By Kyu Rhee, MD
While emerging economies across the world are exploding, the sad fact is that chronic disease is taking its toll.
As the middle class grows across Africa, Asia and South America, people are living longer and also suffering from obesity and the effects of a more sedentary lifestyle. That translates into growing death rates from chronic disease.
In most African countries, cardiovascular disease is now the second leading cause of death after infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. It has been estimated that between 1990-2020, the burden of heart disease will double. Diabetes across the Middle East and North Africa has jumped 87 percent between 1990-2012, and stroke by 35 percent.
Approximately 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur in developing nations, according to the World Health Organization. That number is rising: for example, cancer is expected to increase in Sub-Saharan Africa by 85 percent by 2030. But that figure is only an estimate, since less than 1 percent of the region’s population is covered by cancer registries. Continue Reading »
By Michael Karasick
As a computer scientist and director of one of IBM’s global research laboratories, I find it fascinating to trace the repeated patterns in the history of computing. Typically, the Next Big Thing spends years in incubation, either as military initiatives (the first electronic computers), consumer phenomena (the PC) or science projects (the World Wide Web). But, ultimately, these advances are adopted by business enterprises, where they’re deployed at massive scale to make organizations more efficient and effective—and, ultimately, to drive growth and dynamism in the global economy. Continue Reading »
By Nataraj Nagaratnam
With IDC predicting that by 2017, the U.S. Federal Government will quadruple from $2 billion next year to nearly $9 billion in what it spends on cloud computing (mostly on private cloud), the topic of cloud security is going to quickly become the center of attention in Washington D.C.
Though the government has established some early security certifications like the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) and the Federal Risk and Authorization management Program (FedRAMP) to give agencies guidance on security, there will be a heightened need to go even further as agencies move mission critical workloads to the cloud. Continue Reading »
By Linda Becker
Across the U.S. and around the world, businesses, governments and healthcare leaders realize the need to transform healthcare. New legislation and mandates cannot change the culture of a community or the trajectory of care or cost.
Recently I was invited to participate in a panel discussion as part of IBM’s Economic Development and Vitality Symposium in Washington, D.C., to share the dramatic story of how Rochester, N.Y., was able to transform itself in tough economic times through Smarter Care. It is an inspiring story of how to bring disparate groups together in a community to make a real difference for its citizens, and one that I am privileged to have been able to witness firsthand in my roles as Chairman of the Board of Rochester General Hospital and founder of a healthcare event and continuing education company called NorthStar Network. Continue Reading »
By Phil Guido
The term “starving artist” might become obsolete if the current trends in technology keep advancing. Just look at the device you’re likely using to view this blog and you’ll notice a carefully-crafted piece of high design. Sure, it’s great technology inside but how you make that technology accessible and easy to use has increasingly fallen to the visual artists/designers.
The trend of technology and design coming together isn’t necessarily novel, but what is new is design moving beyond consumer devices into the systems and infrastructure behind SmarterCities, businesses, and industries. As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to the ease of use and intuitive nature of the applications we use. Now, those same requirements are making their way into the workplace and other aspects of our daily life. Also, good design can help inspire breakthroughs in engineering and science. Continue Reading »
By Steve Hamm
Picture yourself entering a popular e-commerce Web site or opening a mobile shopping app and being greeted immediately by a virtual shopping assistant that’s every bit as helpful as the best clerk you ever met in a brick-and-mortar store. Actually, better. This assistant knows everything there is to know about the store’s merchandise and the situations in which it’s used. But it’s also the ultimate personal shopper. It knows who you are and what you like, and it learns more from interacting with you and presents you choices in a visually engaging way.
That’s just the kind of experience that Fluid Inc., a San Francisco-based digital commerce company, plans on offering through its many e-commerce clients, starting with TheNorthFace.com.The technology underlying the service is IBM Watson, which created a splash two years ago when it defeated two grand-champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Embedded within e-commerce Web sites, Watson has the potential to transform the online shopping experience.“Watson is a turning point in technology,” says Brooke Aguilar, vice-president for Fluid’s Watson application strategy. “It shows how consumers will engage with computers in the future.” Continue Reading »
By Mohamad Makhzoumi
I’ve spent much of my life surrounded by doctors. Literally. Both of my parents are physicians. One of my sisters is a doctor; the other is studying to become one. So it’s no wonder that I was bitten by the medical bug. I, however, gravitated toward the business and company-building side of healthcare, where I have spent my entire career.
Today, I co-head the healthcare IT and healthcare services investment practice at global venture capital firm NEA (New Enterprise Associates), which has been investing in healthcare companies for 35 years. We back companies with the goal of transforming the healthcare system by improving access, increasing quality, and reducing costs. We currently have more than 10 active companies in the healthcare IT and services space with more than $250 million of committed capital. I work directly with these innovative companies. Continue Reading »
By Chris Preimesberger
The sheer numbers of digital devices, users and connections – combined with commensurate lack of understanding of digital security – has never presented a better opportunity or more fertile ground for the bad guys in computer hacking.
By 2017, there will be about 3.6 billion Internet users, almost half of what will be the projected worldwide population of 7.6 billion people that year. By comparison, there were 2.3 billion users in 2012, or about 32 percent of the world’s population, according to a recent industry report.
Also expected within the next few years is the management of more than 19 billion network connections – for both fixed and mobile devices – as well as M2M connections, up from about 12 billion in 2012. That’s an enormous amount of network activity which is certain to strain both IT and security providers. Continue Reading »
By Deepak Advani
Imagine receiving one million emails per day, with no way to tell which ones actually need to be read and which ones can be ignored.
That’s essentially what’s happening with IT operational data in organizations around the world. Each day the IT network of a typical organization generates more than 1.3 terabytes of operations, including data such as log files, software error alerts, IT service tickets and network updates.
Taking a passive and reactive approach to these events is no longer acceptable. With an increasing amount of data directly related to how quickly we can adopt and scale mobile and cloud computing, greater knowledge of what this operational data means – and what it can predict -is required to not only keep the lights on, but to optimize performance. Continue Reading »
By Dr. James Spohrer
It’s no longer a question of if or when. The age of Big Data is here.
Look no further than the fact that a full 90 percent of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years and some 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day.
And while the pace of data isn’t about to slow down — in the healthcare industry alone the average data per hospital will increase from 167 TB today to 665 TB in 2015 — the good news is that the data deluge is rife with opportunity. Just ask the public agency seeking to alleviate gridlock traffic by studying a stream of data from electronic sensors; or, the medical facility searching for new ways to cure diseases by combing through clinical trial results. Big Data is the new “natural resource” and both public and private entities can play essential roles in transforming that opportunity into reality. Continue Reading »