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How Valuable Medical 3D Video is Saving Lives

 

There is still a lot of hype around the new technologies in medical advances, but there is certainly some good promise and use cases for the industry making progress. In this case, we will be talking specifically about 3D video. Before we get started, let’s cover some basics on this technology as not to confuse it with others like 360° video and Virtual Reality. While it is typical people mistakenly use these terms interchangeably, they are not the same, even though they can seem the same or similar.

So, 360° video is video that’s only filmed in 360 degrees and has no depth of field. As far as “VR”, this is the most common, when speaking virtual reality. This type of video essentially captures a dome-like panoramic view allowing you to see in different directions, not different angles. While you can watch 360° video your cellphone combined with a 3D Headset, it’s still truly not 3D.

3D Video

So, 3D is truly fascinating and is improving rapidly. This type of video gives you depth of field. Nowadays, you can simply view 3D video using a 3D headset and a newer cellphone. Using this setup, you’ll notice that the experience is comparable to what you might have seen at a 3D movie theatre, but significantly better. What’s challenging is this 3D technology is new and relatively expensive.

Again, to compare 360 video and 3D videos – the first is a full view of 360 degrees, but no depth of field. While 3D video has depth of field, but its viewpoint is somewhat restricted. Good news – with the rapid increase in technology advances 360 videos will become 360 3D videos.

Virtual Reality

You might ask, what is virtual reality (VR) then? VR is basically 3D video, but only its computer generated and not filmed. VR is really using stereoscopic rendered images, the same filming technique in a 3D video, essentially. Remember, VR content is all computer generated using such software as Unreal Engine or Unity.

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Why CIOs Need to Prioritize Their Resources for the Business

 

Priority alignment: this should be a focus of any CIO looking to grow a business. Indeed, the adaptive CIO must set clearly-defined roles for each branch of the department, especially important as it pertains to the role of CIO vs. IT manager. In essence, CIOs need to be focused on helping the CEO with the company's strategy and let their IT managers handle the back-office work.   As CIO puts it, the IT department has to help the business make more money; as CIO, you must remained focused on the business rather than concerning yourself with providing the computer, the network or the server. This is what the IT Manager's role is, and you're paying him/her handsomely to do that. By clearly defining those roles and sticking to them: this is the only effective way to grow a business. Otherwise, resources are wasted, not to mention time and money.

The Path to Alignment

Sure, digital transformation has begun placing more and more demands on the CIO position -- a role that has undergone am impactful shift over the years from maintaining a stable portfolio of back-office technology to crafting ways that technology can bring in more money for the company's bottom line. But progress has been slow.   For many years, CIOs worked toward a goal of closely coordinating IT projects and overall strategy with business processes, with a recent Public CIO survey saying that executives still report IT-business alignment as their #1 IT management concern.   A shift is afoot. Another survey -- Deloitte's 2019 Global CIO Survey -- revealed that the two top expectations for CIOs are, in this order, to:

  • Align with the business
  • Transform business processes
  • Achieve IT operational excellence

Based on these findings, experts say the two kinds of CIOs needed in the future include a “business co-creator” CIO who devotes a majority of his or her time to driving business strategy or encouraging change, and a "change instigator" who acts as a leader in technology-enabled business transformation.

Still, the CIO is always at a perpetual inflection point, spinning plates in the air, as they face opposing functional and strategic priorities. On one hand, CIOs are called upon to be more active in all business decisions, as competition demands more transformative, innovative solutions for clients and customers. On the other hand, IT is responsible for maintaining most of the functional yet essential aspects of tech strategy, such as security and data management. Just one wrong step, like a data breach, and it's game over.

The plates the CIOs are spinning are getting greater in number yet faster and smaller in size. How can CIOs and IT manager stay in their respective lanes in order to properly grow the business?

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