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Makalu 1.6 Release

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Makalu
Deerwalk is pleased to announce the 1.6 release of Makalu, a data analytics platform.

QM in Cascading

Cascading is an application framework that allows for rapid development of data analytics on Apache Hadoop. It is an abstraction of the popular MapReduce software framework that supports distributed computing on large data sets on clusters of computers. By moving to this new framework, Deerwalk will be able to rapidly deliver new sets of Quality Metrics. It also allows us to more easily create integrated unit tests of our metrics to ensure the highest quality.

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Snowfly Mobile Platform

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Snowfly is a full-service employee recognition and incentive company based in Laramie, Wyoming. It offers and supports a complete workforce incentives system consisting of online programs, motivating rewards, and consultative services. Its proprietary solution allows employers to create, implement, and manage incentive, recognition and reward programs that work as a catalyst for quantifiable improvements in workforce performance, morale, and retention.
For more information, visit Snowfly website at http://snowfly.com/

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Makalu 1.5 Release

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Deerwalk is pleased to announce the 1.5 release of Makalu, a data analytics platform.

Customizable Tabs and Tab Names

In Makalu 1.5, tabs are customizable and can be renamed as requested by each client. Also, only tabs that have data underneath them will display to the user. For instance, if a client does not have Lab or Pharmacy data, those tabs will not appear in their Makalu user interface.

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Makalu Member Analytics

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Selecting the right primary entities and building proper relationship is the heart of enterprise application design. And, this is common to both NOSQL and SQL world. Besides this, one important factor, in NOSQL world is to design proper structure of primary entities and queries around them. Unlike that in SQL solutions, in most of the NOSQL solutions the structure of the entity resembles the real world object it represents. It makes the solution more flexible. However, the more the complexity of the object they represent the more the complexity of the data structure and its design and the more the use cases for it.

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Yala 1.0 Release

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Deerwalk is pleased to announce the 1.0 release of Yala, a member portal.

The Health Profile is available for a member to view as a part of a completed HRA. When a user pushes the “complete” button in the HRA, the Health Profile is generated. For clients who use both our Yala and Everest products, the completed HRA and associated Health Profile are visible for members in Yala and for clinical users in Everest.

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Genomics at Deerwalk

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Deerwalk Genomics team has been working on human genome variation science and primarily works on extraction (i.e. curation) of gene variations (mutations) and their overall information from biomedical literature, interpretation of mutations’ significance, and integration of them into the database. This work is required for various clinical and research purposes. On clinical grounds, the information is used to make decisions about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of patients suffering from various genetic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.

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Deerwalk Canteen Management System

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Deerwalk was established with a handful of employees in 2009 and it currently has more than 150 employees in its Kathmandu office. For the benefit of staff, a subsidized canteen was started in October 2011. During the initial days, employees would line up at the canteen, go through the menu displayed on a board, write their orders down in a register and wait for food to be served. At the end of each month, accounting was done manually for each employee. During the times when the number of employees was not many, there were no issues with this process.

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Yala – Calculators and Trackers

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Yala is an innovative member portal that provides a variety of tools and resources for individuals to actively participate in the management of their own health. Two Yala features, calculators and trackers, provide interactive tools to help you recognize health risks and track your progress toward better health.

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Yala 0.8 Release

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Deerwalk is pleased to announce the 0.8 release of Yala, our member portal.

1. Makalu Care Alerts to Yala

a) My Care Alerts: Specific Care Alerts that display in the member’s Member Profile screen in Makalu are displayed in Yala for the same member. Care Alerts and risk triggers in Makalu that are used by clinical users to identify potentially at risk members but that are not actionable by a member themselves will not be brought into Yala. [An example would be if a member had a 30 day re-admission for COPD.] If Care Alerts exist for a member in Yala, they will display on the Dashboard as shown in the example below. When a Care Alert is no longer in the member’s Makalu Member Profile, the system will also remove the alert from the member’s Yala record.

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Deerwalk Patient Attribution Model

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A major criticism of much of current US health care, and the Medicare FFS program in particular, is the lack of accountability for patients’ care (Hackbarth, 2009). With the advent of ACOs, the shared-savings concept holds providers more accountable. Provider’s reimbursement would depend on the quality of care they provide, the metrics on patient health they improve.

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