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Harness Your Enterprise Data Warehouse Strategy

It is a thought-provoking, long, and crucial process to create an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) stocked with relevant data. However, upon creation, this EDW will ease management, empower the business, and enhance the customer experience. A proper enterprise data strategy can empower a business. “The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates the amount of data in the […]

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Data-Driven Insights and the Triple Aim

Healthcare is taking drastic steps towards improvement with the aid of data-driven insights. Tremendous opportunities are presenting themselves with the reducing of healthcare costs while improving the quality of care itself. With the assistance of complex and in depth demographics, the data accumulated in the healthcare field are readily available for practitioners across the globe. […]

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How Microsoft Word “Protected View” Stops Information Leaks

Microsoft Word has long offered support for loading images and templates over the network.  This is a great feature within corporate environments because it facilitates the reuse of assets like logos and corporate document templates.  Unfortunately, these features can be abused by bad actors to obtain operational intelligence on individuals, or even to steal credentials.  […]

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Data Lakes and the Information Governance Critical Success Factor

Since my last post I’ve been working for a client that is actively engaged in establishing a Data Lake for the purpose of supporting their analytics efforts, but also looking to “re-architect” the way their systems collaborate by using this Data Lake environment to control and consolidate all information-sharing interactions within their environment. I was […]

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Meaningful Measures – Meaningful Change or Meaningless Hype?

They say the only constant is change and for the most part change is a good thing. However, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with change. I embrace the fact that it forces and challenges me to adapt which allows personal and professional growth, but I hate the disruption it causes to my […]

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Operational Transformation – Benefits of Other Delivery Models

In my previous blog I discussed the growing use of alternative service delivery models to reduce overall IT costs. As a recap, examples of these delivery models include: Software as a Service (SaaS) or remote hosted agreements where the application vendor provides application support and operational services. Cloud based services where the processing and storage […]

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5 Steps to Modernize Your Mainframe with Pair Programming

It seems like once I stopped mainframe coding in COBOL and RPG and moved to Java, I have been continuously involved in mainframe retirement projects. There may be no bigger and slower moving pending disaster than the state of the corporate mainframe. The mainframe itself stands in stark contrast; they are better and faster than […]

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Oracle Planning: Driver-based Rolling Forecast at #Kscope18

Rolling forecasts in healthcare are challenging because Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are unique to each organization and market conditions are ever changing. MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) needed a standard forecasting process, while still offering choice-based budgeting and forecasting for the various divisions and institutes.Perficient implemented a driver based rolling forecast planning application that is […]

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Seamless Digital Experience to Drive Patient/Consumer Engagement

As a healthcare provider, there are a number of discrete digital tools on your website that form part of the entire patient/consumer digital experience. Each digital interaction through tools, such as a find-a-doctor app, patient portal, online appointment scheduler, virtual visit, health library, and symptom advice/checker, are meant to give patients a great, serviceable experience. Unfortunately, more […]

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Who is Filling the Gap in the Clinical Terminology World?

The Mystery I have worked in Healthcare Informatics long before it was called Healthcare Informatics, and this year was the first time I heard the term “IMO”.  While working on a data warehousing project the client asked if their Epic instance was storing Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) codes. In typical consultant fashion, I said I’d […]

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Opportunity or Barrier: Adoption of Technology Aided Healthcare

Smartphone penetration has increased significantly over the last decade, with figures up to 81% in the U.S., as of 2016 (Lella, 2017). Additionally, the number of health apps on iOS and Android devices have more than doubled in the last 3 years, to over 325,000 as of 2017 (Pohl, 2017). As treatments have advanced for acute […]

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Operational Transformation: Reducing Cost of IT Service Delivery

There is always contention for IT funding, especially with the increasing requirements for digital solutions and to incorporate emerging technologies such as block chain, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence into the more traditional IT application portfolio. As a result, provider organizations are constantly looking for ways to lower IT support costs.  In the past that […]

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DataStax Advanced Security : Eat your vegetables first

I see companies start down their Big Data/NoSQL journey with a Proof of Concept mindset and they almost always end up funding a science project by confusing early wins on established products with progress. Cassandra is ten years old and DataStax has 500 customers in 50 countries. This stuff works; what you need is a […]

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Artificial Neural Networks: Solving Challenges in Health Sciences

There is a lot of buzz in healthcare and life sciences right now around Artificial Intelligence, and the potential uses for Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Deep Learning to solve for all manner of messy and complex problems. Deep-Learning software attempts to mimic the activity in layers of neurons in the neocortex[1], this includes cognitive […]

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Augmented Reality and Revolutionary Holograms in Healthcare

Increasing amounts of companies are tirelessly working on ways to capitalize on their use of virtual reality and its friend in technology, augmented reality. The current options are predominantly for entertainment purposes such as; designing advanced video games, 3-D movies, and more. However, with multiple opportunities focusing around visual, augmented reality has the chance to […]

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API Management Use Cases in Healthcare

In our latest healthcare guide, we highlight the importance of application programming interfaces (APIs) in driving business and consumer value. As organizations shift their legacy infrastructure in IT modernization projects, APIs will be at the center of their initiatives alongside containers, microservices, and other serverless technologies. During the journey to API adoption, there is no […]

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Extreme Customer Experience Makeover

Digital innovation continues to disrupt industries at lightning speed. Today’s organizations are transforming their entire business – from strategy to operations, technology to culture – to better deliver value to their customers. In 2017, we compiled the top 10 trends leaders needed to know when it came to their digital transformation journey. In this 10-week […]

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Using Cynefin Framework for Complicated HC Projects

So far in this blog series I have discussed using the Cynefin framework for providing guidance in determining the best SDLC methodology to use for a particular type of project defined by the framework as well as delving into the Chaotic type of project. This month I will focus on the Complicated type of projects […]

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Patient Experience Must Become the Top Priority For Providers

Is healthcare shifting its focus to the patient and making emotional experience a priority? What to know Healthcare practitioners are developing two contradictory goals; improve the health of the population, while reducing costs. Organizations are presently struggling to remain above the profit margin because the healthcare system was designed and developed to increase revenue by […]

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[GUIDE]: API Best Practices in Healthcare

Healthcare costs continue to rise, especially with changing consumer demands, and evolving technology solutions. Furthermore, technology leaders find themselves overwhelmed with the added challenge of upgrading legacy technology infrastructure and adopting new development methods. We understand these challenges and recently authored a white paper to guide healthcare professionals through the application programming interface (API) adoption process. […]

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