How Cloud Computing is Improving Healthcare in Remote Populations

It’s no secret that technology plays a huge role in the healthcare industry. In fact, it’s helped with diagnosing and treating illnesses and diseases.

One area that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves in the medical industry is just how much good cloud computing has brought about for the poorer or more remote communities. With cloud technology, healthcare providers have been able to bring essential medical care to some of the world’s most remote populations.

Remote ‘cloud-caring’

In India for example, where a vast majority of the population live in remote and rural areas, it’s safe to say that healthcare access isn’t something easily accessible to these communities. Times, however, are changing as industry professionals work hard to create cloud-based equipment to store and share diagnostic information, making diagnosis and telemedicine antidotes possible. Essentially, this means that healthcare technicians, almost 8 000 of them to date, are able to work as proctors to serve those suffering in the villages more effectively. Of course, the true value of such systems must and should also be realised for Africa.

This medical program is based on the concept of data sharing. By sharing data instantly in the cloud, nurses, technicians and health care professionals have access to a reliable diagnostic system that makes it possible to provide medical treatment and advice in remote areas.

Taking a look at ReMeDi – a cloud based healthcare program

In many instances, it’s impossible for doctors and healthcare professionals to make themselves immediately and physically available to patients in outlying areas. This particular cloud based system is designed to bridge the gap between these patients and doctors.

How? The cloud based program provides a video and audio system that allows patients and doctors to consult in real time and virtually, enabling the healthcare proctor to input the patient’s vitals which are then shared with the offsite physician. In this way, the Doctor can prescribe both a treatment plan and the necessary medicines.

Cloud based healthcare saves hours of travel at great expense, and can save lives too, and industry professionals are seeing this breakthrough in cloud computing based medical programs and systems, as an innovative solution to a burgeoning problem.

We think that this is just the tip of the iceberg for all of the benefits that cloud computing will bring to not only the medical industry, but every facet of our lives. If you want to learn more about the benefits of cloud computing chat to us at RMD Technology – we would love to assist.

Do you Autofill or Auto Fill? Beware of Becoming a Victim of your Personal Details

Are you, like most of us, guilty of taking the short cut and using autofill to complete online forms? Well perhaps it’s time to think again and go back to the good old days of automatically filling out your details field by field!

Signing in and out of apps, into programs and online systems, while trying to recall (or look up) the respective passwords and user name logins, seems to be all a part of our daily ritual. Consequently, and in an effort to save time, you have probably experienced the convenience of autofill, especially when you are not in the mood to fill out lengthy forms and applications online. According to web developer Viljami Kuosmanen, this could be detrimental to your personal information security.

How does autofill work?

The autofill feature is completely predictive. Once you begin to fill out your details and personal information within an online form, or login page, the autofill prompt will ask if you want your information to be “autofilled”. The feature will then complete a number of hidden fields for you. This can include details that you should keep highly confidential, such as your residential address, credit card particulars, cell phone number, ID number and more.

Of course, it works differently in each browser. For instance, in Chrome all you have to do is click once and the entire form can be filled in for you. With Safari, it’s a little different in that it will advise you on the information that will be filled in, including hidden fields. Firefox is the only browser of these three that will not submit hidden fields when filling in forms.

What’s the risk?

Phishing is the real risk when it comes to autofill. In fact, we call it autophishing. At this point you might be wondering where the risk is, inadvertently secure in the knowledge that that no-one else has access to your computer and therefore no way to get into your saved autofill features. However, phishing is not only about someone having direct access to your computer. The moment you allow the autofill feature to work on a website you are putting your personal information into cyberspace, and with little knowledge of the type of security that the website offers, you are putting your personal details at risk.

Can you avoid being a victim? Absolutely! If you aren’t familiar with the website and company, make sure that you disable the autofill feature in your browser. A simple solution to a potential problem that could complicate your life. Keeping yourself safe and secure online is essential in this day and age.

Need more information and advice on protecting yourself while using the internet? Feel free to chat to us at any time.