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healthcare

Social Determinants of Health

Although there are lots of physical, tangible diseases that cause people to become ill, there is a single disease that is intangible, not quantifiable, but no less lethal. It’s called Life Sucks Disease (LSD). People commonly accept the notion that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can kill us. But what about all of […]

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business technology

New Collar Jobs and Future Aspirations amidst Uncertainty

During the 2017 transition of political power in America, there were many unanswered questions surrounding the future climate of technology, businesses, and jobs. IBM, a company that has been around for 105 years, has seen many periods of change and uncertainty. Education, IT infrastructure, and healthcare are important passions of IBM. There is no other […]

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business technology

Robot Takeover

In the technology circuit, there have been debates and concerning discussions on the implications of robots, or artificial intelligence, gaining abilities and power. Concerns of ethics, privacy, and job availability have stemmed from the increasing abilities of these technologies. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is convinced that Watson and other cognitive computing platforms will not lead […]

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business technology

Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Systems

The capabilities of IBM’s cognitive system platform, Watson, is endless. IBM is working on developing it as a service that it can sell. It runs on an Application Programming Interface (API) housed in the IBM Public Cloud where users can manipulate the code via system tools (Chafkin, 2016a). Artificial intelligence is just one of the […]

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business technology

Ginni Rometty of IBM and Shifts in Technology

International Business Machines (IBM), also known as “Big Blue”, is a technology company that has been around for a long time and has survived numerous changes in technological trends and advancements. The current CEO, Ginni Rometty, was in the spotlight at the turn of the first quarter of the 21st century. As the first woman […]

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information technology

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality

“Internet of Things”, “Artificial Intelligence”, and “Big Data” may seem like synonymous, buzzwords on the surface, but in reality, their stark differences allude to their similarities. These three concepts are re-writing how we interact, buy and sell, travel, and make things (Brody, 2016). Products such as 3D printers, smart lightbulbs, smart slow cookers, and smart […]

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healthcare technology

Healthcare and Applications of IoT

Adherence to treatment is a major issue in the healthcare field. Technology can help with it. There are many different systems that store medical and nonmedical information. Claim data can be very helpful, but it’s reactive in the sense that it’s historical and occurs after the medical event. Integrating formulary, cost, benefit, and EHR information […]

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healthcare system

Healthcare System: Value and Sustainability

The current healthcare system is unsustainable in terms of affordability, quality, accessibility, and personalization. There are three broad tasks that can improve the current system: expand choice, improve affordability and quality, and speed up the conversion of volume to value. Value is important in any business model (Osterwalder, Pigneur, & Clark, 2010). It’s the “difference […]

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healthcare system

Healthcare System: Ideal State: Delivery of Care

A Walmart greeter welcomes the customer, engages with him/her, and guides him/her in the right direction. A top health executive for a giant retail chain advocates that this is how health plans should operate (Osbourne, 2016). As health plans sit opportunistically in the middle of patients, doctors, and pharmacists, they’re in the perfect position to […]

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drugs

American Opioid Epidemic: Future Recommendations

Substance abuse disorders were always undertreated. Although there has been an improvement in treatment due to increased education and research, there is still more that can be done. Only 10% of substance abuse patients receive specialized treatment (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2016). Over 40% of patients with a substance abuse disorder also […]

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information

Information Access

“We’re just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone.” That’s the goal of Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg. I share that vision. Information should not be something that only privileged students or wealthy people have access to. It should be provided to everyone whether it’s in the form of electronic devices or printed material, social […]

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Initial, Future State

We cannot move forward in a positive, productive fashion if we don’t fully understand the present. I aim to paint an accurate, unbiased picture of the present world so that we can decide if we need to move forward as is, or move forward with change. And if we need change, what kind of change […]