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By: Saligrama Agnihothri

Health-tracking devices and apps are becoming part of everyday life. More than 300,000 mobile phone applications claim to help with managing diverse personal health issues, from monitoring blood glucose levels to conceiving a child.

But so far the potential for health-tracking apps to improve healthcare has barely been tapped. Although they allow a user to collect and record personal health data, and sometimes even share it with friends and family, these apps typically don’t connect that information to a patient’s digital medical chart, or make it easier for healthcare providers to monitor or share feedback with their patients.

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By: M. Mitchell Waldrop, Knowable Magazine

This story was originally published by Knowable Magazine.

If the cascading upheavals of the past year have done nothing else, they’ve spurred widespread calls for reform and renewal in just about every institution we have.

A mishandled public-health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, an economic crisis, a racial reckoning, an uncommonly long string of hurricanes, wildfires, and other climate-enhanced disasters—almost everything that’s happened in these tumultuous months grew out of problems that had been swept under the rug for decades, says Anita Chandra, who directs the social and economic well-being program at RAND Corp. “The issues around police-related violence and systemic racism were brewing,” she says. “The issues around sustainability were brewing. The widening income inequality gap was not just brewing, it was full throttle.”

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By: Emily Newton

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are harmful chemical compounds produced as a byproduct of normal boiler function. The EPA regulates them due to the damage they can cause to humans and the environment.

Low-NOx boilers, outfitted with special components that reduce nitrogen oxides, are essential for organizations that want to comply with EPA requirements while also potentially improving efficiency. Factory owners should understand the benefits of low-NOx boilers, as well as how new models use industrial design to minimize the production of this dangerous compound.

The effects of NOx exposure

The excessive production of NOx can pose risks to workers’ lungs and the environment. Short-term exposure to nitrogen oxide can make people more vulnerable to asthma and respiratory infections. They may also find their sense of smell diminished. Long-term exposure can cause more serious health problems, like chronic lung disease.

Boiler operators and workers who spend much of their time near it are most vulnerable to health problems. However, everyone on-site may be exposed to nitrogen oxide and the risks associated with it.

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By: Dawn Bailey

The spirit of service—for a small clinic started in 1913 to provide free care to Los Angeles (LA)—lives today in the servant-leader aspirations of 2019 Baldrige Award recipient Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM), a 353-bed, safety-net hospital.

The community of two million people that AHWM serves is young, homogenous, and economically challenged. In addition, the hospital is surrounded by 35 active gangs, and it watched as many of its neighboring healthcare organizations closed or downsized during the Covid-19 pandemic.

East LA community served by Adventist Health White Memorial. Credit: Adventist Health White MemorialEast LA community served by Adventist Health White Memorial. Credit: Adventist Health White Memorial

But these challenges have not stopped AHWM from believing that it could transform the health experience of its communities.

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By: Manfred Kets de Vries

Leonard, the chairman of a global consumer goods company, was wondering what to do with the two co-CEOs running the firm. Although it had seemed a great idea to have two individuals at the helm, this arrangement had led to conflicts, stalled initiatives, and an overall lack of direction. Some of the company’s most valued executives had left.

Before Leonard had put the co-leadership structure in place, some of his peers had pointed out to him how rare it was. The health sector was one exception, with successful dyads composed of one person having medical expertise and the other, administrative skills. Leonard knew of several professional service and family firms that also thrived with co-leaders. What had gone wrong?

The benefits

There are times when the benefits of shared leadership can outweigh its risks. A leadership dyad can enable two people to lead in a unique, constructive way and, in doing so, surpass what could be accomplished individually. When two people are prepared to critically challenge and support each other, it can yield more creative and better-quality strategic solutions.

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By: Ryan E. Day

It is estimated that in 2021, the average person watches more than 100 minutes of online video every day. But is that relevant to your B2B marketing efforts?

“The vast bulk of this video consumption is marketing content,” says Maury Rogow, CEO of Rip Media Group and CMO of TheVideoBot. “Big-budget marketers are trying to out-shout each other, which does not work. It particularly fails to work in the business-to-business sector, where the marketing targets are professionals already being bombarded by cold calls.”

Rather than attempting to pump up the volume even more, Rogow suggests that ROI-conscious B2B marketers combine microtargeting with personalized video.

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By: John Preston

‘This government is obsessed with skilling up our population,” said Boris Johnson in his recent speech on “leveling up.” There’s still a fair amount of uncertainty about exactly what the United Kingdom prime minister’s plan to level up the regions will involve, but manufacturing and skills seem close to the heart of it.

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By: Dave Pierson

I’ve heard additive manufacturing is key to driving innovation in our industry, but how does it really deliver value? We’ve looked at some additive manufacturing machines, but how can we justify the expense when we’re trying to eliminate our capital expenditures? Is additive manufacturing worth the investment?

I field questions like these every time I host or attend additive manufacturing conferences for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) through the MEP National Network. As the senior product development engineer at MAGNET, part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), my goal is to educate SMMs and other MEP centers on how additive manufacturing can help small businesses compete against larger industrial players.

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By: Sébastien Breteau

Major global events of the past five years have sparked seismic shock waves in global supply chains, relocating where businesses manufacture and source their products. Whether facing rising labor costs in China, new tariffs in the U.S.-China trade war, or cataclysmic shutdowns amid the Covid-19 pandemic, most businesses have had no choice but to expand their supplier networks into new geographies.

A recent survey of businesses with global supply chains conducted by QIMAone found that two-thirds of buyers plan to further diversify their sourcing in 2021 and engage suppliers in new regions.

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By: Terry Onica, Cathy Fisher

Has the automotive industry learned its lesson about supply chain disruptions? Or will delivery performance continue to suffer with every new disruption?

In addition to constant disruption, auto industry business models are rapidly transforming. Consumers are buying vehicles online. The transition to autonomous connected electric shared (ACES) vehicles is changing the way vehicles are designed, sourced, produced, sold, and utilized.

To succeed in this evolving marketplace, manufacturers must refocus their operations from manufacturing-centric to supply chain-focused. How?

Automotive supplier delivery performance, already susceptible to many internal and external disruptions, faces increased pressures rippling back from an accelerating pace of new vehicle technologies and rapid shifts in consumer demands. The automotive supply chain must be strengthened to ensure back-end supply chain processes become disruption-proof while aligning to support new vehicle-buying behaviors.

Suppliers must confront their shortcomings in delivery performance and consider process and technology improvements for competitive advantage, just as they embraced continuous improvement around quality and safety expectations.

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