Lifting Healthcare Out Of Its Digital Malaise

first_imgThe power of data in healthcare is nothing new. In 1846, a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis collected data to uncover why so many women in maternity wards were dying from childbed fever. After several outlandish theories, he discovered that medical students were transferring cadaverous particles from autopsies and thus one of the first infection-control hand-washing protocols was born. As a result, the rate of childbed fever fell dramatically. By using data to reach his conclusion, Dr. Semmelweis was a data scientist before his time.Fast-forward 170 odd yearsThankfully, we now have sophisticated data crunching and analysis tools. For instance, data lakes store information in a central repository, where data can be indexed and shared at a moment’s notice. These lakes manage and visualize data from multiple sources and create metaphorical workbenches from which companies can do deep analytics. Why do we need this? New healthcare data is growing at the rate of 48 percent per year. The Internet of Things is creating a lot of this information. In a short space of time, a vast network of sensors will automatically capture real-time biometric data. This information will shed light on the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior.The Cardiac Risk Score visual design, based on the stellar work of David McCandless, is a case in point. From this design an app was developed around clinically derived specifications from Boston Children’s Hospital and was featured on SMART Health IT. Apps like this are designed to empower patients to make sense of their medical records by visually presenting their lab results to show that if they stopped smoking or lowered their blood pressure within normal range for instance, they could reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke by a certain percentage. The app’s dynamic visualizations resonated with patients and provided important insights at the point of care.However, such examples are exceptions rather than the norm. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, author of the Internet of Healthy Things, believes the healthcare industry is at a loss as to what to do with this immense opportunity. A broad list of obstacles is curtailing innovation, from liability concerns and overregulation to complex and long sales cycles. He refers to “chaos” within the ranks.Recent Dell Technologies research certainly bears this out. Some 4,000 senior decision-makers from 16 countries and 12 major industries judged their businesses’ digital capabilities. The findings suggest public and private healthcare organizations are struggling the most. Public healthcare, for example, is the least digitally mature industry on the Digital Transformation Index: only 19 percent of organizations claim to be innovating in an agile way. In fact, the sector is least likely to perform any of the attributes of a digital business well and companywide.These findings are symptoms of a larger malaise, including an aging population, shrinking budgets, staffing pressures, and more. It’s somewhat alarming that only 34 percent credit the C-suite for driving their organization’s digital strategy forward. Leadership is a must because in some respects, the lack of competitive pressure places the public sector at a disadvantage, as it removes the incentive for constant reinvention and improvement.Private healthcare maintains only a slight edge over its public cousin. It’s the second least mature industry on the benchmark. In the same way that public healthcare organizations lack market pressures to compete, evidence suggests private healthcare has taken a laissez faire approach to rising customer expectations, insulated by the knowledge there will always be a stable need for healthcare. 72 percent of respondents in private healthcare admit to not acting on intelligence in real-time, and just half of respondents cite customers as a key influencer driving their digital strategies forward. This is markedly lower than the global average – despite the fact they exist to provide a patient-focused service.Security concernsWhile there are pockets of excellence, the industry faces significant security risks. According to the research, only 31 percent of respondents in public healthcare believe their organization can meet customer demands for better security. Medical equipment, of which there are legion – from diagnostic imaging machines, monitoring devices, etc. – operate as “black boxes,” using their own specialized software and hardware. These devices are typically overlooked when it comes to routine security testing and simulation.The fact that implantables, such as pacemakers and infusion pumps, can be breached and tampered with raises the spectre of serious threats to patient safety. To combat these risks, healthcare organizations need to move well beyond traditional anti-virus software and harden devices with regular patching and configuration management, as well as using robust data encryption and advanced malware protection at all endpoints. In short, what is needed are mature process and platforms to protect this ‘internet of diagnostic things’ from destructive cyber-attacks.Impacting lives with data enabled digital transformationReturning to Dell Technologies’ study, the evidence suggests disruption often motivates a company to innovate and be the best it can be. We can see this in commercial industries. For instance, well over a hundred years ago, ADT Security used to provide armed security guards. It’s now the largest professional installer of home automation solutions in the U.S. It transformed because it had to respond to market disruptors. The adapt-or-die dynamic made the company what it is today.Most industries have witnessed an influx of new competitors, in the form of digital start-ups and industry disruptors, thanks to digital technologies and initiatives. Healthcare recorded the least. But this doesn’t mean the healthcare industry isn’t and shouldn’t be under pressure to transform. We’ve seen several of our data-empowered customers such as Partners Healthcare leaping ahead. This all starts with transparent access to, and elegant visualization of, relevant data. Patients need a healthcare system that can prevent illness, cure cancer and save lives. Their needs are acute and their voices, if heeded, could change the world.We at Dell EMC are committed to delivering technology to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes so they can transform and thrive in the digital economy – in fact, we’ll be discussing how at HIMSS17. Stop by booth #3161, where our team will be discussing the opportunity at hand for all healthcare organizations.Please don’t hesitate to offer any comments below, and I look forward to seeing you at HIMSS17.last_img read more

Merck ends development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines

first_imgMerck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies. The drugmaker said Monday that it will focus instead on studying two possible treatments for the virus that also have yet to be approved by regulators. The company said its potential vaccines were well tolerated by patients, but they generated an inferior immune system response compared with other vaccines. Merck entered the race to fight COVID-19 later than other top drugmakers.last_img

Spring Preview! Squigs Sketches All 18 Shows Arriving on Broadway

first_imgSpring has sprung on Broadway! March and April are jam-packed with new shows opening on the Great White Way, and to celebrate, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson has been hard at work sketching tributes to every new show on Broadway. Above, we’re welcoming the new arrivals of (clockwise from top left): Gigi, Airline Highway, An American in Paris, Wolf Hall, The Audience, Finding Neverland, The King & I, Something Rotten, It Shoulda Been You, The Heidi Chronicles, The Visit, Doctor Zhivago, Skylight, Fun Home, Living on Love, Hand to God, On the Twentieth Century and Fish in the Dark. Bravo, Squigs, and cheers to an action-packed spring on the Main Stem! View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

New food pantry opens for distribution by appointment in Binghamton

first_imgThe pantry works by appointment to avoid having large crowds gather. “There is a big homeless and a big population that is hungry in this area,” said the church’s kitchen coordinator Sherry Conklin. The church receives a lot of its supply from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, but it also asks for donations. “It’s just wonderful that everybody is stepping up,” said Conklin. With a pandemic impacting the whole globe, church leaders knew they had to step up in this time of need. “I was within sight of the towers when they fell at 9/11 and I was in a community that had 13 feet of water go through it during Hurricane Sandy. So I know one of the first things that happens is that the access to food sources gets cut off,” said pastor Kimberly Chastain. That’s why United Presbyterian has created a brand new food pantry, up and running starting Wednesday. “We just know everybody is shut in right now and there’s going to be a big need for food with everybody laid off and a lot of people without work,” said Conklin. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton helps to feed the hungry year-round. Working to keep a community fed, and full of faith. If you need food you can reach out to the church or send an email to “We hope that the wonderful outpouring we’ve seen in the community so far will continue because it’s not over yet,” said Chastain. “The best things are soups, chunky soups, easy canned meals like beef stew or something like that. Another thing that we would really like is metal can openers because some people in the area don’t even have can openers,” said Conklin. But its services are now of increasing importance. United Presbyterian also serves free meals for takeout every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.last_img read more

Human H5N1 cases reported in Laos, Egypt, China

first_imgFeb 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday confirmed Laos’ first human case of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 15-year-old girl from Vientiane, and Egypt and China also have reported new cases.The Laotian girl fell ill Feb 10 and was hospitalized in Vientiane with fever and respiratory symptoms on Feb 15, the WHO said. She was transferred 2 days later to a public hospital in Nongkhai, Thailand, where she was in stable condition.Last week officials from Thailand, Laos, and the WHO investigated the girl’s village and districts where poultry had died, the WHO report said. The patient’s close contacts were being monitored daily, and adults have been given oseltamivir; all remained healthy, the agency said.Samples obtained by Lao epidemiologists and Thai clinicians were submitted to the National Institute of Health in Thailand, where they tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, the WHO said. The country has reported sporadic bird outbreaks since 2004; the most recent one involved ducks at two locations in Vientiane prefecture.Elsewhere, Egypt’s health ministry announced yesterday that a 4-year-old girl from the Nile delta province of Daqahliya, about 75 miles northeast of Cairo, had tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Health ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman Shahin said the girl was in stable condition in a Cairo hospital, where she was admitted yesterday with fever and tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the AP reported. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Egypt’s 23rd case-patient and the country’s fifth patient this year.Two days ago, Egyptian officials denied a report from the Middle East News Agency (MENA), the country’s state news agency, that a 31-year-old woman from the Nile Delta town of Beheira had tested positive for avian flu. The denial was reported Feb 26 by Reuters.Amr Qandil, director of communicable diseases at Egypt’s health ministry, told Reuters the report wasn’t true. “I do not know where they got this information,” he said.The MENA report said the woman, who raised chickens at home, was hospitalized in Damanhour, but was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria when her condition deteriorated, according to Reuters.In China today, officials confirmed that a 44-year-old woman, a farmer from Fujian province, tested positive for avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. According to a report released by China’s Department of Health to Hong Kong’s Government Information Service, the woman developed fever and a cough 10 days ago, AFP reported. Tests conducted by the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were positive for the H5N1 virus.The woman’s case is China’s first in 7 weeks and will raise the country’s official count to 23 if confirmed by the WHO.In other avian flu news, Myanmar reported that the H5N1 virus killed poultry at a farm about 5 miles from Rangoon, the country’s largest city, according to a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today.The outbreak began 2 days ago, killing 68 of 1,360 layer chickens, ducks, and pullets, and officials attributed the outbreak to poor biosecurity on the farm, the report said. The remaining birds were destroyed, and authorities instituted several control measures including limiting poultry movement within the country, screening poultry, and disinfecting the affected area.Myanmar’s last poultry outbreak was reported in April 2006.See also:Feb 27 WHO statementOIE reports on Myanmar outbreaklast_img read more

Lucas Torreira not pushing for transfer move away from Arsenal

first_imgArsenal want to keep hold of Torreira (Picture: Getty)Milan though are set to push ahead with plans to test Arsenal’s resolve and are planning to lodge another offer.AdvertisementAdvertisementGiampaolo has identified Torreira as his top target this summer, but Arsenal are unlikely to entertain any offer that doesn’t significantly improve on the £25million figure they forked out for the Uruguayan last year.Unai Emery is facing a difficult summer with a transfer budget of just £45m at his disposal. Coral BarryTuesday 25 Jun 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link325Shares Torreira is wanted by AC Milan (Picture: Reuters)Lucas Torreira is not agitating for a move away from Arsenal this summer, reports say.AC Milan want to bring Torreira back to Italy after just a season with Arsenal and have already made one offer for the midfielder.Reports in Italy claim Torreira is desperate to return to Serie A to play under his former Sampdoria coach, Marco Giampaolo.But the Telegraph claim Torreira is not seeking a switch and is happy in London with Arsenal, branding reports he is struggling to adjust to the English weather as ‘nonsense’.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Lucas Torreira not pushing for transfer move away from Arsenalcenter_img AC Milan are set to make an offer for Torreira (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard is planning to offload players to raise further funds and a big offer for Torreira might convince Arsenal to sell and reinvest the money in new signings.But Torreira was one of Emery’s first signings at the Emirates and the 23-year-old was an immediate hit with Arsenal fans.Torreira is currently on international duty with Uruguay’s at the Copa America and is due to return late to pre-season after taking part in the tournament.MORE: Arsenal submit £27m to sign William Saliba but agree to loan him back to Saint-EtienneMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Want a luxury car or a luxury holiday? Doing this simple thing could get you one

first_imgFancy a luxury car? Maybe you should refinance your mortgage.DOING this one simple thing can put you on the path to saving thousands and spending your money on something you really need – like perhaps a luxury car or a luxury holiday!The experts have crunched the figures and refinancing your mortgage to a lower interest rate, could potentially keep an extra $100,000 in your pocket over of the loan.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoResearch by revealed nearly a third of Australian households and 35,000 Queensland households were suffering from mortgage stress.Despite this only 4 per cent of Queenslanders refinanced their mortgage last year.Not refinancing means that many homeowners could be losing out big time over the life of their loan.According to finder with an average Queensland loan size of $333,600 with an average variable rate of 4.95 per cent – a 50 basis point discount would pocket you $36,090 over the life of the loan, or $100 per month.If an owner was able to secure at 3.44 per cent that would equate to spending $105,766 less over the life of a loan.And don’t think you can’t find a rate that low – it’s on offer through Reduce Home loans for those who participate in Finder’s three day savings event which starts today.last_img read more

Forestdale property sells for $830k as acreage close to city increases in demand

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe kitchen is spacious and modern.According to CoreLogic data, the median house sale price for Forestdale was $787,500.This price was an increase of 4.3 per cent in the 12 months to September, and a 20.2 per cent rise in the past five years. The entertainment area looking over the pool.“They loved the modern feel and size of the home, the size of the land and basically everything that it had to offer,” Mr Aston said. The bedrooms is large.“The reason why it’s higher in demand is it’s the closest acreage to the city, and it can’t be subdivided at the present time,” he said.“It has minimum acre lots with roughly 800 homes in the suburb and that should remain the same for some time to come.“There are heaps of buyers looking and not enough stock.” The living area is open plan and flows outside.Mr Aston said about 30 groups viewed the property, with four written offers received, and said the area had been proving popular lately.center_img The house at 19 Sienko St, Forestdale, sold for $830,000.THIS Logan house recently sold for $42,500 more than its suburb median house sale price.The Forestdale property is on a 5006sq m block, and has all of its living across a single level.All Properties Group agent Jay Aston said the 19 Sienko St property was bought by a family for $830,000. The new owners will enjoy plunging into this over summer.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

4 rape suspects killed in India

first_imgBENGALURU – Indian police shot deadfour men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-oldveterinarian in the city of Hyderabad, police said.   “In the morning, at around 6-6.30, ourpersons have come to reconstruct the scene of crime and the accused have triedto snatch their weapons, and there was a cross-fire. In this, all the fouraccused have died. Two policemen have been injured,” Reddy said. No details were immediately availableabout how many police had escorted the four accused.(Reuters) Still frame taken from Dec. 6 video shows Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar and other police officers arriving at a spot where police shot dead four men suspected of raping a veterinary doctor, in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. ANI/VIA REUTERS TV The men had been in police custody andwere shot near the scene of last week’s crime, said N Prakash Reddy, a deputycommissioner of police in Shamshabad.last_img read more

Logue finds answers, $2,500 feature win at Hancock County’s SportMod Nationals

first_img“I thought ‘Holy cow, we’re going to win this thing.’ I just made sure I hit my marks on the last lap.”  “My car was very, very good,” said Logue, whose one previous victory this year had also been at Britt, on June 7. “It seems like we’ve been on the trouble bus with it all season. To be able to run as well as we did made it a fun night.” He found them Tuesday night at Hancock County Speedway’s MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals.  Logue won his heat, the dash and the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event, earning $2,700 in all for his efforts. Johnathon Logue won the IMCA MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals for a second time on June 25, earning $2,500 for the main event victory. (Photo by Emily Campbell) Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner. Kelly Shryock paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Drew Barglof won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.  “So many good drivers come to this event every year. I’ve always loved coming up here,” said Logue, also the SportMod Nationals winner in 2016. “The amount of talent in this division is unbelievable.” After cautions on laps two and four, the rest of the 30-lap feature ran green. Logue’s lead was scored at two seconds with five laps left and at just more than a second and a half at the finish.center_img “Jared (Boumeester) challenged on lap 10 and that told me I’d better step up my game,” Logue said. “I wasn’t sure who was moving through the field but the laps really clicked off. It felt like we got to halfway, then I was taking the white flag.” Logue pocketed $200 for winning the DeKalb Asgrow dash, earning the pole start in the main event as well. The MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals had been postponed a week because of inclement weather.  Jamie Anderson started last in the field of 24, finished 12th and earned the $100 LG Seeds hard charger award,  BRITT, Iowa (June 25) – One win in his first 19 starts of the season had Johnathon Logue looking for answers.  Brayton Carter, Jared Boumeester, Jake McBirnie and Jim Chisholm completed the top five across the stripe in the $2,500 to win feature. Forty-seven drivers from five states were entered. Feature results – 1. Johnathon Logue; 2. Brayton Carter; 3. Jared Boumeester; 4. Jake McBirnie; 5. Jim Chisholm; 6. Doug Smith; 7. Colby Fett; 8. Cody Thompson; 9. Nate Whitehurst; 10. George Nordman; 11. Doug Cook; 12. Jamie Anderson; 13. Josh Appel; 14. Dallas Nutt; 15. Jake Sachau; 16. Cam Reimers; 17. Alec Fett; 18. Carter VanDenBerg; 19. Matt Looft; 20. Jeff Carter; 21. Mathew Hanson; 22. Ronald Hults; 23. Carter Shumski; 24. Dakota Sproul.last_img read more