Briefing Notes

  • Having visited several healthcare IT events over the first half of 2016 in the US and Europe, Creative Intellect has noticed that, by and large, discussions among stakeholders circle around a number of similar topics such as connecting healthcare experience for better patient outcomes. More connecting topics are covered in our briefing note. However, the debates on both sides of the Atlantic reflect the different levels of maturity of IT adoption within the different national healthcare markets. In CIC’s Healthcare Update Briefing Note we outline a number of important insights and steps for the European Healthcare industry. Specifically we shine a spotlight on:
    • The common discussion points amongst Healthcare stakeholders
    • Where the US is showing leadership
    • The leadership required for digital healthcare transformation
    • A three point master class for European Healthcare.
  • GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018 with a build-up panicked activity. Noisy and unnecessary? This briefing notes investigates what organisations did wrong and, going forward, the lessons they need to learn with respect to protecting personal data, consent and the governance process.
  • What does 2017 and beyond hold for healthcare?

    In this report, CIC’s Principal Healthcare Analyst, Cornelia Wels-Maug, reviews insights from the leading conferences in the healthcare space in 2016 to shine a spotlight on the trajectory of the healthcare industry as it seeks to embrace digital technologies to progress its ability to deliver patient centred care fit for the 21st century. Read this report to learn more about the important questions being asked with respect to the digital landscape the healthcare industry must navigate if it is to both maximise and optimise the advantages from the latest technology trends.
  • Sale!
    The primary success of DevOps has been in helping to break down the barriers between development and operations. In and of itself, this is a significant bonus. In reality though, DevOps is a collective term and home for several foundational changes and a broader set of characteristics that have helped this happen. This CIC report outlines what they are and offers insights into the trajectory for DevOps: NoOps or Product teams? While DevOps signifies a much welcomed need for change, CIC’s attendance at Jenkins World 2017 offers a perspective on its maturity. Readers will learn the potential of a broader role for DevOps within the rest of the organisation.
  • Blockchain technology continues to evolve along with its use within industry. While a number of use cases have been identified, their return on investment (ROI) has yet to be established. Within the Telecom industry the focus on automation and orchestration presents an opportunity for the blockchain technology to deliver. In this CIC Briefing Note, Dr Cathy Mulligan investigates that potential, especially as a facilitator to supporting the different relationships that Telecom operators must be open to if 5G networks are to be worth their investment.
  • It is widely acknowledged that the cloud market in 2018 is growing. Many indices point to this, but one in particular is from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which held its annual European conference in Copenhagen in May. As is the practice, the Kubernetes Conference (KubeCon) was run alongside. It attracted more than 4,100 people from around Europe and marks a key watershed moment for cloud native applications that enterprise IT should take note of. In this article, we outline how three years on and acceleration in adoption is showing from all corners and what the coming of age for Cloud-native means for the market.
  • Overcoming the challenges of clinical trial using big data technology is achieved by Swiss software solutions vendor Clinerion. With a mission to improve the efficiency and quality of the traditional patient recruitment process, the company looks to deliver a viable and effective automated patient recruitment solution. Clinerion’s Patient Recruitment System (PRS) facilitates the electronic selection of trial sites and the recruitment of patients, by screening hospital patient data in real-time. This briefing note includes:
    • Making a case for PRS: the art of balancing clinical trials with business needs
    • Clinerion’s PRS model explained, its features and how it will work for organisations
    • Proven benefits for hospitals using PRS
  • Battle lines drawn between IBM and Intel processors

    Battle lines are being drawn between IBM and Intel as their processors – POWER and Xeon respectively fight it out to deliver the system interfaces and performance speed to support the next generation operational workloads. Where does each stand and how will their respective footprint in the wider ecosystem influence their hand? Find out what are the new speed differentiators and versatile workhorses powering the compute engines. As a buyer, what choices can and should you make?
  • There is no doubt that User Experience (UX) has become a critical concern for those that procure and develop software. BMC, a leading global IT vendor, began its UX journey almost 5 years ago. Its journey has lesson for all enterprises. This report specifically highlights a number of important considerations:
    • Driving Business Value
    • Driving Broader Business Modernisation
    • UX for managing risks
    • Design and development
    • Industrialising UX for scale
    • A path for enterprise to follow
    • A UX checklist to guide others in their journey.
  • Despite the hype and noise, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Blockchains  hold great promise in healthcare if executed correctly.  And there lies the challenge…’If done correctly!’ This CIC report sees Dr Robert M. Learney, a qualified doctor who studied medicine at Oxford University present the operational opportunities that blockchain and DLT could deliver to the healthcare ecosystem. Many will want and need to understand what is practical and how such technologies can address the demands and changing dynamics of the healthcare stakeholder community. Important questions such as how DLT and blockchains can advance and secure engagements and interactions within national and global healthcare networks. Specifically, CIC’s report offers insights into how DLT and Blockchains can be used to break walls between data silos and offer new ways for standardising healthcare data. Readers will be left with a number of take-away points that they can use to learn from what is promised by distributed ledger technology in healthcare and what has emerged so far.
  • A reality check on the business opportunities

    If blockchain is the answer, what is the question? In this CIC Briefing Note we run the rule over the blockchain technology and outline considerations for ensuring the right approach to investigating the value of blockchains. Our report identifies the move from public to private blockchains and the emergence of standards for interoperation between private blockchains. Clearly blockchain technology is not right for every use case scenario: even the emerging standard for interoperation between blockchains are not dependent on the technology being used. However, CIC’s briefing note offers six ways for customers to stay on the right side of blockchain and highlights an impending patent challenge.
  • We know that most organisations are either at the very start of their journey to cloud or have not begun. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has long been the leader in the cloud market. Its lead in terms of market share may differ, depending on how figures are calculated, but its lead in other key areas is unquestionable. These include heritage (10+ years makes it the oldest cloud vendor), number of services, high profile successful customers, and perhaps most importantly, thought leadership. With so many capabilities, the key for AWS and customers is in understanding where such breadth has value and where depth in capability is important. This report serves to help those looking to navigate the breadth of potential and value from the AWS cloud stack.
  • Mastering data and drawing insights and context is now recognised as a cornerstone capability for operating in the digital economy. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the umbrella term for a cohort of underpinning technologies such as Machine Learning (ML) serves as the means to extract and determine the insights that the data is pointing to and the mechanism by which to influence or directly impact an outcome. Navigating one’s way through the multitude of competing AI offerings requires a clear understanding of what is available and how it might serve your particular needs and resources. While many suppliers now make room for AI support, knowing their unique capability and strength especially as some features become commodity offerings, will allow you to align the right fit. With its focus on deep machine learning at its 2018 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in London, AWS is speaking to organisations that want to realise transformative change through Artificial Intelligence. This reports looks at where a vendor like AWS is placing some of its emphasis with respect to its AI offerings.
  • What makes a successful mobile app? Successful mobile app development requires the right support network, design approach, and tooling and processes arsenal. However, there are certain key elements that make a successful mobile app. User experience is critical and goes beyond purely focusing on the visual interface. It must:
    • Meet users’ needs and deliver services that leverage the convenience of mobile
    • Deliver services securely and support secure and authorised interactions
    • Prioritise high performance and usability
    • Adapt to the user’s behaviour
    • Keep the app simple, accessible and o er easy navigation
    • Seamlessly incorporate relevant data held in other systems
    • Adapt content and capabilities to mobile and for di erent types of devices
  • Guidance for People, Processes and Tools

    Banks are, in many respects, like any other enterprise and so the need for change is driven by the same requirements, such as speed and experiences that can drive down costs and improve productivity and competitiveness. Specifically, this report looks to provide insights into:
    • How DevOps can close the gap between new entrants and the incumbents in the financial industry
    • What needs to be achieved that will allow banks to be successful in the digital economy
    • The strategies that financial services organisations are pursuing along with the capabilities that will be enabled
    • What it takes to establish an environment for DevOps
    • A framework foundation for enterprise DevOps and 10 rules of engagement for DevOps in practice