When we last left off with the two companies hired to fly cargo to the International Space Station their unmanned rockets had exploded, incinerating thousands of pounds of cargo and leaving the astronauts on the orbiting lab in a bit of a lurch.
Suddenly, the so-called golden age of commercial space flight was more molten orange than gilded. And the widespread belief that the industry was finally, at long last, ready to take flight once again had to yield to questions about whether it really can be entrusted with a mission so difficult that traditionally only governments performed it.read more
Healthcare IT security: you have a bad reputation. When it gets down to healthcare there’s always a little chuckle about how bad they are
This year was among the worst in cybersecurity across the healthcare sector.
On average, companies that got breached did not know it for 270 days and some had even been breached for seven years without knowing it, according to Richard Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar who served three presidents.read more
As a company grows, individual teams often develop their own project management styles. But when you’re trying to scale, having multiple systems can lead to confusion and missed deadlines. So how do you adjust that methodology as you expand?read more
Distraction is always the enemy. Here’s one simple technique to maintain focus on what’s really important.
So, if we are going to talk about productivity we need to get one thing straight from the outset; busy does not equate to productive.read more
WASHINGTON — Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of a Paris summit meeting intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions, according to people with knowledge of the plans.
The fund, which one of the people described as the largest such effort in history, is meant to pay for research and development of new clean-energy technologies. It will include contributions from other billionaires and philanthropies, as well as a commitment by the United States and other participating nations to double their budget for clean energy research and development, according to the people with knowledge of the plans, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the fund.read more
The doors of Google’s self-driving vehicles are currently decorated with art work. There are sunsets, flowers and parks. But the warm nature scenes may eventually have competition for that real estate from an unlikely source — utilitarian traffic signage.
Google received a patent Tuesday detailing how a self-driving vehicle would determine if pedestrians were likely to cross a street, plan its next move accordingly, and then notify the pedestrians of its intent. Since the cars are being driven by a computer, a pedestrian can’t count on a hand signal or eye contact from a passenger to know a vehicle is waiting for them.read more
One of the world’s most sought after employers doesn’t care much about Ivy League credentials or a sterling college transcript. “It’s one of the flaws in how we assess people,” explained Laszlo Bock, Vice President of People Operations at Google Inc. He continues:
We assume that if you went to Harvard, Stanford or MIT that you are smart. We assume that if you got good grades you will do well at work… there is no relationship between where you went to school and how you did five, 10, 15 years into your career. So, we stopped looking at it.read more
Online sales in the US were up 16.1% on Black Friday 2015 compared to the Black Friday rush of last year, thanks to email marketing and mobile shopping, according to a Nov. 28 report from Custora E-Commerce Pulse, which tracks data from online retailers and 500 million anonymous shoppers.
Mobile shopping — e-commerce orders made on mobile phones and tablets — accounted for 36.1% of online shopping on Black Friday 2015. That’s a significant jump from the 30.3% of online orders recorded on Black Friday of 2014.read more
In October, Mother Jones published an article attacking Epic, saying the EHR vendor has not delivered on the industrywide goal of connecting patient health records and optimizing digitization in healthcare. Now, Epic has written a response to Mother Jones in which the vendor refutes the claims made in the original article, saying the story was written using misinformation.read more
“We’re at the golden spike phase of the electronic health record (EHR),” said Frank Byrne in reference to the ceremonial spike that completed the nation’s first transcontinental railway. “We’re at the beginning of this journey,” added the senior executive advisor of HealthX Ventures, a digital healthcare-focused seed fund.
And according to Byrne, there’s more than a bit of catch-up taking place at the moment. “Let’s be honest with ourselves,” he said. “We dug this hole by underspending on IT for years.” Banking was an industry that moved forward with IT as a strategic tool, and the health care field only did enough to get by and survive. “We are going to have to overspend until we get it right,” Byrne noted, “and we’re not there yet.”read more
HealthMyne, a Wisconsin Start-up has announced that that their quantitative imaging analytics platform will now integrate with Epic and UW Health, HealthMyne provides radiologists a view of electronic health record (EHR) data and imaging information.
According too the company, this will unify and improve more efficient clinical work, but also the move to a correlative, evidence-based population health model where individual patients can be assessed and treated with the bene cial insight of similar patient cohorts.read more
The Disruptive Healthcare Conference, held Tuesday in Madison, featured a keynote session titled, “Interoperability – Can’t we all get along ?” WTN News, invited senior executives from leading rival electronic medial records software vendors Epic and Cerner to publicly set the record and dispel disinformation about each company’s point of view on interoperability and patient data exchange. The conversation was civil and revolved many issues that the public has been exposed to and where these competitors agree and disagree on industry standards and how they should be adopted by their customers. Examples were cited that both company’s work closely togethe with mutual clients and when other healthcare provider organizations make a request to link their systems.
Heading into the event it may have been easy to assume that an Epic executive sitting next to a Cerner executive is either a rarity or an impossibility. “It is actually highly usual for us to be sitting next to each other,” said Peter DeVault, vice president and director of interoperability at Epic. “There’s been much too much made about the rift between Epic and CommonWell. There’s a whole lot of water under the bridge.”read more
Rumors of feuds between Epic and other electronic health care records vendors like Cerner are greatly exaggerated, according to company insiders.
Those supposed feuds have been made famous by several high-profile media reports, including an article last month in Mother Jones, a liberal-leaning newsmagazine. That article defined the CommonWell Health Alliance, a trade group of which Cerner is a member, as a coalition of “Epic’s rivals.”read more
Nov. 11–Some Congress members and national media outlets say Epic Systems Corp. is blocking the sharing of electronic medical records, but that’s not true, an Epic executive said Tuesday at a forum that included a leader from a chief Epic competitor.
Bob Robke, vice president of interoperability for Cerner, an Epic rival, publicly asked Epic to join the CommonWell Health Alliance, a group of Epic competitors trying to develop better record exchanges.
“We would love for Epic to be part of that,” Robke said. “It would guarantee (its) success.”read more
Epic Systems and Cerner say too much has been made of a supposed rift between the two electronic health record vendors, especially when it comes to the exchange of patient information.
Some of that controversy surrounds CommonWell Health Alliance, a collection of EHR vendors that includes Cerner. CommonWell is working toward building a vendor-neutral platform. Some have criticized Epic’s decision not to join.read more
Sheldon Cuffie, vice president of information risk at Northwestern Mutual, knew cybersecurity was moving up in the world when a board member invited him to lunch.
“Two years ago the chief information security officer (CISO) didn’t attend board meetings, didn’t talk to our leadership team,” he said at the Fusion Executive Summit in Madison, produced by WTN Media.
“This is now a standing topic on the board committee agenda, and for the first time this year as CISO, I presented to the full board of Northwestern Mutual. When we think about cybersecurity, I like to think of cyber risk as just another risk that companies have to manage. If you are not managing cyber risk just as you would manage building risk, liability and sales force risk, you are probably missing the boat.”read more
What happens if someone attacks the American power system and turns off the electricity for a city, or a region? What would it be like without power? At the Fusion Executive Summit on Cybersecurity this week, the Wisconsin Adjutant General, the state CIO, and the head of Madison Gas & Electric were discussing just that.
Thinking the unthinkable used to involve the Rand Corporation and the American military war-gaming nuclear attacks. Thinking about a hack of the power grid is almost enough to make people nostalgic for those days — at least you knew who the enemy was.read more
“If I buy a toaster and my wife says, ‘It’s lousy; throw it out,’ to preserve domestic tranquility I throw out the toaster and buy a new one,” says Ross Koppel, a scholar in the Sociology Department & School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “If I spend $1.2 billion or $1.7, I am married and I don’t have a heck of a lot of options.”
He says the same is true for electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Over the course of the last 15 plus years, Koppel has studied healthcare IT and pointed out that these systems are severely flawed – at least in part because of the difficulty of breaking free from an ineffective platform.read more
Drone maker Parrot’s new flying gizmo, the Bebop 2 Quadricopter drone, will make its landing next month, just in time for holiday shoppers. According to the company, it’s a smaller, lighter, and easier-to-use model than the previous Bebop drone—which should please consumers interested in tossing one in a bag.read more
Silicon Valley efforts in the biology and health domains have recently seen increased public interest because of the questions around the legitimacy of Theranos’ technology and medical claims and the recent FDA approvals for a number of 23andMe’s genetic screens.
These data points are just two of the most visible examples of a broad ecosystem of companies and startups in Silicon Valley working on biological problems. This early “biohacking” ecosystem has a number of parallels with the personal computer (PC) ecosystem in the 1970s and 1980s.read more