Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Tony Nguyen

Block Chain and EHRs

With Block Chain technology being a buzzword in today’s technological landscape, experts believe the health care industry will be utilizing block chain technology. When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996, it required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish regulations to protect the privacy and security of health records. Following the implementation of HIPAA, the health care industry started to move to Electronic Health Records (EHR). EHRs are patient charts/records that are digital. They are shareable from your primary physician to your pharmacist. Block chain technology is a trusted decentralized ledger which makes it difficult to hack. With health records containing sensitive information, block chain technology has increasingly been appealing to health care professionals – especially with the influx of data breaches occurring over the past decade. Do you think the health care industry will be adopting block chain technology in the near future? How do you think block chain technology will affect the health care industry?

Huawei’s Enterprise Storage Service

The Chinese conglomerate Huawei, mostly known for its smartphones has unveiled an enterprise storage solution for its public cloud. The company claims that its competitors AWS, Microsoft, and Google do not provide enterprise class services such as primary data storage. Through Huawei’s robust resources and data-on-demand model, the company was able to create a Dedicated Enterprise Storage Service (DESS). The DESS allows customers to seamlessly transfer their applications and data to Huawei’s public cloud. The benefits of this new addition to Huawei’s public cloud includes a 20% higher IOPS/LUN ratio, active redundancy, and an extension to cloud based data analytics. Do you think AWS, Microsoft, and Google will be able to compete with this DESS service? Do you think this will make those on the fringe of switching to the cloud actually make the jump? Do you think Huawei’s competitors will come out with something similar to retain their customers?

The Government’s Technological Lag

As discussed in class, there are pros and cons to legacy systems and ERPs. The government is notorious for adopting new technology. With vendors hosting their applications in the cloud, the government is hesitant to make the big switch from their core legacy systems to cloud based applications.  Although the government is hesitant with moving their core systems to the cloud, they have slowly moved to the cloud for collaboration and productivity services that are provided by Google and Microsoft. The CIO of Santa Clara County, California, Ann Dunkin believes the main reason holding back federal agencies from moving to their core systems to the cloud is that they have too much invested with the customization of their software packages. As it is evident that legacy systems can be costly as time goes on, “in 2010, about 68 percent of the federal IT budget was spent on operations and maintenance. That amount was forecast to rise to 77 percent this year, according to a 2016 Government Accountability Office report — due in part to the increasing cost of maintaining legacy hardware and older applications.” Although the government is notorious for using dated technology, they need to slowly make the switch to the cloud. Making the big leap to the cloud may increase efficiency across departments and hopefully change the public’s perception on the government. How soon do you think the federal government will move to the cloud from their core systems? What else do you think is holding back this transition from their legacy systems to the cloud? What can be done to ensure this will be a smooth transition?