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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Looking inside for the early signs of disruption

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Conventional wisdom holds that disruption comes from the outside-in. Executives and strategists look outside their four walls often ignoring their internal response to subtle precursors to disruption. Limited introspection creates the sense that disruption happens suddenly, externally and largely outside the company’s control. However, I believe that internal signs of external disruption exist if we only look for them.

Press releases and other news

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to craft the world’s greatest elevator pitch

Story thumbnail If there’s one thing I can do better than anyone, it’s sell something. I can sell you anything. In fact, just to prove that I can sell anything, a couple of years ago I got bored and sold empty plastic bags of “fresh Adirondack air” for $5. Of course, the big joke about sales, and the secret to crafting and delivering the world’s greatest elevator pitch, is that anyone can do it. There’s no secret to it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

CEOs want sustainability – but can CIOs deliver?

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Wendy Schuchart: One of the most difficult parts of the CIO’s job is convincing the rest of the C-suite that IT is important. Sure, the CEO knows that IT is important – after all, who gave her the iPad that she carries with her everywhere she goes? But there are other demands on the CEO’s attention too – things like employee retention and staying competitive in the industry and oh yeah, keeping the shareholders happy.

Press releases and other news

Friday, April 11, 2014

With company life spans growing shorter, young companies help fill the gap

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not. The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 index of leading U.S. companies has dropped by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today, according to Richard Foster, a Yale University professor and an emeritus director of McKinsey & Co. Fowler has estimated that, by 2020, more than three-quarters of the S&P 500 will be made up of companies virtually unknown to us today.

Microsoft Launches Azure Cloud Service for Internet of Things

Story thumbnail Microsoft's new Azure service aims at the Internet of Things with no regard for underlying device operating systems. Microsoft announced a limited public preview of the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS), a new service that targets the Internet of Things (IoT). This new Azure service helps customers embrace the Internet of Things and securely connect to, manage and capture machine-generated data from sensors and devices, regardless of the underlying operating system.

Kaiser, others open notes to patients

Story thumbnail Encouraged by the patient engagement spurred by giants such as Geisinger and the VA who've taken part, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and eight other health systems in the region have signed on to OpenNotes -- the first widespread adoption of the data sharing program. Kaiser Permanente began making clinician notes available to its members across the Pacific Northwest earlier this week.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

IT, business exec gulf widens, McKinsey says

Story thumbnail Just as more businesses recognize IT's strategic importance, dissatisfaction with IT's effectiveness is growing, McKinsey research shows. As more businesses recognize IT's strategic importance, dissatisfaction with the group's effectiveness has grown, according to a new report. As a result, many organizations believe that a change in their IT management is necessary to fix it.

Lowest EHR-adopting state launches HIE

Story thumbnail The state with the lowest electronic health record adoption rates in the nation has finally put a foot forward with its statewide health information exchange, after announcing the network's go-live this week. New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd announced Wednesday that with the help of $11.6 million in federal HIT funding, the state would launch the New Jersey Health Information Network, a statewide HIE enabling providers, hospitals and other healthcare stakeholders to share patient data securely and in real-time.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Massive security bug in OpenSSL could affect a huge chunk of the Internet

Story thumbnail I saw a t-shirt one time. “I’m a bomb disposal technician,” it read. “If you see me running, try to keep up.” The same sort of idea can be applied to net security: when all the net security people you know are freaking out, it’s probably an okay time to worry.

Healthcare in 2014: Innovate or be left behind

Story thumbnail Alongside serious disruption to healthcare business models in 2014, four significant trends will emerge for healthcare leaders. Healthcare has a new face. Between the sweeping policy reforms, the influx of technology, and the care model innovations, healthcare doesn't resemble the industry it was even five years ago.
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