Entrepreneurs

Does anybody want to pay for Web-based services? Columnist Chris Shipley poses that question as she comments on the fate of Famster.com, which has moved to a subscription-only business model. In this edition of DEMO Letter, she hopes Famster becomes a model for user-paid Web...

There are many federal bills introduced to speed the adoption of electronic health records, and the latest sets aside money for such development in rural hospitals. The Health Information Technology Act of 2007, introduced by Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Olympia Snowe, would provide $4 billion...

They come from all corners of the state, armed with business plans that might just win any of them at least $50,000 in first place cash and services. They are the finalists in the fourth annual Governor's Business Plan Contest, and the winner will be...

In the case of Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T, the Supreme Court delivered patents another blow, according to guest columnist Shane Brunner, an attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich. By limiting the reach of patents, the nation's high court made it clear that United States patent...

If a crisis really does represent an opportunity, then exploding healthcare costs might be the opportunity of a lifetime, according to speakers at the recent Digital Healthcare Conference. With one notable exception, they extolled the potential cost-saving benefits of healthcare IT, while acknowledging the barriers...

While the jury is still out on the impact of Cardinal Health's acquisition of Viasys Healthcare and its Fitchburg-based NeuroCare Group, officials at Cardinal Health say they are excited about its growth potential. Cardinal Health has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Viasys Healthcare for...

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is making up to $850,000 in state grants available to businesses, trade associations, and colleges for the training of high-tech workers. Grants will be offered to train workers in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, stem cell research, and renewable energy. ...

The regulatory pathways for drugs (medicine) are quite different than those for devices (surgery), but convergent medical technologies will require a closer interplay between the two, according to Dr. Ogan Gurel, author of MedTech Futures. Despite technical and cultural challenges, and even though certain medical...

If you believe that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, be aware that this saying applies to software as well as history, according to columnist Kirk Knoernschild. In this edition of Aligning IT, he chronicles the software development mistakes...

The electronic exchange of medical data can be advantageous to quality care, but if mistakenly handled, it can also impact privacy, according to technologists who took part in the annual Digital Healthcare Conference. With the ability to transmit patient data at the speed of light,...