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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)

Houston to Host It's My Heart's First Annual National Family Conference on Congenital Heart Defects

HOUSTON, May 28, 2009 - More than one million American families cope with congenital heart defects, but the enormous obstacles they face remain out of the public spotlight. The non-profit organization, It's My Heart, is working to change that, organizing a conference devoted especially to the challenges these families face and the opportunities offered by medical advances. It's My Heart's First Annual National Family Conference Weekend is scheduled June 26-28. The event's centerpiece is a day-long educational conference on Saturday, June 27th that coincides with a unique conference especially for children. The country duo O'Shea, featuring singer, song-writer and congenital heart defect survivor Mark O'Shea, will also perform at the conference Saturday. Other weekend events include a Friday night Meet & Greet for families and a day of fun at the Houston Zoo on Sunda... (more)

IBM pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics

IBM has announced a new software technology called DB2 pureScale, running on IBM Power Systems, that helps clients increase their database transaction capacity while reducing the risk and cost of growing their IT systems. Jointly developed by the IBM Toronto Software Lab and Power Systems Lab in Austin, TX, the new DB2 feature delivers the continuous availability and virtually unlimited computing power required to meet growing business demands. The design of pureScale, based on the architecture and 15 years of proven experience of DB2 on System z, reflects the strengths of IBM software technology optimized for Power Systems. As the amount of data continues to grow, industry segments are poised to take advantage of IBM's economical and efficient approach to scaling capacity -- without forcing customers to overspend on excess hardware and software. With pureScale, com... (more)

New ePortfolio, Skills and Competency Management Solutions

Personal Branding on Ulitzer Standards, tools and techniques for competency and skills based learning content personalisation are beginning to emerge - which is just as well because they can help organisations perform better in the increasingly competitive global labour marketplace and world economy. This is the message that Giunti Labs will outline at this year's Online Educa conference and exhibition, being held in Berlin from 2nd to 4th December. According to Giunti Labs' CEO, Fabrizio Cardinali, who will give a presentation at the Online Educa conference, leading organisations are now reshaping their learning departments, re-tooling them towards systems and technologies that empower higher degrees of learning personalisation and customisation. These systems and technologies are based on students' and employees' skills, competencies and portfolios as well as the... (more)

Technology Adoption & the Age Myth

Innovations Software Technology on Ulitzer As I evangelize around the upcoming surge in innovation driven by technology and globalism one topic that is often raised is the issue of how older people are unable or unwilling to adapt to the change brought on by technologies. Hence, the rapid states of change I predict are unlikely because of this "age" phenomenon. Focus on the 50 and over crowd regarding technology was explored in a recent marketing research project sponsored by AARP and Microsoft. 60 people in total gathered for dinner and after-dinner discussions about their attitudes toward, use of and expectations for technology. The focus group sessions were in four cities: San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago and New York. Participants ranged in age from 50 to 60. See the video recap below. The conversations have been consolidated and published in a report  “Boomers... (more)

Little Shelter Animal Rescue Holiday Donation Drive

December 22, 2009, Huntington, NY - Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center www.littleshelter.com, one of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters dedicated to saving all companion animals in need, announced today a Holiday Donation Drive.  Little Shelter is under financial pressure and must cut back on services for needy animals due to a 30% decrease in donations, the 2009 closing of two Long Island shelters (Bide-A-Wee in Wantagh and Animal Haven in Flushing), and the bad economy, unemployment and foreclosures causing more animals to be surrendered to the shelter. Without holiday donations, Little Shelter will be forced to cut back on medical care for its 400 cats and 50 dogs and will reduce essential community animal care services. Little Shelter Helps Needy Families Keep their Cherished Pets at Home Known for its community outreach and the rescue of countless... (more)

SSI Offers Fourth-Gen RCM for Health Industry, Cloud Computing

SaaS Track at Cloud Expo The SSI Group, Inc. has developed what it calls a "fourth-generation revenue cycle management (RCM) solution," known as the ClickON ClaimSmart Suite. Its offered as SaaS for Cloud Computing installations, and aims to "increase productivity, reduce errors, streamline workflows, and enhance cash flow," according to the company. The centerpiece is the ClaimSmart Dashboard, which allows users to visualize all aspects of the revenue cycle. The dashboard gives real-time displays of patient eligibility, claim submittals, claim status, remittances, iincluding denials, adjustments, and take-backs, and payer confirmation reports. "Additional drill-down capabilities provide customization to the standard workflow within these revenue cycle phases, said company exec Doug Bilbrey.  "Users at all levels of the organization, from the CFO through the busines... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – June 10, 2012

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 and M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly "The global market for mobile health products and services is expected to approach $23 billion by 2017, and much of the growth will not happen in the U.S. but rather in less-developed countries, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers," MobiHealthNews reports. Read Original Content Developing nations are adopting mobile health technology at a faster pace than developed countries like the U.S., according to a report by Pricewaterh... (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)

Cloud Security Affected by HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

MedCity Health IT: The HIPAA Omnibus Rule regulations encourage business associates to healthcare companies to share responsibility for data breaches. These new regulations involve signing “Business Associate Agreements” with providers, yet are likely to strengthen trust in cloud security, and allow more healthcare entities to enjoy the benefits of the cloud while ensuring that patient privacy is maintained. In the recent past, organizations were hesitant to move sensitive healthcare information to the cloud. The cloud was unfamiliar and seemed to be less safe than crunching data on company hardware. But now that cloud service providers are taking on a big slice of responsibility for their clients’ data security, cloud computing is much more attractive. Not only is it perceived to be safer, but it transfers some of the responsibility for security from the healthcar... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of May 25, 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 Connected Globe News Weekly Also read Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Field Mobility 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! Panasonic Corporation and Jewish Home Lifecare have launched a pilot program, "Pathways to Health".  It uses Panasonic's home gateway solution to transform ordinary televisions into interactive remote healthcare management portals to monitor, query and communicate with patients.  Read Original Content The new OM Biometric Smartwear shirt is a type of wearable technology that ... (more)