IT

When will people realize that the network infrastructure of the United States is not a drum for socialism, but a much more critical instrument to strategically position and sustain this country in the world economy? asks columnist James Carlini. A national broadband policy should not...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Three executive technologists, including two from the University of Wisconsin System, are finalists to replace Anne Stunden as CIO of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CIO oversees the UW's Division of Information Technology and its 500 employees. ...