Have the courage to do this one thing and you’ll never look at giving up in the same way again.
Have the courage to do this one thing and you’ll never look at giving up in the same way again.
“…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” – Winston Churchill
If you’ve followed me on inc.com you’re well aware of my attitude towards giving up; in a word, DON’T. I’m ridiculously tenacious–and it’s not always a good thing! But I just had a conversation with a friend that caused me to reframe my view. Stick with me for a few minutes and I’ll share a story that might just change the way you look at giving up.read more
Two months after it first held a golf club, LDRIC — pronounced Eldrick — can already hit shots most golfers only dream of. The robot turned heads Wednesday at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a hole-in-one on the 16th hole, defying his co-creator’s expectations.
“If I got close I was going to be happy,” said Jean Parente of San Diego-based Golf Laboratories.read more
There’s been a lot of fretting lately about funding reductions for the UW system, including the flagship campus in Madison. There is no doubt that anything that reduces the real or perceived quantity and quality of either the research or educational output of the UW system has negative implications for Wisconsin’s economy. How much is a debate I won’t jump into. Instead, I’ll argue that the law of unintended consequences works both ways: that in some cases, including this one, the unintended consequences can be positive.
The situation with UW funding reminds me of something that happened in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area in the early 1990s. The “Research Triangle” as it is known, was at the time dominated by big companies (including IBM, whose RTP workforce was second in size only to the corporate HQ in Armonk) and the “Big Three” Universities (UNC, NC State and Duke). These organizations, public and private, seemed like permanent parts of the landscape. The high impact entrepreneurship and venture capital scene was very small: why take the risk, most people thought, of starting a new business when there were so many huge, established and prestigious places to work?read more
Supports local IT initiative
Presidio, a national provider of professional and managed services for advanced IT solutions, announced that it has completed its’ purchase to acquire the business of Netech Corporation. Presidio is now a $2.8 billion company with 2,700 employees in over 60 offices serving more than 6,500 clients. Netech will operate as “Netech, a Presidio Company,” transitioning to the Presidio brand in the next 60 days.read more
The administration’s 2016 year-end goal was to have 10 million people covered through the exchanges.
A last-minute surge lifted the total enrollment in Obamacare to 12.7 million this year, accounting for 9.6 million consumers enrolled or re-enrolled for coverage through Healthcare.gov and 3.1 million people who selected plans through the state-based marketplaces.
More than 4 million new consumers gained health insurance coverage during open enrollment from Nov. 1, 2015 to Feb. 1, 2016, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on Thursday.read more
IBM adds to their Cloud Data Services
There are certain topics in B2B technology that have staying power. Cloud computing and big data are two of these. IBM today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available to developers and data scientists.These create a one-stop-shop for accessing and exploring data and for building and deploying applications. They can help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and also enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud.read more
Machines matter to people. But, they “matter” only because they affect people. It’s widely supposed that today’s machines themselves cannot be “affected” — because they have no feelings, no conscious thought, no sentience.
Interestingly enough, it might not always be that way.
While biology has held a relatively firm monopoly on “consciousness” over the last few hundreds of millions of years, many researchers in the domain of machine learning are of the belief that, eventually, humans may replicate self-awareness and inner experience (rough terminology that we’ll use as representative of the broad term “consciousness” for the sake of this article) in our machines. And some of their guesses are sooner than one might expect.read more
Among some of the benefits: “Panda Fridays,” improv classes, ski slope passes and a $30-a-month book allowance.
Electronic health record giant Epic Systems has cracked Glassdoor’s list of top 20 companies that provide their employees unique benefits and perks.
Epic joined other well-known businesses in the field of healthcare IT as well as business titans such as Netflix, Facebook, Google and Disney.read more
SAN FRANCISCO — On any given Sunday during football season, the N.F.L., a league that promotes itself as a standard-bearer of innovation, produces games that are analog at their core. The leather ball has been stitched the same way for decades, and the chain gangs hold the first-down markers like crossing guards at a busy street corner. The players smash into one another in a way a fan from a century ago would recognize.
Yet the league, a $12-billion-a-year business, seems to be perpetually searching for the best and latest technology to help it deliver that analog product to its nearly 200 million fans, who are increasingly tech-savvy.
The juxtaposition can be jarring.read more
Twenty-eight year old Margaret Davis was making nice money as a writer in the legal department of a big pharmaceutical company in New York.
She liked her coworkers and enjoyed the job on a day-to-day basis – except it was not going anywhere.
The company promised Davis an international assignment, but obtaining the right working papers was a problem. Amid management shuffles, Davis felt lost in the system after four years.read more
When providers order a non-formulary medication, the system suggests alternatives, officials say.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Mercy Health has saved more than $42 million on drugs since 2010 by building a formulary within its electronic health record platform.
The move, according Wayne Bohenek, vice president of care transformation at Mercy Health, makes it easier for the system’s network of providers to order medications that are on its list and compliant with Mercy’s pharmaceutical contracts.read more
While the 1992 film Toys, starring the late, great Robin Williams, did not meet with universal acclaim (it registered a paltry 26% at the review site Rotten Tomatoes, despite receiving two Oscar nominations for its artistic merit), it contained at least one notable scene. This involved Williams, as toy designer Leslie Zevo, sitting on a sofa with his sister Alsatia (played by Joan Cusack) and wearing what looked like eye masks. As the pair rocked, screamed and waved their hands in the air it became clear that they were watching a roller coaster simulation.
Spot the date: over a quarter of a century has now passed since virtual reality (VR) headsets first entered the popular consciousness. A number of challenges have had to be overcome — not least insufficient screen resolution and movement tracking, which have been considered as causes of queasiness when headsets are worn.read more
It’s easier than ever to send a corporate email — and that’s a huge problem. Misleading and meandering messages often clog corporate inboxes and lead to poor communication among colleagues. Here’s a look at five common email mistakes and ways to fix them.
So. Much. Email. If your company could collectively groan, that’s probably the line you’d hear most often.
But here’s an individual groan that we all hear all the time: “Why is nobody reading my email?”
You might hear it from human resources, or finance… maybe even from the IT help desk itself.read more
To lessen the damage of Zika or any virus, electronic communication between hospitals and health departments is key.
As the Zika virus spreads from South America to the United States, epidemiologist and public health expert Christine Hockett says disease surveillance technology is key to protecting against it.
Keeping open lines of electronic communication between hospitals and their state and local health agencies is critical as those departments “collect and analyze disease counts and monitor how disease spreads throughout a community or geographic location,” said Hockett, who works for Xerox-owned Consilience.read more
While exciting, expanding your company internationally comes with a host of risks and challenges. From factoring time zones into meeting calendars to navigating differences in culture, there’s a lot more than the upfront cost to think about when you’re expanding abroad.
To help you figure out a first-time expansion, 13 members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) offer their best advice on specific challenges you might face, and how to best deal with them head on.read more
When futurists first began to predict the merging of man and machine, they surely couldn’t have predicted this: wearable furniture. The Japanese-made Archelis is literally a wearable chair that surgeons can “wear” during long operating procedures. And there are more “wearable chairs” in the offing — Audi, for example, has partnered with Swiss start-up Noonee on a “chairless chair” that workers can wear while they assemble high-end vehicles.
The thought of a wearable chair might sound crazy, but it’s also a sign of where the super-hot field of wearable technology is taking us. If you thought the wearable tech space was only about smartwatches and activity trackers, here are just a few examples of new forms of wearable tech that are completely changing our notions of human-machine interaction.
1. Robotic exoskeletonsread more
People who often follow news from the state Capitol might easily conclude lawmakers are obsessed with debating “wedge” issues – topics that divide rather than unite Wisconsin.
Depending on your perspective, the Legislature is making government more efficient… or threatening clean elections and civil service. Lawmakers are keeping the streets safe for law-abiding citizens… or making it easier for guns to infiltrate school grounds. The Legislature is protecting property rights… or pillaging the environment. It is protecting the unborn… or turning scientists and researchers into felons.read more
In their respective industries, Larry Page and Judy Faulkner could be considered celebrities. They sit in the chief executive position of arguably the most successful search engine and health IT companies, respectively. But beyond that, their public personas — or lack thereof — and approach to leadership are quite similar, and may offer insight at what it takes to be a successful leader.
1. Business comes first.
Conor Dougherty, the Google beat report for The New York Times wrote a piece on his attempts to interview and further understand Mr. Page, co-founder and CEO of Google. He writes he has been trying to get an interview with Mr. Page since roughly August 2014, when he started covering the beat. “I’ve been waiting ever since,” he writes.
I was in the driver’s seat of the Tesla Model S, but I wasn’t really driving. My hands weren’t on the steering wheel. My feet weren’t on the pedals. Software and sensors were doing the real work. I had been reduced to a back-up system. I monitored the city traffic mostly out of habit. I changed lanes with a flick of the blinker, my blind spot checked for me and the Tesla deciding when to move on its own.
Then, the car in front of us slammed on its brakes. Boredom disappeared. Traffic went from 20 mph to zero in a flash. The very expensive nose of the signature red Tesla Model S P90D sedan was hurtling toward a Honda’s rear bumper. A collision was coming.read more
While some are still playing meaningful use catch-up, many other hospitals are charging ahead with new IT buys, with big increases in purchasing plans this year.
Electronic data interchange and in-house transcription are just two of the five emerging health IT applications that will surge in 2016, according to a new report by HIMSS Analytics.read more