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Have Your Doctors Gone Digital?

When you go in for your annual exam, does your doctor enter notes on a laptop, send your prescriptions direct to the pharmacy, and make your lab results available online for your? Or does your doctor still pull out that bulging manila folder full of patient history notes, write prescriptions on paper using unintelligible handwriting, and wait days to get results for X-Rays or MRIs? There are incentives for going digital, but how many doctors do you know who have taken the plunge?

A recent national survey of healthcare workers found that adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is significantly below expected. For the uninitiated, “meaningful use” is a term indicating doctors have an electronic health record system with the capability to take specific actions with the system. Examples of these actions include sending and tracking pharmacy prescriptions, getting drug interaction warnings, and sending clinical visit summaries to other clinics.

In hard numbers, the survey found that in 2011 only 11% of physicians were both intending to apply and had an EHR system with the capabilities needed for the meaningful use designation. This is surprising as there are financial incentives to get to meaningful use. A recent case study shows that getting the right infrastructure in place can dramatically aid physicians in this goal and get them the designation in a matter of months.

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Keeping Business Business and Personal Personal

Work/life balance. Every company talks about. Some even back up the talk. With dual persona, service providers are at least making it easier to keep one work/life intersection better balanced—your smartphone.

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Poll: What’s the one place at work where you’d like better wireless connectivity?

Last week, the Dimension Data Network Barometer Report 2012 came out and it had some very interesting things to say about the state of wired and wireless networks.  DiData conducts Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) surveys each year on about 300 companies with the goal of benchmarking how networks are evolving and to find areas of potential vulnerability. One thing that popped out was the jump in 802.11n adoption. For the 2011 report they found only 12% of all access points were 802.11n capable.  This year’s report was more hopeful as they found that one third of all access points were now 802.11n capable.

Why would someone care about 802.11n capability in their company’s wireless access points? Read More »

Five Most Interesting Things for Borderless Networks at Cisco Live

I’ve had a few days back at home.  I’m fully recovered from the jet-lag and general lack of sleep.  The non-stop geek-fest that is Cisco Live is now over.  With some time to look back at everything that happened in San Diego, I’m blown away by how this might have been one of the best events I’ve been to in 16 years and how it’s too bad that it’s going to be a whole year before we get to do it again.  Here are some of the things that made a huge impression on many of the attendees I spoke to that week. Read More »

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Light-as-a-Service: Why IT and Lighting Will Converge

After witnessing a live demo of the PoE-powered, iphone-controlled LED lights in the EnergyWise pavilion at Cisco Live, the IT manager for a well-known auto maker approached Chris Isaacson, CEO of NuLEDs. He asked one question: “How many colors does the fixture support?” Chris’s reply echoed Henry Ford’s famous quote in his 1927 autobiography, “You can have any color as long as it’s in the visible spectrum.”

The marriage of microprocessors with legacy products will create new products, solutions and markets. The work of partners in the Cisco EnergyWise pavilion at CiscoLive San Diego highlights this well. Though not all 17,000 Cisco Live attendees visited the EnergyWise Pavilion, those who did witnessed a world in transition. Read More »

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