Expect technology to take on new roles in long-term/post-acute care following COVID-19 – Marketplace – McKnight’s Long Term Care News

expect technology to take on new roles in long-term/post-acute care following covid-19 – marketplace – mcknight’s long term care news


Jenny Lee

The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Practices, activities and rituals we once relied on — from handshakes and luncheon meetings to crowded conference rooms and business travel — are now things of the past … at least for the foreseeable future. However, in the realm of healthcare technology, some of the changes present in our new reality are positive ones, including the evolution of the electronic health record (EHR).

Reliability, real-time data exchange and security became crucial as practitioners relied on remote access to patients, colleagues and others. Ensuring that they had cutting-edge EHRs and other supporting technology quickly became a top priority … and with good reason. For instance, tech that enables them to share information that helps quickly identify and isolate patients with COVID-19 not only saved lives, but also maximized their ability to create effective care plans for patients with the virus.

As we begin to forecast what a world without COVID-19 will look like, it’s clear that EHRs will not return to “business as usual.” In fact, organizations are looking more and more at tools that have the technological capabilities to achieve both short- and long-term goals and strategies.

For instance, we expect to see a growing dependence …



Tech career training, scholarships being offered by Google

tech career training, scholarships being offered by google


As many Oklahomans remain unemployed hoping for the economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, there are options available to break into the tech industry with new, and sometimes subsidized, training programs.
On Monday, Google announced it will offer three certificates for data analytics, project management and user experience design. The tech giant also said it will hand out 100,000 need-based scholarships to complete the certificates, which include existing programs in information technology support and Python automation.
The programs require no degree to enroll, and Google said it will consider the certificates as equivalent to a four-year degree.
“College degrees are out of reach for many Americans, and you shouldn’t need a college diploma to have economic security,” said Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs at Google. “We need new, accessible job-training solutions — from enhanced vocational programs to online education — to help America recover and rebuild.”

Software developer positions are expected to increase 21% by 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. There are 500,000 open computing jobs in the United States, representing the No. 1 source of new wages in the U.S. These jobs are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs, according to …


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New Tech On milCloud® 2.0 Powers Mission Success

new tech on milcloud® 2.0 powers mission success


For today’s warfighters, it’s imperative to have access to the latest technology at the blink of an eye to ensure mission success and warfighter safety. To meet the challenge of equipping today’s warfighters with mission-critical information, milCloud® 2.0 is stepping up to provide the technology that is vital to that effort.On Wednesday July 22, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Intel, Oracle, and MeriTalk will be hosting a webinar, “milCloud® 2.0: Leveraging the Latest Tech for the Mission” to educate mission partners about the latest milCloud® 2.0 capabilities and technologies, as well as how the platform helps support rapid innovation in mission-critical areas including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cyber sensing, and other emerging technology solutions.
The July 22 webinar – the second in a series of four – will help organizations maximize milCloud® 2.0 capabilities, and will dive into:

The underlying technologies available for a powerful database platform
The best ways to leverage emerging technologies, such as AI and ML, for mission success
The inherited security controls that won’t compromise performance

The digital conversation will be led by three preeminent subject matter experts: Senior Director for Oracle Public Sector Lauren Farese; Cloud Services Portfolio Lead for milCloud® 2.0 at GDIT Jeffrey Phelan; and …


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Health Pros: Do Not Wait to Measure ONC Interoperability Rule

health pros: do not wait to measure onc interoperability rule


By Christopher Jason

July 13, 2020 – It is important to immediately measure the initial impact of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) interoperability rule, according to University of California, San Francisco’s Julia Adler-Milstein, Aaron Neinstein, and Mark Savage. To ensure this happens, the trio recommends gauging the level of individual-level data access, bulk-data access, and information blocking.
In response to the coronavirus, ONC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the deadline for hospitals and health IT professionals to implement the final phase of the 21st Century Cures Act. But on June 30, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the final rule in the Federal Register.
The ONC final rule calls on medical providers and device developers to promote patient data access using third-party apps and APIs, while taking a hard stance on information blocking.
Health IT professionals must be able to effectively measure and gauge how EHR vendors and providers are engaging in necessary behaviors regarding the ONC rule to meet Congress’ goals and standards, Adler-Milstein, Neinstein, and Savage wrote in an op-ed in the Health Affairs blog. 
“With many parts of the new rule not taking effect for 24 to 36 …


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7 Big Data Stocks to Buy

7 big data stocks to buy


The amount of data generated is staggering. According to IDC, about 59 zettabytes of data will be created in 2020 (a zettabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes). And yes, there are a variety of Big Data stocks that have benefited nicely from this megatrend.
As is often said, data is the new oil. It is perhaps the world’s most valuable commodity today.
Data is what can lead to substantial competitive advantages. It’s what makes it possible to use sophisticated AI (Artificial Intelligence) or analytics that can transform a business. Thus, a company like Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) can leverage its enormous data to upend the entertainment industry. Or consider how Uber (NYSE:UBER) has been able to completely change transportation.
But working with Big Data is far from easy. This is why there is a great need for sophisticated tools to help provide for storage, management, processing, and mining.

Let’s take a look at seven Big Data stocks that continue to be interesting opportunities right now:
Elastic (NYSE:ESTC)
Mongodb (NASDAQ:MDB)
Alteryx (NYSE:AYX)
Cloudflare (NYSE:NET)
Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR)

Big Data Stocks: Elastic (ESTC)

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The first on this list of Big Data stocks …


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EHR companies are partnering with big tech for cloud services

ehr companies are partnering with big tech for cloud services


Some of the biggest electronic health record developers are signing new agreements with tech giants as their clients look to shift workloads to the cloud.Cerner Corp., Allscripts Healthcare Solutions and Meditech have announced new or expanded agreements in the last year with the cloud arms of Amazon, Microsoft Corp. and Google, respectively. It’s part of an interest in offering new capabilities that draw insights from patient data, experts say.”I think they’re just trying to take advantage of the same thing the rest of us are,” said Chuck Christian, vice president of technology and chief technology officer at Franciscan Health in Indiana.Health systems, once hesitant to move applications to the cloud, have warmed to the idea in recent years. A cloud migration takes a hospital out of the business of operating and managing their own data center equipment, since they’re moving data and applications to a network of remote servers owned and operated by another company.More than a quarter of community and critical-access hospitals are actively assessing replacing their health information technologies with cloud-based systems, according to a survey released by Black Book Market Research in February.”It’s very client-driven,” said Paddy Padmanabhan, founder and CEO of …


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Tech Trends: Contract management startup Malbek closes $3M Osage round during pandemic – ROI-NJ

tech trends: contract management startup malbek closes $3m osage round during pandemic – roi-nj


Courtesy Malbek Matt Patel chief operating officer of Malbek.

If you’re interested in who’s getting funding during the COVID-19 business slowdown, the story of Malbek, a New Jersey business-to-business startup reimagining contract management, is worth hearing.
Malbek closed $3 million in funding from Osage Venture Partners, based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, in May, while the business world was still reeling from the COVID-19 economic crisis. first connected with the company when it won the Best Managed Startup of the Year award for 2019 from the New Jersey Tech Council (now TechUnited N.J.) at its Venture Conference, held in April last year.
The founders of the company are all working remotely now, in California, New Jersey and Philadelphia, but the company is headquartered in Somerset and will be establishing a physical office when it is practical to do so, said Matt Patel, the chief operating officer.
The startup story
Malbek got its start in 2017 when the three co-founders — Hemanth Puttaswamy, Madhu Poolu and Patel — got together. They had all been working for a company in Philadelphia called Revitas, which offered contract lifecycle management software for enterprises.
“At Revitas, my co-founder and CEO in California personally struggled to find …


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NSU’s CIS master’s program will begin this fall

nsu’s cis master’s program will begin this fall


NATCHITOCHES, La. (NSU) – Northwestern State University is enrolling now for its Master of Science degree in computer information systems, set to begin this fall.   The 30-hour program will offer its first three classes, CIS 5300 – Advanced Data Communications Systems, CIS 5600 – Strategic Applications of Enterprise Software and CIS 5810 – Emerging Technologies and Human Computer Interaction.  The 33-hour degree program is offered completely online, the only program of its type offered by a public college or university in Louisiana.  Students in the program will gain an in-depth knowledge in six computer information systems areas: cyber security, database administration and data mining, networking, programming, project management and software applications.To enroll, students should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, two letters of recommendation and one of the following: (1) a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or (2) a 2.5 undergraduate GPA and either a GRE score of 280 (or equivalent GMAT) or an essay meeting certain requirements.“While students do not have to have earned a CIS or computer science degree to be admitted, they will either need to have taken one of the following classes, have work experience in the subject matter covered in the class, be prepared to take an undergraduate class or learn the material …


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A. O. Smith Announces Retirement of Peter Martineau and Hiring of S. Melissa Scheppele as Chief Information Officer

a. o. smith announces retirement of peter martineau and hiring of s. melissa scheppele as chief information officer


“I want to thank Peter for his many years of service and dedication to A. O. Smith,” said Kevin Wheeler, chairman and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corporation. “Peter has been a key leader for our Company for over 25 years. He has held progressively responsible roles in finance and customer service before taking on the leadership responsibility for the SAP Implementation. Shortly thereafter, he was named CIO. Under Peter’s leadership, we have successfully implemented SAP and SuccessFactors at all locations in North America. We wish him all the best in his retirement.” 

“We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Scheppele to the A. O. Smith organization,” continued Wheeler. “She is a strong IT leader with a wealth of experience in establishing global IT strategies and building and directing complex global information technology teams. She is sure to be an asset to our Company, given her extensive background in developing processes and leveraging technology solutions to help advance organizations.”
As Chief Information Officer, Scheppele will be responsible for the continued growth and transformation of the Company’s information technology platforms, as well as the creation of the Company’s technology strategies to assist the Company in meeting its goals and objectives. Additionally, Scheppele …


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Japan’s MUFG to expand lending business in Thailand with Grab’s big data

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) President and Group CEO Hironori Kamezawa speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, Japan July 9, 2020. Picture taken July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (8306.T) will start lending to Grab users and drivers in Thailand to monetise its $706 million investment in the ride-hailing firm as growth in its home market slumps, its chief executive said. MUFG agreed to invest in Grab in February but it incurred a one-off charge of about 360 billion yen ($3.3 billion) in the year through March due to a drop in the share price of its Asian units amid the coronavirus pandemic. While MUFG has made a large investment in Southeast Asian banks as Japan faces demographic decline and ultra-low interest rates, Chief Executive Hironori Kamezawa suggested a change was afoot in the lender’s overseas strategy. “Since our investment phase is over, we are not considering making a big acquisition of commercial banks immediately but will harvest profits from the investments,” said Kamezawa, who took his post in April. “I believe finance and other businesses will be fused in the future … I will use Grab’s data to establish new credit models and …


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