Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nordic again ranked first place in KLAS report

Story thumbnail For the second time, Nordic has ranked No. 1 in Epic Implementation Support and Staffing in the latest KLAS report, Epic Consulting 2014. KLAS is a provider of impartial ratings of healthcare technology. This is the second KLAS report focusing specifically on companies that provide consulting services for organizations using the Epic EHR. The first report, published in June 2012, also ranked Nordic No. 1 in Epic Implementation Support and Staffing. The 2012 report included 13 fully-rated firms, a number that has jumped to 21 in 2014.

This could be the most secure password ever

Story thumbnail In the wake of serious security breaches in the last year, from the pilfering of Target customers’ credit card information to the celebrity iCloud selfie-hack, it’s easy to feel digitally naked. Your current best options—like making your password something along the lines of “**_^XBE47>>” or using two-step verification—also have their shortcomings, which has inspired a crop of enterprising scientists to come up with what must be the oddest, and possibly most secure, password yet: the rhythm of your heart.

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

Story thumbnail Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

NCQA recognizes MetaStar as a PCMH Partner in Quality

Story thumbnail The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently recognized MetaStar as a Partner in Quality, indicating MetaStar supports practices in pursuit of true practice transformation. This recognition is based on clinical standards established to improve the measurable quality of health care provided

BioForward names Laura Bray new CEO

Story thumbnail BioForward has named Laura Bray its new CEO, the Madison organization representing Wisconsin's biotechnology companies announced Wednesday. Bray has served the past 10 years as executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners Inc., a public-private partnership advocating economic development and ecological restoration in Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley.

Press releases and other news

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tech-fueled disruption in patient care

Story thumbnail Deloitte Insights/Bill Copeland: The disruptive rise of value-based health care is fueled in no small measure by technology. Health care CIOs could find themselves leading, or battling against, disruptions that will likely shape the health care landscape for years to come.

The CIO as VC

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Clark Golestani: Clark Golestani, CIO of Merck, has adapted McKinsey’s Three Horizons framework for his IT organization at the $44B pharmaceutical company. In the McKinsey model, Horizon One includes the core products and markets that provide the majority of a company’s revenue. Horizon Two covers emerging products and markets, and Horizon Three contains products that will drive revenue in the much longer term.

Three myths that could spoil IT's future

Story thumbnail IT leaders need to overcome the myths that keep hurting IT's reputation. Stereotypes, ignorance, and misinformation. They're all still conspiring to create the impression that IT departments are more of an obstruction than an asset to businesses.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Non-Hypothetical CIO

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Chris Van Liew: You are the “CIO” of your organization, and the expectations and pressure couldn’t be higher. Your goal is to be an extraordinary leader with a transformative impact on your company and for your customers. The good news is there’s no shortage of guidance available regarding how to do so.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Multiple centers for research will help Wisconsin’s high-growth economy

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: While economists don’t often agree on much, it’s hard to find much dissent over the notion that major research universities contribute to the prosperity of cities, regions and states around them. Studies by the Federal Reserve Bank and others have cited the power of academic research and development in the economy, from direct spending tied to such research to the transfer of knowledge to companies of all sizes to the “human capital” that comes with creation of a highly skilled workforce.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The CIO's Second Agenda

Story thumbnail Guest Column/George Colony: In addition to managing the IT agendas of their companies, CIOs must build a second agenda of Business Technology (systems, technology, and processes to win, serve, and retain customers). The IT agenda focuses internally on supply chains, financial systems, and administrative technology.
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