Researchers from eHealth Initiative and Foundation polled 53 health information exchanges in 35 US states and found that 92% cited trends concerning value-based care as the driving force behind adopting technology, while 58% cited the need to manage value-based contract delivery and risk as the key factor. Interoperability was 47% of respondents' priority for the upcoming two years, followed closely by value-based care and integrating workflows.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai gave his blessing to T-Mobile's proposed $26 billion merger with Sprint after the carriers agreed to wire rural areas, bring high-speed wireless service to most of the US within a few years and sell off Sprint's Boost prepaid service. Pai said the merger, which still needs full FCC and Justice Department approval, will close the rural-urban divide and hasten 5G development.
Publicly declared cyberattacks by activists have nearly disappeared since 2015, with only two occurring last year, research by IBM X-Force has found. The decline of the group Anonymous and legal action taken against such hackers has helped, although it's likely "we are experiencing a lull in hacktivist activity rather than a conclusion," writes Camille Singleton.
Recent penalties handed to large utilities for violating the North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s critical infrastructure protection rules suggest that self-regulation is insufficient for preventing cybersecurity breaches, experts say. Executives such as Southwest Power Pool CEO and President Nick Brown suggest that the level of fines being issued doesn't reflect the industry's efforts.
Countries can't afford to fight cybercrime alone, especially when it comes to attacks on domain name system infrastructure, writes Michael Chertoff, who led the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. Countries can cooperate in a number of ways, but the important thing is that they cooperate at all, Chertoff writes.
Google discussed the future of its G Suite products during Google Cloud Next in April, saying that it's focusing on integrating Hangouts Chat and Gmail and that the two have different use cases. Email, says the company's Jacob Bank, director of product management for G Suite, is a better fit for formal exchanges, and it's also more focused and less distracting.
The rise of machine learning can be complicated, particularly when it comes to matching models with management decisions. Continuous integration and deployment can be valuable tools in such circumstances by permitting seamless updates and the incorporation of machine learning at appropriate times.
Microsoft's Edge browser, which replaced Internet Explorer, is getting a rework centered around privacy, productivity and improved compatibility. The new version incorporates Google's Chromium engine; adds a Collections feature, which helps users consolidate information; and incorporates an IE tab for legacy sites and apps.
HR information systems, which assist HR departments with management in multiple areas, can be valuable tools for decision-making and budgeting. Sharon Florentine examines HRIS functions and benefits, and she outlines what managers must consider when selecting HRIS.
All companies must be alert for the trend of digital disruption, and to survive, they must also recognize it and respond to it with fast, integrated actions, writes Joerg Niessing. Kuoni, a Swiss travel company that failed after declining a Priceline merger and implementing only surface digital strategies, should serve as a warning for others, Niessing explains.
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