Welcome to the premier issue of Healthcare Enterprise, a quarterly supplement for business-technology executives in the health-care industry from the editors of InformationWeek and Optimize.
Over the past few years, health-care providers, suppliers, and insurers have moved out of the technology shadows and into the limelight of IT innovation. Just look at the InformationWeek 500 list of the most innovative users of technology: This year and last, seven of the top 50 companies were in health care. That's more than any other industry on the list.
It's easy to understand why. Increased competition, government regulations, and watchdog groups are motivating health-care companies to aggressively use business technology to tackle a formidable list of challenges, including compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, patient safety, the quality of medical care, and a shortage of nurses and other caregivers.
Our mission with Healthcare Enterprise is to inform health-care professionals on ways that business technology can address these challenges. The theme of this first issue, how competing health-care organizations share clinical patient data, is just one area where innovative companies are using business technology to enhance communication, optimize processes, reduce errors, and improve supply chains.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.