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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Solving patient-data breaches starts with human solutions

    Posted By Valerie Olague
    Americas Business Group Lead

    You hear or read about it almost every day: Patient healthcare data breaches involving thousands, even hundreds of thousands of patient records. It can happen in hospitals, physicians’ offices, research centers and nearly everywhere patient data records are held. As a consumer of healthcare, I certainly get nervous with every new article, wondering “Who has access to my medical information?”

    Is the problem with the software systems? In some cases, yes. For example, I recently read how some free mobile health applications sell user information to advertisers. As a marketer, I can see some potential user benefits to this.  For one, if I upload information indicating I have a bad cold and within an hour I get a coupon for free nasal spray, that’s not so bad. But what about having a deeply personal medical issue and suddenly your name is made available to every company that wants to profit from your illness?  Picture a phone call while eating dinner with the family at home and your child picks up the phone to hear a pre-recorded message on the advantages of Viagra. That’s not so good.

    Thanks to the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), I don’t have to worry about being denied insurance due to a pre-existing illness if I decided to leave my job. But that doesn’t mean my healthcare records should be easily available to insurance companies … or to advertisers. The PPACA also includes a new mandate for Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems that is set to take effect in 2014. Healthcare providers are now attempting to get these systems implemented before the deadline and outside of cost, security of patient data is high on the list for the selection process. Some companies don’t trust larger EMR and EHR software vendors and thus try to write the systems themselves. The Pentagon has already spent five years and more than $1 billion trying to do just this but found it was a lot harder than they thought.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    EWF – Mass deployment check list for Windows Embedded Standard 7

    For the past several months we have received several mass deployment related queries for EWF. Many customers had skipped or were unaware of the Sysprep requirement. To help customers we have compiled a checklist for use during mass deployment of images containing EWF. Hope it helps!

    1. Install and fine tune the master image. Disable HORM and EWF. Restart the machine.

    2. Sysprep (available in %WINDIR%\System32\Sysprep directory) the image by running <sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown>. This will generalize the image and render all system components (including write filters) and settings suitable for mass deployment. Upon completion the machine will be shutdown.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Big Data and Charlie Brown

    Posted By Valerie Olague
    Americas Business Group Lead

    Only animal lovers could understand the bond I have with my dog, Charlie Brown, a pit bull/Chow mix that I found as a stray dog roaming my neighborhood eight years ago. My friends make fun of the human characteristics I attribute to Charlie, but those of us who believe in books such as The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein know that our companions are more than just pets. 

    So when Charlie developed a cyst on his back last month, I didn’t hesitate to pay for surgery to remove it. The veterinary clinic offered to throw in a free dental cleaning while he was under anesthesia and so it goes that during this cleaning, they found that Charlie had melanoma inside of his mouth. It turns out that the Chow genes that help color Charlie’s tongue purple also contributes to a higher rate of melanoma in canines. 

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    EWF Overlay Limits on Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and 2011

    Introduction

    When using Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) in RAM or RAMREG mode several customers might assume the EWF overlay is limited solely by the availability of physical memory. Consequently, many assume they will be able to achieve an overlay twice as big on a system with 2 GB RAM than on a system with 1 GB RAM. This is not true by any means. This article explains the factors that limit the overlay size and the significant improvements seen on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.

    If you are interested more in the conclusion than the internals, skip the following sections and jump directly to the “Results and Conclusion” section.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    March Madness

    Posted By Werner Reuss
    Windows Embedded Business Lead for Germany and Eastern Europe

    No, I’m not talking about the college basketball tournament that is so popular in the U.S., I’m talking about the maddening number of events I have attended over the past few weeks. And while being on the road can be tiring, it’s really worth it to meet with customers and partners, and gauge the reaction to intelligent systems in real time.

    The feedback about the intelligent systems concept and messaging remains unchanged. It resonates very well with partners and with customers. Events provide an opportunity to show something more tangible to drive broader awareness on embedded technology trends and how Microsoft can help enterprises capitalize on them.

    My key takeaway from these events is that the market is changing…fast.

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    The madness began at Embedded World, held in Nuremberg in late February. Unlike other tradeshows with waning attendance, Embedded World grew this year, to 22,547 visitors. Around 70% of the visitors came from Germany, the rest from various EMEA countries.

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