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How CareLoop is Improving Healthcare Communication

Careloop Social Media for Doctors & Patients

UCHealth Denver tested the real-time social feed, CareLoop, and its effectiveness with regard to its spread of messages and information. CareLoop is essentially Facebook for patients; it is a medium that facilitates messages from medical professionals, questions from patients, test results, explanations, even providing users with information on possible symptoms and what they should be expecting in terms of certain procedures and medicines. Like most social media sites, CareLoop is a live feed, allowing patients to acquire their information and stay current up to the minute. Physicians and nurses have more opportunities to communicate with their patients without the necessity of a face-to-face visit.

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Cyber Security Events in Canada for 2017

Cyber Security Conferences & Summits in Canada

In an effort to assist our Canadian business, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming cyber security conferences and summits in Canada for 2017. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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What Deloitte’s Poll Tells Us About Blockchain Technology Adoption

Blockchain Technology

Consulting agency, Deloitte, is reporting that the healthcare industry will begin to heavily implement Blockchain technology in 2017. Despite the uneven understanding of Blockchain, its possibilities as a distributed database are garnering popularity and adoption from multiple fields. The technology offers advanced security and data storage, as well as interoperability, which makes it an asset in the healthcare field. Health and life sciences are primed to be the two leading industries in Blockchain deployment going forward this year, with financing, manufacturing, media, and telecom services expected to follow suit.

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Upcoming 2017 CIO Conferences and Summits in Canada

CIO Conferences & Summits in Canada

In an effort to assist our Canadian business, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming 2017 conferences and summits. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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4 Benefits of Healthcare Providers Using Big Data

Big Data & Healthcare

The advent of digital technology has provided many benefits to healthcare providers. One particular advancement is the use of big data, or extremely large data sets that can be analyzed to reveal patterns and trends. Utilizing big data can provide healthcare facilities more efficient operations and insight into patients and their health.

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Transitioning to the Cloud

Transitioning & Using Cloud Software

The research company Gartner has made a prediction that $1 trillion typically used for IT spending will now be targeted towards cloud computing rather than conventional IT equipment. Companies are more commonly spending their budgets on software rather than physical equipment that performs the same duties. This industry shift in spending on the cloud indicates the increasing realization of its importance.

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HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Why You Need It

HIPAA-Compliant Secure Text Messaging

Running a hospital presents a variety of unique challenges. It is like many other businesses as it requires effective leadership and communication to run smoothly, but the extra factor is the importance of timeliness. All businesses require quick employee response, but this could not be truer for a healthcare facility. Patients and their health can be unpredictable. There should be a method of reaching healthcare professionals in a timely manner while still protecting the sensitive information being transmitted.

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12 Principles of Agile Software Development

12 Principles of Agile Software Development

Building software is a complex process that requires a great deal of communication and cooperation. Without an effective plan and system of implementation, the degree of difficulty only increases. The Agile Method for Software Development consists of 12 simple principles that can empower a development team to produce quality products quickly.

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The Origins of Agile Software Development Methodology

Origins of Agile Software Development

In 1970, Doctor Winston W. Royce published a paper entitled "Managing the Development of Large Software Systems" that challenged sequential development of software. He felt that the method of developing large software systems, which resembled an assembly line, was inadequate due to a lack of communication between groups.

Royce had spent nine years developing software for spacecraft mission planning, commanding and post-flight analysis. He found through experience that agreeing upon a final product and then creating it was ineffective in developing quality software. By the time the product was built, it was no longer a viable option.

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Artificial Intelligence Sees Increased Investment

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Business & Thinking

As technology has developed, humans have been able to create machines that have the computing power to do incredible things. We can get from place to place using navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze and track calorie consumption, sleeping habits and exercise efficiency with tools like the Fitbit. We can even start our cars remotely from our cell phones. All of these advancements in smartphone and Internet of Things technology have led tech advocates to the same question: What's the next big thing?

The answer could be artificial intelligence, or AI.

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