TECHNATION Health Privacy and Security Framework

TECHNATION Health’s Advocacy Committee is excited to share our Privacy and Security Framework version 3.0 document. We, in consultation with our members, continue to  engage with Canadian healthcare stakeholders in dialog to gain a broader consensus on the recommendations and updated versions will be published in the endeavor to build on a greater and more solid national scope for the Framework.

TN Health Privacy and Security Framework – Version 3

 

 

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This is a month to be PROUD! 

This is a month to be PROUD!

While there are have been decades of breaking down barriers in the struggle for acceptance, I wanted to reach out today in the spirit of celebration,  collaboration and support for the LGBTQ2+ community.

Diversity is at the core of what makes us unique and maybe even special – as an organization, an industry and community.  We know it hasn’t always been this way. After all, it wasn’t until 2005 that Canada legalized same-sex marriage nationwide; and not until 2016 that our first sitting Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau) marched in the Toronto Pride Parade – the  same year that June was officially declared Pride Month here in Canada.

And while we’ve come a long way, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure everyone is treated equally, at work and in life.  This was echoed in yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold LGBTQ Rights.  So let’s celebrate!

Pride Month is an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world (who can) to come together to celebrate the victories and to rally for the battles still being fought. This year’s celebration will have to be different from most; this would have marked Toronto’s 40th Pride Parade – but there will be virtual opportunities that I encourage you to look into.  Pride Toronto, for example, is hosting its first Virtual Pride, using technology as a platform to showcase the diverse talents of its community members. Check it out here.

At TECHNATION, we sincerely make it a priority to take action, to create a safe and healthy work environment for all of us, and to celebrate the incredible and unique leaders from all walks of life.  We create programs and policies that address diversity and inclusion all year long. If there are any policies you feel should be addressed, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

For a fulsome overview of Pride History – there are many resources available – I thought you might be interested in checking …

Efficient image loading

Image loading plays a great role in computer vision. This process can be a bottleneck for most CV tasks and it can be the culprit of bad performance. We need to get images from the disk as fast as possible. The most obvious example of the importance of this task would be an implementation of […]

from Learn OpenCV https://www.learnopencv.com/efficient-image-loading/…

Efficient image loading

Image loading plays a great role in computer vision. This process can be a bottleneck for most CV tasks and it can be the culprit of bad performance. We need to get images from the disk as fast as possible. The most obvious example of the importance of this task would be an implementation of […]

from Learn OpenCV https://www.learnopencv.com/efficient-image-loading/…

Efficient image loading

Image loading plays a great role in computer vision. This process can be a bottleneck for most CV tasks and it can be the culprit of bad performance. We need to get images from the disk as fast as possible. The most obvious example of the importance of this task would be an implementation of […]

from Learn OpenCV https://www.learnopencv.com/efficient-image-loading/…

Starting with OEMs – Phasing Out 32-Bit Windows 10 Support

Microsoft has recently announced they plan to phase out support for the 32-bit version of their Windows 10 operating system. This recent change will arrive in their May 2020 (version 2004) release. At least initially, this phase out is intended only for their OEM (original equipment manufacturer) devices.

Phasing out their 32-bit version is simply a sign of the continual progress and expansion that tech companies embrace as they seek to provide more capable and more powerful technology devices for their user base.

Their Statement

Microsoft’s official statement regarding the phase out advises that beginning with the 2004 version of the Windows 10 operating system, all builds will be required to only use their 64-bit version for OEM distribution. Microsoft goes on to pledge continued support for anyone who still uses the 32-bit version of their OS by continuing to release security and feature updates for the 32-bit devices.  

The Impact

Fortunately the impact of the phase out at least initially, is minimal. The 32-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system compromises only a very modest .20 percent of their overall customer base for this specific operating system. The overwhelming majority of Windows 10 users are already using the more robust 64-bit version of the OS. Of course, whenever a phase out occurs it is usually indicative of further reductions down the road. Eventually, Microsoft will likely phase out 32-bit versions altogether, although it remains to be seen how slowly or how quickly that may occur. 

Why the Change?

In terms of internal processing power, more is always better and there is simply an increased demand for 64-bit operating systems. Compared with the 32-bit version of Microsoft’s OS, the 64-bit version can handle more data at a time and it’s capable of storing more computational values, including memory addresses. With users demanding more and more service from their devices, 64-bit operating systems are easily more suited to keep up with demand. This increase in demand is also reflected in the software applications that developers create. A software app …

Zero-shot Learning : An Introduction

Deep learning based models have achieved the state of the art performance for image recognition and object detection tasks in the recent past. Many of these models are able to achieve human level performance on complex image classification datasets like ImageNet which includes a thousand diverse object classes. However, these models rely on supervised training […]

from Learn OpenCV https://www.learnopencv.com/zero-shot-learning-an-introduction/…

Starting with OEMs – Phasing Out 32-Bit Windows 10 Support

Microsoft has recently announced they plan to phase out support for the 32-bit version of their Windows 10 operating system. This recent change will arrive in their May 2020 (version 2004) release. At least initially, this phase out is intended only for their OEM (original equipment manufacturer) devices.

Phasing out their 32-bit version is simply a sign of the continual progress and expansion that tech companies embrace as they seek to provide more capable and more powerful technology devices for their user base.

Their Statement

Microsoft’s official statement regarding the phase out advises that beginning with the 2004 version of the Windows 10 operating system, all builds will be required to only use their 64-bit version for OEM distribution. Microsoft goes on to pledge continued support for anyone who still uses the 32-bit version of their OS by continuing to release security and feature updates for the 32-bit devices.  

The Impact

Fortunately the impact of the phase out at least initially, is minimal. The 32-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system compromises only a very modest .20 percent of their overall customer base for this specific operating system. The overwhelming majority of Windows 10 users are already using the more robust 64-bit version of the OS. Of course, whenever a phase out occurs it is usually indicative of further reductions down the road. Eventually, Microsoft will likely phase out 32-bit versions altogether, although it remains to be seen how slowly or how quickly that may occur. 

Why the Change?

In terms of internal processing power, more is always better and there is simply an increased demand for 64-bit operating systems. Compared with the 32-bit version of Microsoft’s OS, the 64-bit version can handle more data at a time and it’s capable of storing more computational values, including memory addresses. With users demanding more and more service from their devices, 64-bit operating systems are easily more suited to keep up with demand. This increase in demand is also reflected in the software applications that developers create. A software app …

Starting with OEMs – Phasing Out 32-Bit Windows 10 Support

Microsoft has recently announced they plan to phase out support for the 32-bit version of their Windows 10 operating system. This recent change will arrive in their May 2020 (version 2004) release. At least initially, this phase out is intended only for their OEM (original equipment manufacturer) devices.

Phasing out their 32-bit version is simply a sign of the continual progress and expansion that tech companies embrace as they seek to provide more capable and more powerful technology devices for their user base.

Their Statement

Microsoft’s official statement regarding the phase out advises that beginning with the 2004 version of the Windows 10 operating system, all builds will be required to only use their 64-bit version for OEM distribution. Microsoft goes on to pledge continued support for anyone who still uses the 32-bit version of their OS by continuing to release security and feature updates for the 32-bit devices.  

The Impact

Fortunately the impact of the phase out at least initially, is minimal. The 32-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system compromises only a very modest .20 percent of their overall customer base for this specific operating system. The overwhelming majority of Windows 10 users are already using the more robust 64-bit version of the OS. Of course, whenever a phase out occurs it is usually indicative of further reductions down the road. Eventually, Microsoft will likely phase out 32-bit versions altogether, although it remains to be seen how slowly or how quickly that may occur. 

Why the Change?

In terms of internal processing power, more is always better and there is simply an increased demand for 64-bit operating systems. Compared with the 32-bit version of Microsoft’s OS, the 64-bit version can handle more data at a time and it’s capable of storing more computational values, including memory addresses. With users demanding more and more service from their devices, 64-bit operating systems are easily more suited to keep up with demand. This increase in demand is also reflected in the software applications that developers create. A software app …

iPhone Update Includes COVID-19 Contact Tracing And Face Mask Detection

Major tech companies are always on the lookout for ways to add new features to their products and/or services. In its recent 13.5 OS release for iPhone and iPad products, Apple incorporated a new feature designed to help users with contact tracing in the event they contract COVID-19.  In this article, we will outline how the new feature works, how to enable and disable it, as well as discuss another change in function related to the virus as well.

Contact Tracing with Apple

The new contact tracing features actually uses Bluetooth data sharing rather than GPS location. When the feature is enabled, Apple securely shares a random ID associated with a user’s device with the devices of nearby users, as well as collecting their IDs. After a period of 14 days, which is considered the maximum incubation period for COVID-19, any IDs collected on devices will be deleted. If an iPhone or iPad user does contract the virus, health officials now have a way to trace individuals they may have come in contact with. In addition, if the infected individual chooses to, they can anonymously share their diagnosis with those in which they came into contact. Notified individuals can then contact their own health care provider for further instructions on what to do about their exposure to the virus.

To enable the feature, one must be using the recently released 13.5 version of Apple’s operating system. To find the new feature, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the “Settings” app.
  2. Tap on “Privacy.”
  3. Under Privacy, tap on “Health”.
  4. Under Health, tap on “COVID-19 Exposure Notifications”.

The COVID-19 Exposure Notifications can be toggled on or off (enabled or disabled) in the same manner as all of Apple’s other Settings features.

Changes With Face ID

With the advent of COVID-19, many individuals are choosing to wear a mask to cover their mouth and nose to help prevent the spread of the virus. In many areas of the country, individuals are actually required to wear some type of facial covering when out in public. This …