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Hang on Healthcare; 2017 Promises to Be Another Thrill Ride of a Year By Sanjeev Agrawal, President and Chief Marketing Officer, LeanTaaS iQueue 2016 was a year of dips and dives, twists and turns. Judging by the first couple of weeks of the new year, it's reasonable to expect 2017 will be another roller coaster year for providers, patients, suppliers and payers. As president and CMO of LeanTaaS, a growth-stage innovator of cloud-based solutions for healthcare, I have a front-car seat in partnership with the 30+ leading health systems with which we work all over the country. So here's my take: 1. Investment in healthcare startups by providers will accelerate. Large healthcare providers are beginning to understand that with all their brilliant physicians, dedicated support staff, and excellent clinical and administrative leaders, the technological innovation needed to... (more)

How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management | @DevOpsSummit #Lean #Agile #DevOps

How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery By Simon King "The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value." Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean thinking views the whole, not its parts. Then it identifies and eliminates waste across value streams. Here's how you can implement Lean thinking to improve your enterprise release management: View the system as a whole, not as isolated parts. Introduce a culture shift by trusting people, tearing silos, and fixing communication. Strive for Continuous Learning and Continuous Delivery. Build quality in. Create ‘pull' - deliver only what c... (more)

Does the US Technology Gap Push Med Errors into the Third Leading Cause of Death? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Recent reports from the GAO indicate the US government is falling behind the technology gap, effecting everything from nuclear weaponry preparedness to an increase in medical errors that have pushed them to become the third leading cause of US deaths. We have IT solutions to solve problems such as healthcare IT interoperability, but for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic to political, nothing is done. Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio show joke contest, "Can You Top This" except that increasingly the joke is on us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks to needless deaths from medical errors, many of which are caused by preventable interoperability communication errors. According to a report released to Congress, the Government Acc... (more)

Inclusion Has Come A Long Way..

Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t present, so there was no initial opportunity for my classmates to ask me questions about my disability. There was no attempt at real ice-breaking back then, though the teacher tried very hard to make me feel welcome. Still, I had to deal with some teasing and bullying, both subtle and obvious. ... (more)

CMO ‘Very Concerned’ About Obama’s Healthcare Reform Agenda

In an interview for MeettheBoss.com, Spiegel was asked about the impact of President Obama’s stated aim of increased access to ‘generic’ medicines on the pharmaceutical industry. “Fixing the healthcare system in America is a very complex issue and I am not an expert on all aspects,” says Spiegel, “the collaboration that has existed to date between academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry and the bio tech industry has been extremely productive … we’re very concerned that changes to the healthcare system and its reimbursement could easily shift this delicate balance that has worked well in the past as a way to make sure that new discoveries do get developed and turned into medicine.” Spiegel also believes it is ‘ironic’ that part of the stimulus package will be pouring money into the National Institutes of Health to improve and give funding, which has not b... (more)

Lawson Software to Acquire Healthvision Solutions, Inc.

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 7, 2010 – Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) today announced that it has agreed to acquire Healthvision Solutions, Inc. (“Healthvision”), through the acquisition of privately held Quovadx Holdings, Inc. (“Quovadx”), its parent holding company. Healthvision is a Dallas-based company providing integration and application technology and related services to hospitals and large healthcare organizations. The all-cash transaction of $160 million is subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close in January 2010. Healthvision’s market-leading Cloverleaf integration technology connects the disparate software applications and technologies used throughout healthcare organizations, enabling data to flow smoothly to healthcare professionals wherever they are and whenever they need it. Without Healthvision solutions, most healthcare providers struggle wit... (more)

The Art of Data Cleansing is a Critical Step for a Successful ERP Implementation

So your company is planning on completing an ERP implementation within the next few months and you think your data is clean? Okay, you are not alone.  Many companies think the same way.  But, before you flip the switch on your new ERP software package, ask yourself these questions: Have you ever entered an entry for a price quote and forgotten to delete it? Do you have duplicate customer or supplier accounts? Do you have any blank description fields for products or generic items? Do you have old product codes that are no longer in use? Or do you have any critical data in Excel that is NOT in your legacy system? If you have answered yes to any of the above, your data probably needs to be cleansed prior to go-live with your new ERP software package.  Or in other words, you need to learn the art of data cleansing. Most of ERP software vendors purposely do not take respon... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of March 2, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly A report from the GSMA and PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates mobile health could save developed countries $400 billion in 2017. Check out the four uses of mobile technology that could help make that happen. Read Original Content Practice Fusion, which entrepreneurs named in a recent survey as the health tech startup most likely to hit a $1 billion valuation in the next five years, offers doctor... (more)

Has healthcare.gov Claimed “Mission Accomplished” Too Soon?

Over the weekend those in charge of Healthcare.gov have claimed "Mission Accomplished," that the site is now performing optimally, and will be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users. The healthcare.gov team also stated that if there happens to be a problem they have software in place to help get to the root cause. Any affected user will get a number in line and receive an email when they can return to the site. However, when we tried to access the site today with our Ajax Edition to see what changes have been made, we received the following error message. In fact as of this report there have been new indications that thousands of people are getting the error message. The question we have is "is this Mission really Accomplished?" Mission Accomplished? Doesn't look like it for those who want to find their health insurance It is only about the end user experience The... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of February 16, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Mhealth has been taking off around the world as mobile apps, devices, and services all provide additional capabilities, access, and convenience to patients and providers alike. Also, with the addition to QR codes to printed scripts, it is clear the uses are becoming quite mainstream.  Read Original Content Individuals with diabetes can now manage their blood sugar results using ... (more)

Middleware Solutions | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #BigData #M2M #IoT #API

While there has been much ado about interoperability, there are still no real solutions, same as last year and the year before that. The large EHR vendors who continue to dominate the market still maintain that interoperability is all but solved, still can't connect EHRs across the continuum causing frustration by providers and a disservice to patients. The ONC pays lip service to the problem, but that is about it. It is time for the healthcare industry to consider alternatives like middleware which has been proven in other industries such as finance, retail and hospitality. The lack of EHR interoperability continues to pose a serious threat to healthcare initiatives, according to a recent report published by the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report discusses the various aspects of the healthcare industry and care delivery that are negatively impacted by ... (more)