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Health Wildcatters – As the Seed Grows

So, you’re an entrepreneur with a bright idea around technology in the healthcare industry. You have the necessary technical and business knowledge and you’ve put together a small, dedicated team. You’ve planted your technology seed and you’re bootstrapping your business.

Everything at this point is relying on you. Whether you succeed or fail depends, arguably, on whom you know, what your cash flow situation is, the guidance available to you, having a competitive advantage, and even having a workplace environment conducive to development of your idea. Without these things, your technology seed may never take root.

To help meet these challenges, the Dallas-Texas-based Health Wildcatters organization, a spin-off of the Tech Wildcatters, a Forbes Top-10 Accelerator program, provides a mentorship-driven healthcare seed accelerator program for early stage healthcare startups.

Last year, I participated in the educational HIPAA presentation and one-on-one event hosted by Health Wildcatters and sponsored by Layered Tech. Since HIPAA compliant hosting is one of the services offered here at Layered Tech, I teach about the security practices necessary to meet healthcare regulatory standards and specifications.

At the event, there was a range of startups with technology ideas directed at the digital health, mental health, health IT, medical devices, and other areas applicable to the healthcare industry. I had the opportunity to meet with several of the entrepreneurs who gave me high-level overviews of their projects, to which I gave my opinion on the impact the HIPAA standards and specifications might have on their technology seeds and provided guidance on what security practices they might need to consider.

I came away from the event realizing that providing startups with access to the resources they need, including an understanding of the complex regulatory environment, is a win-win for everyone.

For the Health Wildcatters organization, which provides initial seed-money and resources to a limited group of entrepreneur applicants, they are well positioned to invest in the cream of the crop upon graduation from their 3-month program. For Layered Tech, there is potential for creating a HIPAA compliant secure hosting services relationship with these healthcare startups. And, for the entrepreneur, there is every opportunity to succeed and nurture the growth of his or her well-rooted technology seed.

With the healthcare IT space exploding,  programs like this 12-week accelerator platform are an ideal way to foster development of much needed technology. And, it’s gratifying to watch a seed of an idea bloom into a great business.

About the Author: Terry G. Raitt holds the CISSP certification and is the Information Security Risk Manager at Layered Technologies. His 15 years of experience in the Information Technology and Services industry includes roles as a policy enforcement manager, computer security incident manager, technical support manager, Linux/Unix system administrator, and network administrator.

Healthcare Startups, HIPAA Compliance, and Texas Hold ‘Em

Your healthcare startup has just secured its second or third round of funding as you prepare to move your apps out of beta testing and into the marketplace. It’s a heady time; your team is filled with anticipation over the impact your solutions could potentially have on the lives of millions. That is, if you last long enough to overcome all the pitfalls and obstacles that startups are subject to. You need to keep one eye on your burn rate and make sure that you’re prioritizing every dollar spent.

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Q4 Update From Layered Tech CEO Jack Finlayson

I’m excited to update you on the progress and status of Layered Technologies (LT) Inc. as we begin the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Is It Safe?

Some of you might remember the movie Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman as Babe.  In it, he is repeatedly questioned by the former Nazi SS dentist, Dr. Christian Szell and asked, “Is it safe?”

Christian Szell: Is it safe? Is it safe?

Babe: You’re talking to me?

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Think Vertical

You’ve made the decision to move to the cloud, but as with anything, all products aren’t created equal.  And like with any complex decision, you need a roadmap.

But let’s start with something important – you need to start to Think Vertical.  Many organizations have the responsibility for the compute, storage, data center and network split across manager.  Of course, when you only have a few servers in a closet and you’re running a local area network to connect your PCs, it might have been OK.   But today it doesn’t make sense.  The optimal decisions are totally connected.  Let’s say you acquire a new business in Japan. Should you get a high-speed network back to your servers in California? Should you buy a data center cloud service in Japan and put your own servers in there? Or should you connect to a compute & storage cloud service in Singapore?

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IT Doesn’t Matter?

Ten years ago, Nicholas Carr wrote a paper entitled “IT Doesn’t Matter” published in the Harvard Business Review.  He might not have realized the far-reaching effects but in many IT shops, and with many senior executives, it signaled a shift from focusing on compute, storage, data centers and networks to applications.  This also coincided with the rise of enterprise applications and, as a result, CIOs spend a lot of time discussing packaged applications, integration, and implementations, resulting in the treatment of the fundamental engine of their business as a commodity.  But in most companies, packaged applications represent less than 20% of the overall footprint.

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Should You Care About Application Performance Management?

Every customer running revenue-critical business applications should consider adding application performance monitoring and management.  For this reason, we have taken our experience deploying application performance monitoring tools for our customers and released a standard managed solution.  Our new Application Performance Management (APM) service, powered by AppDynamics, offers a “managed with” model in which we integrate APM with our customers’ managed hosting and cloud service. We handle the deployment, configuration, monitoring and assist clients with utilizing the APM solution.

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Layered Tech Commitment to Privacy Continues with Safe Harbor Recertification

With the prevalence of cybercrime, governments have enacted laws; organizations have established standards; and companies such as Layered Tech have implemented considerable administrative, technical, and physical controls on information security to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.

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ETA Eye Openers

At the 2013 Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Annual Meeting and Expo  in New Orleans recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on Hacktivism titled Managing Risk for Online Threats and Hacktivism Actions. Attending these shows allows me to experience a little bit of local culture (the food and the venue were awesome), network with colleagues and learn about what is trending in the cloud space. I’m not surprised that the trending theme this year revolved around mobile technology.
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GigaOM Tags Layered Tech for 3 of Top 5 Fastest Cloud Data Centers

GigaOM and CloudSleuth: tracking cloud data center performanceGigaOM, a leading technology news site, recently recognized Layered Tech for leading the big dogs of cloud computing in efficiency and speed. The GigaOM article highlighted Layered Tech’s superior cloud computing performance from our Chicago, Kansas City and Dallas data centers, based on Compuware/CloudSleuth’s Global Provider View. In fact, Layered Tech claimed three of the top five spots among more than 40 US-based cloud data centers competing for this honor of superior performance.

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