Category: Notifications

June 29, 2022 by Ruben Garcia 0 Comments

Technology In Education


onsidering that our products and solutions are oriented towards the healthcare industry, you might be surprised with the title of this post and are likely asking yourself: “Self, what does technology in education have to do with healthcare?”

Well, as I sit here watching my daughter’s orientation seminars at The Ohio State University I’m shocked to see how far along we have come technology-wise with services for these students. 

For example, they have an App that provides them all the information they could want. From maps of the campus to locations of classes to nearby shopping and dining options to the hours of operations of places like the dozens of libraries and recreation centers to the schedule of all sporting and arts and entertainment event. All of this and more is at the palm of their hands.

This is definitely a long way from what I had available when I went to Case Western Reserve University and Florida Atlantic University in the 1990s. Back then, if the schools had a decent website it was a huge “win”. Today, these youngsters can even schedule their transportation and security escorts via the phone.

Seeing all this makes me wonder whether we in the “real world” are ready with similar technological advances in our workplaces for that moment when we hire some of these men and women when they graduate?

After four or more years of being exposed to such high end use of technology, will they be accepting of places that don’t use technology the same way they were using it in college? I, for one, don’t think they will.  I think they will favor employers that are already technologically advanced and are even looking to become more advanced on a yearly basis.

It is my hope that in providing some of the products and services that we offer via our Digital Solutions as well as our Siemens partnership that we will be one of those companies that not just attracts these best and brightest individuals, but also be in a position to impact positively the healthcare industry in the same vein.

June 27, 2022 by Ruben Garcia 0 Comments

DISS Analytics Notifications

The Power of Immediacy


echnology has come a very long way in the past decade plus. For example, I still remember 25+ years ago when booking a flight meant going to a travel agency or directly to the ticketing agent at the airport to get a printed and yes sometimes even a manually written ticket. Remember how does manual tickets would make your hands turn purple because of the copy layer they had? Good times!

Nowadays, everything is on your phone!

Rehabilitation is a phase of recovery occurring after any major life-changing medical or surgical event. Our bodies are designed to regenerate and repair, though optimizing this process takes skilled guidance. PM&R physicians (also known as physiatrists) are trained to use physical modalities (stretching, strengthening, heat, cold, etc.) to mechanically enhance healing. They prescribe medications to manage pain, spasticity, nerve injury, and cognitive impairments, while also leveraging the power of physical therapy to increase cardiopulmonary fitness, muscle strength and flexibility.

I can’t live without these notifications. They make my life easier and the immediacy of them allow me to act quickly and decisively with the information they provide me. I honestly can’t imagine traveling without them.

Maybe you’re not a frequent traveler like I am, but I’m sure you can think of dozens of instances where a received notification saved you time or hassles or made you aware of some breaking news that was really important to you. And what made these notifications valuable wasn’t just what they told you, but the immediacy with which they said it.

Real-time information is valuable!

Just like travel, the healthcare field is seeing a seismic shift towards immediacy.

For example, there are dozens if not hundreds of ways to look at data in a graphical way, but what good is it to have a dozen bar graphs, pie charts or even counters if your normal day to day responsibilities don’t allow you the time to look at all the “pretty pictures” in your dashboard?

Let’s face it, particularly in the healthcare field, there are very few people that can take even just a few minutes during their busy day to look at some fancy dashboard. No matter how great and applicable the information contained in it is, there is just, normally, no time to pause your actions  to go look at the data.

What ends up happening is that you most likely will look at the data once the day is “over” or later in the week or when you are asked to create reports for your weekly or monthly meetings.

Relying on a dashboard and nothing else, could mean that you will miss out on real-time situations that will be occurring while you look at the dashboard instead of carrying out your responsibilities.

Well, as with other Apps, we are seeing that technology can make your life much easier by providing you with immediate notifications on your iPhone or iPad so that you can react without ever having to look at a dashboard.

For example, can you imagine being informed of a user that has just checked into the ER with Head Trauma? Or how about being informed when an order has been placed for a Nuclear Medicine study thus allowing you to pre-order your radioisotope and save on rush charges? Or getting a notification that a last-minute MRI was ordered right before the end of your shift, thus allowing you to better manage that patient that really needs your service?

These are not just imaginary situations, these are notifications that we are already sending to dozens of devices in our customer sites. Just like I can’t travel without my notifications, neither can our customers live without theirs.