Day: April 29, 2020

Can API vendors solve healthcare’s data woes? – TechCrunch

A functioning healthcare system depends on caregivers having the right data at the right time to make the right decision about what course of treatment a patient needs.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic and the acceleration of the consumer adoption of telemedicine, along with the fragmentation of care to a number of different low-cost providers, access to a patient’s medical records to get an accurate picture of their health becomes even more important.

Opening access to developers also could unlock new, integrated services that could give consumers a better window into their own health and consumer product companies opportunities to develop new tools to improve health.

While hospitals, urgent care facilities and health systems have stored patient records electronically for years thanks to laws passed under the Clinton administration, those records were difficult for patients themselves to access. The way the system has been historically structured has made

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Video analytics is a powerful tool, but make sure you do it right

Video analytics is costly and open to security and privacy risks, so be sure it’s right for your company before implementation.

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Video has established its role as an essential and mission-critical technology during the COVID-19 crisis. Its role has been substantiated with every video conference, virtual performance, tele-health appointment, and tele-learning session.

The expanding role of video in business has also paved the way for more big data analytics that operate on video and photographic data—with an end goal of delivering actionable, visual intelligence.

SEE: How to Choose the Right Video Analytics for Business, Operational, or Security Intelligence (TechRepublic download)

Among the industry use cases for video are hospital asset tracking; building, workspace and warehouse usage monitoring; thermal imagery for fever detection; methane gas leak monitoring; and health monitoring and counting of livestock. 

“From this video analysis, you can tell what people

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10 things you thought you knew about blockchain that are probably wrong

Not so long ago blockchain was being touted as the hyper-secure, single source of truth that would solve all manner of business problems. Some of that was overhyped.

Even though distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have matured a lot over the past few years the promise of these technologies has far outpaced the reality of their adoption. 

According to a new Forrester research report, Blockchain In 2020: A CIO’s Guide To The 10 Most Prevalent Myths, the idea that mathematically immutable repositories of data and information would rapidly replace existing, trust-based models has not come to pass; nor will it anytime soon.

SEE: How blockchain will disrupt business: A special report (Free PDF) (TechRepublic)

There are many reasons listed in the report, said lead author Martha Bennett, a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, but, overall, there is just a lot of misunderstanding about what the technology can and

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