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If imagery of fresh baked cookies with a tall glass of Nesquik chocolate milk are dancing in your head as you kick back and relax on the couch with your newly purchased game of Monopoly from Toys ‘R Us – then you aren’t far off. That’s right, these quintessential brands amongst others, rule the psyches of our everyday lives. In the world of Sunesys, we are no different. Shep has also consumed our hearts with his iconic branding. Read more of this post

Keeping Pace with Changes in Health Care IT: An Outsider’s Perspective

Health_Care_IT_RhythmAs a company, we work with customers from many industries. I often try to put myself in my customer’s position in an effort to gain some insight. The specific individuals we work with are usually the IT professionals in those organizations – the CIO/CMIO, Infrastructure Manager and Solutions Architect to name a few generic titles. My objective is to try and understand what problems that individual is facing that we may help solve.

As it applies to the health care industry, this exercise is getting more complicated almost by the day. Just consider the following news and events, all of which occurred in the past few weeks:

  • HHS, CMS and the Office of the ONC issued proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules as well as 2015 Health IT Certification Criteria,
  • A major breach of patient data was reported by a large insurer,
  • Congress brought so-called “doc fix” legislation to a vote (the House passed it, the Senate postponed action until mid-April)

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Telehealth, Net Neutrality and A “New” Internet?

shutterstock_50712442What does telehealth have to do with net neutrality? Both are the latest buzzwords and until recently, vaguely defined terms. Telehealth, although still evolving, generally entails all things involving patient care that require the transmission of data. Net neutrality has been defined by the FCC’s recent release of a Net Neutrality order. And their correlation? Some have asked the question: Is net neutrality really the best thing for telehealth efforts? With no specific language regarding the prioritization of medical information, the Order basically equates the diagnostic transmission of a brain tumor at the same level as the latest skateboarding cat video! There are numerous other analogies to make this point but at the present time, every industry’s information (whether it be adult content, television, YouTube etc.) is equal to your medical information.

Back in the days when the Internet started out, everybody saw the future through his or her own lens. The Health IT community made statements like, “between 30% and 50% of the Internet would be consumed by medical information;” this was a visionary statement at the time, but the premise of medical information growing was largely true, albeit slow and still developing. In modern day, other industries have taken off, consuming much of the Internet traffic with ever-evolving applications, such as digital TV, set to bring more traffic to the information highway. Where does this leave telehealth? Right now, it finds itself treated at the same level as your neighbor’s kid playing Game of War. Read more of this post

Out with the Old, in with the New: Fiber Over Copper

Technology RecycledEnterprises across the country are moving away from traditional, legacy-based, last-mile operators and aggressively looking towards fiber-owned carriers to provide fiber infrastructure for their growing needs. A number of factors are driving this movement; at the top of the list, BANDWIDTH. Just a few years ago, the pinnacle of bandwidth was a 1.5Mbps T1 line. If you look at growing Ethernet demands nationally, we are moving from 100MB to 1GB, from 1GB to 10GB and from 10GB to 100GB at a surprising rate. IP-centric applications, such as IP voice, SIP Trunking, cloud based IT services and applications, unified communications, and video conferencing, are driving the demand for higher bandwidth utilization.

In the migration towards higher bandwidth offerings, numerous enterprises have come to the basic realization that obtaining this level of throughput is near to impossible on traditional, copper-based infrastructure. I’ll say it: copper is dead and here’s why fiber optics have replaced it: Read more of this post

Then and Now: Optics Long History in Communications

Alexander Graham Bell IPADHave you ever walked into a building, mesmerized by the interior? The high vaulted ceilings, domed roof or marble adornments? Often we get so caught up in the interior, we forget that this marvel would be near to impossible without the foundation upon which it stands. The same is true for network connectivity.

Many people use modern technologies such as mobile smartphones, broadband Internet service, and applications in the Cloud without realizing the extent of the underlying infrastructure that is required to deliver those products and services. Businesses and individuals increasingly rely on more advanced and technologically complex networks and applications and have an ever-increasing need for more and more bandwidth. Whether people realize it or not, what enables this to happen is a worldwide network of fiber optic infrastructure which exists at the Layer 1, “The Physical Layer,” or Layer 2, “The Data Link.” Read more of this post

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