Un-met Mobile demands in Healthcare

In Dec, 2012 comScore, released new findings from a study based on data generated by the comScore/Symphony Health Care Professional (HCP) Measurement Solutions offering, which provides insight into the actual demand and online behavior of physicians with regard to physicians’ attitudes toward mobile devices and tablets in the workplace.

Based on a longitudinal study of 1,000 U.S. physicians, the study showed that HCP Content websites such as Medscape.com, reached the highest percentage of physicians (81%) in comparison to other types of health sites. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Electronic Medical Records sites (such as Allscripts.com) showed far fewer participation, but had higher engagement as physicians have begun to use these sites to replace paper record-keeping (see graph for details).  The study also revealed that although computers are still the most often used device to go online at work by physicians, more than half of physicians expressed interest in using mobile phones and tablets in the workplace.

Mobile Innovation Thesis

2012, one of the worst years for security breaches

Records lost to security breaches in 2012 were up 49% over 2011 as the number of major incidents increased 33%.

Well-known companies such as Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Zappos suffered security breaches that exposed users’ personal information; yet awareness seems to have waned since 2011 when breaches at Sony and Citigroup dominated headlines (see info-graphic from Dashlane below for 2011-20121 comparisons).


Security as we know it today has to change to reverse this trend.


Some studies suggest breaking apart the central security office in favor of embedding security personnel with development teams, but changing the org structure will not in itself improve security.
To improve security, businesses and certification bodies (ICS2, SANS, etc) need to devote more time and education to writing secure code.  Consider, the CISSP by ICS2 – out of 10 security domains only 1 addresses secure application development, the remaining 9 domains address technologies that support on-premise infrastructures.
In 2013, businesses must apply a greater focus on secure coding and development  and leverage cloud based environments to remove the burden of securing technical debt that has accumulated during the reduced spending of the past few years.



A story about Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has always been known for his attention to detail – insisting on beautiful typeface and fonts from Apple’s beginning.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the  Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.

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Vic Gundotra — the man behind Google +, posted a story about an interaction with Steve Jobs.

He writes that on a Sunday morning in 2008, he received a call during a religious service. He didn’t answer, but Jobs left a message saying he had something “urgent to discuss.” Gundotra returned his call almost immediately:

“Hey Steve — this is Vic,” I said. “I’m sorry I didn’t answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn’t pick up.”

Steve laughed. He said, “Vic, unless the Caller ID said ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services”.

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

“So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I’ve already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow,” said Steve.

“I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient. It’s just wrong and I’m going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?”

The CEO of Apple — the tech visionary who revolutionized personal computers, the way we listen to music and the way we think of mobile devices — was worried about the yellow in the second “O” in Google. Needless to say the problem was fixed, and Gundotra says it taught him a lesson on leadership and “passion and attention to detail.”

“It was a lesson I’ll never forget,” wrote Gundotra. “CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.”

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While no longer managing the day-to-day actives of Apple, Steve Jobs remains a great leader – one that all leaders, engineers and architects should learn to appreciate for his discipline, willingness to take risks, execution and attention to detail.

HP’s Decade-Long Departure

HP’s Decade-Long Departure – Horace Dediu – Harvard Business Review.

When you are at your peak you must assume failure is imminent and when you are at the trough you must assume success is inevitable.

All failures of strategy are rooted in the assumption that outcomes are predictable.

This is why I expect Apple is now working on shaping the post-iPhone world.

This post first appeared on Asymco.com

The Start-Up of You

Published: July 12, 2011
Facebook is now valued near $100 billion, Twitter at $8 billion, Groupon at $30 billion, Zynga at $20 billion and LinkedIn at $8 billion. These are the fastest-growing Internet/social networking companies in the world, and here’s what’s scary: You could easily fit all their employees together into the 20,000 seats in Madison Square Garden


Web 3.0: The ‘Social Wave’ and How It Disrupts the Internet – Knowledge@Wharton

Web 3.0: The ‘Social Wave’ and How It Disrupts the Internet – Knowledge@Wharton.

The web has grown to the point where “there’s too much information,” according to Katz. “Finding ways to filter out information and find what’s relevant to you is getting harder and harder. The model of Google doesn’t work at scale — especially when it comes to things where taste matters.”

Katz predicted that the future of the Internet “is one where every page is going to be personalized. If you plan a trip to Paris, you shouldn’t see [search results listing] 900 hotels. You should see six hotels based on where you stayed before; the places you checked in at on Facebook and Foursquare, and the places where your friends have stayed. It’s not something that’s just relevant to travel; it’s something that makes sense for almost every part of the Internet.”