To be honest, I don’t know. We all know about progress in language technology, such as Google Translate or Siri or our own Wolters Kluwer technology that we use in the legal area. But we also see that – especially in Europe – we are still locked in our own language and cannot easily transcend this barrier a part from switching into English as a lingua franca. So, where is the innovation?
One of my favorite pastimes is watching Shark Tank with my son, Benjamin. For those who are not familiar with this show, Shark Tank is an American reality television series that features aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their products to a panel of investors, called “sharks.” The entrepreneur can make a deal if a “shark” is in or if the negotiation falls a part, the entrepreneur leaves empty-handed. Read further >
While sitting in a café in Portoroz, Slovenia last week, I was struck by the almost contradictory situation I was in. Similar to the environment – the beach and sunset reflecting in the water of the Mediterranean Sea – but simultaneously tackling new achievements and major issues with worldwide experts – very demanding on one hand and very relaxing on the other.
While we can learn from startups about using lean in our new product development pipeline, there are also countless other things we can think about adopting – whether it’s incremental change inside our business or just for inspiration. Read further >
In my previous post, I discussed how a pilot study using our company’s clinical decision support (CDS) technology, POC Advisor™, was able to reduce a hospital’s sepsis-related mortality by 53 percent. One deciding factor in selecting the study location—Huntsville Hospital—was the 941-bed facility’s dedication to improving its performance. Over a six-month period, 9.5 percent of Huntsville’s patients with sepsis infection-related diagnoses died, compared to the national average of 8.5 percent. When the “Surviving Sepsis” campaign definition was applied, mortality rates increased to 38.5 percent for Huntsville and 19.4 for the national average during the same period. Read further >
There’s no doubt that there is business in Big Data… as well as a lot of nonsense around it as well – with growing tendency! So the question is how to figure out the relevant aspects. BDVA is trying to address that on a pan-European level – and Wolters Kluwer is a part of that journey!
Patients expect doctors to hold themselves to the highest standards, including an expectation that the care they provide is based upon the latest medical evidence and best practices. But while doctors work diligently to stay current with all of the changes in medicine, it is a nearly impossible task. The volume of clinical information is estimated to double every 3-5 years—while a physician’s capacity to recall and organize relevant medical information remains static. Read further >
Easter was and still is an important date in Western civilization. Different traditions have evolved including the Easter Bunny, Semana Santa or the Easter Parade. Still, we need to be aware of the fact that for the majority of people, Easter does not exist! How does this effect our business interactions? Read further >
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has not yet reached a fundamental breakthrough. So far, I see progress in many areas, but somehow it is a horizontal development, as if something cool is still out there waiting to be discovered.
Every doctor worries about missing a diagnosis that leads to a patient’s death. Even more upsetting is the knowledge that the data needed to save that life was in the patient’s record, but just out of the doctor’s reach. Such is usually the case with sepsis—the body’s often-fatal immune response to infection that can escalate rapidly and lead to organ failure and septic shock. Read further >