The WashingNote had an interesting piece on 14 May referencing the use of the Web by the US Democrat party for election fundraising. Clearly in the last election the ability to raise small amounts of cash from lots of people put President Obama’s campaign way ahead. Seems they are at it again for the next election. But the question is – when does all of this become a bore and begin to backfire?
Great presentation illustrating the trends in healthcare spending in the US – up to 2007. Includes one slide comparing with a number of other countries – including UK.
Brought to my attention by @endamadden on twitter.
Do we have similar information available for Ireland?
Short talk by famous US coach, John Wooden.
Wooden outlines his own philosophy around teaching and coaching. Makes it all seem simple and straightforward – and tells it as a good storyteller. In these days of personal coaches, goal setting, emotional intelligence, Seven Habits…this guy makes a lot of sense.
Brought to my attention by www.twitter.com/missmcj
Is your doctor still writing up manual cards to track your checkup visits? Is your doctor writing out prescriptions for you to take to the local pharmacy? When you attend a clinic for XRays, MRIs etc how are the records forwarded to you/ your GP?
Huge investments being approved in the US to drive ePateint records/ ePrescribing – with targets for cost saving, improved patient care, etc.
Interesting discussion in recent BusinessWeek article re adoption of these solutions – and major costs involved for individual doctors or small clinics (e.g. 3 doctors). Also covered in a Reuters story re ePrescribing last month.
Given all of the challenges facing us in the Irish economy will be interesting to see how we can implement these types of solutions in the Irish market place – to drive quality of service and greater efficiency (and cost savings).
On a day of doom and gloom – the emergency budget in Ireland – was lucky enough to spend a couple of uplifting hours in the Institute of European Affairs, Ireland (www.iiea.com).
I was listening to and interacting with Liam Moran, business development manager, Digitial Enterprise Reseach Institute (Galway, Ireland). DERI (www.deri.com) is the type of thing this country needs (‘The vision of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute is to be recognised as the leading international web science research institute interlinking technologies, information and people to advance business and benefit society’). Set up with some real foresight, backed by the Irish government and Europe, real leadership (including Tim Berners Lee) and lots of brilliant minds.
Very exciting applications emerging from the research – the latest being SIOC to be adotped by the US government. Visit the site (www.deri.com) for a better insight.
Liam gave a comprehensive review of Web o, 1, 2 & 3 and painted some great images of what could happen.
One particular observation caught my attention – how do we avoid getting bogged down in simply copying (even plagiarising) others to the exclusion of original, creative, thought? Not being a music composer I often wonder where song writers continue to come up with new ideas? Reminds me in some wasy of being back in school – when you were studying Shakepeare did you try to understand Hamlet for yourself and provide your own analysis/ commentary or did you simply buy ‘Coles Notes’ and regurgitate the standard bumph?
Seems incoming President Obama is considering appointment of a CTO for the US. Not that surprising when you remember how effectively the Obama campaign used technology in the case to the White House. But perhaps we could benefit from following this idea in Ireland – as we look to up our ranking in the R&D world. Undoubtedly we have made real progress in areas such as ROS. However there continune to be opportunities to streamline how the citizen and businesses interact with government.
Interesting pitch from Andrew McAfee today recession technology proposing that perhaps a slowing US economy actually provides an opportunity for greater penetration of web 2.0 in business – does not necessitate major captial outlay and may benefit from some time being available whcih was not previously available.