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    New IDC brief: the importance of intelligent systems in healthcare

    Posted by Valerie Olague
    Americas Business Group Lead

    In a recent blog post, I discussed how many security breaches of healthcare data are the result of errors in manual processes—i.e. human error. In my next post, I will discuss big data in healthcare, and how advances in understanding and processing this data is leading to breakthroughs in healthcare, but in the meantime, here’s a brief preview.

    Security. Big data. Both are critical concepts in and of themselves, but when combined together they become key elements of intelligent systems. Intelligent systems harness the flow of data across industry devices and the Internet of Things to back-end systems, enabling businesses to make more insightful decisions and drive revolutionary advances in healthcare. A new IDC solution brief, titled “Improving Healthcare Delivery with Intelligent Systems,” discusses the need for intelligent systems in healthcare. It defines their role in enabling new healthcare delivery systems that can bridge the gap between today’s new healthcare requirements, including support for the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and tomorrow’s innovations in the healthcare industry.

    To read about some innovative intelligent systems solutions in healthcare, visit our healthcare industry page.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    High availability, recovery and storage management features of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the fourth in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    As indicated in the previous blogs, customers of Embedded OEMs can now start testing the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2) that provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry-class server appliances. Today, I am going to focus on some of the advantages the new product offers in terms of high availability, recovery and storage management features.

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    Build efficient server appliances using Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the third in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    As indicated in the previous blogs, customers of Embedded OEMs can now start testing the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2) that provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry-class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for Embedded Systems to build server appliances—preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system—which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industrial devices such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores, historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent system architectures.

    Today we are going to focus on the new storage features that are included in the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems.

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    Build high performance server appliances with Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the second in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    As indicated in the previous blog, Embedded OEMs and customers can now start testing their suitability for using the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to the Windows Server 2012 R2), which provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for embedded systems to build server appliances—preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system—which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industrial devices such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores and historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent systems architectures.

    Today we are going to focus on the new performance features within virtualization, networking and automation areas that are included in Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems.

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    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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