What do doctors really want? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not to be left behind when it comes to healthcare information technology adoption, according to Dr. Brandon Savage, chief medical officer, GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions. In this Visions interview with WTN, Savage talks of how GE continues to work with physicians on deployment as well as implementation until the technology solution becomes part of the way they practice medicine.
Regional economic development groups have sprung up all over Wisconsin, and New North is one of several that are part of Gov. Jim Doyle’s strategy to foster regional economic collaboration. In this edition of Inside Wisconsin, columnist Tom Still predicts that some of the groups will be more successful than others, but none will prosper without keeping in mind the overall economic health of the state.
While the U.S. tends to think that all good technologies must come from within its borders, a recent trip to Latin America has convinced columnist Michael Rosen that America can learn from research into Brazilian and and Colombian agriculture. In this edition of Yer Biotech Blues, he notes that the impact of agricultural biotechnology in this region will dramatically change food and fuel production.
Two products under development by Third Wave Technologies to test for high-risk varieties of the Human Papilloma Virus have passed another test on their way to clinical trials before the Food and Drug Administration. High-risk types of the HPV have been identified as a cause of cervical cancer in women.
Skilled IT professionals will command average pay increases of 5.3 percent more in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a new Robert Half Technology survey. The IT staffing company has identified wireless communication as one of the top areas driving IT hiring in U.S. companies because developers are creating more mobile device tools that IT departments must support.
The strategic relevance of IT has never been more accepted, yet too many CIOs still are caught in the trap of “generic IT,” according to guest columnist Mark McDonald of Gartner, Inc. The good news is that they can escape that trap, and demonstrate business value to upper management, by adopting a more strategic way of thinking and planning.
Merge Technologies reported a $10.7 million net loss, or $0.32 per share, for the second quarter of 2007.The financially troubled company is still trying to recover from financial reporting errors that resulted in the resignations of several key executives in 2006. The company now faces a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its finances.
For the fourth consecutive year, Technology Futures, Inc. has provided a list of technology trends for the forthcoming year. While common trends are outlined, the list is not simply a recounting of early predictions from Gartner, Forrester, and the like, but contains some surprises in what promises to be a dynamic year, following a year of tipping points, for information technology.
Many strategic initiatives fail not from a lack of sponsorship or rigorous project management, but because technical details are overemphasized at the expense of business essentials. In this edition of Boardroom Perspectives, Robert Balon outlines five pitfalls of major initiatives, and stresses that interaction with a new system or a new way of doing things must be woven into the entire implementation.
A coalition of consumer groups, including two that are challenging stem cell patents held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, have filed legal papers in support of new patent continuation rules. The groups contend the new rules would curtail abusive behavior by patent applicants, but opponents believe they would restrict the ability of inventors to fully claim their inventions.
The Wisconsin Elections Board has reached an agreement with Accenture over the state’s voter registration system. Under the agreement, Accenture pledged to complete a list of repairs to ensure the system complies with federal law and the state now controls the system, which is designed to house a computerized statewide list of qualified voters.
Ken Hendricks, who founded and built ABC Supply Co. into a $3 billion annual business, was a shining example of entrepreneurialism and philanthropy in Wisconsin, writes his friend and WTN columnist Tom Still. In this edition of Inside Wisconsin, Still pays homage to Hendricks, who died last week in an accident at his Rock County home.
As expected, Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into law Assembly Bill 207, better known as the cable competition bill. The new law creates a statewide video service franchise process through the Department of Financial Institutions, replacing the current process where municipalities grant cable franchises in Wisconsin. The governor used his veto pen to preserve certain consumer protections.
Coming to the aid of the state’s medical device industry, Marquette University has announced that it will offer a new, non-thesis master’s degree in biomedical engineering beginning in fall 2008.
Stemina Biomarker Discovery will receive $212,500 as part of a round of stock financing directed by DaneVest Tech Fund I. Stemina Biomarker, co-founded by University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Gabriela Cezar and former Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation counsel Beth Donley, is commercializing a proprietary metabolomics technology to improve drug development and drug safety.
The state eHealth Board has signed off on recommended changes to Wisconsin’s mental health privacy law, paving the way for legislation that could allow for patient data exchange between hopsitals, clinics, and other health providers. Legislation could come during the first quarter of 2008 and serve as a model for health providers to electronically share certain mental health data sets.
In the unlikely event that CIOs thought e-discovery requirements would take some time to shake out, Wisconsin attorney Erik Phelps has some bad news. Not only is the volume of cases picking up dramatically, but case law is pinpointing corporate and management obligations in producing electronic data. Defendants are being ordered at their expense to produce e-documents that could harm their case, and CIOs have a crucial role in the discovery compliance process.
TeraMedica’s presence in the global market has been solidified with a hardware reseller agreement with Dell, Inc. This partnership, which is being described as a joint solution, will give care providers and patients timely access to digitized patient information – including medical images – across different healthcare systems.
Promega Corp. will expand in Sweden with the January 2008 opening of Promega Biotech AB. The Madison-based developer of research tools wants to take fuller advantage of Sweden’s life-science research base and its thriving biotechnology industry.
Predicting slower economic growth for the first six months of 2008, Forrester Research has ratcheted down its IT spending outlook for the full year. Earlier, the analyst firm had predicted spending for IT hardware and software to grow by eight percent next year, but now forecasts a five percent growth rate.