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Inside 2013's Health Care Trends (And Why They Matter)

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

Health care is perhaps the most important service we consume. Our lives literally depend on it, every day. But how much do we really know about our own relationship with the health care system?

War Clouds

James Moore | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
James Moore

Now there is another trend that investors are chasing, and it goes beyond the cloud. Convergence of storage, networking, and processing, and operating them at great speed and functionality using software out of one server box has become a growth business for some companies.

Improving Data Collection on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

The lack of reliable health data for this population has made it difficult to assess their health status and health care utilization. However, the available data for this population indicate that it experiences significant health disparities when compared to other groups.

Race for Data Feeds the Sports Analytics Revolution

Mitch Goldich | Posted 02.16.2014 | Sports
Mitch Goldich

Almost every stat was, at some point, new. Stats are now a part of the mainstream conversation, not relegated to the deep corners of the Internet. That data gives us a better idea -- and more groups are racing to collect it.

The Secret Behind Rent the Runway's Success

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Why didn't someone come up with this idea before? Guys have rented tuxedos for years. Now women can rent designer evening gowns.

What We Want Most in the Era of Surveillance

Alex Pasternack | Posted 02.01.2014 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Since Edward Snowden's disclosures about widespread NSA surveillance, Americans and people everywhere have been presented with a digital variation on an old analog threat: the erosion of freedoms and privacy in exchange, presumably, for safety and security.

How to Make Your Data Actionable: What Big Data Can Do For You

David A. Steinberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
David A. Steinberg

Although Big Data is a hot topic in marketing circles these days, it is important for marketers to focus on the actionable insight that Big Data brings rather than focusing on ticking a box on the hot trend of the week.

The New App a Secret Agent Would Love

Nir Eyal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Nir Eyal

A quick glance provided the context for the meeting, notes from previous encounters, and often times contained personal information.

Why Closed Loop Data Can Disrupt Health Care

Anne Mai Bertelsen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Anne Mai Bertelsen

The future of health care, according to Wired, will be built on three pillars -- data, technology, and design.

Yeah, That's Right: We'd Rather Tidy Our Desks Than Backup Our Data. So What?

Gene Marks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

A clean and tidy desk projects an image of orderliness, stability and consistency. It is the type of image that a business leader wants to portray to his or her customers, employees and partners. It shows that we are organized and disciplined and can be trusted.

Data-driven Instruction or Educator Insanity?

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

I am not opposed to data, and certainly not to evaluating the needs of students to help them grow. The problem, for me, is the repeated emphasis on one-size-fits-all skills and goals for our children.

Letter From a New Economy Consumer

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

Everyday there are thousands of marketers competing for my time. I am consuming data and information at an alarming rate both online and off. When I am at my computer, on average I am switching tabs or functions more than twice every 60 seconds.

112-Year-Old Nordstrom Back in the Mining Business?

Reid Wegley | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Reid Wegley

These are good times for Nordstrom. Its stock price is high, its investments in technology are industry leading and its customers are happy. Nordstrom listens to them, and analyzes their behavior behind the scenes with slick technology.

Guess Which Small Businesses Are Growing The Fastest?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

With the U.S. economy's slow growth in recent quarters, it may seem like nobody's seeing much business, least of all small firms. But Sageworks, a fi...

Science Is a Challenge Issued to All of Us

Jess Peláez | Posted 12.21.2013 | Science
Jess Peláez

The fundamental connections between different elements of an environment are too often overlooked, and they hold critical information about how life on this planet functions. By understanding these environments on their own terms, we will be able to break them apart into pieces and then put them back together again.

WATCH: Spectacular New Video Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Leap

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science

Almost exactly one year to the day after Felix Baumgartner smashed a 52-year-old skydiving record and became the first person to break the sound barri...

What Non-Government Economic Indicators Say

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

In the shutdown-induced absence of several national economic indicators, media outlets have highlighted some quirky options for gaining insight on the...

Knowing Everything -- When You Need To Know It

Dr. Michelle Selinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Michelle Selinger

Imagine a future where learning happens spontaneously within and beyond the walls of educational institutions -- where you have immediate, contextualized access to what you need to know to improve every aspect of your life. In the future, massive connectivity will enable learning to be connected, integrated, flexible, and meaningful for all, everywhere, anytime.

Changing the Game: Closing the Data Gap Will Help Narrow the Skills Gap

Mary Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mary Wright

As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something important has been missing from most discussions: data.

The Data Hackers

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Pratap Chatterjee

We willingly hand over all of this information to the big data companies and in return they facilitate our communications and provide us with diversions. But there is a second kind of data company of which most people are unaware.

Marital Walkout - How to End the U.S. Government Shutdown

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Michele

I don't care to predict when the shutdown will end or how; however, I do have an idea I would like to see get implemented to help end it.

AboutTheData: Data Collection Gone Wrong

Bant Breen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Bant Breen

On Sept. 4th, 2013, Acxiom launched a new website called AboutTheData. The site does not live up to this promise. In fact, it falls so short of delivering on this objective that one questions whether that was the site's objective in the first place.

Conference Fosters Diverse Community Around Data

Travis Korte | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Travis Korte

For all their different approaches, the data enthusiasts spoke a common language, and common themes did emerge from the proceedings.

A Pill That Tracks Your Health? The Reality Of The ‘Quantified Self' Movement

Joseph Bradley | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Joseph Bradley

Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and what you do. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. And as you sleep, a headband monitors your REM patterns. A far-fetched sci-fi fantasy? Not at all.

New Census Data Underscores Why Movement to Boost Wages Must Succeed

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

History has taught us that the nation does better when we have a strong middle class. We need bold changes in public policy to reverse the rising tide of income inequality.