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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Digital and tension between speed and certainty

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Every digital initiative embodies the tension between speed and certainty. Innovation and competition demand organizational agility as customers change the terms of competition. Given the unpredictability of change, executives need to know more before making commitments and investments. At the same time, the pace of those commitments and investments accelerates. The result is either digital proliferation or digital transformation – both problematic to the goal of digital success.

Leapfrog: Hospital dangers still lurk

Story thumbnail On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections. The benefits – and dangers – of hospital stays are highlighted in the most recent report from healthcare watchdog organization Leapfrog in "Results of the 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey," which it completed with Castlight.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Healthcare data: The promise and peril

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: In this last of four blogs reporting from WTN’s Digital Healthcare Conference 2014, I focus on a realization I came to during the conference: Big Data and the Internet of Things have finally come-of-age in healthcare. Examples of how data, analytics and mobile platforms connected to cloud-based data centers are transforming healthcare were woven into many presentations.

Solve for service before creating capabilities

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Capability vs. service is one of the subtle differences between feeling digital and being a digital business. It is easy to feel digital by wrapping existing business models in new technology or stamping the word ‘digitize’ on investment proposals and plans. These actions give the illusion of digital leadership often concentrating on the capabilities based on digital technology.

Press releases and other news

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Social media nightmare for health IT

Story thumbnail Few healthcare IT policies these days are as delicate, sensitive and potentially emotionally explosive as efforts to restrict or regulate employee social media activity. And yet hospital hierarchies are routinely stepping on these political minefields as providers try to protect their reputations. Consider a recent incident at the 2,478-bed New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Blackberry forges ahead in healthcare

Story thumbnail BlackBerry continues to expand further its scope in the healthcare arena after one of its subsidiaries unveiled a new clinical operating system for medical devices. QNX Software Systems, which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2010, today released its new operating system that is IEC 62304 compliant.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Will these three disruptive healthcare changes be enough?

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: In this third of a series of four blogs about WTN’s 2014 Digital Healthcare Conference (DHC), I’ll focus on three disruptive innovation waves reshaping healthcare. These innovations could lead to better care for less cost. But will they happen fast enough to allow us to channel wasteful healthcare spending into efforts that would make our economy more competitive globally?

MSOE grads' software company is on the rise

Story thumbnail While most college students apply for jobs as they near graduation, some at the Milwaukee School of Engineering decided to create their own. Keenen Nemetz and Tyler Hackbarth, both 22 and MSOE graduates, began planning what ultimately became Searium Solutions, a new company that specializes in creating software for start-ups, when they were freshmen.

Press releases and other news

Friday, July 11, 2014

With talent and vision, tech companies can grow in Wisconsin’s mid-size cities

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: EAU CLAIRE – Zach Halmstad doesn’t come across as the classic company executive. He’s 30-something, inclined to dress “software casual” and doesn’t seem compelled to prove he’s the smartest person in the room. The unassuming Halmstad is nonetheless the co-founder of a company – JAMF Software – that is helping to transform his hometown of Eau Claire, Wis., through information technology, jobs and a commitment to community.

Apple, IBM will woo Enterprises: Mobile bombshell

Story thumbnail Apple and IBM on Tuesday entered into an exclusive partnership to sell Apple hardware to enterprise customers and to develop iOS apps tied to IBM services. The two companies announced IBM's MobileFirst Platform for iOS, a planned portfolio of industry-specific enterprise apps for Apple iPhone and iPad that integrate IBM cloud services. IBM launched its MobileFirst Platform last year, but that iteration wasn't focused exclusively on iOS.

Press releases and other news

Thursday, July 10, 2014

TeraMedica completes its Evercore Vendor Neutral Archive in New South Wales, Australia

Story thumbnail TeraMedica, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, announced that it has completed the installation of its Evercore Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) in New South Wales, Australia. The completion of this project gives them the distinction of supporting one of the largest health imaging exchanges (HIEs) in the world.

Why does the US have so much waste in its healthcare system?

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: In an earlier blog about WTN Media’s Digital Healthcare Conference I argued we spend between $900 billion and $1.3 trillion on non-value-added healthcare, aka waste. Why? First, we pay hospitals and physicians to do procedures, not to keep people healthy. Jeff Grossman, CEO of the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and a dean at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, pointed out that while there is talk of new models of care, providers still get paid largely on a fee-for-service basis; Aurora Health Care officials confirmed the same. Grossman added, “We are all focused on this efficiency thing right now, but I have to tell you that we make our money on waste … that is the name of the game."
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