Earlier this week, I had a fascinating discussion about what drives people to innovate, and to contribute to the programs we have in place. My colleague’s preferred method of ‘innovating’ is lively, one-to-few discussions to refine and validate ideas. In the Netherlands (NL) and across businesses, we have implemented a platform that opens up that process: widely sharing ideas and open discussions. So, in defense of that program, I argued we need a method to scale that discussion. And I used one of my favourite quotes: opportunity is where chance and preparation meet. We just provide the tools to prepare. Read further >
Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) has been a priority in Vermont as it has been elsewhere. The launch of the state’s Health Insurance Exchange was fraught with problems. Perhaps one reason why Vermont’s health insurance exchange roll-out was ineffective is that the state used CGI Group to build its system, the same contractor who developed the sites for HealthCare.gov and the state health benefits exchanges in California, Hawaii and Massachusetts, all of which had problematic launches. As recently as the first week of February, individuals who had enrolled online could not enter changes to their information, such as family status, or income, online. All small business enrollments must go directly through the insurers for the remainder of the open enrollment period. In addition, the site still cannot accept premium payments. The state has suspended payments under the contract and withheld $5.1 million from CGI. Read further >
In my last blog post, I described a task force I was involved in that examined why some of our new product development projects succeeded in terms of speed to market, while others failed. One of the key factors we identified with winning projects was the presence and effectiveness of a “Project Champion” (referred to by some as the “project sponsor” or “project advocate”), which is the subject of this posting. Read further >
In Wolters Kluwer GPO Presents series this February, we are looking at emerging technologies and debating their applications for our customers. The discussion leads me to some ideas on how big data, analytics, semantic technologies, expert systems, and wearable devices together with our main asset – our high valuable content – can be orchestrated to offer new services to lawyers. Read further >
Wolters Kluwer just announced a new edition of our annual Global Innovation Awards, which is one of the key ways we drive innovation. In the Netherlands, we’re buzzing with ideas, and so we designed The Box, our internal innovation platform to capture ideas. Read further >
Today, I gave my 2nd presentation, How To Disrupt Legal Disruptors, via the Wolters Kluwer GPO Presents series on the topic: wearables and legal services. Calling it a challenge is putting it mildly because I’m very skeptical. Is it possible to dwarf legal products down to a 1.26 inch screen? It would certainly not be a legal research product which deserves nothing but the biggest surface to comfortably exercise, right? Read further >
Professional services firms (law firms and accounting firms) are already participating in several content and software ecosystems, including Apple’s iOS, Amazon, and Google. It makes sense given how many of their clients are expecting to interact with their professional advisors, including invoicing, reading current awareness and receiving professional memoranda regarding decisions with tax, accounting and legal implications. But I want to suggest that firms be very proactive and selective in how they interact with those ecosystems. Read further >
When searching in Google for “Data economy,” the first hit I got was a Wikipedia article on: “Economic data!” This sounds almost like an unintended pun.
Data has always been part of the economic system. Some of the oldest artifacts of recorded writing were lists of goods found in Uruk almost 5.500 years ago. But what we are currently observing is that the digital age is fundamentally changing entire industries, e.g. media industry (music or newspapers) or retail (see Amazon!). Moreover, personally identifiable information (sic!) is already contributing to profitable business. So internet technology – in combination with a growing information need in business processes (e.g. hype on Big Data) – is disrupting a lot of processes we are used to work with for a long time. In addition, a completely new quality to how we see and use data in the future is currently emerging.
Infobuttons are context-sensitive links from electronic health records (EHRs) to knowledge resources. They are designed to make it easier for clinicians to find answers to their questions in a timely fashion. I have written about Infobuttons at length on this blog, but having just returned from the January 2014 HL7 working group meeting, I thought it would be worthwhile to post an update on the most recent changes to this standard. Read further >