se:cube office cube systems opens new possibilities

DOGERN, BADEN-WüRTEMBERG, GERMANY, September 30, 2018 / — Specialising in furnishings for trend-setting office concepts, Sedus is building on its recognised expertise with the introduction of the se:cube office cube system. With its strong focus on functionality and well-designed technology, the se:cube opens new possibilities in office work.

Open-plan offices remain on-trend, but continue to be met by a less-than-enthusiastic response from the people who work in them. Employees primarily complain about the acoustic limitations and lack of privacy. The new Sedus office cubes offer a professional and effective remedy. Available in S, M, and L sizes, the cubes provide the perfect environment for informal and formal meetings, focused work, and simply a moment of relaxation.

Their clever dimensions mean they are easy to integrate into existing office landscapes, with sufficient space for movement and interaction to support brainstorming, training, and other activities. Unusually, the se:cube design also incorporates spaces to place laptops, writing pads, and pens. Even the inner walls are designed to be used as vertical, writeable surfaces.

The wide range of optional equipment configurations ensures you can meet every need. These concepts are designed for all conceivable scenarios and are based around integrated furnishings from the extensive Sedus portfolio. Everything from state-of-the-art communication methods to professional video technology has been carefully integrated right from the start. Even the ventilation and lighting are fully automated.

But there is another feature that will especially delight office planners and facility managers: all of the cubes, including L-size (2.5 x 2.5 m), can be set up, dismantled or moved in record time when they are needed elsewhere.

There is perhaps no environment more ideally suited to presenting this product than Orgatec. Eight furnished se:cubes of different sizes promise to impress with their unique dimensions and acoustic qualities under the extreme test conditions found at the company’s stand at Orgatec 2018.

Design: Falk Blümler (Sedus Design Team

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se:connects − good connections are everything

DOGERN, BADEN-WüRTEMBERG, GERMANY, September 30, 2018 / — Where fixed workspaces and rigid structures once dominated office landscapes, today more and more companies are enjoying the advantages of smart working. The freedom to work from any workspace you choose, depending on the task and your personal preferences, also changes the way we work. This in turn has a substantial influence on worker efficiency and job satisfaction.

Sedus first presented the se:connects system at Orgatec 2016. The concept has now been further developed in collaboration with Kapsch AG and new functions have been added.

The innovative solution is based around a mobile app and intelligent IoT sensor technology and is designed to make it easy to use and manage workspaces in smart working environments.

Employees can use the app on their smartphone or tablet to select an appropriate workspace before they even get to the office. With just a few clicks, they can find the right workspace filtered by location and equipment, or make sure they are close to their colleagues. Bluetooth sensors installed in the chair or desk can identify when a workspace is occupied.

Facility managers receive anonymised but very valuable data that can be leveraged to plan and use available space more efficiently. The system identifies less frequented areas and reveals potential savings based on occupancy. More than that, though, the data on preferences and user acceptance can be incorporated into the office environment design to improve employee satisfaction.

The se:connects system works independently of existing systems and devices, is intuitive to operate simply via smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer, and is the perfect complement to any smart working concept.

A number of useful software interfaces make it easy to connect se:connects to existing systems (building control technology, Exchange/Outlook calendar and room booking) and enable speedy integration into the company’s IT infrastructure.

Front-end app design: Falk Blümler (Sedus Design Team)
Hardware design: Sedus Design Team, Kapsch Design Team

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The Development of the Framing Industry in New York City

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 28, 2018 / — 567 Framing is one of the leading providers of premium quality art framing, printing and design services and has continued to grow over the years to become one of the most sought-after local framing boutiques in New York City. The story of the framing industry in New York City and how the industry has developed in recent times will be incomplete without mentioning 567 Framing as it has grown from a relatively humble beginning to owning several offices in different locations in NYC including West Village and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The company‘s excellent service delivery that includes a same-day-delivery offer, quality craftsmanship to provide the best possible custom framing, and detailed have helped 567 Framing grow in popularity over the years. The reviews and accolades from clients from all walks of life have attracted top brands and celebrities to the company with the likes of Nike, NBC, NYC Mayor’s Office, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé associating with 567 Framing at one point or the other. Other brands that have been lucky to have 567 Framing serve them over the years are UNICEF, CBS, Time Warner Cable, Allen & Company amongst others.

567 Framing has contributed immensely to the development of the industry in NYC and surrounding areas, offering innovative and effective solutions to several NYC challenges in the framing industry, faced by businesses and individuals.

With a wide range of services and products including quality frames on offer, 567 Framing ensures that clients get the best size for a photo to a frame without requiring them to break the bank. This unique combination of affordability and quality service delivery has helped to increase the brand’s popularity and acceptance in and around New York City.

“I have a great experience with the service of 567 framing. I googled all the framing stores in NYC and got this place. I went to their Manhattan store and the owner was very patient to ask all the details of my picture and my requirements. I got a wood frame at last at a very reasonable price. It matches my apartment style very much. Highly recommend this place,” says Jessica J from Jersey City, NJ.

In addition to having a plethora of different materials that range from the most traditional wood to the more modern and renovated styles of metal and plastic and the best framing hammer, 567 Framing also offers a wide variety of services such as custom framing, art printing, canvas, and mounting.
More information about 567 Framing and the services offered can be found on their website. 567 Framing is also available across several social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.

About 567 Framing
567 Framing is an art framing boutique founded in 2007 in the East Village. The company majorly offers custom framing, large format Giclee printing, face mounting, and canvas printing & stretching services with a professional designing team that includes highly educated artists and designers, with extensive knowledge of fine art, crafts, and materials.

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Is Sitting is the New Smoking — 7 Steps to a Healthier Workforce

Sitting is the new smoking

Sitting is the new smoking

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Sitting is the new smoking for office employees. Formaspace CEO, Jeff Turk, gives 7 tips for a healthier workforce! Read them here.

Sitting is the most underrated health threat of the modern era.”

— Tom Rath, author of Eat Move Sleep


It’s no secret that healthcare costs are out of control. In fact, when I attend CEO roundtables or talk to clients who are business owners, healthcare costs are always one of their biggest concerns. Lots of CEOs I know have attacked smoking with cessation programs, built kitchens in their offices to encourage healthy eating, and added wellness programs to attack obesity in their workplaces. Yet most companies still haven’t taken some of the easiest steps to attract and retain great people while simultaneously improving the health and productivity of their workforce.

What factors are driving up the cost of medical care and pushing down worker productivity?

Here are three examples:

Lower back pain now affects more than 100 million Americans— more than those with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined — according to Stanford University Medical Center’s Professor Sean Mackey, MD. According to the World Health Organization, American companies lose 149 million work days per year to lower back pain, at a cost of $100-200 billion annually.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of whether a person exercises regularly or not, according to a study published by David Alter, MD, Ph.D. in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Despite what you might think, exercising for one hour a day doesn’t eliminate the health problems caused by prolonged sitting.

Sleep deprivation affects between 50 and 70 million Americans. According to Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, the economic cost of insomnia is between $15 billion and $92 billion annually.


Step 1. Move.

Visionaries like Tom Rath, author of several New York Times bestselling books, including Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, have been right on the money when they say we need to move.

In a recent podcast interview, Rath said, “Sitting is the most underrated health threat of the modern era.”

“What we don’t realize, because it’s happened even more slowly than the epidemic of smoking (is) we’ve subtly worked activity out of our daily routine. 50 years ago … you had to be moving around and keep active; now we’ve got it all engineered so we can sit at a computer and order everything on Amazon, so it shows up at our front door and (we) drive around in circles so we don’t have to take a hundred steps at the shopping mall parking lot and so forth. And so we’ve done it piece-by-piece over time. We don’t realize that most people end up sitting for eight to ten hours a day on average.”

Step one in improving workforce productivity is to encourage people to stand and move!

Step 2. Get Sit-to-Stand Desks.

In the study on the risks of sitting for prolonged periods of time mentioned above, author David Alter, MD, Ph.D., had this advice:

Every thirty minutes, you should take a short (1-3 minute) break and stand up. Standing burns twice as many calories as sitting.
Gradually change your behavior. Initially, try reducing your sitting times by 15 – 20 minutes per day. Reduce sitting week by week. Over the long term, you should try to eliminate 2 to 3 hours of sitting during a 12 hour day.

Other studies, like one from Stanford University (“Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Lower Back Pain Results of a Randomized Trial”) published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found office workers who used standing desks experienced less pain while working. Importantly, those who came into the study with lower back and neck pain reported a reduction in pain and an increase in their ability to concentrate on work tasks when using sit-to-stand desks.

Step two, in short, is to equip your people with sit to stand desks to encourage movement!

Step 3. Sleep.
Tom Rath compares losing four hours of sleep to drinking a six-pack of beer. “When I get on an airplane next week, I don’t want the pilot to have the equivalent of a six-pack (of beer) in his system!” Rath continues: “Every extra hour of sleep is really an investment in your future productivity and happiness, not the first thing we should be cutting when we get busy and have a lot of things going on.”

Getting a good night of sleep is important, and it starts with proper ‘sleep hygiene’ like making the room dark.

You may have taken notice of Apple’s recent introduction of “Night Shift,” which alters the color of their smartphone and tablet devices — changing their hue from a blue light to more reddish tones. Why? Blue light tells our biological clock that the sun is rising, making it hard for us to fall asleep.

Just this month, the American Medical Association echoed this sentiment by issuing their first-ever guidance on the harmful effects of increasingly popular high-intensity, blue-rich LED street lights. According to the AMA, blue LED lights can create a road hazard by decreasing our visual acuity. They also suppress melatonin at night, interfering with sleep. According to the guidance: “Recent large surveys found that brighter residential nighttime lighting is associated with reduced sleep times, dissatisfaction with sleep quality, excessive sleepiness, impaired daytime functioning, and obesity.”

My advice? Make a nice dark room and get some sleep.

Step 4: You have a mobile device. Use it!
Has it ever occurred to you just how ironic the rise of sedentary work habits at the office is?

When I was a kid, I typed out missives on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Later, I got a Tandem 1000 computer. Either way, if I wanted to write something, I had to sit hunched over for long periods. Today, everyone has speech-to-text on their phones. There is no need to sit, but old habits die hard.

Step four is to leverage your technology to create a healthier lifestyle.

Step 5: Lead from the front.
Tom Rath has another point about how employers are mishandling the opportunity to influence their workers to make better, healthier choices. In Rath’s words, is there anything less appealing than the sound of things like “Disease Management Programs” or “Heath Risk Appraisals”?

Rising healthcare costs are a major concern for employers, but implementing “punitive” programs that focus on the negatives (like asking employees to pay healthcare surcharges if they don’t meet the employer’s health guidelines) are not as effective as programs that promote positive changes in employee behavior.

According to Rath, it’s very difficult for people to do things today that will benefit themselves decades from now. But they will follow their leader, at least a little bit. If you stand, if you move, and if they see you leading an active lifestyle, they will too.

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Brooke Turner
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Jordan Gendelman addresses anticipated festive interior trends for Christmas 2018

Jordan Gendelman

Jordan Gendelman Christmas Decorations

With Christmas 2018 looming ever closer, Jordan Gendelman looks at four hotly anticipated festive design trends for this year.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — Christmas is historically a traditional occasion, with decor typically adhering to a set formula of Christmas trees, baubles, and tinsel in shades of red, gold, silver, and green. This year, however, interior designer Jordan Gendelman expects to see a variety of less traditional new styles and trends breaking through.

"Echoing what we've seen elsewhere in interior design trends this year, arresting, luxe shades appear likely to be big this Christmas," says Gendelman, who suggests that bold, dark purples and blue-greens will prevail, with a surge in the popularity of both matte and gloss black festive accessories and accents.

The professional interior designer from West Palm Beach also anticipates a similar, yet more traditionally festive take on the same trend. "Deep, ruby reds, purples, and navy blue will feature here, but with more festive whites and trendy, cool grays," he suggests. "White porcelain accessories, I predict, will be popular too, combined with polished woods and brushed metals."

A third distinct style, which echoes another trend which has been popular over the last year or two, is international fusion, according to Gendelman. "Millennials, in particular, are traveling, and have traveled, to more far-flung and unusual destinations than their parents or grandparents did. This continues to inspire bold, new directions in our interior design choices which I expect to be reflected in Christmas decor this year," explains the designer.

Another trend expected to take off this festive season is the so-called 'rainbow' Christmas tree.

Predicted to be a huge hit on social media, particularly Instagram and Pinterest, the rainbow appearance is achieved by using a plethora of colored baubles. "Running from red, orange, and yellow at the top, through green, blue, indigo, and violet toward the bottom, the decorations give the tree a rainbow-like appearance," Gendelman reveals of the trend.

Taste, however, according to the Colorado native is subjective. "The rainbow tree won't be for everyone, but that's half the fun of decorating for Christmas. My only advice would be to pick a style or theme and stick to it. Don't be tempted to mix ideas, such as luxe and international fusion as it is likely to look fussy, confused, or otherwise unappealing," he adds, wrapping up.

Jordan Gendelman runs a successful interior design business alongside his uncle, Bruce Gendelman. The Gendelmans are based in Pitkin County, Colorado, serving clients in and around Aspen, Basalt, and Snowmass Village, as well as further afield, such as in Palm Beach, Florida, where the court of public opinion might bring their favorite designer to decorate a palm tree for the holidays. Jordan and Bruce Gendelman specialize in the psychology of color, as well as both modern and period interiors delivered with a commitment to quality and service.

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H.R.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern presents her ROYAL BATH Collection

“Diamond Line” is a truly noble design line! It combines geometric diamond patterns with retro “hairpin feet”. The design appears modern, light and warm. The feel of the diamonds is elegantly accentuated on the matt surface. The golden handles set roya

“Urban Loft” – Line combines a puristic, royal design and reminds of the cool lifestyle in lofts as you find them in modern metropolises. The fronts with chrome decor accents are an authentic loft element. Glass surfaces in contrast to matt silver furnit

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern presents her ROYAl BATH Collection.

The Royal Bath collection by H.R.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern met with great positive international interest

BRILON , NORDRHEIN WESTFALEN , GERMANY, September 24, 2018 / — H.R.H.Princess Maja von Hohenzollern is today the internationally best-known member of the Royal Family of Hohenzollern. The house of Hohenzollern/ Prussia is one of the oldest and most important noble families in Europe and represented the former Emperor of Germany.
H.R.H.Princess Maja von Hohenzollern is a modern designer for interior, home decoration, pet-, children- and lifestyle- products.The licensed brand "Princess Maja von Hohenzollern" represents a young, royale and trendy design. It transports the lifestyle and the lifestyle of a modern princess today. The brand is successfully presented with collections in 80 countries on the international market. H.R.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern was honored as best designer with the "ASIA DESIGN AWARD GOLD" in Shanghai/China.

NOW H.R.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern personally presented her ROYAL BATH collection at the M.O.W.-fair in Bad Salzuflen/Germany, which she designed exclusively for the renowned bathroom furniture manufacturer "Puris" from Brilon/Germany.
"I am very satisfied and happy about the great response to my ROYAL BATH Collection",sums up designer H.R.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern, whose stand was very well visited by numerous customers of the trade fair during the fair.
Princess Maja von Hohenzollern was particularly pleased that her ROYAL BATH Collection was equally well received by women and men and was perceived as an innovative design line with a unique selling proposition.
The Princess's royal bathroom furniture collection, which consists of two different design lines and stands for innovative, stylish design, also met with great interest internationally.
Among the interested customers were dealers from Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Romania, France, Croatia, Russia, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, USA and Asia.

ROYAL BATH -Collection by Maja Princess of Hohenzollern /Puris
A day can hardly begin more beautifully than to pamper yourself in the morning in the bathroom with a truly royal lifestyle and make yourself beautiful like a princess!
This dream can now come true, because H.R.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern has designed the trendy "ROYAL BATH Collection" exclusively for the renowned bathroom furniture manufacturer puris.
The design-affine "ROYAL BATH Collection" by Princess Maja von Hohenzollern consists of the series "Diamond"-Line and "Urban Loft"-Line.
It is addressed to people who value modern and stylish design furniture that is equipped with the most modern comfort. Modern soft-touch mirrors with perfect selfie light show that this collection meets the spirit of the times!
The "ROYAL BATH" collection is a real highlight in the bathroom and the small, personal luxury that everyone should indulge in in order to take care of themselves in style.

"Diamond Line" is a truly noble design line!
It combines geometric diamond patterns with retro "hairpin feet".
The design appears modern, light and warm. The feel of the diamonds is elegantly accentuated on the matt surface. The golden handles set royal accents.

"Urban Loft" – Line combines a puristic, royal design and reminds of the cool lifestyle in lofts as you find them in modern metropolises.
The fronts with chrome decor accents are an authentic loft element.
Glass surfaces in contrast to matt silver furniture feet offer an exciting style.
A special highlight are the original coat-of-arms handles made of metal.
They take up the stringent design and give the bathroom a discreet royal touch.
High-quality pull-outs with soft-close technology and surface mirrors with emotional lighting lend the bathroom series upscale luxury.
The black and white design of both bathroom collections combines classic elegance with the modern lifestyle.
The ROYAL BATH Collection by Princess Maja Prinzessin von Hohenzollern will be available in specialist shops under the successful puris / b -collection brand.

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Children’s Furniture Start-up, Wit Design, Recognized by Two Prestigious Design Awards

Wit Chair Selected by the Architizer A+ Awards and The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Products Awards

WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT, USA, September 20, 2018 / — The Wit Chair by Wit Design has been recognized as one of the best residential furniture products of the year by two prestigious Architecture and Design industry organizations, Architizer and The Architect’s Newspaper. The chair was selected as an Architizer A+ Award Special Mention and also received an Honorable Mention distinction by The Architect’s Newspaper.

The Architizer A+ Awards is the largest awards program committed to promoting and celebrating the year’s most outstanding architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture and products in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. Entries are judged by a panel of more than 400 distinguished thought leaders from around the globe. With thousands of entries from all over the world, the Architizer A+ Special Mention distinction is awarded to entries that score in the top 5% of all entrants.

The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Products Awards is a much-anticipated event in the Architecture and Design community. With a reputation for a smart, informed perspective on architecture and design, The Architect’s Newspaper applies the same high standards to its awards, recognizing the Wit Chair for its innovation, aesthetics, performance and value. Now in its fourth year, the jury is composed of renowned talents, curators, and journalists.

As stated by The Architect’s Newspaper, The Wit Chair was selected for “changing the formula for children’s furniture” and for its “careful consideration of how kids move, imagine and play.” In its praise for the Wit Chair, the publication goes on to say that “the chair avoids cliched kidlike elements, instead evoking timeless simplicity and tailored function.”

The Wit Furniture Collection is designed by Architect Katharine Huber, who has worked for award winning international architecture firms. Her work consistently stands out for its attention to scale and sensitivity to humans, or little humans, in the built environment. The Wit Collection, designed for children ages two to six, is distinctive for its harmonious interplay of straight lines and curves. It is designed with an understanding that good and considered design for children helps improve their lives.

To learn more about Wit Design, go to For more information about the Architizer A+ awards go to To learn more about the A/N Awards, go to

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Lockdowel Names Stephen P. Anderson CEO

Lockdowel’s new CEO Stephen P. Anderson is ready to help cabinet and furniture customers improve productivity with Lockdowel fastening. Lockdowel’s glue-less, tool-less, slide-to-lock, easy assembly reduces waste and enables flat-packing.

Lockdowel’s new CEO ready to help cabinet, furniture and closet customers improve productivity

Lockdowel enables simple, fast assembly, installation and RTA shipping. By providing glue-less, tool-less fastening, Lockdowel is helping companies take much of the waste and time out of production.”

— Stephen P. Anderson, Lockdowel CEO

FREMONT, CA, USA, September 19, 2018 / — Lockdowel Inc., the glue-less, tool-less fastening company that is propelling the woodworking industry to simpler lower cost assembly, announces the addition of Stephen P. Anderson as the company’s CEO.

Anderson is an expert in increasing company value through customer focus, employee engagement, and continuous improvement through lean implementation. He brings more than 25 years of experience leading private, public and family-owned building and wood product companies-including Enkeboll Designs, Pergo, and Wellborn Forest Products. Anderson has learned that lean principles and practices can be applied to any business and business process, and is looking forward to working with the team at Lockdowel to make the company the preferred source for woodworking fastening systems. He holds a Masters of Management and an M.B.A. from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and a B.S. in Psychology from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

“Lockdowel enables simple, fast assembly, installation and Ready-To-Assemble shipping. By providing a glue-less, tool-less fastening method, Lockdowel is helping companies take much of the waste and time out of their production. Their quality improves with less rework and fewer returns, and productivity increases significantly,” Anderson says. “I know many customers want an invisible fastener that provides sturdy joints, and Lockdowel is a perfect solution.”

“I’ve seen a lot of exciting trends in woodworking, and a fastening solution that increases a company’s capacity by 60% without adding headcount means it’s time to change the industry’s paradigm.”

Anderson says customers are his number one focus and he will be talking with as many as possible. He encourages companies to call him to discuss their needs and how Lockdowel can help them improve productivity and profitability: (650)477-7112 ext. 101

About Lockdowel

Lockdowel manufactures glue-less, tool-less invisible fasteners and snap-in drawer slides and hinges for fast and easy installation and assembly of cabinets, furniture and architectural millwork. Patent pending.

Lockdowel 41920 Christy Street Fremont, CA 94538, (650) 477 7112 See Lockdowel fastening assembly at —

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Will the Internet of Things Change the Future of the Healthcare Industry?

Technology and Healthcare Provider

Technology and Healthcare Provider

Outsourcing Healthcare

Outsourcing Healthcare

Despite adoption of electronic healthcare records, consumers still finds it difficult to transfer their medical records to a new healthcare provider. Read more!

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 / — As the 30th annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo gets underway here in Austin, Texas, we take a look at the intersection of technology and healthcare to ask some tough questions: Are digital health solutions reaching their full potential? Is virtual reality in healthcare just hype? Will the Internet of Things (IoT) advance the delivery of quality care?

In an era when the Internet is upending industries, from hotel accommodations to grocery sales and transportation services, many healthcare industry analysts and entrepreneurs have been championing a similar revolution in digital healthcare.

Let’s take a survey of the progress that’s been made in advancing technology and healthcare since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.


Whether you are a supporter or detractor of the ACA legislation, some of its lesser-known provisions (lesser-known outside the healthcare world that is) have tried to steer the big ship of healthcare away from the traditional “fee for service” model by offering healthcare providers new financial incentives (such as those offered by Accountable Care Organizations, known as ACOs) to focus on the quality of patient outcomes. (There have also been major reimbursement penalties for obvious care lapses, such as re-admitting patients within a few days after a hospital discharge.)

The ACA has also incented providers (by tweaking reimbursement rates) to adopt electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems — as long as they can provide a paper trail demonstrating what is known as “meaningful use.” This comes at a time when new coding standards for categorizing treatments, known as ICD-10, have been rolled out — much to the delight of “big data” evidence-based medical researchers but to the chagrin of care providers who have had to scramble to train personnel to learn the new coding procedures.

From a digital health perspective, these changes have been a golden opportunity for EHR software vendors (particularly for Minneapolis-based EPIC, the 800-pound gorilla of EHR systems), but those hoping that electronic healthcare records would be a springboard for consumer convenience and choice have generally been disappointed.

Despite widespread adoption of electronic healthcare records, the average consumer still finds it difficult to transfer their medical records to a new healthcare provider. While regional Healthcare Information Exchanges (HIEs) try to badger the healthcare systems to participate in record sharing, they’re often reluctant to let go of their captive markets. Interoperability is also a low priority for many EHR vendors as well (and from their perspective, why not?) — many of them use lowest-common-denominator methods, e.g. dumb data “screen scrapes,” to transmit records between their systems and those of their competitors.

Given all this complexity, it’s been difficult for entrepreneurs to enter the healthcare market and create apps that are the “UBER of healthcare.” And this is before talking about the Federal government’s stringent patient privacy regulations, collectively known as HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). HIPAA has been a final nail in the coffin for many digital health entrepreneurs contemplating entering the healthcare market, as the penalties for data breaches are quite onerous. (Consequently, as we’ll see below, most consumer product companies, such as Apple and FitBit, have focused their efforts on fitness apps, which operate outside the reach of HIPAA regulations.)

Entrepreneurs and marketing-types who move into the healthcare realm are also surprised to learn how much sway the reimbursement rules from the Federal government’s CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) have over what can or cannot be offered to healthcare patients. You can’t offer free toasters for changing doctors in the CMS world – nor can you offer incentives for seemingly benign items either, such as tokens to pay for garage parking.

Low CMS reimbursements are also causing structural changes in the primary care segment. More and more physicians, frustrated by low reimbursement rates, are electing to convert their practices to what is known as “concierge care.” Concierge practices require patients to make hefty annual upfront cash payments — typically ranging from $1,000 to as much as $3,000 annually. Those who can’t afford it (which includes most Medicare/Medicaid patients or those with insurance plans) are left behind to find care elsewhere.

In light of all these complexities, is anyone even trying to bring an “UBER”-like digital health experience to healthcare delivery? One bright spot is Oscar, the healthcare insurance company that is trying to brand itself as a digital health community.


Given all these barriers to entry in the healthcare market, are there any other opportunities for digital health innovation?

With primary care providers stretched thin by low reimbursement rates, most have ramped up the number of patients they see each day by using what is euphemistically known in the industry as “physician extenders.”

In many cases, physician extenders are real live human beings, with job titles such as Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) who can take patient histories, make diagnoses and, in the case of NPs, prescribe medications (under the doctor’s supervision).

A new job category has also emerged, the medical Scribe. Scribes, who are trained in medical terminology, shadow the physician, NP or PA to capture and enter patient information (and survey data mandated by the ACA) into the EHR systems.

In time, it’s likely that advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language systems will assist or even replace the role of the human scribe. Other resource-intensive tasks that are mandated by ACA regs, such as providing diabetes counseling, could also be handed off to robotic counselors.

What about apps to extend the reach of the physician?

Telemedicine is a great example. Why should you even come into the office when you could Skype or Facetime the doctor instead?

It turns out the widespread adoption of telemedicine is held up by regulations to some extent. For example, patients must have an established relationship with a doctor before they can use telemedicine (e.g. they must have already had at least one in-person visit). Another requirement: Communication software and hardware vendors have to assume responsibility for maintaining HIPAA patient privacy — yet major software companies (Microsoft with Skype) and (Apple with Facetime) have declined to do so, despite the fact that their apps are sufficiently encrypted for the task. Without a clear industry leader, telemedicine adoption rates have been slow to take off.

Interestingly there have been more advances in first responder systems that connect a remote physician to EMT personnel at the scene of an incident.

Houston’s Project ETHAN leads the way for telemedicine solutions that allow emergency responders to focus their resources more efficiently.

What about AI systems interpreting x-rays or providing differential diagnoses for patient illnesses? We’ll talk about that in the “Big Data” section below.


Many analysts believe the future of healthcare lies in personalized medicine.

And why not?

Brooke Turner
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Houston Revolutionizes 911 Emergency Response

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Sedus and Kapsch develop the smart office

WALDSHUT, BADEN-WüRTTEMBERG, GERMANY, September 18, 2018 / — Building technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated and the outstanding examples of smart buildings are an impressive demonstration of what is possible with the technology of today. Lighting, heating, ventilation, signage, security and access control systems, and even connected information and communication technology – there is almost nothing that cannot be electronically activated, controlled, digitally recorded, and evaluated. Naturally, facility managers are also highly interested in everything surrounding the use of space right now.

Companies are moving away from fixed workplaces and rigid office structures and increasingly turning towards smart working concepts. The freedom to work from any workspace we choose, according to the task at hand and our personal preferences, fundamentally changes the way we work. This in turn has a substantial influence not just on worker efficiency, but also fosters greater creativity and job satisfaction.

Sedus first presented the se:connects system at Orgatec 2016. This was the first digital analysis tool to support optimal utilisation of offices and workplaces available on the open market. Now se:connects has been further developed and new functions have been added in recent months thanks to a collaboration with experts from Kapsch BusinessCom AG.

The innovative solution is based around a mobile app and intelligent IoT sensors and is designed to make it easy to use and manage workspaces in smart working environments. Employees choose a workplace based on their current task and/or preferences. Desks and office chairs record the presence of users via sensors, and facility managers receive anonymised but very valuable data that can be leveraged to plan and use available space more efficiently.

Holger Jahnke, Sedus Stoll AG speaker of the board: “Our se:connects mobile app is an important cornerstone of modern building technology. I am convinced that in the near future there will only be ‘one app for everything’. In Kapsch we have found a strong and innovative partner able to offer manufacturer- and system-independent solutions. Large international customers in particular often have extremely convoluted and complex IT structures, but they expect simple IoT solutions that work without a hitch. At our stand at Orgatec we will therefore be taking the opportunity to demonstrate how applications, media technology, and video conferencing systems can be integrated in a user-friendly way.”

Jochen Borenich, Kapsch BusinessCom AG Executive Board: “We are delighted to work with Sedus to make the vision of a smart office a reality. We were able to win over decision-makers with our end-to-end digitalisation concept. Everything from the sensors on chairs and tables through to the IoT gateway modules, cloud platform, and data analysis tools, including the dashboard interface and mobile application, is supplied by Kapsch.

Kapsch and Sedus share a similarly long heritage. Back when Sedus was developing the first office chairs more than 125 years ago, Kapsch was involved in transmission technology – in the form of Morse transmitters and receivers. In the digital era, we are now combining the expertise of these two long-standing German-speaking companies with se:connects and the smart connected office.

Any companies that fail to offer smart IoT solutions will miss out on the opportunities it offers. This is clear to all players active in the field. The distinctions between segments such as hardware, software, and services are losing their meaning, and the individual branches of ICT are increasingly merging into one. Digitalisation, the internet of things, and big data are trends that affect all businesses and their technologies. Experienced IoT users are convinced that artificial intelligence is required to make sense of the high complexity of IT environments and the amounts of associated data created by Cisco, Microsoft, HP, and their peers.

Holger Jahnke: “The IoT market will continue to develop apace and bring us closer and closer together. What some might think sounds like ‘big brother’ will bring many benefits and advantages to the majority. I believe smart networking will become a core function of certain products and services such as usage-based billing models.

Incidentally, the term artificial intelligence was coined 15 years before the first manned mission to the moon. When Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever set foot on the moon, nobody really knew what he should do there. But that was not the point – it was to prove that it was technically possible. In a related sense, we at Sedus and Kapsch are embarking on a mission to Mars, metaphorically speaking, and our goal is to prove the feasibility of the smart office. A stopover is planned for Orgatec in Cologne, Hall 8, Stand B50.”

Additional information:

Kapsch BusinessCom AG is a subsidiary of the Kapsch Group and is based in Austria. As a leading digitalisation partner, Kapsch works with companies to improve business performance and develop new business models. Kapsch acts as a consultant, system supplier, and service provider. The extensive portfolio comprises technology solutions for intelligent and above all secure ICT infrastructure, smart building, media, and security technology, and outsourcing services.

Kapsch BusinessCom AG generated revenue of more than €318 million in the 2017/2018 financial year and employs around 1,200 people.

Sedus Stoll AG, based in Dogern, Germany, is a leading supplier of office equipment and innovative workplace concepts. Sedus develops and manufactures its high-quality products in Germany and distributes worldwide. As office furniture specialists and technological pioneers, Sedus has continually raised the bar throughout its 145-year history – particularly in the areas of ergonomics, design, and sustainability. In the process, Sedus has developed industry standards that have gained worldwide recognition.

The Sedus Stoll Group generated revenue of more than €191 million in 2017 and employs around 900 people.

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Source: EIN Presswire