Biometric Adoption Across Automotives

According to Technavio’s market research predictions, the global biometric market is all set to grow in the automotive sector. It is expected to grow tremendously at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.27% during the period of 2017-2021. Based on an in-depth market analysis, the industry experts prepared the report, Global Biometric Market in the Automotive Sector 2017-2021, which covers the landscape and growth prospects that would most likely shape the coming years.Both the manual keys and electronic keyless entry system possessed certain loopholes that left the vehicles vulnerable to theft. The existing vulnerabilities drove the growth of biometrics in the sector and biometric vehicle access system is going to see a significant rise over the next few years. Owing to the economic slowdown, the past few years saw a transitory demand for automobiles in the developed countries. The emerging markets however witnessed a massive growth due to elevated buying power of the consumers and strong economic growth. Especially in the BRIC countries, i.e. Brazil, Russia, India and China, trade practices have been vigorous and several OEMS entered the market to tap the potential.Major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and keyless entry system manufacturers are expected to invest in advanced automotive biometrics for vehicle access. Another factor triggering its growth is the need for user-friendly infotainment systems. Growing customer demands for smart innovations are also driving the growth of global automotive biometric systems. Biometric voice systems can be used to fix car problems associated with infotainment systems, i.e. navigation functions, communication and vehicle audio thereby facilitating better user interaction with the vehicle system. Smartphone enabled biometric recognition would also help in vehicle access and ignition.Geographical Segmentation:

America

Asia-Pacific

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

By the end of 2015, EMEA had close to 51% of the total market share. It’s expected to grow and lead other regions and become the major revenue contributor in the coming years. Further, the presence of global automobile giants such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Volkswagen makes it one of the largest markets for biometric vehicle access system.The report identifies the market’s prominent biometric vendors as:

BioEnable

Techshino

Nymi

Miaxis

Synaptics

Sonovation

BIODIT

DENSO

EyeLock

Nuance

The automotive biometric market is still bursting out and smooth adoption of biometrics is not as facile as it seems. In a cost-sensitive industry that requires high quality and is characterized by the presence of a large amount of biometric manufacturers, the prominent vendors are looking for ways to provide a more personalized experience resulting in an increased demand for biometric access systems.

Advantages of Healthcare IT Solutions

The healthcare industry has grown massively in the last decade. This sector continues to be dynamic in both policies and data. Therefore traditional means of managing this massive data is simply impossible.Today, it is mandatory for all healthcare institutions to partner with Healthcare IT Solution providers to create a transparent and reliable platform that is patient-centric. IT companies provide solutions that are easy to implement. These solutions are also compliant with the changing nature of the policies in the healthcare sector.The benefits of a good healthcare system are many. These solutions are beneficial to the payers, providers, care management organizations, pharmas and also government healthcare organizations.The advantages of Healthcare IT solutions include:· An interactive platform for payers and providers: The interactions between the healthcare providers and the payers are transparent and simplified. Benefits coordination, alerts, notifications, appointment scheduling, digitization of medical records and other features allow a better relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient.· Easy integration with Third Party Data Management Systems: Information exchange becomes simplified with solutions that allow integration with Third Party Health Care record systems and also Health Exchanges. With this facility, support is provided for Remote Health Monitoring as well as Home Based Care.· Mobility: With the digitization of data, mobility is extremely important. Healthcare IT solutions allow easy integration with m-health and health devices.· Easy access to data: A dedicated Health Cloud provides a secure system for data and content management. Enrollees gain access to several health care services across the globe while complete security of all data is ensured. The built-in Health Risk Assessment and Diagnosis Decision Support System along with several other Health tools makes healthcare more effective and reliable.· Faster processes: Exchange of data is much faster. In addition to that, processes like claims management and payments become quicker with the digitization of all the data and third-party integration.· Fraud management: By easing the processes of payments and claims management, frauds are averted. Real-time transactions also allow detection of any real-time fraud instantly.· Patient Centric Platforms: These IT healthcare solutions are patient-centric. This means that the data is provided by the patient to ensure better community presence and engagement.There is an option of several novel technologies such as video conferencing and telemedicine services. With this, the vast healthcare industry becomes better connected. The result of this is better communication between several health care providers, accurate healthcare solutions based on the reports of each individual and also a more open relationship between the payer and the provider.

Is Team Training Effective at Healthcare Sites?

In the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology the authors Eduardo Salas, Lauren Benishek, Megan Gregory and Ashley Hughes in an article titled “Saving Lives: A Meta-Analysis of Team Training in Healthcare” set out to answer the question as to whether team training is effective in healthcare, whether it leads to reduced mortality and improved health outcomes.Their research stated that a preventable medical error occurs in one in every three hospital admissions and results in 98,000 deaths per year, a figure corroborated in To Err is Human. Teamwork errors through failure in communications accounts for 68.3% of these errors. Thus, effective team training is necessary to reduce errors in hospitals and ambulatory sites.The authors used a meta-analysis research method to determine whether there are effective training methods in the healthcare setting that can have a significant impact on medical errors, which would in turn improve outcomes and reduce costs by eliminating the costs associated with the errors. A meta-analysis is a broad research of existing literature to answer the research questions posed by the research team or authors.The research team posed three questions to answer:1. Is team training in healthcare effective?2. Under what conditions is healthcare team training effective?3. How does healthcare team training influence bottom-line organizational outcomes and patient outcomes?The team limited its meta-analysis to healthcare teams even though there is a great deal of research available about the effectiveness of team training in other industries and service organizations. The team believes that healthcare teams differ significantly from teams in other areas in as much that there can be much greater team fluidity in healthcare. That is, team membership is not always static, especially at sites such as hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. There are more handoffs at these sites.Although there is greater fluidity in team membership at healthcare sites, roles are well defined. For instance, a medical assistant’s role at a primary care site is well defined even though different MA’s may be working with one physician. These roles are further defined and limited by state licensure. As the research team stated in their article, “these features make healthcare team training a unique form of training that is likely to be developed and implemented differently than training in more traditional teams… “The team assessed their research of articles using Kirkpatrick’s model of training effectiveness, a widely used framework to evaluate team training. It consists of four areas of evaluation:1. Trainee reactions2. Learning3. Transfer4. ResultsReaction is the extent to which the trainee finds the instruction useful or the extent to which he enjoys it. Learning is defined as a relatively permanent change in knowledge, skills and abilities. The authors note that team training is not a hard skill, as learning to draw blood. Rather, it is a soft knowledge skill. Some researchers question whether it is possible to measure the acquisition of these soft team skills effectively. The team of authors effectively argue that it can.Transfer is the use of trained knowledge, skills and abilities at the work site. That is, can team training be effectively applied in the work setting? Results are the impacts of the training on patient health, the reduction of medical errors, the improved satisfaction of patients and a lowering of costs in providing care.In order to assure that the changes in these four areas were ‘real’ the team only used literature that had both pre-assessments and post-assessments to see if there were statistically significant changes in the four areas.Using this assessment rubric the team was able to answer the three questions that it posited. First, team training in healthcare is effective. Healthcare team training closely matches training in other industries and service organizations.Secondly, training is effective, surprisingly, regardless of training design and implementation, trainee characteristics and characteristics of the work environment. The use of multiple learning strategies versus a single training strategy does not matter. Simulations of a work environment are not necessary. Training can occur in a standard classroom.Training is effective for all staff members regardless of certification. Training of all clinical personnel as well as administrative staff is effective. Team training also is effective across all care settings.Lastly, the team’s meta-analysis shows that within the Kirkpatrick rubric team training is effective in producing the organizational goals of better care at lower costs with higher patient satisfaction. In the rubric trainee reactions are not nearly as important as learning and transfer in producing results. It is important that trainers use both pre-training assessments and post-training assessments to measure whether there learning of skills, knowledge and abilities were learned and whether these were transferred to the work site. Effectiveness of training should always be assessed in order that training programs can be consistently improved.