Technology

Healthcare Moving to the Cloud – and Out of “Dark Ages”

A recent report available for purchase from Forrester Research (and summarized at Healthcare It News) says that healthcare specific developments from cloud service providers are in the process of ending the “dark ages” of health IT. From the report: The enterprise health cloud market is growing in large part due to healthcare CIOs increasingly realizing that…

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Want to Improve Online Banking? Add These Features!

The adoption of online banking, now incorporating mobile, has become a staple for the industry over the past couple of years. However, the online experience can vary greatly based on what features are offered from each financial institution. One area which has not received its share of improvements are value-added features for check-type payments. The…

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Another Milestone: ATM’s Reach the Half-Million Mark

A new analysis of industry data by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) reveals that there are now between 475,000 and 500,000 ATMs operating out there in the U.S. market. This achievement comes after years of what can be characterized as fairly stagnant growth (attributable to a struggling economy, Windows updates, and a complex EMV migration, among…

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Financial Industry Tech – Think LONG Term

The story of Eastman Kodak’s fate is often used to illustrate the danger of late adoption of new technology. Even venerable and ostensibly rock-solid entities can find themselves marginalized and, ultimately, pushed out the picture (so to speak) if they don’t keep up with emerging tech. An article in the Harvard Business Review uses the…

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News Flash: Checks Still Matter

The Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) has made available a white paper entitled “Not Going Anywhere: Why Checks Still Matter” (log-in required) that offers valuable insights in an easily digestible package. As pointed out in the report, check use in the United States for business-to-business (B2B) transactions remains at roughly 50% in spite of a multitude…

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How Banks Can Embrace Technology Through “Fintegration”: Podcast Summary

Here’s a terrific podcast interview via BAI Banking Strategies that you should listen to during your commute. In it, Andres Wolberg-Stok, Citi FinTech’s global head of policy, talks about best practices and approaches to incorporating financial tech – FinTech – in financial organizations. An important point Wolberg-Stok makes early in the conversation is the fact that,…

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Compliance Management and Fintech: Natural Enemies?

An article at Banking Exchange takes an interesting look at the often uneasy relationship between financial technology organizations vs. the Fintech market covering the hot topic of compliance management.  Instruments like the expanded UDAAP standards implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau need to be at the forefront. Richard Holbrook, chairman and CEO of $9.6 billion-assets…

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Small Practices: Time to Jump on the Tech Bandwagon

An article in RevCycleIntelligence points out that an astounding 95 percent of practices with less than five physicians identified their facilities as “not tech savvy,” according to a Black Book survey. Small practices tend to avoid or delay health IT adoption because of the costs associated with implementation and upkeep. A 2016 Medical Group Management Association…

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How Fast Can a Card Skimmer Be Installed? Watch and Be Amazed

We’ve heard stories of card skimmers at outdoor ATM machines and even gas pumps ripping off consumers’ card information, but, admit it – – you always trusted card machines that are inside of retail establishments just a bit more, right? Watch this clip and marvel at the fact that this caper is pulled off in…

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People Twice as Likely to Trust a Robot to Perform Heart Surgery Than Open a Bank Account for Them

Artificial Intelligence, chatbots and robo-advisors are coming. Here’s an interesting example of how perceptions can yield crazy statistical results. A “Trust in Technology” report published by HSBC found that consumers are leery of allowing chatbots and robo-advisors to help them open a savings account or provide mortgage advice – – but they would trust them more for heart surgery! In an article…

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