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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.

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.

Press releases and other news

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®.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Health IT venture cash may be waning

Story thumbnail Cash flow into the healthcare IT sector may just have reached its limit. Coming down from a torrid second quarter, Q3 venture capital funding for the sector dropped nearly 50 percent, according to the findings of a new report. The study, published by consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, showed a higher number of VC deals in the third quarter, compared to Q2. But in terms of cash raised, Q3 paled in comparison.

A CIO’s perspective on the options for health system analytics

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Gene Thomas: Buying an EMR is an important decision, but choosing an analytics solution is far more important. In today’s healthcare marketplace, installing an EMR is table stakes. Granted, it’s necessary and expensive table stakes, but it’s still just the starting point.

The Digital Worker Redefined

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Digital technologies are fundamentally human technologies. Digital technology raises human ability by creating breakthrough and disruptive levels of high performance. It does this because it increases the information intensity and connectedness of just about everything. If you think about it, mobility, analytics, cloud, social, smart objects all help people accomplish tasks, make better decisions, and amplify their performance.

Deerfield Pouring $125M Into WI Startup Shine Medical Technologies

Story thumbnail Shine Medical Technologies, the Monona, WI-based startup that aims to be the first domestic producer of medical radioisotopes, said today it has inked an investment deal with New York-based Deerfield Management for up to $125 million.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Facebook cracks down on fake Likes

Story thumbnail Facebook is waging war against fake Likes, and the results have been profitable. According to Facebook site integrity engineer Matt Jones, the social network has obtained nearly $2 billion in legal judgments against spammers. Spammers tempt unknowing businesses with schemes to boost their Facebook audience by purchasing Likes. These offers, which often promise thousands of Likes for mere dollars, are delivered by creating fake accounts or hacking into real accounts and using them to spread spam, Jones said. Because these paid-for users aren't real, Pages end up doing less business on Facebook.

SoLoMo Technology takes home $100,000 Rise of the Rest jackpot

Story thumbnail SoLoMo Technology — a Madison company that describes itself as “Google analytics for the physical world” — won a pitch competition at the Majestic Theatre on Monday night and a $100,000 check from AOL cofounder Steve Case and his Rise of the Rest Road Tour. “It feels awesome,” said a stunned SoLoMo chief executive Liz Eversoll, “especially since it was last minute.”

Press releases and other news

Monday, October 6, 2014

There is a lot of B2B inside of every B2C transaction

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Consumers get all the attention in digital. It is easy to demonstrate digital’s business impact by showing off a mobile app, digital marketing campaign or sharing economy start-up. Digital looks simple in these situations and also for consumers only. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Kickback scandal clouds $12.2B BD acquisition of CareFusion

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Neil Versel: News broke last night that CareFusion CFN +22.92% Corp., maker of patient safety-focused medical devices like smart infusion pumps and automated medication administration cabinets, was being acquired by medical equipment manufacturer BD (formerly Becton Dickinson & Co.) for $12.2 billion.

SIM IT Trends: Tomorrow will be faster than today

Story thumbnail IT is experiencing a historic period of "profound change," according to the preliminary results of "35th Annual SIM IT Trends Study," which were announced by The Society for Information Management during a media roundtable earlier this week. The report's high-level results include how the role of CIOs and IT is evolving, IT budgets and leading investments, how CIOs spend their time, and the priorities of organizations and IT leaders.

Investors love HP breakup, but analysts see a failed strategy

Story thumbnail Investors loved HP CEO Meg Whitman’s decision to split Silicon Valley icon HP into two different companies. In trading on the stock market, HP’s share price rose 6 percent on Monday after the company made the announcement. But analysts say that, whatever blip comes from short-term trading, HP’s move to break itself up comes from a failed market strategy. HP said it would divide itself into HP Inc., consisting of the PC and printer businesses, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which has the enterprise and services divisions.
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