News Update October 4, 2005

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News for Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005

* NIH Grant Funds National Biomedical Computation Center

* Wayne State U. to Develop Wireless Heart Monitoring Tech

* UNH Interoperability Lab to Certify Digital Consumer Products

* U. Miami, Telefonica Offers Disaster Recovery Service

* Georgia Tech Super Cluster Addresses Transportation Gridlock

* Deals: U. Arkansas Med Practice to Automate Insurance Admin

* Deals: U. Hong Kong to Provide Students Visualization Tech


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NIH Grant Funds National Biomedical Computation Center

The National Institutes of Health awarded a team led
by the Stanford University School of Medicine a grant
of $18.8 million to develop a National Center for
Biomedical Ontology. The goal of the center is to
design a new generation of computer systems that
will enable researchers to share, compare and analyze
data gathered from large biomedical experiments.

The center will be led by Mark Musen, MD, PhD, professor
of medical informatics, whose Stanford research group
created Protege, widely used ontology-development software.
"It felt like a call from Ed McMahon," said Musen, who was
at a conference in Madrid in July when an NIH official
initially contacted him about his application.

The center will explore ontologies, ways of structuring
knowledge so that computers can use it more effectively.
While scientists have developed computational tools to
analyze clinical data for years, many of the databases
were not compatible, making it difficult to reach
scientific conclusions. Now recent advances in the use
of ontologies could make it possible to integrate the
data from divergent studies.

The grant application included the informatics group
at the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, as well as
the Mayo Clinic, which is working to advance standards
for the representation of clinical terminologies. Also
involved are researchers from the University of Victoria
in British Columbia and State University of New York-Buffalo.
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Wayne State U. to Develop Wireless Heart Monitoring Tech

Wayne State University was awarded a grant to develop a
wireless device that would help treat victims of congestive
heart failure (CHF).

The $1 million grant from the Michigan Technology
Tri-Corridor fund, was awarded to WSU and Ypsilanti,
Mich.-based Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., which
develops “micro-machining” technologies for medical
devices and wireless, implantable sensing systems.

WSU and ISSI said they would together provide the
additional $1 million that will be required to fully
fund the project. The projects aims to develop
ways to treat CHF by tailoring medications via wireless
heart monitoring and measurement systems. CHF accounts
for 5 percent to 10 percent of all hospitalizations in
the U.S. and the project is expected to “save hundreds
of thousands of lives,” according to the grant team.

UNH Interoperability Lab to Certify Digital Consumer Products

The non-profit University of New Hampshire Interoperability
Laboratory is administering a certification and logo program
for consumer products which successfully interoperate
according to standards set by the lab and its affiliates.
Makers of products certified to meet the lab’s Home Networked
Device Interoperability Guidelines would be given a certificate
and logo from the Digital Living Network Alliance to use for
promoting and marketing their products.

The lab offers interoperability and conformance-based
testing through 19 technology-based groups or consortiums.
Test solutions created at the lab offer methods to increase
system interoperability via protocol operations, signaling,
point-to-point and multi-system scenarios. The lab has hosted
two Hosted Interoperability Test events or “plug-fests”
since March 2004. The events let DLNA test and debug
devices before official certification testing and helps
create compliance test tools and procedures. More than
150 devices--consisting of digital media servers and
players -- have participated in the test events to date.

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U. Miami, Telefonica Offers Disaster Recovery Services

The University of Miami and the U.S subsidiary of the
Hispanic telecommunications giant Telefonica said they
would partner to market systems and data disaster
recovery services. U. Miami’s Information Technology
Executive Institute (UM/ITEx), a training institute for
CIOs and other C-Level executives, and Telefonica want
to deliver “business continuity services,” including
auditing, data storage and replication, and workgroup
recovery solutions to businesses and institutions at
risk for disaster events.

Lewis Temares, chief information officer of the Miami's
information technology department and dean of the College
of Engineering, said, “loss of operational capability may
be caused by fire, power failure, sabotage, civil disorders,
accidents or even carelessness,” adding that the partnership
would provide “end-to-end continuity solution in concert with
their organization's goals beginning with preparation for,
and ending with, rapid recovery from business down-time."

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Georgia Tech Super Cluster Addresses Transportation Gridlock

The College of Computing at Georgia Tech has deployed a
supercomputing cluster which researchers plan to use to model
and troubleshoot traffic problems in major metropolitans areas
using federal and state transportation data. The cluster,
which will be operated from the college’s computational
science and engineering division, was developed from
networking components including Cisco Inc.’s Servier
Fabric Switch InfiniBand technology and server
virtualization services.

Deals: U. Arkansas Med Practice to Automate Insurance Admin

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical
Center, a 700-member faculty group healthcare practice, will
put in place software to help it administer managed care
insurance contracts such as Medicare. UAMS said it would
incorporate audit and claims recovery software developed
from Preferred Medical Marketing Corp.. The platform will
automatically review the physician group’s medical claims
for accuracy. Medicare monitoring will be modeled first,
followed by other high-volume managed care contracts.

Dennis Morrow, the assistant director of contracts and
billing systems, UAMS Faculty Group Practice, said the
software will help recover “revenue that is being underpaid,
respond more quickly to variances that the system identifies,
and provide up-to-date analysis of contract profitability
and payer performance.” The software will also “provide a
sense of security to the physicians in our group that we
are actively pursuing proper reimbursement and … seeking to
improve our internal processes."

Deals: U. Hong Kong to Provide Students With Visualization Tech

The University of Hong Kong will provide students access to
an advanced visual data analysis tool that will allow them
to feed multiple data streams into a supercomputer to visualize
data analysis via the Web. UHK licensed a technology called
PV-WAVE from Visual Numerics Inc., which will help students
and professors develop their own complex data visualization
applications. The technology allows users to rapidly import,
manipulate, analyze and visualize data of any size and
complexity via UHK’s supercomputing resources.

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