“Interconnected Health 2012” April 2-4, 2012 in Chicago Second Call for Participation [repost]

Needham, MA, USA and Ann Arbor, MI, USA and Chicago USA – December 22, 2011 – OMG®, Health Level Seven® International (HL7), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), today announced the Call for Participation for “Interconnected Health 2012: Enabling Health through High-Impact IT.” The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL on April 2-4, 2012. Registration and abstract submission details may be found online at http://www.interconnected-health.org/cfp.

 

Interconnected Health 2012 will focus on approaches, challenges, and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity. Geared toward the CxO suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations, Interconnected Health provides a venue to hear what peer organizations are doing (both within the US and abroad), to exchange ideas, and to interact with peers who are leaders in this space.

 

Call for Abstracts

The conference Review Committee is seeking proposals for presentations based on “real-world” organizational experiences, evaluations, case studies or research papers relevant to the conference themes of interconnected healthcare, information sharing, service-oriented architecture, enterprise architecture, business process management, and interoperability. Please indicate whether you are recommending your submission for the Executive Summit, the Functional Track, or the Technical Track. Topics may include (but aren’t limited to):

 

Business Enablement (Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Management)

Architecture (Business, System, SOA and Technical)

Information Semantics, Ontology, Vocabulary

Application Innovation (Integration, Open Source, Legacy Enablement, etc.)

Infrastructure Innovation (Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Device Integration)

Information Sharing Strategy, Governance and Implementation

Modeling (SoaML, SysML, BPMN, etc.)

 

The abstract submission deadline January 20, 2012. For abstract submission guidelines and the submission form, visit http://www.omg.org/abstracts.

 

Program Committee

Charles “Chuck” Friedman, Chief Scientific Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), HHS

Mark Frisse, MD, MS, MBA, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Hon S. Pak, CEO, Diversinet

Jim St.Clair, Senior Director, Interoperability and Standards, HIMSS

John Quinn, CTO, Health Level Seven International

 

Registration & Information

InterconnectedHealth is hosted by OMG, HL7 International, and HIMSS. The early-bird registration discount is available until February 24, 2012. Registration information is available at http://www.interconnected-health.org/cfp. Exhibit space is available; for more information contact Mike Narducci at marketing@omg.org +1-781-444 0404. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Ken Berk at ken.berk@omg.org or +1-781-444 0404.

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About Health Level Seven (HL7) International

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare Information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with otherstandards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and governmentagencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.
About HIMSS
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through theeffective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing ourcause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

About OMG
OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. For more information, visit www.omg.org.

About Open Health Tools
Open Health Tools is an open source community with a vision of enabling a ubiquitous ecosystem where members of the Health and IT professions can collaborate to build interoperable systems that enable patients and their care providers to have access to vital and reliable medical information at the time and place it is needed. Open Health Tools will generate a vibrant active ecosystem involving software product and service companies, medical equipment companies, health care providers, insurance companies, government health service agencies, and standards organizations. More information at http://www.openhealthtools.org

 

Thomas Erl, 5th International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium

As the program committee chair, I am pleased to finally announce the 2012 edition of the Symposium, officially titled the “5th International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium”. This year’s conference is being held in downtown London on September 24-25.

With the change in the conference title comes a new official Website ( www.ServiceTechSymposium.com ) and a new official LinkedIn Group (the “International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium” LinkedIn Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4357541 ). Call for Presentation ends July 15, 2012.

I have removed my personal LinkedIn account from the old LinkedIn Group because all further communication and notifications regarding the next Symposium will be posted on the new LinkedIn Group.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s event or if you are interested in participating, feel free to contact me directly at terl@arcitura.com. You can contact the event organizers at info@servicetech.co with any general inquiries.

I was Big Data before Big Data was Cool…

One of the challenges organizational big data faces [which we learn from the extensible business reporting language (XBRL, the SEC’s “interactive data”)] is that plenty of crooks plan to “bolt on transparency” at the tail end of the value chain reporting process. Embedding semantic richness within the business transaction backbone is an indicator of those firms which “get it” — and the refusal to add it ought to be an indicator to public investors (individual, or institutional). My comments re: “Big Data Takes the Guesswork out of Managing Sales”, Christine Crandell, Contributor, Forbes

For more on XBRL see Altova Blog and Hitachi Data Interactive and watch Twitter at #xbrl

Congressional Transparency Caucus Roundtable Thursday, October 6

An open discussion of past, present and future transparency initiatives

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Rayburn 2237

Please join the Congressional Transparency Caucus for a roundtable event to discuss recent achievements in the field of transparency and future plans for both caucus events and legislative proposals.

The event will begin with opening comments from Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative Quigley (IL-05) and Chairman Issa (CA-49). Following opening statements, Caucus Members will engage in an open discussion regarding transparency initiatives and objectives for the caucus. Finally, the floor will open for questions from the audience.

With questions, or to RSVP, please contact Hudson Hollister with Rep. Issa (Hudson.Hollister@mail.house.gov) or Robyn Russell with Rep. Quigley (Robyn.Rusell@mail.house.gov).

Thank you,

Mike Quigley
Member of Congress

Darrell Issa
Member of Congress

Occupy Wall Street Links

Editor’s Note: Apparently, if firms systematically disallow Say on Pay this is what you get:

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
https://occupywallst.org/

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http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23occupywallstreet

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More than 700 arrested in Wall Street protest
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/02/us-wallstreet-protests-idUSTRE7900BL20111002

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Occupy Wall Street’s Media Problems
http://www.observer.com/2011/09/occupy-wall-streets-media-problems/

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http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

Global Revolution brings you live stream video coverage from independent journalists on the ground at nonviolent protests around the world. The team includes members of Mobile Broadcast News, Glassbead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia and the alt.media ninjas that brought you Terrorizing Dissent and Democracy 101 documentaries. Currently broadcasting from #OccupyWallStreet protests in NYC that began on Saturday, Sept 17, 2011. Please donate to equip our live video team:http://tinyurl.com/occupywslive

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http://newsjunkiepost.com/2011/09/22/occupy-wall-street-photojournal-come-to-manhattan/attachment/317/

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Occupy Wall Street and the Rebirth of the Radical Imagination

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/26/1020211/-Occupy-Wall-Street-and-the-Rebirth-of-the-Radical-Imagination

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Webinar: Connecting the Dots of Systems Interoperability Using Open Standards (XML, RDF, and UDEF), Wednesday, March 17th

The purpose of this email is to announce a free one-hour webinar hosted by The Open Group on Wednesday, March 17th. The title of the webinar is "Connecting the Dots" of Systems Interoperability Using Open Standards (XML, RDF, and UDEF). Chris Harding of The Open Group and Arnold van Overeem of Capgemini will join me in making this informative presentation. In order to participate, you will need to register so you can receive the necessary login information via email. The link to register for the webinar is at http://www.opengroup.org/events/webinars.htm

UDEF-IT, LLC is a member of The Open Group and will be providing a three-hour tutorial titled “A Global Open Standard to “Connect the Dots” for Systems Interoperability” at The Open Group conference in Rome – see http://www.opengroup.org/rome2010/ for details about the Rome conference.

Ron Schuldt, Senior Partner
UDEF-IT, LLC
ron.schuldt@udef-it.com
386-314-4933
http://www.udef-it.com/

St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston) and MedConcierge to Demonstrate Telemedicine Solutions at FTTH Council Conference

Top Houston Hospital Selects MedConcierge to Offer
Telemedicine to Corporations and Master Planned
Communities

September 8, 2009 (Sarasota, FL & Houston, TX) – St. Joseph Medical Center, the largest, Level 3 trauma hospital in downtown Houston, has selected MedConcierge to provide its advanced telemedicine solution to leading communities and corporations. Both parties will demonstrate the user experience and benefits of telemedicine during the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, September 27th through October 1st.

"We are very excited to demonstrate the MedConcierge at St. Joseph Medical Center service to local community developers and corporate executives at the upcoming Fiber to the Home Conference," states St. Joseph chief executive officer Phillip D. Robinson, "Telemedicine will clearly be at the center of healthcare delivery moving forward and leveraging the technological advantages of the MedConcierge service over fiber-optic communications will help us extend patient services, generate additional revenue and save costs."

"St. Joseph is a leader in the Houston area, and we are thrilled to play a role in helping them deliver health and wellness services to residents of FTTH communities in and around the Houston metropolitan area," says MedConcierge director Rob Scheschareg. "Telemedicine offers competitive and financial benefits in a cost-effective fashion that is critical in today's market environment. We look forward to meeting service providers and developers at the FTTH Conference & Expo who want to take advantage of the billions being spent by consumers and the government in the next 30 months on home-based telemedicine."

Substantial news coverage, increasing consumer interest and adoption, and the allocation of billions of dollars in Federal stimulus funds specifically for broadband and healthcare information technology have placed telemedicine at the forefront of applications that benefit from fiber to the home networks.

"Fiber to the home provides benefits to consumers and employers that truly improve the quality of life. From our own industry research to that of our members and market followers, it is becoming increasingly evident that consumers want the benefits of improved healthcare services and access to doctors that services like MedConcierge and healthcare providers like St. Joseph can provide," states Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council. "Telemedicine is a prime example of the type of applications that will be on display at our upcoming conference demonstrating the power of fiber".

To showcase the user experience, benefits and implementation of telemedicine services, MedConcierge and St. Joseph Medical Center will be hosting a number of activities at the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo.  These include:

Corporate VIP Demonstration & Reception, Tuesday, September 29th.  For more information call the Corporate Health Connection at St. Joseph Medical Center at (713) 756-8600. 

MedConcierge Booth in the Fiber Zone, located on the show floor during exhibit hours. 

Phillip D. Robinson, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center will be discussing telemedicine over FTTH networks as part of the Closing Keynote presentation Wednesday, September 30th at 2:00 pm.

For information about these events, visit the conference website at http://www.ftthconference.com.

About St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center, downtown Houston's only general acute care hospital, partners with Houston physicians to provide comprehensive health care to all.  As Houston's first hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center provides services for outpatients as well as inpatients, with a full continuum of care in surgery, cancer care, emergency care, Women's services, cardiovascular services, wound care, rehab, sports medicine, Corporate Health Connection and more. For more information on St. Joseph Medical Center, please visit http://www.sjmctx.com or call 713.757.1000.

About MedConcierge, LLC

MedConcierge is the leading provider of telemedicine solutions for community developers and operators, broadband service providers, healthcare providers, and municipalities, that deliver personal, concierge healthcare services to consumers at home, at work and while traveling. Utilizing our award-winning, patent-pending technology, MedConcierge provides unparalleled private and secure access to certified doctors, specialists and content. MedConcierge offerings range from real-time, live videoconference consultations, on demand, 24/7 with leading doctors, specialists, psychiatrists and wellness experts, to educational content, health status monitoring and dynamic electronic medical records – all accessible from the comfort, privacy and convenience of homes and facilities. For more information, visit http://www.medconcierge.com.

NFI Research Results RE: Social Networking – Business Leaders Are Not Confident

<ed.note>While legacy newspapers struggle to find a way to monetize their next incarnation (hint: it's aggregating and/or researching data which can be gained nowhere else than from their subscribing readership — imagine think tank-portal-citizen journalism-distributed computing a la SETI@home crunching results), Chuck Martin has been surveying business leaders finding unique real-time insight. My general impression – how many cutting edge leaders are ready for the global digital enterprise enabled collaborative results-only work environment? – um, not so many. An indicator in specific follows: "Business leaders are not confident that their department or organization has an effective plan or strategy to deal with social networking."</ed.note>

August 24, 2009 – Social Networking for Business
Summary (survey results below):

No matter the title or the size of the company, the majority of business leaders have a low confidence level that their department and/or organization has a plan/strategy on how to effectively use social networking for business.

Sixty-six percent or senior executives and managers said they have a low
level of confidence and 12 percent have a high level of confidence.
Twenty-three percent were neutral.
More managers than top executives have a low confidence level in their
business' dealing with a social networking strategy, with 74 percent of managers
having a low confidence level compared to 59 percent of executives. 

By company size, more of those in large businesses have a low confidence
level
(73%) that their organization has a plan on how to effectively use social
networking compared to those in small businesses (64%). 

More of those in small businesses (14%) have a high level of confidence in
their organization's approach vs. those in large businesses (8%). 

Of the businesspeople who use social networking, 77 percent use LinkedIn, 31
percent use Facebook, 25 percent use Blogs and 18 percent use Twitter. 

An earlier study about social networking conducted by NFI Research showed
similar results.
Thanks to all who participated in the survey.  

Detailed Results follow: 

When it comes to using social networking for business, what is your
confidence level that your department and/or organization has a
plan/strategy on how to effectively use it? 

Extremely High 02.8%
Somewhat High 09.0%
Neutral 22.8%
Somewhat Low 32.4%
Extremely Low 33.1%

Of those who use social networking, Which of the following services do you use for BUSINESS purposes? (check all
that apply) 

LinkedIn 77.3%
Facebook 30.9%
Blogs 24.5%
Twitter 18.2%
Wiki 18.2%
Plaxo 13.6%
MSN Windows Live Spaces 02.7%
MySpace 00.9%
Other 13.6%

Select responses from NFI Research members: 

- With the exception of LinkedIn, the vast majority of business
executives I encounter have little or nothing to do, from a business perspective, with
social networking sites.
 
– Social networking is a key strategy for our organization.

 – We currently block and have policies against using social networks
for business purposes. 

Thank you for your input!
If you have colleagues (other senior executives or managers) who you think
would benefit from participating in our surveys, you may invite them to
join.

Just have them go to the following link to sign up for free.
http://nfiresearch.com/index.php?option=com_artforms&formid=1&Itemid=59 

Follow me on Twitter @chuckmartin1 

Best regards,
Chuck Martin
Chairman and CEO
NFI Research
chuck@nfiresearch.com

Don’t Skate To The Puck, Skate To Where Jeff Pulver Is – RE: HD Voice

<ed.note>I've learned about a decade ago if you want to know where the world is going to be 5 years from now in terms of technology that affects the average citizen you watch Andy Abramson, Ken Rutkowski and Jeff Pulver. Jeff watches and creates all
things telephony and he recently sent this missive out re: HD Voice. My advice: if
you have traditionally poopooed eHealth, telehealth, and ROWE in healthcare —
your game is about to change; your boat is about to be refloated; your canary is
about to molt; your scotch is about to hop — well, you get what I mean, or literally — you HEAR what I am SAYING.</ed.note>

Putting the Cable Industry on notice. HD Voice is happening.

I had an interesting time at the CableLabs Summer Conference at
Keystone Resort, Colorado. When I first arrived I had a chance to
catch up with the teams from both AudioCodes and IP Gallery and a few
of the familiar faces I have gotten to know over the years involved in
the communications industry.

Looking around the reception on Monday afternoon, it was clear to me
that the telecom recession was over, with the room packed with vendors
and about 1,000 people from around the world who made the trek to
Colorado for the CableLabs Summer Conference.

This was a closed conference with the majority of the sessions only
open to the members of Cablelabs.

If there was one session at the CableLabs Summer Conference that a
Cable company’s Chief Strategy Officer should have been at, it was the
HD Voice session which I greatly appreciate being invited to be a part
of. I say this because after listening to Orange’s Vivek Badrinath,
Executive Vice President, Networks, Carriers, and Platforms, it is
clear to me that consumer HD Communications is a reality, it IS
happening and it is going to happen faster than anyone may have
otherwise expected.

Vivek was welcomed warmly and embraced by the CableLabs delegates.
During his talk I was thinking of the Twilight Zone Episode “To Serve
Man” where (according to Wikipedia) a race of aliens known as the
Kanamits lands on Earth and promises to be nothing but helpful to the
cause of humanity. Initially wary of the intentions of such a highly
advanced race, even the most skeptical humans are convinced when their
code-breakers begin to translate one of the Kanamit's books, with the
seemingly innocuous title, "To Serve Man."

Sharing their advanced technology, the aliens quickly solve all of
Earth's greatest woes, eradicating hunger, disease, and the need for
warfare. Soon, humans are volunteering for trips to the Kanamits' home
planet, which is supposedly a paradise.

All is not well, however, when a code-breaker discovers the Kanamits'
true intentions: Their book, "To Serve Man", is a cookbook, and all
their gifts were simply to make humanity complacent.” (if you haven’t
seen this episode – you can watch it here).

Given the fact that France Telecom / Orange already has over 500,000
customers who have subscribed for their HD Voice offerings and that
their numbers are going to continue to grow as Orange rolls out their
HD Communication offers across Europe, I couldn't help but make the
connection between Vivek and the leader of the Kanamit's.

If I were involved with a cable company, I would have categorized his
talk as an early wake-up call and understand the worldwide Cable
industry was put on notice to be on the lookout for other incumbent
operators who have both a broadband offering and wireless offering to
follow in the footsteps of France Telecom / Orange and use HD
Communications as a platform to retain and grow their customer base.

Now is NOT the time for the Cable industry to continue to take a “wait
and see” approach with HD Communications but rather now is the time to
commit to residential trials for HD Voice consumer if the cable
industry wants to protect what has become their multi-billion dollar
monthly cash cow known as “digital voice services.”

Over the next few years, the growth of consumers who subscribe for HD
Communications offered by both wireless and broadband service
providers will help lift the communications industry.

“Fear, Greed and Disruption” remain my three favorite words and I am
enjoying this moment in time in the history of communications. I
remain a big fan of France Telecom for continuing to lead and innovate
with HD Communications.

Friends who would like to learn more about HD Communications are
invited to attend the next HD Communications Summit taking place on
September 15th in New York City.

http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/009008.html

The HD Communications Summit Agenda (Update #1)

On September 15th 2009 at New World Stages in New York City, I am producing HDComms, the HD Communications Summit. HDComms will bring together the emerging worldwide HD Communications ecosystem and we will explore the state of "HD Communications" and where things are headed. If you have a vested interested in the future of communications, please consider joining us in New York City next month.

HD Communications Summit Agenda
(as of August 18, 2009)

– Welcome – Daniel Berninger, Executive Director, HDConnect
– Jeff Pulver – CEO, pulver.com – "Accelerating the Conversion to HD"

Step 1 – The HD Technology Roadmap

– Nimrod Borovsky, VP Marketing, Enterprise Business Group, AudioCodes
– Martyn Humphries, VP/GM, VoIP Line of Business, Broadcom
– Jan Linden, VP Engineering, Global IP Solutions

Case Study: Lessons Learned from SD to HDTV
Robert Graves, Chairman, ATSC Forum

HD Innovations Panel: Moderator – Slava Borlin, VP Products, SpiritDSP
– Mike Eastman, VP Sales, WYDEVoice
– Alan Percy, Director Business Development, AudioCodes
– A. Ryan Heidari, Director Technical and Product Marketing, Qualcomm

Step 2 – Triggering End User Demand

Jeff Rodman, co-founder, CTO Voice Division, Polycom
Rick Krupka, VP Business Communication Services, Uniden

HD in Action Panel: Moderator – Daniel Petrie, CEO, SIPEz
– Joyce Kim, VP Marketing, Global IP Solutions
– Chalan Aras, VP of Product Marketing, Polycom
– Dave Frankel, CEO, ZipDX

Step 3 – Toward a Fully Functioning HD Ecosystem

– Josh Bottum, Director Business Development, Cisco
– Mike Rude, VP Business Development, DSPGroup

The HD Value Chain Panel Moderator – Michael Stanford, WireEvolution
– Michael Jablon, VP Digital Phone Strategy, Time Warner
– Tony Stankus, Product Manager Emerging Technologies,Gigaset Communications USA
– Mike Storella, Director Business Development, snom

HD Carrier Interconnection Panel:
Moderator – Daniel Berninger, Executive Director, HDConnect
– Eli Katz, founder and CEO, XConnect
– John Butz, Director New Product Development, Neutral Tandem
– Alan Bugos, VP Advanced Technology and Engineering, iBasis (invited)

Step 4 – The Path to HD Mass Market Adoption

– Rod Keller, CEO, Gigaset Communications USA
– Alla Reznick, Dir Product Management, Global Advanced Services, Verizon

Mobile VoIP Panel: 
Moderator – Brough Turner, Chief Strategy Officer, Dialogic
– Tobias Kemper, VP Social Media and Communication, Nimbuzz
– Diego Besprosvan, CTO, MailVision
– Mahesh Makhijani, Director Technical Marketing, Qualcomm

Perspectives on HD Tipping Points Panel
Moderator – Doug Mohney, Editor in Chief, HDConnectNow
– Anatoli Levine, Director Product Management, RADVISION and President, IMTC
– Richard Buchanan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ooma
– Jake MacLeod, VP and CTO, Bechtel Communications(invited)

Networking Reception

Interested in the future of communications? Register TODAY for next month's HD Communication Summit.