Consensus Cloud Solutions at HIMSS22 launched Consensus Clarity, which integrates natural language processing and artificial intelligence to help healthcare organizations transform unstructured digital patient documents and clinical content into structured, consumable data.
With Consensus Clarity, healthcare providers can extract the information needed to improve decision-making processes across the continuum of care, the company said.
Tests and treatments delayed?
“When documents are unstructured, they show up in workflows without any relevant data, which means healthcare staff have to manually review and sort them before they can take action,” said Scott Turicchi, CEO from Consensus Cloud Solutions. “This leads to delayed testing and treatment and often poorer health outcomes.
“Consensus Clarity helps solve these problems by uncovering actionable and insightful information that can enable better coordination of care,” he added. “The launch of this solution supports our mission to transform and improve the secure exchange of digital information.”
The responsible use of AI continues to provide significant opportunities for healthcare leaders to streamline administrative processes and provide more efficient patient care with improved patient and provider experiences, said Steve Griffiths, senior vice president for data and analytics at Optum Labs, the research and development arm of UnitedHealth Group.
“These leaders are not just AI users, but they have the opportunity to be seen as role models across industries in their commitment to using AI responsibly,” he said.
Protect valuable data backups
CloudWave, an independent healthcare cloud software hosting and managed services provider, has unveiled OpSus Vault.
Data is growing exponentially and is more critical than ever to powering healthcare. OpSus Vault is designed to protect a healthcare organization’s valuable data backups from increasingly effective ransomware and malicious insider threats by creating a secure, offline and immutable storage location, according to the company.
In the case of ransomware and other threats, a hospital’s existing backups are often infected along with the main production environment. Additionally, there has been an increase in malicious actors targeting backup infrastructure to further disrupt operations.
The company says OpSus Vault is designed to help create an immutable backup consisting of a self-contained copy with separate security protocols that is locked down to prevent encryption, modifications, and deletions.
Separated from data storage and computing environment
This immutable storage location is intended to separate the additional protected copy from the rest of the data storage and computing environment, particularly the domain structure, for an additional layer of assurance. OpSus Vault deploys a secure and isolated cloud storage location that receives a backup set from an additional scheduled backup job.
The cloud location then replicates a copy of its content stored in a secure vault, located on a separate domain, with an immutable storage policy. While this immutability policy is in effect, modification and deletion of data is not permitted, and access is prohibited.
Therefore, if a security incident renders a healthcare organization’s normal backup sets unusable, CloudWave will make available a recent copy of the immutable backup. As a result, OpSus Vault’s immutable backup can be restored much faster than bypassing corrupt primary and secondary copies, the company claims.
“Most organizations know how to design a backup system to store multiple copies on different media with at least one remote backup set, but those backups can still be deleted if the proper credentials are compromised,” said Matt Donahue. , CTO at CloudWave. “By isolating backups to a separate domain and enforcing an immutability policy, OpSus Vault adds additional layers of protection against these types of threats.”