3 trends driving health care IT in 2017

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference is reliably the most significant health care IT conference in the United States each year, bringing together thousands of vendors and tens of thousands of health care IT professionals focused on a common goal: Improving health care efficiency through technology. This year was no different.

Here are some of the key topics we witnessed from our spot on the HIMSS 2017 Exhibit Hall floor. Continue Reading…

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AWS re:Invent delivers tools for developers, operational teams

aws-reinventOn the second day of keynotes at the fifth annual AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, took the stage to reveal a set of new tools for technical teams to improve operational excellence and the velocity of software development. Overall, the new tools and services were well received, and some even elicited whoops and applause from the crowd.

Here’s a brief look at the news coming out of re:Invent today. Continue Reading…

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Artificial intelligence and new instances dominate headlines at AWS re:Invent

aws-reinventMore than 32,000 IT pros gathered in Las Vegas this week for Amazon’s AWS re:Invent 2016 and a look at what’s new with the cloud platform. Each day is a firehose of new announcements, ranging from minor updates to major upheavals.

Here are some of the most interesting announcements from the conference so far:

New instances. The first wave of announcements centered on AWS’ bread-and-butter IaaS offerings, with CEO Andy Jassy unveiling new instance families and capabilities during his keynote earlier today. These range from fairly straightforward new generations of the Compute, IO, and memory optimized instances, to some more dramatic announcements, including:

  • GPU-as-a-service – Businesses can now attach “elastic” GPUs to any AWS Cloud instance.
  • Amazon Lightsail – A lower complexity virtual private server offering that lets you very quickly and easily set up simple servers, without the need for deep knowledge of the plumbing of AWS.
  • New F1 – FPGA instances — These deliver the ability to do hardware acceleration through field programmable gate arrays. This will open the door to some interesting new classes of problems moving to AWS where performance is absolutely critical.

Amazon Artificial Intelligence. Some of the biggest announcements today were related to the introduction of three new AI services:

  • Amazon Rekognition — Image recognition-as-a-service that enables you to detect who’s in a picture, what’s going on, and even what emotions are being expressed.
  • Amazon Polly — A text-to-speech engine with a healthy sprinkling of AI. It takes text in and produces naturally phrased speech out.
  • Amazon Lex — The brains behind Amazon’s Alexa, now offered as a service for businesses to build interactive experiences for customers. Even more intriguing, Amazon announced canned connectors between this and a number of enterprise applications, including Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, and others.

Follow me on Twitter and check back here later this week for more news, products, and reactions coming out of AWS re:Invent.

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The biggest news at Microsoft Ignite was all about Azure

microsoftMicrosoft’s flagship Ignite conference just wrapped up, and I still have Azure on my mind. The cloud computing platform received considerable attention at the conference, and for good reason: Connectivity and security improvements, as well as new partnerships, set the roadmap for its future.

Microsoft presented dozens of advancements, innovations, and upgrades at Ignite, from nifty upgrades (improvements to the Surface Pen allow it to cross out and delete text) to functional enhancements to core products (Exchange 2016 has better interoperability with SharePoint 2016). Other big stories included Docker’s inclusion in Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft’s push to “democratize AI.” Continue Reading…

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The SHI Summit: Cut the complexity out of mobile, security, and data center solutions

SHI Summit 2016 BannerWhy do we call it an IT ecosystem? Because everything is interconnected, and one weakness causes ripples up and down your IT environment.

Nothing that affects your network exists in a vacuum; for example, providing every member of the sales force with a tablet might cripple your network while confounding the network administrators and security architects maintaining a secure environment. Whether it’s adopting a mobile strategy, protecting the network from sophisticated security threats, or choosing the right data center solutions, any change will have repercussions throughout your entire environment. Continue Reading…

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4 must-see technologies at Cisco Live 2016

SHI-Cisco-Live-2016The holy grail of IT might be the single pane of glass, but it eludes many IT professionals because of all the segmented technologies and platforms they have to manage. How can an organization get there? Two words: visibility and control.

Which is why those topics will be major themes at this year’s Cisco Live, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas.

Cisco’s many acquisitions in the last year, including Internet of Things (IoT) platform Jasper and a plethora of security-oriented companies, all weave around the common threads of visibility and control. These moves highlight the industry trend toward tools that provide more insights into an IT network and answer the call for stronger asset management. Continue Reading…

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The ailments and issues that health care IT professionals are most concerned about

health care ITThe operating room is the convergence of intelligence and technology. The computers, devices, and software that make up the operating room and your doctor’s office, as well as the latest trends in health care, were on full display at HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this month. This year’s conference was attended by more than 45,000 health care IT professionals who were ready, willing, and eager to learn how to collaborate better and improve patient care through IT solutions.

Throughout the conference I met with people from all areas of health care — from providers to payers to vendors. Here are three key takeaways. Continue Reading…

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20 must-attend IT events of 2016

calendar IT eventsMark your calendars and get your travel bag packed – you better get ready for the top IT conferences scheduled for 2016. While there are hundreds of IT events this year around the globe, we’ve narrowed down the 20 events that you don’t want to miss. So get busy writing the proposal that convinces your boss to allow you to attend these events in 2016: Continue Reading…

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19 must-attend IT events of 2015

calendar IT eventsTo those in IT, the start of spring means more than warmer weather and baseball. It also signals the start of the IT conference and event season, and this year SHI has identified 19 of the events you simply can’t miss. So get out your calendar, find a carry-on bag large enough to hold your vendor swag, and prepare to catch up with SHI at the following events:   Continue Reading…

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