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20 Nov 2015

Transplant Data At Your Fingertips, Finally!

Keyboard_Download_Graphic.jpgBlood and marrow transplant centers have a unique set of requirements to manage Hematopoietic transplant data and then transfer that data to CIBMTR, the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

If you are in the blood & bone marrow transplant field, how much are you spending every year collecting, organizing, and submitting data to CIBMTR?  Do you feel like you are getting your money’s worth?

Transplant center teams know that submitting outcomes data through CIBMTR’s FormsNet is important and serves a good purpose, but it can be a bit of a one-way street.  While CIBMTR does offer ways to get data back from them, these options have limitations or can be challenging to implement. 

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04 Nov 2015

The Sharing Economy Behind the Sharing Economy: Cloud Platforms

By now you’ve probably heard that we’re knee deep in a new socio-economic business model that’s been dubbed the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. The premise of the sharing economy is that idle, privately owned resources can be shared or rented via peer-to-peer marketplaces—and this business model has captured the imaginations of enterprising startups and resource owners alike. There’s no shortage of eager consumers either as more and more people realize the ease at which they can get exactly what they need, when they need it, at a lower cost, and without the overhead that comes with one-to-one singular ownership. In fact, if you’ve ever used a car-, house-, bike-, tool-, dinner- or [insert resource here]-sharing service, it’s official: you’re a bona fide participant in the sharing economy.

But the sharing economy wouldn’t be the incredibly disruptive market force it is today without the underlying technology that makes it possible for thousands—millions—of people to interact with their peers using common frameworks. These frameworks are cloud platforms, which in and of themselves are each microcosms of the sharing economy.

Cloud platforms, also described as Platform as a Service (PaaS), allow developers to write applications that run in the cloud, or use services provided from the cloud, or both. This area of cloud computing has seen incredible growth—for reasons that parallel the principles behind the sharing economy: convenient, on-demand access to application development and hosting environments without the cost and complexity of acquiring and managing the underlying hardware and software infrastructure.

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19 Oct 2015

It’s Out There for the Taking; Time to Saddle Up and Grab Your Data by the Horns

We’ve all heard by now that the amount of digital data generated is growing at an insanely fast pace. Some mind-blowing statistics given over the past five years include: 
  •  “There were 5 Exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days.” –Google CEO, Eric Schmidt
  •  “The amount of digital information increases tenfold every five years.” –The Economist
  •  “If a single star is a bit of information, there's a galaxy of information for every person in the world.” –Science Express journal

 So where is all this exponential growth coming from? I think it’s safe to say that it’s not being driven by bigger ERP or CRM databases. Rather, it’s the result of the online revolution. Social media platforms, the Internet of Things, highly specialized cloud apps, and other new ways of connecting online are allowing individuals and devices to generate data at a level never seen before.

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05 Oct 2015

In Honor of NHIT Week, 5 Trends Advancing the Cause of Health IT

NHITWeek_Banner_125x125That’s the theme of this year’s 10th anniversary National Health IT (NHIT) Week. To borrow from the event's website, NHIT Week is about advancing the goals of health IT to ensure “the right information is available to the right person, at the right time, on the right device, in the right format to empower the right health decisions.”

We live in a world where technology is making every aspect of our lives more convenient—our groceries get dropped at our doorsteps, checks are deposited via smart phones, and our houses can secure and regulate themselves. But what about our well-being? Well, technology is making that easier too.

For example, runners can generate all kinds of health metrics during workouts through wearable devices. Similarly, diabetics can track glucose levels using smart phone compatible glucose meters. Now imagine a world in the not-too-distant future where all of this collected health data is analyzed in real time to warn a first-time marathoner about an impending heart attack, or a diabetic of the onset of insulin shock.

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30 Sep 2015

Unified Platforms Are Good; Just Ask Salesforce

A United Data PlatformDreamforce ’15, Salesforce’s annual conference, just blew through San Francisco. In its 13th year now and touted as “the largest software conference on earth,” Dreamforce is something of a phenomenon. More than 160,000 customers, developers, partners, and cloud enthusiasts from around the world flocked to San Francisco earlier this month, straining the city’s infrastructure—and probably the patience of its residents too.

Dreamforce was a perfect opportunity for me to network with some of Liaison’s customers and partners face to face—and of course learn more about the capabilities of Salesforce, the CRM that Liaison uses.

One theme that was prevalent across numerous sessions I attended and in the overall event messaging was the vision of a unified platform. As a result of its 2013 inclusion of Pardot, Salesforce is now able to offer a platform that tightly integrates marketing automation functions with its core CRM functions.

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18 Sep 2015

M is for managed - 5 really good reasons managed services are key to your integration strategy

Earlier this year, Liaison introduced its brand new cloud integration platform ALLOY™ and, along with it, a brand new as a Service category called dPaaS (Data Platform as a Service). The dPaaS category, defined as a multi-tenant cloud platform that provides unified and tailored integration and data management solutions, was born out of necessity as no integration solution category existed that adequately conveyed the unique properties of the Liaison ALLOY Platform.

If it wouldn’t have been too much of a departure from the as a Service naming convention we’ve all grown accustomed to, we could have categorized our unique new offering as dPaaMS to call attention to one of the most important tenets of dPaaS: integration delivered as managed services.

So what is integration as managed services exactly?

It’s an integration approach in which the integration solution provider assumes all the integration related functions between systems, businesses, and applications on behalf of an enterprise. Functions that, in and of themselves, provide no strategic business value, yet require considerable IT overhead to develop and maintain. The integration provider’s platform then becomes the central hub that connects on-premises applications, cloud solutions, external trading partners, or all of the above.

And why is a managed services approach key to your integration strategy? Next are five really good reasons. (We’ve also wrapped these five reasons into a fun PDF that can be downloaded here).

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28 Aug 2015

CAUTION: Pitfalls, Shortcomings Lie Ahead for Legacy Integration Solutions

By Manish Gupta, CMO, Liaison Technologies

iStock_000070514489_SmallWhen Liaison launched the Liaison ALLOY™ Platform earlier this year, I wrote in my blog that ALLOY was the first platform to “address integration and data management problems never before seen in the marketplace” and that it would fill “the gaps left by other solutions.”

Since then, we’ve talked a lot about why legacy integration solutions such as ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) and iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) are not up to the challenges of today’s fast moving and complex data landscape. Understanding the shortcomings of these integration solutions is an important first step in determining what your enterprise’s integration approach needs to look like in the future.

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24 Aug 2015

Using a Data Platform as a Service Approach to Comply with IDMP and Other Regulatory Mandates

By Naveen Sarabu, Director, Product Management and Strategy, Liaison Healthcare Informatics

iStock_000044064250_SmallThe European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ambitious initiative to uniquely identify drug products and their attributes worldwide requires that pharmaceuticals embark upon equally ambitious initiatives in order to achieve compliance. And with the ISO IDMP (Identification of Medicinal Products) standard taking effect in 2016, there is very little time for those governed by the mandate to design and implement the enterprise-wide data management processes needed to aggregate, cleanse, validate and ultimately syndicate product data.

There are five standards developed containing the data elements and structures for unique identification and exchange of regulated medicinal products for human use. These are: ISO 11615, ISO 11616, ISO 11238, ISO 11239, and ISO 11240. The EMA is the first one to adopt these standards and the USA is expected to require it next. The penalties for non-compliance have not been announced yet but various field experts expect them to be severe and based off of a certain percentage of revenues for the medicinal products sold in the EU.

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20 Aug 2015

Need a Reason to Switch to a Managed Services Integration Provider? We've Got Five of them!

By Shannan Vance, Marketing Director, Liaison Technologies

B2B Integration IllustrationMany companies with aging IT infrastructures or thinly stretched IT resources - or a simple desire for more efficient integration operations - are turning to managed services as a practical alternative for their EDI, business-to-business (B2B), data management and enterprise application integration (EAI) needs.

I wanted to share a mini-brief we developed that identifies the top five reasons why a managed services approach makes sense for your EDI and B2B integration operations:
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13 Aug 2015

Liaison Series.... What do the Presidential Elections have to do With Your Integration Strategy?

By Madhukar Kumar, VP Product Management, Liaison Technologies

Big DataEvery four years on presidential election night, Americans tune into their televisions—or laptops or smart phones or tablets—to hear the media outlets “call” the states one by one as the polls close. It’s an exciting night and the networks pull out all the stops to keep you on the edge of your seat for hours with dramatic “magic walls,” “decision desks,” and hologram correspondents. Who knows what’s in the works for election night 2016, but I’m sure it will be nail bitingly inventive.

However, fast-forward a couple of election cycles past 2016 and I think we’re likely to see more subdued coverage. Why? Because big data statistical models—such as the one statistician Nate Silver used in the 2012 presidential election to accurately (and astonishingly) predict the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia—will be stealing the thunder. As these big data models become more powerful and more accurate and their predictions are consistently borne out, news organizations will need to find a new tone and context in which to report on increasingly foregone conclusions.

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