The technology of telehealth is becoming a shining star among hospital administrators and staff. Digital healthcare tools that enable doctors to assess patient needs, and often provide assistance online, have gained an accelerated momentum in acceptance. [Editor’s note: Just this morning, Kaiser Permanante called me with a fascinating update on their new online telehealth services.]read more
Just days ago, the American Express FX International Payments (FXIP) division and Ripple, an enterprise global blockchain solution company, announced a joint payment-transfer solution designed to reduce the time and cost of transfer payments to settle, providing a host of benefits for both business-to-business buyers and sellers.read more
Taking a bold move to improve healthcare patient outcomes, MintHealth announced the launch of a blockchain-powered personalized health record (PHR). The company will incent patients to actively use its new platform by rewarding healthy behaviors with cryptocurrency tokens that patients can use toward their healthcare costs.read more
During a recent Milwaukee Blockchain Conference at Marquette University, speakers discussed their ideas on the rapid adoption of the technology among a mixed financial and technical audience.read more
The energy marketplace has embraced renewable energy production as part of a balanced portfolio.
As Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council writes:
“Despite President Trump’s oft-repeated affinity for coal and a recent spike in U.S. production, energy experts don’t expect a long-term surge in coal production for power plants. There are two main reasons: More natural gas plants are coming on line and renewable sources, mainly wind, are filling the energy gap in many parts of the country.”
Cisco plans to bring ease of use to videoconferencing through voice-activated A.I. convenience with Cisco Spark Assistant. It will let users reserve meeting rooms, call meeting participants, start, join and leave sessions all through voice commands without touching keypads, touchscreens or conference phones. It sounds like the natural evolution of meetings and collaboration.read more
One of Wisconsin’s key assets is quality healthcare, a commodity largely taken for granted inside Wisconsin and largely unknown to people and companies who may be thinking of moving or expanding here.read more
Cybersecurity is a quickly evolving field, with scads of startups across many categories, from secure communications, predictive intelligence and deception security to IIoT, cyber insurance and investors.
The folks at CBInsights have compiled a clever Periodic Table of companies and categories of service that can give you a quick orientation. The article includes direct links to the leading companies in most of the categories. It’s the 10,000-foot view that is often missing in more narrowly focused articles.read more
At a recent Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, Hal Wolf III, president and CEO of HIMSS, discussed the need to apply new advanced technologies to the practice of healthcare and emphasized that the real challenge is delivering continual IT-driven changes to the current healthcare culture. “Value the people in the process,” he said. “And remember that culture eats strategy for lunch.”read more
IBM Watson Health has signed an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the benefits of blockchain and artificial intelligence, or as one spokesman called it, “augmented intelligence,” with the goal of improving healthcare delivery.read more
Lucas Mearian, a Senior Reporter for Computerworld, describes a recent CDW survey of 1,794 IT and non-IT employees to better understand the role of user buy-in regarding digital workspace and collaboration applications.
The study reveals the value of IT first looking at the mobile collaboration solutions end users are already using and familiar with before rolling out a new one they will often just ignore, preferring their own favorites.read more
Gartner has released an interesting research report, “Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond: Pace Yourself, for Sanity’s Sake.” It focuses on new technologies – from artificial intelligence to chat bots, Internet of Things, and blockchain – in addition to ways of engaging employees and customers.read more
Blockchain technology changes how parties exchange value, and it has practical, efficient, secure benefits for practically every type of industry. This short blog describes its basic benefits in easy-to-understand language.read more
Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced a plan to reduce drug costs for patients and improve health outcomes by offering prescribers lower-cost alternatives to expensive medications.
The article at EHR Intelligence also includes two additional updates:
* Allscripts integrates new API-enabled patient scheduling solution
* Clinerion adds FHIR data model to its set of EHR format standards
Accenture recently surveyed aerospace and defense executives on emerging technologies they are considering or adopting. They tended to regard blockchain as one of the top emerging technologies that can support greater industry growth and efficiency on many levels. This series of info pieces from Accenture includes a cool interactive blockchain game to demonstrate its potential in commercial aviation.read more