The “Heartbleed” bug, discovered last week by two information technology (IT) security teams, caused a vulnerability in a popular encryption software used by many medical professionals to protect patient data. Electronic health record (EHR) systems often use OpenSSL’s encryption software to secure protected health information (PHI). Heartbleed can reveal the contents of a server’s memory to hackers, including private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers. Attackers are also able to obtain copies of a server’s digital keys, and use those keys to impersonate servers or to decrypt communications. Security experts estimate that 66 percent of all devices connected to the internet, including internet-capable medical devices, could be attacked using Heartbleed. Read further >
There are three (3) things in life that you cannot get back, (it is really 4, but I am going to leave out “time” because we cannot control it). The three things are: the spoken word, a spent arrow, and an opportunity missed. The latter is the hardest to predict and by the time the opportunity is recognized it is usually too late for a business or individual to capitalize on it. This happens because that business or individual did not predict that the occurrence of that opportunity would actually happen, or more importantly, when it will happen and thus was not prepared to meet that opportunity head-on. Today’s modern systems are attempting to predict the next opportunity or “the next big thing.” The truth is that many businesses do not have the ability to predict opportunities before they happen or even have the data to make intelligent decisions whether or not to act. Read further >
You already know from prior posts about my enthusiasm for monthly innovation tournaments, organized around enterprise-wide customer-focused themes that we hold in our offices in Alphen aan den Rijn, New York and Riverwoods, IL. Collaboration of team members across Wolters Kluwer’s tax, legal, regulatory, health, financial services, and technology shared services organizations and representing diverse skill sets (business, technology, marketing, R&D and executive management) is fruitful. Here are some emerging best practices for enterprise-wide tournaments: Read further >
In some of my previous posts I spoke about the process of continuous improvement in products to keep satisfying our customers’ needs. As information providers, we aim to offer the best products in terms of content and functionality to leverage user satisfaction. In Wolters Kluwer Italia, we just released a new BigSuite module, named InPratica, where the improvement of customer productivity is its main purpose. Read further >
Drug-drug interactions can lead to adverse drug reactions, which have high costs and may cause significant morbidity and mortality. Detecting drug-drug interactions as early as possible during a patient’s course of treatment may help to prevent some adverse drug reactions from taking place. It’s also important to be able to identify new drug-drug interactions that may result from the use of new drugs on the market. Although electronic health records (EHRs) use structured data in certain places, a large amount of the data in EHRs remains in a free text format. Read further >
Wolters Kluwer was very prominently represented at this year’s European Data Forum (EDF), the annual meeting-point for data practitioners from industry, research, the public-sector and community initiatives, where we discussed the opportunities and challenges of the emerging Data Economy in Europe.
This was my first conference, where literary all stakeholders were present – from Vice President Neelie Kroes, surrounded by police and security, who clearly stated in her welcome note the importance of the information industry for the well-being of Europe; to Greek students in T-shirt and sneakers, who were looking for information for their master’s thesis. This created an interesting atmosphere, with one key topic at the center of discussion.
The Financial Times’ Special Reports on Innovative Lawyer (global and US) reveals a lot of innovation in the legal profession. Despite a reputation for being slow to change, many law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and providers or legal process outsourcing are bringing comprehensive change in both the business and practice of law. Driving factors of this innovation includes several factors working together: Read further >
In previous recent posts, I described a task force I was involved in that examined why some new product development projects succeeded, while others failed. There were several common issues across the different projects we examined. In the last post, I discussed the presence and effectiveness of Project Champions. In this post, I’ll review the need to clearly define new product development projects from the start. It may be hard to believe, but some new product development projects get started before clearly defining and sharing important information with project team members, such as business and financial expectations, deadlines, scope, quality standards, purpose, target market, etc. I’m not referring here to detailed specifications and project plans (which are also essential), but rather clarifying the higher-level, end-game vision for the product. Read further >
Maybe I was wrong about wearables because I needed to go beyond my comfort zone to see what’s around the bend. I too easily settled for limits. Seymour is the project name for one of the ideas that took shape during the Innovation Tournament and while it’s a technical challenge, it may not be entirely without merit and here’s why. Read further >