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  • Articles in January, 2015
    Don t jump to conclusions Sometimes you just have to give the problem time to work itself out 16 When making decisions about people listen to your gut Believe in your ability to identify the right talent It s your vision so you should be able to recognize when a person embodies that vision 17 People can see through manipulation and game playing Everyone can spot a phony This goes back to the mutual respect and trust that must exist between a leader and follower Don t undermine that mutual respect via manipulation You ll lose followers 18 Learn to say out loud I was wrong and I don t know You may be a leader but you re not omniscient Don t pretend to be 19 If you know a plan or decision is wrong don t implement it Instead keep talking Don t try to jam a square peg in a circular hole Work with your team to figure out a way to round the edges of the peg so it fits properly 20 Each of us has potential to lead follow or be an individual contributor Potential is limitless and everyone has the ability to contribute to the success of a particular vision It all depends on how strongly they believe in that vision There is no recipe for what makes a good leader but these mantras can provide valuable guidelines I wouldn t trade those talks on the deck for anything Click here to subscribe to our blog How Companies Can Use Big Data to Make Better Decisions January 14 2015 cchatell 0 Comments By Lauren Landry Associate Editor BostInno Big Data has swiftly earned a lasting place in our lexicon because its potential is real and impact undeniable Companies can collectively scoff and brush big data off as just another trend but that decision could lead to worse decisions down the road Every era has a bold new innovation that emerges as a defining advantage for those who get out ahead of the curve said Ali Riaz CEO of enterprise software company Attivio referencing the industrial revolution and later the information age Giants of industry who took advantage of new machinery or market leaders who learned to leverage relational databases have historically had the upperhand Today s advantage the new currency if you will is big data Riaz added Companies that don t get ahead of this tsunami by using big data to their advantage will be crushed by it Yet this deluge of data isn t new it s just been given a catchy two word title When asked to define big data Ely Kahn co founder and VP of business development for big data start up Sqrrl described it as massive amounts tera and petabytes worth of unstructured and semi structured data organizations have historically been unable to analyze because it was too expensive or difficult With technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL databases surfacing however Kahn claimed those same organizations can now make sense of this type of data cost effectively To Marilyn Matz CEO of fellow big data startup Paradigm4 the revolution goes beyond just high volumes of information though It is about integrating and analyzing data collected from new sources Matz said A central capability this enables is hyper personalization and micro targeting including recommendation engines location based services and offers personalized pricing precision medicine and predictive equipment maintenance schedules No matter the industry big data has a key role to play in moving the needle for companies whether large or small And that goes for companies currently unable to determine what their big data is The unrecognizable could be customer sentiment in social media server logs or clickstream data Once you have identified untapped sources of data Kahn said you can use tools like Hadoop and NoSQL to analyze it Matz broke down by industry what that ability to analyze could mean In the Commercial Sphere In the commercial sphere if a company knows 10 or 100 things about you and your situational context then that company can do a far better job offering you something relevant to exactly where you are and what you might be interested in increasing their opportunity to capture your respect attention and dollars In the Industrial World In the industrial world if a manufacturing company knows where equipment is operated hot and harsh climates versus moderate climates as well as how that equipment is being used lots of hard braking and collects data across a large fleet then it can predict maintenance before costly breakdowns saving millions of dollars and it can price warranties more accurately as well as improve designs and manufacturing processes In Pharma and Healthcare In pharma and healthcare evidence based outcome studies that integrate genomic data phenotypic data clinical data behavioral data daily sensor data et al can lead to more targeted and effective treatment and outcomes for both wellness and illness Attivio has been using big data in one of the most vital ways by focusing on detecting military personnel who are at risk for suicide But of course big data still comes with challenges Riaz acknowledged the reality which is that every large organization is comprised of disconnected silos of information that come in all different formats let alone the various business units applications protocols information repositories terminologies and schemas that doesn t always mesh Just dumping data into these unorganized but separate systems is anarchy and an egregious waste of time and money Riaz said Yet this is how many technologies address the problem It essentially just creates another big silo for the information to live in Moving forward additional ways to combine structured and unstructured dat a as well as merge data from within an enterprise to data from outside of it will need to emerge And when it does the impact will be glaringly obvious As Riaz posited The time to solve big problems with extreme information is upon us Businesses organizations and governments are

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  • Articles in December, 2014
    a simple do now ice breaker where you ask participants to talk to the people around them and find out what they hoped to get out of the day This gets minds flowing and allows for a relaxed start with a networked room Plan for latecomers Latecomers can throw off and delay a presentation When you address the audience ask them to be the ones to fill in a latecomer should they sit next to them and let them know what to share Provide ALL materials Speaking of what to share keep it simple Create a link where participants can access EVERYTHING you ve shared This way they don t worry about missing anything and you don t have to worry if they didn t get something down Ensure Materials Can Be Re purposed Don t share materials in PDF Don t give access without copy ability Provide materials to participants so that it is easy for them to make their own customize and bring back to their work This is a wonderful gift for teachers time and students great new learning materials Smart Name Tags You know that link I mentioned above Don t worry about saying it over and over or having to keep putting it back on the projector Provide name tags or cards with all the information participants will need i e a link to the presentation Twitter hashtag how to connect to the internet etc This way the answer to every question is It s on your name tag Sum up the learning At the end of your time share all the new things participants will be able to do as a result of your time together This way you re focusing on what they have learned The audience is assured that they got what they came for out of your time together Take backs Ask participants to share verbally or via Twitter text post it in 140 characters or less one thing they ll take back to their work This reinforces their learning Use reassuring statements Let the audience you know you are right on track with statements like After our time together you ll know exactly how to We are right on time Have two plans Have one plan if the class moves slowly Have an additional plan if they move quickly If they do let them know that they were so on point they get bonus learning If they move slowly they ll still know exactly what you told them they would learn So what do you think Have you experienced presenters who try to rush through information Have any of these strategies worked for you Are these strategies you would try when you present Original post available here December 2014 M T W T F S S Nov Jan 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Like

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  • Articles in November, 2014
    percent Demand for a graduate education is growing But is putting your career on hold to attend graduate school really the answer Instead of leaving the workforce more and more are embracing online education Technology has evolved to make online education a rich interactive experience that holds its own against the conventional classroom model Busy professionals can tailor courses to fit their schedule making it possible to learn and earn at the same time With a wealth of options like Khan Academy edX and traditional institutions online programs a master s level education is now only a click away So where can an online education take you While there are programs on the web for every area of study two in particular will serve you well in today s competitive job market software engineering and strategic analytics Both computer software and big data are integral to business operations placing those two skill sets in high demand in every field See how online master s degrees in software engineering or strategic analytics will help you break into Boston s top industries Financial Services Boston s burgeoning financial community is in need of employees from all skill sets especially in the realm of software development and data analysis Today s global financial institutions many of which are headquartered right here in the Hub rely on complex software programs to function Software engineers who strategically develop operate and maintain this crucial technology are in high demand Also in demand are those who can collect manage and analyze massive amounts of data With the growth of e commerce and online transactions alone interpreting and understanding the strategic potential of big data is essential to the health of financial institutions Technology From budding startups to established corporations Boston s tech world is a diverse eclectic and exciting field to work Best of all it s growing Fast It goes without saying that a master s in software engineering would be an asset for anyone seeking to break into the tech industry but it s not strictly computer nerds who need apply Analytical minds are needed to process big data and apply insights to an organization s bottom line Higher Education With more than fifty college and universities in Boston there are plenty of opportunities in the field of higher education especially for those with a master s degree in software or strategic analytics Software programs are vital for a university to function from student networks to administrative tasks to alumni communications Also for universities data is at the center of their operations Statistical insights are key to understanding the application process students academic performance the movement of funds and more Government Services The State House and City Hall need more than politicians to keep Massachusetts and Boston running smoothly As expected sophisticated software powers all government operations but strategic analytics skills are just as if not more valued at a government institutions Our governing bodies are incessantly collecting and analyzing data on constituents With a

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  • Articles in October, 2014
    spoken word Clear be clear as to your intent don t make your audience read between the lines which can lead to confusion and frustration Be straightforward and fully explain what you mean Concise less is more Have you heard of the 80 20 rule Many folks spend 80 percent of their time explaining things that aren t much value to the audience So mine the 20 percent of substance and build on it Don t ramble Concrete turn your words into pictures Use colorful words and images Lean toward the specific and away from the abstract You say your product is better now Exactly what does that mean for the customer who will buy and use it Correct double check your facts and be careful of plagiarism If you want to use someone else s quote or material be sure to attribute it Also avoid making sweeping generalities or opinions that have no factual basis Finally don t represent your opinions as facts That s counterproductive and may turn people off Coherent connect the dots don t make people guess This goes back to knowing what your audience knows Don t assume they ve read your book are familiar with your business or possess advanced business expertise A key challenge is a mixed audience with a wide band of sophistication My advice is to start out at a lower level and work your way up Complete there are all kinds of angles to this one Speak in complete thoughts Don t make your reader guess what they should conclude Avoid speaking in shorthand and using confusing acronyms Courteous we do not need to insult others just to make our points A condescending or arrogant speaker is quickly turned off An audience is far more likely to warm up to a speaker who is respectful of them Avoid slang locker talk and profanity It s just not appropriate I ve added my own 8th C of communication Connect engage your audience as much as possible Open your speech or meeting with a show of hands Ask your audience questions Invite their questions Always use eye contact and look for signs of affirmation that folks are listen ing If you see eyes wandering or people sneaking out the door stop and ask the audience what they want to hear about Beyond the 8 Cs Power Points are almost de rigueur nowadays but they distract the audience and compete for the speaker s attention Use your Power Point to anchor your speech with a few key words or visuals Avoid long paragraphs Finally keep in mind that emotion binds the speaker and audience together Build excitement and passion Speak to the desire of every human to be of value in this world I frequently talk about the human impulse to move up Maslow s Hierarchy of Needs a pyramid of human needs that starts with basic survival and peaks with self actualization Everyone wants and needs to gravitate up that pyramid to some level Appeal not only to an investor s logic but to their potential to save lives or transform communities Logic doesn t move people to action Emotion does 5 Tips for Making New Contacts Connections October 2 2014 cchatell 3 Comments By Cara Chatellier Recruitingblogs com states that 80 of today s jobs are landed through networking In order to find a new role become better at your own job learn from industry experts and more networking is essential Below you will find 5 ways to make new connections and contacts to grow your network Tip 1 Go to a Networking Event Networking events are a perfect way to make new connections Try to go to an event with over 30 attendees where you know there will be a number of people to mingle with One of the great things about these events is everyone is there to chat and connect make the best of it Make sure to talk to as many people as possible Networking Event Best Practices RSVP beforehand to get updates and location information Bring plenty of business cards Be prepared If you can see attendance lists research companies of those you may meet Leave your phone in the car your pocket or bag be attentive and present Smile and be open to chatting with others Join Brandeis GPS Staff Faculty Advisory Board Members Corporate Partners and Students of the past and future for our first ever Networking Event 10 16 6 9pm RSVP here Tip 2 Join a Networking Group Well first what is a networking group It s a group most likely on LinkedIn or meetup where you can be alerted about new job opportunities gain access to new groups of people learn about new events and swap industry tips and knowledge Networking groups are a technique to meet others both professionally and socially Tip 3 Connect Connect Connect some more LinkedIn offers an unrivaled method to connect professionals in your field via social media Make sure you add Everyone you meet in a professional setting Professionals with similar backgrounds Professionals in similar industries with different roles Members of associations you re interested in Don t forget to follow the LinkedIn Best Practices Spell check personalized messages Actually read the profiles of those you are messaging Schedule face to face meetings or phone calls with your connections make them real Use a recent and professional photo Recommend only those you have worked directly with and who you feel confident in their quality of work Tip 4 Attend Industry Relevant Conferences Conferences are a great way to keep up to date on industry trends Most conferences will have large rooms with tables from different vendors It s a perfect opportunity to learn about new technologies companies and opportunities Conferences allow you to network with professionals in your industry You can share your ideas and get immediate feedback from credible individuals Conversations at conferences can lead to business connections Make sure to share your business

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  • Articles in September, 2014
    impact will be between 500 and 4 500 per month There is an 80 likelihood that the business impact will be greater than 1 000 per month The mean average business impact is about 2 100 per month note how this is significantly lower than the 2 700 figure computed earlier the difference is in the use of the asymmetrical triangular distribution for one of the variables There is a 20 likelihood that the business impact will be greater than 3 000 per month If warranted we can try to reduce the uncertainty of this analysis even further by improving the estimates in our risk model There will be more to come in upcoming blogs on that What to do of course depends entirely on each organization s appetite for risk But as security professionals we will have done our jobs in a way that s actually useful to the business decision maker About the Author Derek E Brink CISSP is a Vice President and Research Fellow covering topics in IT Security and IT GRC for Aberdeen Group a Harte Hanks Company He is also a adjunct faculty with Brandeis University Graduate Professional Studies teaching courses in our Information Security Program For more blog posts by Derek please see http blogs aberdeen com category it security and http aberdeen com aberdeen it security ITSA practice aspx Click here to subscribe to our blog Is Healthcare the Next Frontier for Big Data September 10 2014 cchatell 4 Comments By Caroline Lyle Custom Content Coordinator BostInno Register for the MS in Health and Medical Informatics Virtual Open House on October 7th The health care industry has always been at the center of emerging technology as a leader in the research and application of advanced sciences Now more than ever the industry is on the edge of an innovation boom Health care information technology possesses vast potential for advancement making the field fertile ground for game changing innovation and the next great frontier for big data The use of electronic health records EHR electronic prescribing and digital imaging by health care providers has exploded in recent years Health Affairs reports and the global health information exchange HIE market is projected to grow nearly ten percent per year reaching 878 million in 2018 according to Healthcare Informatics But despite massive growth health care IT faces a number of barriers slowing advancement When it comes to health information technologies demand is outpacing delivery Users desire higher levels of performance beyond the capacity of current IT solutions Providers certainly want to do things that vendor technology doesn t allow right now Micky Tripathi Ph D CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative MAeHC said to Healthcare Informatics One reason technology is lagging is health care IT systems are independently developed and operated Rather than one massive network there are numerous small shops developing unique products at high cost with no one achieving significant economies of scale or scope Health Affairs reported As a result innovations are isolated progress is siloed and technology cannot meaningfully advance To deliver the highest quality of care the health care community must unite disparate systems in a centralized database But this is easier said than done The industry must be sure to maintain the highest standards of security complying with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 HIPAA As a result the health care IT industry currently faces a crucial challenge devise an overarching system that guarantees security sustainability and scale The key to unlocking solutions is Big Data are the informaticians who translate mountains of statistics into meaningful healthcare IT applications The growing role of information technology within health care delivery has created the need to deepen the pool of informaticians who can help organizations maximize the effectiveness of their investment in information technology and in so doing maximize impact on safety quality effectiveness and efficiency of care the American Medical Informatics Association noted The future of health care hinges on the ability to connect the big data dots and apply insights to a creating and practicing a smart IT strategy Organizations have thrown themselves into the big data trenches to innovate solutions to the problem facing their industry Ninety five percent of healthcare CEOs said they were exploring better ways to harness and manage big data a PricewaterhouseCoopers study reported With the commitment of the health care community plus the right talent and resources industry advancing innovations won t be far behind Health care is indisputably the next great frontier for big data How we seek receive and pay for health care is poised to fundamentally change and health care informaticians will be leading the evolution Click here to subscribe to our blog Managers Manage Ambiguity September 4 2014 cchatell 1 Comment by Johanna Rothman Reblogged from http www jrothman com blog mpd 2014 08 managers manage ambiguity html I was thinking about the Glen Alleman s post All Things Project Are Probabilistic In it he says Management is Prediction as a inference from Deming When I read this quote If you can t describe what you are doing as a process you don t know what you re doing Deming I infer from Deming that managers must manage ambiguity Here s where Glen and I agree Well I think we agree I hope I am not putting words into Glen s mouth I am sure he will correct me if I am Managers make decisions based on uncertain data Some of that data is predictive data For example I suggest that people provide where necessary order of magnitude estimates of projects and programs Sometimes you need those estimates Sometimes you don t Yes I have worked on programs where we didn t need to estimate We needed to execute and show progress Now here s where I suspect Glen and I disagree Asking people for detailed estimates at the beginning of a project and expecting those estimates to be true for the entire project First the estimates are

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  • Articles in August, 2014
    s newest health tech startups PatientPing aims to solve this problem by sending real time notifications to healthcare providers when their patients receive ER hospital and post acute care The company plans to eventually scale out to nursing homes to create a comprehensive communication network of healthcare facilities 5 Foundation Medicine Foundation Medicine is a molecular information company leading a transformation in cancer care Their leading edge clinical products including genomic test Foundation One and FoundationOne Heme have been proven to be among the most accurate sensitive and comprehensive tests available This fully informative genomic profile combined with a patients first approach empowers them to match patients with targeted therapies and meaningfully advance the field of routine cancer care Most recently the Cambridge company launched FoundationOne CareLine offering personalized case management services to patients who are uninsured underinsured or face other challenges 6 CareCloud The future of the health care is in the cloud and CareCloud is the company to prove it CareCloud is a leading national provider of cloud based electronic medical record and billing services supporting 3 700 providers in 45 states The user friendly streamlined system enables physicians to deliver efficient high quality care plus plug into a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem from any device CareCloud has been expanding rapidly since its inception and raised 25 5 million last year 7 athenahealth Watertown based healthcare software firm athenahealth is a pioneer of the electronic medical record and on a mission to modernize the industry Since its founding athenahealth has expanded and diversified its cloud based services to include medical billing and practice management patient communication and order transmission services The company also strives to spur healthcare innovation through their the program More Disruption Please supporting entrepreneurs health care IT companies and thought leaders who want to change the status quo in health care 8 MC10 MC10 creates the high performance medical electronics that are virtually invisible conformable and wearable These cutting edge devices can serve to protect our troops treat heart arrhythmias and monitor sleeping babies Among their award winning innovations is the Reebok CHECKLIGHT a sports impact indicator that measures the severity of blows to the head 9 Wellframe Wellframe builds intelligent systems to re engineer care delivery essentially equipping patients with a care GPS to help them navigate their health challenges The mobile app gives patients personalized wellness to do lists to help them stay on top of managing their disease It also integrates a cloud hosted electronic medical record Patients can now leave the hospital with a care plan in their pocket monitoring their progress and instructing them how to deal with their condition day by day By empowering patients to take control of their own care Wellframe helps minimize costs The company recently raised 1 5 million and is continuing to transform the prevailing care model 10 ZappRx ZappRx is another mobile innovator transforming the health care status quo The Uber for medicine company strives to simplify the management of prescription payments

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  • Articles in July, 2014
    recent wave of startups Headquartered in Concord Massachusetts Lexia Learning is a globally renowned reading technology company focused on improving students literacy Since it was founded 29 years ago with private funding and grants obtained from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Lexia Learning has continually evolved innovating the most cutting edge ways to use technology to build students reading skills In 2008 Lexia earned the EdNet Impact Award for outstanding contributions in education industry In 2013 it was acquired by Rosetta Stone 5 Panorama Education Panorama Education leverages the power of Big Data to help sch ools address pressing problems Panorama provides a survey and analytics platform to conduct surveys either online or on paper and collect constructive feedback Over 4 000 school districts charter networks and state governments use the platform to solve such issues as parent involvement bullying prevention school safety and student engagement Last October Panorama received 4 million from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg s organization Startup Education and is using the funds to grow their team 6 EverTrue EverTrue provides a better way for the educational community to connect Their mobile platform not only serves as an alumni networking hub but also enables institutions to tap into donor databases and easily fundraise Following EverTrue s graduation from Boston Techstars the company raised 1 3 million plus an additional 5 25 million in March of 2013 The growing company set up shop in a new office in the Seaport at the end of last year and continues to show promising growth 7 peerTransfer peerTransfer is one of the fastest growing companies in the Hub The company saw 400 percent growth last year expects 200 percent growth in 2014 and has raised a total of 21 2 million peerTransfer is on a mission to fix the unfair and broken international tuition payments system Using peerTransfer students can simply and securely pay for tuition and fees using their home currency With so many students getting ripped off peerTransfer fulfills an urgent need for both students and schools The company now works with over 350 schools and is on track to process 1 billion this year 8 Flashnotes Flashnotes is an online peer to peer marketplace for buying and selling class study materials After raising 1 5 million last year Flashnotes has expanded to include live video tutorials offering another medium for students to improve their grades and or make money In the past year the company has acquired Moolguides NoteUtopia and raised an additional 3 6 million Over 200 schools are on Flashnotes platform and the company continues to experience high growth month after month Click here to subscribe to our blog How Predictive Analytics Can Improve Healthcare July 16 2014 cchatell 19 Comments The below is the winning essay for a Brandeis GPS contest written by Health and Medical Informatics student Davis Graham Join Brandeis GPS is a free webinar 7 17 at 7pm Long Term Care The Last EMR Frontier My specific interest in predictive analytics is the ability to merge the once vacant silos of health information into a model which engages a person into the maintenance of a healthier lifestyle 1 Genomics and health information technology has the potential to help predict disease before it becomes chronic Predictive analytics will allow us to change from a treatment oriented to a preventive oriented healthcare system contributing to the efficiency of healthcare Predictive analytics gives the foundation for an individual to step onto a healthier path in life when substantial knowledge supports the first step There is a survival instinct which takes place in every individual when faced with the loss of health or life giving them a fearlessness to assume responsibility to preserve their health and life The key element of a healthier population is engagement and implementation of a program which improves health For example if a person has knowledge from predictive analytics showing they would have a 98 probability of being a candidate for colorectal cancer then the barriers of fear currently existing in our current health care system would inspire the patient to seek preventive care No one should die of colorectal cancer in this country or in the world Getting the patient to have a CT Colonography CTC would decrease the mortality rate for colorectal cancer substantially The cost of a CTC due to just the volume would decrease into the 250 range The current cost at our facility is 495 it costs us 200 to have the CTC read through teleradiology by a radiologist who reads these studies frequently Predictive analytics could change the whole landscape of CTC cost by pure volume Radiologists who are not reading CT Colonography CTC now would learn how to read them and would become experienced because of the increase in volume It is my hope that predictive analytics is steering healthcare back to the doctor patient relationship of a patient driven healthcare 2 It is my belief that patient driven healthcare is the most efficient and effective way of providing health to a population With the aid of predictive analytics the robust information gained from predictive analytics data will enable a society to engage in healthcare which would educate the population with knowledge as to how to predict their health outcomes Thus the future patient population would embrace preventive health With patients engaged in their health predictive analytics could reverse the current wasteful trend of 80 of healthcare expenditures being spent on 20 of the population to one that is healthier for the economics of a country and a population 3 I could see in the future where 70 of the healthcare dollars is spent on 100 of the population with the remaining 30 going to research and development in healthcare and predictive analytics Predictive analytics would reverse the 20 to 30 of profits now going to health insurance companies into increased health dollars invested into healthcare A great example is William McGuire from United Health Care who earned 1 2 billion in one year This should be a light to the world that the 1 2 billion which William McGuire made did not go back into the healthcare system 4 it went into his pocket to spend and donate where his personal interests lay To put it in perspective 1 2 billion could open 925 doctors offices each being 7 000 square foot for a cost of 1 297 400 each 5 or 4 8 million CTCs reimbursed at 250 each A key component to predictive analytics is the unbridled sharing of information With quantum cryptography and the recent efforts of quantum computer such as D Wave we are on the edge for sharing and processing healthcare s big data Predictive analytics in the United States will be a new frontier for all health information which is electronically collected around the world With predictive analytics a combination of pharmaceuticals used to cure a chronic disease in one area of the world will enable population health to take steps in preventive care in advance of the chronic disease in other parts of the world In essence we are embarking on a voyage into a new land of opportunity to process big data to predict solutions into the future Healthcare is a team effort and aligns with Ernest Shackleton and his eclectic team all of whom survived the harshest environment of being beset in the Antarctica Our healthcare system needs such a team to drive through the storms of economic pressure and the current healthcare system into one which perseveres Predictive analytics is the system which will not only benefit the United States but predictive analytics in healthcare also has the potential to benefit the health of the world in a way healthcare has yet to be seen 1 Health Policy Briefs Patient Engagement FEBRUARY 14 2013 http www healthaffairs org healthpolicybriefs brief php brief id 86 2 Obamacare s Impact on Doctors An Update By Alyene Senger http www heritage org research reports 2013 08 obamacares impact on doctors an update 3 Why 5 of Patients Create 50 of Health Care Costs Michael Bell Contributor http www forbes com sites michaelbell 2013 01 10 why 5 of patients create 50 of health care costs 4 McGuire s payday is a shame if not a crime By NEAL ST ANTHONY http www startribune com business 11093081 html and William W McGuire From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia http en wikipedia org wiki William W McGuire 5 http www reedconstructiondata com rsmeans models medical office About the Author Davis Graham is currently earning his M S in Health and Medical Informatics with Brandeis University Graduate Professional Studies Davis is the Executive Director CFO at the Manatee Diagnostic Center in Florida This essay won a contest for free entry into Eric Siegel s Predictive Analytics World Conference Click here to subscribe to our blog The Balance of Life and Learning July 10 2014 cchatell 0 Comments Tom Burt is a recent graduate of our Master of Science in Project and Program Management Program He is currently the Administrative Contracting Officer for GSA FAS Supplier Management Below is his story about his journey through e learning at Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies I always knew I would have to go back to school My father p resented a perfect example of that nearing the end of his career he had been unable to advance any further in his field because he lacked a four year degree For my generation I equate that to not having a graduate degree Not wanting to be held back from a promotion going back to school seemed a necessary evil however it was a terrifying thought Travelling to classes giving up nights and weekends simply finding the time to work on assignments there was no way I would be able to do all that Then a co worker told me about Brandeis GPS and all my fears went away Online Learning made it all possible for me I bought my first home about the same time I started my Program and Project Management degree due to the nature of the program I was able to balance the challenges of purchasing a home while keeping up with studies Also thanks to online learning I was able to take vacations during semesters On ski trips to the western US with friends each year I started every day with a couple hours of school work and gallons of coffee before hitting the slopes I also remember a trip to Italy for a family wedding that coincided with Professional Communication Had I been enrolled in a traditional classroom based program I may not have been able to make the trip instead I was posting discussion responses while riding the Rome to Florence train using the onboard wireless all while traveling at 250 kilometers per hour Grazie Brandeis Finally in the last couple semesters I was able to attend classes while training for an Ironman triathlon as much as twenty hours of training per week while also managing to not get fired from my job Graduate school does not have to be a life consuming event nor should it be There is much to be enjoye d in life such as home ownership vacations and the pursuit of personal goals These opportunities absolutely can occur even while maintaining a career and a family Not having to sacrifice other opportunities meant everything to me and also meant the courses flew by in no time Brandeis GPS was and is the key to this ever important balance of life and learning Having achieved this milestone I can now start looking forward in my career confident that I have the educational qualifications to support my endeavors Click here to subscribe to our blog So What Is the Risk of Mobile Malware July 8 2014 cchatell 6 Comments By Derek Brink Originally from https blogs rsa com risk mobile malware Obvious or oblivious Short term predictions eventually tend to make us look like one or the other as Art Coviello astutely noted in making his own predictions for the security industry in 2014 depending on how they actually turn out Long term predictions however which require an entirely different level of thinking are evaluated against a different scale For example check out the many uncannily accurate predictions Isaac Asimov made for the 2014 World s Fair from his reflections on the just concluded 1964 World s Fair Art s short term prediction about mobile malware 2014 is the tipping point year of mobile malware As businesses provide greater mobile access to critical business applications and sensitive data and consumers increasingly adopt mobile banking it is easy to see that mobile malware will rapidly grow in sophistication and ubiquity in 2014 We ve already seen a strong uptick in both over the past few months and expect that this is just the beginning of a huge wave We will see some high profile mobile breaches before companies and consumers realize the risk and take appropriate steps to mitigate it Interestingly the Economist recently featured an article suggesting such fears were overblown It is probably a good idea to be ready just the same The Economist article Art references which is based on an earlier blog asserts that surprisingly little malware has found its way into handsets smartphones have turned out to be much tougher to infect than laptops and desktop PCs Ironically the Economist also publishes vendor sponsored content such as How Mobile Risks Are Pushing Companies Towards Better Security I suppose that s one way to beat the obvious or oblivious game Place a bet on both sides RSA s Online Fraud Resource Center provides some terrific fact based insights on the matter including Behind the Scenes of a Fake Token Mobile App Operation But the legitimate question remains What is the risk of malware on mobile Let s focus here on enterprise risks and set aside the consumer risks that Art also raised as a topic for another blog Keep in mind the proper definition of risk one of the root causes of miscommunication among security professionals today as I have noted in a previous blog which is the likelihood that a vulnerability will be exploited and the corresponding business impact If we re not talking about probabilities and magnitudes we re not talking about risk Regarding the probability of malware infecting mobile devices The Economist s article builds on findings from an academic paper published by researchers from Georgia Tech along with a recent PhD student who is now the Chief Scientist at spin off security vendor Damballa Their core hypothesis is that the activities of such malware including propagation and update of malicious code command and control communications with infected devices and transmission of stolen data will be discernible in network traffic From three months of analysis they found that about 3 500 mobile devices out of a population of 380 million were infected roughly 0 001 or 1 in 100 000 Compare this to the computers cleaned per mille CCM metric regularly reported by Microsoft For every 1 000 computers scanned by the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool CCM is the number of computers that needed to be cleaned after they were scanned For 1H2012 the infection rates per 1 000 computers with no endpoint protection was between 11 6 and 13 6 per month All of this nets out to say that currently mobile endpoints are three orders of magnitude less likely to be infected by malware than traditional endpoints But doesn t this conflict with other published research about mobile malware For example I ve previously blogged about an analysis of 13 500 free applications for Android devices published in October 2012 by university researchers in Germany Of 100 apps selected for manual audit and analysis 41 were vulnerable to man in the middle MITM attacks due to various forms of SSL misuse Of these 41 apps the researchers captured credentials for American Express Diners Club PayPal bank accounts Facebook Twitter Google Yahoo Microsoft Live ID Box WordPress remote control servers arbitrary email accounts and IBM Sametime among others Among the apps with confirmed vulnerabilities against MITM attacks the cumulative installed base is up to 185 million users In another blog I ve noted that mobile applications have a more complex attack surface than traditional web applications in addition to server side code they also deal with client side code and multiple network channels The impact of these threats is often multiplied as in the common case of support for functions that were previously server only e g offline access This makes security for mobile apps even more difficult for developers to address mobile technology is not as well known development teams are not as well educated and testing teams are harder to keep current Meanwhile malware on mobile is indeed becoming more prevalent Currently over 350 000 instances from 300 malware families It is also becoming more sophisticated e g by obfuscating code to evade static and dynamic analysis establishing device administration privileges to install additional code and spreading code using Bluetooth according to the IBM X Force 2013 Mid Year Trend and Risk Report But threats vulnerabilities and exploits are not risks What would be obvious to predict is this The likelihood of exploits based on mobile malware will increase dramatically in 2014 point Art The other half of the risk equation is the business impact of mobile exploits From the enterprise perspective we would have to estimate the cost of exploits such as compromise of sensitive corporate data surveillance of key employees and impersonation of key corporate identities e g as part of attacks aimed at social networks or cloud platforms where the mobile exploits are the means to a much bigger and more lucrative end It seems quite reasonable to predict that we ll see some high profile high impact breaches along these lines in 2014 again point Art Obvious or

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    on the forefront of the next frontier in education and training Not only will they develop a crucial skill set coveted by many organization but be able to do so on their schedule in small interactive online courses join Brandeis Brian Salerno for free webinar Online Learning for Professional Development on Wednesday June 25th and learn more at Brandeis University s next Virtual Open House on Thursday June 26th How Big Data Has Changed 5 Boston Industries June 19 2014 cchatell 2 Comments By Caroline Lyle Emerging technologies have unlocked access to massive amounts of data data that is mounting faster than organizations can process it Buried under this avalanche of analytics are precious nuggets of information that organizations need to succeed Companies can use these key insights to optimize efficiency improve customer service discover new revenue sources and more Those who can bridge the gap between data and business strategy will lead in our new economy Big Data s potential impact on enterprises and industries as a whole is boundless This potential is already being realized here in the Hub Boston has been ahead of the curve when it comes to Big Data thanks to our unique innovation ecosystem or our Big Data DNA the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council says As a result Boston is home to an especially high concentration of Big Data startups but also powerhouse industries that have strategically leveraged analytics and transformed the space Check out how data and analytics has changed these five Boston industries 1 Marketing Advertising In our age of online marketing marketers have access to mountains of data Pageviews clicks conversion social shares the list is endless That doesn t even account for the demographic data marketers collect and interpret every day These analytics have enabled marketers to access a more comprehensive report of campaign performances and in depth view of buyer personas Armed with these insights marketers are able to refine their campaigns improve forecasts and advance their overall strategy Big Data also enables targeted marketing a crucial component of today s online strategy You know those eerily accurate advertisements on your Facebook page You can thank Big Data for that Analytics have unlocked enormous potential for marketers to better create execute and forecast campaigns As a result Boston has boomed with organizations entirely devoted to providing data driven marketing solutions HubSpot and Jumptap have emerged as leaders in this space raising about 2 5 billion combined Attivio Visible Measures DataXu are also leading marketing solutions providers 2 Healthcare It shouldn t surprise that healthcare represents a top industry in Boston s Big Data ecosystem The healthcare industry collects and analyzes enormous volumes of clinical data on a daily basis Partners Healthcare alone has some two billion data elements from over six thousand patients according to the Massachusetts 2014 Big Data Report Big Data s impact can be seen first and foremost with the electronic health record Big Data has launched the electronic health record into the twenty first century revolutionizing patient care and empowering the success of companies like athenahealth based in Watertown The meaningful use of electronic health records is key to ensuring that healthcare focuses on the needs of the patient is delivered in a coordinated manner and yields positive health outcomes at the lowest possible cost the report said The space has expanded even more since Massachusetts passed legislation requiring all providers to adopt electronic health records and connect to the health information exchange Mass HIway in 2012 The Shared Health Research Informatics Network SHRINE is another local innovation linking five hospitals Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Children s Hospital Boston Brigham and Women s Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Center in a centralized database to improve efficiency and quality of care After genomic data and patient data from electronic medical records medical devices like pacemakers or a Fitbit for example are the fastest growing sources of healthcare data All of these rich sources of information can and are being leveraged by Boston healthcare providers to improve care and lower costs 3 Government The State of Massachusetts and the City of Boston lead the nation with a sophisticated public sector approach to data and analytics Governor Patrick made Big Data part of policy launching Massachusetts Big Data Initiative and supporting Mass Open Cloud Initiative a public cloud that utilizes an innovative open and customizable model In 2009 the Commonwealth launched the the Open Data Initiative inviting the public to access the government s data library from nearly every department But analytics impact on the public sector is only beginning Big Data can significantly improve the quality and efficiency of city services and do so at a lower cost But most importantly data will unlock the future of urban living Imagine if we knew the location of every bus train car and bike in real time Imagine if we knew the profiles of every city building This is the vision of Boston s future as a connected city outlined in Mass Technology Leadership Council s 2014 report Big Data Connected Cities Boston is making great strides in using technology to improve how city services are delivered but we can and will do more said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh about MassTLC s report We are making vast amounts of the city s big data available online to the public to not only increase transparency but to also spur innovation Walsh has shown support for a data driven connected city and plans to hire a City of Boston Chief Digital Officer to help make this vision a reality 4 Energy Big Data is a big reason Boston has evolved as a leader in the energy industry Tapping into Big Data yields much more comprehensive accurate reports of energy usage and also illuminates how these building can operate more efficiently As a result the industry has boomed with companies helping buildings go green to save green including local leaders EnerNoc Retroficiency and NextStepLiving Buildings in Boston and beyond are being constructed or retrofitted with building automation systems cloud based centralized control centers which collect massive amounts of data report on energy consumption in real time and can continually adjust building performance for optimum efficiency This smart living is the wave of the future and entirely driven by Big Data 5 Financial Services Financial services is the fifth largest vertical for Big Data in Massachusetts Big Data has made it possible to analyze financial data sets that previously weren t accessible Financial analysts now can examine and interpret unprecedented amounts of information and do so in new and innovative ways For example stock traders can collect and mine mass amounts of social media information to gauge public sentiment about products or companies Information Week said Top companies Fidelity Investments Pricewaterhouse Coopers Baystate Financial LLC and others in Boston s financial services sector heavily depend on big data to compile reports forecast market future and guide their decisions My Journey in Online Learning June 13 2014 cchatell 2 Comments The M S in Project and Program Management program at Brandeis GPS through the eyes of a recent graduate Thomas Gratiano Three years ago as the manager of the Program Management Group within the Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain MGSC Division my manager challenged me to build my business acumen To meet this challenge I started researching certifications certificates and degree programs Eventually I came across the Brandeis program the curriculum was exactly what I was looking for to build on my existing Program Management skills During the pursuit of my degree at Brandeis I took four classes on campus and six online Although I was hesitant at first about taking online classes the online option provided an increased level of flexibility This proved to be a key feature of the program as I ended up Program Managing two projects with our team in Belgium while attending classes online I was able to travel as often as required with no impact to my ability to participate in class Upon completion of my degree I was promoted to senior manager in charge of Framingham manufacturing operations and the MGSC Program Management group The Brandeis degree built my business acumen and provided me the opportunity to continue to grow with my company Brandeis launches MS in eLearning design technology June 9 2014 cchatell 0 Comments Repost from Brandeis NOW http www brandeis edu now 2014 june onlinedesignandtech html Brandeis University s division of Graduate Professional Studies has established a new master s of science degree in online instructional design and technology Brandeis developed the program which will be offered online in response to the growing need for professionals highly skilled in the development of digital learning resources to support the rapid proliferation of online education courses and e Learning powered training programs The Advisory Board reports that the demand for graduates with instructional design skills has increased in recent years with a 63 percent increase in total job postings from 2010 to 2013 and a 50 percent increase in job postings for instructional designers and technologists They also found that employers increasingly demand instructional designers with content development and collaboration skills As public and private interest and money flow into this space the need for highly trained professionals versed in the art and science of instructional design has almost certainly never been higher said Jason Gorman a member of the professional advisory board for Brandeis master of science in online instructional design and technology program and vice president of learning experience design services at Six Red Marbles the largest US based development house for learning materials The Brandeis program will prepare students to harness educational technologies in the development of online courseware use iterative and formative course development processes and apply evidence based learning methodologies to the design of dynamic online learning courses The program includes courses focusing on how to effectively apply various instructional design methodologies and principles of learning science to online course development as well as courses focusing on the creative utilization of instructional technologies such as learning management systems and rich interactive courseware authoring tools The program is designed to help instructional designers educational technologists and training and development specialists to successfully manage instructional design projects work effectively with subject matter experts apply evidence based course design principles and develop dynamic learning content to support fully online course and program design and delivery Six core courses and four electives are required a total of 30 graduate credits Students may enroll in up to two courses before officially applying for admission Instructional design has become a crucial skill set for both educational institutions and training and development organizations across a variety of industries and sectors said Brian Salerno who chairs the new program The Internet and mobile platforms have emerged as a desirable delivery medium for learning and training materials as well as educational courses Instructional designers help organizations not just transition their learning content online but help them to design effective online courses that harness all the advantages that instructional technology has to offer Program graduates will be able to Apply evidence based learning science and online pedagogical principles to the design development facilitation and assessment of online courses and programs Develop online instructional products and environments utilizing ADDIE and other models of instructional systems design Design dynamic adaptive and interactive online multimedia based instructional content and courseware Evaluate and integrate instructional technologies platforms and collaborative tools for use in diverse instructional settings and applications Demonstrate creativity and innovation in the application of instructional design principles and technologies to respond to instructional challenges and emerging trends Lead and manage online instructional design and technology teams and projects utilizing effective written and oral communication strategies This is the eighth part time online master degree program offered by Brandeis division of Graduate Professional Studies The programs are geared for professionals looking to advance in their fields and keep up to date on the latest practices Students are taught techniques that they can apply immediately in their places of work The course instructors bring their applied experiences into the online classrooms and the programs professional advisory boards help ensure that the courses and programs remain current and relevant More information about the master s program in online instructional design and technology as well as registration for the virtual open house on Thursday June 26 7 pm EDT is available online or by calling call 781 736 8787 Are You Running from Problems or Solving Them June 5 2014 cchatell 0 Comments By Johanna Rothman Originally from http www jrothman com blog mpd 2014 05 are you running from problems or solving them html Back when I was a manager inside organizations I had many days that looked like this Meetings at 9am 10am 11am Working meeting through lunch noon 1pm Meetings at 1pm 2pm 3pm I finally got a chance to check my email at 4pm That s when I discovered the world had blown up earlier in the day This is before cell phones Yes there was a time before cell phones I then ran around like a chicken with my head cut off until I left work at 5 30pm because yes I had a family and yes I had to leave at 5 30pm I either made dinner or picked up children depending on my agreement with Mark We did the family stuff until 8pm and when the kids went to sleep I went back to work No wonder I was exhausted My decision making sometimes suffered too No surprise there Luckily I had some days that did not look like this I could solve the problems I encountered And some of these meetings were problem solving meetings However I had jobs where my senior managers did not manage their project portfolios and we had many crises du jour My VP would try to catch me on the way to my next meeting and attempt to get me to commit to when a patch would be available or when we would start or finish a project I swear one of my VP s used to know when I went to the ladies room He did yell at me through the door just as in this management myth I finally put my foot down and said I was no longer going to meetings that weren t problem solving meetings Have you read the chapter about meetings in Manage It Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management I wrote it for project managers and for managers who run around like the proverbial chickens I wrote Manage Your Project Portfolio for managers like me who had well meaning senior managers who had trouble making decisions about which projects to do This management myth is something I see often in organizations This one is the one where people are running around so often they don t actually solve problems Many problems are a combination of several problems You might have to separate the problems and attack them in sequence But you might have to see the whole first because there might be delays The overarching problem is this if you don t give yourself enough time as a problem solving team you can t tell what the problem is If you can t tell what the problem is you can t solve it Problem solving tends to go through the process of Problem definition What do we think the problem is Problem discussion Let s get all the divergent ideas on the table Brainstorm whatever we need to do Select a solution Converge on a solution trying out the ideas understanding the results of each potential solution Determine an action plan with dates and people s names associated with each step Your problem solving might vary from this a bit but that s the general idea If you never give yourself enough time to solve problems because you re always running around how can you solve problems It s a problem Like the recursion there That s this month s management myth I Can Concentrate on the Run Maybe your myth is that you can concentrate in a 10 minute standup Maybe your myth is that you can concentrate on your drive into work You might be able to for some problems Complex management problems require more than one person to solve them They require more than a few minutes thought How do you solve complex problems in your organization Do the problems run around the organization for a while Or do you solve them Is an Average of Averages Accurate Hint NO June 3 2014 cchatell 11 Comments by Katherine S Rowell author of The Best Boring Book Ever of Select Healthcare Classification Systems and Databases available now Originally posted http ksrowell com blog visualizing data 2014 05 09 is an average of averages accurate hint no Today a client asked me to add an average of averages figure to some of his performance reports I freely admit that a nervous and audible groan escaped my lips as I felt myself at risk of tumbling helplessly into the fifth dimension of Simpson s Paradox that is the somewhat confusing statement that averaging the averages of different populations produces the average of the combined population I encourage you to hang in and keep reading because ignoring this concept is an all too common and serious hazard of reporting data and you absolutely need to understand and steer clear of it Imagine that we re analyzing data for several different physicians in a group We establish a relation or correlation for each doctor to some outcome of interest patient mortality morbidity client satisfaction Simpson s Paradox states that when we combine all of the doctors and their results and look at the data in aggregate form we may discover that the relation established by our previous research has reversed itself Sometimes this results from some lurking variable s that we haven t considered

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