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Healthcare Reform Efforts and Methodologies in the US Mirrored by Our Losing Pace With Innovation Capacity

Posted Mar 05 2010 8:15am

This initiative from Intel is an effort to create and re-create innovation in the US once again.  With our new administration we are working hard to play catch up image after 8 years of an administration that was asleep at the wheel, mainly due to the fact that our former President was a “non participant” and thus that was the role model we had for years.  Right now we have an Executive branch working over time to catch up with not only badly needed infrastructure, but education and participation of US citizens.  I try to just suggest myself to individuals, take 10-15 minutes a day to learn something new with technology that will improve and give some improved quality of life.  It’s hard I find to draw those away from television and gaming as that’s where the focus seems to be.  

We have 34 members of Congress who are retiring and it’s becoming more evident that it is getting very difficult to figure out how to write laws for the country that involve technology when they themselves have little or no participation levels themselves personally, they can’t relate, and thus we have enabled big businesses in the US who have learned and invested in technology to use it to take from the ignorant.  When you listen to the videos there’s some pretty shocking numbers and discussions here, but it is what it is, so we need to be part of the solution or as the old saying goes, otherwise we are part of the problem. I can’t remember how many times I have read about Craig Barrett from Intel trying and repeatedly having to “give up” as the brick walls to enable learning could not be penetrated, many due to hanging on to old methodologies from the past that don’t work today.  His wife by the way almost died due to medical errors in the hospital when she was given drugs meant for the patient in the other bed. 

One other factor here is just flat laziness and the attitude of “its for those guys over there” meaning I’ll tell you what is good for you, but gee, don’t expect me to participate and learn any of this.  Here’s one innovative product that was shown at the HIMMS convention this week, pretty innovative and has use. 

Skip down and read the names of the companies in this initiative and you will see they are all technology related.  If you need more proof, look at Wall Street who rebuilt, and perhaps not 100% honestly, but used technology to rebuild and look how fast it went.  We can’t fight a battle with swords when the other side is running around with machines guns. 

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Hopefully soon, perhaps the light bulb will go on in the rest of our government as it has in the Executive Branch.  In California we have a very forward looking governor who embraces technology and on his own he uses Twitter and Tweetcasts to communicate.  He doesn’t have to, but he participates and this shows where he’s thinking.  He knows we badly need infrastructure updating in California and pushed for the budget to get it.  

Gov.Schwarzenegger Discussed the Importance of Infrastructure investment To Create Jobs Here and Nationally

the Governor also went out to attend new healthcare technology announcements in person, and did a tweet cast.  Shoot the Congressman in my district can’t even do a decent internet town hall meeting and does random phone calls with no prior notice, and we pretty much just hear about surfing.   Nothing personal, but just one more non participant in Congress that may have difficulty understanding how laws need to embrace and include technology to protect citizens and provide laws that make image sense. 

Again, look at how slow the stimulus efforts are being rolled out and the states don’t even have the infrastructure or technology to do the reporting back to the US Government.  We need leaders that read up and help us once again catch up in the global world. Intel technology even just about has cars ready that drive themselves, so before boohooing, keep that thought and perhaps think about participation and learning for everyone at every level.  BD 

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 23, 2010 – Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries and detailed a commitment to significantly increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.

Otellini announced these initiatives in a speech titled "Rebuilding the Foundations of American Growth," delivered at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

The Invest in America Alliance, led by Intel and supported by many leading venture capital firms and corporations, aims to further anchor the nation's competitiveness on the global stage. It serves as the private sector's complement to existing state and federal job creation programs through long-term investment in industries and talent poised to produce the next breakthroughs in technology innovation.

The Alliance is a two-pronged effort. The first includes a commitment from Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, and 24 leading venture capital firms to invest $3.5 billion in U.S.-based technology companies over the next 2 years. These investments, which include a new, $200 million Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund, will target key innovation and growth segments such as clean technology, information technology and biotechnology. Joining Intel in this effort is Advanced Technology Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Bridgescale Partners, Canaan Partners, DCM, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Flywheel Ventures, Good Energies, Institutional Venture Partners, Investcorp Technology Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, North Bridge Venture Partners, QuestMark Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds, Storm Ventures, Telesoft Partners, Updata Partners, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock and Walden International.

Second, the Invest in America Alliance also includes commitments from 17 technology and other corporate leaders to increase their hiring of college graduates, some by as much as two times, to create the products and provide the services of tomorrow.

Companies joining Intel in this pledge are Accenture, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk, Broadcom Corporation, CDW LLC., Cisco, Dell, eBay, Inc., EMC Corporation, GE, Google, Inc., HP, Liberty Mutual Group, Marvell Semiconductor Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and Yahoo!.

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