Here’s the interesting news that MedCrowd, the medical crowd-sourcing company is re-branding to MedDigital. I’d like to state that Medigital is my personal blog and it is the pseudonym that I sometimes use for my professional self around the web, and although only one ‘d’ away, I am not an employee or associate of MedDigital.
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As with many large corporate entities, pharma companies rely on their IT infrastructure to keep them in business and it can be a mammoth task to plan an upgrade route for hardware (desktops, laptops, servers etc) as well as software. With this in mind, I expect that if you work in a pharma company, you will be working on a computer that runs Windows XP (or variant), using Microsoft Office 2003, and it is also likely that you are browsing the web with Internet Explorer (IE) 6, or at a stretch, IE7.
Naming no names, at least two of the clients I work with are stuck on IE6, a browser that was launched in 2001. That’s 10 years old! These companies contribute the 11.4% of people globally who are currently still using the browser. There are many reasons to upgrade from IE6, not least the added speed, addition of tabbed browsing and privacy features, but the single most important reason for upgrading is to fend against the security flaws that are present in that browser.
When working on web applications that are for internal use with our clients, we always have to ensure backwards compatibility with IE6, which is becoming increasingly challenging in terms of the amount of coding and testing we need to do. In fact, a number of high-profile websites no longer support IE6, including some Google services. The latest web service to drop support for IE6 is wordpress.com, where this blog is hosted. This is an issue for me at the moment, as it means I am losing readers, but I think anything that encourages companies to speed up their upgrade procedures is a good thing.
To those who no longer are forced to use IE6, welcome to teenhood from the noughties!
Heads up: I’ve written a post for #HCSMGLOBAL on the global information and communications technology (ICT) gap. #HCSMGLOBAL is the grass roots umbrella organization for regional #HCSM chapters who meet, discuss and influence the healthcare conversation on the social web. If you are connected with healthcare in any way (be it professionally, or maybe as a patient or a carer), I urge you to join the conversation in your location:
Last week I predicted Apple would drop the price of the iPad for the launch of the iPad 2. Looks like I was right, as Apple have announced a £100 reduction in the price of the original iPad in the UK, with other countries receiving similar reductions.
Whether this is for clearing stock of the iPad or a more permanent offering remains to be seen. However, this does support my predictions that the Motorola Xoom will not be considered over the iPad, or even the iPad 2 in a pharma salesforce or hospital environment.
Tags: Blackberry, Galaxy Tab, iPad, mobile
So RIM have unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook, which may give them some leverage in the market vs Apple. It’s the same size as the Galaxy Tab at 7″ and it has Flash support.
As I mentioned in my previous post, confirmed it uses QNX operating system and it seems to have a decent spec.
Its downfall might be that you need to pair it with a BlackBerry handset to connect to anything, and the fact that BlackBerry App World has a very very long way to go to compete against Android Market and it’s more likely to reach the Sun before it overtakes iTunes. Also, the alarming use of capitals mid-word in the name is a huge negative.
Will this work in a hospital setting? I doubt – unless they issue all HCPs with BlackBerry handsets too!