I had a revelation today while trying to buy healthcare. I’m telling you, this idea is a huge opportunity for the right Startup to partner with one of the world’s biggest companies!
Here in Oregon, one needs to use the state’s Cover Oregon web site to sign up for Obamacare. The only problem is, the site does not work.
Having tried myself, I can tell you that it is currently is impossible to get Obamacare through the Cover Oregon web site. I applied a month ago and have heard nothing. Why? Their application is nothing but a PDF form that someone prints somewhere so they can key your data into Oracle!
According to this article in the Oregonian, who is to blame for this debacle? Oracle!
Now it all makes sense.
I tried to call Cover Oregon and see what the deal is. After two hours on hold, I never even got through.
I ended up purchasing insurance directly at moda.com. They know how to do business and have a web site that works.
So I’m asking myself, why do we need to apply in the first place? We are required by law to buy insurance.
And then it hit me.
The IRS needs to adopt Obamacare’s business model and hire Oracle to do the web site! You’ll have to apply to pay your taxes.
We will all be much richer in the end.
In this panel discussion from the Health 2.0 conference 2012, Dr. Abel Kho from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and John Hoesley from Silicon Valley Bank discuss Startup opportunities in digital healthcare.
We don’t get the chance to announce new players in the HPC space very often, especially from our hometown of Portland. Today newcomers nCore HPC announced the BrownDwarf Y-class supercomputer, a heterogeneous ARM- and DSP-based system designed for green high performance computing.
With its unique parallel computing architecture and a high performance, low latency interconnect, the BrownDwarf is “Y-Class supercomputer” with extremely low power consumption. In a 144 node configuration, BrownDwarf delivers 70 Teraflops of performance at 10kw inside a 42U high rack.
The BrownDwarf Y-Class system is an incredibly important milestone in HPC system development,” said Ian Lintault, managing director of nCore HPC. “Working in close collaboration with TI, IDT and our hardware partner Prodrive, we have successfully established a new class of energy efficient supercomputers designed to fulfill the demands of a wide range of scientific, technical and commercial applications.”
The BrownDwarf Y-Class node leverages multiple Keystone-II and Keystone-I SoC components from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). Each node integrates four ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors, 24 TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) cores and 26GB of ECC memory.
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In this video, the MediSafe Project is described as a system targeted to help you and your family take your medication on time and safely.
MediSafe Project’s co-founding brothers started the company when their diabetic father double-dosed on insulin and suffered an emergency. They understood if they were more involved in reviewing their father’s daily medication and insulin regimens, it could change his behavior for the better and help him get healthier. MediSafe Project reduces hospitalization and mortality, and increases medication compliance and health. It allows families, friends and caretakers to have peace of mind their loved ones are taking medications on time, even when they can’t be there.
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