The Different Blends of Agile Software Development

Mario Vismara
Written by Mario Vismara
on January 30, 2015

Agile seems to be the latest buzzword: everybody talks about it, claims to be doing it, but what does this really mean? The basics are The Agile Manifesto and The 12 principles of AgileThis all makes sense and who would really be against any of it, but when it comes to real life and available methodologies and techniques, what do we really have in place? Read further >


Traveling Salesman Problem

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on January 26, 2015

I heard about this topic - which finds the shortest distance between a large number of cities – for the first time during my university studies back in the late 80’s. I found it stunning at that time, that such a problem with an obvious high economic relevance was quite hard to tackle. The name itself always triggered another association in me, which is the Death of a Salesman novel and the movie adaption with Dustin Hoffman and young John Malkovich from 1985, which still impresses and saddens me today.

Yet, today I want to talk about why I feel like a Traveling Salesman in 2015.

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Could the President’s Data Breach Proposal Affect Health Care?

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on January 23, 2015

Sony. Target. Home Depot. Community Health. Data breaches have Americans scared. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reported 783 data breaches in 2014, an increase of 27.5 percent as compared to 2013; 42 percent of those breaches occurred in the Medical/Health Care industry. On January 12, 2015, President Obama announced a legislative proposal he referred to as the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act. The Act would create a single national standard that companies would follow to notify consumers within 30 days of a breach. The President is expected to expand upon this proposal in his upcoming State of the Union speech. Read further >


Digital Media – Predictions for 2015

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on January 19, 2015

There were a couple of events that I consider a BFD in 2014. The advancements being made with the “supercarbon” Graphene is one, legalization of marijuana in some states in the United States another, and of course my son graduating from high school. Well, a big deal for my wife and me anyway. Another observation that I would categorize as a big deal was the dramatic advancements in Digital Media. And in 2014, it accelerated because of the convergence of technology, innovation, and the user base.

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From Prototype to Production; What’s the Holdup?

Jaco Zijlstra
Written by Jaco Zijlstra
on January 16, 2015

The Detroit Motor Show was the podium for some very exciting concept cars. Car manufacturers use these auto shows to gauge customer responses to new ideas, which are sometimes pretty far out. It is well understood that these concepts may never make it to actual production, even though these cars look like you could drive away in them right away. In software development, the power of prototypes or Proofs of Concept (PoC) is equally popular. These allow for quick feedback from prospective users on all aspects: from functionality to User Interface (UI) to willingness to pay. They can provide an early indication of feasibility and cost of building a real product. They are really indispensable components of the “fail fast, fail often” mantra in today’s development of innovative products. Read further >


Clinical Quality Language

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on January 12, 2015

HL7 is currently balloting a draft standard for a new language to represent clinical quality and clinical decision support expressions. This new language is called Clinical Quality Language (CQL). For decades, hospital systems have used different languages to represent medical knowledge, making it difficult to author decision support applications that can be used across institutions. This problem has been previously addressed through other standards such as the Arden Syntax and GELLO, but Arden is supported only by a limited number of electronic medical record (EMR) vendors, and GELLO implementations are few and far between. The new CQL standard allows the authoring of logic for both clinical quality measurement (CQM) and clinical decision support (CDS) use cases. In addition to a human-readable form (CQL), it provides a machine-friendly representation in XML using something called the Expression Logical Model (ELM). Read further >


Hack Attack

Kirsten van Engelenburg
Written by Kirsten van Engelenburg
on January 09, 2015

2014 was a great year for hackers.

Why?

They were able to dive deeply into systems and gain valuable data from large companies such as MT Gox (the bitcoin giant), iCloud (celebrity photos) and Sony (emails, unreleased movies, etc). The latest is that Regin, known to be an espionage virus from the American and British secret services, was found on a USB stick of one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s employees. In contrast to the first cases, in the last example, luckily the alarm went off before any damage was done. Read further >


Quality of C-CDA documents

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on December 22, 2014

Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) documents are being used in the United States to exchange patient data between providers. In the current issue of JAMIA, the authors D’Amore, Mandel, Kreda, et al, evaluated the quality of a sample of these documents. They conducted a detailed review of 21 C-CDA samples received from different vendors. Read further >


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