Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hospitals' struggles to beat back familiar infections began before Ebola arrived

Story thumbnail While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals – including some top medical centers – are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show. Nationally, about one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection, and 75,000 people die each year from them – more than from car crashes and gun shots combined. A Kaiser Health News analysis found 695 hospitals with higher than expected rates for at least one of the six types of infections tracked by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 13 states and the District of Columbia, a quarter or more of hospitals that the government evaluated were rated worse than national benchmarks the CDC set in at least one infection category, the KHN analysis found.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unlocking the business value of connected devices

Guest Column/CIO Journal: An automobile moves steadily through midday urban traffic, its sensors and onboard computer communicating continually with other vehicles and traffic controls to preempt, predict, or avoid accidents and congestion. As the automobile nears a retail area, the driver’s GPS-enabled mobile device—aware of his recent shopping and purchase information—transmits offers for products in the stores to the in-car interactive dashboard, suggests a restaurant with open tables or a show about to begin, and identifies available parking spaces.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Walking into digital backwards

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Many companies walk backward into digital in the sense that they are wrapping their existing processes and operations in a digital wet blanket. But doing old things with new technology doesn’t represent innovation. Upgrading the past with plans to replace it in the near future makes no sense. It merely delays rather than demands organizational transformation.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Health information interoperability proving more difficult than once thought

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Neil Versel: Interoperability of health information systems is a centerpiece of Stage 2 of the federal Meaningful Use incentive program for electronic health records – a phase that began a full year ago for some hospitals – but as the thousands of providers struggling to make the jump from Stage 1 are finding, achieving the vision of an interoperable, nationwide network of EHRs is proving to be elusive.

How I landed a new CIO job

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Rich Richardson: At the end of last year, I moved on from my role as CIO of a large construction company. It was the first time in my career that I ever stepped away from a good job without having a new role to move to. The attitude I adopted was that I would turn this transition into a learning opportunity, both personally and professionally. And, boy, did I ever learn!

Wearable tech must get smart with data

Story thumbnail For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC.

The right way for a company to be audacious

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: The word audacity comes to mind when I think of the fine line brand leaders must walk. Audacious actions can mean bold and courageous, which will build brand awareness and positive feelings. Audacious can also refer to impudent or cheeky, detracting from the brand’s image.

Venture capital is a roller-coaster, and Wisconsin is along for the ride

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: MADISON – The good news: Venture capital dollars invested in Wisconsin through the first three-quarters of 2014 is already double all venture investments last year, and the number of deals is approaching an all-time annual high for the state. The sobering news: Wisconsin still lags 23 other states in deals reported during the third quarter of 2014, and falls behind 25 states in total dollars invested during those three months. That scenario summarizes the status of early stage investments in Wisconsin, which appear to be gaining momentum across important industry sectors – but which still trail many states, including some states similar in size and workforce makeup.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gartner Symposium Key Insights: The Rise of the Enterprise Digital Startup

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Kelly Manthey: Being fresh off the Gartner Symposium in Orlando last week, I returned to Chicago with a wealth of information and validation in the way that we, Solstice Mobile, approach our business and client solutions. Outside of feeling like I was among one of the ten thousand  lucky spectators at the world’s largest IT rock concert, I was inspired by the key insights and perspectives into what Gartner foresees as the new digital business world

Four healthcare IT lessons from Dreamforce 2014

Story thumbnail You'd be hard-pressed to find a healthcare organization today that is not experiencing some level of digital disruption. Patients are more tech-savvy than ever. They're looking for healthcare organizations to provide services that are as simple to use as online shopping sites. Meanwhile, healthcare organizations are facing competition from startups that are shaking up the status quo. And there's a movement afoot to shift the entire healthcare system from one that is focused on acute care to one that is marked by a continuity of personalized care.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lessons from a food truck for dogs

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: There are so many lessons in the innovative Milo’s Kitchen® “food truck for dogs” campaign, let me count the ways. (Yes, you read my words correctly: a food truck, like the outdoor food trucks that populate downtown streets at lunch and public events, serving dogs rather than people.) Milo’s Kitchen is a popular brand of dog treats from Big Heart Pet Brands, parent of the even better-known brand Milk-Bone®.
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