News & Commentary
Content tagged with Healthcare posted in September 2009
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Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
E-Health Records Could Flag Domestic Abuse
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Predictive computer models that tap into electronic health records highlight subtle patterns of domestic violence that are easy to miss.
National Broadband Could Cost $350 Billion
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
An FCC task force said costs are far higher than available funding, but the plan would produce major economic and social benefits.
BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
iPhone Ad Market Share Surges To 40 Percent
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
According to mobile advertising company AdMob, the iPhone's world-wide smartphone market share has reached 40% in just over two years. Meanwhile, competitors Nokia and RIM lost ground.
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
HP Hires Sun's Senior VP Of North American Sales
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
HP Considers Merging Printer, PC Units
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The company is planning to combine the once-joined units to minimize slippage in its printer business.
Mathias On Mobility: Wi-Fi Continues Its Advance
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The recent finalization of the IEEE 802.11n standard spotlights the fact that wireless has moved up to the esteemed position of primary access for, well, almost everyone today.
MotionX Offers $3 GPS App For iPhone
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The iPhone this week got a new entry in the fast-moving category of GPS software: MotionX-GPS Drive is by far the least expensive of the half-dozen alternatives, with a "holy cow!" low price of $2.99, with an annual subscription of $25. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than any of the alternatives.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Hybrid Service Overcomes Satellite Phone Complaints
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
AT&T and TerreStar will partner to offer a hybrid cellular-satellite service on standard-sized handsets.
BlackBerry Round-Up: TiVo And Mac Support Arrive
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Today two interesting bits of information concerning BlackBerries became public. First up, TiVo has launched a new, free DVR-scheduling app for BlackBerries, and second, RIM has said BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macs will be available Friday, October 2.
IBM In Canadian E-Health Deal
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will create a database to store millions of digitized patient records.
The Perils Of Relying On The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
I rely more on the cloud as each day passes. GMail is my preferred email interface. Evernote houses most of my notes and web clippings. MyPhone keeps critical data backed up on my Windows Mobile phone. The cloud is awesome when it works, but when it is down, you may be temporarily cut off from your data. In the case of some Palm Pre users, when the cloud went down, it wiped their Pre's memory causing data loss.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
Americans Optimistic On Healthcare IT's Potential
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Survey respondents like what they see of healthcare technology but fear there's a lack of trained practitioners.
The Verizon Hub Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Hi, my name is Eric, and I bought the Verizon Hub. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses and thought it would be really cool to have an Internet tablet in my kitchen. Turns out, I was wrong.
Oracle Fined $10,000 For Anti-IBM Ads
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The Transaction Processing Council levied a rare, $10,000 fine against Oracle for comparing an existing TPC result with one it plans to report in the future.
Quick FAQ: Making Sense Out Of Moblin
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Are you wondering what Moblin is and why you're hearing so much about it lately? Step right up, and we'll try to answer your questions.
FileMaker Beefs Up Bento
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
Dell Releases Latitude Z With Wireless Charging
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ultra-thin laptop can wirelessly access power, USB ports, audio jacks, and a DVI video link.
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
Motorola Cliq Will Cost $200
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
T-Mobile and Motorola said Tuesday the Android-powered smartphone would be available Nov. 2 for about $200 with a new two-year contract. I played with the Cliq when it was introduced earlier this month and liked it, but I think the companies may have shot themselves in the foot with the pricing.
'Giant iPhone' May Be Next From Apple
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Newton exec's return to Cupertino intensifies tablet computer speculation.
Do Phones Really Need A Mobile High-Def Connector Port?
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Some of the world's largest phone companies -- including the likes of Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson -- have banded together and formed the Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group. The group's plan is to create a new, standardized port for mobile phones that can feed high-definition video and audio signals to HDTVs. Is this really necessary?
New York Health System Launches $400M EMR Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
AT&T Launching Location-Centric Garmin Nuvifone
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Garmin's smartphone includes the turn-by-turn navigation features found in its high-end GPS navigation devices.
Wireless Technologies Help With Alzheimer's Care
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
As the Alzheimer's spreads, healthcare companies are developing wireless technologies to help caregivers look after their charges. The technologies monitor people with Alzheimer's to make sure they're not in trouble, with a particular focus on making sure that patients don't wander off.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
Diagnosing IT Problems In Healthcare
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ability to quickly trouble-shoot network and other IT infrastructure problems escalates as a top priority as healthcare providers replace paper patient records with electronic ones. It's bad enough when billing systems are down, but a hitch with a server running clinical systems could translate to delays in care if doctors can't access patients' medical records.
CNN's iPhone App Lets Everyone Be A Reporter
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Today CNN took its commitment to mobile news a bit further by releasing a dedicated application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. For the news junkie, consider this new app to be your constantly available source for a fix. There's increased opportunities for the budding iReporter, too.
Dvorak Users Dislike Qwerty Keyboard Dominance In Phones
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Fans of the Dvorak keyboard layout sing praises of how much faster you can type than you can with a traditional Qwerty keyboard, so named because of the order of the first six letters on the upper row. With a PC, it is pretty simple - you just need to plug in a Dvorak keyboard and you are ready to go. With a phone though, you really don't have that option, at least with a physical keyboard.
Talend Acquires Master Data Management Firm
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The data integration supplier will convert Amalto's assets into open source code for master data management.
FCC Seeks Comment On Spectrum Needs
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
As more consumers use devices like the iPhone for mobile Internet services, the FCC is asking if there is enough licensed spectrum to handle it in the future.
webOS 1.2 Officially Being Pushed To Palm Pre Starting Today
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
News of webOS 1.2's impending arrival has been floating about the Interwebs for weeks now. Today, it's official. Palm announced that webOS 1.2 is available for the Palm Pre. There are improvements a-plenty. Check to see the changelog after the jump.
Free Visual Voicemail For BlackBerries Available Via HulloMail
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
HulloMail first launched in the U.S. in July on the Android platform. Now, Hullomail is going after hardcore enterprise customers with a BlackBerry-compatible version of its free visual voicemail service. With Android and BlackBerry conquered, its next target is the iPhone.
Getting A Grip On Health And Wellness Via The Web
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Oracle customers hear a lot from you about your competitors, but rarely do they hear how you feel about them and what your vision and strategy for them is. You're missing a huge opportunity.
iPhone Set For China Surge
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The launch of the touch-screen smartphone dovetails nicely with China Unicom's rollout of 3G services.
AT&T 'Pleased' With MMS Roll-Out. Customers? Not So Much
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Several weeks ago AT&T posted a video explaining that it wanted to be able to offer its iPhone customers the best possible experience once MMS (multi-media messaging service) was activated for the iPhone. According to the user complaints plastered all over AT&T's Facebook page, MMS was barely functional over its first weekend of availability. Is non-working service part of "the best possible experience"?
Nokia Buys Travel Social Network Dopplr
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The phone maker is trying to boost its mobile Internet services to better compete against the iPhone, BlackBerry, and others.
Social Network GovLoop Sold To GovDelivery
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The popular government social network's founder expects that the acquisition will give GovLoop more backing and a chance to grow its impact.
Feds Refresh Stimulus Tracking Site
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Recovery.gov now includes better mapping and navigation and more data, but roadblocks to a smooth launch remain.
Xerox In $6.4 Billion ACS Buy
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Xerox will pay cash and stock to acquire IT and business process outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services.
Apple: 2 Billion Apps Served And Counting
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Another milestone for Apple and its iPhone Apps Store: Two billion applications have been downloaded from the Apps store by iPhone and iPod Touch users. Oh, and Apple was sure to make us aware that there are now 85,000 applications available.
Palm Pre Free In The UK With Contract
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Palm Pre will hit the European market on October 16 and when it arrives in England, it will be free with a two year contract. This compares to $249.99 in the US, or $149.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. What gives? Why is the entry fee in the UK lower than in the US, or perhaps more importantly, why doesn't the Pre command a bit more respect in the UK?
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