May 19, 2020

Facebook modern messaging system announced

Mark Zuckerberg
Smartphones
San Francisco
Andrew Bosworth
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Facebook modern messaging system announced

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled on Monday a “modern messaging system” at a conference at the St. Regis in San Francisco, which merges SMS, IM, email, and Facebook messages into one portal. Zuckerberg talked about how high schoolers don’t like email because it’s “too formal” and about a year ago, Facebook wanted to overhaul the system to make it let’s say, less formal.

“This is not an email killer. This is a messaging experience that includes email as one part of it,” Zuckerberg said during the conference. It’s all about making communication simpler. “This is the way that the future should work,” he continued. He also says that the key to a modern messaging system should be seamless, informal, immediate, personal, simple, minimal and short.

Techcrunch.com says that to do that, Facebook has created three key things: Seamless messaging, conversation history, and a social inbox. Essentially, they’ve created a way to communicate no matter what format you want to use: email, chat, SMS — they’re all included. “People should share however they want to share,” engineer Andrew Bosworth said. All of this messaging is kept in a single social inbox. And all of your conversation history with people is kept.

Alongside the product on Facebook.com, the conversations will also work on mobile applications on smartphones as well as SMS capabilities for those who don’t have smartphones. Users can also take advantage of the new system by creating an @facebook.com email address, but it’s not necessary.

In order to make this work, “we had to completely rebuild the infrastructure that this system is build on,” Bosworth said at the conference. They’ve built hBase, which works alongside the open source community again. He also said that 15 engineers worked on this product, which is the most that have ever worked on a single Facebook project.
 



 

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Jun 11, 2021

Health Catalyst: An agile approach to healthcare data

Northwell Health
Health Catalyst
3 min
How to get the most out of your investment in data with Health Catalyst

 

Healthcare Catalyst is quite literally a healthcare providers’ catalyst for change when it comes to their measurable, data-informed improvement in analytics, software and services.

Founded in 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Health Catalyst is dedicated to enabling health care organisations to build a healthcare-specific, open, flexible, and scalable data platform and fully integrated suite of analytics applications.

This enables health system partners, including Northwell Health in New York which serves a population of 11 million, to realise measurable value within months. “Our customers have recognised the potential to use data, to meaningfully improve their clinical, financial and operational business performance outcomes,” said Mike Doyle, Chief Customer Officer.

Formed by a group of healthcare veterans – with a quest to develop a data warehouse that could handle the complexities unique to healthcare data – they revolutionised the clinical process models and use of analytics and discovered the solution now known as Adaptive Data Architecture, which is agile, flexible and can be implemented in a matter of weeks compared to a matter of years.

Today, Health Catalyst helps clinicians in more than 250 hospitals that care for more than 100 million patients each year.

Health Catalyst offers a solution in three parts:

Data Operating System

Cloud-based DOS is a healthcare-specific, open, flexible, and scalable that provides customers a single environment to integrate and organise data.

Analytics Applications

Analytics applications build on top of the data platform and allow customers to make measurable clinical, financial and operational improvements.

Services Expertise

World-class team of analytics and domain experts leverage technology to help customers shorten time-to-value and achieve sustainable, measurable improvements.

The fully integrated data platform and suite of analytics applications helped clients during the pandemic, in ways even Health Catalyst could never have imagined. Health Catalyst offered products and services to support customers’ agile response to the pandemic in four phases:

  • Prepare.
  • Prevent.
  • Recover.
  • Plan.

“By having the data operating system, our clients were able to take advantage of the integrated source of data to meet challenges that they were facing in their local geographies due to the pandemic in ways that we could never even have predicted,” said Doyle.

Doyle highlighted Health Catalyst’s Value Architecture group, which helps the company ensure that its technology and expertise are delivering measurable and meaningful value to our clients.  “I think another key differentiator is our open platform that our clients are able to use to accelerate their own integration of data, but it is customisable, configurable in ways that makes it unique for them in ways other cookie cutter analytics just can’t match. 

“We like to start every discussion by listening and understanding how we can help our customers avoid making mistakes and getting the most out of their investment in data.”

Speaking about their partnership with Northwell, Doyle said: “We're very grateful for this partnership and want to thank these visionary leaders who are able to envision a future using data that is light years beyond what we can think of today.”

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