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Cloud Innovators Create a Body and Soul for Big Data

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Thus spoke Dr. Henry Frankenstein of his creation in the iconic horror film classic from 1931, as does the main character in Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein. It’s Alive is also the title of a little known 1974 B horror movie about a murderous infant. Can the same be said of computers or the data and information that inhabits them? Big Data, loosely defined as the sum of all electronic data and information, accompanied by advances in Cloud computing, chip fabrication, natural language processing and machine learning are all in the process of transforming the utility of computing and challenging man’s traditional view of what constitutes “life” as we know it. Continue reading

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Making the Case for Affordable, Integrated Healthcare Data Repositories and PHRs

Navigating today’s complicated healthcare ecosystem and the nuances of ACA demands that individuals take more responsibility for managing their own and their family’s healthcare services. This includes selecting a variety of healthcare professional partners who will help guide us through our health and wellness journey so we can receive the best possible health care advice and services. Healthcare data is undeniably one of those partners. Individuals and providers must work together to update, manage and secure healthcare data to increase the likelihood that information contained in medical records is used to improve individual wellness or aggregated to drive insights that benefit health populations. To that end, there are indeed viable, innovative and affordable solutions to pursue. Continue reading

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21 NoSQL Innovators to Look for in 2020

In the ever-evolving world of enterprise IT, choice is generally considered a good thing – albeit having too many choices can create confusion and uncertainty. For those application owners, database administrators and IT directors who pine for the good old days when one could count the number of enterprise-class databases (DBs) on one or two hands, the relational-database-solves-all-our-data-management-requirements days are long gone.

Thanks to the explosion of Big Data throughout every industry sector and requirements for real-time, predictive and other forms of now indispensable transactions and analytics to drive revenue and business outcomes, today there are more than 50 DBs in a variety of categories that address different aspects of the Big Data conundrum. Welcome to the new normal world of NoSQL – or, Not only Structured Query Language – a term used to designate databases which differ from classic relational databases in some way.
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Why Six Republican U.S. Senators are Right, and Wrong, about HITECH and EHR Interoperability

A whitepaper published by six Republican U.S. Senators brings up several valid points about lack of interoperability, potential misuse of funds and fraud, issues with security and long term program viability, a lack of oversight and a rush to move smaller less well funded healthcare providers through Healthcare IT adoption requirements to qualify for ObamaCare meaningful use dollars. However, the paper fails to produce any viable suggestions to improve on what CMS and the ONC have so far put in place. This post makes several practical, cost effective suggestions for improving interoperability at the provider level first. Continue reading

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Real-time Analytics and the Role of the Individual: Major Themes at GigaOM Big Data Event

To be human and living in the 21st century is to rely on data, whether it is generated organically through some miracle of neurotransmission or produced by some electronic device. The most ardent technophiles among us believe – and they may be right – that for every problem in life there exists an electronically enhanced solution. Both people and computers need data to make decisions, and the collection, managing and parsing of that data along with the symbiotic relationship that exists between man and machine is what makes the big data space so compelling as well as complex. Continue reading

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