A survey by a healthcare technology executive search firm revealed a consensus among healthcare executives that the CMIO role is becoming more important in healthcare IT generally, and especially important to the implementation of an EHR.read more
Five Wisconsin entrepreneurs and their companies were among nine winners Thursday of Ernst & Young LLP's Entrepreneur of the Year Upper Midwest Award. The winners, who were recognized at an event in Minneapolis, are: Paul Grangaard of Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp., Port...read more
After hackers last week breached the LinkedIn site, stealing more than 6 million user passwords, analysts are debating whether the attack will cause long-term damage to the social network. In the attack, users' passwords were posted publicly to a Russian hacker forum....read more
What is a Trademark? – A trademark is any word, slogan, logo or other device that helps consumers identify and distinguish the source of a product or service. Even smells, sounds, colors, product shapes and packaging designs can be trademarks – e.g. the color brown applied to vehicles used for delivery services (owned by UPS), the musical notes G, E and C played on chimes when used in connection with television broadcast services (owned by NBC Universal) and the well-known shape of the curved COCA-COLA bottle.read more
A lot. Consider the track records of some of the most acquisitive IT vendors over the past few years: Salesforce.com, Oracle, IBM, SAP, Dell, and HP. One of the best measures of an IT vendor’s state of mind and overall competency is its M&A activity. Is it among the last vendors into an emerging market with an acquisition, overpaying for a second-tier player?read more
Consumers screamed for it. Verizon answered. Later this month, the U.S. cellular carrier will offer shared data plans for entire families. Instead of each device on an account being allotted its own data limit, all devices in a family plan will draw from the same data...read more
The organization tasked with regulating the Web’s domain names — that’s everything to the right of the dot in a URL — released its list detailing who has applied for new Web suffixes Wednesday. Companies who applied for new addresses include Apple, Amazon, Google and...read more
When should an inventor consider seeking patent protection?
With marketing a product incorporating the invention of primary concern to most inventors, it is not uncommon for inventors to first consider patent protection during the final phases of the design process. However, an inventor should consider patent protection early in the design process to improve the likelihood that patent protection could be obtained on the inventor’s technology.
When it comes to big data, Asian organizations lag behind the U.S. and Europe in data warehouse, business intelligence and analytics investments, but don’t expect that to last says Phil Carter at IDC in Singapore. “As we have experienced with other disruptive technologies like mobile and cloud, Asian organizations are seeing this as an opportunity to leapfrog and accelerate beyond the traditional multi-national model.read more
Life Technologies Corporation will partner with Cellular Dynamics International, producer of human cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, to commercialize a set of three new products optimized to consistently develop and grow human iPS cells for both research and bioproduction.read more
IndiGO, an application developed by San Francisco-based Archimedes Inc., uses a patient's EHR and advanced algorithms to generate graphical analyses of that individual's health risks. The app brought its game face to last week's Health Data Initiative (HDI) in...read more
Roughly half of consumers predict that within the next three years mobile health will improve the convenience (46%), cost (52%), and quality (48%) of their healthcare, according to a survey of consumers, payers, and physicians in both developed and emerging markets...read more
My father once sat me down at the kitchen table with a half-filled glass of water. Looking at it he asked me that age-old question, “So Tom, is the glass half full or half empty?”
An engineer by training, dad had a way of springing these sorts of things on me without warning. But this time I was prepared. Thinking that this was a test of my basic outlook on life I responded with an affirmative, “Half-full, of course!”
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash. Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and diet.read more
After reading HDM’s recent story, “EHR Problems Affect Patient Relationships,” I could not agree more.
I make my living in the health information technology industry, and it works with a different sense of time and urgency than the clients that it serves. In the world of medicine, where a wrong test result or incorrect data can mean the difference between a treatment that restores health and one that destroys it, speed and accuracy are the twin supports from which good medicine hangs.read more
A Des Moines-based information technology company has been bought by Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Madison, Wis., company, for $45 million. Vital Support Systems has 140 employees and offers a number of IT infrastructure products for businesses. Adding a solutions provider transaction expands their portfolio of hosted and managed services.read more
Once upon a time, Sony was what Apple is today: The premier brand in consumer electronics, a wellspring of innovative products that customers gladly paid a premium for. Not anymore. Sony shares have lost more than three-fourths of their value since 2007 as its losses...read more
Before the ballots were fully counted in Tuesday’s recall election, Gov. Scott Walker was talking about bipartisanship. The same hopes were voiced by his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and key members of the Legislature.
After more than a year’s worth of fractious politics, it remains to be seen if the state can pull together around common challenges and opportunities. It won’t be easy, but neither is it impossible – especially if the agenda is focused and inclusive.read more
Higher education in the US has reached a breakpoint, where underlying and conflicting trends force an abrupt and often unexpected change in how a market works. The conflicting trends for education are that families’ and governments’ ability to pay for rising college costs has fallen at a time when individuals, states and our nation need higher education more than ever.read more
This blog series is aimed at removing some of the mystery of intellectual property, and also acting as a primer informing entrepreneurs on branding and trademarks. The next several blogs are designed to help entrepreneurs develop a better understanding of the basics of IP including discussions on the United States patent system, trademarks, copyright law, trade dress and trade secrets.read more