I stumbled across the iPad coming-out party over the Easter weekend while visiting family in Troy, Mich. My wife and I went to the massive Somerset Collection Mall for a two-hour shopping binge (I recently jettisoned my wardrobe, with the exception of what I’m wearing today--fashions have evolved over the past 10 years, so she says) but we got there too early and everywhere was locked down. Except the mall’s Apple Store, which opened at pre-dawn and by 8 a.m. had a crowd of about 300 people waiting somewhat patiently outside. The crowd cheered every time someone emerged and gave their iPad a trophy hoist.

The ground truly is shifting, and the fervor over the iPad is just one indication. Last week I moderated a Web Seminar (http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/web_seminars/-39910-1.html) that included an extremely timely presentation from Chris Wadsen, managing director of the Strategy & Innovation practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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