Does the impartial administration of justice, the integrity of the U.S. Government, and the oath of all federal employees to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, require that private interests not be allowed to supplant the public interest?
Is it essential that federal Inspectors General, law enforcement, Congress, the Courts, and the press all hold U.S. Government departments, agencies and employees accountable to the U.S. Constitution, the law, their oaths and ethics pledges?read more
To many startups, search engine optimization (SEO) is a task that sits on their company’s back burner.
With features to launch and customers to support, the idea of spending time fiddling with your title tags can seem like a fool’s errand. That’s especially true when there’s no guarantee that your hard work will result in a single additional visitor from Google. That’s one of the reasons that a recent study ranked SEO as the third most important marketing priority for startups (behind social media and content marketing).read more
Google is increasingly interested in building an alternative to the traditional cable set-top box, according to a top exec for Google Fiber.
Milo Medin, vice president of access services at Google, predicts that the Internet giant’s own platform for smart televisions, Android TV, will “eventually build something” that allows consumers to abandon the black, bulky boxes that many currently rent from their cable providers.read more
IT veteran Laura Young will share best practices for health information exchange among long-term post-acute care and mental and behavioral health providers at HIMSS16.
Left out of meaningful use, mental and behavioral health providers have spent the past few years trying to catch up with advances in electronic health records, data sharing and developing interoperability standards.read more
Managing storage and networking in Docker containers can be a nightmare. New Kubernetes contributions may help.
As I’ve written before, Docker provides a better way to package and distribute software, which is one reason Docker adoption keeps booming, growing 5X in the last year. Awesome! But good luck getting those Docker containers into production. Not so awesome.
Enter Google. Google (now Alphabet) helped us all by open sourcing and spinning off its container orchestration solution called Kubernetes. Kubernetes makes a big difference, yet simply orchestrating Docker with Kubernetes doesn’t necessarily make life easy for developers. There remains a yawning gap from test to production.read more
Some people are already used to having their personal information exposed in massive data breaches. But the rise of artificial intelligence and connected computers in everything from toasters to implanted medical device could dramatically raise the stakes of digital security.
In fact, they topped a long list of “global threats” that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper unveiled Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services committee.read more
Dr. Alan Kaplan, executive vice president and chief clinical transformation officer for Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, has been selected as the new UW Health CEO, officials said Tuesday.
Kaplan replaces Dr. Jeff Grossman, who has been interim CEO since July, when UW Hospital and UW Medical Foundation merged, setting up a single financial structure for two main components of UW Health. The organization includes the insurance company Unity and is a close partner of UW School of Medicine and Public Health.read more
Improving Health Information Technology Act calls for transparent ratings on EHR usability and security, among other measures.
Improving Health Information Technology Act calls for transparent ratings on EHR usability and security, among other measures.read more
The emergence of the connected you
This week we were treated to an article declaring that consumers are not ready for the Internet of Things. Apparently this is due to the fact that the hardware is more expensive than their non-connected brethren. And yes, when you head down to Home Depot and see a $50 thermostat, that $250 Nest Learning Thermostat can seem pretty damn pricey.read more
If you hop into one of Google’s pod-like self-driving cars, you won’t be considered the driver, according to a letter sent to Google by federal transportation officials.
Instead, the law will treat the car’s software as the driver.read more
Although overall healthcare cost inflation remains relatively small, healthcare spending just passed 18 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product at the end of 2015. Because of the size of healthcare as a component of the nation’s expenditures, this continued increase in spending is unsustainable and threatens our economy.
While hospital spending makes up the largest slice of healthcare spending at 32 percent of all healthcare expenditures, drug costs have risen as a component and now account for 20 percent of that total. In addition, for all categories of healthcare spending tracked by the Alatarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending, drug costs increased at the fastest rate, rising 12.1 percent from November 2014 to November 2015.read more
Staff directory contains details on over 9,000 employees
On Sunday, an account on Twitter posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory with 9,355 names. Shortly after the DHS data was posted, the account went on to claim that an additional data dump focused on 20,000 FBI employees was next.
The published staff directory is exactly what you think it is – the name, title, email address, and phone number of more than 9,000 DHS employees.read more
The organization also wants the agency to expand eCQM education and outreach.
The American Hospital Association has sent a list of demands the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services before the federal agency creates new rules surrounding electronic quality reporting measures.
CMS earlier this month extended the public comment period for eCQM from Feb. 1 to Feb. 16, 2016.
For starters, AHA, the largest hospital organization in the country, wants CMS to release the results of the previous eCQM demonstrations and pilots.read more
There was a whole lot of uproar over the weekend over reports that Twitter is planning to change its real-time messaging feed into something more like the Facebook News Feed. Under the new system, reports said, messages would be ranked, in part, by the quality of the post rather than just when it was posted.
That set off the company’s users, who worried that changes to the feed might hurt one of the network’s most distinctive features — its ability to tap into real-time conversation.read more
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