Cyber security, big data analytics and AI among top digital technologies for healthcare and life sciences companies : Report News Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on March 6, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Infosys research report titled, Digital Outlook for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, highlights how digital technologies deployed at organisations are improving existing operations, solving new problems, and creating new opportunitiesInfosys research report titled, Digital Outlook for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, highlights how digital technologies deployed at organisations are improving existing operations, solving new problems, and creating new opportunities. The research polled IT and business decision makers in the healthcare and life sciences industry as part of a global survey to discover the opportunities presented by new digital technologies.Key findings from the report stated that cyber security, big data analytics and AI are among the top three digital technologies being utilized the most by healthcare and life sciences companies today. According to the healthcare companies surveyed, investing in technologies for big data analytics for predicting risk and the onset of health problems (73 per cent), EHR systems modernisation (57per cent), and remote hospital-like care delivery (49 per cent) are the most commonly reported trends for the next three years which will make a positive impact on their organisation. Whereas life sciences respondents described that improving cyber security (64 per cent), using cloud-based technologies (54 per cent), and fostering industry collaboration (47 per cent) as the top trends. Healthcare providers plan to invest in digital technologies in the coming 12 months. EHR systems (68 per cent) and big data analytics (61 per cent) are currently receiving investments from most companies who consider them a trend in the coming three years. Life sciences organisations plan to invest in digital technologies in the coming 12 months, but not all investments are in the top trends: 76 pe rcent of those who consider it a trend over the next three years were investing in technologies to improve cyber security for protection of patient and trial data. A majority of healthcare and life sciences respondents said that their organisation could improve both existing skills and technologies in preparation for implementing the top trends of the next three years.Infosys commissioned independent market research company Vanson Bourne to undertake research to understand the use of digital technologies and key trends within nine different sectors. From October to December 2017, the quantitative and qualitative subset of the study was carried out, interviewing 1,000 senior IT and business decision makers in organizations that use digital technologies. Respondents were from organisations with 1,000 employees or more and $500 million global annual revenue or higher across verticals such as automotive, banking, CPG, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, insurance, life sciences, retail and utilities. Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025
It’s the home stretch of the season, and over the next two months Tiger Woods might battle his body as much as his competition. With 13 starts this season, he has already played his busiest schedule in five years. His upcoming slate is even more jam-packed, and he’s on pace to play as many as 18 PGA Tour events – something he has done only once since 2005. And so a question on the eve of the PGA Championship: Just how much gas does Woods have left in the tank? At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, at one of his personal playgrounds, at a tournament he desperately wanted to win, Woods looked lethargic. In many ways, that’s understandable. He’s nearing the end of a long season. He played poorly Saturday and plummeted down the leaderboard, dashing any hopes of title No. 9. And he’s 42, with a brittle body that last year underwent a Hail Mary back fusion to prolong his career. But there were at least a few troubling signs in Akron, more than just his continued inability to finish off rounds. Woods denied that he felt any pain or discomfort – “I’m fine,” he said dismissively. “Just played like crap.” – but it was apparent to everyone watching in person or on TV that he wasn’t swinging with the same velocity, walking with the same fluidity or even picking his ball out of the cup with the same ease of movement. Statistics backed up the fatigue factor, as his measured swing speed continues to decrease: • 122.6 mph (Quail Hollow) • 119.4 mph (Players) • 118.5 mph (Memorial) • 118.0 mph (Quicken Loans) • Sunday at Firestone, he clocked in at 117.7 mph That was still 20th-best in a field of 71, but nearly 6 mph slower than when he was measured at the Honda Classic in late February. It’s tempting to chalk this up to an off-week, to a few bad days when he wasn’t feeling or swinging his best; at the Memorial this year, he conceded that his back was stiff and that, with this kind of procedure, some days will feel better than others. But over the next two months, Woods won’t have many opportunities for what appears to be some much-needed downtime. After his stunning near-miss at The Open – where he mostly laid back off the tee and relied on his sublime iron play and links golf IQ – Woods didn’t pick up a club for nine days. He needed to recuperate, but without much practice time, he wasn’t as sharp as he needed to be at Firestone. After the final round, Woods spoke of how differently his body recovers, now that he’s 42. Years ago, he said he’d run three or four miles after a round to “cool off.” Now, if he’s feeling frisky, he’ll log a half-hour range session, but mostly he opts for rest. “That’s one of the challenges as we age is trying to recover for the next day,” he said. “It’s got a lot harder.” Today’s young stars like Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth – all 25 or younger – don’t have those problems, not yet anyway, which makes Woods’ ongoing war against himself, his younger and fitter competitors, and time even more compelling. The Bridgestone marked the beginning of a frenetic finish in which he’ll need to play at least five events in six weeks – and as many as seven times in nine weeks, if he qualifies for the 30-man Tour Championship (currently 47th in points) and makes the U.S. Ryder Cup team (seemingly a lock for a captain’s pick). That’s a lot of important, stressful golf, even for those in their mid-20s. Given the depths of his life and career a year ago, Woods’ results and stats this year have been nothing short of astounding. But all of that strong play also means that he has put his body under enormous (and perhaps unexpected) strain. Woods has never been totally forthcoming about his body and how he’s feeling, but you can bet that he’s looking forward to Oct. 1. Then, and only then, will he finally be able to let his battered body recover.
On Saturday, May 30th, over 70 artists and thousands of fans came together for Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual music festival which raised over $170,000 for an array of charities via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.The 15-hour live-stream marathon featured virtual performances and never-before-seen footage by an array of artists from around the world including The California Honeydrops, who debuted a live video of “I Wanna Go Home” from their January 17th performance at Denver’s Mission Ballroom. Check out the clip below. You can also read our full coverage of the Mission Ballroom performance and check out a gallery of photos from the show here.The California Honeydrops – “I Wanna Go Home” [Pro-Shot] – Mission Ballroom 1/17/20[Video: Ninja Video]The California Honeydrops are preparing to release their latest EP, Just One More, And Then Some, this Friday, June 26th. The band will celebrate the release with a crowd-less live stream from Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA.As drummer Ben Malament explains about the new EP, “These songs are an open invitation for anyone listening to follow that sound of a party you might hear from the street. You find the source, the voices, the horns, the piano and drums, they start hitting you from the gate leading to the little house tucked away in the back. It’s a Honeydrops house party, the windows are foggy, the neighbors are cool, you’ll pick up an instrument or a microphone, a piece of floor to tear up, and we appreciate you just digging in and being a part of it. That was fun, just one more, and then some.”Related: The California Honeydrops’ Ben Malament Talks Eclectic Influences Ahead Of Sold-Out Show At The Mishawaka [Photos]Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Quarantine Comes Alive was conceived as a way to celebrate and support musicians, provide fans with unique musical experiences from the comfort of their couches, and raise money for comprehensive COVID-19 relief during this time of uncertainty. All funds raised from the donation-based event will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which works directly with leading non-profit organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, and Backline to provide aid where it’s needed most. For more information, head here.Don’t miss the follow-up to Quarantine Comes Alive this Sunday, June 28th: Justice Comes Alive: A Virtual Festival For Equality.Justice Comes Alive will feature performances by 50+ artists including Antibalas, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, BANDEMIC (John Scofield, John Medeski, Billy Martin, & Jesse Murphy), Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Stanley Jordan, Christone “KINGFISH” Ingram, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Lettuce, Nahko, The Soul Rebels, Tank and the Bangas, TAUK, Turkuaz, and Umphrey’s McGee as well as conversations with musicians like Oteil Burbridge, Christian McBride, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, and more about how we can heed the call of the moment to address and eliminate racial inequality on both a personal and a societal level.For more information or to secure your streaming link, head to www.JusticeComesAlive.com. For updates, follow Justice Comes Alive on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and RSVP to the Facebook Event page.
The World Bank says remittance flows into Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) grew by 10 per cent to US$88 billion last year supported by a strong United States economy.Mexico tops listThe Washington-based financial institution said Mexico continued to receive the most remittances in the region, posting about US$36 billion in 2018, up 11 per cent over the previous year.The bank said that remittances to low- and middle-income countries, such as those in the Caribbean, reached a record high in 2018, estimated at US$529 billion, an increase of 9.6 per cent over the previous record high of US$483 billion in the previous year.Global remittances, which include flows to high-income countries, reached US$689 billion in 2018, up from US$633 billion in 2017, the World Bank added.Expected to increase in 2019It said that for this year, remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries are expected to reach US$550 billion, to become their largest source of external financing.The global average cost of sending US$200 remained high, at around seven per cent in the first quarter of 2019, according to the World Bank’s Remittance Prices Worldwide database.Reducing remittance costs to three per cent by 2030 is a global target under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)“Remittances are on track to become the largest source of external financing in developing countries. The high costs of money transfers reduce the benefits of migration. Renegotiating exclusive partnerships and letting new players operate through national post offices, banks, and telecommunications companies will increase competition and lower remittance prices,” said Dilip Ratha, lead author of the World Bank report.
MIAMI (AP) — When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting.If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5 , including a ninth-inning homer to cap a 7-3 victory Sunday.Both teams kept their tempers in check even as two Pirates and one Marlin were hit by pitches. Harrison left in the third inning after being plunked on the back of the left hand by a 96 mph fastball from Jose Urena.“I’m a very patient, calm guy,” Marte said through a translator. “It’s always tough to lose one of your key players. But we’re trying to win. The focus here is to remain focused. That helped us out.”Marte’s five hits were a career high, and his batting average rose from .241 to .305. He scored four times and hit his third homer off Junichi Tazawa.The surprising Pirates (11-4) improved to 7-0 in day games, completed a 4-2 trip and head home atop the NL Central.But they might be without Harrison for a while. The second baseman will undergo further evaluation Monday in Pittsburgh.Harrison missed the final month of the 2017 season after being hit by a pitch on the same hand. He was hit 23 times last year to rank second in the majors.“None of them feel good, except for the ones that nick your jersey,” he said. “I’m going to say this one felt pretty bad, too.”After Harrison’s injury, the Pirates’ Ivan Nova hit JB Shuck in the hip later that same inning.“We’ve got each other’s back,” Harrison said. “You never want anybody to get hurt, but we’re family here.”Marlins reliever Odrisamer Despaigne plunked Francisco Cervelli on the left hand in the seventh. Despaigne appeared to apologize as Cervelli trotted to first base, and the Pittsburgh catcher responded with a conciliatory wave.“We’ve had a lot of hit batsmen here, for whatever reason,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “I don’t believe the situation has had any intent. We don’t like to get hit, though.“You play on. I thought both teams handled it very professionally.”Marlins manager Don Mattingly said there was clearly no intent behind the pitch to Harrison because the count was 0-2. Mattingly said Nova hit Shuck intentionally.“It’s the first pitch (to Shuck), and there’s no doubt about why he did it,” Mattingly said. “He did it in the right spot, and it’s over. When it’s done right, the message is fine, so I don’t think it’s going to cause a war or nothing.”Nova (2-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings despite a wobbly start, which included a comebacker in the first that hit his left foot. He allowed three runs and struck out nine, his highest total since 2016.Justin Bour ended Nova’s afternoon with a pinch-hit, two-run homer.Josh Bell had three hits and three RBIs for the Pirates. Corey Dickerson drove in a pair of runs, had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Both came up with Marte usually on base.“It’s always a joy to go 5 for 5 in a game,” Marte said. “I knew I was having a good game. I was feeling great and seeing the results.”Urena (0-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings for the Marlins (4-11), who went 1-5 on their homestand.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: C J.T. Realmuto (back) is expected to come off the disabled list and make his season debut sometime during the upcoming 10-day trip. Mattingly didn’t rule out Realmuto returning for the series against the Yankees on Monday and Tuesday. … 3B Martin Prado (hamstring) is close to beginning a rehab assignment, Mattingly said.Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (right shoulder strain) might advance to a bullpen session as early as Tuesday, Hurdle said.UP NEXTPirates: LHP Steven Brault (2-0, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to start when the Pirates begin a three-game homestand Monday against Colorado and RHP German Marquez (0-1, 4.97).Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (0-1, 4.73) is on the mound when the Marlins begin a three-city trip Monday at Yankee Stadium. New Miami CEO and former Yankees captain Derek Jeter has said he will not attend the games in New York.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte begins to run after hitting a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
by Mike Pelaia, For New Pittsburgh CourierWith the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world and sports coming to a screeching halt over the last few weeks, it’s easy to forget the NFL is about to host their annual rookie draft from April 23-25.The draft is an event that brings a lot of excitement, with thousands of fans flocking to the host city annually to get a taste of NFL football in April.Yet this year, there will be no fans attending the event. In fact, there is no venue for the event, nor should there be. In lieu of the normal chaotic, fast-paced atmosphere at a highly populated venue, this year’s draft will be held virtually. A first for sports.All NFL team personnel will be working from their homes and will need to communicate and work with each other the same as any of the rest of us do; via video calls, texts, emails and screenshares. They’ll need to find a way to do what they normally do on an annual basis sitting together, but this time, sitting apart. Players that are drafted will be allowed to host draft parties, yet with different rules. They may not have more than 10 people in their homes and they must be six feet apart at all times.MIKE PELAIACOURIER STEELERS CENTRALDespite the necessary changes to this year’s event, with all of the technology available to us, the draft will go on as planned, the teams will make their selections, the players will be available and the fans will still be able to watch on TV from the comfort of their own homes.What this all means for the Steelers is quite simply this…They now need to put all of the scouting, film watching, meetings and analyzations they’ve done since the season ended four months ago to good use to prepare for the 2020 NFL season due to kick off Sept. 10, presuming the end or massive slowdown to this pandemic.The Steelers have needs, as every team does, yet they are in a fortunate position that most teams are not. They are coming off a season in which they went 8-8, touting a top-five defense in the league and are bringing back their franchise quarterback, having had to deal with second- and third-string guys for 15 of last year’s 16 games.They are an early favorite to make the playoffs (expanded to seven teams per conference this upcoming season) and expectations are high for them to advance deep into the postseason.I see this draft being more of an offensive-focused draft for the Steelers. The defense is getting better and since the team gave the franchise tag to Bud Dupree, the only glaring need on the defense that I see is filling in the nose tackle position vacated by the departure of JaVon Hargrave. They probably should add an edge rusher as well, to provide depth to go along with Dupree and T.J. Watt and they could consider more depth at safety, especially if they are leaning towards giving up on Terrell Edmunds (which I think would be too soon).Their greatest need, in my opinion, is offensive line. Ramon Foster retired (though he would have been released) and the rest of the offensive line is aging. You could see the decline in Maurkice Pouncey and Alejandro Villanueva last season. Both are still very solid players but the unit needs an injection of youth.With limited picks, the Steelers will also need to try to pick and choose what areas they feel they need to fill between running back, wide receiver, tight end and a developmental quarterback.I think the team will ignore running back and give James Conner and Benny Snell the 2020 season to prove they are capable backs. With the signing of Eric Ebron, they will probably also shy away from tight end in this draft, unless a guy like Thaddeus Moss falls to them in the middle rounds.The Steelers only have six picks in this year’s draft and will not draft in rounds one or five, having two picks in round four.How they choose to approach the draft is typically the same, by best player available on their big board, filling a need when applicable. Taking that into account, here’s how I believe the 2020 draft will fall for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Round 2, Pick 49: Marlon Davidson, DL AuburnDespite offensive line being the biggest need, there won’t be a viable option here. Davidson is a guy who can help fill the void of Hargrave’s departure. He’s solid against both the run and the pass and can play on the outside or inside if needed.Round 3, pick 102: Saahdiq Charles, OT LSUCharles injects youth to an ailing unit that desperately needs it. He’s a good run-blocker, he’s quick and mobile. He had some disciplinary issues at LSU which could be a red flag but if he’s available, he’s worth the risk here.Round 4, pick 124: Kenny Willekes, EDGE Michigan StateWillekes is the classic Steelers pick here. A high motor Edge rusher with solid play vs. both run and pass coming out of a power five school. He’s a guy that can make an impact immediately and will be a steal at this pick if the team can nab him here.Round 4, pick 135: John Simpson, OL ClemsonPittsburgh continues to add depth and youth on the offensive line with John Simpson. Simpson is big and strong and has played high level football at a national powerhouse as a starter for the last two seasons. He can turn into an eventual starter for the Steelers as well.Round 6, pick 198: Jauan Jennings, WR TennesseeThe Steelers continue their annual drafting of a wide receiver with Jennings. He’s a tough guy to bring down once he has the football and is a good possession receiver. He’ll be brought in to add depth to a young corps that can use it.Round 7, pick 232: Steven Montez, QB ColoradoMontez is brought in as a developmental quarterback. He’s hardly the future replacement for Big Ben but he’s a guy that can compete for the third spot on the roster and replace Duck Hodges.If the draft plays out for the Steelers as I project above, they should be in good shape to fill in gaps for the upcoming season as well as find some future starters for years to come.(ABOUT THE TOP PHOTO: SAAHDIQ CHARLES)
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Tomorrow is the first time ever that Galway has had a home game in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship and is also the first time since 2011 when Galway beat Clare in the Qualifiers that there is an All-Ireland Senior hurling Championship game in Pearse Stadium. The Galway Team to face Kilkenny tomorrow in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship shows no changes from the team that beat Offaly in the opening round two weeks ago. James Skehill retains his place in goal while Brian Concannon of Killimordaly, who shot 2-1 on his debut, starts again. There are 13 of the team that started the All Ireland Final. The Galway Team is…1 James Skehill2 Adrian Tuohy3 Daithi Burke4 John Hanbury5 Padraig Mannion6 Gearoid McInerney7 Aidan Harte8 Johnny Coen9 David Burke Capt10 Cathal Mannion11 Joe Canning12 Joseph Cooney13 Conor Whelan14 Conor Cooney15 Brian Concannonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Killester BC (Dublin)St Francis of Assisi, Belmayne – Philadelphia 76ers Neptune BC (Cork)Scoil Oilibhéir, Cork – Minnesota Timberwolves Ongar Chasers (Dublin)St Benedict’s NS, Ongar – Portland TrailblazersCastaheany Educate Together – Phoenix Suns East Cavan Eagles (Cavan)St Mary’s NS, Virginia – Atlanta HawksSt Killian’s NS, Mullagh – Brooklyn NetsSt Clare’s NS, Ballyjamesduff – Charlotte Hornets Tralee Imperials (Kerry)Scoil Eoin, Tralee – Los Angeles LakersSt Brendan’s NS, Tralee – Memphis Grizzlies Liffey Celtics BC (Kildare)Tiermohan NS – OKC Thunder and New York Knicks Templeogue BC (Dublin)St Colmcille’s Knocklyon, Dublin – Boston CelticsSt Dominic’s NS, Tallaght, Dublin – Sacramento Kings The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght was taken over by more than 370 primary school pupils today for the first ever Irish Jr NBA festival of basketball proudly supported by DeCare Dental. Ej Sligo All Stars (Sligo)Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf, Collooney – Utah JazzNaomh Eanna, Carraroe, Sligo – Washington Wizards Titans BC (Galway)Scoil Iognaid, Galway – Denver NuggetsGaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Galway -Detroit PistonsMercy Primary & Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla Galway – Golden State Warriors Limerick Celtics (Limerick)Limerick School Project – Indiana PacersLimerick Educate Together – Los Angeles Clippers Ulster University Elks (Belfast)Ballyclare High School, Belfast – Chicago BullsAbbey Community College, Belfast – Cleveland CavaliersBlessed Trinity College, Belfast – Dallas Mavericks 26 teams from ten different counties across the country flocked to the arena for a day of games, skills and fun, and also got to meet NBA ambassador, Ronny Turiaf, who was on hand to show them some skills and tricks on the day. The pupils also got to take part in a healthy living workshop with DeCare Dental. 12 December 2018; Irish basketballer Jason Killeen speaking during the Basketball Ireland Jr NBA Festival of Basketball at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Many of the schools are in their first year of playing basketball, and there was huge excitement as they got to experience the big court at the National Basketball Arena alongside their friends, classmates and teachers.Speaking afterwards, Basketball Ireland’s Conor Meany stated: “We are thrilled to have hosted the first Irish Jr NBA at the arena today along with DeCare Dental. Seeing so many kids getting involved in basketball for the first time has been absolutely fantastic and we hope that they will go on now and link up with the clubs in their area to keep learning more about the game.“The Jr NBA is all about fun, respect and teamwork and the 26 teams here today certainly showed just that. We were honoured to have Ronny Turiaf as our ambassador for the event, and there was great excitement for all the kids who got to meet him and chat to him. We can’t wait for next year’s event already!”The Jr NBA is a global programme run in over 70 countries and is built on the principles of fun, teamwork and respect.Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League 2018Athlone BC (Westmeath)Coosan NS, Athlone – San Antonio SpursSt Ciaran’s NS, Baylin – Toronto Raptors Irish basketballer Jason Killeen speaking during the Basketball Ireland Jr NBA Festival of Basketball at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email