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March 2009 Blog Posts (34)

Congressional Testimony...Raynard Kington, Acting Director, NIH on "Stimulus" Funding Programs


Excerpts from 26 March 2009 Congressional testimony from Acting Director of the NIH. In the testimony Dr Kingston explains precisely how the $10 billion NIH "Stimulus" (ARRA-American Recovery & Reinvestment Act) biomedical research program will be funded & managed...

"My testimony will be different from testimony that NIH presented in past years, because we facing unique times ... We are moving expeditiously to identify the best science and support it… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 31, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 31, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Cloud Manifesto

In an earlier blog, I posted an analysis of the "open standards" effort in cloud computing, and the opposition coming from Microsoft. Yesterday, 30Mar09, IBM, Sun Microsystems & other collaborators released specifics on a proposed interoperability architecture which they dub the… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 31, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Innovation Economics - Kelly Lewis

Innovation Economics

Kelly Lewis, JD/MBA

President & CEO, TECHQuest Pennsylvania

Don't you cringe when you read or hear the political word, "reform?" Simply put, "reform" carries a tinge of protectionism, wrapped with an elitist stigma of fiercely defending an old status quo. Many reformists fervently wave their magic wand at a bad person or poor legislation, playing Clockwork Orange to erase and will-away all things bad. Ah, the world… Continue

Added by Kelly Lewis on March 30, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

National Science Foundation (NSF) Stimulus Spending Taking Shape


As reported in Genome Web News ... The National Science Foundation is preparing the details of how it will parse out much of the $3 billion it received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will include funding for standard grants, cutting-edge research, some previously declined proposals, and research infrastructure.

These will be awarded swiftly in order to maintain the jobs preservation and creation mandate of the ARRA package. All of the… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 29, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

New Video Resources @ MedTechIQ!


In our continuing quest to deliver you the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration", please see below the new video titles now available at the MedTechIQ "VideoLibrary",… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

VideoWebCast...Congressional Testimony...DOD Health Information IT - AHLTA is “Intolerable,” Where Do We Go From Here?


In a remarkable Congressional hearing last week entitled, AHLTA is “Intolerable,” Where Do We Go From Here?, Department of Defense (DOD) senior medical officials spoke frankly of the challenges and opportunities they face in securing the full power of health information technology (See:Tuesday, March 24, 2009 – 10:00 am –2118 Rayburn –… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Change You Can Believe In?

Shakespeare's Hamlet utters..."the lady doth protest too much, me thinks". In a remarkable statement, Microsoft (arguably the archetype software predator) is complaining that "Cloud Computing" standards need to be more open. Though on its face, some may see this as the very height of hypocrisy, others now believe that reality has forced a change in azimuth for this behemoth. Could Microsoft's apparent embrace of open standards and interoperability be genuine. Read this interesting… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NIH Announces New Grant Category... "GO" Grants ... $1m minimum


The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established a new program entitled Research and Research Infrastructure “Grand Opportunities” hereafter called the ”GO” grants program.

This new program will support projects that address large, specific biomedical and biobehavioral research endeavors that will benefit from significant 2-year funds without the expectation of continued… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 23, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Harvard CTSA Grants

The Harvard Clinical & Translational Science Center announced that it has completed its first round of Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grants funding. Harvard's Center is part of the national CTSA initiative managed by NIH. You can read more about the 62 grant recipients… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on March 23, 2009 at 1:07pm — No Comments

NIH Announces Opportunity for Active Grants to Request Additional Supplemental Funds


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the opportunity for investigators and United States institutions/organizations with active NIH Research Grants to request administrative supplements for the purpose accelerating the tempo of scientific research on active grants. Support for these supplements will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act” or “ARRA”), Public Law 111-5. Consistent with the intent of the Recovery Act, the… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on March 21, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

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