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Healthcare IT Will Flourish "The IT development potential in healthcare is huge," said Jerry, Exist CEO. Much of this can be attributed to increasing demands to provide better quality of care, streamline operations, gain more administrative visibility and clinical insight, and improve access to healthcare. In the Philippines itself, a couple of healthcare IT developments, such as PhilHealth's eClaims project, are already underway. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. "Exist will be very active with Philippine healthcare stakeholders as an authority in technology." “Our problems here are not unique,” noted Jerry, sharing feedback from a healthcare IT forum in the United States. “There are lessons which we can take from America’s healthcare system -- from improving workflows to data integration, as well as from health reform to putting the right tools in place." E... (more)

Exist Hosts San Francisco Forum for Technology and Business Development

Startups to established enterprises around the world are now increasingly looking into the Philippines as strategic go-to software delivery center. "As the overall performance of the Philippines inches up higher, more businesses are considering the Philippines as first-option for their software development outsourcing initiatives," said Jerry Rapes, CEO of Exist, a company that provides consulting services and software development with focus on Java and Ruby on Rails solutions. In the latest annual ranking of the top 100 global outsourcing destinations by Tholons, Manila (NCR) h... (more)

IT in Healthcare

E-health initiatives are now found in 68% of the ICST policies in the Asia and Pacific region, as stated by the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Information Communication and Space Technology (UNESCAP-ICST). In the Philippines, local hospitals and clinics see IT systems as both a challenge and an opportunity. By improving the quality of healthcare and medical information accuracy, these systems allow the country’s healthcare providers to meet the increasing demands not only of the local market but also the international market. Value for IT... (more)

Building Next-Generation Tech Leaders

I spoke to Mike Lim, VP for Engineering at Exist, who by the way is currently enrolled at the prestigious Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA program, about this and here's my non-verbatim summary of our short exchange: Give people the opportunity to lead, even with small projects. Assign him/her a role, instead of giving tasks. This will give the person room to be creative and innovative. This'll give him/her a chance to demonstrate what he/she can be capable of. It's not having the title of a "manager". One can be a mentor to another, give inputs and share his/her experience to a peer,... (more)

Open Source - Community-Inspired Software Development

The World Is Flat author Thomas Friedman said that "the most disruptive force of all" is that of the increased ability for people anywhere in the world to collaborate. In his book, he re-told the story of how Behlendorf had founded the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a big self-organizing community of software developers. Apparently Behlendorf wasn't the only one working on the project he was working with so he started to collaborate with the other programmers to -- simply put it -- get things done faster. This collaboration eventually gave birth to ASF. ASF's focus is on open ... (more)