Healthcare, retail industries give blockchain a try

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hopes to put a new technology to use in its ongoing effort to improve the health and well-being of Americans. The technology in question isn’t something one might expect to see in the healthcare IT toolkit; rather, it’s blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrency and has primarily been associated with bitcoin. HHS sees blockchain as a potential salve for ills that plague the increasingly complex world of digital health records.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)


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A robot may help you buy a hammer at Lowe’s

If you go to Lowe’s to buy a hammer or a stack of lumber this fall, you might have a robot offer to help you.
The U.S.-based chain of home improvement stores announced Tuesday that, beginning next month, 11 stores in the San Francisco Bay area will begin using autonomous service robots.
Dubbed LoweBot, the robot is designed to help customers by answering simple questions, such as where they can find light bulbs or where ithe paint section is
By handling more of the basic customer questions, Lowe’s executives hope the robot will free up employees to help customers with project-specific questions.Lowe’s
Lowe’s will introduce the LoweBot, an autonomous robot by Fellow Robots, in 11 Lowe’s stores throughout the San Francisco Bay area.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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How Wal-Mart enables ‘innersourcing’ with Github

Talk to Wal-Mart software engineers and you’ll hear them speaking candidly about how open source technology influences virtually every project they undertake. What you may not know is that the retail giant’s programmers have also embraced the open source ethos of sharing code to run ecommerce, search, mobile payments and other digital functions. Known as enterprise source, internal open source and innersource, the twist on traditional open source has caught on at other organizations, including Autodesk, Capital One, Paypal and Bloomberg.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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IDG Contributor Network: Target’s under-stocked sale: Lessons not learned

In retail — and especially in e-commerce — there’s a nuanced distinction between having a very popular sale and arranging for far too little merchandise. It’s like those hold recordings that say the lengthy hold time is because of high customer call volume, prompting most people to mumble, “That and the fact that you’re too cheap to hire enough call center operators.”

That’s E-Commerce Lesson #1. E-Commerce Lesson #2 is that the distinction between a site being down — having crashed — and a site that is responding very slowly is usually lost on shoppers. IT may understand the difference, but the consumer who can’t make the desired purchase won’t. Target this week relearned both lessons.

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