Epic Systems Corporation continues to grow and acquire new customers as the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded the Wisconsin-based electronic medical records software vendor with a $14 million, five-year fixed bid contract. Last week, the University of Virginia Medical center announced a $122 million dollar project with Epic as the core application for seven-year contract.
Epic attracted about 5,500 users to its annual users’ group meeting this week to network, share experiences and learn more about the company’s growth, new products and vision for electronic health-records software.
Judy Faulkner, Epic’s co-founder, president and chief executive kicked off the four-day Broadway musical themed conference with a keynote presentation during which she recapped the company’s mission as well as growth in number of customers, employees, and corporate campus
To reach the State of Wisconsin’s goal of expanded use of electronic health records by health care providers across the state, a significant increase in the availability of high-speed, broadband Internet access is needed.
The Wisconsin Relay for Electronic Data for Health (WIRED for Health) submitted a plan to the federal Department of Health and Human Services last week to secure stimulus funding designed to promote information sharing amongst health care providers in the state.
UW-Madison Vice Provost for IT and CIO Ron Kraemer has accepted a position as VP and CIO at the University of Notre Dame, effective Aug. 15.
Kraemer served 14 years at the University of Wisconsin. Kraemer will lead all aspects of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology, including a staff of more than 200. He will oversee IT infrastructure that supports the entire campus community, development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the University’s business activities, and establishment of a governance structure to plan for future IT needs across campus. Read More
The Board of Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a decision on April 28, 2010 in the inter partes re-examination of U.S. Patent No. 7,029,913, granted to University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and internationally-recognized stem cell researcher Dr. James Thomson. In the decision, the BPAI rejected the claims of the patent, reversing an earlier determination by a USPTO examiner.
Twenty-one entries from 10 communities are competing in the finalist round of the seventh annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
The contest, which began in late January with 284 entries, is operated by the Wisconsin Technology Council, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network and other affiliates.
Computerworld, has named Wisconsin-based, Alliant Energy Chief Information Technology Officer, David Cagigal as a 2010 Premier 100 IT Leader award winner. Cagigal is joined by three other Wisconsin executives as Premier IT leaders, Shaleen Devgun, vice president, strategy, planning and architecture, Schneider National, Green Bay, James Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical, Watertown, and Scott Ranson vice president, CIO, Brookdale Senior Living, Milwaukee. The publication selected 100 men and women who foster ideas and creative work environments, envision innovative technology approaches to business problems and effectively manage IT strategies.
NASA is supporting the White House’s Open Government Directive with a number of Internet-based programs designed to make the agency more accessible and create a dialog with the American people about their space program. The directive will make it easier to identify collaborative, entrepreneurial opportunities. Government agencies are home to treasure troves of data and information, too much of which is underutilized by the private sector because it is either not easily found or exists in cumbersome formats.
The NY Times reported today on how the concept of shared; low cost supercomputers are being paired with high performance computers from companies with strong Wisconsin Roots including as Cray and Silicon Graphics. The story revealed how users and developers of supercomputer users are using cloud and grid computing as a resource to share data and computing power for advanced scientific research. Previously these resources were scare and costly. Regionally, the Milwaukee Institute an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific research, education and economic development through is making progress for a more effective use of available scientific and technical resources in the SE Wisconsin region. The goals of the Institute include promoting advanced technology development by offering collaboration and high-performance computing systems and services that encourage and enable cooperation among regional public and private research and development organizations, businesses, educational institutions and government agencies.
Space shuttle Atlantis and its six-member crew began an 11-day delivery flight to the International Space Station on Monday with a 2:28 p.m. EST launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle is transporting spare hardware to the outpost and return a station crewmember that spent more than two months in space. Read commentary and see exclusive WTN News launch photos.
Good Morning Houston, “We’re having a baby, seriously! Shuttle Atlantis launches without a hitch. Simply AWESOME!
T-10… nine… eight… seven… six… five… four… three… two… one… zero… and liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis, on a mission to build, re-supply and to do research on the International Space Station. Later this week we might hear, ” Good Morning Houston, were having a baby!” Seriously! Many men speak urban legends of how they missed or almost missed their baby’s birth. Astronaut Randy Bresnik and his wife, Rebecca, expect the birth of their daughter, while Randy is in orbit around the Earth! WTN was on the scene reporting, tweeting, (handle: wtnmike) and taking great photos. See story for pictures and commentary.
Alice.com closes $6 million in new funding, raises total investment to $10.4M for online household goods shopping site
As consumers seek to make their essential shopping dollars go further and save more money, Alice.com, an on-line platform that allows consumer-packaged goods companies (CPG) such as Procter & Gamble, to sell directly to consumers instead of going through retail channels like Target or Wal-Mart, today announced that it has completed a $6 million round of investment financing. The latest round of investment funding comes from a group of private investors and brings the total amount raised by Alice.com to date to more than $10 million. The company intends to utilize the funding to continue to manage its’ growth and recruit additional manufacturers to sell directly via its unique industry platform.
Am I the only one completely confused and upset with Sprint’s poor customer service? My experience involves them selling products under false pretense, breach of contract and not honoring sales claims by Sprint’s sales and customer support representatives. Perhaps it’s time for us as consumer to rise and file another Class Action Law Suit. (In August Sprint had to to pay $15M to settle its most recent case.) Haven’t you had enough?
Interview: Vivek Kundra, Fed CIO on the commerialization of government data and the use of social networks to spur innovation
The government is committing to the power of cloud computing and collecting and sharing information from social networks and government databases to spark domestic and global innovation as well commercial opportunities to mine and offer new applications from this data, such as GPS. I recently attended the Gartner Symposium IT/xpo 2009 at which the Federal CIO, Vikek Kunda addressed the needs of all CIOs in the public and private sectors to get more support and engagement from their bosses and stakeholders. He discussed how public sector CIOs need to shift the focus away purely from data centers and networks to focusing on solving problems that people care about. Kundra said, “It’s a 10-year journey as we look at moving towards this direction, because there are number of barriers that need to be addressed, number one being security.” He also discussed as more business processes move to the digital world, there is going to be greater IT investments. He is concerned about is not necessarily the investments are being made, but where we are making them.
Technology leadership and increased IT project transparency, procurement and cloud computing, Interview with Fed CIO, Vivek Kundra: Part two
Technology leadership and increased IT project transparency and procurement processes are big concerns facing all CIOs not only in the public sector, but the private sector as well, especially in this time of flat to shrinking budgets, furloughs, and increased demands for transparency and accountability. Federal CIO, Vikek Kundra addresses the role of the CIO in the public sector and provided many examples of how government IT leaders can be more responsive and innovative by utilizing technology and improved procurement processes to be more proactive and provide better and more data available to their stakeholders and the public. This is part two of a multi-part interview on a wide scope of government IT projects to reduce costs, time of deployment, reduce IT failures and provide more transparency for their IT projects.
UW – Green Bay selected by NASA for space colonization and technology grant, Is Sheybogan the final frontier?
When it comes to space exploration the Green Bay, Wisconsin area is becoming a major a hub for space travel, research, education and technology development. Is Sheboygan the final frontier? NASA has selected the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay as one of 18 proposals from universities around the country to receive a Phase One Grant for Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity. In April 2006, Gov. Doyle signed into law a bill that creates the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority to further investigate a potential spaceport supported by the Great Lakes Science and Aerospace Education Center.
WTN Leadership Interview: Jorge Lopez, Gartner, “The current and future scenario for CEOs, CIOs and IT.”
Jorge Lopez, Vice President, distinguished analyst, CIO Research, Gartner and I recently discussed at Gartner’s IT Symposium/expo 2009, the impact of the evolving role of the CIO and IT in this fast changing economy in terms of a backdrop of mergers and acquisitions mergers and acquisitions, and an economy where we have huge job loss. How will we recover and what advise can he offer? Read full interview…
Innovation and technology leadership is a big question facing all CIOs not only in the public sector, but the private sector as well, especially in this time of flat to shrinking budgets, furloughs, and increased demands for transparency and accountability. This week I attended the Gartner Symposium IT/xpo 2009 at which the Federal CIO, Vikek Kunda addressed the role of the CIO in the public sector and provided many examples of how government IT leaders can be more responsive and innovative by utilizing technology and improved procurement processes to be more proactive and provide better and more data available to their stakeholders and the public. Read part 1 of this interview.