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Retaking Control Over Our Own Privacy

Mike Feibus

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We’ve spent much of the past few years watching in dismay as new reports shed light on just how the internet giants like Facebook and Google have been treating our personal data. Most of us want to take some control of our information, surveys reveal, but don’t know how.

Help may be on the way. This new brief from FeibusTech, produced in association with FigLeaf, builds a framework for what an online privacy service should look like, now and in the future. Read that HERE.

Continuity of Care Takes Shape at HIMSS19

Mike Feibus

Buoyed by a combination of rich product and service selection, as well as a clearer path to reimbursement for clinicians, remote patient monitoring began to break through at HIMSS19 last week in Orlando.

The centerpiece for many of these new core solutions, like what’s shown here at HP’s booth, are intelligent home health gateways. Care providers are configuring kits around home health hubs to help keep patients healthier and more engaged, addressing a wider variety of conditions with a growing number of connected devices.

In the years ahead, the adaptability of home health gateways will serve the market well, as emerging technologies like 5G, voice UI and rich new sensor data will enhance existing capabilities and create new ones. FeibusTech expects myriad improvements to the insight clinicians will have at their disposal to keep patients healthier, minimize preventable readmissions and contain costs.

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Sleep-Tech Rises & Shines at CES

Mike Feibus

The popular Sleep-Tech section at CES grew more than 20 percent over 2018. (Photo: Mike Feibus)

The popular Sleep-Tech section at CES grew more than 20 percent over 2018. (Photo: Mike Feibus)

As it happens, the over-stimulating city of Las Vegas during the bustling CES consumer electronics event turned out to be a great place to be for those in search of a good night’s sleep. The Sleep Tech section of exhibits hosted chillers, headbands - even smartphone apps - to help improve shuteye. The popular section grew more than 20 percent over 2018, while overall square footage on the show floor was flat.

Check out my latest column in the Tech section of USA Today for a rundown of the latest sleep tech.

Time to Give Wearables Another Look?

Mike Feibus

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Wearables today are smarter. They have better battery life. They give better advice.

So if you’re on the millions who years ago stuffed their old fitness tracker into the sock drawer, then it may be time to take another look. In my latest column for the Tech section of USA Today, I look at three new wearables: the Apple Watch Series 4, the Fitbit Charge 3 and Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch. Is one of them right for you?

Find out. Check out my column here. For some added insight you won’t find in USA Today, don’t miss my latest FT Insights video HERE on YouTube.

Remote Monitoring Gets Real at Connect2Health

Mike Feibus

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The future’s long seemed rosy for remote patient monitoring as a great way to expand the footprint of care in this country and around the globe. And while long-term prospects are still huge, the segment is really starting to take off in the here and now.

That was certainly the vibe at the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week. But you can see for yourself. I produced a suite of videos at the show on behalf of Intel. Once you see them, I think you’ll agree that remote monitoring is here NOW - and the Intel Health Application Platform is a growing part of it.

Reid Oakes, HP’s head of healthcare. Reid and I discuss agile care, the importance of data for quality care, and HP's collaboration with Intel to make that all possible.

Jennifer Esposito, GM of Intel’s Health & Life Sciences Group. Last day of the show. I caught up with Jennifer on the show floor to discuss the big takeaways from Connected Health.

Intel and Aventyn share results of a promising new study. Filmed on the show floor and on location at Dignity Health’s Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Arizona, the pilot gives us a glimpse of what’s possible with remote patient monitoring.

Enrique Estrada, Director of Strategic Solutions, Care Innovations. At Connected Health, Care Innovations unveiled a kit that enables a new level of flexibility to respond to patients’ changing conditions. It’s based on iHAP, Intel’s home health hub.

Barry Reinhold, President & CTO, LNI (Lamprey Networks). The underlying standards are critical to give providers the ability to mix and match personal health devices and ship the data into the electronic medical records. Barry explains why Continua and FHIR are so important to the underlying framework - and why it’s a big deal that Intel’s health application platform supports both.

Smart Speaker & Mesh WiFi: Netgear Jumpstarts New Category

Mike Feibus

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Netgear today unveiled Orbi Voice, a first-of-its-kind hybrid product that merges the best of two fast-growing smart home products: whole-home mesh Wi-Fi and high-quality smart speakers. 

The speaker is co-developed and co-branded with premium audio maker Harman Kardon. But it's more than just a great-sounding speaker. Orbi Voice also acts as a mesh-network satellite. So rather than slowing Wi-Fi with real-time bandwidth demands - as many intelligent speakers do - Orbi Voice actually improves performance by managing communications as well as extending the network into far corners of the home.

Orbi Voice is powered by Qualcomm chipsets, and makes use of the wireless pioneer's latest self-organizing network, or SON, technology.

So, better together! I'm sure we'll be seeing more combination mesh Wi-Fi/smart speaker combinations, at different price points. Speaking of which ... 

If you already have an Orbi mesh system, you can buy the Orbi Voice Satellite as a standalone item, for $299.99. Or you can pick up a kit for $429.99. Those are suggested retail prices, so you might be able to find them for less.

I'll be adding the Orbi Voice Satellite to my Orbi Pro network soon. So stay tuned for my thoughts on this category-creating product!

Galaxy Tab S4: Now, Windows on an Android Tablet

Mike Feibus

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Just to clarify, I mean to say that you can now have multiple windows open for all your Android apps – that's windows with a lower-case “w.” We’re not talking Microsoft Windows. The Tab S4, announced today, features DeX, Samsung’s multitasking productivity platform for Android. That’s not unusual for a flagship device from the electronics giant. What is new, however, is that DeX will run right on the tablet, even without an external display attached.

That means you can edit a Word document in one window while watching a livestream in another. That’s actually what I’ll be doing from the beach next week, when Samsung holds its annual Unpacked reveal in New York City! And one nice DeX enhancement with this version: you can now resize any window, not just DeX-aware apps.

There’s no dock for the S4. An external display connects via the USB-C port. Of course, if you’re interested in the Tab S4 as a productivity device, then you’ll want the optional keyboard. It’s $149.99, though it’s 50 percent off if you buy it with your Tab S4 by midnight … on September 8th. (The Tab S4 itself starts at $649.99 for the 64GB version.)

The specs were well-leaked in recent weeks, for the most part. Just to call out a couple highlights: a larger, 10.5-inch display packed into the same form factor as the Tab S3, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of system memory, 64GB or 256GB of storage, 13MP and 8MP cameras and a beefy 7,300mAh battery for all-day operation – and fast charging to boot. LTE is optional. Qualcomm’s 2x2 802.11ac is standard, which means a stronger Wi-Fi signal for faster connections and better range. The device also has Bluetooth 5.0, which is faster and lower power than previous versions. Here is Samsung's Tab S4 press release.

Speaking of Bluetooth, the Tab S4 has one other nice touch: it supports Bluetooth mice, which means you can really be in full-on desktop mode with the POGO-attached keyboard, a Bluetooth mouse and a large display, bouncing between all the open applications just like you would on a Windows desktop.

This time, I do mean Windows with a capital “W.”

I’ll have one of these bad boys in hand soon, so stay tuned for a more detailed run-through. And also the Note9, which, you know, we’ll talk more about next week!

Downsizing the Big Data Problem

Mike Feibus

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Machine learning, the most common foundation for building artificial intelligence algorithms, absolutely requires big data to identify patterns. That turns out to be one of the biggest hurdles for AI today.

Researchers often don't have enough data to give them a sample size large enough to draw conclusions. Combining multiple data stores to build a sufficiently large set can be a very expensive, time-consuming and labor-intensive process.

Montefiore Health Systems in New York seems to have overcome this tyranny of big data in the healthcare space. Their sophisticated PALM platform is able to blend multiple data stores and churn out life-saving AI algorithms with a speed and ease that few believed possible.

In cooperation with Intel, Montefiore embedded Mike Feibus, FeibusTech's Principal Analyst, into the healthcare system to learn more about this game-changing new platform, and how Intel Xeon Scalable processors are helping to drive the PALM team's success. Don't miss Embedded Analyst: AI Without Borders, FeibusTech's compelling new Research Brief.

Afraid of Needles? Help is On the Way

Mike Feibus

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As many as one in four of us HATE needles. Some will even go so far as to forego the care we need just to steer clear of syringes.

Finally, needle-free innovations are beginning to poke their way through. Find out more. Check out my latest on what's here, and what's coming soon, in the Tech section of USA TODAY. If you're only interested in hearing about it, then head on over to iHeart Radio, where I talk about my column on The Daily Dive. Feel free to skip over the important issues of the day and head straight to my segment. It begins at the 13-minute mark.

The Beginning of the End of Passwords

Mike Feibus

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When it comes to enterprise security, people are the weakest link. They give away their passwords by clicking on phishing emails. And by storing them on Post-It Notes and spreadsheets. And by making them easy to guess with passwords like 'Password' and 'Password123.'

Now, finally, technology is at the point where IT managers can actually dispense with passwords. So the network is secure. And employees get access quickly and painlessly.

Everbody wins! Find out how. Read my latest CIO Magazine column HERE.

This Is Facebook's Tylenol Moment

Mike Feibus

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Facebook's latest crisis of trust has landed the mega-social network at a crucial crossroads, and its relevancy just may be hanging in the balance. To survive, CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to snag a page from James Burke's playbook. Burke, the late CEO of Johnson & Johnson, successfully navigated his company through the Tylenol scare 35 years ago.

Find out how - and see what lessons there are for Facebook. Read my latest CIO Magazine column HERE.

Open Wi-Fi: A Cure for TS?

Mike Feibus

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Have you ever faced a purchasing decision so weighty and daunting that you delayed or avoided it altogether?

I have a name for the phenomenon. I call it “Threshold Syndrome,” or TS. People with TS know that what they want is waiting for them on the other side of the proverbial door. But the gravity of the decision keeps them from passing through. They worry that the cost of making a bad choice could be life-altering. So they linger in the doorway.

IT buyers know TS all too well. They typically come down with it when they take on new network deployments. Because they know that once they pull the trigger, they’ll be locked into a vendors’ system. Which means that they go as the vendor goes. If the vendor raises prices for new hardware or tacks on maintenance fees for new services, then they pay more. And if the vendor is late with new hardware, then the state-of-the-network lags.

Fortunately for network decision-makers, an antidote for TS is gaining momentum in the marketplace: open Wi-Fi. By giving IT the power to mix and match compatible hardware, software and services from different vendors, open Wi-Fi effectively breaks down big deployment decisions into smaller, more palatable choices. If the access points turn out to be disappointing, for example, IT can turn to a different supplier for upgrade and expansion.

Naturally, prices will come down and quality will rise once vendors are forced to compete at every turn. It’s one reason FeibusTech is forecasting growth in enterprise Wi-Fi deployments to accelerate.

Open Wi-Fi is gaining steam in the marketplace. At the Open Compute Project’s annual US Summit this week, in fact, the 3,000 or so attendees and exhibitors will be treated to Wi-Fi connectivity by way of the first-ever all-open, large-scale deployment, courtesy Mojo Networks and Edgecore Networks. It’s a significant, if symbolic, milestone in the legitimacy of open Wi-Fi.

And, in the process, we’re one step closer to stamping out TS in the enterprise.

OCP: One Small Step for Open Wi-Fi ...

Mike Feibus

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Facebook founded the Open Compute Project seven years ago with a vision of building powerful, cost-efficient datacenters and networks. So imagine how demotivating it would have been for attendees and exhibiters at the OCP’s US Summit next week in San Jose to be forced to connect to the internet over pricey, proprietary Wi-Fi networks.

Two OCP members decided that was unacceptable, and decided to do something about it. So together, Mojo Networks and Edgecore Networks built the first large large-scale open Wi-Fi network for the 3,000 Summit attendees and exhibitors, spanning 75,000 square feet of the San Jose Convention Center. Mojo’s cloud-managed suite, Cognitive WiFi, is serving as the network’s operating system for Edgecore’s access points.

Now that’s motivation!

FTInsights: 2018 - Takeoff Time For Remote Patient Monitoring?

Mike Feibus

Follow along as I interview Eric Rock, founder and CEO of Vivify Health, one of the largest remote care platforms on the market today. We're talking about cost management, establishing a hierarchy of care, transitional care and patient self-management. More and more, the remote patient monitoring and interpretation of data is blurring the lines between wellness, prevention, to diagnosis and treatment. It's also disrupting the traditional onboarding of patients to providers in an in-office environment, and that's not a bad thing.