WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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A twist on the people+process+technology: digital transformation requires culture+strategy+technology

A twist on the people+process+technology: digital transformation requires culture+strategy+technology | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Many of the companies I work with are undergoing some form of a “Digital Transformation” to ensure they stay competitive and relevant into the future. These big, transformational changes are very hard and require far more than an investment in new technologies. They require a clear and solid strategy for how technology can be used to transform the business and provide better customer experiences, a culture that embraces change and collaborates heavily, and the technology capabilities to execute the strategy quickly and efficiently. Otherwise, these digital transformation initiatives will end up just like the failed ERP projects of the past we’ve all heard about or been a part of.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a reminder that digital transformation is not only about technology...

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Duck Peg gets 3D-printed leg

Duck Peg gets 3D-printed leg | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Eighth-grade science students have used a 3D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched.

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WHY IT MATTERS: 3D printing has moved to become more than just for prototyping.

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Duck would be happy.
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Why the CDC Wants in on #Blockchain? It provides a secure and private way to transmit personal health data #notBitcoin #realUseCaseForBlockchain @MIT

Why the CDC Wants in on #Blockchain? It provides a secure and private way to transmit personal health data #notBitcoin #realUseCaseForBlockchain @MIT | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

For the past several months, Nasr has led a team working on several proofs of concept based on blockchain technology, with an eye toward building real applications next year. Most are geared toward better public health surveillance, which could include using a blockchain to more efficiently manage data during a crisis or to better track opioid abuse.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: bitcoin fraud, price volatility and other hacks have given bad press to the blockchain - the technology behind the bitcoin - when in fact it is the real revolution. Here is a very good use case for this new technology: using blockchain to send personal, private, confidential health information in a secure and protected way for the good of man kind.

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Smart speakers + #AI will give your physician superpowers - check out these examples of operational systems #video

Smart speakers + #AI will give your physician superpowers - check out these examples of operational systems #video | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

As a hybrid physician/engineer, I spend a lot of time pondering how new platforms can empower doctors. I am particularly excited about the potential of smart speakers coupled with advances in A.I. In this article I will synthesize my findings, show a bunch of fun demo videos, and explain why smart speakers represent a transformative technology in healthcare.

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WHY IT MATTERS: we've been waiting for hands-free computer interaction for years. Now smart speakers are starting to make that possible. They are functional today but not perfect yet and improving at an exponential pace so place this into your mid-term planning.

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R U ready to share purchase & fitness data to have #MachineLearning Predict Heart Disease & Diabetes?

R U ready to share purchase & fitness data to have #MachineLearning Predict Heart Disease & Diabetes? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In an ongoing effort with Boston-area hospitals, including the Boston Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we found that we could predict hospitalizations due to these two chronic diseases about a year in advance with an accuracy rate of as much as 82%. This will give care providers the chance to intervene much earlier and head off hospitalizations.

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WHY IT MATTERS: would you allow an invasion of your privacy to improve your life expectancy? I assume most of us would say YES if assured that the information would remain secure and private. What technologies need to be put in place? Do we need government regulations to protect everyone equally? These are the real questions behind advances such as this one. Moreover are there solutions using blockchain technology to allow for this to become possible?

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This 'temporary tattoo' could totally change #healthcare & #wearables

This 'temporary tattoo' could totally change #healthcare & #wearables | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Scientists developed a stretchable electronic sensor that looks like a temporary tattoo.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Digital transformation often starts with innovative new technologies. This technologies has been in development for many years and thus we should keep them on our radars for when they spring out of the lab as commercial products. Not just yet though but keep that in mind when strategic plans are being drawn...

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Na Lala's curator insight, July 21, 2017 8:31 AM

Un tatouage temporaire scientifique !

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Know Your Industries: 70+ Market Maps Covering Fintech, CPG, Auto Tech, Healthcare, And More

Know Your Industries: 70+ Market Maps Covering Fintech, CPG, Auto Tech, Healthcare, And More | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Here's a collection of all 71 CB Insights market maps and unbundling/disrupting graphics.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Digital transformation often comes from startup innovations. So maps like those are very good to know where opportunities to improve lie.

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#AI investment is growing and touching every industry

#AI investment is growing and touching every industry | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The CB Insights artificial intelligence deals tracker looks at top AI deals across industries.
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AI startups funding shows that the investments has been growing steadily in the past 4 years and that every industry will be affected by the technology.

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Weekend read: 350 slides Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report - eCommerce is killing traditional retail #1

Weekend read: 350 slides Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report - eCommerce is killing traditional retail #1 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The most anticipated slide deck of the year is here. Key takeaways:

  • Global smartphone growth is slowing: Smartphone shipments grew 3 percent year over year last year, versus 10 percent the year before. This is in addition to continued slowing internet growth, which Meeker discussed last year.
  • Voice is beginning to replace typing in online queries. Twenty percent of mobile queries were made via voice in 2016, while accuracy is now about 95 percent.
  • In 10 years, Netflix went from 0 to more than 30 percent of home entertainment revenue in the U.S. This is happening while TV viewership continues to decline.
  • Entrepreneurs are often fans of gaming, Meeker said, quoting Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman and Mark Zuckerberg. Global interactive gaming is becoming mainstream, with 2.6 billion gamers in 2017 versus 100 million in 1995. Global gaming revenue is estimated to be around $100 billion in 2016, and China is now the top market for interactive gaming.
  • China remains a fascinating market, with huge growth in mobile services and payments and services like on-demand bike sharing. (More here: The highlights of Meeker's China slides.)
  • While internet growth is slowing globally, that’s not the case in India, the fastest growing large economy. The number of internet users in India grew more than 28 percent in 2016. That’s only 27 percent online penetration, which means there’s lots of room for internet usership to grow. Mobile internet usage is growing as the cost of bandwidth declines. (More here: The highlights of Meeker's India slides.)
  • In the U.S. in 2016, 60 percent of the most highly valued tech companies were founded by first- or second-generation Americans and are responsible for 1.5 million employees. Those companies include tech titans Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook.
  • Healthcare: Wearables are gaining adoption with about 25 percent of Americans owning one, up 12 percent from 2016. Leading tech brands are well-positioned in the digital health market, with 60 percent of consumers willing to share their health data with the likes of Google in 2016.
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This is an annual bag of goodies.

Highlight #1: retail stores are closing at record pace while Amazon opens stores. This is such a huge trend because it transforms stores from a mini-warehouse into something else: a destination for experience, service, and training. Think Apple store with the highest sales per square foot, genius bar, classes and a showroom. Amazon has pushed its Amazon GO, no lines, no registers concept and it is rolling it out slowly. This is just the beginning...

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Study: VR twice as effective as morphine at treating pain

Study: VR twice as effective as morphine at treating pain | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. SnowWorld attempted to divert a patient’s attention from the pain they were experiencing, and into a magical world that saw them flying through a virtual canyon while throwing snowballs at penguins and snowmen. It’s early, but according to Quartz, others have had similar success: the Pain Studies Lab at Simon Fraser University in Canada, Virtual Reality Medical Center in San Diego, and others have all reported significant improvement for patients using VR simulations to treat pain.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The power of VR is to transport you in another world. VR has been shown to help treat phobias such as vertigo but now it looks like it can also help with pain reduction. Great idea IMHO.

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Luigi Cappel's comment, May 19, 2017 4:11 PM
Thanks for this. I used the same concept with chronic fatigue, to stay awake, but I do it by playing Candy Crush. I don't like the game, but it gives me blue light and stimulates my brain when my body wants to go to sleep at 5 or 6PM. It's also less antisocial in that I'm not putting on a headset and leaving my wife for another realm.
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Killer use case for #wearables? Study: Apple Watch accurately detects heart problems

Killer use case for #wearables? Study: Apple Watch accurately detects heart problems | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
A study published today suggests your Apple Watch could help detect and track serious heart conditions. According to CNET, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco worked with the app Cardiogram on the Health eHeart study, gathering cardiovascular data from 6,158 people who used Apple Watches. They tested whether the watches were able to …
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Wearables are struggling to find their usefulness. I've been saying from the start that their killer app is with everything related to sensors. This appears to be truer than ever with news like this...

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First Mixed-Reality Surgical Holographic Navigation with Microsoft HoloLens for Spine Surgery

First Mixed-Reality Surgical Holographic Navigation with Microsoft HoloLens for Spine Surgery | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Scopis Introduces the First Mixed-Reality Surgical Holographic Navigation Platform Integrating Microsoft HoloLens for Open and Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Looks like AR will be most powerful and useful in professional settings. This is a great example where surgeons get additional information to guide them during surgery without having to look up and away from their patient. Bravo!

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Diane Dromgold's curator insight, May 8, 2017 6:47 PM

This looks like it will be really useful. I just love really clever people and what they can do.

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Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet)

Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet) | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The technical potential for automation differs dramatically across sectors and activities.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We all work so we should all be aware of this trend. For those of us that create strategy for others, this is essential to consider as an underlying trend.

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DeepMind is building a blockchain-style system to track healthcare records to bring back #privacy

DeepMind is building a blockchain-style system to track healthcare records to bring back #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Alphabet’s artificial intelligence outfit, DeepMind, plans to build a blockchain-style system that will carefully track how every shred of patient data is used. The company, which is rapidly expanding its health-care initiatives, has announced that it will build a tool that it calls Verifiable Data Audit during the course of this year. The idea: allow hospitals, and potentially even patients, to see exactly who is using health-care records, and for what purpose. By logging how every piece of patient data is used, the company hopes to leave behind an indelible audit trail.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

For everyone concerned about privacy in the digital world, the mega digital record would provide visibility into what is currently a completely opaque process. But far more reaching is the possibility to extend this audit trail to all our personal data. 

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Verily’s health research watch is super discreet but knows everything about you #wearables #sensors

Verily’s health research watch is super discreet but knows everything about you #wearables #sensors | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The watch collects your heart rate and rhythms, but it only tells you the time and date.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Wearables have had difficulty in recent months to provide strong selling arguments for their devices - which in my opinion are very often nothing more than very expensive watches. That being said, wearables killer use case may lie in the inclusion of sensors to track your every moves and measure your bodily functions, from heart rate to skin conductivity to blood glucose levels. 

 

Also read:

- top 5 wearable vendors: http://sco.lt/6QYZ73

- Apple wearable sensor network: http://sco.lt/96ftkP

- gyms now leverage wearables: http://sco.lt/68ynsv 

- wearables to keep us fit: http://sco.lt/58eRBx 

- fitbit for multiple sclerosis: http://sco.lt/8SsH5t

- wireless smart headphones: http://sco.lt/5NXCdt 

- ingestible sensors: http://sco.lt/83A1JZ 

- apple watch sensors (2013): http://sco.lt/8KKBWb 

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The future of medical learning: Complete Anatomy presented in #AugmentedReality

The future of medical learning: Complete Anatomy presented in #AugmentedReality | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The future of medical learning

Take a look at the latest work from our 3D4Medical labs, where our developers and experience designers are working on immersive anatomical learning, by blending our models and technology with Mixed Reality.

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Short video that shows how human anatomy is being put into augmented reality to create lifelike, interactive models to help medical students learn anatomy.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Right now this is a generic human but in the future we will be able to have our own bodies represented in AR for medical doctors to peer into our corpse, via scans and radiology pictures. 

 

IF they can do this with a human body, why are not more companies investing in making AR models of their most complex machines (think boats, planes, complex manufacturing machines, etc.) to help training, safe operations and troubleshooting? I would imagine that digital transformation strategies and plans should include elements of AR and VR, don't you?

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capitalistshovels's comment, November 10, 2016 12:48 AM
EXCELLENT
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VR IS INEVITABLE.
strainedpogo's comment, November 11, 2016 1:13 AM
intelligent
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Google DeepMind pairs with NHS to use machine learning to fight blindness

Google DeepMind pairs with NHS to use machine learning to fight blindness | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The ‘deep learning’ research company will use 1m anonymised eye scans to train a neural network to identify early signs of degenerative eye conditions
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Google will develop systems to detect eye health issues using neural networks.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

With IBM Watson training to become a cancer post-doctoral specialist in Australia (http://sco.lt/5muqDh), there is growing evidence that the medical practice will be profoundly impacted in the coming years.

 

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3 tips for defending patient information from hacker attacks

3 tips for defending patient information from hacker attacks | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Physicians typically have access to sensitive personal information on large numbers of patients, which makes their devices prime targets for hackers looking to steal that information.

 

  1. Encrypt laptops and other devices 
  2. Don’t let convenience trump good security
  3. Practice safe surfing
Farid Mheir's insight:

3 simple steps that doctors - and everyone else - should use to secure their information and keep them private.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Is there anything more personal than your medical information? I assume not and thus would expect my medical professional to be aware of these 3 basic security principles and respect them strictly. However, it may not be the case and I would recommend this sort of information to be built into the standard medical practice curriculum because I would not want my doctor's laptop to be the weak link in my medical record transmission chain.

 

For other articles on this field: http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/topic/cybersecurity

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Health care gets connected with patients: a multi-B$ industry close to disruption

Health care gets connected with patients: a multi-B$ industry close to disruption | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Connected health aims to better connect patients and doctors in a mutually beneficial way, using high tech to analyze and diagnose patient issues.
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Connected health is the emerging industry that leverages Internet of Things to connect patient with doctors. Estimated at 117B$, this is a huge industry with as big opportunities for digital transformation.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Digital transformation is at its most personal for all things related to health, healthcare, wellness, fitness, and anything that touches your body and your behaviour. Watch out for the changes that will come in this field for both opportunities and privacy issues.

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Surgical stitches by autonomous robots as good as those by skilled surgeons

Surgical stitches by autonomous robots as good as those by skilled surgeons | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
With no hand tremor, machines were as good as or better than human surgeons in a test.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Robots have entered the operating room. These ones are performing stitches as well, or better, than humans. Surgeons will see their field impacted by robots in the next few years.

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

There is parallel to be made between the rise of autonomous vehicles and surgical robots - any robots for that matter. What sounded impossible a few years ago - a self driving car - has now been made possible and tens of models are driving the roads of California and Nevada, soon others. Robots will not replace doctors anytime soon but you should expect to see them augment their skills and delegate certain less value adding task - such as closing a patient with stitches - to robots very soon. 

 

Anyone working in fields where there are lots of manual, delicate, precise tasks to be performed by humans should put in their strategic plans experiments regarding robots and automation in the coming years.

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7 steps to digital pharmacy

7 steps to digital pharmacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Infographie : les 7 étapes pour moderniser l'officine grâce au digital
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(in french) Thought this was a great how-to list on steps required to digitize a pharmacy.

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Philippe Marchal's curator insight, March 23, 2016 4:56 AM

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Google's DeepMind Forms Health Unit to Build Medical Software

Google's DeepMind Forms Health Unit to Build Medical Software | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Google’s DeepMind Technologies Ltd., an artificial intelligence company owned by the Web-search provider, is pushing into medical technology as it seeks to apply its expertise to health care.

DeepMind has built a reputation for creating cutting-edge self-learning software and ispitting its technology against the world’s best player of Go, a complex board game played in Asia, in a match next month.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Healthcare will be revolutionized with machine learning solutions like this one from Google and other from IBM Watson (who's studying to be a medical doctor http://sco.lt/5muqDh)

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Algyd's curator insight, March 5, 2016 3:38 AM

Healthcare will be revolutionized with machine learning solutions like this one from Google and other from IBM Watson (who's studying to be a medical doctor http://sco.lt/5muqDh)

Philippe Guillaume's curator insight, March 14, 2016 4:27 AM

Ca y est ça se lance dans la santé comme prévu... mais jusqu'où ?

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Entrepreneurs Transforming Healthcare: StartUp Health

Entrepreneurs Transforming Healthcare: StartUp Health | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

You're exploring the StartUp Health Network, the people & companies committed to transforming healthcare.

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Very cool collection of article, papers, news about health and new related technologies and companies.

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StartUp Health Insights Report: 2015 Year End

2015: The Year Digital Health Hit Its Stride While 2014 was the year that digital health broke out, 2015 was the year it hit its stride. A slow start in Q1 did…
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Another field where there is huge activity with the introduction of cheap, powerful wearable devices with sensors and Big Data analytics capability. Here again, expect huge growth in the next few years.

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#3D printed organs, smart bandages & other #HealthTech will save lives

#3D printed organs, smart bandages & other #HealthTech will save lives | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
From 3D-printed organs to cancer-fighting nanotech, the most important branch of technology right now is the one that will keep you living longer and stronger.

Via TechinBiz
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Watch the 2 min video at the end that explains how a 3d printed meniscus was used to replace a sheep one with success. 

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Kristina Buno's curator insight, August 12, 2015 6:12 AM

It is amazing how technology helps us everyday with our health!

Jake D'Imperio gis's curator insight, August 27, 2015 5:16 PM

This artical shines light on the amazing medical technology  being developed today, I hadn't even heard of any of these technologies until this artical brought them to my attention. These medical technologies will save lives and prolong them too on a global scale as many will become cheaper and more accessible over time. Personally I believe that these technologies are some of the best things humans create as we solve the mysteries of the body.

Richard Platt's curator insight, September 1, 2015 11:58 AM

For many of our woes in life, there are solutions and answers, we just need to think how to do it intelligently.  

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