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David Raths

David Raths is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. He can be reached via e-mail at draths@mac.com

Articles by David Raths

Enterprise knowledge management initiatives are challenging to initiate and sustain in global manufacturing organizations. Bringing KM principles to the culture of engineers and project management teams spread across the globe can be daunting. Here are two examples of companies that have persevered with enterprise social networking and other innovations as they promote cultural change. Posted April 29, 2017

In 2014, Steven Keating, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was diagnosed with a baseball-sized brain tumor. Besides having to go through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the experience gave Keating a close-up view of the dysfunctional nature of the U.S. healthcare data ecosystem and led him to become an advocate for open health data. Posted July 01, 2016

"If everyone is thinking they are going to get x, y and z but you only deliver on x, they ask why. So you have to communicate clearly on the expectations." Posted March 01, 2016

There are very specific goals that focus on records management and training requirements. We have been seeing incremental progress on the self-assessments for the last couple of years, but this is the first time we have seen strong movement in a positive direction. Posted September 01, 2015

KM leaders share lessons learned and thoughts on ROI Posted May 28, 2015

Relatively new multitenant cloud-based content management platforms are allowing life science startups to avoid large investments in software, hardware and IT staff, while still gaining access to sophisticated systems and the ability to scale up as needed. Posted March 01, 2015

Knowledge management is a relatively new discipline in the life sciences industry. Even large companies may not have a well-defined KM structure or team. When KM leaders from pharmaceutical giants, midsize companies and startups gathered at an event in August, a common theme was the duel challenge of making search of internal documents more efficient and getting researchers to see enough value in sharing information that they will change business practices.... Posted October 29, 2014

KMWorld asked two experts, Matthew Nelson and Steve Marsh, who have helped public sector agencies with e-discovery implementations to discuss how government attorneys and IT leaders can work together to cope with the increasing volume of electronic data. Posted March 31, 2014

"The focus is social knowledge and finding the right people, then engaging them directly with a new problem set. In general, people who share knowledge rather than hold it do well in this setting." Posted January 31, 2014

If you try to "boil the ocean," people freeze up because it is a big cultural change, consultants say. Posted September 29, 2013

The policy requires federal agencies to create an enterprise data inventory and a public listing of that inventory. Posted September 01, 2013

Health reform efforts present a new type of knowledge management challenge. Posted May 28, 2013

"Clouds and portals are the new ecosystems and interfaces in this new world." Posted March 01, 2013

The next step is a user interface that more closely resembles how attorneys work.... Posted January 31, 2013

"In higher education, some departmental ECM solutions are so popular that they are adopted universitywide..." Posted September 29, 2012

"Following a presidential memo, the National Archives prepares a new records management directive that requires each agency to designate a senior official to supervise an evaluation of the agency's records management program..." Posted September 01, 2012

In healthcare, the kinds of alerts you create for patient safety deal with issues such as contra-indications about drug interactions, and the level of complexity is staggering.... Posted May 28, 2012

The term "learning analytics" seems to have a number of definitions, but it basically involves using predictive analytic tools to improve learning and education... Posted April 29, 2012

Some larger law firms have hired chief knowledge officers and provided them with staff and funding that is separate from IT groups... Posted February 01, 2012

Automation eases grant tracking and submissions to institutional review boards. Posted September 29, 2011

Driven by regulatory compliance, "track and trace" solutions offer greater visibility into the complex distribution network... Posted May 28, 2011

The federal financial incentives being offered to organizations that are "meaningful users" of electronic health records EHRs require an increasingly sophisticated level of data gathering and reporting... Posted March 01, 2011

Records management officials in federal agencies fight an ongoing battle for IT resources and money to hire staff and contractors to identify and schedule records disposition and training. Until recently, it was unclear how much progress agencies were making toward meeting their statutory requirements to manage the records necessary to meet their business needs, ensure government accountability and preserve historically valuable records for future generations... Posted September 01, 2010

As more academic medical centers develop sophisticated EHRs and data warehouses, they are seeing the potential to mine those records for possible trial participants... Posted May 28, 2010

The Obama administration's huge funding effort to create a nationwide network of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) has been called the biggest thing that's ever happened in health information technology... Posted September 29, 2009

Many state governments have 40 different learning management systems in place, with individual maintenance contracts on each, and they're not able to share content... Posted May 01, 2009

Anyone who has spent time in a hospital emergency department (ED) or even watched television shows about them realizes that they present a daunting knowledge management challenge... Posted March 01, 2009

Like most healthcare facilities, Washington Hospital Center in the nation's capital used to struggle with asset management: finding the right pieces of equipment when employees needed them. But two and a half years ago, WHC, one of the 25 largest hospitals in the country, sought to address that knowledge management problem by attaching radio frequency identification (RFID) system tags to equipment in order to track them online. Posted July 11, 2008

Will making data more readily accessible lead to efficiency gains and clinical improvements? Posted February 01, 2007

In the pharmaceutical industry, an electronic lab notebook can be more than a receptacle for documents; it can be a platform for knowledge management and collaboration. Posted May 26, 2006

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