MIS4596: Information Systems Integration

Instructor: Aleksi Aaltonen, Section 002

Mercy commercializes cloud-based PACS for mid-sized hospitals

Mercy Technology Service, a healthcare technology company, designed a SaSS cloud-based PACS system to decrease expenditure and increase efficiency for medium size or small size hospital. According to the article from Healthcare IT News, the cloud-based technology is able to combine nine legacy PACS system into one entity.

The service is a solution to the current PACS technology in the United States, which smaller scale hospitals can save technology expenses on the PACS system. Moreover, the cloud-based technology allows the hospitals to increase efficiency by diminishing turnaround time by 50%, which mean radiologists now can enjoy a faster response time on generating the report. By diminishing the time of generating the report, in the business perspective, the hospitals can now decrease the waiting of the patients with this technology. With the implementation of the technology, the hospitals can now decrease the waiting time (which could be translated into money) and increase the efficiency among the radiology experts. If we look at the technology in MIS 4596 point of view, the solution is the product to increase the efficiency of the output without increasing the input of the product.


PACS as a Service

Enterprise Resource Planning and the DoD

Business information technology is a perennially evolving field, constantly developing new solution-oriented software and finding ways to further refine business processes spanning all departments. But is it possible for these solutions to be applied to large organizations that are neither “in business” or even part of the private sector?

As private entities continue to implement IT management systems, members of the public sector are increasingly motivated to incorporate similar systems into their organizations. The U.S. Department of Defense, specifically, has taken steps in recent years to make use of such software originally intended for business use. In 2017, the Army announced its intent to simplify its many disjointed processes/systems meant to manage personnel and equipment; based on an analysis performed by Gartner, the Army came forward with a plan to reduce the number of systems in use from 800 to 400 through the consolidation of existing legacy systems into centralized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

SAP, the primary contractor working with the Army in the years-long transition toward the integration of ERPs, is helping to develop defense-specific systems such as the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) and the Global Combat Support System – Army (GCCS-A) – both of which are “integrated, web-based systems” that combine a myriad of different systems into a single software. As opposed to exclusively managing business activity and processes, the LMP and GCCS-A will streamline the management of troop movement, maintenance operations, financial activity, unit supply functions, and personnel issues while simultaneously improving access to information, accuracy of reported cross-unit exchanges, and overall command visibility. In addition to these systems, the Army is also developing a solution for its Human Resource Management needs; by the program’s completion, it will be “the largest HR ERP system in the world”.

The military is certainly demonstrating that government institutions can find great value in implementing business-specific technology, and it begs the question: what other public entities can adopt similar technologies in order to streamline/simplify their operations?



The differences in style between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook

In class the other day, we talked a bit about communication with decks and the different ways to present and captivate the audience. We also talked about Steve Jobs, and how his presentation style was perhaps the best kind of presenting for Apple and it’s consumers. Steve Jobs definitely had his own idea on what effective presenting was, and it just happened to work for his audience.

Now that Tim Cook is the new CEO, it is interesting to look at the differences between both of their presenting styles. Where Steve Jobs seemed very cool and collected, Tim Cook definitely gives off a more excited and elated vibe. Though they both stick to not having slides with many words on it and getting straight to the point, you can see the differences as they are both very different people.

Though their styles may be different, they still are loved by Apple consumers. Though some people were not sure if Tim Cook could live up to Steve Job’s presentation skills, I think he’s been doing a good job of proving himself as CEO and keynote speaker.

Steve Jobs ‘reality distortion field’

Apple CEO Steve Jobs was known for his presentation skills and ability to make company products look magical. This was sometimes called ‘Steve Jobs reality distortion field‘.

Take a careful look at Apple iPhone launch and related analysis of Steve Jobs presentation techniques. What do you think, was Steve just a great presenter or is there some other things that may have contributed to his reputation? Anything Steve could/should have done differently? What do you think about the analysis of Steve’s presentation techniques below?

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— Aleksi