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ABL Technology Member News & Industry Trendletter * February 19, 2020
10 Ways Tech's Stemming the Tide of the Coronavirus
by Mimi Grant

The first report of a case of pneumonia from an unknown virus in Wuhan was diagnosed on December 8th. But it wasn't until December 31st that AI-company BlueDot published the first alert about COVID-19 (initially called the coronavirus). A week later, the CDC notified the public of a flu-like outbreak in China, clustered in Wuhan. And, on January 9th, the World Health Organization followed; by the end of January, designating the "2019-nCoV" a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." Highly contagious, unchecked, COVID-19 typically results in 2-3 new cases per established infection - largely because the virus is transmitted to others before symptoms develop in the host. As a result, within 11 weeks (as of 2/19/20), the virus has infected 75,309 (in 29 countries or territories), killing 2,014 - all but six in China.

The amazing statistic, given COVID-19's highly contagious nature, is that it hasn't impacted more people far beyond the borders of Wuhan and Hubei province, where 61,682 people are known to have been infected - 82% of the global total.

So why hasn't it spread much further? An aggressive (if not immediate) response by China, Inc., and an equally aggressive use of technology. Here are 10 (graphic) examples. . . CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF BLOG.

[Above Photo Caption & Credit: Earlier this month, 46 million Chinese in Wuhan and 15 other cities were put into lockdown mode to contain COVID-19. The result being empty streets like this one in Wuhan. [MSN (Reuters)]

AfterNow Designs UI/UX for Health Tech Startup's Mobile App

In A quick summary of the features designed for TRIPP, Inc., AfterNow describes its recent work on a design project for TRIPP, a health technology startup company developing virtual reality experiences that impact mood and mindfulness. AfterNow designed the UI/UX of TRIPP's mobile app, as well as improving their existing VR user flows. The mobile app helps users keep track of their meditation sessions and mood fluctuations, assists them in hitting their weekly meditation goals, and notifies them when a new experience is available. (Philippe Lewicki, West Los Angeles)

Cornerstone Co-Founds Blockchain Foundation; Named a Strategic Leader for Learning Systems; & Announces Convergence Event

Cornerstone OnDemand has become a founding member of the Velocity Network Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting R&D of applications for transformational blockchain technology and promoting global adoption of a network for verified career credentials. Cornerstone is joined by 14 other industry leaders. And, for the sixth year in a row, Cornerstone has achieved a Strategic Leadership position in the Fosway 9-Grid for Learning Systems, plus has been positioned as a Core Challenger for Digital Learning, for the first time. Meanwhile, Cornerstone has announced its Convergence 2020 event, to be held May 18-20, in San Diego, which will feature empowering keynotes, sessions, training workshops, roundtable discussions, networking activities, and more. (Adam Miller, West Los Angeles)

Eckert & Ziegler to Open U.S. Production Site for Y-90 & Collaborating on Prostate Cancer Dx

Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG (EZ) has announced plans to open a radiopharmaceutical production site near Boston. Mirroring the technology of EZ's European plant, it's planned as a first step to produce Yttrium-90, a short-lived radioisotope which is used in oncological applications for the treatment of liver cancer. Once the Boston plant is operational, EZ will be able to offer local supply of Y-90 to pharmaceutical companies and hospitals in all regions of the world. Also, EZ and Isotopia Molecular Imaging, of Israel, recently concluded an agreement on the joint development and approval of diagnostic reagents, with the intention of working more closely together in the early detection of prostate cancer. The production of these reagents shall soon be fully automated through the use of synthesis systems. (Frank Yeager, Monrovia)

FayeBSG Named a VAR Star; Releases Sage Product; & Offers Webinars

For the seventh consecutive year, Faye Business Systems Group (FayeBSG) has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott's VAR Stars for 2019, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of mid-market financial software - based on factors such as growth, industry leadership, recognition, and innovation. Also, FayeBSG has released Sage Chargebacks & Deduction Management Enhancement for Sage 100. Meanwhile, the recent webinar - The Latest Updates in SugarCRM - is available on-demand, led by FayeBSG CEO, David Faye, and SugarCRM CEO, Craig Charlton. And, the upcoming webinar - Answers to All Your CRM + TMS Questions - will take place on February 26, 10-10:45 a.m. Pacific. (David Faye, West Los Angeles)

GF Piping Systems Debuts Products & Services for Data Center Cooling Applications

GF Piping Systems has announced an enhanced commitment to the data center construction and renovation market with a suite of products and services that improve operational efficiency and reliability. As data centers turn to more efficient liquid cooling methods, GF is introducing specific products and services that meet the increased demands. This includes a new product, the COOL-FIT PE Plus piping system, provides even higher thermal efficiency, significantly reduced maintenance and operational costs, and faster installation time. (Mike Smith, Monrovia)

Intellect to Provide Design & QMS App Training

Throughout 2020, Intellect will provide hands-on, in-person training and software demonstrations at its Los Angeles headquarters. Upcoming dates include February 24-26 for design training. More Information. (Romeo Elias, West Los Angeles)

myKaarma Launches Service Cart Tool & Endorsed by Mazda

myKaarma has debuted Service Cart, a mobile repair recommendation tool for auto dealerships, designed to improve customer transparency and convenience, resulting in higher retention, shorter authorization times, a significant lift in repair recommendation acceptance rates, and higher customer pay dollars. Service customers receive easy-to-understand inspections and with just one-click can approve technician-recommended work - which are shown with prices, videos, and pictures of the customer's vehicle, highlighting why the work is needed. Dealers using Service Cart are realizing 40+% acceptance of additional service recommendations. Meanwhile, Mazda has endorsed myKaarma as a Strategic Partner to help Mazda dealers deliver the Ultimate Mazda Experience to their customers. (Ujj Nath, West Los Angeles)

Nortridge Software Announces Integration with REPAY

Nortridge Software's Nortridge Loan System (NLS) is now integrated with REPAY, a provider of vertically-integrated payment solutions, giving lenders another payment gateway option. REPAY's proprietary, integrated payment technology platform reduces the complexity of electronic payments for merchants, while enhancing the overall experience for consumers. Payment gateways in NLS now include REPAY, Merchant Partners, Payix, and ACI Universal Payments. (Greg Hindson, Orange County)

Optimum Info Receives "Best of Irvine" Award in Marketing

Optimum Info has been selected for the 2019 Best of Irvine Award in the Marketing Category by the Irvine Award Program, solidifying the brand as an innovative leader in the industry. Each year, the Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the area - those that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. (Arvind Verma, Orange County)

Parasoft Partners with HackEDU to Empower Software Developers

Parasoft is collaborating with HackEDU, an interactive cybersecurity training company, to allow organizations to train their developers and testers on the latest threats and mitigations for modern secure software development. Parasoft offers best-in-class Static Analysis Security Testing solutions, and HackEDU provides innovative hands-on secure coding training covering the latest technologies and threats. Coupled with Parasoft, teams now get the benefit of HackEDU's training directly related to the security issues they are working on, right at the moment it's needed. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., Monrovia)

PCIHIPAA Makes "Latka 100": Fastest-Growing SaaS Companies in 2019

Out of 3,500 SaaS companies in 2019, PCIHIPAA ranked in Latka 100's Top 5% in terms of annual growth rates. Latka is the leading private community for SaaS CEOs, founders and investors. Cybersecurity and compliance continue to be key areas of concern throughout the healthcare industry, and PCIHIPAA's services are specifically designed for private practices that often rely too heavily on their office manager for solving their security, privacy, and compliance requirements. (Jeff Broudy, West Los Angeles)

Tanner Research CEO to Present Nutrition Science Workshop at New Tanner Facility

On the evening of March 12, John Tanner, Ph.D., CEO of Tanner Research, will present a free Nutrition Science workshop, where he will share his story about how he suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest in 2009. Since then, he has studied intensely the causes of heart disease, the leading killer in this country, and found that it can be completely avoided through a proper diet - and cancer, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and about 30 other diseases can be reduced, avoided, or reversed by this same diet. John will relay to participants the scientific information they need to avoid heart disease and other leading killers. He will also field questions, and everyone will continue nutrition discussions in small groups. The workshop includes a healthy and tasty meal and your choice of one of the top books on nutrition science. Join John at the new Tanner Research facilities in Duarte. (John Tanner, Ph.D., Monrovia)

Dave Berkus on: Contract Employees & Tribal Knowledge

In Warning: Contractors must really be independent!, Dave reviews the numerous tests the IRS and the state of California now use to determine if a person is an independent contractor or an employee. And, in Why document your company's tribal knowledge?, Dave suggests that if company leaders make process documentation part of the corporate culture, starting at the top and from an early point in the company's life, this process becomes an accepted way in which managers learn and leave behind, able to move up the chain with minor disruption both in the job left behind and the job assumed. It makes for a smoother process for seeking outside hires by providing a model for the job specification to be written. Dave's other recent blog posts - available here - include: "Some thoughts about office politics;" Where's your sense of urgency?;" and "Building a Semi Pro Audio/Video Studio." (Dave Berkus, Monrovia & West Los Angeles)

Easy Breathe on: Benefits of Auto CPAP Machines

In What Are the Benefits of an Auto CPAP Machine?, Easy Breathe reports that there are three types of machines you can use to treat your sleep apnea: fixed-pressure; bi-level; and automatic - which offer a number of benefits the other machines don't. Auto machines are programmed with a sophisticated algorithm that monitors your breathing and auto titrates the pressure it delivers based upon your breathing needs. If your health changes in any way, the machine will recalibrate so that it will deliver the optimal pressure without the need for another titrating study in a lab. Auto CPAP machines are set to a default range and will detect and accommodate all pressures within that range. This will minimize the amount of testing you need to have done to get started on your treatment. (Nick Weiss, West Los Angeles)

Electrosonic on: Supportive Technology & Today's Control Rooms

In Technology for Technology Sake Is Not Innovative, Electrosonic points out that while spaces can be made extremely intelligent, they also need to be helpful, supportive, and simplify tasks. For example, AI, automation, and advanced presence sensors can play a big role in recognizing when the right people are in the room. And, in What Does a 2020 Control Room Look Like?, Electrosonic acknowledges that data is the lifeblood of organizations today, and state-of-the-art control rooms play an instrumental role in serving as a centralized hub where decision makers can analyze and act on information. (Bryan Hinckley, Monrovia)

Get Visible on: SEO & Online Tips & Strategies

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, has provided the following tips, resources, and strategies:
> But first, "Big news for me personally," shares Jason, "I am teaching my first of 5 classes in my daughter's high-school on Entrepreneurship. It's a 5-week crash course on how to make a pitch deck and do a shark tank-type pitch or simply launch your business idea. Looking forward. The curriculum comes from www.NFTE.com, which teaches kids from underserved areas how to become entrepreneurs."
> California Privacy Law getting updated.
> 9 Lead Gen Metrics to Measure and Monitor.
> 7 Wordpress FAQ plugins for your website.
> 7 tips to hack and outsmart GMAIL.
> Here's a guide to understand the mystery of Facebook Retargeting.
> More news on ADA compliance lawsuits.
> Get your life back with InstantAPP by Google.
> Latest stats on why your articles need to be 2,000+ words. (Jason Ciment, West Los Angeles)

Pegasus One on: Adopting Enterprise Machine Learning

In Tips for adopting enterprise machine learning, Pegasus One observes that as machine learning matures into a more advanced, sophisticated subset of business technology, it becomes necessary to explore ways of transitioning existing business processes into new ML-enabled technologies. Much like the process of digital transformation, machine learning transitions must be handled effectively to be productive. (Tushar Puri, Orange County)

PeopleG2 on: Discrimination Within AI & Mastering Tough Conversations

PeopleG2 CEO Chris Dyer contributed to a recent article in SHRM: AI: Discriminatory Data In, Discrimination Out, and wrote an article for Irish Tech News: Mastering Tough Conversations: The Superpower for Successful Bosses of the Future. Meanwhile, Chris continues to host his TalentTalk Radio Show podcast, where he interviews top executives about leadership and talent development. (Chris Dyer, Monrovia)

Alvaka Networks Discusses Ransomware Considerations

In The hidden truth about ransomware, Alvaka Networks concludes that antivirus software and firewalls are "ineffective table stakes in this new age of cyber-theft," and offers these guidelines to ensure your safety: Multi-factor authentication; segmentation of your network; 24/7 monitoring of your network; daily backups on a disconnected system; and keeping track of admin credentials. And, in Is It Time for Ransomware Insurance, Alvaka warns that cyber insurance is not a "get-out-of-jail-free" card, and doesn't compensate for inadequate comprehension of even the most basic, yet necessary, cybersecurity routines. (Oli Thordarson, Orange County Healthcare)

LigoLab Provides Insight on Laboratory Information Systems

In The four most important things to consider when modernizing a laboratory, LigoLab Information Systems points to configurability, efficiency, interoperability, and transparency, explaining that, thanks to an aging population and consolidation throughout the industry, there is an ever-increasing demand for labs to handle more cases even though the reimbursement per case is shrinking. And, in A dedicated and laboratory-specific LIS is the clear winner for modern labs, LigoLab examines which laboratory information system (LIS) model is the best for long-term success. They reference a recent study by the College of American Pathologists which compared a dedicated LIS (an end-to-end platform) versus a system that incorporates laboratory modules as part of an enterprise electronic health record platform. The authors of the study concluded that a dedicated LIS solution is most often the best choice for a lab. (Suren Avunjian, Los Angeles Healthcare)

PSYCHeANALYTICS & LifeWIRE Forge Strategic Marketing Agreement

LifeWIRE Corp. and PSYCHeANALYTICS Inc. have announced a co-marketing agreement to move forward as a joint solution for clients. LifeWIRE's suite of personalized communications, monitoring, and data capture solutions for population management and patient self-directed care provides a unique patient engagement element for PSYCHeANALYTICS' psychosocial and behavioral health assessment tool. Integrated behavioral health is critical to improving outcomes, thus PSYCHeANALYTICS CEO Dave Haddick underscores the importance of coordinating not only the overlapping impact of psychosocial and medical problems, but also the communication between patients and providers. (Dave Haddick, Bay Area Healthcare)

SAVI Group Discusses Medical Coding Changes & Rising Use of Outsourced Billing

In Navigating Important Medical Coding Changes, SAVI Group discusses what things medical coders should look out for, and areas to focus on, to ensure your medical practice is on the right track. And, in Demand for Medical Billing Outsourcing Continues to Rise, SAVI reports that the global medical billing outsourcing market is projected to reach an estimated $15.7 billion valuation by the year 2026. (Sumit Mahendru, Orange County Healthcare)

Is AI Cybersecurity's Salvation or its Greatest Threat?

In their second quarterly special issue, VentureBeat explores AI and cybersecurity across multiple stories, looking at how important humans remain in the age of AI-powered security, how deepfakes and deep media are creating a new security battleground even as the cybersecurity skills gap is a concern, surveillance powered by AI cameras is on the rise, AI-powered ransomware is rearing its head, and more. (Read Article: Venture Beat, 2/11/20)

Tech Leaders Meet with WHO to Figure Out How to Stop Coronavirus "Infodemic"

At Facebook recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted a daylong meeting with some of the largest tech leaders - including Amazon, Google, Dropbox, Verizon, Salesforce, Twitter, YouTube, Airbnb, and more - to discuss working together on solutions to the coronavirus outbreak. WHO shared information with the group about its response to the coronavirus and attendees detailed their own ideas on how to address the outbreak. The major topic was how the companies are working to tamp down the spread of misinformation. (Read Article: CNBC, 2/14/20)

Oracle & Google About to Face Off in Tech's Trial of the Century

On March 24, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear one of the most momentous tech cases in decades. The outcome - depending on which participant you believe - will either safeguard future innovation or deal a deserved comeuppance to a lawless tech giant. The case is Google v. Oracle, and it turns on who owns scraps of computer code known as APIs. Short for application programming interfaces, APIs allow one computer program to talk to another by letting, for instance, a weather app pull live temperatures from a third party and then display them on a map. APIs are an essential building block of the digital economy, and in the blockbuster case Oracle says Google committed copyright infringement by using its APIs without permission. Those APIs relate to the Java programming language, which Google used to build its mobile Android software - an act of piracy, in Oracle's view, worth $9 billion in damages. (Read Article: Fortune, 2/17/20)

FTC Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Decade's Worth of Info on Small Acquisitions

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, and Microsoft to turn over information about past acquisitions, broadening its review of the power of big tech companies. The FTC said it had requested information about hundreds of smaller deals made by the five tech companies over the past decade that weren't required to be reported to regulators by law and could provide insights into antitrust abuses. These corporations and others have scooped up dozens of smaller tech firms over the years, many of them for less than $100 million. In examining the smaller deals, the FTC signaled it was looking specifically into a tech industry practice known as "killer acquisitions," which smaller rivals have said was used to choke off competition. Under that strategy, the large tech companies buy a nascent competitor to protect their dominance and prevent the smaller company from growing into a bigger threat. (Read Article: New York Times, 2/11/20)

Average Tenure of a CISO is 26 Months Due to High Stress & Burnout

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs or CSOs) across the industry are reporting high levels of stress. Many say the heightened stress levels have led to mental and physical health issues, relationship problems, medication and alcohol abuse, and in some cases, an eventual burnout, resulting in an average 26-month tenure before CISOs find new employment. (Read Article: ZDNet, 2/12/20)

Most Employees Willing to Give Employer-Provided Digital Health Tools a Chance: Survey

Nearly half of US workers say they would have greater confidence in a new digital health solution if it was provided by their employer, and more than a quarter said that the provision of digital health tools would have a positive impact on their decision to stay with their employer, according to data featured in a recent Mercer Marsh Benefits, Mercer and Oliver Wyman report. In the US, 39% said that an app that helped them find a provider would be either "extremely" or "highly" valuable to them and their family, followed by electronic personal health records (38%), health condition self-management tools (36%) and telemedicine for common ailments (36%). Meanwhile, 94% of polled US employers said that health and well-being investments will be either equally or increasingly a priority in the coming years. And 40% said they believed that digital health offerings would help their company retain its staff, with 68% saying they plan to increase investment into digital health products over the next five years. (Read Article: mobihealthnews, 2/5/20)

Deactivating Landmines? Medical Triage? Now You Can Train in Virtual Reality

Technologists at Booz Allen Hamilton are turning to immersive virtual reality environments to address particularly dangerous on-the-job training. Powered by NVIDIA GPUs, the VR application built by the Booz Allen Hamilton team is meant to bring a big dollop of reality and realism to hazardous job training and better prepare workers for the stress they're likely to experience in their roles. (Read Articles: ZDNet, 2/14/20)


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