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Testing Suspicious emails using Windows Sandbox

Co-workers often forward me emails when they are unsure if it is a valid email or something malicious. As one of the IT managers, I need to evaluate these emails in a safe environment. The tool I use for this is Windows Sandbox.
Windows Sandbox was added as a feature to Windows 10 with the May 2019 Update (version 1903). Every time you start Sandbox, it creates a Virtual Machine with a clean install of Windows 10. When you shut it down, the image is erased. This makes it an ideal environment for testing untrusted applications, links, and emails.
To enable Windows Sandbox, first make sure you have the minimum requirements:

Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, version 1903.
Hardware virtualization enabled in your BIOS
At least 2 CPU cores
4 GB of memory
1 GB of available disk space

Once the minimum requirements are met, click Start, then…

Demystifying a Common “Bug” Encountered by Developers new to Angular

I often work with clients that are transitioning their legacy MVC or WebForms web applications over to using Angular and Web API instead. After the initial ramp-up period with the framework, I’ve often had developers on these teams tell me how much easier it is to debug logic in Angular versus “how it used to be.” Writing logic with Angular and TypeScript provides these developers with a level of code organization on the front-end that they’ve previously only seen in their back-end .NET code. As a result, I think the framework especially appeals to developers who have previously shied away from front-end development.
With that said, there is an “Angular bug” I’m often asked to help remedy that I’d like to share in this article. The “bug” often comes up when new Angular developers begin sharing data between components. As you…

Compiling and Running a DLL in .NET Core 2 Using Roslyn and Reflection

During a recent client engagement, my team and I were given an unusual task: give the user the ability to write, compile, and run Visual Basic .NET code in a web app environment. This presented us with a great learning opportunity since no one on the team had experienced anything like this before. Our first choice was to use the System.CodeDom namespace to compile the source code and generate a dll to be run on-demand in other components of our web app. However, we quickly discovered that while CodeDom is available for .NET Core 2 (after installing it via NuGet), calls to the CompileAssembly methods would throw a System.PlatformNotSupportedException. We knew that we would need to change our approach. This led us on a path to Roslyn. Roslyn is a .NET compiler framework written in .NET. It contains code analysis…

Poll Results Part II: Microsoft Healthcare Bot Webinar: Enabling and Enhancing Patient Engagement

You might have seen our post last week, Poll Results Part I: Microsoft Healthcare Bot Webinar: Enabling and Enhancing Patient Engagement.
If you have, I’m sure you’re absolutely chomping at the bit to find out how people answered the question at the end of the event.  Well, the answer options differ a bit based on the use-cases from Quest Diagnostics and Aurora Health Care.
This poll occurred after the presentation from Microsoft Health Care’s Adam Walker, and Tallan’s own Matt Kruczek. Adam spent time on the details the team focused on to ensure the Bot would be compliant and useful for the healthcare community (to include a built-in understanding of medical language). While Matt elaborated on 3 of the pilot programs.  One assists with triaging and symptom checking patients, one focuses on follow-up and discharge plan adherence, and the other centers on…

Poll Results Part I: Microsoft Healthcare Bot Webinar: Enabling and Enhancing Patient Engagement

Earlier this month, we partnered with Microsoft and hosted a live webinar focused on the new Healthcare Bot platform. The Product Lead from Microsoft Healthcare lent his time to Tallan to speak to the production of the framework for this Chatbot, while Tallan’s AI team discussed 3 cases where this Bot is already being used to benefit patient engagement.
In short, this Healthcare Bot Framework, as opposed to Microsoft’s traditional Bot Framework, was specifically created with Healthcare compliance laws in mind, and an understanding of “healthcare intents by leveraging built-in language models tuned to medical terminology.”
Because Conversational AI is still very much making a name for itself as a mainstream tool, we polled our audience at the beginning of the webinar, and the end.
The first question was focused on patient engagement challenges, specifically what they face at their organizations.  Our audience…

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How to Access the Online Fillable CMS-1500 Claim Form on X12 Hero

In this blog we provide instructions on downloading a free CMS-1500 form. Since we’ll be using the Claim Form Editor Web-App on X12 Hero the CMS form is enhanced by our EDI validation software. X12 Hero offers a SaaS subscription for access to a full collection of healthcare EDI and medical billing web-apps. With this 1500 form we can easily enter claims and check completed claims for entry errors. We’ve found that pre-validating your claims in X12 Hero results in an 80% or better first pass acceptance rate. We’ll discuss how to resolve these errors that could otherwise result in a denied claim. The application also has the capability to convert CMS 1500 forms to EDI 837p files for submission. This blog gives simple steps for you to get started and improve your medical billing efficiency.
How to Use the Fillable…

Tallan’s Power BI User Group Taking Leadership Strides

Inspiring global thought leaders at Tallan’s headquarters, the Hartford Power BI User Group’s very own Michael Thomas took the #2 spot in his global debut! Data & Analytics is an area that maintains its voice in the industry, as well as in our relationship with Microsoft and a part of that relationship involved the work Tallan has done historically with Power BI; a Microsoft visual analytics platform and tool. To spread the word on Power BI, as well as encourage the community of users and those interested, Tallan has been hosting Hartford, CT’s local Power BI User Group.
People are welcome to attend for the refreshments and stimulating conversation, however the focus of these monthly meetings is to showcase the features and capabilities of the tool and collaborate with like, and different minded people on how to utilize Power BI.
Tallan has…

IoT Luncheon: Connecting the Greatest Minds in Greater Boston

It’s not often that you can get some of the brightest minds in an industry in the same room together to discuss trends and opportunities in the market. This past March, Tallan was able to do just that and this coming September, we’ll be doing the same thing. Boston is one of the top regions if not THE top region in the country focused on Pharma, BioTech, and Medical Device Manufacturing.  The health of this industry and the proximity to Tallan’s headquarters is a stroke of luck.  However, we made our own luck through our partnership with one such company, Abiomed.
Abiomed is a ‘leading provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support.’ The brilliant minds on their team developed a solution to monitor the health of their devices, and report necessary findings to the individuals working in hospitals who care…

Analyzing the XML of SSIS Packages

What is SSIS?

SSIS, or SQL Server Integration Services, is a tool for data migration most commonly utilized to create and maintain a data warehouse.
Migrating data is generally done with a process known as an ETL (Extract, transform, and load). This involves ingesting data from one or more source(s), converting it to the desired format and finally sending it to a destination that is often a data warehouse.
An SSIS project is broken down into smaller units of work called packages that are executed individually. Packages are typically organized and grouped according to their destination, such as the table they are loading data into, rather than their sources. This is because a package may create all of the necessary output for a single table in a data warehouse while coming from multiple sources.
Different parts of an SSIS package include:

Connection(s): sources and destinations…

Microsoft Inspire Recap

Last week, a contingent from Tallan attended Microsoft Inspire.  This conference brings together the entire Microsoft Partner Network.  This network crosses borders, oceans, and mountain tops and what a sight it was. About 40,000 people gathered in “Hot Vegas” as they have aptly begun to refer to Las Vegas as, for 5 days of meetings, networking opportunities, Key Note speeches from Microsoft leadership – to include CEO, Satya Nadella himself, and even a concert to top it all off.
We learned a lot. We learned about Microsoft’s goals and priorities for their next fiscal year.  We learned about opportunities we have and can use to our advantage, being a member of the Partner Network. Most importantly, we fostered and made new relationships with individuals across the country. A group who we can and will continue to align and partner with as…

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