A few stories that caught our attention this week include how successful collaboration focuses on enabling business activities, not expanding access to information, and how barcodes are helping miners in the Congo sell their products abroad.
In our Follow Friday series, we feature a few industry news finds to share with you. We are constantly finding interesting, fun, exciting, noteworthy, shocking and industry-changing articles all week long on the internet. Check us out every week to see what catches our eye around the web!
Medical imaging saves money, lives - Billings Gazette
By Kathleen Ryan, M.D.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, access to medical imaging is directly linked to greater life expectancy. Americans with greater access to medical imaging scans live longer than those without. Deaths from breast cancer and other serious illnesses have plummeted largely due to early diagnosis and treatment made possible by imaging scans.
Collaboration: It’s about people and processes - ComputerWorld
By Alex Jasper
While it’s true that we often collaborate around information, we shouldn’t make the mistake of believing that collaboration is about information. Better access to more information doesn’t improve productivity unless it enables business activities that weren’t possible before (e.g., analytics) or accelerates existing activities. Real collaboration is about improving the processes that people use to get their jobs done.
‘Conflict-Free’ Tags Help Revive Congo Minerals Trade - Reuters
As a response to US sanctions against the armed groups who control mining operations in some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, conflict-free operations have found an easy, affordable way to continue their work: barcodes. By tagging mined ore with barcodes tied to certification documents, which prove the mining operations’ conflict-free status, operations are getting back to work while buyers in the US can rest easy knowing that the minerals came from operations that aren’t funding armed militias.
Inpatient EHR use among hospitals, providers - EHR Intelligence
By Kyle Murphy, PhD
EHR use is high among inpatient care organizations and providers. More than 86% of hospital respondents indicated they were using an EHR system. And those not currently using a system have planned to implement an EHR system shortly, with a majority (66.6%) indicating that their hospital would be up and running within the next year (66.6%) or six months (50%) and one-third would be using an EHR system within the next two months (33.3%).
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