Steve Jobs rumor patrol

Is the Apple founder moving to Memphis?
Apr 16, 2009 11:49 AM

Dell slips a spot

For the first time in eight years, Dell is not the largest shipper of PCs in the United States.
Dell was severely challenged by tough competition in the retail space. This, combined with the weak U.S. professional market, dropped Dell into the No. 2 position in the overall U.S. market. Acer's strong growth was fueled by low priced mobile PCs, its solid presence in the retail space, as well as in channels.
Apr 16, 2009 10:44 AM

One way the stimulus can create rural jobs

And possibly hurt a segment of the commercial real estate sector... Locally based call center company Sitel says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's push to bring broadband services to rural communities will allow it to run more of its business out of its employees' homes.
Apr 15, 2009 1:53 PM

How green is your insurer?

A new locally based Web site – brought to you by the same folks who have developed – features a framework of factors that will tell you.
Publisher Michael O'Dell says, "The U.S. is behind much of the developed world in choosing eco-friendly auto insurance. So this site is a way for the nation's green consumers to start speaking with their wallets when looking to insure a car."
Apr 14, 2009 3:05 PM

PureSafety training Habitat volunteers

The local safety education provider will train the nonprofit's homebuilders for free for three years.
Over the past few years, PureSafety has provided its online Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour training to many of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity Supervisors on Site (SOS) at no cost. In November 2006, PureSafety provided online training for all volunteers for Whirlpool Building Blocks, a week-long blitz build of 10 homes on one block. PureSafety’s support of the Whirlpool Building Blocks program has continued since the inaugural build in Nashville.
Apr 14, 2009 2:48 PM

Cell Journalist teams up with weather tech firm

From Media Wire:
Baron Services, a leading weather technology company and Cell Journalist, a leading provider of user generated content (UGC) solutions to television stations and other media outlets, have signed an exclusive arrangement to integrate the two robust technology platforms making possible an unprecedented level of coverage for news, weather and sporting events. The Cell Journalist platform enables any individual with a cell phone, iPhone, or Blackberry to upload images and videos of newsworthy events as they happen, and it allows newsrooms and weather centers to expedite the content to air and online use. As a result of the alliance, Baron's Omni and FasTrac weather systems, which merge radar and forecast display, live weather graphics and sensor data into one seamless presentation without rendering will add the dimension of actual photos and video from storm fronts.
Apr 14, 2009 8:53 AM

Gore signs on to embryonic stem cell alternative

USA Today reports:
Former vice president Al Gore is entering the stem cell arena with an announcement today of a $20 million biotech venture in the hot area of "induced pluripotent" stem cells. Induced cells are attracting interest from researchers and biotech firms as an alternative to embryonic stem cells. Induced cells are made by inserting four genes into ordinary skin cells, and they offer a new path for "regenerative" medical treatments. "I just think it's a very important breakthrough that is filled with promise and hope," says Gore, a partner with the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, which is backing the research. "I think this is one of those good news stories that comes along every once in a while."
Apr 14, 2009 7:31 AM

Yeah, what they said!

Locally-based cost management outfit MedSolutions backs up the Journal of the American Medical Association, which recently featured an item from a Johns Hopkins research team which called for an increased focus on reducing diagnostic errors.
Often unrecognized or unreported, diagnostic errors receive little attention despite the fact that they cause up to 80,000 hospital deaths a year and result in twice as many tort claims as medication errors. In addition, roughly 5 percent of autopsies reveal diagnostic errors for which correct diagnosis and treatment could have averted death. No statistics exist for misdiagnosis-related deaths in outpatients.
And then, seizing the opportunity, the company pitches you their product...
In addition to improving diagnostic accuracy, Premerus is proven to reduce costs associated with misdiagnosis, such as unnecessary therapies, unwarranted tests and additional treatment required to reverse the effects of wrong therapies. An independently validated study conducted by the actuarial firm Thomson Reuters shows that healthcare payors utilizing Premerus can expect near-term savings of $4.45 per member, per month when utilized in a commercial insured population.
Apr 8, 2009 3:47 PM

Getting gas prices right

That's what the more than 100 Daily's locations in this region hope to do with the help of software from New Jersey-based KSS.
Apr 7, 2009 11:29 AM

IMI Health gets HEDIS-certified

IMI Health announced that it has earned National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare. From a press release:
HEDIS software calculates standard measures to support annual audit and reporting requirements for health plans, and IMI Health’s NCQA-Certified software helps health plans measure quality and lower audit requirements. HEDIS specifications are updated annually and software vendors must make changes to comply with the measures and gain certification each year. All U.S. health plans seeking NCQA Accreditation must comply annually with the calculation of standard measures and completion of an audit. Health plans that select a certified software vendor are exempt from source code review. Health, plans even without the mandate for review and audit, can benefit by proactively using HEDIS measures to demonstrate their effectiveness.
Apr 7, 2009 9:33 AM