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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)

Hang on Healthcare; 2017 Promises to Be Another Thrill Ride of a Year | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Analytics

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)

Fixing the UK Government’'s IT Woes

The NHS seems to think that all us journalists ever want to do is knock it. That’'s not true. When I was treated in Poole Hospital for an arm fracture the nurses asked me what I did for a living, so I told them and they immediately recoiled. I had to expla... ... (more)

Health Care Compliance with BPM

The health care industry, including hospitals, has the greatest need for sophisticated information systems because of the enormous amount of data it handles and because of its life-and-death responsibilities. Yet the implementation of large-scale and robust-enough IT systems in public healthcare institutions can be challenging as well as ineffective. We know that several large American medical centers have not been successful in attempting to execute major upgrades or overhaul their processes. Without careful preparation and agile execution, some may experience a serious, expensive, and distracting fate. With the pace of today's technological innovation and efficiency demands, health care organizations need enhanced customer service orientation, a multi-channeled marketing strategy, and an effective legal and regulatory compliance model. This article will describe ... (more)

Chris Soghoian on Privacy in the Cloud

Chris Soghoian is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called: “Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era,” based on paper he’s just written. In the interest of time, he’s not going to talk about the “miscreants in government” today. Pew says that “over 69% of Americans use webmail services, store data online, or other use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is in the cloud.” Chris’ question: Why have cloud providers failed to provide adequate security for the customers. (”Cloud computing” = users’ data is stored on a company server and the app is delivered through a browser.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling othe... (more)

An Introduction to My Health 2.0 Blog

As I am new to "Ulitzer" I thought perhaps before I began with writing & posting articles, I would take this opportunity to better introduce myself.  On November 6, 2007  I suffered a workplace injury that resulted in permanent disability and chronic pain 24/7. I have also been forced to fight every step of the way with WSIB, aka the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board-(the worker's comp. board) in Ontario, Canada. I was recently asked to describe what I thought of them in one sentence and this was my reply: "Straight from the depths of hell with virulent cruelty, WSIB's primary goal is to dissolve the injured worker into wretched fragments." As I am sure you can ascertain from this statement, my experience with them has not been a positive one. This injury also meant that I will never return to my most beloved job as a nurse after 20 years in the field. I loved my... (more)

SOCOM Networks, Satellite Tracking, and More

Today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news round-up: The proposed Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) would make it illegal for employers to demand access rto social media accounts. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has requested proposals for automated tracking and identification solutions for satellites  More here. The full report on the Federal Communications Commission’s investigation into Google revealed that the company knew it was collecting personal data with their Street View vans. More here. The General Services Administration has created a registry of verified federal social media accounts. More here. The U.S. Special Operations Command has issued a request for information on a wireless network linking Humvees, unmanned aircraft ,and ground troops with minimal fixed infrastructure. More here. Microsoft d... (more)

LeaseWeb Hosting Solutions Now U.S. HIPAA-Ready | @CloudExpo @LeaseWebUSA #Cloud

LeaseWeb USA has announced that its platform complies with all the applicable requirements in the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The third-party statement of recognition by independent auditor EY allows customers in the United States to make the LeaseWeb platform part of their overall HIPAA compliance process, while also providing international customers with the assurance that their data will be well protected. HIPAA sets out standards for security controls to safeguard Protected Health Information (PHI) that is stored or processed online. PHI includes virtually all individually identifiable health information that is collected during the provision of a medical service. The HIPAA-ready hosting environment is housed at the company's data center in Manassas, VA. EY noted that LeaseWeb USA's HIPAA-compliant hosting environment meets a... (more)

Open Letter to YouTube (and Google)

Health 2.0 Magazine Last week was a bad one for Google. There was a lot of chatter on the web regarding a Credit Suisse report estimating that Google may lose $470 million on YouTube in 2009. The AP and the Wall Street Journal also have Google (among other news aggregators) in their sights for copyright infringement as the print newspaper business has fallen off a cliff. As Google tries to find ways to make money in the health space, they seem to have devoted most of their energy on the Google Health initiative (still in BETA), which allows users to gather medical records online. Meanwhile, YouTube's main health offering appears to be limited to a partnership it has established with Health.com. YouTube's Health channel is a compendium of health videos grouped in several condition areas (ie, breast cancer, sleep disorders, etc.). The videos in these centers revolve ... (more)

IBM Helps with Social Networking

Addressing the rapid pace of information technology transformation across all industries, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new social technology enhancements to developerWorks, to help software developers more easily work together on open standards-based innovations. While developers have access to a wide variety of IT resources scattered across the Web, many are struggling to maximize their productivity and are faced with filtering through multiple networking sites just to get to the technical information they need. As a result, there has been no easy way for developers to quickly access and integrate this information to more quickly build their skills around key IT and industry trends while connecting and collaborating with peers. IBM is responding to these requirements, with My developerWorks, combining the best in social computing technologies and professional netw... (more)

Can Health Social Media Learn from Online Dating?

One of the frustrations cropping up on health social media sites is centered around the mechanism that caused their popularity at the outset, the message board. Perhaps health social networking sites can learn from online dating sites, Match and eHarmony, about linking mechanisms. They can also take a lesson from these websites regarding charging users. more>> ... (more)