STChealth, the leading data exchange network for health systems used across the U.S. and internationally, today announced it has partnered with 1Health.io, the leading technology company that provides precision testing as a service, to provide saliva-based COVID-19 tests as part of its strategic alliance Slot machines have been a firm favorite among gamblers since their inception. The amount of floor space they occupy in brick-and-mortar casinos testifies to this fact. However, online casinos are defining new boundaries for slot machine games, making them more interactive and compelling as they have fascinating backstories and graphics. Many online casinos also offer… As the future of work continues to evolve and technology continues to accelerate the pace of change, the value of learning – and further, the value of continuous learning – becomes more important than ever before. Oracle’s Emily He and Udemy’s Shelley Osborne discuss.
Easy and Convenient Solution Becomes Part of Strategic Actions for Employers (SAFE) Program, Helping Employers Protect and Prioritize Their Employees
STChealth, the leading data exchange network for health systems used across the U.S. and internationally, today announced it has partnered with 1Health.io, the leading technology company that provides precision testing as a service, to provide saliva-based COVID-19 tests as part of its strategic alliance providing a national comprehensive return-to-work program for employers.
STChealth, Bridge Purchasing Solutions, Newmark Knight Frank and CuraLinc Healthcare recently formed The Strategic Actions for Employers (SAFE) Program to empower organizations to create a culture that protects employees and enables them to do their best work in the midst of COVID-19. Adding a critical component to this program, 1Health.io’s advanced and secure platform for testing will provide an accessible and easy way for essential workers to test themselves before safely returning to work.
“Right away, we could see that 1Health.io’s testing would be the perfect fit into the SAFE Return to Work program. The convenience gives our customers the flexibility to conduct tests anywhere and that was the highest motivating factor for us,” said Kristina Crane, Chief Strategy Officer at STChealth.
1Health.io empowers partners with the ability to offer convenient, non-invasive, and remote options for precision diagnostic testing. Partners can offer patients, customers or employees diagnostic testing that eliminates inconvenient or even risky visits to testing centers while also eliminating long wait times for results. 1Health.io’s platform allows partners, like STChealth, to launch their private, secure and scalable testing portal quickly, and to have tracking and reporting that is essential for supporting a large distributed team.
“We aim to make precision testing easy and accessible for everyone, and we have developed the first technology infrastructure that makes precision testing into a service that our partners can use to launch testing in days to any of their customers anywhere in the country,” said Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of 1Health.io. “We are happy to partner with STChealth and be part of this larger return-to-work program to help employers bring their workforce back into the office safely, quickly and conveniently, in the midst of this pandemic.”
1Health.io provides testing as a service, enabling partners to easily deploy, manage, and personalize testing at scale. The company pioneered the concept and are the first in the field of DNA testing with a simple self administered COVID-19 saliva test that was authorized by the FDA under EUA earlier this year.
The tests can be taken from anywhere – at home, at work, in a hotel, or on-the-go. Saliva is collected in a tube, sealed with reagents, and shipped to a qualified lab in a secure envelope. Test results are delivered digitally to the person within 48 hours of the lab receiving the sample, or can also be viewed on the secure patient dashboard on the 1Health.io online platform.
For more information about 1Health.io and to learn if its testing as a service platform is appropriate for your institution or group, please visit www.1Health.io.
1Health.io is the pioneer in enabling precision testing as a service, making diagnostic testing easy and accessible for everyone. Its platform powers engaging health applications for telehealth companies, hospital systems, corporations and government agencies, and consumer brands, allowing them to easily deploy, manage, and personalize testing at scale. 1Health.io’s cloud-based architecture allows for seamless management and tracing of tests, providing distribution across the country for faster testing, and an easy-to-read dashboard with actional next steps after testing. 1Health.io keeps more than seven million people healthy and informed through its partners and direct-to-consumer brand, and supports compliance with applicable privacy and security requirements of its partners and their customers. To learn more, go to www.1Health.io.
As key members of the immunization ecosystem, STChealth has spent 32 years developing public health immunization systems used across the U.S. and internationally. And now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, STChealth is being called to action to enable consumer-facing digital test results and immunity status, increase data exchange connections to prepare for vaccine distribution and administration, arm our pharmacy network with the tools for lab reporting and case management, and assist providers, employers, pharmacies and Public Health with analytics to support decision making. STChealth’s National Immunization Data Exchange Network processes over 1 million immunization events daily, delivering valuable decision support and ultimately resulting in closing immunization gaps in care.
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Online Slots: How Do They Work?
Slot machines have been a firm favorite among gamblers since their inception. The amount of floor space they occupy in brick-and-mortar casinos testifies to this fact.
However, online casinos are defining new boundaries for slot machine games, making them more interactive and compelling as they have fascinating backstories and graphics. Many online casinos also offer free bonuses to get and keep players interested.
If you have ever played on a slot machine and wondered how it works, here are some answers you are seeking:
RNG (Random Number Generator)
The internal mechanics or software of a slot machine work with an RNG. This calculation operates on a complex algorithm that kicks out numbers or symbols that line up when you trigger a slot machine game. Each symbol is allocated a numerical value, which is why you win when they line up.
This random numbers calculation comes from the last one or two numbers and applying a mathematical operation to them, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The player has no way of knowing which function is utilized, so it is difficult to guarantee a win on a slot machine. However, the odds are equally in your favor since any spin can generate a winning combination.
Pa online slots are regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). With some of America’s most progressive gambling laws, the state backs them up with stringent controls from its designated regulatory body.
Slots games are also independently evaluated by state gaming boards to ensure that algorithms are not skewed in a casino’s favor. These include examining frequency of payouts and other mathematical checks as measures to protect players’ best interests. This is compulsory for all online casinos.
Many people have some entrenched beliefs about how slots work, but they are not necessarily fact-base. These are some common myths about slots:
Slot machines do not pay out and then recoup their losses before another payout. This might have been the case with older coin-fed slots in brick-and-mortar casinos. However, in modern ones, including those in online casinos, two huge payouts are possible in two consecutive spins.
Autoplay options in online slots games will not reduce your chance of winning. You can select a set time in which the machine will spin automatically. This has no bearing on whether you will win or lose as the same RNG algorithm is applied regardless of how it is played.
What are the odds?
As forms of online entertainment go, online slots are fun and exciting. However, there is no way of predicting the outcome. But the rules of economics apply in this context, meaning that the higher the risk you take, the higher your chance of reward.
Author: RJ Frometa
Why Learning Is The Future Of Work
The performance of entire organizations often hinges on whether they can adapt to fast-paced changes in the world of information technology. Yet, most businesses are hard-pressed to keep employees up to speed on the latest technology and help them acquire newly emerging skills.
As the future of work continues to evolve and technology continues to accelerate the pace of change, the value of learning – and further, the value of continuous learning – becomes more important than ever before. So how do leaders not only encourage learning across their teams, but instill a culture of learning that serves as the foundation of the entire organization?
To explore this topic and how to address this problem, I recently spoke with Shelley Osborne, vice president of learning at Udemy, the company behind an online learning platform offering 130,000-and-counting courses to students all over the world.
Osborne is also author of The Upskilling Imperative, a newly released book in which she shares key steps companies can take to promote a culture of learning within their organizations. Embracing that culture is a prerequisite for organizations that want employees to keep acquiring new skills for their own sakes as well as for the organization’s. And there’s no better time than now– the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have only reinforced the importance of building agility into an organization. Throughout the conversation, Shelley’s passion for instilling a culture of continuous learning in all organizations shone through – it’s evident that she’s deeply committed to the cause.
Here are some highlights of our discussion.
Learning is a process, not an endpoint
Many people feel that once they attain a degree or two, they’ve done what it takes to find and keep a job. But, if that were ever true (doubtful), it is definitely no longer the case. The reality is that to progress in any career, people need to continually learn and adapt to never-ending shifts in job requirements and newly emerging skills.
“Lifelong learning isn’t a new concept, but actual acceptance and adoption of the notion that education runs from childhood to end-of-life isn’t embedded yet,” Osborne says.
Yes, individuals must get on board, but organizations definitely need to step up their game.
“The mindset of learning culture needs to be rooted in the foundation of a business and prioritized in order for organizations to succeed and innovate,” she notes. And, leaders at all levels of the organization—including but not limited to Chief Learning Officers—must ensure that employees not only have the resources to acquire new skills but are actively encouraged to use those resources.
“People are usually open to learning, but the challenge is that they don’t realize they have to keep being open to learning,” Osborne says. She is very focused on the need for what she calls “change agility” —the skills people need to successfully adapt to evolving or fast-moving shifts.
Change is coming at us faster than ever
Prior to this year, people were already anxious about adoption of AI, robotics, and other technologies that they viewed as threats to their livelihoods.
Now add to that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, Pew Research found that one in four U.S. adults has either relocated or knows someone who has done so, since the pandemic hit. That is just one facet of the disruption the virus has caused in how people work–or more dramatically—are not working as job losses mount. Add to that the rising death toll, and you see why living with existential threat is the new normal.
All of this change has caused agility to be our number one job-related attribute and has pushed online education to go mainstream. “COVID-19 has placed online learning as a non-negotiable for organizations worldwide,” Osborne says. “It has made it clear that learning has to be flexible, accessible, and global.”
For organizations, this is a significant opportunity to encourage their teams to embrace a learning mentality and lean into upskilling as a way to get through these challenges. Business leaders need to encourage and adopt a growth mindset in order to build this culture among their teams. And again, it all starts with teaching skills related to change agility.
Viewing change as an opportunity as well as a threat is one thing people can do to preserve their equilibrium. Toward that end, companies must focus on understanding how people respond to change and furnish tools needed to add new capabilities, whether that be acclimating to remote work, or learning a new programming language or software program.
“We can provide resources to help people thrive as they navigate changing waters. No one can learn anything if they are always in panic, fight-or-flight, mode,” Osborne notes.
Getting ready for a new future of learning
The future of learning is not only going to transform the future of work, but the conventional way of learning and education as well.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world of education with many schools adopting new distance and online learning practices. Osborne believes we’ll see online learning as a permanent part of school life, and hopes that in the future – both in the classroom and in the office – we’ll come together with more intent, when it’s relevant and needed to be together in person.
I agree with her that this blended model of both learning and work has the potential to drive meaningful change. Recruiting people that value continuous learning is one thing, but building a true culture of learning within an organization is what will make the biggest impact. Osborne is hoping that, with the help of her new book, organizations will start to think differently about learning.
As she notes, “Traditional learning was built for a world that we don’t live in anymore.” The transformation in learning and the future of work is needed, and it’s happening now.
Author: Emily He