March 10, 2014
There is a big demand in the healthcare industry to manage electronic medical record information (EMR). One way that is done is by using term lists that contain specific medical keywords. It might sound simple to create a keyword list and then code a program to normalize information in medical charts, but it is more complex. The press release, “Apelon And Clinical Architecture Partner To Evolve And Enhance Healthcare Terminology Management; Introduce Interoperability Sentinel” from Apelon’s Web site details the new partnership.
Apelon is an internationally renowned clinical informatics company and Clinical Architecture is an innovative software solution company that managed the complexities in healthcare terminologies. Their team up uses Clinical Architecture’s Symedical and Apelon’s professional services to bring its clients the best product and services individually tailored to their clients. The new idea is called Interoperability Sentinel.
“Not all organizations have the internal expertise or resources to effectively manage their terminology assets. However, the growing requirements for data exchange, quality reporting and population health can make clinical interoperability the difference between success and failure. Applying the strengths of each company, Apelon and Clinical Architecture have created Interoperability Sentinel. Now instead of tying up valuable resources or falling behind on Meaningful Exchange, for a monthly fee clients can subscribe to Interoperability Sentinel where Apelon experts use Symedical’s powerful runtime services to proactively monitor and manage terminology exchange.”
The combination of the two companies brings the best of their resources together and solves a multitude of problems experienced in healthcare information management.
March 10, 2014
Phil Leggetter is a real time software and developer evangelist and on his blog he wrote a post entitled, “10 Real Time Web Technology Predictions For 2014.” He says in the post that he based his 2014 predictions on trends in 2013 and what has happened so far in 2014.
He notes that nearly all applications have a real time sync in their code for relevancy and that real time is becoming a common commodity. This means that real time fixtures will be included in frameworks, but it will not diminish their importance. One can expect to see more real time APIs, increasing API offerings and adding to their values, and WebHooks will gain more prominence.
Leggett mentions that open source needs an data sync solution, which comes as a surprise because there is nearly an open source program for everything. Why has this not been made yet?
Video and audio communication are getting even bigger. Real time video and data communication in real time is going to be even more important for applications and it might be time to check out peer-to-peer data sharing. What is even better is real time developer tools are on the horizon.
The next 10 months of 2014 is going to be very exciting for real time web technology, real time solution providers, real time hosted services, and more importantly for us developers. I expect some serious advancements in existing solutions and some new players to come along. Real time web technology is going to become even easier to integrate into existing applications and we’re going to have a much wider range of choice when building real time apps from the ground up.”
Will real time technology be the buzzword trend this year? Again, it is only predictions.
March 6, 2014
Here’s yet another personified AI attempting to mimic the human brain, and this one focuses on processing pictures. TechRadar invites us to “Meet NEIL, the Computer that Thinks Like You Do.” A team from Carnegie Mellon has developed NEIL (Never Ending Image Learner) specifically to interpret images and make connections between them. Writer Dean Evans reports:
According to Xinlei Chen, a PHd student who works with NEIL, the software “uses a semi-supervised learning algorithm that jointly discovers common sense relationships – e.g ‘Corolla is a kind of/looks similar to Car’, ‘Wheel is part of Car’ – and labels instances of the given visual categories… The input is a large collection of images and the desired output is extracting significant or interesting patterns in visual data – e.g. car is detected frequently in raceways. These patterns help us to extract common sense relationships.
As the ‘never ending’ part of its name suggests, NEIL is being run continuously, and it works by plundering Google Image Search data to amass a library of objects, scenes and attributes. The current array of information includes everything from aircraft carriers to zebras, basilicas to hospitals, speckled textures to distinctive tartan patterns.
Of course, NEIL is not perfect; it has incorrectly linked windmills with helicopters and radiators with accordions, for example. Still, its success rate was pegged at 79 percent in a random sample. See the article for more information on how the system works.
NEIL might be considered the little brother to NELL, the Never Ending Language Learner, also built by researchers at Carnegie Mellon. NELL’s specialty is “to ‘read the web’ and to extract a set of true, structured facts from the pages that it analyses.” NELL has been at it since 2010, and has come to over two million conclusions. Will the University continue adding to the family?
Cynthia Murrell, March 06, 2014
March 3, 2014
We like to think we’ve left old computing formats in the past, but the Financial Review points out that is a misconception in “Cloud Computing Still Has a Mainframe Lining.” Organizations and governments in Australia are spouting their cloud-based policies left and right. The Australian Information Industry Association commissioned KPMG to estimate how the cloud can benefit the nation’s GDP. It showed that the nation would gain between $2-3 billion.
There has been criticism of the estimate that KPMG did not consider the benefits of on-site computing. KPMG was not asked to include this in their estimate. Australia is not even close to getting rid of their on-site setups. The move to the cloud is coming, but it is moving very slowly.
So mainframes will be around for a while:
“It is worth also noting that server platforms such as the mainframe – pronounced dead several times over the years – continue to play a critical role in most of Australia’s largest enterprises and government agencies, especially with core financial systems at the heart of the economy.
Australian Government Information Office data says mainframe spending among federal government agencies, for example, has remained around 6 per cent to 7 per cent of total government ICT expenditure for the past few years.”
Are we throwing the baby out with the bath water? For many organizations it is cheaper to remain with on-site computing than switching all functions over to the cloud. Face it, the current generation is entrenched in on-site computers. Cloud computing will take over, eventually.
February 20, 2014
The press release from Chiliad titled Chiliad Introduces a New Discovery/Alert Release declares the data analysis company’s latest release. The Discovery/Alert 8.2 is promoted as a more advanced version of the discovery and alert service the company is known for. Among the new product features are both upgrades and fixes such as the Push Web Service, which enables adding documents to collections and the improved user interface for a better “configuration of external (e.g. Google, Solr) collections”. The article also names the following features,
“New operators with alternative ranking algorithms…support for range queries and faceting of concepts…Entity Resolution Framework…Ability to do searches across internal Chiliad and external Lucene/Solr systems with global ranking…Supported platforms include: Red Hat Linux 5.2 or later… Red Hat Linux 6.4 on IBM Power platform, ppc64 architecture (beta version)… Chiliad active-agent technology forms a virtual consolidated data center that enables multidimensional analysis and global ranking across all sources in real time.”
Along with these platform enhancements, Chiliad updates its web site and uses a variant of connecting dots. Chiliad ‘connects “all” the dots’, if you will. The pricing is available through an email contact. Chiliad promises that their technology vanquishes any need to search collection by collection. Instead, users are able to accurately consolidate collections into a data center.
Chelsea Kerwin, February 20, 2014
February 18, 2014
Folks looking for affordable data-management and search solutions should check out InfoLibrarian. You can get their Metadata Management Appliance and pair it with their Search Appliance, both for about $3,500. Just to be clear, these are not software applications; they are hardware units you would plug into your network like a hard drive. The description for the Management Appliance tells us:
“The InfoLibrarian Metadata Appliance takes enterprise search and metadata management to a whole new level. Manage and synchronize metadata, documents, files, source code, and virtually any digital asset. You name it… InfoLibrarian catalogs it. Hundreds of Adapters and document crawlers are available to automatically index, categorize and keep history of changes over time. Business friendly search engine/portal to navigate categories; perform search, impact analysis and data lineage analysis across disparate systems.”
The page goes on to emphasize certain features, like centralized, role-based security controls; automation options; simplified collaboration; and classification tools that go beyond those normally found in enterprise indexing products. To search your impeccably managed data, you could choose the corresponding Search Appliance. That description reads:
“The InfoLibrarian Search Appliance is ready to go, just plug it into your network and setup indexing of files, databases and web sites. Almost instantly, you can begin searching. It’s Fast … Powerful and Easy!
Hundreds of document crawlers are available to automatically index, categorize and keep history of changes over time. Bundled with all the features you expect including a simple search interface with integrated spell checking, advanced searching and configurable results.”
The page notes that you can customize this appliance with either templates or API. The highlight for me is InfoLibrarian’s vow that this device provides the “most secure search available.” That’s reason enough to look into it. See each product’s page for the full lists of their features.
Headquartered in Rochester, New York, InfoLibrarian has been helping organizations in a range of industries to manage and analyze data since 1998. The privately held company strives to provide their clients with the best metadata-integrated solutions on the market.
Cynthia Murrell, February 18, 2014
February 13, 2014
Could this be good news for Barnes & Noble? TheNextWeb reveals that our transition from dead-tree tomes is just beginning in, “Pew: 69% of Americans Read a Print Book in 2013, 28% Read an E-Book, But Only 4% Went Exclusively Electronic.” The numbers come from Pew‘s ongoing Internet & American Life survey. Reporter Emil Protalinski writes:
“As you can see, while e-books are becoming more popular, print is still king. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and only 4 percent of readers were ‘e-book only’ in 2013. As e-books become available on more devices (not just e-readers), their use is expected to continue growing. Americans increasingly own their own e-readers, tablets, and smartphones, all of which e-books can be consumed on.”
The same survey also revealed that 14 percent of us listened to an audiobook last year, and, interestingly, that those “readers” consumed a wider range of content than others. The article also tells us:
“Overall, 76 percent of adults read a book in some format over the previous 12 months. The mean number of books read or listened to in the past year was 12 and the median number was five (meaning that half of adults read more than five books and half read fewer). The median is a better measure of what the ‘typical’ American’s reading habits look like since the mean can be skewed by a relatively small number of very avid readers.”
Only five books in a year? How sad. I suppose I must be one of those avid readers to which Protalinski refers. The study was conducted in the first week of this year, and quizzed 1,005 American adults; the margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. The report can be e-consumed here [PDF] in all its twenty-page glory.
Cynthia Murrell, February 13, 2014
February 3, 2014
Never mind the glasses, augmented reality contacts are (almost) here! Can implants be far behind? The Daily Mail’s site Mail Online reports on “The Contact Lenses that Could Do Away with TV Screens: System that Projects Images onto the Eyeball to Be Unveiled Next Week.” Actually, there are glasses involved in the iOptik system, but they’re just the projection screens for the contacts (and look much more normal than Google Glass.) The article includes a two-and-a-half-minute video that shows us what it’s all about. I officially want one (though I know such HUD devices are not for everyone). Unfortunately the folks at Innovega, makers of iOptik, have yet to disclose how much their system will cost.
Reporter Ellie Zolfagharifard explains how the system works:
“The system can work with smartphones and portable game devices to deliver video – or switch to a translucent ‘augmented reality’ view, where computer information is layered over the world we know it.
‘Whatever runs on your smartphone would run on your eyewear,’ Innovega chief Stephen Willey said in an interview with CNET. ‘At full HD. Whether it’s a window or immersive.’ Crucially, the device can be worn while moving around in a similar way to Google Glass.
Innovega customised the standard contact lens manufacturing process with a unique filter to make the contact lenses. ‘All the usual optics in the eyewear are taken away and there is a sub-millimeter lens right in the centre,’ Mr Willey told CNET. ‘The outside of the lens is shaped to your prescription if you need one and the very centre of the lens is a bump that allows you to see incredibly well half an inch from your eye.’ An optical filter also directs the light. ‘Light coming from outside the world is shunted to your normal prescription. Light from that very near display goes through the center of the lens, the optical filter,’ Mr Willey said.”
For a visual explanation, check out the diagram at Innovega’s site. The company may choose to license the tech to other vendors, who could add features like audio and motion control, or it might market the device itself. Founded in 2008, Innovega is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
Zolfagharifard also notes that related developments are afoot elsewhere. For example, scientists in South Korea have created soft contacts fitted with LEDs that could be programmed to take pictures. Meanwhile, Microsoft and the University of Washington have been collaborating on a similar project; in 2012, they revealed a contact lens that can receive radio signals and transmit them to the brain through the optical nerves. I know, I know—there could be a lot of downsides with these developments. Right now, though, I’m just excited about the (positive) possibilities.
Cynthia Murrell, February 03, 2014
January 29, 2014
Ray Kurzwell knows how to predict the future. He is not a psychic, but he is Google’s director of engineering and he is designing the technology that will impact the future. Kurzwell has a long list of accomplishments, highlighted on Jimi Disu’s Blog in a recent post: “Google’s Ray Kurzweil Predicts How The World Will Change.”
Kurzwell invented the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, flatbed image scanner, and music synthesizer capable of recreating orchestra instruments. His current projects include the Google Brain and finding a cure for aging. His personal goal is immortality by way of technology. He also predicted the Internet revolution; a computer would beat a human at chess, and the fall of the Soviet Union. One has to give him credit for his accuracy and he has even come up with a timeline for what will happen in the next forty years.
What can we expect? Kurzwell believe we will have self-driving cars, personal assistant search engines, be able to switch off our fat cells, click and print designer clothes at home, full-immersion virtual reality, 100 percent solar energy, and vertical meat and vegetable farms. There are some other ideas listed with Kurzwell’s timeline that supplement his predictions.
His most astounding and lofty aspiration is to stay young forever and he describes the goal has three bridges:
“ ‘Bridge 1 is taking aggressive steps to stay healthy today, with today’s knowledge. The goal is to get to bridge 2: the biotechnology revolution, where we can reprogram biology away from disease. Bridge 3 is the nanotechnology revolution. The quintessential application of that is nanobots — little robots in the bloodstream that augment your immune system. We can create an immune system that recognizes all disease, and could be reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.’ ”
When does science fiction become a reality and will Google be in charge of all these endeavors? Google is already in charge of thermostats and if events follow Kurzwell’s plan, the world is looking at the company holding our hands from life till death—unless death becomes obsolete.
Whitney Grace, January 29, 2014
January 28, 2014
I’m all for learning from the mistakes of others, and blogger Sergio Schuler shares some of his with remarkable candor in, “Startup Lessons Learned from my Failed Startup.” Of his attempted business, he writes:
“Two years ago, on December 2011, I was generating ideas for a business that would help team managers to not suck so much at managing their teams. I came up with this idea because I had some pretty terrible managers in my life. At the same time I worked for about 5 years with leadership development and had some pretty great teams and team experiences. Exactly January 1st 2012 I registered the domain teamometer.com.”
That seems like a good start; management can always use better tools. However, Schuler outlines some of the rookie moves that doomed his project. He began by trying to assess interest through his website, but mis-translated passing interest into probable sales. He also wishes he had researched user needs before developing his idea, and that expectations had been clearer when he brought in partners.
We were particularly interested in his take on using social media to build a brand. He tells us:
“I wrote a [darn] article every effing day. It made us jump to the first page of Google in several important keywords. How did that translate to sales? Zero. So the lesson is (unless your product is a multi-sided business like Facebook, where users are not paying customers) do not invest time and money to get more traffic. If you do, make sure to TALK to those people, because validating the product is more important than vanity metrics like how many likes you got on Facebook.”
A very good point—clicks are not, in themselves, communication; the goal is to better understand potential customers and help them better understand the product. As this entrepreneur found, courting clicks can actually be a time- and effort-sucking distraction. (We hate to say we told you so….)
Cynthia Murrell, January 28, 2014