CIO — Healthcare providers in the United States have preconceived notions about electronic health records—namely, that EHR systems haven't lived up to their promise of transforming healthcare by improving efficiency and cutting costs.
The healthcare industry also has preconceived notions about cloud computing, too—namely, that the cloud isn't secure enough for patient data.
Go to Haiti, though, and the story's dramatically different. There are no preconceptions, no tales of IT implementations gone wrong and no government mandates to adopt technology. As one health worker told Pierre Valette, vice president of content communications for cloud EHR and practice management software vendor athenahealth, "They've got nothing to unlearn."
We couldn’t let this week end without leaving you with another reminder of the unaddressed risks in BYOD practices. It’s a trend that shows no sign of slowing, as the risks may be multiplying faster than IT’s ability and willingness to take control in some organizations.
In a Fiberlink survey conducted by Harris Interactive among 2,064 U.S. adults earlier this year, respondents answered questions about how they use their personal and work-provided mobile devices, how they regard those devices, and which specific risky activities they have performed with those devices.
What have they been up to? Twenty-five percent had opened or saved a work attachment file into a third-party app like Dropbox. Twenty percent had cut and pasted a work-related email or attachment from company email to personal email. Eighteen percent had accessed websites blocked by company policy. Fifty-six percent reported they had not performed any of these activities. Since this is self-reported, we can assume these numbers are skewed to make the respondents look more chaste than they may really be.
A recent study of 35 large organizations found that social data is still “largely isolated from business-critical enterprise apps” and is created in departmental silos.
The Altimeter Group study found that the average enterprise-class company owns 178 social accounts, with 13 departments “actively engaged” on social platforms. That’s creating serious social data silos, and, not surprisingly, there’s very little effort to integrate all this data.
You really didn’t need a crystal ball to see this coming. As long as businesses function in departmental silos, there will be data silos that mimic that structure.
The report also revealed it’s not always easy to integrate this data, attributing the issue to the fact that so many organizational departments touch the data, “all with varying perspectives on the information,” the article states, adding:
“The report also notes the numerous nuances within social data make it problematic to apply general metrics across the board and, in many organizations, social data doesn’t carry the same credibility as its enterprise counterpart.”
When social data is integrated with enterprise data, it’s usually through business intelligence tools (42 percent), followed by market research at 35 percent. CRM (27 percent), email marketing (27 percent) and sensor data (uh? 4 percent) are also points of convergence.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Hurricane season officially begins each year on June 1, but unlike firemen’s fairs, cookouts and fun at the beach, the season for hurricanes doesn’t end along with the summer.
As you begin planning your back-to-school shopping, now may be a good time to check your stock of batteries, bottled water and other emergency supplies that may be needed should New Jersey experience an autumn hurricane.
While storm frequency tends to peak in August and September, hurricane season in the United States extends to November 30, and while the risk of a Thanksgiving storm may seem remote, it could happen.
Last year’s Superstorm Sandy only missed it by a few weeks.
Sandy made landfall in New Jersey as a tropical cyclone on October 29, flooding coastal communities, taking down trees, tearing up infrastructure and demolishing homes and businesses throughout the state. Forty New Jersey residents lost their lives. Nine months later, the recovery continues. The storm is projected to be the second costliest in United States history after Katrina, an August 29 storm that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Like Sandy, many of the most destructive storms in United States history have occurred after Labor Day, causing massive loss of life and property damage in the billions.
On September 8, 1900, a category 4 hurricane engulfed Galveston Island, Texas. Storm tides as high as 15 feet swept away homes and businesses, killing an estimated 8,000 people.
On September 18, 1920, a category 4 hurricane bearing the highest sustained winds ever recorded at that time slammed into Miami Beach and downtown Miami. Believing the storm was over, thousands of people emerged from their homes during a half-hour lull at the eye of the storm and were trapped without shelter as it regained its ferocity. Every building in downtown Miami was either damaged or destroyed and hundreds of people were killed. The storm then crossed into the Gulf of Mexico, where it destroyed virtually every pier, vessel and warehouse on the Pensacola coast.
In the end, more than 800 people were reported missing after the storm and though records are incomplete, the Red Cross recorded 373 deaths and 6,381 injuries as a result of the hurricane.
On September 20 and 21, 1938, a fast-moving hurricane struck the Mid-Atlantic and New England with such force that thousands of people were taken by surprise. On Long Island, some 20 people watching an afternoon movie at a local cinema were swept out to sea and drowned. One of them was the projectionist. In downtown Providence, Rhode Island, flood waters rapidly flooded streets, submerging automobiles and street cars as their occupants fled to the high floors of office buildings to escape drowning. The record-breaking storm was responsible for 600 deaths, causing $308 million in damage in the midst of the Great Depression.
On October 14, 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Calabash, North Carolina, inundating the coastline with an 18-foot storm surge on a lunar high tide. When the storm passed, only 5 of 357 buildings in Long Beach, North Carolina were still standing. The Raleigh, North Carolina Weather reported that “all traces of civilization on the immediate waterfront between the state line and Cape Fear were practically annihilated." Nineteen people were killed in North Carolina, with several hundred more injured; 15,000 homes were destroyed and another 39,000 were damaged.
On September 11, 1960, Hurricane Donna barreled across Florida, then traveled east through North Carolina, the Mid-Atlantic states and New England, causing $387 million in damage in the United States and $13 million elsewhere along its path.
Accounts like the ones above illustrate the importance of making a plan to protect your family and property from the potentially devastating effects of a hurricane or tropical storm.
With that in mind, why not take a minute to inventory your emergency supplies and schedule a trip to the store to stock up on items that you may need in an emergency.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website, www.ready.gov, has as wealth of information on how to plan, prepare and protect your family should another disaster like Sandy occur in the coming months.
Now that energy prices seem to have stabilized once again, there has been a noticeable shift in attitude surrounding the development and design of the next-generation, “green” data center.
It’s not that the IT industry has discarded the concept entirely--indeed, a number of high-profile projects are scheduled to break ground in the next few months--but there is growing disagreement over how to ensure that everyone’s needs are being met, including data providers, data consumers and the environment itself.
A key topic of debate is the use of renewable energy. Whether it’s wind, water, solar, geothermal, etc., questions are surfacing as to whether full or even partial dependence on renewables is right for the data center. It’s important to note that some of the criticisms are coming from leading environmental researchers, not the data center industry.
CIO — Earlier this week, Intel discussed its plans to forever change the data center as we know it.
Intel, a core technology maker, is now aggressively moving from servers into networking and storage and partnering with segment leaders such as Cisco Systems and EMC along the way. This could make the near future rather interesting.
Think RAID, But With Cheap Processors
For a while, I was convinced that Intel wouldn't catch this wave. Years ago, Microsoft began an initiative to rethink the data center as kind of a modular server. Applying a RAID-like concept to low-cost processors stood at the center of this effort. Replacing the "D" in RAID with a "P" would give any CMO a heart attack, so the concept never got a catchy name—but, on paper, it was poised to reduce computing costs dramatically.
By far the majority of reputation crises I’ve been involved in have a very, very important question at the core: how do we avoid fanning the flames? There is a very real danger in communicating about an event of actually doing harm rather than improving the situation. The greatest danger, of course, is bringing a bad story to the attention of others who otherwise would not even be aware of it.
The understandable fear of this I believe is the main cause for the other problem which is “too little, too late.” When actions taken, or messages communicated about a big problem, are seen as coming slowly only as a result of outrage or pressure, then reputation damage can be severe.
This is a dilemma, a clear example of being between a rock and a hard place. And almost everyone wants to know how to make a sure-fire strategy decision that doesn’t cause harm in either direction.
Two months after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City, Battery Park is again humming with tourists and hustlers, guys selling foam Statue of Liberty crowns, and commuters shuffling off the Staten Island Ferry. On a winter day when the bright sun takes the edge off a frigid harbor breeze, it's hard to imagine all this under water. But if you look closely, there are hints that not everything is back to normal.
Take the boarded-up entrance to the new South Ferry subway station at the end of the No. 1 line. The metal structure covering the stairwell is dotted with rust and streaked with salt, tracing the high-water mark at 13.88 feet above the low-tide line—a level that surpassed all historical floods by nearly four feet. The saltwater submerged the station, turning it into a "large fish tank," as former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota put it, corroding the signals and ruining the interior. While the city reopened the old station in early April, the newer one is expected to remain closed to the public for as long as three years.
Before the storm, South Ferry was easily one of the more extravagant stations in the city, refurbished to the tune of $545 million in 2009 and praised by former MTA CEO Elliot Sander as "artistically beautiful and highly functional." Just three years later, the city is poised to spend more than that amount fixing it. Some have argued that South Ferry shouldn't be reopened at all.
When I was 21, I almost lost several hundred million dollars by threatening to mutilate one of our customers.
In my senior year in college, I worked full time as an intern PM at NetApp NTAP -1%. I spent most of that time at work being groomed and prepared to be a full PM, and given that my background was in cryptography I got pulled into a lot of customer meetings related to security.
One of our customers at the time was undergoing a big change with their security architecture, and I tagged along with one of the directors to the meeting. I was one of ten PMs giving talks on roadmap and our plans, and I had 30 minutes to convince their CIO and CEO that we could integrate our new systems well with the new security infrastructure they were rolling out.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. small businesses — widely recognized as the backbone of the U.S. economy — are particularly at risk from extreme weather and climate change and must take steps to adapt, according to a new report from Small Business Majority (SBM) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).
Titled “Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector,” the report concludes: “Because small businesses are distinctly critical to the U.S. economy, and at the same time uniquely vulnerable to damage from extreme weather events, collective actions by the small business community could have an enormous impact on insulating the U.S. economy from climate risk.”
Featuring case studies from the retail, tourism, landscape architecture, agriculture, roofing and small-scale manufacturing sectors of the U.S. economy, the Small Business Majority/ASBC report finds: