THE RIGHT TEAM FOR THE JOB Pfaff learned another critical lesson as he built the New10 team. In a traditional corporate environment, a bad hire or two isn’t likely to sink the ship. And those employees eventually will leave the firm, voluntarily or involuntarily. But in a startup-type environment, Pfaff says you can’t afford that luxury. “One of the mistakes we made is [hiring] some people that weren’t good fits on the team, and it took us too long to take action to correct that,” he says. “In a startup, you need to react immediately when something’s not working with the team.” … [Read more...] about How big companies can adopt a startup mindset
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While virtual care presents an opportunity to reimagine annual visits, at least this iteration seems to be removing some important steps. Physical exams are a crucial if underestimated part of practicing medicine. In 2015, researchers from Stanford University, Tufts, and University of California San Francisco asked 5,000 doctors to recount instances where they had made a medical error. “The cause of the oversights in the 208 responses was most often a failure to perform the physical examination at all—in 63% of the cases. Other times, errors were caused by misinterpreting or overlooking physical signs,” said Dr. John Ioannidis, a physician and researcher at Stanford University, in an interview about the physical examinations. … [Read more...] about Cigna will now let you go to the doctor on your phone
“Do we actually have the right sort of perspectives from very different people in the room? That’s the first question we ask,” Puthiyamadam said. “Do we have people who come from different disciplines? For us, it means bring[ing] a tax perspective, an emerging-technology perspective, a CRM and loyalty perspective, and a person who understands the human capital issues around the topic. When you bring that diversity to begin with, and then run them through the process, that’s when it begins to work.” … [Read more...] about How corporations can create change at massive scale
The country of origin can also say a lot. While Italian olive oil may be the most famous, it’s not inherently the best, and Italy is not the top producer of olive oil. That honor goes to Spain. (A lot of the olive oil on store shelves may be bottled in Italy, however). As a bacteria called Xylella fastidiosa has damaged European olive orchards, Tunisia has emerged as one of the biggest and well-regarded oil exporters—making Terra Delyssa’s Tunisian provenance legitimate. Olmsted told Epicurious that Australia has the most stringent standards and an advanced quality-testing system. The country is also known for not mixing fresh oil with leftovers from the previous harvest, he said. … [Read more...] about Is this olive oil fake? IBM will let you check using blockchain
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ARE COMING… Breakthroughs in sensor technology and information processing are paving the way for autonomous vehicles. So where are we seeing big advances in automation and autonomous vehicles? The answer is at 30,000 feet, according to Honda Aircraft Co. CEO Michimasa Fujino. The airline industry, he said, has already incorporated advanced elements of automation and autonomous technologies in aviation, and he sees more in the future. These days, a press of a button can set a jet’s course and lead it directly to its destination; in the near future, pressing a button could actually land a plane. And in an emergency, that button could direct the plane to land safely at the nearest airport. “I’m very optimistic about autonomous airplanes,” he said. “I think it [will] come sooner than autonomous cars.” … [Read more...] about What’s driving disruption in transportation?