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02.25.21

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Workbench Tricks and Tips: Hidden Features
  2.  How to Use Maps in DivePort

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02.25.21

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

Improvements have been made to the Workbench UI for assigning properties, and those properties now appear in the Server Settings User overview.

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02.17.21

We’re hiring!

We’re looking for a Healthcare Business Intelligence Consultant

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02.11.21

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Multi-dimensional Visualizations—00:16 
  2. Licensing Renewals—07:09
  3. Program Advisor Demonstration—12:56

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02.11.21

Thank you KLAS 2021!

02.11.21

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

02.10.21

February TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • How to Use Analytics to Improve Hospital Throughput
  • Learning About Scatter Plots
  • How Big Data is Changing Utilities
  • Eight Ways the Wine and Spirits Industry Will Change in 2021
  • Dimensional Insight Named 2021 Best in KLAS in Healthcare Business Intelligence/Analytics

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02.05.21

New webinar “What’s Next in Healthcare Innovation?”

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02.04.21

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

There is a new context menu for comparing text files in the Explorer pane in Workbench.  More information here.

02.03.21

New ED Advisor brochure

More than 600 off-the-shelf KPIs

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02.03.21

New Press Coverage

Familiar Names Sweep Best in KLAS for Data Analytics, CDS
The 2021 Best in KLAS report recognizes Dimensional Insight, Strata Decision Technology, and others for their data analytics and clinical decision support solutions.

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02.02.21

New Press release

Dimensional Insight Named 2021 Best in KLAS in Healthcare Business Intelligence/Analytics

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02.01.21

Read this new white paper!

5 Trends in the Beverage Alcohol Industry for 2021

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01.28.21

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Plotting Comparison Curves Using a Filtered Calc Dive
  2. Workbench Tricks and Tips 3
  3. Style Columns in DivePort

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01.28.21

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

When manipulating time fields with Spectre, you can use the new duration tag to format the data as h:mm:ss.  More information here.

01.28.21

Emergency Department Advisor webinar

Learn about challenges in the emergency department and how leaders can solve them with Dimensional Insight’s Emergency Department Advisor.

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01.27.21

Gateway FAQ is now LIVE

Not sure if Diver Gateway is right for you? Read this list of frequently asked questions (and answers) to get the full picture now.

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01.21.21

New Press Coverage

We are excited to announce that Dimensional Insight’s own Kathy Sucich has recently been selected to be a part of the Forbes Communications Council. Forbes Communications Council is an invitation-only organization for senior-level PR and Communications executives, and its members are respected leaders who are selected for the council based on the depth and diversity of their experience as leaders in the communication industry.

Beyond Referrals: 13 Effective Ways To Turn Customers Into Advocates

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01.20.21

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

You can now create customizable stamp pages in DiveTab.  More information here.

01.19.21

New Beverage Web Pages

We have updated the beverage section of our website with new pages for suppliers and distributors. Also learn about our new Diver Gateway technology!

New beverage home page

Diver Gateway web page

01.19.21

January TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • Combating Ransomware: Preparation and Teamwork
  • How to Show Meaningful Data with Maps
  • Tips for Creating Customized Measure Factory Stamps
  • 5 Trends That Will Impact Beverage Alcohol in 2021
  • Q&A with Forrester’s Jeff Becker on Healthcare in 2021
  • Ethical Considerations in Machine Learning

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01.19.21

New Press Coverage

Dimensional Insight’s Nancy Berkowitz Talks Inventory Management in a Pandemic
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01.18.21

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Distributor Advisor Demo
  2. Spectre “Squash” Function 
  3. Candlestick, HLOC, & Box-Plot Charts

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01.14.21

New Podcast Episode is UP!

Topic: AI for Patient Engagement

Our Episode 14 guest is Sheetal Shah, chief operating officer at SymphonyRM, a healthcare AI startup that is helping health systems improve patient engagement. Sheetal talks about the value of data, how health systems can better leverage it in 2021, and the great results his organization helped Virtua Health achieve with technology.

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01.13.21  

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

  • Have you reviewed the Workbench preferences lately? A new option provides the ability to set two different paths for ProDiver – one for the standard ProDiver client and another for the Unicode version. More information here
  • Enhancements have been made to DivePort Menu portlets that makes the procedure to create them more efficient and customizable. More information here

01.04.20

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

The following topics are new or have been recently updated:

  • A server mode has been added to DIAL to handle projects better. More information here.
  • DivePort pages can synchronize the dimensions that display on chart portlets with those that display on measures portlets. More information here.

01.04.21

New Dimensional Insight Blog Page!

We’ve redesigned our blog home page to make it easier to navigate stories and access the content you want. Check it out and read all our latest articles!

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12.22.20

Read this new white paper!

Population Health and Data Reporting Strategies in the Era of COVID-19

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12.22.20

New press release

Dimensional Insight Announces Avita Health System as New Customer

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12.21.20

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

The following topics are new or have been recently updated:

12.21.20

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Can WorkBench help us to optimize the development workflow?
  2. Workbench Tricks and Tips 2
  3. ED Advisor Demonstration

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12.16.20

Recent updates to the Diver Platform Helps

The following topics are new or have been recently updated:

12.15.20

New Podcast Episode is UP!

Topic: Ethics in Machine Learning

Our Episode 13 guest is Kevin Ross, CEO of Precision Driven Health, a New Zealand-based partnership between health IT companies, health providers, and universities, which uses data science research to optimize the health of each individual by combining and learning from all available data. In this episode, Kevin discusses some of the ethical considerations around machine learning in healthcare.

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12.14.20

New Workbench Overview Video!

What Is Workbench?

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12.14.20

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. How to remove blank rows from a report using the find function
  2. Chart Options for Visualizing Proportionality
  3. Running Dial in “server mode”

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12.10.20

Read this new white paper!

Forrester Q&A. Lessons Learned by Healthcare Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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12.09.20
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December TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • Using Data to Decode The Intersection of COVID-19, Census Data, and Social Determinants of Health
  • Column, Line, and Area Charts, and When to Use Them
  • What Is SiteStats?
  • Five Sustainability Trends in Wine for 2021
  • Why Diversity Matters in Decision-Making

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12.07.20

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Report Templates 
  2. Workbench Tricks and Tips 1
  3. Supplier Advisor

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12.03.20
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New ED Advisor Web Page

Learn about the benefits hospitals have realized from our ED Advisor application, such as a 40% decrease in throughput times, 67% reduction in cardiac mortality rate, 75% reduction in unnecessary visits, and $2 million increase in revenue.

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11.30.20

New Emergency Department Advisor Demo

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11.23.20

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Workbench: Row-based access rules for cBase security 
  2. Chart Portlet Series: Maps – data prep, integration with OSM, shading & popups
  3. ProDiver: Ad hoc grouping using Named Groups

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11.19.20

New Podcast Episode is UP!

Topic: Femtech

Our Episode 12 guest is Dr. Lynae Brayboy, chief medical officer of Clue, a Berlin, Germany-based femtech company. In this episode, Lynae discusses the femtech industry and what she sees as the priorities for women’s healthcare in the next few years.

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11.17.20

New England HIMSS Webinar

Population Health and Data Reporting Strategies in the Era of COVID-19

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11.16.20

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Energy Advisor Demonstration
  2. Creating Custom Measure Factory Stamps

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11.10.20

Read this new white paper!

5 Challenges Facing Emergency Departments
and How Analytics Can Help

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11.09.20

New Special Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Ask the Developers

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11.06.20

November TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • Managing Time-Sensitive Inventory
    During the Holiday Season
  • How You Can Incorporate Real-Time Data into Your Dashboards
  • How to Reach New Customers in 2021
  • Analytics Provides the Road Map to the Supply Chain’s Uncertain Future
  • Using Data to Inform the First-in-the-Nation Response to COVID-19

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11.05.20

New Measure Factory Videos

New videos about the Measure Factory stamps feature have been added to the online Video Library

  • Introduction to Stamps
  • Enabling Self Service Functionality (Administrator)
  • Creating a Self Service Dashboard (Users)
  • Introduction to the Stamp Template Code Block
  • Attributes Used for All Stamp Components
  • Component-Specific Attributes

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11.02.20

New Webinar

Population Health and Data Reporting Strategies in the Era of COVID-19

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10.29.20

New Episodes of the Knowledge Forum

  1. What is SiteStats?
  2. How do I add metrics to a DiveTab page?
  3. Data visualizations using Chart Portlets: Column, Line or Area?

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10.26.20
Shelli Pavone

New Podcast Episode is UP!

Topic: Healthcare Innovation

Our guest is Shelli Pavone, CEO and co-founder of a new startup called Inlightened. Inlightened is a web-based network platform that enables healthcare companies to connect with clinical experts to improve their product development. In this episode, Shelli discusses healthcare innovation and the need for diversity in the development process.

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10.23.20

New Episodes of the Knowledge Forum

  1. How to create Conditional Click Actions
  2. Data visualization series using Chart Portlets: Scatter Plots
  3. What is new and interesting on the DI website

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10.23.20

Read this new white paper!

Staying One Step Ahead of COVID-19 with a Data-Driven Response

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10.20.20

New Episodes of the Knowledge Forum

  1. Application Dashboards: Patterns for Exposing Data
  2. New / Lost Accounts
  3. Data visualization series using Chart Portlets: Stacked Column vs. MultiTab Stacked Column Charts

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10.19.20
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October TechBridge Newsletter is finally here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • How to Rule Seasonality with Analytics
  • Using Analytics to Get a Pulse on the Health of Your Emergency Department
  • How the Pandemic Has Impacted Businesses (And How to Use Data to Adapt)
  • ”R” You Ready for Predictive Analytics?

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10.13.20

New Podcast Episode is UP!

Topic: Using Predictive Analytics in Mental Health

Our topic today is the mental health impact of COVID-19 and how technology can play a role in helping patients. Our guest is Krithika Srivats, vice president of the health/clinical center of excellence at HGS Healthcare, a global business process management company. Krithika and I discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health, which populations are more impacted, and how predictive analytics can play a role in improving the situation. If you like what you hear, please subscribe on your favorite podcast app, and don’t forget to rate and review us!

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10.08.20

New Press Coverage

Staying One Step Ahead Of COVID-19 With A Data-Driven Response

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10.08.20

New Episodes of the Knowledge Forum

  1. Using DivePort Form Portlets
  2. New features: auxiliary measures in Stamps
  3. Data visualization series using Chart Portlets: Trellis Charts

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10.02.20

New Healthcare data sheet

Hospital Operations 2020–2021 CMS Outcome Measure Revisions Package

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10.01.20

New Episodes of the Knowledge Forum

  1. Lost Customer Report
  2. Data visualization series using Chart Portlets: Histograms vs Column Charts
  3. Getting cBase data into Excel via DI-ODBC

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09.24.20

New Episodes of the Knowledge Forum

  1. Integrating external data into a DivePort application – 06:33
  2. Data visualization series using Chart Portlets: Pie and Donut Charts – 08:03
  3. Using stamps to view your data – 05:19

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09.22.20

DIVC 20 Recordings

If you didn’t get the chance to watch DIVC 20 live, the recordings are now available publicly:

  • Fred Powers and Stan Zanarotti: Keynote
  • Howard Dresner: How is BI helping organizations operate more smoothly during the pandemic?
  • James Clark: What’s New in Diver Platform and What Is in the Works for Future Developments
  • Nancy Berkowitz: Introducing Gateway
  • Customer Success Stories: Laura McCrary (KONZA), Daniel Carr (Penn Medicine), Tina Funk (Hope Family Wines), Roger Drake (Standard Beverage)

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09.16.20

Customer website update

A new technical notice has been posted for customers about how to link measure metadata to reference documentation.

Log into the customer portal here and you’ll find the new notice on the site home page.

08.27.20
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New Case Study

Learn how EvergreenHealth team used data to inform the first-in-the-nation response to COVID-19

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What’s Next in Healthcare Innovation 2021?

What’s Next in Healthcare Innovation 2021?

Reading Time: 7 minutes

2020 was an extremely difficult year for a number of industries across the globe and particularly for the healthcare industry. However, despite the challenges, healthcare professionals have also been able to see positive developments within the industry and are hopeful when looking at the future of healthcare innovation. In this blog post, we’ll explore the positive outlooks and their challenges when looking into the future of healthcare innovation with insight from a few healthcare experts who recently spoke at a webinar that Dimensional Insight had the pleasure of hosting with the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association.

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Looking on the Bright Side of Logistics

Looking on the Bright Side of Logistics

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So much of the news over the past year regarding the supply chain and logistics has been negative. Everything from bare supermarket shelves at the beginning of the pandemic to huge backups at the ports as Brexit affected global trade provided images that illustrated the dire circumstances the world was facing.

Optimists, though, can see a bright side—a supermarket shelf half full, if you will. There have been successes in the industry that have provided evidence of the benefits of being flexible and resilient. Here’s a look at some of the positive takeaways from the world of supply chain and logistics, and how companies were able to achieve those successes.

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Are Pop-Up Bars A Potential Pandemic Solution?

Are Pop-Up Bars A Potential Pandemic Solution?

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Back in December 2019, before the pandemic began, people in New York City could wander into a place that felt like Santa’s workshop called Miracle, on 9th Street in the East Village. Tinsel decked the ceilings of what used to be any other establishment, the bartenders served holiday-themed cocktails, and the line of people wanting to take advantage of this limited-time pop-up themed bar wrapped around the block.

The limited-time attraction, known as a pop-up bar, only fills the real estate for a predetermined amount of time and usually has a theme, whether it be holiday-themed, rose-themed bar carts at the beach, or whatever else the owners can think of.

Fast forward to pandemic life, where more and more stores and bars are closing and it’s safer for people to gather outside until they’re vaccinated, and it seems like pop-up bars will see their glory days in 2021.

“Our customers know that every time they visit, they’ll find something unique that will only be there for a short time. It keeps people coming back again and again,” Vasilis Kyritsis, cofounder of The Clumsies in Athens, Greece, told SevenFiftyDaily.

A pop-up bar’s temporary nature allows bartenders who have been laid off to unleash their creativity without the long-term commitment of rent. It also creates a buzz and customer demand because of the temporary nature. While pop-up bars are flashy, are they profitable?

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What Does the Future Hold for Local Distilleries?

What Does the Future Hold for Local Distilleries?

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In March 2020, local distillery owners transformed into heroes when they used their facilities to create alcohol-based hand sanitizers to help fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

But now, distilleries’ futures remain uncertain because an estimated 41%, or $700 million, of craft distillers’ sales have dried up, according to a study released by Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS). The survey includes nearly 300 distilleries across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Without intervention, this could mean 2021 will see distilleries closing, consolidation of distilleries, and fewer regional brands offered in bars and stores.

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5 Tech Trends That are Ready to Dominate 2021!

5 Tech Trends That are Ready to Dominate 2021!

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A new year has begun which means it’s time for new and updated trends to look forward to!  We’ve put together a list of five anticipated tech trends that show great promise and will help solve some of the issues that 2020 left behind in order to make the new year a more positive one.

Work-from-home technology

Last March, most states declared stay-at-home orders for all residents. Now, almost a whole year later, many people are still following that order – mandate or not. Many leaders in the United States had hoped that a month-long stay-at-home order would be enough to flatten the curve of this unexpected pandemic, but unfortunately it still exists today and is even worse than before. While many individuals started to go back to work this past summer, many companies and organizations are still working remotely or at least offering the option to do so until things are safer. In fact, many companies such as Microsoft and Facebook have even decided to make working remotely a permanent option, whether or not the pandemic subsides. Regardless of what these companies and organizations do, remote work has become the new norm, so it’s only fair to say that work-from-home technology will advance quickly and become a huge investment in the tech world. read more…

Dimensional Insight Named 2021 Best in KLAS in Healthcare Business Intelligence/Analytics

Dimensional Insight Named 2021 Best in KLAS in Healthcare Business Intelligence/Analytics

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I am pleased to report that Dimensional Insight has once again been ranked #1 in healthcare business intelligence/analytics in the annual Best in KLAS: Software and Services report. This is the 8th Best in KLAS win for us and 9th time Dimensional Insight has been ranked #1 in this category by KLAS Research. Here are a few reasons this win is so significant to us this year.
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5 Healthcare Trends to Look Out for in 2021

5 Healthcare Trends to Look Out for in 2021

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It’s finally 2021, and although the pandemic is still looming over our heads, a new year means new technology trends for the healthcare industry. No one could have predicted the year that we had in 2020, but the unpredictability didn’t stop technology from advancing in ways healthcare professionals now deem as essential to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and put an end to the pandemic. Here are five anticipated technology trends to look out for in the healthcare industry this year: read more…

Ethical Considerations in Machine Learning

Ethical Considerations in Machine Learning

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the potential applications of machine learning in healthcare. For example, University of California, Irvine researchers recently created a machine learning model that predicts the probability a COVID-19 patient will need a ventilator or care in the ICU.

While there are promising applications of the technology in healthcare, there are also concerns. For example, Stanford University researchers recently concluded that predictive models have limitations when it comes to health equity and fairness. Given these concerns, what are some of the ethical considerations healthcare organizations should make when it comes to implementing machine learning? I recently spoke to Kevin Ross, CEO of Precision Driven Health, for the Smarter Healthcare Podcast on this topic. You can listen to the podcast episode below, or read on for some highlights from our discussion.

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Eight Ways the Wine and Spirits Industry Will Change in 2021

Eight Ways the Wine and Spirits Industry Will Change in 2021

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After an unprecedented and historic year globally, most people are happily ushering in the new year.

In 2020, Americans mostly stayed home—and that resulted in more drinking than ever. The climate change crisis continued to peak, and civil rights movements helped focus on Black entrepreneurs across many industries.

2020 will forever affect all of our lives and significantly impact the 2021 wine and spirits industry. Look out for these 8 trends in the year ahead: read more…

How Big Data is Changing Utilities

How Big Data is Changing Utilities

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There is an ongoing data revolution happening within the utilities sector that is transforming nearly every aspect of how grids are laid out, monitored, and maintained. Much of this revolution is being driven by smart sensors, which are laced throughout power, water, sewage, and other utility lines to offer holistic and up-to-the-second information to keep these systems running smoothly and safely. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the rate of these changes by highlighting the importance of being able to do jobs remotely and having reliable systems in the face of an emergency. Thanks to the ongoing and precise data that these sensors provide, the efficiency and reliability of these grids can be dramatically increased. read more…

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Data Collection

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Data Collection

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In recent blog posts, we explored the development of the new COVID-19 vaccines. Now, we have both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which have already started to be distributed with hopes for a safer new year. However, one extremely important factor in the process of vaccine distribution is vaccine tracing. For some people, having to surrender their personal data (which is needed to track vaccines) can be scarier than the virus itself. Here’s what you should know about your data privacy when getting the COVID-19 vaccine. read more…

Combating Ransomware: Preparation and Teamwork

Combating Ransomware: Preparation and Teamwork

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The threat of ransomware dramatically increased in 2020, with security firm Check Point saying it saw a 50% increase in the daily average of ransomware attacks in Q3, as compared to the first half of the year.

In ransomware attacks, cyber-criminals hold your data hostage by encrypting it and demanding a payment for its release. 2020 has been a particularly challenging year for businesses when it comes to ransomware. As a result of the pandemic, many organizations have left gaps in their IT systems which are easier for cyber-criminals to exploit.

The cost of an infection can be very high—it will disrupt your business’ ability to perform work at the very least, as impacted systems are reinstalled from backup. For healthcare organizations, this lack of availability can have a human cost.

In some cases, viable backups may not exist (or may have been encrypted as well), leaving an organization with a difficult choice to make regarding risking paying such a ransom (which only encourages this ransomware “business model”). Worse, a recent trend has been the disclosure of captured data, not just destruction, in the case of unpaid ransoms. read more…

The CBMTA is Here to Stay! Here’s Why That’s Good for Craft Brewers

The CBMTA is Here to Stay! Here’s Why That’s Good for Craft Brewers

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One of the more unique aspects of the beverage alcohol industry in America is the way that it allows smaller breweries and distilleries to thrive. That is why the United States has an unusually diverse market when it comes to small producers of craft beverages, despite the looming presence of giants like Molson Coors and Anheuser-Busch. This is great for American consumers, as it gives them plenty of choices and new drinks to try. It also makes it easier for new craft beverage companies to enter the market and add their own unique products to the shelves.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act has been a major factor that helped to allow this diverse array of companies and products to exist. Despite its helpful influence on the beverage market, the CBMTA has had multiple close calls in which it was nearly allowed to expire. The most recent of these came at the end of the calendar year, with the president permanently signing it into law on December 27th, which was only a few days before it would have run out. With that, the ominous shadow that had been lingering over the craft beverage industry has once again retreated. read more…

What’s the Future of Online Liquor Sales?

What’s the Future of Online Liquor Sales?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

For most of 2020, Americans lived in a flux of stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many filled their days with homemade cocktails and Zoom happy hours with family and friends when there was not much to do.

In fact, Americans drank more than ever this year — from home — and wanted their alcohol delivered to their front door. Many states slashed laws that prohibited online sales or alcohol delivery, allowing for a new way of selling wine and spirits. read more…

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

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Another year has gone by, and it was definitely not an ordinary one. It’s safe to say that 2020 will be a year that everyone will remember. From an almost year-long global pandemic, to protests calling for racial justice, to economic recession, to a presidential election, and now a newly developed vaccination, 2020 is one for the history books. However, we still worked hard to provide readers with informative blogs and articles that they could rely on. Here are the Top 10 blog posts of this year for you to dig into again and share: read more…

How Data Is Key to Corporate Sustainability Efforts

How Data Is Key to Corporate Sustainability Efforts

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In today’s hypercompetitive world, organizations need to take full advantage of their most valuable asset, their data. The amount of data and data sources is increasing. Companies receive information from the market and the political environment—and also now, from much more individual sources such as installed sensors in their warehouses or along the distribution chain—see post “ 3 High-Tech Trends That Are Changing Manufacturing.”

This provides an unparalleled opportunity to have timely insights on how the business is performing, if it is fit for the future, or where it should invest. But in order to seize the full potential of the large amount of data generated, organizations need to be able to identify relevant information, organize it, and make it accessible and understandable for future use. read more…

Mental Health During the Pandemic and How Predictive Analytics Can Help

Mental Health During the Pandemic and How Predictive Analytics Can Help

Reading Time: 6 minutes

With the COVID-19 pandemic still at large, and a vaccine is still months away from having an impact on slowing it down, most people are still doing their part to slow the spread by staying at home as much as possible. The pandemic is something that none of us could have predicted or prepared for in this day and age, and it has resulted in countless changes such as the way individuals go about living their daily lives, the way businesses operate, and the way hospitals and healthcare organizations conduct procedures and protocols – just to name a few. All of that being said, it’s not a surprise to hear that mental health issues among individuals of all backgrounds are one of the greatest effects of this global pandemic. In Episode 10 of the Smarter Healthcare Podcast, Krithika Srivats, vice president of the health/clinical center of excellence at HGS Healthcare, discusses how the pandemic has affected mental health, which populations are more impacted, and how predictive analytics can play a role in improving the situation. read more…

How Using Technology To Re-Think The Supply Chain Can Impact Climate Change

How Using Technology To Re-Think The Supply Chain Can Impact Climate Change

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Energy, like so many other industries, has experienced a downturn during the pandemic. A report by the International Energy Agency shows energy demand dropping 5% in 2020, the largest decrease since World War II. Renewable energy, though, grew almost 7% despite the pandemic.

Even more growth is expected in 2021, not only because sustainability projects disrupted by the pandemic will be completed, but also because companies are making an ever-increasing effort to be more environmentally friendly. Many companies find themselves in a position where they need to rethink their supply chain in the wake of the pandemic, and they are using that as an opportunity to see where they can work in more sustainable practices. read more…

Managing Time-Sensitive Inventory During the Holiday Season

Managing Time-Sensitive Inventory During the Holiday Season

Reading Time: 5 minutes

The holiday season is always a crucial time for wine and spirits sales. A large portion of annual earnings are made during the last couple months of the year. But this holiday season is shaping up to be especially important for beverage wholesalers, whose profit margins have been thin this year because of the pandemic. The cost of keeping inventory is at a particularly high point at the moment, making it risky to take on too much product at once. However, retailers also don’t want to risk running out of stock while the holidays are still going on. With consumers’ buying habits having changed so much this year, it can be difficult to assess how much inventory to carry, and which products to focus on. Luckily, by paying attention to the data, we can make informed decisions about how best to manage stock. read more…

The Perfect Wine and Whiskey Gifts for Every Adult on Your List

The Perfect Wine and Whiskey Gifts for Every Adult on Your List

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If you have a friend or family member who is dreaming of a white — or red — Christmas, businesses are coming up with creative ideas to give that person who loves to drink.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans plan to spend less this holiday season. Each person plans to spend about $997.79 — or about $50 less — on “gifts, holiday items like food and decorations, and additional ‘non-gift’ purchases for themselves and their families this year.”

Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, having a special drink to cheers with helps ring in the season with an extra unique flare. But what to buy when you’re on a budget and 72% of millennials would rather have experiences than gifts?

Here are some of our top picks: read more…

The Future of Vaccines Part 2: What You Need to Know About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Future of Vaccines Part 2: What You Need to Know About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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In part one of “The Future of Vaccines,” we discussed five common misconceptions about the future COVID-19 vaccine and why they were myths. Among these COVID-19 myths was the idea that a vaccine would be easily available by the end of this year or even by the end of fall. While this is still a myth, since publishing part one of this blog series, Pfizer announced promising results regarding its vaccine trials earlier this week. Here’s what you need to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine: read more…

How Will the 2020 Election Impact Healthcare?

How Will the 2020 Election Impact Healthcare?

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Now that the 2020 election has taken place and President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, all eyes are on what policy changes will take place in 2021.

Healthcare is one of the biggest areas that will be affected by the change of guard in the Oval Office, from issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic to the status of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Let’s examine some of the top healthcare issues that could be impacted by the new Biden administration. read more…