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June 15, 2015 - Machine Learning in Power Voltage Instability Monitoring

Charlie Berg, Vice President Engineering, LiveData Utilities
Remote Site & Equipment Management Magazine

Phasor Measurement Units in Power Grid Operations
With the advent of time Phasor Measurement Units (PMU’s), the operations of power grid controls is experiencing a paradigm shift as it transitions from a human centric monitoring model to a data centric model. In a data-centric power grid, fast transients can be tracked at high sampling rates of 20 times a second or more. A phasor measurement unit (PMU) or synchrophasor is a device that measures the electrical waves on an electricity grid using a common time source for synchronization. Time synchronization allows synchronized real-time measurements of multiple remote measurement points on the grid. PMUs typically generate up to 4 Gb data per day.

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May 4, 2015 - OR Management Moves Mobile, is Becoming Comprehensive

Rebecca Rudolph, Editor
Surgical Products

When she started her operating room (OR) management career in 1979, everything was done with a pen and paper. Tasks like charting, scheduling, billing and documentation all included sifting through papers. There were sticky notes everywhere, Mary Hibdon, ambulatory surgery strategist with Cerner, laughed. “Slowly, we saw the business side move to a more automated function, and then, with the advent of Meaningful Use and the carrot associated with that, the push was ‘let’s document everything electronically’,” she said...

Screens also started sprouting in ORs to help surgeons, nurses and other staff understand how to best serve the patient, but also understand the status of rooms. LiveData is one of the companies that has developed to fill this newer need. “(Before software was created), very qualified, caring people managed the flow, essentially by having good heads on their shoulders and staying on top of everything mentally to organize the flow in a good way,” Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of LiveData, said. “Believe me; that’s still primarily true in all aspects of healthcare. It’s still, ultimately, the caregivers who define, to a large extent, the quality.”

Their goal is to remove the grease board and hand written notes in the OR with consistent and reliable software so less human error is made, he explained. This is all done on one screen in all stages of care, including before, during and after the operation... 

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March 2, 2015 - DistribuTECH 2015, A Grid Analytics Party

Brad Harkavy, General Manager, LiveData Utilities
Remote Site and Equipment Management

New to DistribuTECH, I felt a little like a kid in a candy store. How can you not like a show that has helicopters, big 4-wheel drive trucks, and gas powered drones? And I would be remiss if I did not mention that fine 75 degree weather that greeted me after my joyous escape from the snows in Boston, and the delight of watching our home team win the Super Bowl from seat 10 D on JetBlue to San Diego. 

With almost 12,000 attendees and over 480 exhibitors, Distributech was the place to be to experience the depth and breadth of the Utilities Transmission and Distribution (T & D) business. 

The joyful picture that I painted in my opening could also be applied to the readily apparent vendor enthusiasm for data analytics at DistribuTECH.  Maybe it was the beautiful weather, but vendors everywhere were gushing over their analytics capabilities.  In fact, 87 companies self-classified themselves as analytics vendors, and 35 percent of the software vendors classified themselves as analytics companies. From lighting companies to Intel, there was a full spectrum of companies hopping on the analytics bandwagon.

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January 26, 2015 - Workflow Management Systems in Healthcare: Complex Interventions

Guest blog post by
Jeff Robbins, President and CEO, LiveData, Inc.
Electronic Health Reporter

It is no secret that many of today’s best hospitals are still enmeshed in implementing and fine-tuning new, enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR) systems. With purchase prices in the tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars, the EHR is a focal point of bringing technology to bear on the various challenges of delivering consistent, high quality care to an increasing number of patients.

Yet many hospital administrators and caregivers are finding that the level of effort (and expenditure) isn’t moving the needle as much as was expected. It turns out that this isn’t because of any specific failing on the part of the EHR vendors. Rather, it is because of a missing layer in today’s EHR technology stack.

 This missing layer, workflow management systems, is software designed to coordinate specific action, create consistency, and deliver visibility by automatically connecting caregivers with relevant tasks and information. The EHR, by necessity, is focused on creating a heads-down log of all encounters. Workflow technology adds the missing heads-up displays, alerts and analytics that help drive use of the EHR during patient encounters.

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September 11, 2014 - Prescriptive Modeling – What Amazon is Teaching Grid Operators

Brad Harkavy, General Manager, LiveData Utilities 
Remote Site and Equipment Management 

I recently purchased a bicycle for my daughter online. When shopping for the bike on Amazon, they also suggested I purchase a helmet and a bike lock. This suggestion was made in real-time as I was selecting bicycles. Because I was buying a bike, Amazon predicted I would want to buy some accessories. The speed at which Amazon delivers these suggestions is amazing, crunching through more than 200 million products available to buy in the US alone.

Amazon’s “Frequently Bought Together “ suggestion box is a form of prescriptive analytics. They have been making these suggestions since the early 2000′s based on evaluating past user’s behavior with respect to what items are purchased together. These suggestions are considered prescriptive analytics (and not just predictive) because no human is involved in making the specific recommendations. Humans curate the models, but the suggestions are made automatically based on past data and Amazon’s algorithms...

The opportunities for using prescriptive analytics to predict grid equipment failure and automatically adjust the distribution loads to compensate for failing equipment are enormous.

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July 14, 2014 - Utilities, Big Data and Analytics

Jeffrey Robbins, President and CEO, LiveData, Inc.
Remote Site and Equipment Management

Big Data is not a new concept for utilities – but it is a new name and focus on the volume, velocity, and variety of data that we have been managing for years from devices, sensors, and systems in generation, transmission and distribution facilities.

Utilities with LiveData technology are leveraging Big Data on a daily basis. The real-time integration technology used to capture, transform, and deliver data enables applications like outage management systems (OMS) to improve operational efficiency and provide an increasingly reliable supply of critical services such as power.

The ongoing implementation of smart grid technology will provide utilities with more expansive and higher quality data from an increasingly wide variety of sources and formats, reaching from generation systems right to consumers’ doorsteps.  While potentially daunting, with the right technology this onslaught becomes your opportunity.

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July 7, 2014 - Patient Safety Is Dependent on OR Team Communications

There are still a number of wrong-site surgeries that take place

Jeffrey Robbins, CEO, LiveData, Inc.
Advance Healthcare Network - Executive Insight

Cool Hand Luke was onto something when he said, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate." An observation about his potentially life-ending predicament, his comment has become a tagline for the sometimes tragic cost of often avoidable communication problems.

Just as both the prisoner and the warden knew the pitfalls about failure to communicate, so do patients and surgical teams. A failure to communicate can lead to all manner of operating room errors, the most egregious being the wrong surgery, or the correct surgery but on the patient's wrong side, or wrong site; or, even the wrong patient. Anesthesia or antibiotic errors (stemming from allergies or improper dosing, for example) also rank high on the list. These missteps have been given the collective term "never events," meaning errors generally considered so threatening to patient safety that they should never happen.

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June 23, 2014 - HDM Names 2014 Analytics All Stars

LiveData Customer VA Miami Healthcare System wins Project of the Year: Patient Safety

Health Data Management is announcing recipients of its inaugural Analytics All Stars program, which recognizes organizations and individuals implementing analytics in innovative ways to improve the health of their patients and the financial performance of their organizations.

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April 21, 2014 - 20 Security Questions Facing Smart Grid Operators

Michael D. Zola, Vice President LiveData, Inc. Energy Division
Remote Site & Equipment Management

The Energy Sector has become a major focus for targeted attacks, and is now among the top five most targeted sectors worldwide, according to Symantec. The Department of Homeland Security ICS-CERT responded to more than 200 incidents between October 2012 and May 2013, with 53 percent aimed at the energy sector.

Most Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are or will be integrating Operational Technology (OT) networks with IT networks to streamline operations.  How many interconnects do you have from OT to IT, corporate, and business systems? Are they secure? How are they secured? Is everything documented?

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Press Releases

July 28, 2015 - Massachusetts General Hospital Expands Use of LiveData PeriOp Manager with OR-Schedule Board

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., – LiveData, Inc. today announced that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has expanded its deployment ofLiveData PeriOp Manager™, adding LiveData OR-Schedule Board™ to its growing patient safety and operational intelligence deployments. A key module  in LiveData PeriOp Manager, OR-Schedule Board provides a large-screen view of the day's surgical cases, showing the real-time status of all rooms in the OR suite with case milestone indications and alerts. It dynamically updates changes in real-time and uniquely predicts the actual case flow for the day, so perioperative teams have actionable data to influence OR utilization. 

March 2, 2015 - LiveData Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Silver Level Partner

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – LiveData, a pioneer in operational intelligence data integration for the Smart Grid, today announced that it has become a Silver Partner in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized program. By attaining Silver Level membership, LiveData will benefit from its more detailed exposure to and experience in working with the Oracle Utilities Network Management System.

July 15, 2014 - LiveData Congratulates Miami VA Healthcare System upon Winning Health Data Management’s Top Honor for Patient Safety Project of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass - LiveData today congratulated the Miami VA Healthcare System, for receiving Health Data Management’s top Award for Patient Safety Project of the Year. The award recognizes the impact that OR-Dashboard withActive Time Out, LiveData’s operational intelligence and patient safety solution, has had during its first year in use at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami.

June 27, 2014 - St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Expands Use of LiveData Technology To New Outpatient Surgery Center and Hybrid Operating Room

CAMBRIDGE, Mass - LiveData, Inc. today announced that St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is expanding its deployment of LiveData PeriOp Manager™ patient safety and operational intelligence solution to ten new operating rooms. LiveData OR-Dashboard™ with Active Time Out® (ATO), and OR-Schedule Board™ will provide the foundation for workflow efficiency and patient safety in nine Outpatient Surgery Center operating rooms and a new Hybrid OR at the 537-bed teaching hospital. The award-winning hospital will also deploy LiveData PeriOp Manager Analytics™ to provide comprehensive performance reporting across all perioperative areas.

December 16, 2013 - VA St. Louis Health Care System to Install PeriOp Manager, With DSS Integration to VistA Electronic Health Record System

CAMBRIDGE, MA, – LiveData, Inc. today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System in St. Louis has purchased LiveData PeriOp Manager, the company’s operational intelligence solution for the perioperative setting. LiveData and partner Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS) will fully integrate PeriOp Manager with the VA St. Louis Health Care System’s VistA (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture) electronic health record (EHR), enabling patient information and case workflow to be viewed and managed by the whole perioperative team.

Recent Events

OR Manager 2015 

October 7-9, 2015
Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

LiveData will be exhibiting in booth 1427.

For more information or to schedule a personal meeting or demo of LiveData PeriOp Manager, email Diane Poth or call 617-945-7894.

For more information, visit

Grid Modernization Summit

July 15-17, 2015
Washington, DC

LiveData Utilities smart middleware solutions can help you implement an Operation Technology Service Bus (OTSB) as a platform for grid modernization. 

If you are planning to attend the Summit and would like to learn more about LiveData Utilities, we invite you to meet Brad Harkavy, LiveData Utilities General Manager.

 Brad Harkavy or call 617-576-6504 to schedule a personal meeting.

For more information, visit LiveData Utilities.

2015 Muni Smart Grid Summit (MSGS) 

June 21 - 23, 2015
PGA National Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Brad Harkavy, General Manager, LiveData Utilities will be participating in the 2015 MSGS Boardrooms and the Solution Showcase.

If you are planning to attend the 2105 MSGS and would like to schedule a meeting, email Brad Harkavy or call 617-576-6504.

HX360 and HIMSS15
April 12-16, 2015
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

HX360 – Leading in a Tech Enabled Environment 

Co-located with HIMSS15 Annual Conference, HX360 is an initiative that seeks to improve care delivery by encouraging the adoption of next generation technologies and workflows to address the Contemporary Provider Challenges faced by health systems today.

Join Jeff Robbins, President and CEO, LiveData, Inc., at this inaugural event for a panel discussion
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
|1:15pm – 2:15 pm

The Workflow Menu: Integrating Data and Communications with a Side of Analytics

Description:  Provider workflow is complicated when multiple providers or specialties are involved. This panel will focus on case studies around workflow solutions for the peri-operative suite, the site of complex pre- and post-surgical care and communications between providers, patients and families; and in radiology, where completion of the exam lifecycle (from scheduling to exam, diagnosis, report distribution and coding/billing) is often complicated by the existence of multiple specialty systems.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Jeff Robbins at HX360, contact:

Diane Poth
LiveData, Inc.

For more information, visit HX360

April 12-16, 2015
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

LiveData will be with joining our partner DSS, Inc. in booth 3468.

At LiveData, we focus on automating workflow throughout the perioperative suite. From pre-op through surgery to discharge, our PeriOp Manager solution helps surgical teams improve communication, patient safety, and operational efficiency.

If you are planning to attend HIMSS, we would  like to introduce you to LiveData PeriOp Manager and discuss how our clients, ranging from VA medical centers to community hospitals to U.S. News & World Report top academic medical centers, are increasing OR throughput, creating transparency in the OR, and winning awards for patient safety initiatives.

To schedule a meeting or demo while you are at HIMSS, please contact:

Matt Churchill                                                                 Diane Poth
Vice President Healthcare Sales                                  Marketing Manager
617.453.5375                                                                  617.945.7894                                   

For more information, visit LiveDataDSS, and HIMSS