Beating the pants off of the best humanity has to offer and having Alex Trebeck smarmily inform you “That’s ‘The pen is mightier, Watson,’” is a great way to kick off your sentience, but life’s not all fun and games – even if you’re a Jeopardy-conquering robot. IBM’s finally told Watson to get off its lazy ass and find a job, and it (He?) did. Starting next year, Watson will be suggesting “treatment options and diagnoses” to doctors working with Wellpoint health insurance. Move over, Sherlock; there’s a new Doctor Watson in town.
What do you think about when the term "memory device" gets tossed around? Kingston DRAM and Corsair’s 16GB DDR3/1600 Vengeance kit in the 2011 Dream Machine pops into our head. Now, sadly, we're going to have pictures of Bill Cosby's wrinkled, funny face dancing around in our skulls whenever memory springs to mind. Curse you, NC State researchers! A team from the University created a new type of memory designed to work in soggy situations, and the chip's reminiscent of everybody's favorite animal-based desert.
While we don't cover all things Apple (we leave that to Mac Life), the news out of Cupertino today has affected everyone in the tech community. Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent an email to all Apple staffers to announce that the board has granted his request for a leave of absence to focus on his health. Of course, the internet is full of assertions that Mr. Jobs may be gone for good this time.
It may be no small coincidence that the announcement came on Martin Luther King day in the US. Markets are closed, so any overreaction to the news was muted. In Frankfurt, markets reacted negatively, with Apple stock losing 8%. The very business-like timing of the release makes us think this was not a last-minute emergency decision.
However you may feel about Apple products, there's no denying Steve Jobs has been a huge driving force in computing for decades. Jobs has survived pancreatic cancer and organ transplant in recent years. We wish him the best, and we're sure you all do too.
Data storage isn't as simple as it once used to be, and a result, we're seeing companies custom tailor their storage products for specific sectors, most notably healthcare. And that's exactly what Iron Mountain has done, which on Monday announced an enhanced version of its Digital Record Center for Medical Images, a cloud storage service for performing backups and archiving digital medical info.
"Today, healthcare organizations face the challenges of managing explosive data growth while ensuring access and control over information that originates in different silos but is needed across their organizations," Iron Mountain said. "Tighter federal and industry regulations, along with shrinking IT budgets, have led healthcare organizations to re-evaluate how they store, access and protect their critical patient data, while preparing for the transition to electronic health record systems."
Iron Mountain went on to say that its Digital Record Center for Medical Images addresses those needs by providing a single cloud storage service for backups and archives. Features include a pay-as-you-go model, as well as a hybrid onsite and offsite storage model.
Security vendor Symantec Corp. on Monday announced a new hosted medical image archiving and sharing solution the company is calling Symantec Health. Aimed at healthcare providers, the idea is to aid hospitals and medical facilities in lowering costs associated with storing medical records.
"Health IT executives continually cite the soaring costs associated with medical image storage as one of the biggest challenges they face," said Lori Wright, vice president and general manager of the Electronic Health Group at Symantec. "Symantec’s security and storage management expertise and its leading Software as a Service portfolio are key reasons why many healthcare industry leaders trust Symantec to deliver these new hosted offerings in a cost-effective and secure way."
Some of the key features include on-demand capacity, business analytics, the ability for non-affiliated clinicians to search, view, and download images with a physician-friendly Web interface, and secure provider-to-provider image sharing, Symantec said.