Building an API-Based Connected Healthcare Solution: Q&A Followup

This post originally appeared on the JBoss Middleware Blog authored by Deon Ballard.

Christina Lin (a technology evangelist for Red Hat) and Sameer Parulkar (middleware product marketing manager for Red Hat) conducted a webinar earlier this week about data integration challenges which specifically face healthcare providers. As promised, this is a brief roundup of the major questions that came out of the webinar and pointers to more detailed information about the demo. (If you would like more background on integration challenges in healthcare, we do have posts on integration architecture for healthcare and another on how to overcome integration challenges.)

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Lessons Learned: Deploying NFV infrastructure at Verizon

Teams from Verizon, Big Switch and Red Hat recently collaborated on a nine-month, large-scale network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure deployment at Verizon with much success. At this year’s OpenStack Summit, the teams shared their lessons learned, covering everything from building in required capabilities, partner integration, and scale testing to ensure continued serviceability and performance of the multi-hundred node implementation, to the organization mindset necessary to take on an innovative shift like this.

Source: OpenStack Summit

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Accidental encounters of the innovative kind.

It was purely by accident that I looked across the street from the tallest building between New York and Chicago in downtown Cleveland and saw the words Global Center for Health Innovation imprinted boldly in front of an imposing building. I was immediately drawn to the words Health and Innovation. This was the first of three accidental encounters that I experienced during this visit. Accidental experiences have been a hallmark of innovation over the years.

Red Hat at HIMSS with Nadhan

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Software-defined networking tops leading technologies list for 2016.

It looks like software-defined networking (SDN) is a top technology investment this year. At least that’s what a recent Computer Economics study found. In fact, SDN ranked #1, according to the the study, which polled IT organizations on their experiences with 12 leading technologies and ranked them based on their overall risk-reward profile.

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Oil & Energy: Growth is on the horizon.

2015 was a very hard year for many of the industries’ energy companies, especially giving the downturn in the price of oil as well as the decrease in the number of offshore permits applied for and granted here in the United States. The oil industry in the United States has lost 70,000 jobs in the downturn, the Federal Reserve estimates. At least ten U.S. oil and gas companies, accounting for more than $2 billion in debt, had filed for bankruptcy in the fourth quarter of 2015.

And given the current political climate, who knows what the future will bring, regardless of which side of the election you might be on. But there are bright spots, especially with open source in the oil and energy sectors.

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Tune In: Banking on built-in security checks

You’ve seen the headlines: Financial services are a top target for hackers. From breaches at Anthem to cyberattacks at JPMorgan Chase, cybercrime has repeatedly been bad news for financial services companies, affecting not just customer accounts but share prices as well. The good news is financial services companies are beginning to shield themselves from breaches by activating automatic security checks in their applications as they build them.

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OpenStack Summit Austin: A Red Hat Week in Review

It’s always great to hear from companies that have adopted OpenStack and are already reaping rewards. Last week, at the OpenStack Summit, we got to hear terrific stories from several companies, including Verizon, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and more. Red Hat punctuated those stories with some of its own innovation, including the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs and the addition of a VNF (Virtualized Network Function) certification level for our partners.

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