Media reports say Yahoo plans to cut staff
According to Tuesday’s Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, recent media reports suggest Yahoo Inc. plans to cut as many as hundreds of workers to curb rising budget costs and emphasize important core products. Various media reports quoted sources and analysts that said Yahoo expects to finish the year with roughly the same number of employees, though they did not outline exact timing or staff cut estimates. For instance, in a statement quoted by the Wall Street Journal, officials said that "Yahoo plans to invest in some areas, reduce emphasis in others, and eliminate some areas of the business that don't support the company's priorities." Meanwhile, the Business Journal reports that Yahoo is expected to provide details during its fourth-quarter earnings report on Jan. 29 (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 1/22/08).
HHS Awards Grant To Create Public-Private Health IT Group
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday awarded LMI Consulting and the Brookings Institution a total of $5 million to establish a public-private successor to the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a federal advisory panel on health IT, Healthcare IT News reports. According to officials, the LMI-Brookings team will receive $2 million, while HHS earmarked $3 million for start-up funding for the new successor organization. The LMI-Brookings team will use the funding to develop a two-stage process to engage key public and private health IT stakeholders. Officials expect the first phase to take four months and focus on stakeholder outreach, as well as the design and development of governing documents for the successor organization to be called AHIC 2.0. In the second phase, the groups will aim to officially establish AHIC 2.0 by December. HHS may allocate additional funding to sustain AHIC 2.0 once it is established, according to Healthcare IT News (Healthcare IT News, 1/22/08; Ferris, Government Health IT, 1/22/08).
Debate surrounds use of email in patient treatment
Physician use of email to contact patients about minor ailments and chronic conditions is growing in some parts of the country, but experts nationwide still question the efficacy of such “e-visits,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Joseph Scherger, a health care reformer from the University of California-San Diego, suggests that e-visits can be a useful alternative for treating simple ailments such as colds and stomach aches, or for managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. In Portland, Ore., for instance, Greenfield Health treats 40 percent of its patients via email, while a Kaiser Permanente pilot project designed to enhance online services helped reduce patient visits by 20 percent. Other health facilities also are tapping Web technology to help patients manage their own care with reminders about exams and prescription renewals, according to the Star Tribune. In Minnesota, however, many clinics across the past few years have been offering patients email communication and other Internet features but have not seen similar results. With interactive services including confidential e-visit messaging available at three major health clinics, only about 1,600 patients collectively used the service in the last year. The current U.S. health care reimbursement system, which may not cover e-visits, represents a major obstacle to widespread e-visit adoption, according to the chief medical officer at Park Nicollet in Minnesota. Other physicians note concerns with the lack of face-to-face contact, with one expert suggesting "e-mail doesn't convey voice inflections or body language" and can seem too impersonal. Still, as technology catches up with medicine, Scherger predicts that e-visits will be commonplace within five years (Lerner, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/17/08).
Nanochip developer earns $14 million to complete product development, testing
Fremont, Calif.-based Nanochip Inc., which develops advanced microelectro-mechanical systems silicon data storage chips, on Tuesday announced that it completed a $14 million round of financing, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports. According to the company, the funding will enable it to complete development of its first prototypes later this year, which will support design verification testing and limited customer sampling in 2009. Specifically, Nanochip said it is developing a new class of ultra-high-capacity storage chips that can store tens of gigabytes (GB) of data per chip, which it compares to the equivalent of several high-definition feature-length videos. Officials expect Nanochip's first product releases to exceed 100 GB per chip set, reaching terabytes in the future "at a substantially lower cost compared with flash memory solutions." The latest financiers included earlier funders Intel Capital, the funding arm of Santa Clara-based Intel Corp. and Chicago-based JK&B Capital (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 1/22/08).
Microsoft, Citrix partner for enhanced virtualization
Microsoft Corp. and Citrix Systems Inc. are partnering to provide desktop and server virtualization with Windows Server 2008, Government Computer News reports. In collaboration for more than 18 years, the companies together offer Windows-based applications using Citrix Presentation Server. Under the latest deal, they plan to co-market new client computing products with the next generation of Citrix Presentation Server and the Citrix XenDesktop, which will be based on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Optimized Desktop solutions and will be managed by Microsoft System Center, according to officials. Slated for release in 2008’s second quarter, the next version of Citrix Presentation Server will enhance Windows Server 2008, enabling users of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system to run Windows application workloads remotely. In addition, the companies plan to offer the capability for joint users to run a unified portfolio of virtual infrastructures that uses both the Hyper-V, which is available as part of Windows Server 2008, and the Xen hypervisor in Citrix XenServer under a common System Center management platform (Yasin, Government Computer News, 1/22/08).
Microsoft allocates $235 million for global education program
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it will commit $235.5 million across five years to one of its Partners in Learning education program, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The funding will support Microsoft software-related training and skills programs in areas with limited IT training and equipment, according to the New York Times. With the latest commitment, Microsoft aims to triple its reach by 2013. More than 90 million students around the world have accessed the program, which launched in 2003 and is part of a larger Microsoft program called Unlimited Potential that aims to reach 1 billion people by 2015. In total, Microsoft has now pledged nearly $500 million across a 10-year period to Unlimited Potential. Meanwhile, the Times point out that a study presented to the European Commission indicates it is better for students to learn general IT skills and not programs from a single vendor. The study’s lead author adds that Microsoft's educational donations look less generous when the company spends "it in order to create a market that's forced into buying its products" (Puget Sound Business Journal, 1/22/08; Kirk, IDG News Service/New York Times, 1/22/08).
Wal-Mart Pilots Dossia Electronic Health Record System
Wal-Mart recently announced it will provide roughly 20 employees with electronic health records (EHRs) as part of a pilot EHR network it plans to eventually roll out for more than a million employees and their dependents, InformationWeek reports. Part of a larger project announced more than a year ago by the employer coalition Dossia, the EHR pilot also includes Applied Materials; AT&T; British Petroleum; Cardinal Health; Intel; Pitney Bowes; and Sanofi-Aventis. In partnership with Children's Hospital Boston, Dossia is developing the e-health system based on Indivo, which is a scalable, secure and open-source personal health records system built in 1998 by the hospital for its patients. In addition to the small group of Wal-Mart employees testing the EHR system, "every founder" company of Dossia will pilot the network, according to Wal-Mart’s executive vice president of benefits and risk management. Participants expect the program to help companies, individuals and the nation reduce health care spending (McGee, InformationWeek, 1/22/08).
Startup garners funds to create world’s first electric car network in Israel
Morgan Lewis on Tuesday announced that a team of its Palo Alto-based attorneys sealed $200 million in financing for startup client that aims to establish the world’s first electric car network in Israel, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports. Also known as Project Better Place, Better PLC LLC is working with the Israeli government to install the network by 2011. The company’s founder, who is a former top executive from German software giant SAP AG, says the network’s electric cars are expected to run up to 100 miles per charge at a top speed of roughly 68 miles per hour, which is the speed limit in Israel. Funding came from Morgan Stanley, Israel Corp. and VantagePoint Venture Partners, which has an office in San Bruno, as well as individual investors including Edgar Bronfman Sr. and James Wolfensohn, a former head of the World Bank. According to the investors, Project Better Place will construct 500,000 recharging points in Israel and plans to use sustainable "green" sources to generate electricity needed for the cars, including solar and wind energy (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 1/22/08).
U.S. military plans simulated, computer-based disaster drills

The U.S. Joint Forces Command and Northern Command will host a series of computer-based disaster drills across four states as part of the Noble Resolve 2008 preparedness effort designed to boost military support during emergencies, Government Computer News reports. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Pacific Command, and the National Guard Bureau and its regional organizations, will participate in the exercise. Working together online, participants in Indiana, Oregon, Texas and Virginia will respond to simulated common scenarios emphasizing maritime domain awareness, weapons tracking, information sharing and population tracking. Organizers designed the drills to improve military emergency response support during and after natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other events. Military officials expect to hold several smaller Noble Resolve exercises throughout 2008 and a major drill in July (Lipowicz, Government Computer News, 1/18/08). 

New York journalists test Web tools to fight obesity in South Bronx

The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism recently received funding to support a new model of health journalism that taps school children as reporters about obesity and diabetes, the New York Daily News reports. With a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers will set up blogs, interactive Web sites called wikis and slide shows about obesity and diabetes prevalence in the South Bronx. Participating graduate students will help teams of children and other community members write blogs about their experiences with healthy eating and local health resources. In addition, researchers will collect and publish block-by-block data on the nutritional offerings and food prices at local bodegas to help residents shop for affordable, healthy foods. Researchers also may collect information on diabetes medication and equipment prices and availability at each local pharmacy. Commenting on the innovative strategy, the lead researcher notes that traditional “top-down” consumer health journalism is not ideal for encouraging overweight teens to eat and live healthier. She adds that her research team will likely publish results online by the end of 2008 (Block, New York Daily News, 1/22/08).

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