Making An Impact With Mobility

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For both businesses and consumers, we are living in a mobile-first world. The technology has permeated virtually every industry, providing immeasurable productivity and efficiency gains. For the modern and skilled manufacturer, mobile technology is the key to a successful shop floor and back office. A recent survey conducted by Motorola found that 7 in 10 IT decision-makers in the manufacturing industry look to mobile and wireless solutions to streamline operations when deciding to incorporate mobile technology on the shop floor.

Having remote and real-time access to key business information, including financials, stock levels and real-time info on deliveries allows sales teams to close deals faster and shop floor managers to streamline and optimize business operations. With mobile enhancements, business is no longer conducted just within the warehouse walls or the shop floor — critical business information can be accessed with a few taps wherever and whenever needed by anyone with a smartphone or tablet. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasMaking An Impact With Mobility

Samsung launches $200 Galaxy Tab Iris, an eye-scanning tablet for authenticating India’s citizens

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Samsung has announced a new tablet that features iris-recognition technology, built specifically for government and enterprise bodies in India.

Priced at INR 13,499 ($200), the Android 5.0 Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris sports a 7.0” WSVGA (1024×600) display, 1.2 Ghz Quad Core processor, a 3,600mAh battery, and other average specifications. But the real kicker here is, of course, the onboard Iris camera, which allows public-facing organizations to authenticate the identity of individuals by scanning their eyes. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasSamsung launches $200 Galaxy Tab Iris, an eye-scanning tablet for authenticating India’s citizens

eForms Beyond Your EHR: Making it Possible for ALL Clinical Forms to be Paperless

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Many healthcare organizations today go through the costly and time-consuming process of implementing an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) in the hopes of becoming a “paperless” hospital.  Unfortunately, many hospitals have discovered that even with an EHR in place, paper documentation – and the associated risks and costs – are still present.

Hospitals implement EHRs with very specific objectives in mind. While those objectives are most likely met post-implementation, they are often surprised to discover paper documentation still lingers in many critical areas.  This has left hospital leaders trying to reconcile the notion that they aren’t as paperless as they thought they would be after spending millions of dollars on their EHR implementation. In fact, when HIMSS Analytics asked those registered for the HIMSS16 Conference and Expo what their biggest area of interest was, over half of the respondents replied: EHR optimization.   Read the full article here

 

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Ellie ArbanaseForms Beyond Your EHR: Making it Possible for ALL Clinical Forms to be Paperless

The Samsung Challenge: A Vision for Mobile Healthcare Technology at Austin Retina

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Seeing over 100 patients a day, Austin Retina Associates is one of the largest retinal specialty groups in Texas. To see how they might increase productivity with 2-in-1 tablets, we challenged some of Austin Retina’s staff to trade in their myriad healthcare technology devices and get through their workday using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.

Healthcare technology has come a long way in enhancing the patient experience, but with the Galaxy TabPro S, Austin Retina staff saw even greater possibilities. The 2-in-1 format freed staff from their desks while offering the power and functionality of a Windows 10 workstation, and streamlined the process of getting patients seen by doctors. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasThe Samsung Challenge: A Vision for Mobile Healthcare Technology at Austin Retina

Are You Ready For Education 3.0?

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It is not that long ago when ‘technology-enabled education’ meant a weekly class trip to the computer lab.

Today, students and teachers enjoy a wealth of technology-driven educational resources – from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), YouTube videos on any subject and Google Hangouts, to collaborative study tools, mobile leaning and cloud-based homework applications. School hallways are filled with tablet and laptop carts, while college and university lecture halls are teeming with screens of every type.

This new era is called Education 3.0, an all-encompassing term for how new technologies are changing the way we teach and learn. It is a dynamic time when teachers have access to the best educational content and resources at their fingertips and when students can immerse themselves in customized learning, inside and outside the classroom. Read the full article here

 

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Ellie ArbanasAre You Ready For Education 3.0?

Nokia Seeks to Enter Digital Health Arena With Withings Bid

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Nokia announced plans Tuesday to acquire Withings S.A., a French maker of of fitness trackers and other digital health products and apps in a bid to bolster its technology licensing portfolio in one of the most promising verticals emerging in the Internet of Things.

Withings will be part of Nokia Technologies, an advanced technology and licensing business the Finnish telecommunications giant formed in 2014 as it was selling its handset business to Microsoft.

The planned transaction values Withings at EUR 170 million and would be settled in cash and is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasNokia Seeks to Enter Digital Health Arena With Withings Bid

Kiosks Keep Their Cool: touch-screen kiosks give brands a fun, efficient ordering innovation

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This may be a smartphone age, but our lives are becoming a series of kiosk stops, from ATMs and supermarket checkouts to airlines and gas stations.

And now, increasingly, there’s the fast-food kiosk.

Kiosks have one main purpose: to save time. And an industry that dubs itself “quick service” has zero choice but to pay serious attention to any device that espouses to shave seconds—if not minutes—off each order. That might explain why such familiar names as McDonald’s and Panera Bread are spending millions of dollars to roll out touch-screen kiosks in stores.

Panera claims 60 percent of lunchtime transactions are completed on touch-screen kiosks at one bustling, Boston-area store near Fenway Park. That same 60 percent is what some of the savviest fast-food restaurants do daily out of their drive-thru windows. Read the full article here

 

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Ellie ArbanasKiosks Keep Their Cool: touch-screen kiosks give brands a fun, efficient ordering innovation

Amazon Pop-Up Store use Freedom Micro™ and Freedom Core II™ to display Consumer Electronics

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Amazon used to declare brick-and-mortar dead.

But in the wake of e-commerce tax initiatives and I-want-it-now fulfillment, the e-tail leviathan has done an about face, opening scores of fulfillment centers around the country and its first bookstore in Seattle.

Perhaps even more intriguing are its sporadic forays into pop-up stores. For the past two years the company has been testing the retail waters by literally setting up shop in storefronts and shopping malls, giving us a glimpse of what an Amazon Store might look like. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasAmazon Pop-Up Store use Freedom Micro™ and Freedom Core II™ to display Consumer Electronics

Customers WANT Mobile POS in Restaurants and Retail Shops

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Last year, the mobile adoption rate for POS hovered around 50%, and that number is on pace to hold steady or go up before the end of this year.

They say that 2016 is the year that mobile goes mainstream and overtakes traditional point of sale.  Part of this has to do with the functionality and selling points of mobile POS: it’s much less costly to implement, usually easier to operate, and because the apps operate in the cloud, owners have a new degree of flexibility in operating their businesses. But don’t take my word for it. Google the benefits of cloud POS and read any of the results.

The arguments in favor of mobile POS are very compelling—low cost, flexible, no IT headaches, always accessible—and you can choose any one of them to justify making the switch in your own business. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasCustomers WANT Mobile POS in Restaurants and Retail Shops