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Cynefin Framework: Disorder in Healthcare

During the last several blogs, we talked about the Cynefin framework and its four types of projects: Simple, Complicated, Complex and Chaotic. The Cynefin framework is used to help project managers, policy makers and others reach decisions on how to execute based upon how well you know your end result. The framework consists of five […]

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The Importance of a Digital Strategy for Women’s Health Services

The strategy for women’s health and well-being has been widely discussed at global and domestic levels for many years. With life expectancy remaining higher for women than it has for men, a shift towards prevention and wellness, the rapid adoption of digital technologies improving accessing to a wealth of healthcare information and services at the […]

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Cloud Infrastructure Challenges Within Healthcare Data

The amount of data being produced/collected is growing exponentially and is predicted to reach 35 zettabytes by 2020. Instead of every company owning and maintaining physical servers, cloud infrastructure has become a popular alternative. Health care organizations require continuous innovation in order to remain cost effective, competent and timely to provide high-quality services. Industry experts encouraging adoption of cloud infrastructure can be solution for being cost-effective and securely manage data weather for […]

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Why Aren’t Any Business Intelligence Apps Using Graph Data

Business intelligence isn’t always about the facts. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a place for dashboards and BI reports. Making business decisions without them is unimaginable so we all appreciate SQL based business intelligence systems with star schemas that point to meaningful fact values. One of the many lessons learned from the […]

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Healthcare Migration to the Cloud

In my most recent blogs I discussed the potential cost savings and other benefits of alternative IT delivery models. In this blog I want to focus specifically on healthcare’s move to cloud based delivery which was one of the delivery models discussed. One thing I have learned in my almost 30 years in healthcare IT […]

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Data Lake as Aggregator – The Critical Role of the Catalog

My previous blog talked about a Data Lake using a Supplier-Aggregator-Consumer analogy and talking about the roles each of these parties play. One factor that is critical to the success of this approach is the use of a common vocabulary that ensures efficiency and effectiveness in the interactions and collaborations between the parties. The implication […]

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The Digital Revolution in Healthcare: 5 Trends in Action

It’s no secret that technology has the grand potential to completely revolutionize how we approach healthcare. Actually, transforming the healthcare industry is much more challenging. Below are just a few of the top digital transformations that are taking a stronghold in healthcare. How is your organization preparing to handle these trends? Artificial Intelligence (AI) and […]

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Data Lake Participants – Roles and Responsibilities

As you may recall, in my last blog I introduced the analogy of the Aggregator to describe utilizing a Data Lake as a Consolidator of information, and I mentioned the three key roles in this model: the Supplier, the Aggregator and the Consumer. In this post I will provide a little more detail on the […]

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Why CU Anschutz Medical Campus Migrated to Google Cloud

Our healthcare team has been working with the University of Colorado over the past couple of years to overcome critical data challenges in healthcare… and the results are exciting. In this blog post, I’ll share how the academic medical center was able to improve security, reduce maintenance, and increase efficiency in support of the university’s […]

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4 Benefits of a Single Sign On in Healthcare

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single sign on (SSO) for your daily work routine? How many moments would be spent helping a patient, instead of staring at a screen trying to remember usernames or password credentials? Take a moment and consider this. How many applications, websites, and dashboards do you have to […]

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Perficient Partners with IBM Watson Health for Cancer Care

I am pleased to share the news that Perficient Health Sciences recently entered into an agreement with IBM Watson Health, to become a SaaS partner for Watson for Oncology in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute[1], in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, […]

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Common Ingestion Framework

Big Data is the way to move forward for all enterprises today. May it be healthcare, retail, finance or manufacturing, everyone is at different stages in their journey to create their industry-grade, enterprise-ready Data Lake repository. Data Lake forms the core foundation for companies in their journey to build state-of-the-art intelligent applications and provide cutting-edge […]

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Data Lake Consolidation – the Aggregator Analogy

In my last blog, I introduced the concept of the Data Lake as a Consolidator and the critical success factor of applying robust Information Governance to this environment. In this post, I want to introduce an analogy to help visualize this environment and the parties involved. So, a Data Lake as Consolidator. What does that […]

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3 Reasons Why an Enterprise Data Warehouse Works

Is your job composed of data analysis? Are you in charge of mapping or testing a healthcare enterprise data warehouse (EDW) implementation? Are you working with programs on Oracle, DB2, Google BigQuery or Db2 Warehouse on Cloud? Why? Employees can often get accustomed to the daily routine and lose sight of the big picture. Organizations […]

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IoMT and the Necessity for Cybersecurity

Cyber-security: a continuous mission to supervise, support, and evolve data protection. Healthcare providers remain aware and proactive in regards to cyber-attacks or malware that feature threats to patient records, and internal documents. By continuously remaining alert, healthcare organizations can confirm their IoMT networks are secure. What is Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)? IoMT features a […]

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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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