Technology Tales of the Unexpected

first_imgCome meet us! Visit the Dell EMC OEM & IoT Solutions Team at Dell Technologies World, Booth#1629, Mon 4/30 through Wed 5/2.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: in touch. Follow @DellEMCOEM on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn OEM Showcase page here.[i][ii] National Patient Safety Agency -March 2010[iii] World Health Organization -World Cancer Report 2014[iv] US figures -AAMC 2014 When I was a kid, I used to love watching TV programmes with an unexpected twist. This week, as I attend Dell Technologies World, I’m reminded once again that technology is turning up in all sorts of surprising places. It’s technology with a twist!From days to hours in the labTake the science lab. Scientists and doctors have made huge advances in medical research but we rarely hear about the role of technology. Did you know that Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 servers. powered by Intel’s high-powered Xeon processors and Isilon storage products form part of a next-generation solution that is speeding up genome sequencing and helping advance medical research into cancer and other serious diseases? I was amazed to learn recently that scientists can now sequence an entire genome in 22 minutes, while the process previously would have taken days. [i]Undergoing testsWe’ve all undergone medical tests at some stage in our lives. Traditionally, pathologists prepare the sample for viewing on a glass slide under a microscope. Sometimes, they decide to re-test or seek a second opinion. Apart from the time delay in communicating the results to patients, the cost of shipping glass slides is high and specimens often get lost or damaged in transit. In fact, I believe that in some instances, health authorities are using taxis to transport slides between hospitals! Can you imagine the cost overhead and the risk of damaged or mislaid slides?Delays in diagnosisFrom the human perspective, studies suggest that slow decision making can account for up to 41 percent of delays in cancer diagnosis, adding to the awful stress already endured by patients and their families. [ii]As the number of cancer cases continue to grow globally[iii], the number of tests that need to be applied is also increasing exponentially but there is a general shortage of pathologists with over 60% of active pathologists aged 55 years or older. [iv]Technology to the rescueCan technology help solve these tough challenges? The answer is a resounding yes. While reliability, speed and performance are important factors for any business, they are crucial when it comes to medical research and patient care. Picture an automated digital solution with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers processing the data while a Precision workstation is used to view the scanned images with Dell EMC Unity or Isilon providing storage capacity.Replacing the microscope with the computer screenFolks, this is not the future – these kinds of solutions are already revolutionising healthcare. Did you know it now takes a mere 60 seconds for a glass slide to be scanned and available for viewing in 3D at 40x magnification? The reality is that a computer can analyse samples faster and more accurately than the human eye, using a microscope. In fact, a computer can detect differences in samples that look identical to us humans.Faster, more precise analysisLooking ahead, this means a high volume of samples could be accurately screened by technology with pathologists focussing their expertise on the small sub-set that need clinical review. The result? Faster, more precise diagnosis of tissue samples, a better patient experience and increased diagnostic confidence. The good news is that this technology is now on the cusp of mainstream acceptance and is a great example of how limited resources can be used to cope with growing, ageing populations with chronic diseases while also achieving better results.Analysing data real-timeIf a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy visits the doctor, the big questions top of mind will be how am I doing? Is the chemo working? To address these important questions, regional clinics can now analyse the data on site in real-time, using the OptiPlex XE3 diagnostic solution and the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2 server. Both products feature enhanced operating temperatures, which allow the technology to be used in a non-typical data centre environment, for example, the clinic’s back closet where it addresses the need to compute closer to the Edge – near the patient.Predictive analysisSome clinics are even taking things a step further, realizing that there is a lot to be gained from this data that they have collected and analysed. Using Dell EMC’s Isilon storage at the clinic’s primary headquarters, data is being used to predict patterns and trends, which will hopefully lead to better patient diagnosis and outcomes.Fast record retrieval and automated medication stock systemsThe list goes on. At the bedside, doctors are using all-in-one screens and data archiving systems to retrieve patient records. Many hospital pharmacies have automated medication stock intake, recording, storage and order picking with a customised desktop operating as the control unit for the solution. Streamlining these processes helps reduce the potential for human error and saves a substantial amount of time, which can help hospitals facing ever-tightening budgets.Remote and preventative careWe are also seeing doctors using technology to remotely monitor patients with cardiac disease after discharge. With an emphasis on preventative care, there is an explosion of data with IoT wearables and appliances. Imagine using a smart toothbrush that can predict your likelihood of developing heart disease or wearing contact lens with built-in sensors that can detect biomarkers for diabetes – the ultimate in predictive healthcare!New disease insightsMost importantly, technology is helping doctors to support patients. Sharing knowledge helps clinicians make informed decisions while large sets of clinical data and aggregated views of a patient’s clinical work-up offers the potential of new insights into diseases. Experts believe that all these developments will support the broader adoption of personalised medicine with the promise of tailoring diagnosis and treatment to patients based on their genetic makeup.That’s our hope too – exactly why we’re investing in additional resources in this area. Expect to hear more on the role of technology in healthcare from David Warke, our newly appointed Business Development Manager for EMEA.Dell EMC OEM is proud to play its part in revolutionising healthcare. Please join the conversation. I’d love to hear your comments and questions.last_img read more

County 4-H To ‘Explore Mars’ In 4-H Stem Challenge

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Program is taking part in the 4‑H STEM Challenge, formerly known as 4‑H National Youth Science Day (4‑H NYSD).The 4-H STEM Challenge is an annual initiative to inspire children everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning.The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities for youth ages 8-14. Youth ages 5-7 can attend but must be accompanied by an adult.The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Falcon’s Nest at 2001 E. Main St., Falconer. Participants will explore the surface of Mars via parachute and will then create a rover to explore further. The cost of the course is $10 for youth currently enrolled in 4-H and $12 for youth who are not enrolled in 4-H. All materials are provided. Face masks must be worn for the duration of the class. Register by visiting or by calling 716-664-9502 ext. 212. Class size is limited!The program is sponsored by the Science and Technology Opportunities for Rural Youth (STORY) Program led by CCE 4-H Community Educator Molly Brown. The STORY Project encourages youth to solve real-world problems with science, technology, engineering, and math. Upon completing the Mars Base Camp activity youth will receive a swag bag with fun prizes. The STORY Program is recruiting groups of youth in grades 6-12 who are interested in STEM. Contact Molly Brown for more information at 716-664-9502 ext. 216.last_img read more

Sometimes slower IS better…

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Leander Rick Leander is Founder and Managing Partner of LFB Holdings, a behavioral insights consultancy that works with established and startup enterprises.At LFB Holdings we teach clients how to leverage … Web: Details Makes all things as easy as possible. Remove as many steps as you can from the process. Reduce the thinking and work required to complete a transaction. Frictionless financial services – the Holy Grail. As an executive at some of the world’s largest banks, I spent much of my career working aggressively to get friction out of the products we offered. Our goal was to automate as much of the transaction initiation and approval steps as possible; to remove customer and bank intervention (and thinking) from the process. Originally, we did that to reduce costs and to speed along the process, and we did it well. Large value transactions, often running in the $100’s of millions were set up once and then executed flawlessly over and over again at the touch of a button. Soon we were automating consumer transactions, paying everything from your electric bill to the daily cup of coffee at Starbucks with little or no interaction from the consumer. Success!? Well, maybe.Turns out that removing friction from activities, especially financial transactions, may not always be good for consumers. Removing friction often removes consciousness of action from the transaction, leaving us to mindlessly continue behaviors without consideration of the ramifications, especially the long-term consequences. This takes on added significance when you consider our decision-making wiring has a bug (or a feature, take your pick) that makes it difficult for us to properly weigh decisions in the short run that have long-term consequences. Take the example of a credit union, working to get their moderate-income members to save more. The credit union knew the savings rate of these members was very low; these members often came into the branch and cashed their paychecks rather than depositing any of the funds. Promotional marketing campaigns, financial education classes, monetary incentives were offered, but none of these initiatives had any lasting impact. Finally, working with experts in behavioral economics, the credit union introduced friction into the process of cashing a check and saw remarkable results. Deposits during the check cashing process increased significantly and the resulting balances showed measurable stickiness. Friction is neither always good nor always bad. It is a powerful tool that helps shape behavior without eliminating choices. It plays to a fundamental positioning that we think is important for Credit Unions. Behaviors that are beneficial for members in the long term should be encouraged by making them as easy as possible; behaviors that don’t fit that focus should require some conscious thought and not just mindlessly executed. Analyze the behavior you are trying to change and then determine which tool or tools are most effective. Friction, defaults, framing and anchoring are all nudges that, properly applied, can make a huge difference in the way members connect with your products and services.last_img read more

Barca Close to Coutinho Signing

first_imgBrazilian forward, Philippe Coutinho was Tuesday reported to have put pressure on the Premier League club, Liverpool FC to let him leave the club and team up with FCCoutinho is set to join Barca for a base fee of €90 million (£81.6m), with bonuses that could bring the deal to €120m (£108.8m).A delegation from Barcelona headed up by Chief Executive Oscar Grau travelled to Liverpool on Monday night to finalise the negotiation, sources in England revealed last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more