Dell expands Ideastorm concept

Chris Brogan explains:
Their original Ideastorm project was about giving voice to a community to better improve Dell products and services. Ideastorm for Healthcare gives a specific community a place to come and talk about things from their perspective. Take note of this idea. They’ve given voice to a segment of their community that matters to them. It’s obviously the sign of things to come, and not a bad way to show that you’re listening. It’s also great for your product marketing teams as well as better customer service.
Apr 6, 2009 1:16 PM

A step closer to an AT&T strike

The company and the union representing some 100,000 workers can't find middle ground.
CWA has made it clear to AT&T that it is ready to bargain at any time to resolve the issues and negotiate quality contracts. Unfortunately, AT&T has shown little willingness to move forward and reach settlements. There has been little progress in the areas of health care, retirement security and employment security, among others.
Here's AT&T's statement about its Southeast operations.
Apr 6, 2009 12:11 AM

Reviewing Nissan's electric car

The folks at Greentech Media took the EV-02 for a spin and liked most of what they saw.
Still, the acceleration was somewhat consistent and I could have kept picking up speed if I hadn't had to brake to stop from running into a cement wall. Exciting, no, but it was more like a Honda Civic than a golf cart.
Apr 2, 2009 3:02 PM

Dell hits up bond market

The computer manufacturer has sold $500 million of debt due in 2014 and filed to raise an unspecified amount in the near future.
Apr 1, 2009 11:31 PM

Vandy researchers study effect of lithium on brain cells

From US News:
Lithium may help protect brain cells when people with brain cancer undergo radiation therapy, a new study suggests. Cranial radiation therapy can cause long-term neurological effects, particularly in children, according to researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. But they explain that lithium has brain-protective properties that might reduce these side effects.
Apr 1, 2009 5:26 PM

eDoc4u and Saint Thomas partner up

From a press release:
Thanks to a new partnership with eDoc4u, all eligible members and employees of Saint Thomas Health Services (STHS) will now have access to the tools and resources they need to manage and improve their health, with a focus on preventive care. Nashville-based eDoc4u private labels and integrates its health preventive care web services with providers, health plans and employers. Currently, the company supports hundreds of client sites, reaching millions of members... ...The multi-year agreement, effective Jan. 19, 2009, provides STHS employer group members and employees with access to eDoc4u's full suite of web-based services: health risk assessments, disease risk indices, preventive care plans, personal health records and online health coaching. eDoc4u's easy-to-use medical web service presents members with personalized scores for disease risk, specific prevention recommendations and culturally competent "trusted physician" video counseling.
Apr 1, 2009 10:19 AM

iPayment profits rise

The payment processor earned $14.3 million in 2008, more than double the numbers from the year before. Sales for the year rose 4.7 percent to $795 million but fell 1 percent in the fourth quarter, a trend the company says will continue this year. Also, the company shaved its long-term to $687 million.
Mar 31, 2009 10:25 PM

Millions in stimulus dollars for local energy projects

Middle Tennessee's cities and counties are getting more than $10 million in block grants from the Department of Energy to invest in efficiency and transportation programs.
“These investments will save taxpayer dollars and create jobs in communities around the country,” said Vice President Biden. “Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these resources to work – but we will hold them accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use.”
Mar 30, 2009 7:00 PM

Fifth Third sells half of payment processor

The sixth-largest bank in the Nashville MSA (Ticker: FITB) will get more than $1.2 billion from Boston buyout fund Advent International.
"The transaction significantly enhances the level and composition of our already very strong regulatory capital position. We believe our strengthened capital position, in combination with our strong credit reserves and earnings power, provide us with the resources and the ability to withstand a more difficult economic environment should that occur."
Mar 29, 2009 11:48 PM

Why EHRs aren't being widely adopted

And what the federal stimulus bill could do about it.
Mar 26, 2009 9:17 AM