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Medical Technology, Healthcare & Government IT

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  • Commercializing Your Healthcare Product

    We’ve written a number of articles on Commercializing Medical Devices and Digital health products and have received a steady stream of questions since then. To help start-ups conceptualize their product ideas in Healthcare IT, NIH and several government agencies have various funding and mentoring programs in place. These programs help start-ups with good commercialization strategies [&hellip…

  • Consolidation and other insights from the 2014 Meaningful Use EHR Market Share Report

    EHR review site Software Advice recently published their 2014 Meaningful Use EHR Market Share Report (a SlideShare version is also available). They reported that in contrast to the buzz about this impending market consolidation, they found a trend toward fragmentation; in fact, the number of vendors in the health space with MU attestations actually grew 25% in the past year alone. [&hellip…

  • ICD -10 Transition and it’s impact on revenues for healthcare provider

    By Gunjan Siroya There are several significant changes occurring in the Healthcare industry, but very few have a direct impact to your earning potential like the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. While there have been many conversations focusing on the need for this upcoming ICD-10 transition, few have got into analyzing the risk and positive [&hellip…

  • Telehealth means better care for patients and a new business opportunity for care delivery organizations

    The fiscal challenges confronting the healthcare industry around the world requires shifting the delivery of care from expensive centralized settings to lower cost settings while seeking to improve quality and patient experience. Organizations such as hospitals, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and newly created Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are trying to find the right mix of [&hellip…

  • Modernization of Administrative Process and IT Systems

    Federal agencies are facing critical needs for information technology upgrades and enhancements. Not only are many of today’s government systems antiquated, they are also expensive to maintain and manage. The core systems have undergone so many changes over the years that the source code has become virtually obscure. Add to this tardy application response times, [&hellip…

  • How Adoption of Open Standards Can Benefit Federal Agencies

    Governments worldwide are beginning to emphasize that their IT departments adopt Open Standards because of the improved interoperability, organizational flexibility and responsiveness that such an initiative can result in, and also as a means for avoiding vendor lock-in. As technology becomes increasingly an integral part of other disciplines, this new-found preference for Open Standards is [&hellip…

  • 10Gb Ethernet: Taking Virtualization to the Next Level

    With its huge potential for saving money and improving operational efficiency, virtualization has come as a boon to cash-strapped Federal CTOs. Not only can it substantially reduce the cost of running data centers and corporate networks through more efficient use of both hardware and software, it can also significantly reduce the number of physical devices [&hellip…

  • Virtualization: Your First Step to Data Center Consolidation

    The Obama Administration has taken a hard look at the Federal IT infrastructure, and has come to the conclusion there’s way too much of flab that needs to be trimmed. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been put on the job, and he’s got his task cut out – reduce information technology costs, lower energy consumption, [&hellip…

  • How to improve SAN reliability

    Recent times have seen frequent data center outages that have seriously affected the day-to-day lives of ordinary citizens. The latest to hog the headlines was the one at Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) Storage Area Network (SAN) located at a large suburban Richmond Computing Center. The problem began on August 25, 2010 with the crash [&hellip…

  • Why Clients should take a closer look at SOWs

    One very important aspect of successful project management is the creation of a Statement of Work (SOW). A Statement of Work can be defined as a narrative description of the products and services to be provided to a client under contract. Basically the SOW tells “what” needs to be accomplished rather than “how” it is [&hellip…

  • Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects

    This article is written by Abhay Bakshi, who put together a book review of Ship it! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects. I like the book and what Abhay thought about it and I thank him for sharing his views. This is not solely a technology book or a software development methodology book – [&hellip…

  • Don’t forget to do network simulation in all your testing efforts

    I’ve noticed that most of my clients have finally been convinced that unit testing and regular automated acceptance testing is a “good thing.” However, I’ve noticed that load/stress testing, while moving up in importance, still has a long way to go. Even those doing load testing, though, forget to do proper network simulation to make [&hellip…

  • Technical leadership advice

    Many of my younger colleagues often ask about what some of the most important leadership aspects are for technical managers like team leads or architects. There are no hard and fast rules but here are some things I’ve learned over the years: Make Decisions. This is one of the most important aspects of leadership — [&hellip…

  • Independent Verification and Validation: The NASA Approach

    Very few of us deal with the kinds of problems that engineers at NASA face — except for perhaps other engineers working in safety critical fields like avionics and medical devices. I live nearby NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), which is home to one of the most advanced software engineering labs in the world. [&hellip…

  • It’s easier to get into software than to get out

    We’ve all seen it: we spend weeks or months in the “sales and demo cycle” for our applications. If we’re lucky we consider all workflows, if we’re even luckier we test drive the UI and make sure training goes smoothly, if we’re smart we also try to ensure that deployment will be easy. However, what [&hellip…

  • McKinsey’s view of Government 2.0

    McKinsey & Company, the venerable management consultant firm, has a nice publication called McKinsey Quarterly. Along with Harvard Business Review and MIT Technology Review, McKinsey Quarterly is one of my favorite publications. Recently the McKinsey Public Sector folks published their E-Government 2.0 article (warning: login required, free article). Here’s the summary: Despite spending enormous amounts [&hellip…

  • New open source project management tool for large-scale enterprise systems

    I just ran across the new Endeavour Software Project Management solution; it seems to be a pretty feature-packed web-based open source package to manage the creation of large-scale enterprise systems. Unlike most large project management solutions that assume waterfall approaches, Endeavour’s designers understand that most modern applications are developed in an iterative and incremental development [&hellip…