Labor Standards Drive Value Well Beyond the Warehouse

Labor Standards Drive Value Well Beyond the Warehouse

As an industrial engineer and consultant at West Monroe, I have spent a lot of my time creating or updating labor standards in food distribution facilities across the country. On these multi-week engagements, I collect every detail on processes that occur across many different job functions to give the most accurate standard possible.…

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In Population Health, Successful Implementations Start Before “Day One”

In Population Health, Successful Implementations Start Before “Day One”

In the years following the passage of the ACA, population health tools have taken on an increasingly prominent role in payer strategies to improve health outcomes, evaluate quality of care, and cut costs. The demand for nimble solutions has only grown, leading many organizations to reassess their current workflows and consider enhancements or upgrading to new solutions.…

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When Information Security Begins at Swim Lessons

When Information Security Begins at Swim Lessons

In my role as leader of West Monroe’s Performance Services practice, I advise clients on how they can improve their infrastructure, application, and security management practices.  Increasingly, those conversations focus on improving overall security posture. We believe a strong security program begins with the business strategy – understanding the risks the business faces as it relates to...

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Four Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Embrace Virtual Assistant Technology

Four Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Embrace Virtual Assistant Technology

Virtual assistant technology is primed to improve interactions across the healthcare industry; make sure your organization is ready to capitalize. Virtual assistants are poised to transform the way people interact with information. The technology uses conversation-like exchanges to streamline everyday tasks and inquiries, and it is only going to become more prevalent: Amazon’s Echo was the...

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Under a New Administration, Payers Must Operationalize for Change

Under a New Administration, Payers Must Operationalize for Change

Current State In March 2017, the Trump Administration proposed The American Health Care Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and give Americans access to ‘truly affordable, quality health coverage.’ The proposed legislation was ultimately not presented for House vote, however, the Trump Administration remains committed to repealing the ACA and working with bipartisan...

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Are Apple’s ResearchKit and CareKit ready for the Big Leagues?

Are Apple’s ResearchKit and CareKit ready for the Big Leagues?

Apple created a new series of healthcare application development frameworks in early 2016. The new open-source frameworks, CareKit and ResearchKit, provide a standard platform that enables developers to build medically-focused research and care apps with built-in features related to end-to-end data encryption, privacy, and standardized data sharing. CareKit allows users to track their...

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure?”  Introducing the Microsoft Azure Import/Export...

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The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

A few months ago, I wrote about the journey of going through an SSAE16 audit.  I compared it to travelling with kids. After the trip, when you’re back in the daily routine, there is a point at which you start to sift through and organize your memories. Maybe you look fondly at your souvenirs. …

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Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

By now the concept of a ‘food desert’ has become a common term in diet and obesity research: it is a place where few grocery stores or healthy food options are accessible to residents, and as a result may cause obesity or other health problems. Using the same concept, what if instead we focused on health behaviors and outcomes for those who live in ‘doctor deserts’, in areas where there are...

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The PCI DSS Cares about Disaster Recovery & Backups

The PCI DSS Cares about Disaster Recovery & Backups

In a separate post, we discussed Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Building off those thoughts, this post will discuss an often-overlooked consideration when navigating the PCI DSS – disaster recovery (DR) and backups. West Monroe Partners has extensive experience conducting security due diligences for M&A transactions and helping...

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