ABL-Tech Member News & Industry Trendletter * December 20, 2022
    The Full-Length Video Recording of ABL's 25th Innovations in Healthcare Awards Event Is Now Available On the Password-Protected "MEMBERS ONLY" Section of the ABL Website, Under "Presentations."
    ---There you'll find full-length presentations by Keynoters Dennis Boyle, Partner, Founding Member and Leader of IDEO's Health and Wellness Practice, and Robin Farmanfarmaian, Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, author, investor and professional speaker,
    ---As well as the presentations by ABL's 2022 "Innovator in Healthcare" Awardees: Dean Hovey, CEO of 8B Medical; Eliott Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Biospectal SA; and Ed Buckley, President and CEO of Select Data Inc.
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Alvaka Named a 2022 Top Workplace for 2nd Year in a Row

Alvaka - which has recently rebranded from Alvaka Networks to simply Alvaka - has been named a 2022 Top Workplace, for the second consecutive year, an honor awarded by The Orange County Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback in a confidential survey that measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization. (Oli Thordarson, SGV)

California Lightworks System Deployed in Eastern Nevada

A state-of-the-art greenhouse cultivator in Eastern Nevada, Ghost Town Cannabis, has deployed the California Lightworks MegaDrive LED system to increase yield in their challenging desert environment. Watch the case study video here. (George Mekhtarian, SGV)

Coherent Partners with Korea's ETRI & KAIST + Wins Award

Coherent Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with two Korean institutions, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), to foster collaboration on advanced electronic and photonic devices, with a focus on the Korean market. It was signed in conjunction with the Korea-US Industrial Cooperation Forum, which provides a mutual collaboration platform for both countries with the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy; and the Korea Institute for Advanced Technology.
ALSO, Coherent has earned a Supplier Excellence Award from Applied Materials, Inc., in recognition of top-performing suppliers for outstanding technical and operational achievements in areas including quality, service, lead time, delivery, cost, and responsiveness. (Randy Heyler, SGV)

Eckert & Ziegler Gets Green Light for Phase III Study with PENTIXAFOR

Eckert & Ziegler subsidiary PENTIXAPHARM GmbH has received a green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a phase III registration study in patients suffering from various forms of Non-Hodgkin-Lymphomas. Following several rounds of scientific advice, the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use endorsed a study design presented by PENTIXAPHARM's management, which envisions treating up to 500 lymphoma patients with the Gallium-68 based radiotracer PENTIXAFOR in about 30 participating European clinics. (Frank Yeager, SGV)

Envision Teams with BetaNXT + Discusses Upcoming Disruptive Technologies

Envision Financial Systems and BetaNXT, a provider of wealth management technology and outsourcing solutions, have partnered to deliver an integrated brokerage and mutual-fund sub-accounting solution. BetaNXT will offer Envision's brokerage platform and mutual fund capabilities to customers under a single relationship and support structure.
ALSO, Envision participated in a recent feature article in Real Assets Adviser - Roundtable: What do you expect will be the most disruptive technology during the next 10 years? (Satnam Gambhir, OC)

myKaarma an Approved Provider for Lexus

myKaarma announced it's an approved provider for the Lexus Service Scheduler Program. myKaarma's Scheduler+ solution allows Lexus dealers to seamlessly integrate appointments with all myKaarma tools and their BDC. Dealers can integrate the solution with factory and dealer menus, provide mobile customer check-in, and customize settings to meet capacity needs. (Ujj Nath, OC)

OEwaves Introduces Laser Linewidth Narrowing Option for the OE4000

OEwaves, Inc. has launched a new laser linewidth narrowing and phase/frequency noise reducing optional feature for its flagship ultra-sensitive OE4000 Laser Linewidth and Phase Noise Analyzer product family. This new feature coupled with a suitable external feedback controller enables significant laser linewidth and phase noise reduction aiding the user's R&D effort to achieve higher laser spectral purity with their current laser. (Lute Maleki, Ph.D., SGV)

Parasoft Releases the Most Extensive MISRA Coverage + Supports Updated MISRA C:2012

Parasoft announced the 2022.2 release of Parasoft C/C++test with support for MISRA C:2012 (the most popular coding standard for the C language) Amendment 3 (AMD3) and a draft version of MISRA C++ 202x, which provides the most complete coverage for the new coding guidelines. The latest release of Parasoft's unified, fully integrated testing solution for C and C++ software development helps teams automate static analysis and coding standards compliance, increase productivity, and shorten time to market.
PLUS, Parasoft announced support for MISRA C:2012 AMD3 and Technical Corrigendum 2 (TC2). As a member of the MISRA consortium, Parasoft stays in the know about the latest MISRA guidelines to ensure its customers continue to automate compliance testing using C/C++test to deliver the safest, most secure C applications.
MEANWHILE, click here to view Parasoft's upcoming webinars. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., SGV)

Project Insight Nominated for Best Project Management Tool in SIIA CODiE Awards

Project Insight (PI) has been nominated for Best Project Management tool as part of the 38th annual CODiE Awards, presented by the Software and Information Industry Association, which honor the best products, companies and teams in the business and education technology industries. PI will be rigorously reviewed in two rounds of review as part of the awards process before winners are announced June 7 & 8, 2023.
MEANWHILE, PI will present a webinar on January 18 - The Top 5 Challenges of the Remote Project Manager and How to Overcome Them. It will discuss some of the benefits and challenges of remote work and share some tips and tricks to help make remote work feel more "live." (Thomas Leffler, OC)

The Joy Factory Unveils aXtion Go MP for Surface Go 3 | Go 2 | Go

The Joy Factory received final Microsoft DFS approval for CWM404MP and the product is now in-stock and live on The Joy Factory's website. The aXtion Go MP is designed for SurfaceGo 3 | Go 2 | Go. Its rugged and water-resistant case features military grade certification (MIL-STD-810H) and a water-resistant rating of IP54. Its thin profile allows it to easily fit into virtually any charging cart, making it perfect for workspaces with shared devices. (Sampson Yang, OC & Miranda Su, SGV)

VCP Parent Covetrus Announces Co-Branded Partnership with ALR Technologies

ALR Technologies SG Ltd has entered into a co-branded distribution agreement with Covetrus, Inc., parent company of VCP, for ALRT's GluCurve Pet CGM, a continuous glucose monitoring system for diabetic cats and dogs - the first and only such system. Covetrus will have the exclusive rights to sell this system as a co-branded product to veterinary clinics throughout the U.S., Brazil, United Kingdom, the European Union, and various other countries globally. (Bob Richardson, OC)

Active Cypher on: The World Has Changed; So Must Cybersecurity

Mike Quinn, CEO of Active Cypher, wrote an article for Forbes - The World Has Changed: So Must Cybersecurity - in which he discusses how cybercriminals have transformed from pranksters to mobsters, how digital transformation has also transformed the attack surface; and how cybersecurity has shifted to identity and data protection. To effectively protect ourselves, Mike declares that changing the focus from perimeter security and internal monitoring to strengthening the interior network elements, such as data and identity, can help companies get an advantage over the massively resourced cybercriminal industry by creating a proactive risk posture.
ALSO, Active Cypher and Mike are profiled in a recent article in The Enterprise World on "The Best Cybersecurity Service Providers in 2022. Among the topics in this article, Mike offers advice to budding entrepreneurs. (Mike Quinn, OC)

Dave Berkus on: Agile Leadership & Battling the Dragon

In Meetings insight: Just three actionable items!, Dave discusses the concept of "agile leadership," and how a group moves in a much more agile manner if it can be directed to focus all of its resources on just a few issues.
AND, in Should you battle the dragon? Or just avoid the encounter?, Dave notes that sometimes a competitor is just too entrenched, too strong, too well equipped to directly face in battle. Yet, he continues, there are constant examples of new entrants into a niche that do grow, prosper and sometimes even become dominant.
Click here to read more of Dave's posts, including "A Lesson: It's what you ask, not what you know" and "What do you wish you'd known yesterday?" (Dave Berkus, SGV & WLA)

CuraeSoft on: Hybrid, Remote & Back to Office + Successful Meetings

Mark Parinas, CEO of CuraeSoft, has recently conducted several polls on LinkedIn, including:
> Finish this sentence with ONE word: Hybrid and remote work environments are ____ for the success of my business in 2023.
> I want successful business owners and leader managers to give me the inside scoop - What's their secret to a successful meeting?
> Have remote and hybrid teams peaked in favor of back to office? (Mark Parinas, WLA)

Get Visible on: Challenges of Sourcing & Hiring Talent

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, participated in a recent webinar from Thankz Global Staffing and Human Resources Today on the Global Talent War, in which they discussed the challenges of sourcing and hiring talent, and how different industry leaders were able to overcome them.
ALSO, here are some more business hacks that Jason has discovered:
>> 33 ways to overcome sales objections.
>> Free spam word checker to improve email deliverability.
>> Google offers a bunch of free apps.
>> Jason says, Thanks to Kenneth Shen from HalfPastNine for sharing this: FELLOW will revolutionize note-taking for any meetings in your calendar. (Jason Ciment, WLA)

GIDEON Informatics on: SARS & Influenza

In the space of a decade, two SARS viruses affected over 625 million people and claimed over 6.5 million lives worldwide. See how SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 compare in GIDEON Informatics' latest blog - SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome): A Tale of Two Deadly Viruses.
PLUS, read GIDEON's recent post, All You Need to Know About Influenza (Flu). (Uri Blackman, WLA)

Half Past Nine on: Types of Online Advertising to Fuel Your Revenue Growth

In Types of Online Advertising to Fuel Your Revenue Growth, Half Past Nine shares that the online ad landscape is a fast-paced, data-driven environment. Trends or software tools can evolve quickly, and users have the attention spans of goldfish. But it is possible to drive market-leading business growth with highly profitable ROI results. In this article, Half Past Nine provides a quick overview of the six main types of online advertising and the goals they serve best: search engine, display, social media, native, video, and in-app advertising. (Kenneth Shen, WLA)

Optimum Info on: Effective Field & After-Sales Operations

In Making Strong and Effective Field Operations, Arvind Verma, CEO of Optimum Info (OI), reports that Field Operations are a critical link between an OEM and its franchise network. The following helps OEMs succeed, strengthen, and equip their field personnel: Providing the team with the right set of data and KPIs; Centralizing field managers' tasks and activities with real-time information; and Implementing a collaborative platform to expedite the execution of field initiatives.
AND, in Advancing After Sales Operations through Technology, OI discusses four pillars to after-sales success: accessibility, dependability, visibility, productivity.
PLUS, in What's Next for Automotive Retail Networks as EVs Start to Dominate?, OI explains how the rapid growth in EVs impacts customers, dealers, and OEMs, as well as how having the right retail planning solutions can help OEMs stay ahead of the competition. (Arvind Verma, OC)

Profi on: Community Building Tips

In 7 Best Community Building Tips for Your Online Coaching Business, Profi notes that no matter the size of your business, the benefits of a strong online community are undeniable. It's one of the most effective ways to retain clients, turn your followers into evangelists, and attract more clients. Profi suggests some of the top ways to start building community online.
MEANWHILE, Profi announced that CEO Alina Trigubenko has accepted an invitation to join Forbes Coaches Council. (Alina Trigubenko, WLA)

ProProfs on: Conducting Assessments - for Remote Workers, Communication, Talent & More

In Remote Assessments: Guide to Recruiting the Best Remote Workers, ProProfs reports that the hybrid work model is expected to grow to 81% by 2024. So how can you hire talent remotely? One excellent way is remote assessments.
Recent ProProf blogs also include: "Communication Assessments: A Guide for Hiring & Training;" "How to Conduct a Talent Assessment to Build Better Teams;" and "Pre-Employment Finance Test: Definition, Purpose, Types, and Benefits" - read them here. (Sameer Bhatia, WLA)

Angle Health Expanding into Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri & South Carolina

Angle Health recently announced it will be expanding into Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and South Carolina. Powered by its integrated, AI-enabled technology platform, Angle Health provides a digital-first navigation experience with fully-tailored comprehensive healthcare benefit plans for employers. Telemedicine, behavioral health, and other digital health solutions - normally sitting outside the traditional health insurance environment - are core offerings integrated into all Angle Health plans at minimal to no cost for members. (Andy Leeka, ABL-Health LA)

Change Healthcare Expands Functionality & Drives Industry Transition to Cloud-Based Imaging & Storage

Continuing to lead healthcare's transition from on-premises imaging systems to cloud-native, zero-footprint medical imaging solutions, Change Healthcare announced that existing customers have already moved more than 10% of their imaging data to the cloud, accounting for more than 6 petabytes of total data. Currently 45 hospitals are live with Stratus Imaging Archive, while 73 institutions have gone live with Stratus Imaging Analytics. (Marcia Augsburger, JD, ABL-Health Bay Area)

Elemeno Health Teams with Sturdy Health to Launch App

Sturdy Memorial Hospital has partnered with Elemeno Health to launch a team empowerment app to support nurses. The new platform will offer customized, easy-to-access content specific to each hospital department's needs. Elemeno is the first unit-specific platform created to help front-line workers access support and resources for "optimal bedside care." Leaders at Sturdy Memorial, located in Attleboro, MA, said, "Nurses just entering the workforce have grown up with technology delivering in the moment, on every need; they expect and deserve the same support at the bedside, and with their careers." (Arup Roy-Burman, MD, ABL-Health Bay Area)

LigoLab Shares Survey Results, Webinar + Quoted in Industry Journals

LigoLab recently reached out to 7,000+ laboratory professionals to get their thoughts on the state of the industry, and specifically their responses to LIS and RCM-related questions - read the survey results.
AND, CEO Suren Avunjian is quoted in several recent articles: 10 Clinical Laboratory Predictions for 2023, from CLP magazine; More Talent and Technology Offer Solutions for Medical Laboratory Staffing Shortages, from MedCityNews; and Lab information systems - where the needs are greatest, from CAP TODAY. (Suren Avunjian, ABL-Health LA)

MedWand Discusses Future of Digital Health

In anticipation of CES 2023 in January, MedWand recently shared an inside look on the future of digital health with CES host Brian Tong, including discussions on trust and health equity. Watch the 8-minute video here. (Bob Rose, ABL-Health OC)

Providence Digital Innovation Group Declares Digital Flywheels the New Health System Imperative

Providence Digital Innovation Group (DIG) has published Digital Flywheels: The New Health System Imperative, which takes a deep dive into the flywheel concept, exploring the barriers that prevent health systems from building a flywheel; what we can learn from flywheel innovators; and the value a flywheel in healthcare could deliver.
AND, a Providence DIG member wrote In Health Care, We Need Data Orchestration, Not Necessarily Unification, published by Forbes. (Marcee Chmait, ABL-Health LA)

Select Data Provides a Spotlight on OASIS-E

Select Data is providing a three-part on-demand webinar - Spotlight on OASIS-E, examining new regulations which will become effective January 1, 2023. Changes from OASIS-D to OASIS-E will include increased standardization across all PAC settings, the IMPACT Act, and more. (Ed Buckley, ABL-Health OC)

Wipfli Discusses Preparing for OASIS-E & Data Security

Healthcare-related resources from Wipfli include:
>> Healthcare Connections on-demand webcast, which discusses the importance of healthcare data security and compliance.
>> Preparing for OASIS-E: What you need to know now, an on-demand webcast. (Jeff Johnson, Steve Rousso & John Dao, ABL-Health Bay Area)

Remote Work Habits are Changing Again

For a report in Harvard Business Review (HBR), researchers gathered metadata from all Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx meetings (involving webcams on and/or off) from 10 large global organizations and compared six-week snapshots of the number of meetings from April through mid-May in 2020 following the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the same set of six weeks in 2021 and 2022. The study concludes that remote work doesn't decrease productivity but does change how workers and companies define productivity. According to the study, virtual meetings today are more frequent, spontaneous, shorter, and include fewer participants. We can assume that as remote working became more ubiquitous, people realized that it's not always necessary to have a 30-to-60-minute meeting. HBR's study aims to argue against the assertion that remote employees are not engaging with their colleagues. The study says that unscheduled one-on-one meetings might replace the in-person interactions employees used to have in the office. (https://www.zdnet.com/home-and-office/work-life/remote-work-habits-are-changing-again-that-doesnt-mean-employees-are-less-engaged/)

Demand for Tech Skills Remains Strong; Tech Sector Layoffs "Barely Dent" Demand

The hiring market for technology talent remains robust, and demand keeps growing for technology professionals who can fuse business requirements with tech savvy. That's the word from Jeff Williams, VP of enterprise and HR solutions for Paychex, providing his perspective on what's ahead for the technology talent market in the year ahead. In a recent ZDNet article, he discusses: What types of technology skills are now the most critical to employers, especially in a rocky economy? What types of companies have and will continue to have the strongest demand? What initiatives or actions should tech professionals take to demonstrate their value to their businesses and keep advancing in their careers?. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/despite-the-gloomy-headlines-demand-for-tech-skills-is-strong/)
ALSO, CIO Dive reports that "Tech sector layoffs barely dent demand for IT talent": Tech sector upheavals have had a negligible impact on the market for talent, as tech-reliant companies in the financial sector, retail, defense contracting, and consulting have picked up the slack. Unemployment for tech workers remains low and job postings correspondingly high. The economy added nearly 140,000 tech jobs in November, as the unemployment rate for tech workers dipped to 2%. Engineering and data skills were in particularly high demand, according to the report. Software engineers were the most in-demand tech professionals by job postings volume. Similarly, the number of postings for software development engineers increased by nearly 140% since 2021. Data analyst, scientist and engineer all experienced growth of more than 40%, landing all three positions near the top for number of postings during the period analyzed. (https://www.ciodive.com/news/tech-talent-demand-2022-dice-report/638674/ )

Study Ranks LA as Among Top Cities Prepared for Future

A study from PropTechOS has ranked Los Angeles among the top U.S. cities "prepared for the future" - finishing second behind Austin, based on "11 indicators of how adapted a city is to emerging technologies." The company said its researchers looked at various indicators, including broadband speeds, number of tech jobs per 10,000 residents, and access to electric vehicle charging points, based on the OECD's recommendations for a smart city. L.A. was followed by Seattle; San Francisco; Atlanta, and Washington DC. (https://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0083068.html)

Low-Code is on the Rise: Analyst Predicts Fastest-Growing Category Will be in Citizen Automation & Development Platforms

Tech analyst Gartner estimates that spending on low-code development technologies will grow 19.6% year on year to $26.9 billion in 2023. It also sees the even lower-code "citizen developer" category growing faster than the rest of the low-code market. Gartner sees organizations using low-code technologies - which require less developer skill and knowledge of programming languages - being used to speed up application delivery and build customized automation workflows. The analyst expects strong growth across the broad spectrum of low-code technologies, with the largest category being low-code application platforms (LCAP). It forecasts LCAP market revenues to grow 25% in 2023 to $9.9 billion. Gartner reckons that 80% of people using low-code development tools won't be within formal IT departments by 2026. That's up from 60% in 2021. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/low-code-is-on-the-rise-should-developers-start-to-worry/)

US Scientists Announce Fusion Energy Breakthrough in "Landmark Achievement"

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently announced a "major scientific breakthrough" in the decades-long quest to harness fusion, the energy that powers the sun and stars. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for the first time produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it, something called net energy gain, the Energy Department said. The achievement will pave the way for advancements in national defense and the future of clean power, Granholm and other officials said. Proponents of fusion hope that it could one day produce nearly limitless, carbon-free energy, displacing fossil fuels and other traditional energy sources. Fusion works by pressing hydrogen atoms into each other with such force that they combine into helium, releasing enormous amounts of energy and heat. Unlike other nuclear reactions, it doesn't create radioactive waste. (https://www.kxly.com/i/us-scientists-announce-fusion-energy-breakthrough-in-landmark-achievement-heres-what-it-means/)

Smartphones Could Soon Help Identify Range of Health Conditions

The National Institutes of Health has launched a project to examine how certain voice patterns could signal a range of health conditions. To speak you use your lungs, voice box, mouth, and brain, so illness affecting any of these can change how your voice sounds. Scientists plan to gather 20,000 to 30,000 voice samples from study participants, along with their health data, and then using artificial intelligence, create an app for a wearable device that will be able to analyze a person's voice and alert them to see a doctor. They say this strategy could be used to pick up on a host of health conditions such as pneumonia, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and even depression. (https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/smartphones-could-soon-help-identify-health-conditions/)

Musk's Monkeying Around with Neuralink, Predicting it Should Be Ready for Human Testing in Six Months

Elon Musk recently crowed during an update about the progress Neuralink has made with its brain-implant technology: it's submitted most of its paperwork to the FDA, which oversees medical devices, including neural implants, Musk said. In 2019, he said the company planned to seek the FDA's approval for human testing and predicted it could begin as soon as 2020. "We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the FDA approval process," Elon tweeted during the event. The company wants to be able to help restore vision and enable people with severe disabilities to move and communicate by decoding brain activity. Eventually, Neuralink wants to open clinics where patients could get a device implanted into their brains by their surgical robots, which the company also showcased at the event. The robot surgeon will thread Neuralink's tiny proprietary electrodes, or brain-signal recording wires, into the brain. Elon showed a video of "telepathic typing" monkey, which has a Neuralink brain implant, while not typing into a keyboard, the monkey was able to move a cursor to images of letters. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/elon-musks-neuralink-set-to-show-and-tell-latest-brain-computer-advances-at-event-11669785946?mod=article_inline)

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