Friday, April 24, 2015

New Cyber Bill Falls Short Because Congress Doesn’t Understand The Internet

Story thumbnail It’s taken several years, billions of dollars in breaches, and one large-scale hack that rocked the entertainment industry, but Congress is finally on the verge of passing a cybersecurity bill that could make Target breaches far less devastating. In a majority 307-116 vote Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, a bill that would let private companies grant real-time access to their computer systems to federal agencies and other companies to better fend off cyber threats.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The One Thing You Should Never Do When You Negotiate

Story thumbnail Innovation Zone/Tom Koulopoulos: Negotiation may well be the single most important and yet least understood business and life skill. Most people see negotiation as a conflict between adversaries, a way to one-up an opponent through manipulation. With over 30 years of running businesses, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Negotiation is not a boxing match; it's more like a dance between strangers in which the participants need to develop a deep understanding of each other to avoid tripping over themselves.

Is Technology Making Our Doctors Better or Worse?

Story thumbnail An expert in patient safety explores the benefits and the dangers of the digital revolution in healthcare. The patient-physician relationship has been evolving probably since the days of Hippocrates. How would you characterize where we are right now?

BetterWorks CEO: Treat Feedback Like A Fitbit

Story thumbnail Commentary/InformationWeek: We love feedback, but our enterprises do it all wrong. The CEO of BetterWorks wants employers to treat feedback more like a Fitbit. People want to know how they are doing, and few of us feel like we hear it enough. Kris Duggan, CEO and founder of BetterWorks, believes that we're bad at giving feedback to our employees, which keeps us from aligning work to business goals, makes employees less engaged and less productive, and keeps us all from reaching our full potential in the enterprise.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CMS innovator: New models are changing healthcare

Story thumbnail Innovation is driving a significant amount of change in the healthcare industry, Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Tuesday, putting the onus on providers to take action or fall behind.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pausing for a Reality Check

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Paul A. Jones: I have had the privilege of knowing the folks at Aver Informatics since the team consisted of the two founders and the plan was on the back of an envelope. It has been quite a ride over the last few years, a ride that, alas, has taken the company from Green Bay to Columbus Ohio. As a strong advocate for high impact entrepreneurship and venture capital here in the Badger State, last year’s move to Ohio was disappointing. As a small investor in Aver – and having spent some time with the company and its lead investor in Columbus last week – I am a bit chagrined to say that, well, moving to Ohio was a great idea.

Proposed patient access change sparks MU debate

Story thumbnail Abolishing v/d/t threshold could help providers, but patient engagement proponents cry foul One of the more troublesome measures of Stage 2 meaningful use has been the requirement that providers get at least five percent of their patients to view, download or transmit their digitized health information.

10 IT Hiring Trends Confounding Private, Public-Sector CIOs

Story thumbnail State government CIOs have some of the same hiring problems as their private-business counterparts. Here are 10 of biggest trends in IT hiring and what executives can do to get the best talent.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Epic to Waive Record Sharing Fees

Story thumbnail EHR leader Epic announced this week during HIMSS15 that it will no longer charge a fee to exchange patient records between Epic customers and non-Epic customers through a module formerly called Care Elsewhere, Modern Healthcare first reports.

Patent director’s visit to Wisconsin underscores value of innovation economy

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: When computer scientist Michelle Lee joined Google as its first head of patent strategy, the company held a few dozen intellectual property grants. When she left eight years later, Google’s portfolio spanned 10,500 patents. The patent explosion inside Google during Lee’s tenure there is emblematic of how much the U.S. economy relies on innovation – and how protection of intellectual property is essential to perpetuating that cycle.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Board’s Role with Risk

Story thumbnail Boardroom Perspectives/Ron Kral: Five considerations to define a healthy balance within ERM
Where does the board’s role begin and end regarding risk? A company's core objective is to create and increase wealth for its shareholders. Collectively, directors provide leadership toward this objective through two primary functions: 1) decision-making and 2) executive management oversight. Decision-making includes approving corporate policy, strategic goals, annual budgets, major expenditures, and the acquisition or disposal of material assets. It also includes evaluating and selecting the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and approving the company’s risk appetite.
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