August 27, 2014

Clinical Intelligence and Analytics: The Future of Healthcare Delivery
Our opportunity is now to enable the processes that deliver the right information, in the right context, to the right person at the right time. Our opportunity is now to keep patients as healthy as possible while minimizing admissions and care cost. Our opportunity is now to deliver better, more efficient, more valuable healthcare. And while our opportunity may be ripe now, our future—the future of the healthcare industry and the impact we can have on our communities—is only just beginning. The question is whether or not we will turn opportunity into reality fast enough, or if we will continue to lag behind as an industry.

Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis
A handful of applications already exist that allow users, aid workers, and other medical practitioners to test and share results for illnesses such as HIV, malaria, and flu using only a smartphone. Why are such technologies not being used to test and track Ebola? Geo-referenced, real-time maps of infected patients could be key to tracking and controlling the spread of the virus. In a potential global crisis such as this, the World Health Organization has already called on governments to use exceptional measures, and the US FDA has bypassed its normally rigorous approval processes to fast-track military technology for civilian use.

Big Data scientists get 100 recruiter emails a day
Offering salaries of $200,000 to $300,000 for data scientists with just a couple years of experience, tech recruiters are also going after academics with experience in areas like genome mapping and breast cancer research, dangling the big bucks to get them to help figure out what search terms people use and the impact of tiny changes in online ads. ... The Insight Data Science Fellows Program, in Silicon Valley and New York City, claims to be “your bridge to a career in data science,” offering an “intensive six-week post-doctoral training fellowship bridging the gap between academia and data science.” The programs’ website claims a 100% placement rate (duh) and notes fellows with doctoral backgrounds in astrophysics, biology, statistics, and so on.

Infographic: Four Actions to Help Employees ‘Live’ Quality
A strong quality culture not only reduces the risk for customer-facing errors, but also helps companies find new sources of value in the form of improved customer experience and employee productivity. Unfortunately, 60% of employees say they work in an environment with a weak culture of quality. Our latest infographic outlines what it means to have a “culture of quality” and the four actions quality leaders should take to build and sustain it. For more culture of quality insights, join our September 10th webinar that shows how to get business partners to act on planned quality initiatives.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: Putting Your Plan in Place
Many organizations are looking increasingly to third party solutions to perform a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and handle DR and BC/BCM initiatives. For small to medium sized businesses however, many large scale DR systems can be cost-prohibitive. Before you throw a whole lot of cash at the problem, there are four key areas you need to consider ... Take the time to calculate how much you could lose with just one to two days of downtime, and then compare this to the cost of aggressively managing your DR plan. Take the time to discuss what your current plan is, train your employees – and then test it out. If it works, you will sleep well knowing that your data is protected!

Regulatory compliance challenges mount in recession’s wake
U.S. companies, particularly those in the financial services industry, continue to wrestle with compliance regulations: Recent headlines show that the current regulatory environment remains a top issue for CEOs and that many companies have difficulty measuring the effectiveness of compliance training programs. Meanwhile, in recent weeks, PricewaterhouseCoopers was fined for watering down a bank report, and a complaint filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) alleges that 30-some U.S. tech giants are violating Safe Harbor agreements.

Eight steps for comprehensive BYOD governance
A comprehensive BYOD governance roadmap must therefore include goals, objectives, value statements, operating principles, policies, procedures, standards and guidelines that address the scope of required cultural and operating model changes. The roadmap should carefully balance strategies for device management and used with a focus on good user experience. Let's look at some good practices for establishing and maintaining safe and effective mobile BYOD practices. The good practices described below are adapted from "BYOD in the Enterprise – a Holistic Approach", ISACA Journal, Volume 1, 2013, S. Ravindran, R. Sadana and D. Baranwal.

Surge pricing is the next wave of digital ordering
Airlines and hotels have been surge pricing for years. But other than a “market price” for fresh fish or other rare commodities, the restaurant industry has largely stayed away. All this could soon change as mobile ordering gains momentum. Uber raises pricing on the fly based on real-time data gathered via mobile devices, the primary source for ride requests. Digital ordering for restaurants allows a similar opportunity by enabling fluid pricing. If, for example, a concert lets out at Madison Square Garden, Uber might charge higher rates to encourage drivers to come to the area.

Intel reveals world’s smallest wireless modem for the Internet of things
The entire XMM 6255 chip board with modem and other features is 300 millimeters square. It includes a SMARTi UE2p transceiver component, which operates on a tiny amount of electrical power. It has transmit and receive functionality, power management, and integrated power amplifier — all on a single chip. The smaller the chip and its components, the less electrical power they need and the less heat they dissipate. That helps them survive in conditions where Internet of things sensors are deployed. A farmer, for instance, may deploy a bunch of sensors to detect ground moisture in fields. Those sensors can send data over 3G modems to a computer, which can produce a report for the farmer on where and when he or she should water the field.

Tips for addressing cybersecurity with the board
"As hackers get better at their exploits, corporate security is failing to keep up, resulting in the main thing keeping directors up at night." ... To help those executives sleep a bit better, BitSight co-founder and CTO Stephen Boyer has shared advice with FierceCIO targeted to both board members and IT security executives on how they can "clear up the confusion and start moving the conversation forward" on cyber-security. Boyer's advice follows. Tips for board members:

Quote for the day:

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." --Winston Churchill

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