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With the coronavirus exorbitantly limiting in-person contact and physical appointments, healthcare providers have turned to a new tool that may change the healthcare industry in the long-term: Telehealth. Physicians can use an internet connection and smartphones, computers, or tablets to conduct virtual visits with their patients.

There are three major self-explanatory Telehealth encounters being offered currently: 1. Outpatient care during “Stay-at-Home” orders. 2. Inpatient COVID-19 related surge during various phases of the pandemic 3. Post pandemic recovery.

Telehealth programs overcome physical barriers to provide patients and caregivers access to convenient medical care. One more characteristic of telehealth that appeals to many is its ability to generate cost savings, as costs related to traveling to an in-person medical visit would not be incurred. An additional advantage of the telehealth visit is that it allows doctors to assess the patient’s home environment and whether it may be contributing to the patient’s health issue.

With these advantages of telehealth, there are also some negative sides of the concept such as cost of implementation in rural areas, cost structure, lack of internet infrastructure and so on.

In an overall sense, telehealth can be a major supplement to traditional health care by filling in gaps and making the whole process more efficient. Many health conditions are minor and do not actually require an in-person visit to diagnose and treat. For example, a person with the common cold or Flu may be inclined to visit their primary care physician when they get the sniffles, but a remote visit would take less of the doctor’s (and the patient’s) time that could be directed toward other patients. In a sense, telehealth holds the promise of triaging patients and prioritizing the immediacy of care needed.

Reference: An Article from Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy – written by Scott Boisvert, JD, Sravya Durbha, MBA and Elaine Nguyen

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Imagine waking up, not by an alarm blaring from your phone, but to the smell of coffee, light coming in your window from a curtain being drawn back, and a gentle stirring massage or vibration from your mattress. This is not a fairy tale. This is happening in Kenya and around the world. That is AIOT for you.
A lot more is changed this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak making technology professionals realize that their role is changing in this evolving contactless world.
AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things), a relatively new hot term that is the perfect amalgamation of the Internet of Things (IoT) with Artificial Intelligence (AI), is all geared up to give consumers the best of both worlds. IoT consists of interconnected objects that can collect and transfer data over wireless network without human intervention. The data can then be utilized and analyzed with AI for decision making or problem solving.
Too much geek to handle. Basically, in this connected world, we use one or the other IOT device in our daily routine. For example, wearable fitness and trackers (like Fitbits) and IoT healthcare applications, voice assistants (Siri and Alexa), Smart Homes, Smart Cities Smart TVs and so on. While the IoT connects “dumb” devices to the internet, artificial intelligence gives them a “brain” improving human-machine interactions and enhance data management and analytics.
Our own enterprises such as Safaricom, Liquid Telecom etc in Kenya has built IoT platforms and networks respectively for companies to build applications and solve consumers’ day to day challenges that are more local – From monitoring air pollution to protecting endangered wildlife to trace COVID patients in your surroundings. Our local kenyan companies such as BRCK, M-Gas, Upepo and many others have used AIOT to solve consumers’ challenges in the areas like utility, internet connectivity, farming and so on. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the Internet can positively impact how we work, live, parent, school and worship during times of uncertainty, AIoT will play a critical role in Kenya’s digital future.
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phishing attacks

This article by COLIN HARPER was originally published at CoinCentral.com 

Google Public DNS Hijacked, MEW Users Lose Funds

On April 24, 2018 the popular Ethereum wallet MyEtherWallet suffered a phishing attack on its Google Public DNS.  Some 515 ETH ($360,500) has been stolen as a result of the hack.

One Reddit user on r/myetherwallet, u/rotistain, alerted other community members of the hack this morning.  Upon waking up, rotistain accessed myetherallet.com only to notice that the link had an invalid connection certificate, labeling the site as not secure.  Proceeding anyway, rotistain used a private key to log in and was greeted with “a countdown for about 10 seconds and A tx [that sent] the available money [he] had on the wallet to another wallet.”

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Security is the top concern of every IT professional. Damaged data and information systems can mean lost customers, money, and intellectual property, cessation of business operations, and even lawsuits by affected customers and vendors. Many threats to security and security vulnerabilities can be protected with a reasonable amount of research and common business sense.

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managed services

When businesses starts exploring the idea of IT department outsourcing, they  want to figure out why they would outsource their IT support, what IT services can be outsourced, and the advantages of outsourcing IT technical support. Below is an explanation of why you should outsource your IT.

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