Learning from a Day in the Life of a Data Scientist

A bank turned to one of its data scientists to predict the risk of customers missing their next collections payment, with the goal of reducing bad debt. The data scientist was fortunate enough to have access to a comprehensive data mart containing data across many dimensions – including customers, product holdings, transactions and collections activity. […]

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2019: the Year of Social Determinants of Health and Whole-Person Care

The healthcare industry has been a champion of whole-person care for decades, yet we seem no closer to a solution for proactive health management than we were in the early days of nurse advice lines and disease management programs. In the past, public and private healthcare organizations looked toward Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to help […]

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Closing the Digital Marketing Skills Gap

For anyone pursuing an MBA just a few years ago, the topic of digital marketing might have consumed a single paragraph in their marketing textbook. The reasoning at the time was, “Why would you need a website, when you have TV?” Fast-forward to today, and digital marketing is an entire specialization within the marketing organization, […]

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Data-Driven Cultures: Keeping Humans in the Loop

Businesses everywhere are striving to become more data-centric, whether to improve customer experience, develop smarter products and services, or fine-tune decision-making. But while these initiatives rely heavily on technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), developing a successful data-driven culture is not a technology problem to solve. The main ingredient of a […]

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Drones in Human Health: Transforming Life Sciences in the Wilds of the Healthcare Jungle (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed Dian Fossey’s approach to gaining groundbreaking insights on primate behavior by directly observing and documenting the daily activities of gorillas in their natural environment. I described how applying and combining digital technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence (AI) could enable Fossey-style research at scale to improve […]

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Looking to Deliver IoT Value? Don’t Go It Alone

According to Gartner, more than $440 billion will be spent on Internet of Things initiatives by 2020. Yet networking company Cisco recently found that only 26% of organizations so far have completed an IoT initiative they consider a success. That percentage isn’t pretty. And companies don’t have much time to climb a steep learning curve and thus avoid costly failures. […]

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And the Amazon of the Healthcare Industry Is … Amazon?

Healthcare executives often ask us: “Who will be the Amazon of healthcare?”  Our answer: “Why not Amazon?” Recent news reports have suggested that Amazon is developing a healthcare platform that would integrate data from legacy electronic medical records and offer services such as virtual consultation on demand.  The company’s Echo virtual assistant could be part […]

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