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The Rise of the Machines

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the fictional Terminator movie franchise popularized the idea of machines surpassing human intelligence, and we all laughed (or cried, depends on who's side you were on in the movie).However, in today's world, this fictional story of machines being able to "think" and "learn" is now a reality. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are behind some of today's most popular technologies. Take for example Google's Assistant who recently called and made a reservation at a hair salon (View it here) in such a manner that myself and the person on the other end of the phone thought it was a human being. Scary, huh

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AI
August 29, 2018
Phil Reichner
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Chinese Che$$

Growing up, I remember playing Chinese Checkers, which appeared to me to be a more interesting version of checkers that I’d play with my grandfather. When I got older, I found out that Chinese Checkers was actually a German game, and though similar in many ways, it wasn’t checkers. Much later, I saw some gentlemen in San Francisco’s Chinatown play what I thought was chess- but it was Chinese Chess. Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is similar to Western Chess, but with a few variations. The rules prohibit the main pieces (generals) from facing each other directly; areas on the board called the river and palace, which restrict the movement of some pieces (but enhance that of others); and placement of the pieces on the intersections of the board lines, rather than within the squares. (Wikipedia). I was trying to identify the pawns and Queen- their game had different pieces and moved in strange ways according to my knowledge base of what I thought I was seeing.

All of this is very analogous to the current burgeoning trade war between the United States and China, which has very real ramifications for the medical imaging industry- and virtually everything in between.


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Tariffs
August 8, 2018
John Lillie
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21st Century Consumerism

The 21st Century is a marvel of information technology moving at the speed of light. Today's consumer is well informed, more so than any other time in history due to the improved communication that comes from the internet, apps, and social media platforms. With the increasing amounts of information available today, businesses have noticed an emerging hyper-consumerism in today's marketplace. Consumers spend more time researching the purchase of a good or service now than ever before. One of the most prolific industries examined by today's consumers is the healthcare industry.


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Prior Authorizations
July 19, 2018
Phil Reichner
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Kick the Can

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) calls for the implementation of Clinical Decision Support Mechanisms (CDSM) which utilize Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved appropriate use criteria (AUC).These CDSMs must be consulted prior to completing an order for either CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, or PET studies for Medicare outpatients in any non-inpatient place of service.


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CDSM
July 9, 2018
John Lillie
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