According to a new study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Zebra Technologies Corporation, nearly all (97%) of surveyed healthcare organizations agree that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the most significant initiative undertaken by their company this decade.  As noted in a press release on the survey findings, security solutions, cloud services, and data analytics will be the most important IoT solutions for the...
While the majority of healthcare organizations are currently using patient portal technologies, new research from HIMSS Analytics shows portals need more advanced functionalities to allow patients to take a proactive approach to their health. As noted in an iHealthBeat article on the research findings, 80% of the healthcare executives polled in the survey are seeking electronic visit or consultation capabilities from patient portals,...
According to new data from Research and Markets, the Global Smart Wearable Healthcare Devices and Services market will grow at a CAGR of 30.42% over the next four years.  A press release covering the research findings shows an increase in aging populations and chronic diseases is playing a pivotal role in the increased demand.As noted in the press release, the market is segmented into two: Smart Wearable Healthcare Devices and Smart...
According to SME’s new Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities Report, more than half of manufacturing leaders will invest in advanced manufacturing technologies over the next two years.  As noted in a press release on the research findings, advanced technologies include industrial robotics and additive manufacturing.Sixty-six percent of SME survey respondents indicate competitive advantage is the driving force behind the technological...
As reported by the Federal Reserve on Monday, March 16, U.S. manufacturing output fell 0.2% in February, despite a slight increase in industrial production.  A Wall Street Journal article says the latest Fed data points to a weakened economy overall.While industrial production rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% from the previous month, WSJ reports capacity utilization slipped two tenths of a percentage point to 78.9%.  “Lower capacity...
According to a new research from Leapfrog Group, survival rates for high-risk surgeries vary widely from hospital to hospital.  As reported in a FierceHealthcare article on the study findings, the research underscores the significant work that needs to be done to improve patient outcomes.The report finds, for example, that the predicted survival rate for pancreatectomiy varies from 100 to 81 percent between high- and low-performing...
According to a recent report from construction research firm CMD, reshoring efforts from U.S. manufacturers will contribute to a 10.5% increase in industrial construction projects in 2015.  A Manufacturing.net article on the research findings notes that bringing jobs back to the U.S. will spur increased demand for manufacturing space and lead to greater construction activity.Low energy prices and a declining competitive advantage in...
According to the Randstad Manufacturing & Logistics Employee Confidence Index, confidence among manufacturing and logistics workers reached its highest level in the history of the survey in Q4 2014.  A press release announcing the survey findings reports a 59% reading in Q4, up nearly 6% from Q3 2014.Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed said they believed the economy was getting stronger in Q4, and 28% claimed there were more jobs...
A report recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows improved patient safety in hospital settings over the period 2010 – 2013.  According to the report, efforts to improve patient safety resulted in 1.3 million fewer patient harms, 50,000 lives saved, and $12 billion in health spending avoided over the three-year period.As noted in the research, hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), including but not limited...
A new report issued by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) highlights the macroeconomic impact of federal regulations.  According to the report findings, manufacturers in particular bear a disproportionate share of the regulatory burden.While the analysis finds that the average U.S. company pays $9,991 per employee/year to comply with federal regulations, the average U.S. manufacturer pays nearly twice that amount ($19,564 per...

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