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Larry Kavich does not regret spending an extra $4,000 to be a part of what could be the evolution of primary healthcare. “Hey, a Corvette is not for everyone,” says Kavich, a 65-year-old Omahan and owner of All Makes Office Equipment. “But I’ve yet to find myself uncomfortable with the extravagance of this purchase.” Kavich’s Corvette, in this instance, is Dr. Joel Bessmer, a...

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Size does matter when it comes to electronics. Consumers seem to prefer ever-smaller devices, but making things too small could lead to major technological problems in roughly 10 years. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on both aspects of the size issue. The decreasing size of devices such as cell phones, mp3 players and computers can be credited to transistors,...

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Baby Love

Having a baby? There’s an app for that. Smartphone applications are no longer limited to shooting aliens and finding recipes. Doctors at Alegent Health can monitor pregnant patients through phones. After the mother-to-be checks into the hospital data such as fetal heart rate is recorded by the hospital’s central system. The AirStrip OB smartphone app ties into that central system and...

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Digital Records

Despite repeated calls for a digital healthcare records system, paper usually runs the show. You fill out the insurance form multiple times. Your critical records might be at another location across town. If you experience a health crisis, emergency room doctors might lack access to anything about your history. Deb Bass wants to eliminate such situations. Bass spent 20 years in nursing...

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Healthy Economy

Billions of dollars go into medical research, and billions can eventually be made from the resulting products. Unfortunately, there is often a large gap between an idea and its profits. This is called the “valley of death” in the health care field, and it’s UneMed’s job to bring local ideas through that valley to the other side. UNeMed is a division of the University of Nebraska Medical...

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Scott Data Center expanding to meet growing needs

With the fast paced, ever changing and increased technology of today, do you ever wonder where all of that data and information is stored? You may be surprised to know that much of it lives in our backyard at Scott Data Center. Scott Data Center is one of the largest multi-tenant data center facilities within the Omaha area. Designed to support critical computing applications, the data center...

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Way to Pay

Merchants offer customers many ways to pay, including checks, credit cards and online transactions. This creates customer convenience, according to Kurt Matis, but it also leads to back-office complexity for merchants and higher costs for everyone. “If a business wants to scan checks, they usually need one piece of equipment,” Matis says. “If they want ACH (automated clearing house),...

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disRUPT Briefs: Fall Winter 2010

IT Futures Forum: Change Anything AIM Institute will host an IT Futures Forum Nov. 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites LaVista. The keynote speaker will be Joseph Grenny, author of Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. The institute says Grenny will discuss the central role of influence in the future of information technology, and why those who succeed will be those who have systematic...

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