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New Member Update ... 20 March 2009


Since our last update, the MedTechIQ community has grown by 50 members, now exceeding over 500 international medical technology experts. This is great. We are glad that the community is growing, and hope you find the network useful. That said, it is not about the numbers alone. We are endeavoring to build on the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration". So, fill out your Member profiles, join the MedTechIQ specialty groups of your interest, and share your… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 20, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

How Do You Keep The Music Playing?

When civilizations are evaluated, there are numerous indicators that are used to demonstrate their relevance, their contributions to the world, and their donations to the future. As a young musician, one of my college professors predicted that our culture would begin to decline as a military, economic, and artistic world power. He pointed toward what he described as primary indicators of this decay, and he saw the decline of music in our schools as one of those indicators.

Overall,… Continue

Added by Nick Jacobs on March 19, 2009 at 10:53pm — No Comments

NIH Challenge Grants (RFA-OD-09-003) – New Funding Opportunity for Small Businesses (due date: April 27, 2009)


I have gone thru all the topic descriptions, and truly, there is something here for almost everybody. $1m over two years...

NIH has received new funds for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Pub. L. No. 111-5. The NIH has designated at least $200 million in FYs 2009 - 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research. Read More…..

This new… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 19, 2009 at 9:08pm — No Comments

MedTechIQ member, Neal Neuberger...Health IT Money Should be Spent Educating Providers


As reported in Government Health IT News ... MedTechIQ member, Neal Neuberger, executive director of the Institute for e-Health Policy, said a good portion of the $2 billion set aside for the Office of the National Coordinator should be spent on educating providers on the law's fine points, including timetables, incentives, and financial risks associated with health IT adoption.

Either that, or more funding should be made available – possibly through federal… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 18, 2009 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

Malpractice Reform Buzz

The buzz over the last few days has been about the prospects of malpractice litigation reform as a part of the Obama administration's ambitious plans for overhaul of the US healthcare system. Read the latest from Associated Press AP1 , AP2. Given how beholden the party in power is to trial… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 17, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Applications for $1.5 Billion in Recovery Act Funds Now Available


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that applications for a total of $1.5 billion in grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are now available. The grants will fund scientific research, construction and improvement of research facilities, and the purchase of scientific equipment.

The NIH will allocate the Recovery Act funds as follows:

* At least $200 million in Challenge Grants to support research on topics that… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

PC Mag's... 20 Best Job Search Web Sites


As reported PCMAG.COM ... These 20 Web sites take different approaches to find you the right job. Some sites, like Indeed, simply aggregate material from all other sites, while sites like TheLadders make you pay to take advantage of their high-paying job services. No matter how select or general you want your job search to be, one of these sites has you covered. Scroll through this list of favorites and find the career site that best fits your own needs. And good luck… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 13, 2009 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Sets Up Office to Manage Stimulus Funds


As reported in Health IT News ... The Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday the creation of the Office of Recovery Act Coordination to help ensure the timely, organized and transparent distribution of economic stimulus funds managed by HHS.

Among those funds is $19 billion for healthcare information technology. Of the total, $2 billion will go to the Office of the National Coordinator for healthcare IT (ONC) to be distributed for various… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 13, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

Wal-Mart Jumps Into Electronic Health Records Market


As reported in the New York Times ... Wal-Mart Stores is striding into the market for electronic health records, seeking to bring the technology into the mainstream for physicians in small offices, where most of America’s doctors practice medicine...

The company plans to team its Sam’s Club division with Dell for computers and eClinicalWorks, a fast-growing private company, for software. Wal-Mart says its package deal of hardware, software, installation,… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 11, 2009 at 8:46am — No Comments

Study: Social networks overtake e-mail


As reported in the Washington Business Journal...Propelled by the growth of Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp., social networks are now more popular than emailing on the internet, according to a Nielsen study. In fact, Facebook had a 168 percent increase in users, the study said, while Mountain View, Calif.-based LinkedIn had a 137 percent increase. The biggest growth spurt for Facebook has been in the category of users from 35 to 49 years of age.

Read on at:… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 10, 2009 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Billions in U.S. stimulus money seen for technology


As reported in Federal Computer Weekly...As much as $100 billion in economic stimulus law funding may flow to technology companies for energy efficiency, broadband, electronic health records and education technology, according to an analysis by TechAmerica.

About half of the $100 billion will be distributed through state governments and agencies, said Olga Grkavac, the organization's executive vice president for the public sector. “We expect about $50 billion… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 10, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Twitter, YouTube, Other Social Media Tools Becoming Popular in Medical World


As reported in iHealthBeat...Social networking tools -- such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter -- are moving into the medical world. In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, health care and social media experts discuss the trend.

The Special Report includes comments from:

* Lee Aese, manager of syndication and social media at the Mayo Clinic;

* Russ Cucina, associate medical director for information technology at University of… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 7, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

NIH Posts Call for $200M in Stimulus Grants


As reported in Genome Web News...The National Institutes of Health has put out a call for certain new grants it will fund with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it is outlining some areas it will support with the funds.

NIH has kicked off its stimulus package spending with a new Challenge Grants program, fuelled by at least $200 million in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, which is expected to fund 200 or more grants from applicants who get… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 5, 2009 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

Your Invited Medical Device Exclusive

HELP US CELEBRATE: The Official Launch of e-ZASSI – A DNA Powered Life Science Community

RSVP- Please Join our Network (Free) by Friday, March 31th 2009

WHO: e-Zassi – A global organization that specializes in medical device networking and innovation assessment

WHY: If you desire clients in the life-science community in a business network exclusively for the medical device professionals and key members

WHAT: e-Zassi is a medical device exclusive… Continue

Added by James Quinn on March 4, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

Intelligent Healthcare Information Integration 3/2/09


As recommended by MedTechIQ member, Ron Pion, MD, an excellent post from Dr. Gregg Alexander, a grunt-in-the-trenches pediatrician and geek.


U.S. Healthcare Overhaul? Sure … in 5 Easy Steps!

The unfettered free market system has done about as well for Healthcare as it did for its cousin, Finance. I personally believe in capitalism, but perhaps guided capitalism is necessary… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 4, 2009 at 6:56am — No Comments

HHS Policy Debate

AP reports on a considered change by the Dept of Health & Human Services (DHHS) in the "conscience" clause, which as implemented by the Bush administration, expanded protection for medical providers refusing to perform procedures on "moral grounds". There has been a heated debate between abortion opponents who favor these new rules, and advocates who fear a wholesale denial of services. The Obama… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 3, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Linux Under Assault (By Guess Whom)

It had been at least 24 hours without a new Microsoft law suit. Well, they're at it again in classic Microsoft fashion with minions of attorneys trying legal intimidation to suppress anything NIH (not invented here). This time, they're suing Tom-Tom. The case is interesting, because it calls a lie to company efforts to coexist with the Linux open-source community. Read commentary from open source experts in this… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 3, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Matchmaking 2.0

Although many social networks have abandoned disease-specific groupings to solicit clinical trial candidates, the concept (patient-to-trial matchmaking service) is being resurrected with some new twists. Read about it in this article from eCliniqua.

Added by Clymer/JR on March 2, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments


SCREED ALERT!!! (Not a typo, although 'SCREWED' may be equally appropriate)

Orwell called it 'newspeak' and 'doublethink', and I'm beginning to feel like "1984"'s Winston Smith. MedTechIQ recently revealed a freshly minted OMB instrument entitled A New Era of Responsibility-Renewing America’s Promise. Is… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 2, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

New Member Update...2 March 2009


Thanks to your efforts, the MedTechIQ community continues to grow and attract new members, along with their talents and collective experience. We are all, in the end, potential digital resources for each other.

Please remember ... one of the most useful ways to leverage the MedTechIQ network is to explore the "Search" boxes. They efficiently open up for you multi-media information resources and potential expert contacts. Both the universal search, in the upper… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 2, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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