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How to Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Health Technology

In 1997, health information technology and digitial health pioneer Warner Slack wrote his bold and prophetic book, <i>Cybermedicine: How Computing Empowers Doctors and Patients for Better Care</i>. Slack argued that “the electronic digital computer, with its capacity to hold large amounts of data and to …

Digital Health

What I learned working for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.  — [Attributed to] Mark Twain.<p>Warning: I didn’t understand any of this as I was living through it. …

Computer Science

Antioxidant found to wind back the clock on blood vessel function by up to 20 years

Much mystery surrounds the physiological processes by which humans age, but scientists are learning more all the time. With this knowledge come new …

Wellness

Explainer: What is a blockchain? - MIT Technology Review

What is it?<p>A public1, permanent2, append-only3distributed4ledger5.<p>What’s that?<p>A mathematical structure for storing data in a way that is nearly …

Blockchain

GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain

In May the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, two years after passage by the European Parliament. This radical new privacy law, which covers any business that processes information about EU residents, will dramatically affect the way data is collected, stored, and …

Privacy

IDG Contributor Network: Demystifying machine learning

Last year was massive for the creation of exponential technologies leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning. AI is a hot topic. …

Machine Learning

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: Ill Health Often Leads to Plan Switch

The drawbacks of Medicare Advantage plans can become apparent when serious illness or injury strikes.<p>Medicare Advantage plans are attracting seniors …

Health Care
Crowdsourcing

Web standard brings password-free sign-ins to virtually any site

Tech companies have been trying to do away with web passwords for years, but now it looks like they've reached a key milestone. The FIDO Alliance and W3C have launched a Web Authentication standard that makes it easier to offer truly unique encryption credentials for each site. That, in turn, lets …

Google Chrome

Google and Netflix team up on Kayenta, an open-source project for automated deployment monitoring

A new open-source project from Google and Netflix aims to help other companies that want to modernize their application deployment practices but …

Microservices

UnitedHealthcare terminates Envision contract

UnitedHealthcare "has opted to terminate" its contract with Envision Healthcare and Envision's subsidiaries "no later than January 1, 2019," …

Health Care

Blockchain, Bitcoin And The Electronic Health Record

Physicians have a love-hate relationship with the electronic health record (EHR). On the one hand, doctors know they can’t provide the best possible medical care without them. And on the other, today’s EHR systems are cumbersome, clunky and slow physicians down.<p>Indeed, there’s much to love and much …

Digital Health

What 40 Years of Research Reveals About the Difference Between Disruptive and Radical Innovation

<i>“If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.” Jeff Immelt, former CEO of General Electric</i><p>The second wave of digitization is set to disrupt all spheres of economic life. As venture capital investor Marc Andreesen …

Innovation

3 Rules I Use to Stay Productive and Not Overwhelmed

I get 1,000 emails a week, but I only work 40 hours. Here's how I do it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To say my life is busy is an understatement.<p>I'm a father of three kids under the age of three. I have a portfolio of 40-plus startups I've invested in and actively …

Time Management

Why Apps for Managing Chronic Disease Haven’t Been Widely Used, and How to Fix It

In an era where nearly every consumer good and service — from books and groceries to babysitting and shared rides — can be purchased through an electronic transaction on a mobile device, it seems reasonable to think that more and more of our health care can also be managed using apps on mobile …

Digital Health

You don’t understand blockchain unless you understand this simple data structure

The blockchain is an immutable, ordered, back-linked list of blocks of transactions. If you want to truly understand blockchain you need to …

Databases

Baby wet wipes 'cause food allergy', new study warns

Parents should avoid using infant wipes and thoroughly wash soap off their babies to reduce the risk of childhood food allergies, scientists have warned.<p>Researchers have hailed a “major advance” in understanding what causes the complaints after tests revealed links between skin damage and …

Biomedicine

Deleting a Facebook account is almost impossible, says expert

The Cambridge Analytica scandal that has plagued Facebook for weeks has pushed a number of platform users to consider closing down their accounts.<p>However, even if people choose to delete their Facebook profiles, it is almost impossible to do so without leaving a digital footprint.<p>Juan Carlos Lara, …

Privacy

AI Will Change Radiology, but It Won’t Replace Radiologists

Recent advances in artificial intelligence have led to speculation that AI might one day replace human radiologists. Researchers have developed deep learning neural networks that can identify pathologies in radiological images such as bone fractures and potentially cancerous lesions, in some cases …

Artificial Intelligence

Four Ingredients of a ‘Prescription-Strength’ Medical App

Two digital health leaders at Johns Hopkins have identified the characteristics that separate a useful health app from the rest. “We brainstormed …

Digital Health

Making AI Interpretable with Generative Adversarial Networks

It has been quite awhile since I have posted, largely because soon after I started my job at Square I had a child! I hope to have some newer blog …

GANs

Major breakthrough in cancer care as gene map paves way for new treatments

Scientists have heralded a “breakthrough” in cancer treatment after deciphering the genetic code of thousands of tumours providing a road map for …

Cancer

Facebook confirms it spies on your Messenger conversations

Facebook revealed this week that it’s scanning users’ Messenger conversations – including text chats, pictures, and links – in an effort to ensure that people play by its rules.<p>CEO Mark Zuckerberg first spilled the beans in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, in which he brought up an incident …

Social Media

How Can You Tell Someone Is Truly a Bad Boss? Look for 1 Sign That Makes Most Employees Cringe

Research has found that these bad bosses fly below the radar undetected. That also makes them very dangerous.<p>If you keep up with my column, you know that I've covered the topic of bad bosses' impact on organizations for years. Most of what I've found and documented centers around toxic management …

Employment

The Five AI Basics Every Business Executive Needs To Understand Right Now

AI may be taking the business community by storm, but key decision makers are still trying to understand the revolutionizing new technology. Here are 5 important things every business executive needs to know right now.<p><b>Data comes before AI: Understand the difference between training and …

Machine Learning

Here is why nobody has succeeded at running IoT on the blockchain

From the permissioned blockchain networks of IBM to the newly introduced Hashgraph technology, some of the largest technology and financial conglomerates have been testing the applicability and potential of blockchain with the Internet of Things (IoT) market since the beginning of 2016.<p>Yet, with …

Blockchain

I don't think Apple can fix the iOS mess it's created

Apple has turned iOS from a sleek, streamlined, easy-to-use operating system into a ghastly horror show.<p><i>Apple knows iOS has deteriorated, but it</i> …

Beta Testing
Education

Health care groups to use blockchain to improve provider data

Five national groups, including UnitedHealthcare and Optum, are launching a pilot program to see if blockchain can help keep data accurate.<p>Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, is creeping into the health care space.<p>A growing number of researchers and companies are finding that blockchain -- a …

Health Care

5 Open Source Libraries to Aid in Your Machine Learning Endeavors

Machine learning is changing the way we do things, and it's becoming mainstream very quickly.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Machine learning is changing the way we do things, and it’s becoming mainstream very quickly.<p>While many factors have contributed to this increase …

Machine Learning