Category Archives: Innovation

Mapping the knowledge universe : “Researchers need tools for searching and for navigating the scholarly landscape”

Interest in bibliometric research using eigenfactors….  an article requiring some time to digest…

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Healthy Information Technologies

This post is merely a bookmark to me to read this later…

For most doctors, who work in small practices, an investment in electronic health records looks simply like a cost for which they will not be reimbursed. That is why policy experts say any government financial incentives to use electronic records — matching grants or other subsidies — should be focused on practices with 10 or fewer doctors, which still account for three-fourths of all doctors in this country. Only about 17 percent of the nation’s physicians are using computerized patient records, according to a government-sponsored survey published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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E-Health Records and GA

Seems Georgia is in line for federal healthcare dollars. $1.4 million will go to the Georgia Association of Primary Health Care to help regional health centers convert to systems facilitating electronic medical records (EMR). If you want to learn more about EMR, TAG has a meeting on Aug 30 to discuss the topic.

Georgia has struggled to embrace this topic. A group was formed to create an exchange association (RHIO) but ran into resistance from the state Department of Community Health which announced its own steering group to manage the effort.  Georgia’s struggle is ironic given that Georgia son Newt Gingrich has created a national center to champion EMR.  He even wrote a book on the topic (imagine that).  The opportunity for cost savings and improved quality of healthcare is so much more significant than tort reform, safe harbor from damage suits, and health savings accounts — why are we so slow to adopt?

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Another 19th Century Model that needs to be reformed

Is the Intellectual Property system (patents, copyrights, etc). The world has moved from an era of individual inventors (see Thomas Hughes: American Genesis) to one which creates by cooperation across cultures, across national boundaries and across coporate boundaries. Robert Scoble interviews IBM’s IP attorney — and he emphasizes this point.

If we don’t adjust how we innovate and how we license those innovations, our economy will follow that of England’s post-industrial slide from world domination to a former economic power.

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19th century business model, 21st century needs

PEW Foundation has a new study on state investment strategies regarding innovation.

Investing billions of dollars in everything from nanotechnology to health care and agricultural science R&D funds are being used by states as diverse as New York, Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia and Arizona. California alone has committed $3 billion to a 10-year investment in stem-cell research.

One of the findings is that we have seen a rise in average investments from a few million to more than a hundred million a year in such projects (Biotech, stem cell, telecom, etc). Another interesting factoroid, 52 of 57 major telecom initiatives were located outside the United States.  Georgia’s own Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technologies has been demoted to a policy center.  No significant state monies have been invested in telecommunications since 2001, although a few million are in play to incentivize communities to build wireless networks.

States can do more than just invest, they can also make sure to use research produced by state dollars within state projects. Example:

A Georgia company, Lifespan Technologies, developed at Georgia Tech in 1993 commercializing technology designed to monitor bridges. That company has succeeded in marketing its product in many places, but only recently, and after some political intervention, were they able to get a pilot project here in Georgia. Some 14 years after their start!

Another firm, ReachMd Consult, grew out of technology developed at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Despite piloting in 5 Georgia rural hospitals, there has been no action by the state to roll this technology out. However, New York is actively promoting this system as a means of managing potential brain damage from stroke.

These are just two examples. I am sure there are more. State procurement laws make it easier for more established companies to do business with the state. State budget cycles add 1-2 years to the time an idea achieves status as “doable” and funding is arranged via the legislative process.  In a state where attention is focused on insuring that the state taxpayer gets the proper return on their investment, we should make it easier for intellectual property developed here to start and flourish here.

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XML-RPC and Data – lots of it

Ok, this is where I get a little geeky.  But, imagine if you will, subscribing to data providers for only data you need to feed into whatever type of analysis you fancy.  As new data appears, your model is appropriately updated.  No searching, no translation — just data as it happens.

See this discussion via John Robb.

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Evolution: A 21st Century Fundamental

Gary Hamel, director at the Woodside Institute, pens a column in the WSJ about Google and its growth rate.  In his conclusion, he writes:

Google seems to have grasped the new century's most important business lesson: The capacity to evolve is the most important advantage of all.

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Restructuring the Economy

WSJ column by Andy Kessler, The Design Economy, posits that perhaps the stock market knows how the economy works better than we do as it zips past the behavior models we expect it to conform to.

Perhaps here's how the world works these days. No need to borrow billions and build big ethylene plants anymore. You invent something here (chip, movie, iPod, medicine, financial instrument), email the design overseas for manufacture in $1-an-hour factories (OK, not financial stuff), and then ship it back for consumption. Sure, this runs up trade deficits, and our precious dollars leave the country, but that's only half the story. Those dollars come back and invest in the U.S. Most go into long bonds, 10-years and 30-years. That's why Alan Greenspan left with a puzzled look on his face. Foreign buying is keeping long rates low; the yield curve is flat.

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Don’t touch that dial!

Literally, according to this USA Today article TV makers are going to let broadcasters seize control of YOUR television and not allow you to skip commercials by switching channels.

Yes, according to Royal Philips Electronics. A patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says researchers of the Netherland-based consumer electronics company have created a technology that could let broadcasters freeze a channel during a commercial, so viewers wouldn't be able to avoid it.

I suggest we all stop buying Phillips products so that they understand that we don't need producers in Hollywood or New York forcing content into our homes that we may not want.

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Perverting the Knowledge Economy: Patents

A Wall Street Journal column on what's wrong with patents makes this cogent observation:

The Constitution grants Congress the power to protect the rights of patent and copyright holders, but only "for limited times" and to "promote the progress of science and useful arts." It does not, by contrast, grant Congress the power to confer the right to real or personal property "to promote the cultivation of land" or "the accumulation of wealth."

If we don't return to that basis of intellectual property, we'll be nothing but a manufacturing station for Asian companies in very short time.

(If you ask nicely, I will email a copy of the article to you.  Otherwise, you need to purchase access)

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