes

Host Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett and MobiHealthNews Associate Mallory Hackett welcome Startup Health President Unity Stoakes to discuss Q1 2021 digital health funding. With more than $7 billion raised according to MobiHealthNews's tracker and more than $8 billion according to Startup's, we can all agree it was an impressive month. But how do those numbers compare to the past? To other industries? And what does it all mean for the health of the space? Tune in to find the answers to those questions and more.Talking points:2021 funding in a larger historical contextThe changing geography of digital health startupsDramatic changes to digital health market dynamicsThe talent infrastructure underpinning digital healthHow today’s startups are putting together decades of piecesIs the digital health market oversaturated?We’re far from the ceiling for digital health fundingDigital health subsectors to watch“Boomerang” innovation from other geographiesWhere digital health investment is headed nextFrugal innovation and what it can teach usMore about this episode:Investors pour $7.1B into digital health investments during Q1 2021Digital health completes a record-breaking first quarter driven by mega dealsWith $8.5B Raised Globally in Q1, Health Innovation Funding Hits New Milestone (Startup Health's Q1 Report)SPAC deals attract younger, less-funded digital health startupsStartup Health NOW Podcast StartUp Health’s 2020 Midyear Insights Report: A Conversation With Jonah Comstock


23 Apr 2021

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Top Stories for 4/16

The CDC and FDA halt use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to rare, severe reactions; Mayo Clinic launches new AI-powered clinical decision support platform . Also: Omada Health rolls out new physical therapy tool.Links to the stories:CDC and FDA pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine over rare blood clot concernsMayo Clinic launches remote diagnostics platform, forms 2 new companies to support itOmada's latest MSK tech empowers physical therapists to conduct remote appointments


16 Apr 2021

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