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The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals, has paved the way to digital pathology with the creation of ASCPedia, an innovative and educational online slide library utilizing Alfresco Software...ASCP created a library using high resolution digital scanning to convert glass slides to digital files and used Alfresco One, Alfresco’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform, to compile, store and organize the digital slides to make it easier for ASCP’s more than 100,000 members to collaborate and share information.
The previous installment of this article talked about the survivability of HIEs, drawing on a report released under ONC auspices. This installment delves into some other interesting aspects of information exchange...
Getting into Google Compute Engine isn’t impossible, but it isn’t super easy either. You sign up and wait. Now Google is opening the door to new users willing to pay for support. Read More »
Google is fighting a war on multiple fronts—against Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and others—and is outspending them all in the one area that will be critical to winning the future: the cloud. Google’s April 17 earnings report revealed that the company spent $2.35 billion on infrastructure, which for Google means its data centers and all the IT gear that go in them.
Hoping to capitalize on free government information, IT leaders are discovering the value -- and vexation -- of converting terabytes of data into new revenue streams. When President Barack Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order last May, many IT leaders applauded the White House's decision to release treasure troves of public data as part of an important government initiative for greater transparency.
The European Commission has recently published guidelines which will make it easier for public authorities to switch to Open Standards. This move should be commended, but with a caveat. Open Standards do not equate to Open Source, and vendor lock-in is still a probability... Read More »
As we gather together stakeholders for strategic planning of next year’s priorities, what are we hearing and what we have learned? 1. Clinicians are overwhelmed by the current demands of Meaningful Use, hundreds of quality measures, population health, care management, and patient/family engagement. All of these are good ideas individually but the sum of their requirements overwhelms providers. In an era when we’re trying to control costs, adding more clinical FTEs to spread the work over a large team is not possible. The end result is that providers spend hours each night catching up on the day’s documentation and are demanding better tools/automation to reduce their strain.
A new attack vector has been identified, causing renewed distress over the difficulty of coming up with a Heartbleed cure. Coincidentally, the latest threat information comes just as a group of tech companies announced a new effort to shore up OpenSSL security...
NASA is a big fan of the cloud – in fact, the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform got its start there. So when NASA needed image processing infrastructure for the incredible pictures coming from Mars to Earth by way of the just-landed Curiosity rover and its mission to search for life on Mars, it’s not very surprising that the team turned to Amazon Web Services. Read More »
Among U.S. government agencies, the adoption of cloud computing hasn’t been moving full steam ahead, to say the least. Even though 2011 saw the Obama administration unveil the cloud-first initiative that called for government agencies to update their old legacy IT systems to the cloud, it hasn’t been the case that these agencies have made great strides in modernizing their infrastructure...
VMware (VMW) is just the latest company to join the OpenStack Foundation, an effort to build an open source cloud stack from parts first developed by NASA, then Rackspace (RAX), and now being implemented at the latter. Read More »
OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return. Since our research is free from financial obligations, we can better focus on a positive human impact. We believe AI should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as possible.The outcome of this venture is uncertain and the work is difficult, but we believe the goal and the structure are right. We hope this is what matters most to the best in the field.
IT industry experts said the launch of Healthcare.gov this month was hobbled by a byzantine, "old-school" infrastructure. Could cloud computing have solved the site's performance problems? Read More »