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Ontological approach to Electronic Health Records

The approach to EMR/EHR needs to include both administrative and adaptive aspects in order to work as a driver for patient oriented healthcare.

We strongly recommend accessing the paper on the adaptive aspects of EHR prepared by Lowell Vizenor, Barry Smith and Werner Ceusters representing:

1. Institute of Formal Ontology and Information Science, University of Saarbrücken, Germany
2. University at Buffalo, Department of Philosophy, Buffalo, New York, USA
3. European Institute for Ontological Research, Saarbrücken, Germany

“Despite the recent advances in information and communication technology that have increased our ability to store and circulate information, the task remains of ensuring that the right sorts of information reach the right sorts of people.

In what follows we defend the thesis that efforts to develop efficient means for sharing information across healthcare systems and organizations would benefit from a careful analysis of human action in healthcare organizations, and that the communication of healthcare information and knowledge needs to rest on a sound ontology of social interaction.

We illustrate this thesis in relation to the HL7 RIM, which is one centrally important tool for communication in the healthcare domain.”

Access the complete paper at:
http://ontology.buffalo.edu/medo/HL7_2004.pdf

Learn about the trend of ontology based solutions for businesses at:
http://unicist.net/obs.shtml


Business Growth: How business miracles work

Human miracles occur when an extraordinary achievement has been accomplished by a man or a woman.

Business MiraclesA miracle can be defined as: an unexpected event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent.

Business miracles are in fact unexpected turning points in a business producing extremely desired and necessary results.

While developing solutions in Unicist Market Labs we have witnessed several business miracles. All these miracles have the same fundamental structure:

1) There is a “crowd” (group) with extreme needs.
2)
There is a spontaneous massive behavior of the crowd (group). They behave as a mass of believers in something or someone.
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The solution is implicit in the crowd’s behavior.
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There is a leader who is able to discover the solution in the crowd’s behavior and make it happen.

The leaders  appear as magical, but in fact their magic is their extreme ethical behavior that allows them understanding the needs, read the solution and make it happen.

Individualism, rationalism and human complexes are the main inhibitors of business miracles.

An example of a business miracle is Apple after the return of Steve Jobs in 1997.


Unicist Standard: The Past and the Future are not symmetric

Future can only be managed knowing the fundamentals that rule it. The Unicist Standard was developed to influence reality in order to make a “future” happen.

unicist-time-managementThe “future” (fundamentals) drives action and the “past” (technical analytical knowledge) sustains the energy conservation.

Maximal strategies are driven by the knowledge of fundamentals and minimum strategies are sustained by the technical analytical knowledge.

Future scenarios, diagnoses, strategies and business organization are typical activities that deal with the future. As past and future are not symmetric, a different result can only be achieved if the fundamentals are managed.

Fundamentals are, by definition, the functional description of the essences (the nature) of a specific reality and require an extreme effort of abstraction in order to “grasp” them.

This abstraction is what we call unicist reflection which is necessary to apprehend the nature of something. The core of the reflection process is the confirmation of the hypothetical fundamentals with the necessary “pilot tests” which are real actions in the environment.

The Unicist Standard implies managing the fundamentals of reality to influence the future and having the necessary technical-analytical knowledge to deal with the present based on the past.

It all begins with the knowledge of the fundamentals to find out if the desired future is possible. This is an extreme abstraction effort to deal with a non-symmetric solution.

Only those who need to influence the future in their environment need to deal with fundamental analysis. This is a precondition to manage the Unicist Standard.

Those who are used to working with the “benchmarks” of the past are threatened by this technology. They cannot deal with the innovation that is implicit in the future.


Businesses are built to provide materialistic welfare

Work is a basic condition in business. Work in business implies using force to produce a displacement that generates value. This is the economic power of businesses.

The Unicist Ontology of Human ResponabilityIt has to be considered that the economic power is basically individualistic oriented.

In the materialistic world the same “thing” cannot be shared.

Money is in my pocket or it is in your pocket. It cannot be in both places at the same time.

That is why the nature of the materialistic world is the dualism which naturally drives towards fostering activities based on individual initiatives.

Materialistic activities are naturally driven by individual responsibility.

This means that the institutions that develop materialistic activities need to understand and manage the individual needs of their members in order to be successful.


The Unicist Standard for Negotiation Strategies

There are three roles in business relations: people buy, sell or negotiate. The role of a negotiator is the most complex one because it is immersed in the management of conflicts.

The Unicist Negotiation Strategy implies dealing with the nature of negotiation processes using the unicist algorithm to define the different steps to be followed when negotiating.

It requires having made the necessary intelligence work to have the information to understand the counterparts and accepting that a confrontation is unavoidable when a negotiation fails.

It allows saving a lot of energy and time when developing negotiations.

Access a video on Unicist Negotiation Strategy by Peter Belohlavek:



The Unicist Standard for Business Growth

Business Growth is the most complex problem to face in management. The objective of the Unicist Standard for Business Growth is to establish the rules that need to be considered when developing growth programs.

There are two simultaneous actions that need to be developed to make a business grow:

1) Conjunctural actions to take advantage of opportunities.
2) Structural actions to develop the structural growth of a business.

Fundamentals of Business GrowthThe Unicist Standard defines the conditions to develop both conjunctural and structural growth in business.

The process is approached considering:

a) The context for growth
b) The critical mass for growth
c) The operation for growth

Considering its conceptual structure, it can be said that the establishment of an adequate context is the final goal to be achieved, the operational structure for growth allows producing it and the critical mass allows saving energy in the process.

The context for business growth needs to be diagnosed because the changes of a context happen very slowly and if the context is not adequate, the project cannot be implemented.

*Excerpt from the book “The Unicist Standard for Business Growth” by Peter Belohlavek.

More info:
Free Access to e-book: “The Unicist Standard for Business Growth”
http://www.unicist.org/deb_ustdbg.php


Using value propositions to open ethical products sales

The characteristic of ethical products or services, such as medical practice, expert outsourcing, consulting and innovation, is that they cannot be sold, they need to be bought.

unicist-value-propositionsApproaching a possible buyer of ethical products/services requires awakening her/his attention with a value proposition that allows her/him to have the control of the situation.

This requires having the necessary information of the benefits of the solution proposed, which has to be necessarily differentiated, of the objective value to solve an objective problem, and of the subjective value which deals with the perception of the problem and the value of the solution.

Therefore, when a sales process of ethical products/services begins, what has to be done is the necessary “intelligence work” to have a complete picture of the needs and people involved.

The first communication, when awakening the interest of the prospects, needs to give the recipient a complete picture of the value proposition which, paradoxically, needs to be ambiguous in order to allow them to “develop their own solution” based on the proposal.

That is why ethical products cannot be sold. What needs to be done is to make a value proposition that includes:

1)    An ambiguous “what for”, so the prospect can deposit her/his needs in it.
2)    An evident “how” to make the benefits tangible.
3)    A “fuzzy” “what” to allow adapting the value proposed to the needs of the client.

After the value proposition has been posed it is necessary to continue building the relationship. Pre-diagnoses are a useful tool in this marketing process. They allow defining the possibilities of a business and at the same time they expand such possibilities.

The first step in “ethical products/services” selling is based on the final value proposition. This requires doing the necessary business intelligence.


Businesses have implicit ideologies: The Unicist Ideology

The ontology of ideologies defines them as beliefs that use a technology to satisfy an existing interest within the limits of the myths of the environment.

unicist-business-ideologyTherefore when approaching an unknown business it is necessary to apprehend the ideology that is implicit in order to understand its sustainability.

Only a value adding business can openly define its business ideology without demystifying its activity. Value earning and survival businesses need to hide the ideology that underlies their activities.

The Unicist object driven technologies business implies that people need to believe in evolution in order to use them and have to be driven by the need to do.

The use of the unicist object driven technologies  within the limits of the ethic of doers to foster the  evolution  of businesses defines the unicist ideology.

Access to the Unicist Ethics:
https://www.unicist.org/healthcare/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/unicist_ethics_en.pdf

Access to the Unicist Standard:
http://www.unicist.org/unicist_standard.shtml


Happy 2011: Leaving behind illusions, fears and voluntarism

False HopeThe 2008 crisis required dealing with the future having an optimistic approach; but illusions, fears and voluntarism kill everything they touch.

The future depends on us. Therefore we need to leave behind the illusions, fears and voluntarism that were fostered by the crisis to grow and foster growth.

We want to share with you a new year of hope, courage and rationality to build the future we and the coming generations deserve.

Happy New Year!!!


EMR/EHR and Cloud Computing drive Continuous Improvement

Unicist Pre-diagnoses have been launched to give the Healthcare Industry access to an approach to evaluate the possibilities of value generating improvements.

unicist_emr-ehrThe Unicist Pre-diagnostics System allows dealing with the fundamentals of Hospitals and Clinics in order to define the possibilities for the development of stable value generating improvements.

Electronic Healthcare Records Systems are adaptive systems that integrate the feed-back, learning, decision support and information systems.

EMR/EHRs work as catalysts to introduce improvements in the work-processes.

The integration of their adaptive functions allows introducing changes while their use is upgraded. The use of cloud computing becomes necessary in order to take full advantage of their characteristics.

The Unicist Pre-diagnostics System has been designed to develop intuitive pre-diagnoses to define the possibilities of a project or actions in a participative way. The pre-diagnoses are developed in Unicist Pre-diagnostics Groups using Unicist Algorithms in an intuitive way.