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ClaytonPyne 270003QXTM Tags:  isv energy utilities carbon channel partners 1 Comment 5,307 Views
IBM and OsiSoft smarter energy solution allows Eledia to enable customers to monitor energy usage in near real-time, to control consumption and reduce their carbon footprint.
What was the situation?
Edelia has launched a scalable pilot program to improve household energy management using advanced technology. Edelia envisions helping consumers reduce their energy consumption and costs, as well as enabling power companies to optimize energy production and expenses. As a result, Edelia aims at becoming the leader in Energy Management Services for mass market consumers with this strategic project.
What makes it smarter?
With the help of IBM Business Partner OsiSoft, Edelia has developed a new, complex energy consumption monitoring and management solution that benefits both consumers and operators. They can now deliver near real-time reports to consumers, sending alerts and making recommendations to consumers about their consumption habits to enable them to reduce their energy consumption. With the permission of consumers, automation of remote control service of the consumption of electrical equipment (including heating) is possible.
What are the real business results?
• Enables operators to manage peak consumption with load management operations, reducing consumer energy usage,
helping optimize power distribution
• Enables operators to avoid the provision of more costly forms of energy, thus reducing greenhouse gases and providing
economic savings to their consumers
See the full story here: http://bit.ly/kMBIvE
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What if the real-time sharing and exchange of widely dispersed patient information could significantly lower medical costs and improve healthcare to millions of uninsured, impoverished people?
A coalition of hospitals unifies patient records with an exemplary solution that slashes costs, enables unprecedented collaboration and transforms specialty healthcare for rural Americans.
What was the situation?
After a devastating hurricane left 1.5 million poverty-line patients without healthcare facilities, a regional health sciences center instigated a partnership with 24 rural hospitals to improve access to specialty care across the region. The challenge, however, was significant: Because many of the region’s patients visited multiple medical facilities, medical histories were dispersed and fragmented. To realize the vision of providing remote patient evaluations via telemedicine, the center needed to link its member hospitals online and provide doctors with access to a single, aggregated view of a patient’s record—while keeping the original data in place and without risking security, privacy or confidentiality.
What makes it Smarter?
As more and more healthcare providers seek to improve care and cut costs, creating alliances with other facilities presents an attractive solution as long as doctors can readily share and access dispersed patient medical records. With the help of IBM Business Partner CareFX, this alliance of hospitals deployed an innovative web portal solution that aggregates patients’ medical information such as lab results, prescribed medications and allergy information from across heterogeneous hospital information systems into a single view, without moving any data from its native applications. The solution makes it possible for doctors and specialists to collaborate remotely, identify trends in a patient’s health, make better clinical decisions and see discharge notes from other caregivers so that proper treatments and follow-up care can be provided. The system has profoundly affected costs saving the hospitals millions of dollars associated with duplicated or unnecessary testing, imaging and laboratory investigation.
What were the real business results?
• Reduced duplicate testing by 93 percent at participating hospitals
• Shortened patient wait time to see specialists from weeks or months to 24 to 48 hours
• Saved significant costs associated with shorter hospital visits and reduced admissions
See the full story here: http://bit.ly/jg86Xy
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From the NY Times on-line.... This addresses a solution from an IBM partner, Sonitor, although they weren't mentioned by name it certainly describes the scenario for a Sonitor - IBM solution. Read the article at http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/better-hand-washing-through-technology/?hp or excerpts below.
Why can’t hospitals get health care workers to wash their hands?
Hospitals in the United States enjoy access to running water. Virtually all of them have alcohol-rub dispensers, hundreds of them, in the hallways. Using one takes a few seconds. Yet health care workers fail to wash hands a good percentage of the times they should. Doctors are particularly bad.
A health care worker’s hands are the main route infections take to move from one patient to another. One recent study of several intensive care units — where the patients most vulnerable to infection reside — showed that hands were washed on only one quarter of the necessary occasions....
... Enter technology. In the last year or two, several new ways to promote hand-washing – all things that beep – have made their debut: HyGreen, BioVigil, Patient Care Technology System’s Amelior 360 and Proventix’s nGage are some of them, but there are others. Some are spinoffs of systems widely used to track hospital equipment (this is how hospitals can find a wheelchair when it is needed). All employ new technology that can detect alcohol — which in hospitals is a component not only of rubbing gel but also soap.
They work like this: every health care worker wears an electronic badge. When she washes her hands or uses alcohol rub, a sensor at the sink or dispenser or her own badge smells the alcohol and registers that she has washed her hands. Another sensor near the patient detects when her badge enters a room or the perimeter around a patient that the hospital sets. If that badge shows that her hands were recently washed, it displays a green light or something else the patient can see. If she hasn’t washed, her hands, the badge says so and emits a signal to remind her to do so. The sensor also sends this information to a central data base. Information about the hand-washing practices of a particular unit, shift or individual is instantly available....
ClaytonPyne 270003QXTM Tags:  telecommunications cloud communications partners isv channel 4,833 Views
A very solid case could be made for the term "Cloud" to be added to the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The term Cloud, referring to the benefits and approach associated with internet based computing, has long spread its wings beyond the vernacular of the IT industry for mainstream recognition amongst, well, most people at your next social gathering.
While consumer recognition of the benefit of cloud services is high, my experience visiting enterprise clients throughout Asia Pacific, is that many organizations continue to grapple with many questions. Those questions I would group into the following dimensions: security, performance and availability. There were others, but these were the most contentious in the minds of systems managers.
Answers were often demanded to questions addressing security: "how do I enjoy the cost reductions of incremental billing on a shared infrastructure whilst keeping my key workloads secure?". Oftentimes performance and availability was the issue: "can you guarantee the same latency and uptime as I currently have today from my internal IT team?".
In a development which I find personally exciting, today IBM announced IBM SmartCloud. Why is this a significant evolutionary step with regard to Cloud? Well, for the first time, enterprise clients will be able to select key characteristics of a public, private and hybrid cloud to match workload requirements. The critical element is that this can be done across five key dimensions:
· Security and isolation
· Availability and performance
· Technology platforms
· Management Support and Deployment
· Payment and Billing
This is a pivotal step forward because it is my opinion that this flexible approach addresses what I have heard client's speak at significant length about. How do I apply Cloud to my business? IBM SmartCloud is the vehicle.
IT Managers are now in the driver's seat. Erich Clementi, senior vice president, IBM Global Technology Services, had this to say: "The new IBM SmartCloud allows for the best of both worlds – the cost savings and scalability of a shared cloud environment plus the security, enterprise capabilities and support services of a private environment. In thousands of cloud engagements, we have discovered that enterprise client wants a choice of cloud deployment models that meet the requirements of their workloads and the demands of their business.”
I believe Erich has it right. Clients the world over need our help to illuminate the choice and control which now exists with regard to how flexibly "Cloud" can be deployed.
In the end, it's about our client's businesses, their strategic imperatives and their plans for a prosperous future. IBM SmartCloud offers our client's the control to deploy Cloud in a way that makes sense for their business.
IBM SmartCloud is currently being piloted with key clients around the world. Below you will find the full write-up, but don't hesitate to get in touch for more information.