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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)

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)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

Alere's Dr. Gordon Norman Highlights Challenges and Promising Solutions to U.S. Healthcare System to International Health Insurance Executives

- Dr. Gordon Norman presents overview of US healthcare industry problems and solutions to attendees at International Federation of Health Plans Meeting in Boston - Noted universal recognition that U.S. gets among the worst value for its healthcare investment - Emphasized greater coordination of personalized care can help America address and resolve today's healthcare challenges MARIETTA, Ga., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Norman, M.D., executive vice president of Science and Innovation for Alere LLC, a leader in personal health support solutions, today presented insights into the U.S. health systems' challenges and offered promising solutions at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP). The London-based organization, representing leading global health insurers, met in Boston April 28 - 29. Representing some of the world's lea... (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)

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)

Did Bill O'Reilly and Fox News Contribute to Dr. Tiller's Murder?

While trying to understand what happened to the murdered doctor in Kansas today I found this Bill O'Reilly report about Dr. Tiller. I wonder if this and similar media reports such as this one contributed to the murder of the doctor. ... (more)

Linda Fischetti on VHA Healthcare

This week pre-recording of Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum featured Linda Fischetti , Health Informatics Architect at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). During a panel discussion, her comments on VHA accomplishments and plans included: Every Veteran's Administration facility uses electronic health records today. The New England Journal of Medicine recently complimented the VA on their use of electronic health records (EHR). VHA currently has over 1400 points of care and has been using EHR for over 10 years with dramatic associated improvement in clinical health care quality. Until now, electronic health records have been provider records. The current goal is to transform that perspective into a veteran centered record. A majority of health care information is currently recorded on paper. Changing from paper to EHR represents a major challenge and ex... (more)

Video Games Meets Surgical Training in Las Vegas

With all the bad economic news coming out of Nevada, it is easy to miss a healthcare bright spot -- the emergence of virtual simulation training of future surgeons. The Virtual Skills Laboratory at University Medical Center (UMC) has been training residents since December 2008 with advanced simulators, allowing them to get hands-on training before operating on humans. ... (more)

Orchid Technologies Designs Cough-Assist Machine

Orchid Technologies on Ulitzer Cough-assistance requires the production of pressurized air. That air pressure must be controlled with great accuracy throughout the cough-event. During the cough-assisting process, airflow through the motor system changes rapidly. These changes cause large, step-function changes in the motor’s load. To function correctly, motor control electronics must rapidly adjust to these rapid changes in motor load. PID motor speed control with advanced feed-forward control techniques permits precise motor speed control. The design was divided into three different circuit boards:  the main controller responsible for the keypad input and driving the display electronics.  A motor-controller circuit board responsible for all the input power, battery power, external communications and driving the low back-emf, high speed DC brushless motor that runs... (more)