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June 2009 Blog Posts (25)

Complex, Chronic Illnesses That Last a Lifetime and Are Expensive to Treat

I appreciate the comments to my earlier post on the state of America's health care delivery system. We have incredible medical advances, of the type often referred to on MedTecIQ, but if they cannot be dellivered to the right people at the right time, then they are not being fully utilized to best advantage. One pressing need is to recognize the marked shift in disease prevalence from acute illness to chronic illnesses that has occured over the years; it is a real… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on June 29, 2009 at 2:14pm — No Comments

"Cloud Computing" ... Fad or Biggest Revolution Since the Internet?

Colleagues,



Excellent overview and collection of linked articles from MIT Tech Review on "Cloud Computing", its implications and challenges ...



... A recent survey of corporate software buyers showed the use of public cloud computing increasing by more than 60 percent in the last quarter of 2008 over the previous two quarters, and International Data Corporation has predicted that business IT spending on cloud services will rise from $16 billion last year to $42 billion by… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 29, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New Search Engines for Your Web Pleasure

Colleagues,



In an effort to enrich your Web discovery experience, MedTech-IQ has added two new search engines to our homepage. They are; 1) Microsoft's new Bing search/decision support system & 2) SearchMe, a new & exciting (for me, at least) way to see your search results on the web. Plug in your name, organization or topic of interest and see what comes up.



Give them a try, and let us know what you think. We want to know.



You can find the Bing and… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 28, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Manage Your Patent Resources Part 1: The Patent Prosecution Highway is Open

The Patent Prosecution Highway (“PPH”) is under development by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), along with several foreign patent offices, to combine resources and expedite allowance for willing and knowledgeable patent applicants. The PPH may be an ideal and cost-effective route to expedite allowance of qualifying applications, instead of utilizing the more-costly accelerated examination process.



The PPH is open between the US and Korea – traveling both ways… Continue

Added by Sandra Thompson, PhD on June 28, 2009 at 7:51pm — No Comments

New Member Update ... Who Are You? ... What Do You Do? ... Let Us Know! (June 2009)

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In the continuing quest to accelerate our collective abilities to translate medical technology from laboratory to market, we are continuing to develop the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration" for the "MedTech-IQ" community, which continues to grow steadily.



Please find below our new Members. As is our custom, we stratify them by their self identified choice of "Triple Helix" sector ... Academia, Industry or… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 28, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Final Dispatch from Silicon Valley ... Ed Penhoet, Founder, Chiron/Matthew Bishop, The Economist - Larta 15th Annual Life Science Forum

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The Larta Life Science Venture Forum ended with a spirited conversation and Q&A session between the attendees, Ed Penhoet and Matthew Bishop about trends in life science investing, the healthcare crisis, and the prospects and limits of "venture philanthropy".



Ed Penhoet is member of the board of trustees of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and was Foundation President from 2004 - 2007. Prior to the Foundation, Ed served as dean of the School of Public… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 26, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Dispatches from Silicon Valley ... "Novel Product Development Strategies" ... Panel Discussion: Larta 15th Annual Life Science Forum

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To control and de-risk high product development costs, companies across the life science sector are experimenting with new & novel approaches. Large life science companies are experimenting with "virtual" autonomous innovation units, and are banding together in "Triple Helix" (academic, industry, government) consortiums. Small companies are turning increasingly to virtual/lean models to speed product development, while improving the efficient use of limited capital by… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 26, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Dispatches from Silicon Valley ... "Stimulus" Panel Discussion: Larta 15th Annual Life Science Forum

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The Larta Life Science Venture Forum Town Hall on "Stimulus" spending was moderated by David Gollaher, President & CEO, California Healthcare Institute, and included panelists Danielle Peters, Fabiani & Company, Jeff Himawan, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, and yours truly, Conrad Clyburn "CC", Founding Partner, The Clymer… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 26, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Dispatches from Silicon Valley ... Opening Keynote: Larta 15th Annual Life Science Forum

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MedTech-IQ member Rohit Shukla's 15th Annual Life Science Forum opened at the scenic Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California with a standing room only keynote presentation by Richard N. Foster, Managing Partner, Millbrook Management Group LLC. Mr. Foster a former Director and Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, founded and lead… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 26, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Search engine rankings for Medicos

The Right Tool

Image by Emily Barney via Flickr

Recently read the Latest edition of Journal of Health informatics in developing countries. Specifically, Search engines : a study of nine search engines in four categories…
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Added by Dr.Neelesh Bhandari on June 20, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Milken Ranking of Top High Tech Metro Clusters in North America

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As reported by the Milken Institute ... Almost ten-years ago, the Milken Institute first released America’s High-Tech Economy which cataloged technology’s central role in propelling economic growth in high-wage jobs and value-added economic activity.



In this new study, they rank metro areas in the U.S., Canada and Mexico according to their performance as “tech poles.” The entire study and a complete explanation of their methodology can be found in the full… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 18, 2009 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

IBM Taps Social Network to Link Business Partners

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As noted in SmartBrief on Social Media & IT Jungle ... IBM is rolling out a social-networking site aimed at accelerating tech collaborations and facilitating sales among its members. PartnerWorld Communities will link the chip maker's 100,000 business partners based on shared technological expertise, geographic area and market reach.



Rich Hume, the general manager for IBM Global Business Partners, sees the new network as a giant leap for partner… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 17, 2009 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Stanford University Medical School Captures $6.9m in NIH "Stimulus" Supplemental & Not Previously Awarded Grants

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As reported in the San Francisco Business Journal ... Stanford University’s School of Medicine announced that it has been awarded $6.9 million in 18 projects related to federal economic stimulus funding.



Eleven of the newly funded projects had been peer-reviewed and approved but hadn’t received money yet. Another six involved supplemental grants to existing projects. In 1 case, the NIH awarded $500,000 to a researcher to buy two photon microscopes that will be… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 17, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Toshiba Ranks #1 in Annual KLAS Top 20 Medical Equipment Companies

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As reported in Healthcare IT News ... Toshiba leads a small group of top-performing medical equipment companies ranked by research firm KLAS in its annual report.



Top-ranked companies in seven key market categories - including computed tomography (CT), digital mammography, smart pumps and ultrasound - have earned the 2009 Best in KLAS distinction, signifying their leadership in meeting customer expectations.



While Toshiba snagged top ranking overall,… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 16, 2009 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Joe Kvedar & Center for Connected Health ... Launch New Company - "Connected Health"!

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As reported in Healthcare IT News ... The Center for Connected Health, led by MedTech-IQ Member Dr. Joseph Kvedar, MD, a part of Partners Healthcare system in Boston, is launching a new company to allow self-insured employers to help employees manage their own health.



The mission of the new business is to give patients the tools to be their own doctor ... In this case, the tool is a wireless blood pressure cuff that allows employees with high blood pressure to… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fast Weight Loss Tips

Fast Weight Loss Tips



When it comes to successful weight loss you want to follow a route that is stress free and painless, which is why being able to find a weight loss supplement that can offer you long term weight loss results is so important.



Especially when the other common alternative is surgery.



Look on the web and you will commonly find 4 types of weight loss… Continue

Added by Kaylee John on June 14, 2009 at 1:22pm — No Comments

America Has a Sick Care Not a Health Care System

We Americans like to pride ourselves as having the best healthcare system the world but unfortunately that is not the case. We have a medical care system, not a healthcare system. We give lip service to prevention and spend only about 3% of our $2 trillion in medical expenditures on public health. By many measures we do not rate favorably compared to many of the other industrialized societies. As citizens we have behaviors that are driving more and more illness, illnesses that at chronic,… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on June 14, 2009 at 8:04am — 3 Comments

U.S. NIST seeks proposals for $35 million in grants for measurement science

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The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to award up to $35 million in grants and cooperative agreements for measurement science and engineering research. Twenty to 60 awards lasting from one to three years and ranging from $500,000 to $1.5 million will be funded by the grants, which are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, i.e., "Stimulus" funding.



NIST is looking for proposals that advance the state of… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 10, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Annual Life Science Salary Review...GenomeWeb

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Curious about your salary, and how it stands in relation to colleagues in your field and region? Do you know what percentage of your colleagues have grant funding and are applying for "Stimulus" funding?



In the continuing effort to bring you the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration", please see the following highlights from the 7th Annual Genome Technology Life Science Salary Survey of compensation, benefits, funding sources and expectations for the… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on June 7, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Need Database Developer

We are looking for in individual interested in developing for and with databases. Tasks include creation and maintenance of table structures, implementation of data access components in C++, implementation of object-relational layer for our software. You should also have experience with translating business requirements into data and object structures. Experience with optimizing database access from C++ and data replication is highly desirable. You will need to take over some tasks that an… Continue

Added by Paul Cashman on June 5, 2009 at 11:45am — No Comments

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