Our country’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape makes the future very unpredictable. Changes are occurring everywhere – regulation and legislation, reimbursement, technology, medical advances, and even the way healthcare is accessed and consumed. These changes impact how healthcare is delivered, paid for and administered. As such, it is imperative that Konica Minolta take an active role in understanding the industry and provide healthcare solutions in order to help our customers prepare for a future that will look very different than it does today. (more…)
“Change is the only constant in life,” so said Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, around 500 B.C. As I look toward the legal environment in 2017, that saying is alive and well thanks to the emergence of robotics, other workplace of the future solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), the next critical wave of change in law firms.
What is different from Heraclitus’ time is the velocity at which change is occurring. Advancing law firm technology has pushed firms to move uncommonly fast to implement the changes necessary to garner the benefits that are possible for strategic growth and overall survival. The law firm of the future must address these coming influences that are re-engineering how work will be done. What are these influences that I believe will impact the legal arena in 2017? Here are my predictions: (more…)
With all of the wonderful benefits attributed to technology in our lives, the one that education enjoys most, I believe, is the collaboration it brings to students and educators. As an educator myself, when I peer into my crystal ball, I’m thrilled to see greater inclusion increasing thanks to two critical components streaming into school districts and their classrooms: More advanced educational technology and the necessary funding to pay for it.
Schools have collaborative learning technologies such as interactive whiteboards that have replaced ancient dusty chalk boards and online homework portals where students always have access to lessons and assignments – the latter being critical for students who missed a class. But there’s even more grandiose technology coming in 2017 and beyond not just because schools have to implement it to keep their classrooms as technologically current as possible, but because of decreasing costs of technological devices and more available funding. This is especially beneficial to urban school districts that previously couldn’t bring innovative technology to their students.
Here’s the technology that I see finding greater favor in educational environments: (more…)
The world is changing and so is the way we all work. Businesses today are challenged to find new ways to streamline processes and enhance experiences for both staff and customers. Competitive pressures mean businesses must become more efficient, agile and responsive and, at the same time, ensure compliance with standards for governance and security.
As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” This quote can be transferred to companies as well, which means that companies are successful if they adapt to their constantly changing circumstances: New customer requirements (both internal and external), changing market situations or new regulatory standards which might have an impact on the company and its organization.
Gartner defines digital transformation as “the dynamic orchestration of human, machine and information resource interaction to deliver optimal business outcomes in a strategic and prioritized manner.” True transformation is about doing things differently, NOT about doing different things. Organizations that pursue this avenue tend to be organizations that are constantly looking at their business and looking at ways to stay ahead of the competition. They think outside of the box to disrupt the rules of the game. (more…)
Workplace of the Future™ Webinar: How Technology is Helping Companies Reshape the Employee Experience
The workplace is evolving, and work and life are becoming more integrated. To stay competitive, organizations around the world are investing in the employee experience to attract and retain top talent.
But what exactly is the employee experience and how do companies adapt? We recently tapped into Future of Work authority and best-selling author Jacob Morgan to get some insight.
According to Morgan, a simple explanation of employee experience is that it’s the difference between a workforce who has to show up, and one who wants to show up. This doesn’t necessarily involve fancy perks; instead, Morgan describes it as a combination of three unique environments that focus on:
- The culture the company creates
- The physical work environment (the workspace) and very importantly
- Technology, or the tools that are available to employees in order to do their jobs.
“Technology is the central nervous system of an organization,” says Morgan. “It connects everyone and everything.”
Based on research from his upcoming book, The Employee Experience Advantage (March 2017) he expanded on the role that technology plays in employee experience in a webinar we presented as part of our Workplace of the Future initiative. He summarizes the factors that organizations need to consider when vetting technologies with the “ACE” formula:
- Available to everyone: New technologies and tools should be available to all employees who want to use them.
- Consumer-grade: It should be so beautiful, easy and valuable that employees would consider using something like it in their personal lives.
- Employee needs vs. business objectives: It’s easy to get caught up in the business needs the technology meets while ignoring how they will be utilized. It’s important to understand how the employees will actually be able to use the tools.
“It’s important to think of your organization more like a lab, and less like a factory,” says Morgan. “It’s especially important when we’re thinking about technology.”
Learn more about the trends that are reshaping the Future of Work, and the role of technology in the Employee Experience by watching the replay here:
In 2013, a covered entity reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights that one of its workstations was infected with a malware program. This resulted in the impermissible disclosure of 1,670 individuals’ electronic protected health information. The ePHI included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, health insurance information, diagnoses and procedure codes.
The covered entity, a hospital in the Northeast, determined that the malware was a generic remote access Trojan that infiltrated their system, providing impermissible access to ePHI, because the organization did not have a firewall in place.
This is a common, basic lapse in compliance of covered entities. So, let’s examine the HIPAA settlement related to this organization. to better understand how you can improve your HIPAA compliance program. (more…)
Welcome to The National Education Association’s (NEA) 95th annual “American Education Week” which is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. The teachers, teachers’ aides, administrators, etc. But as Konica Minolta’s national solutions manager for the education and government markets, and as a New York University adjunct professor, I’m privy to the lesser-known administrators and companies who make a difference in school districts behind the scenes – the unsung heroes – and I want to take this opportunity to honor them. (more…)
When you think of paperless Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions, you may automatically picture a huge organization with crazy amounts of paper and information. While this scenario is true and ECM solutions do handle those big paper problems well, there also are powerful solutions for small to medium businesses (SMB).
The thought of going paperless can seem like an overwhelming task for the SMB sector. You may think that you don’t have enough paper documents or information to need an ECM solution. Or, you may struggle with information overload and massive amounts of paper. Small to mid-size businesses have their challenges, too, when it comes to managing their business information.
It’s all about setting your business up for success and enabling future growth. Setting the infrastructure in place while your business is smaller will increase the workflow and efficiency of how it operates and will end up lowering your costs and improving your bottom line.
Creating a differentiated value in graphic communications is not easy. Anyone can find a partner with the latest technology, solving the latest problems and, of course, all promising savings and revenue for customers.
One size doesn’t fit all. I think that’s something that everyone can agree upon. And that becomes really apparent in the business world where companies operate based on scale, with their resources, strategies and requirements varying depending on size. The needs of a small firm will always be very different from that of a large business. I saw that firsthand when I worked for a major international business company with hundreds of thousands of employees and then moved to a privately-owned engineering firm that employed 30 people. Those two experiences couldn’t have been more dissimilar for me. I went from being in a department of 80 to being the only person on staff responsible for all getting accomplished! (more…)