Over the last couple of years, Amazon appears to have been laying the foundations for a more significant healthcare push. Amazon is hardly the first tech titan to turn its attention to the health space: Google has DeepMind and Verily; the Apple Watch can now offer you an ECG, while IBM is pushing Watson and numerous strands of healthcare industry software. Even Facebook has in the past dipped its toe in the market with a data-sharing project.The reasons for Amazon's interest in the healthcare market are likely to be same ones that the sector appeals to its competitors. "Amazon likes to target two kinds of industry: the first is where they see an opportunity to reform, where it's not the most user friendly of industries, where there's a lack of trust... The second is where they see a lot of uneven profit margins being distributed, where a few companies are making a lot of money, they have high profit margins and customers are unhappy." In the case of healthcare, intermediaries like … [Read more...] about Amazon’s next big thing: Prime, but for healthcare?
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On Wednesday, just days ahead of Google’s Cloud Next conference, Amazon hosted its annual Amazon Web Services cloud computing conference, AWS Summit, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. It didn’t hold back. SageMaker, the Seattle company’s full-stack machine learning platform, saw two major updates: SageMaker Streaming Algorithms and SageMaker Batch Transform. The former, which is available for neural network models created with Google’s TensorFlow, lets customers stream data from AWS’s Simple Storage Service (S3) directly into SageMaker GPU and CPU instances. The latter allows them to transfer large training datasets without having to break them up with an API call. In terms of hardware, Amazon added Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to its Snowball Edge system, an on-premises Intel Xeon-based platform for data processing and collection. And it enhanced the local storage, compute, data caching, and machine learning inference capabilities … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Matt Wood on the major takeaways from AWS Summit 2018
Amid concerns about its handling of user data, Facebook last month quietly put on hold a project to share data with hospitals, the company confirmed to ZDNet. As first reported by CNBC, Facebook planned to exchange anonymized data with health organizations, including Stanford Medical School and the American College of Cardiology, for the purpose of medical research.The project, a Facebook representative confirmed to ZDNet, would have focused on producing general insights that would help medical professionals take social connectedness into account as they develop treatment or intervention programs for their patients.The project was housed in Building 8, the Facebook research lab known for working on ambitious projects such as the development of a brain-speech interface.However, the project was paused in March, following the revelation that the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from millions of Facebook users. Facebook is adjusting its approach to user privacy in the … [Read more...] about Facebook pauses effort to exchange data with hospitals
The self-service delivery model of the public cloud brings many benefits, but of course undermines the traditional IT server provisioning model. Now that developers can allocate resources themselves with the swipe of a credit card, enterprise security teams have their work cut out for them.How can IT security teams enable their organizations to harness the cloud’s flexibility and virtually infinite scale while maintaining control over corporate IT and data? This article explores the challenges enterprises face in enforcing security policies on the hybrid cloud, as well as the architectural solution Bracket Computing offers to address those challenges. Hybrid cloud challengesEnterprises are encountering three primary challenges as they adopt hybrid cloud environments.First, hybrid cloud means hybrid complexity. The heterogeneity of cloud service providers’ offerings creates massive complexity for teams trying to interpret and enforce the same set of security policies … [Read more...] about Bracket Computing: A better model for cloud security
With more than 35 years of health IT experience, UC Irvine Health CIO Chuck Podesta has witnessed the dramatic evolution of IT as well as the impact that technology has had in transforming medical operations and patient care. That said, Podesta believes the healthcare industry still lags in certain areas, particularly in its adoption of cloud computing and its efforts to develop effective, efficient partnerships with vendors. As a frequent speaker at national conferences, Podesta offers strategies to bring health IT to its next level while at the same time developing strategies that advance the effectiveness of his own organization's technology. Here, he shares some of his insights and ideas:You've advocated for faster cloud adoption among healthcare institutions. What's your cloud strategy? We typically look to see if a new product has a cloud-based solution. We're moving to a new materials management system, for example, and the product we're looking at has a cloud solution, so that … [Read more...] about Healthcare CIO advocates a faster move to the cloud