The weekly recap: December 7 | The life and death of innovative ideas

Back in the very early ‘80s, right before I was about to get my driver’s license, my dad told me that if I wanted to drive a car, I needed to know how to change the oil. As an unruly teenager, I thought this was a ridiculous idea.

“Who’s going to change your oil for you?” he asked. “Your butler?”

Every once in a while, he gets off a good one. This one was so good, it put me on my heels.

“I don’t know,” I said. “There should be someone. And no, I don’t plan on having a butler.”

Jiffy Lube opened its first service center in 1979, so if we had stopped arguing and come up with the idea that day, it would have been close. Maybe Jiffy Lube would have bought us out. You never know.

But the point is this: Never, ever let your emotions – or a civil disagreement – get in the way of a great idea. Especially when you’re stuck underneath a Ford Granada, you have oil all over your face, and your knuckles are bleeding profusely.

I’ve had other great ideas, but first, the news.

The Hyland Blog

  • It’s easy to get excited about all the wow factors involved in tech, but we have to stay focused on creating value. That’s how we incubate a revolution.

And the latest revolution is blockchain – distributed ledger technology, secured by cryptography, that lets users control and update the record of information, and enables anyone trace any transaction.

If you’re down with the revolution, check out this blog post by Scott Caesar, Hyland’s director of R&D, who attended the inaugural Blockland Solutions Conference this week.

  • Is your organization undergoing a digital transformation or is it working on digital optimization?

There’s a big difference, as Colin Dean, account manager at Hyland, explains in a great blog post that describes how optimization is the starting point that leads to a greater transformation journey.

Warning: Colin works out of our London office, so you won’t see any zeds in his post.

  • Delivering optimal healthcare today requires more than just picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). It requires a next-generation imaging infrastructure built around a vendor neutral archive and enterprise viewing. It should also allow for the centralized management of all medical image file types, regardless of department of origin, and link these images to the patient record in the electronic medical record for easy access and viewing.

With improved access to images – according to Razvan Atanasiu, Hyland’s associate VP, R&D, Healthcare – healthcare organizations are empowered to provide the best patient care possible, which is what it’s all about.

Fav thing of the week

  • As a cat owner – three cats, actually … don’t ask – I knew it was only a matter of time before someone beat me to the punch and came up with an idea like the cat-resistant half Christmas tree.

To be honest, my idea of a tree that spins so fast, it triggers feline fear instead of curiosity probably isn’t one of my best. Might be way down on the list, somewhere near my extremely short-lived run for mayor of Chicago in 1995.

That’s it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien is a former radio station mascot. A rabbit, if you really want to know. These days, he's a content marketing manager at Hyland and the editor of this blog. An author with an MBA and two books in print, he’s been writing about tech for Hyland for a decade. His industry certifications include CDIA and ecmp.

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