ABL-Tech Member News & Industry Trendletter * February 15, 2022

>>> Mark Parinas is Founder & CEO of Curaesoft, which he launched in 2015 after completing a three-year study of the critical software solution needs in the healthcare industry. Curaesoft specializes in custom software built for healthcare, social services, and workforce management. They also build electronic health record systems that cover a healthcare service company's many different but interdependent functional needs, including clinical recording, healthcare business management, clinical compliance, recruitment, HR and financial management, clinical billing, payroll, staff performance evaluation, care coordination, wage/hour, and more. Curaesoft uses a highly agile process to extract the business, clinical, and process support needs from its clients and builds working software assets that can pay back in enhanced operational efficiency and clinical effectiveness. Mark is also CEO of CVHCare, a home health agency which he co-founded in 2005, which serves the San Francisco Bay, Greater Sacramento, and Greater Los Angeles areas. Previously, Mark was an ICU RN for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and a CCU/ Tele/MedSurg RN for Sutter Healthcare. Earlier, he was a Key Channels Development Specialist for Nestle, SA. Already a long-time Member of ABL-Health's Oakland Round Table, Mark has now also joined the ABL-Tech West Los Angeles Round Table.

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Are We There Yet?

                     Blog by Mimi Grant

One of the most memorable stories in Michael J. Fox's memoire, Lucky Man, is about his experience driving cross-country with a buddy and their three sons. It was an 18-day trip, which went smoothly until they hit Death Valley, at which point Michael's son asked the question that all parents dread: "Are We There Yet?" Having grown up crisscrossing Canada with his own family - and been the target of his dad's explosive responses to that very question, Michael took another approach: he pulled off the road and stopped - in the middle of nowhere. Getting out of the car, he opened the doors and announced, "We're here," and encouraged everyone to get out and look around. After a few minutes of looking at dirt and picking up a few rocks, everyone got back in the car, and didn't utter another complaint for the remainder of the trip.

I don't know about you, but that's how I feel. Two Moderna vaccines, a booster, even an Omicron infection, and I can't believe we're still not there yet. Or are we? Governors now seem to be falling over themselves to let us go inside without masks. And, at the SoFi Stadium, spectators fortunate enough to attend the Super Bowl in person were given KN95 masks to be worn when "not actively eating or drinking," yet, as KTLA 5 reported, "if you watched the game, you probably noticed that a lot of spectators were not wearing facial coverings, including celebrities and many fans."

Perhaps we should feel relieved, according to Worldometers, of the 79,325,576 reported COVID cases in the U.S., 50,780,304 have had an outcome. Of those, although 2% (943,411) have passed, 98% (49,836,893) have recovered or been discharged. (Assumably we're still waiting for the confirmation that at least 98% of the 28,545,272 cases so far without an outcome will end up on the "recovered" side of the ledger.) Even better is the rapidly declining number of new cases.

Furthermore, now that every American household is entitled to two free antigen tests, ideally those who even suspect they've contracted COVID - at a Super Spreader Event or elsewhere - will take a test and, if positive, stay at home. And, if two tests aren't enough, consumers with private health insurance will get up to eight free at-home tests per covered individual per month.

In addition to the politicians across the land who are responding to their constituents' plea to let the country get back to normal and drop masking requirements, the nation's top medical scientist, Dr. Anthony Fauci was quoted in The Financial Times, saying that the U.S. has almost reached the end of the "full blown" pandemic and could reach immunity levels sufficient to limit the spread of the virus soon. While not saying that we are out of the COVID woods, he allowed, "There will be more people making their own decision on how they want to deal with the virus."

For the guesstimated 100 million+ viewers of Super Bowl LVI, it will be obvious: for most of the fans in the stands, "They're there!"

PHOTO CREDIT: 5 KTLA at Super Bowl



Alvaka CEO Honored with 2022 Peer of the Year Award by Industry Group

The ChannelPro Network has named Oli Thordarson, founder and CEO of Alvaka Networks, as the winner of its 2022 Peer of the Year award, which recognizes channel pros who have shared especially powerful peer-to-peer business advice. ChannelPro magazine recently spotlighted Oli and Alvaka, in an article about their approach to identity and branding, as well as advice about what it takes to invest in and build out a 24/7/365 network operations center.
Meanwhile, on March 9, Alvaka will present a webinar - The Current & Future Truth of Cyber Coverage, where a panel will discuss the current state of the cyber breach insurance market and important factors you should consider when it comes to your cyber liability.
Also, read Alvaka's blog post, Ransomware Attack: Should I Contact the FBI and Law Enforcement? (Oli Thordarson, SGV)

Auxora Wins Excellent Quality Award

Auxora's WDM BOSA Core product has won the 2021 Infostone Hero List Excellent Quality Award. Auxora's product is the industry's first core product of single-fiber bidirectional optical components, using the traditional PON BOSA structure to design a drop-in replacement for single-fiber bidirectional 5G WDM transmission applications and other high-speed WDM single-fiber bidirectional transmission systems. It offers cost performance, high reliability, low loss, high isolation, high directivity, and good temperature stability. The Infostone Heroes list is chosen by 30 experts in the field of optical communication and Infostone Consulting, who evaluate the products on the basis of: technology, cost, market share, customer satisfaction and third-party test performance, as well as company business performance, growth rate, R&D intensity, patent and other factors. (Jinghui Li, SGV)

Eckert & Ziegler to Supply Telix with Lutetium-177 for Clinical Trials

Eckert & Ziegler (EZ) has executed with Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited a comprehensive global supply agreement for EZ's therapeutic radioisotope Lutetium-177. The radiopharmaceutical will be used to advance Telix's portfolio of Molecularly Targeted Radiation investigational products. Lutetium-177 is used in precision oncology for targeted radionuclide therapy. The radioisotope Lutetium-177, is linked to tumor specific drugs which then incorporates the radiating element of the radioisotope into the tumor cells, while largely sparing healthy tissue. With EZ's production facilities in Europe, Asia, and North America, they are excellently positioned to meet the increasing demand for this isotope and related development and manufacturing services. (Frank Yeager, SGV)

Envision Financial Systems Debuts Asset Modeling Capabilities

Envision Financial Systems announced the launch of an enhancement to its core recordkeeping system that lets investors take a risk questionnaire on-line, select an investment program based on the questionnaire results, make the initial purchase into the investment program, and establish automatic rebalancing to maintain the program allocations. The feature enables mutual funds and intermediaries to offer investors guidance and managed asset programs without layering on additional software. These features are now in use at Ultimus Fund Solutions - the first user of these new capabilities within Envision's responsive internet portal. (Satnam Gambhir, OC)

GF Piping Systems Debuts HYPRO Polypropylene Piping System

GF Piping Systems has introduced HYPRO, the first innovative PP-R product line for the conduction and containment of industrial effluents designed and developed in partnership between GF Piping Systems' teams in Switzerland, Brazil, and the U.S. to meet the Brazilian market requirements. The local production in Brazil also ensures CO2 emissions are kept low versus importation. The HYPRO system is resistant to pressure, corrosion, abrasion, and high temperatures, and can be applied in various conditions for the transport of industrial effluents, chemicals used in water, sewage treatment plants, both municipal and industrial processes, and chemicals used in industrial processes. (Mike Smith, SGV)

LookinLA Achieves Google Partner Designation & CEO Payani Joins Forbes Business Council

LookinLA is celebrating its fourth consecutive year as a Google partner, having met all the required criteria due to the hard work of its team members and the success of their clients. LookinLA has maintained an optimization score of over 90%, indicating that they've set up their clients' accounts to perform well. All of LookinLA's strategists have demonstrated proficiency in Google Ads by earning Google Ads certifications. Finally, they have managed over $100k every month in ad spend, which shows their ability to help clients consistently identify new growth opportunities and sustain success on an ongoing basis.
Meanwhile, Ali Payani, LookinLA Co-Founder and CEO, has accepted an invitation to join The Forbes Business Council, in recognition of his depth and diversity of experience spanning leadership, management, public engagement, technology, and growth. (Ali Payani, SGV)

OEwaves & CEO Spotlighted in NASA Spinoff 2022

The NASA Spinoff 2022 publication features an article - Lasers Make Waves in Self-Driving Cars, Quantum Devices [the article is on page 31] - which extensively spotlights Lute Maleki, and his company, OEwaves. It discusses Lute's background, his many industry accomplishments, and talks about OEwaves history and future - including current opportunities in the millimeter- and submillimeter-wavelength applications in communications, radar, and other sensors. (Lute Maleki, SGV)

Optimum Info Video Extols AMOS Business Management + Test Drive IKON

This 1-minute video shows how - using Optimum Info's AMOS Business Management - OEMs and auto dealers alike can leverage KPI data to compare performance over peer entities, run what-if scenario calculators, risk analysis, dealer scorecards, KPI alerts, composite group comparisons, and more.
Also, register on Optimum Info's website for a free Test Drive of IKON, a Field Force Management CRM tailored to OEMs with a franchise network. (Arvind Verma, OC)

Philippe Lewicki's AfterNow Visually Graphs Covid's Damage by State

AfterNow recently created a series of graphs with a 3D visualization concept to portray the impact of Covid-19, utilizing the company's Viz product. This first demonstration is of the U.S., displaying for each state a column of deaths composed of monthly rings. The size of each ring is proportional to the number of deaths. (Philippe Lewicki, WLA)

ProProfs Solutions Win Accolades

ProProfs Knowledge Base is listed as one of the best Document Management Software of 2022 by Digital.com, and ProProfs Training Maker is included in the "Best Learning Management System for 2022" list published by OnlineDegree.com. Plus, ProProfs Chat has been recognized as a High Performer of Winter 2022 in Asia by G2.
Meanwhile, read recent ProProfs blog posts, including: 14 Best Gantt Chart Tools to Grow Your Business, and 10 Best Software Documentation Tools for 2022. (Sameer Bhatia, WLA)

Tanner Research CEO to Present Virtual Nutrition Science Workshops

On the evenings of March 8 (click here) and April 7 (click here), John Tanner, Ph.D., of Tanner Research, will present his free Nutrition Science Virtual Workshop, via Zoom, where he will relay to participants the scientific information they need to avoid heart disease and other leading killers with a proper diet. The group will discuss strategies for change and John will field questions, plus give a free book to participants. (John Tanner, Ph.D., SGV)

The Joy Factory Features Its VESA Mount in Video

This 2:38-minute video highlights The Joy Factory's VESA 75/100 HD AMPs Mount, a versatile solution to positioning a device in an emergency vehicle such as a fire truck, ambulance, or police cruiser. The base features a drill-down universal AMPs base that easily attaches to flat surfaces. With VESA 75x75mm, 100x50mm, and 100x100mm configurations it will accommodate most IPCs and a variety of other devices. (Sampson Yang, OC, and Miranda Su, SGV)

Vincit & Bilot Announce Merger Plans

Vincit and Bilot are planning to join forces - the companies' combined expertise in digital business and customer experience, as well as human-centric design, data, software development and technology platforms, will give them a new competitive edge. After the merger, they will operate as one under the Vincit name, continuing to offer world-class services in mobile app development, embedded systems, and more.
Also, Vincit is a "Great Place to Work"-certified workplace, both in Finland and the U.S. Great Place to Work studies organizations' employee experience with an anonymous employee survey in 60+ countries. (Rachel Valentine, OC)

Xsolla Opens India Market for Malaysian Game Makers

Xsolla has teamed with Paytm Payment Gateway, India's leading payments solutions provider, to bring gaming payments solutions to India. Malaysian game developers now have easier access to India's growing gaming marketplace, as Xsolla integrated Paytm's Digital Wallet, Unified Payment Interface, and online banking payment solutions into its Pay Station platform. (Shurick Agapitov, WLA)

BCG's Harrison Barnes on: Identifying & Understanding Your Strengths & Limitations

In Do Not Stand in the Way of Your Own Progress, Harrison Barnes, CEO of BCG Attorney Search, urges you to identify the parts of yourself that are limiting your success and then confront those parts, so that you can grow and evolve. "Being a strong person who is effective in the world requires that one understands and accepts his or her true nature and all his or her strengths and limitations," Harrison says, continuing, "The journey for you to become successful begins with an awareness of where you are, and not an obsession with where you should be. To reach your potential, you must be willing to take a chance and to be wrong, and you need to understand the nature of who you are. For example, when we look at the leaders of the world around us, we generally see that they share a couple of common characteristics: First, they have the ability to make a decision. People who have the ability to make decisions are leaders. It is not important what the decision is, it is just important that the leader is able to make a decision. Second, they give themselves the opportunity to be vulnerable. Leaders make themselves vulnerable to the world." (Harrison Barnes, JD, WLA)

Dave Berkus on: Tech Trends, Investors & Exits, & Raising Money

In a short video, Dave Berkus shares "four of our most important tech trends in just 90 seconds."
Meanwhile, recent blog posts from Dave include What if you and your investors don't agree on an exit?, in which Dave describes some of the differences between an "evergreen" company versus a company being grown to sell and/or go public.
And, in Don't just raise money. Do it on good news!, Dave shares that he has counseled founders to raise enough to accelerate to a significant milestone that is over a year away, and to scale the business to find breakeven with two early rounds if possible. Once at breakeven, the rush to raise more is over, and there are far more options available. Tech businesses today can do this much more easily than a decade ago, Dave says, with cheaper development costs, SaaS hosting environments avoiding heavy equipment costs, and development platforms with pre-formed routines available. (Dave Berkus, SGV & WLA)

California Lightworks on: Improving Results While Lowering Costs & Carbon Footprint

George Mekhtarian, CEO of California Lightworks, wrote a recent article for MMJdaily.com - Improving cannabis grow results while lowering costs and carbon footprint, where he says: "The cannabis industry pollutes more than the coal industry. Technology can help address many of our environmental issues. When I started the company 12 years ago, I knew there had to be a better solution for grow lights. By bringing the latest in lighting and controls technology to the grower, we have been able to make cultivating cannabis simpler, more sustainable and more productive. In essence, we help cannabis cultivators improve their bottom line while improving their carbon footprint through the use of technology." (George Mekhtarian, SGV)

Electrosonic on: Eco-Friendly AV Planning & Tech to Know in 2022

In Eco-Friendly AV Planning: 3 Things to Consider When Designing Sustainable Spaces, Electrosonic discusses how sustainable AV design supports LEED certification; product selection that's energy-efficient; automation features to conserve power; device monitoring and data collection to understand space usage; and more.
And, watch a recent Electrosonic webinar replay on-demand - Elevating the Experience Economy: Technologies to Know in 2022.
Meanwhile, Electrosonic participated in the creation of these recent attractions: Illuminarium Atlanta, a 30,000-square-foot immersive experience combining advanced bleeding-edge projection, spatial audio, and haptic technology, as well as the Canada Pavilion located in Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability District, which includes art installations, an interactive light and sound experience, and a 360-degree theatre. (Bryan Hinckley, SGV)

GetVisible on: SEO, User Experience, & Tracking Employee Vaccines

GetVisible's Always Thinking Blog offers a variety of posts to help us better understand specific aspects of SEO. Recent posts include: What is Continuous Scrolling, and How Can it Affect SEO?, and Why User Experience (UX) is Important for Your Website.
Meanwhile, GetVisible CEO Jason Ciment suggests that if you have a company with 50+ employees, email [email protected] for a preview of a service his company just built at www.trackemployeevaccines.com - see how this system tracks and monitors employee vaccines, Covid tests, and other medical tests. (Jason Ciment, WLA)

GIDEON Informatics Provides eBooks on Infectious Diseases, Including Occupational Risks

GIDEON Informatics has published an ebook series - comprehensive and up-to-date books summarizing the historical and current endemic status of infectious diseases in 230+ countries and territories, exploring all individual infectious diseases, drugs, vaccines, outbreaks, surveys, and pathogens, in every country of the world. The ebooks complement the GIDEON web application by expanding easy access to GIDEON's vast content without a subscription or continual internet access.
Also, GIDEON's blog post - Occupational Infectious Diseases - discusses certain working conditions that put us at increased risk of poor health. For example, some occupations involve repeated exposure to respiratory irritants and carcinogens, while others are associated with musculoskeletal injury or hearing loss. (Uri Blackman, WLA)

Intellect on: ISO 9001 vs 14001, EH&S Software, & Challenges of Growth

In What Are the Differences Between ISO 9001 and 14001?, Intellect CEO Romeo Elias reports that both standards are quite important across the globe and learning their similarities and differences could help grow your organization.
And, in Top 10 Benefits of Digital EH&S Software, Intellect discusses Environmental Health and Safety software, a centralized place for your company's safety program management.
Plus, in 8 Ways to Maintain Your Company Culture During Growth, Intellect acknowledges that rapid expansion can make business owners feel like the spirit and values of the company have been lost, and suggests some steps to take.
Meanwhile, Featured Customers has named Intellect as a Top Performer in its Winter 2022 Business Process Management Software Customer Success Report. (Romeo Elias, WLA)

myKaarma on: Creating a QA Automation Testing Framework

myKaarma's QA automation team recently published a blog - QA as Code: An API approach - on how to create a QA automation framework microservice using spring boot, selenium, and TestNG. QA Automation has become a common practice in companies where the product is extensive and manual QA for large-scale development is tedious and time-consuming. (Ujj Nath, WLA)

Parasoft on: Virtual Training Environments for a Hybrid Workforce

On February 22, Parasoft will present a webinar - Empower Your Hybrid Workforce With Virtual Training Environments, which will address how adopting a virtual training environment will help you simplify the creation and availability of a virtual training center; dramatically reduce fixed costs and risks of onboarding team members; easily manage and scale the training environment dynamically; and more.
Information on other upcoming webinars can be found here, including: "Demo with Live Q&A: Parasoft Continuous Quality Solution;" "5 Imperatives for Delivering Software with Confidence;" and "Demo with Live Q&A: Parasoft C and C++ Software Testing." (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., SGV)

PeopleG2 on: What Employees Really Want + Remote Work Insights

On the evening of February 16, PeopleG2 CEO Chris Dyer will lead a virtual presentation and discussion on remote work strategies to the MADIA Tech Launch Event - open to all interested participants.
And, on February 23, PeopleG2 and Chris will present a webinar - What Your Employees Really Want, But Won't Tell You.
Meanwhile, read Chris's recent articles:
>> How Remote Teams Can Work Across Time Zones More Easily;
>> 5 Reasons Companies Are Not Making Remote Work Permanent; and
>> How to Communicate Effectively in the World of Remote Work (published by trainingmag.com). (Chris Dyer, SGV)

Profi on: Building Community Around Your Training Organization

Alina Trigubenko, CEO of Profi, wrote a recent article in Training magazine - Building an Active Community Around Your Training Organization's Brand - which covers: Training course programming is key; Unified online training platforms provide flexibility and scale; Creating a network for brand success; and Aligning mindsets, values, and culture to build an active community.
Meanwhile, read recent Profi blog posts:
>> The 3 Best Time Management Tools for Professional Service Providers (and Their Teams).
>> Top 6 Wellness Coaching Trends for 2022 (Rejoice! They're Promising). (Alina Trigubenko, WLA)

Marshall Toplansky on: Restoring the California Dream

Noted author Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are making their research report, Restoring the California Dream, available for viewing. (Marshall Toplansky, OC)

Bayer & Mammoth Biosciences to Collaborate on Novel Gene-Editing Technology

Bayer AG and Mammoth Biosciences, which is harnessing the diversity of nature to power the next-generation CRISPR products, have announced a strategic collaboration and option agreement for the use of Mammoth's CRISPR systems to develop in vivo gene-editing therapies. Mammoth Biosciences' gene-editing technology will significantly enhance Bayer's efforts to develop transformative therapies for patients faster and strengthen the company's recently established new cell and gene therapy platform. The two companies will start their collaboration with a focus on liver-targeted diseases.
MEANWHILE, BlueRock Therapeutics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayer AG, recently announced the dose administration for the first patient in Canada in partnership with the University Health Network in a Phase 1, open-label trial of pluripotent stem cell-derived dopaminergic neurons in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. (Rama Penta, ABL-Health SV)

Biospectal a Finalist for SXSW Innovation Award + Wins CES 2022 Tech Innovation Award

Biospectal is among the 60+ finalists for the 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards, which span 13 categories, including Health, Med & BioTech; AI & Machine Learning; Wearable Tech; and more. Winners, plus additional honors, will be announced at a ceremony on March 14, and these 60+ digital projects will be available for SXSW attendees to interact with at the Finalist Showcase on March 12.
MEANWHILE, at the recent CES 2022, Biospectal won an Omdia Technology Innovation Award, in the Fitness, Health and Wellbeing category, for its Biospectal OptiBP for iOS and Biodisc, an all-in-one blood pressure monitor and a monitoring platform that extends smartphones and other connected mobile devices to clinics, hospitals, work, and home. (Eliott Jones, ABL-Health SV)

Elemeno Health Wins InnovatorMD & American College of Emergency Physicians Awards

At the recent InnovatorMD Global Summit 2022, Elemeno Health won first place in the Startup Showcase.
ALSO, Elemeno recently won the American College of Emergency Physicians 2021 Emergency Medicine Innovator of the Year award, PLUS it closed a $1.5 million Series Seed 2 round in Q4, AND signed five new hospitals, including its first in the Midwest. (Arup Roy-Burman, MD, ABL-Health OAK)

Kaiser Permanente Joins Graphite Health to Create Trusted Interoperable Data Platform

Graphite Health, a digital healthcare company, has announced that Kaiser Permanente is now an organizing member, joining SSM Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and Intermountain Healthcare. Modeled on Civica Rx, a health utility company, Graphite Health is creating a standardized, interoperable data platform that enables a secure and open marketplace to streamline the distribution of digital health solutions for both health systems and entrepreneurs. Fundamental to Graphite Health's vision is the Digital Hippocratic Oath, which serves as the ethical compass that guides all operations, including their approach to data sharing, integration, and technical processes. (Marcos Vasconcelos, ABL-Health OAK)

LigoLab Recognized as Industry Leader by Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan recently analyzed the North American Laboratory Information Systems Industry and recognized LigoLab as the "2022 Competitive Strategy Leadership Award" winner for improving the efficiency of diagnostic labs and transforming them into thriving businesses. According to Amartya Bose, an industry analyst, "LigoLab's truly integrated LIS & RCM platform allows for the seamless integration, transparency, and situational awareness of all laboratory operations and RCM processes through its real-time, queue-facilitated workflow. This RCM module ensures billing cycle management starts at the order initiation, providing a single source of truth that's supported by automated coding and regulatory claim compliance verification, thus reducing the risk of denials at a later stage by up to 98% and improving the net collections for laboratories." (Suren Avunjian, ABL-Health LA)

MedWand CEO Interviewed for Series on Technology Making an Important Positive Social Impact

Dave Philistin, CEO of Candor, recently interviewed MedWand CEO Bob Rose, in Health Tech: Robert Rose On How MedWand Solutions' Technology Can Make An Important Impact On Our Overall Wellness - published in Authority Magazine, and part of an interview series about "Technology Making An Important Positive Social Impact." Among other things, the article covers Bob's three character traits he thinks were most instrumental to his success; particular problems MedWand is aiming to solve; how MedWand's technology can address these, and "five things you need to know to successfully create technology that can make a positive social impact." (Bob Rose, ABL-Health OC)

PRODEO Teams with LusioMATE in the U.S.

PRODEO is excited to introduce LusioMATE to the U.S. market, a product of Lusio Technologies, based in Sydney, Australia. LusioMATE's wearable rehabilitation device and physical therapy ecosystem to motivate the achievement of movement goals, and drive adherence to PT programs, in general, via a suite of fun and engaging games suitable for all ages and capabilities. LusioMATE can be used remotely by both patients and clinicians in the emerging areas of telehealth and virtual care. PRODEO sees this breakthrough technology as the missing lever to drive desired outcomes while boosting both patient and clinician satisfaction. (Mark Heinemeyer, ABL-Health OC)

Providence DIG Gives Digital Predictions + Spin-Out DexCare Raises $50M

Providence Digital Innovation Group (DIG) has published COVID-19 Digital Insight Series: Industry Consolidation - 2021 in Review, as well as 2022 Digital Predictions.
MEANWHILE, DexCare, Inc., a data-driven intelligence company focused on healthcare access, which was incubated by Providence DIG, recently announced a $50M Series B funding led by Transformation Capital, with participation from all existing investors, Kaiser Permanente, Providence Ventures, Mass General Brigham, Define Ventures, Frist Cressey Ventures, and SpringRock Ventures. In less than one year, DexCare has closed two oversubscribed funding rounds totaling $71M to-date. (Marcee Chmait, ABL-Health LA)

Savi Group Lauds the Future of Predictive Analytics & AI in Healthcare

In The Future of Predictive Analytics in Healthcare, Savi Group shares that predictive analytics has the potential to help healthcare providers make better decisions about patient care and other important medical concerns.
AND, in Artificial Intelligence Trends in Healthcare 2022, Savi concludes that AI has the ability to streamline administrative processes; AI data analyses hold the potential to uncover many new trends and insights from mountains of unorganized data that currently exist within medical organizations across the world; and AI algorithms hold the power to provide more accurate medical diagnoses to patients. (Sumit Mahendru, ABL-Health OC)

Tech Jobs are Booming: Here's What Employers are Looking For

Tech companies in the US added 24,300 workers in January, marking the 14th consecutive month of job growth in a hot IT hiring market. According to job market statistics by CompTIA, IT occupations throughout the economy increased by 178,000 last month, with tech-related hiring contributing to the national growth of 467,000 jobs. Unemployment rates within tech occupations dropped to 1.7%, down from 2% in December 2021. More than half of January's job gains within the tech sector were in the IT services and custom software development category, where 14,800 roles were added. Tech firms also added 7,500 employees in data processing, hosting and related services, 3,100 employees in information services, such as search engines, and 2,000 new hires in computer and electronic products manufacturing. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/tech-jobs-are-booming-heres-what-employers-are-looking-for/)

Establishing Worksite Covid Testing: FAQs Answered

Law firm Nelson Hardiman has published Priority Guidelines FAQs: Establishing Worksite Covid Testing, which discusses questions such as: How do we get started with implementing testing protocols? How should employee Covid-19 records, regarding vaccinations or infections, be stored? Does my business need laboratory CLIA Certification for OTC rapid tests? Can a group health plan cover testing costs? Must employees be compensated for time devoted to testing? How often should employees be tested? and more. (https://www.nelsonhardiman.com/client-alert-priority-guidelines-faqs-establishing-worksite-covid-testing/)

Your Next New Gadget Could Be Stronger Than Steel & Super Light Too

MIT researchers have created a new material as light as plastic and as strong as steel. The material, called 2DPA-1, is a type of polyaramide that can be manufactured at an industrial scale. It's the latest in a wave of innovative materials that could transform personal electronics. The researchers found that the new material's elastic modulus - a measure of how much force it takes to deform a material - is between four and six times greater than that of bulletproof glass. They also found that its yield strength, or how much force it takes to break the material, is twice that of steel, even though the material has only about one-sixth the density of steel. (https://www.lifewire.com/your-next-new-gadget-could-be-stronger-than-steel-5218589)

Kids Could Learn Gaming at School; Studies Show Most Parents are Already on Board

A UK study from Dell Technologies found that 48% of parents believe esports should be added to the school/college curriculum, while 69% think esports could allow their child to develop skills that they might not get through traditional education methods. Alongside the 1,500 parents polled in the study, an additional 500 financial decision-makers such as headteachers and department heads, also expressed a positive view of the subject, with a whopping 79% believing it should be taught in schools. (https://www.techradar.com/news/your-kids-could-learn-gaming-at-school-and-you-should-be-happy-about-it)

Use of COBOL Could Be a Lot Bigger than Previously Estimated: Report

New research on the global scale of the COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) programming language suggests that there are upwards of 800 billion lines of COBOL code being used by organizations and institutes worldwide, some three times larger than previously estimated. A global study with 1,104 respondents from 49 countries found that more than nine in 10 organizations continue to view COBOL as a strategic priority. It also found that 83% of organizations believe their COBOL-based applications will see out another 10 or more years. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/programming-languages-how-much-cobol-code-is-out-there-the-answer-might-surprise-you/)

Amazon Expands Telehealth Program Nationwide

Amazon's virtual healthcare program, Amazon Care, is now available nationwide, the company has announced. The hybrid service, which pairs virtual care with the option for an in-home nurse's visit, will be available in 20 additional cities in 2022, according to a blog post. That in-person component is already up and running in eight cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle. (https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/8/22923381/amazon-care-telehealth-nurse-locations)

Cybersecurity M&A Volume Reaches $77.5 Billion in 2021

Mergers and acquisitions in cybersecurity grew to $77.5 billion in 2021, according to research from cybersecurity consultancy Momentum. The numbers far surpassed 2020, which saw $19.7 billion in M&A activity. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/cybersecurity-m-a-volume-reaches-77-5-billion-in-2021/)

AI Edge Chip Market is on Fire, Kindled by "Staggering" VC Funding

Chips to perform AI inference on edge devices such as smartphones is a red-hot market, even years into the field's emergence, attracting more and more startups and more and more venture funding, according to a prominent chip analyst firm covering the field. Edge AI has become a blanket term that refers mostly to everything that is not in a data center, though it may include servers on the fringes of data centers. It ranges from smartphones to embedded devices that suck micro-watts of power using the TinyML framework for mobile AI from Google. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-ai-edge-inference-chip-market-is-raging/)

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