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The Benefits of Investing in Real Estate Located in Chisinau, Moldova

Written By: Jacquelyn Annete García Vadnais

In recent years, there has been a trend for investors to build extensive real estate portfolios around the globe. As more popular markets became oversaturated and too expensive for extensive real estate investment, real estate investors have targeted emerging markets as a viable real estate investment that has significant short-term benefits and long-term investment gains. In terms of investment prospects, it is wise to look at the entire picture when considering whether a respective property and/or market are the ideal fit for your real estate investment portfolio. One global market that has been experiencing a great deal of interest is Moldova. Particularly, Chisinau, Moldova is becoming a hot spot for real estate investors looking for significant returns. To learn more about why Chisinau, Moldova may potentially be the ideal fit for your next real estate investment, consider the information below. 
Background of Chisinau, Moldova  Chisinau i…

Beyond Bitcoin: The Benefits of Blockchain in Healthcare Technology

Written By: Kelly Buckman

As we’ve seen time and again, many of the latest trends in Healthcare technology today come from the business sector, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data, to name just a few. So, it comes as no surprise that one of the newest up and coming advances in Healthcare IT involves a way of structuring data that has its roots in the digital currency market.

Best known for being the public ledger for all transactions in the Bitcoin (cryptocurrency) network, blockchain is a “distributed and a write-once-read only record of digital events in a chronological order that is shared in a peer-to-peer network”. [Bitcoin or cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security, making it difficult to counterfeit. It is not issued by any central authority and is immune to government interference or manipulation.] Because it is a data structure that can be time-stamped and signed using a private key to prev…

The Future of Healthcare: Advances in Wearable Technology

Written By: Kelly Buckman
By now, we’re all familiar with fitness trackers and their value in helping us meet our goals of getting and staying healthy. In fact, the number of connected wearable devices is expected to climb from an estimated 325 million in 2016 to over 830 million in 2020. That’s an increase of nearly 40% for a device that is primarily used to help people get and stay healthy.*
It stands to reason that this technology would be adopted by hospitals and healthcare providers to improve the quality of care, although the ramifications of such usage are far reaching. One example of beneficial use of wearable technology is tracking bracelets worn by doctors, nurses, and patients that can help capture data on the amount of time a patient spent in the waiting room, or the time a doctor spent in front of a computer. The data collected can then be used to improve patient workflows or reduce wait time, which can lead to a direct cost reduction per payment.
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“Human-in-the-Loop” Interactive Machine Learning in the 21st Century

Written By: Kelly Buckman
Most of us in the healthcare IT field are familiar with the concept of Artificial Intelligence, or AI. AI attempts to harness the ability of computers and machines learn and perform tasks in order to automate and increase the efficiency of business processes.  AI can be grouped into three separate areas of study: deep learning, machine intelligence, and machine learning. Here I will focus on the last of these, machine learning.
Machine Learning automates the analysis of data and inputs to develop computing models needed to operate an automated computer, software program or process, thus eliminating the need to do this manually, saving time, energy, and resources. Sounds great, right? It’s easy to embrace this technology as the way of the future, a means of achieving more efficient operations. However, it’s important to understand the limitations and risks associated with this technology. 
-Machine Learning is susceptible to errors and when errors do occur, it ca…

Healthcare Under Attack: The Ransomware Epidemic

Written by: Kelly Buckman
Most of us are familiar with this common scenario:  An individual or a company employee is working in an application on their pc when a menacing message appears advising them that their computer has been locked and that they will have to pay a fee to regain access. It’s called ‘ransomware’, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until an amount of money or ‘ransom’ is paid. Ransomware attacks are carried out through a technique known as crypto viral extortion, in which the victim’s files are encrypted, making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid to decrypt them. Since 2012, the prevalence of ransomware scams has grown globally. One example of ransomware, crypto locker was especially successful, extorting an estimated $3 million before it was removed by authorities. Another, Crypto Wall, was estimated by the FBI to have accrued over $18 million by June of 2015 (per Wikipedia). Pretty scary stuff for both the individual cons…

MACRA/MIPS and APM’s: Incentives to Improve Healthcare

Written by: Kelly Buckman Speed, quality, and cost, three very important factors in healthcare today. One important advancement that helps ensure that quality doesn’t suffer in the effort to care for patients in a timely and cost efficient manner is an incentive program designed to accelerate the transition to value-based care. Known as MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a bipartisan legislation signed into law on April 16, 2015. In a nutshell, MACRA: -Repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate formula -Changes the way that Medicare rewards clinicians for value - over volume -Streamlines multiple quality programs under the new Merit -Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS) -Gives bonus payments for participation in eligible alternative payment models (APMs)*
MACRA is rooted in the quest to improve healthcare through the sharing of health information. The most effective way to achieve this in today’s high tech world is through the electronic health record (EH…