Summary: Getting to your best cancer treatment depends on accessing lots of data about you and providing it to experts and expert systems to get their recommendations. Unfortunately, getting access to and managing the large volumes of your health data has been slow, awkward, and complex. Fortunately, there are new apps for accessing and managing your health data, enabling you to proactively participate in what used to be a closed system.

Health Data Management Service Providers

The More Health Data You Have, the Better

Data is the feedstock and foundation for the explosion of unique treatment solutions for everyone (“precision medicine” and “personalized medicine”). If…


What do you do if you or a loved one gets a cancer diagnosis?

Summary: A cancer diagnosis can be shattering to an individual and his or her family and friends. The emotional earthquake can make everyone’s mind turn to mush. What does it mean? What do you do first? What are the right questions to ask? This article is intended to empower people confronted by a cancer diagnosis with an overview of the first steps in the treatment process to find their treatment options, updated to take into account the new possibilities offered by technologies for personalization of cancer treatment. …


Summary: This article is focused a bold, strategic view of the future of consumer/retail financial services, projecting how the top digital competitors (companies like Alphabet/Google, Amazon, and Facebook) can become transformative channels and platforms for financial services as consumers demand the same levels of easy service and personalization they get in their online interactions in their financial services experiences. This is only one of four possible scenarios for the future of financial services. (For the others see here.) The current digital leaders are well suited to build on their platforms in retail information and services, while incumbent financial services companies…


Summary: The rapid pace of change in software (e.g., new product releases every day, not every year), has caused an increasing pressure on product development in other areas, and on management in general, to change more continuously as well. Indeed, software is emerging as the proving ground for the future of management practices, the way auto manufacturing used to be the proving ground for new management practices (think of the Toyota Production System).

Example: Amazon will release a change to its ordering system about once every 11 seconds, adding up to about 8,000 changes per day. In the time it…


Synopsis: It can often seem like digital technology is making every aspect of business move at warp speed: getting to market faster, capturing value quicker, more immediate responsiveness to customer needs. But doesn’t high speed carry the inherent risk of loss of control? Not necessarily. Continuous deployment can be both cheaper and lower risk. It’s cheaper because of automation and because small development teams need less coordination and oversight. And the risk can be managed through a new tool called “feature gates.”

Examples: Google builds an automated test engine and uses peer reviews of new code to control risk yet deliver new software continuously. HubSpot organizes its developers around small services and uses “feature gates” to control release of changes to test groups and then the market.

Question: How can you speed up product development and control risk?

(Source: blogs.hbr.org)


Many companies go to great lengths every year or two to determine just how motivated their work force really is. Studies have linked stronger employee engagement to higher customer satisfaction and profits. But it’s important to remember what comes between the motivated employee and the satisfied customer: the innovative products and services that employees create and the company sells. As the pace of product or service innovation increases, the pace of monitoring employee morale must increase too.

For John Deere, the agricultural equipment manufacturer, incorporating up-to-the-minute digital technology has become critical to its product innovation. As it accelerates new product…


Read how The best digital companies are set up to never stop innovating. MAXOS-style continuous delivery goes mainstream with Brad Power’s article on the Harvard Business Review blog.

Summary

Companies born before the internet took hold have an enormous challenge: improving their products and services at the warp speed of their digital competitors. For example, the ability to make thousands of changes a day to its online retail service has been a key reason Amazon is expanding its online lead over Walmart and other historically “bricks and mortar” retailers.

These companies have five capabilities that laggards have yet to master or…

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Process innovator and cancer treatment reengineer helping people with a cancer diagnosis navigate to the best options for their treatment.

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