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New Trend in Emergency Room Care

10 Apr

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York is pioneering emergency room treatment strategies for geriatric patients. It has joined other medical centers in creating a geriatric E.R. to improve the quality of care and outcomes. According to the New York Times, patients over 65 account for almost 20% of emergency room visits and that number will grow as the population gets older. Read more here.

The Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years

15 Mar

19-windfarms-top30The Internet is the biggest innovation of the last three decades according to a survey conducted by Wharton and PBS. Healthcare and technological advances dominate. Laptops, mobile phones, e-mail, wind turbines, DNA testing and robotic surgery made the list.

Here’s a look at the top 30 winners, in order of importance:

  1. Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html)
  2. PC/laptop computers
  3. Mobile phones
  4. E-mail
  5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping
  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  7. Microprocessors
  8. Fiber optics
  9. Office software (spreadsheets, word processors)
  10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)
  11. Continue reading

Where the PR Jobs Are: Digital and Healthcare Pros In Demand

1 Mar

Maryanne Rainone, SVP and MD at Heyman Associates tells PRWeek magazine that CEO counselors, digital media specialists, public affairs pros and healthcare communicators are among the roles that have increasing security in the current PR job market. Here’s a quick look at each:

CEO Counselor:  C-suite reputation management gurus will be increasingly needed given the state of the current economy.

Digital Media Specialist: PR pros who know how to best leverage digital tools to engage online audiences will continue to be sought after.

Public Affairs Pros: Federal public affairs jobs supporting Obama’s comms strategy are still being filled.

Healthcare Communications:  Demand in the converging areas of regulatory, product PR and digtal healthcare comms is holding steady.

Sources: Maryanne Rainone, PRWeek

The Melding Media Landscape: Digital vs. Traditional Media Usage Trends

1 Mar

The lines between digital and traditional media channels are increasing blurring and audiences are more fragmented than ever before, according to the third annual Media Myths & Realities survey of 1,500 consumers from the US, UK and Brazil.

Overall media usage highlights:

  • National newspapers are key info sources in the UK and Brazil.
  • Blogs are gaining traction in the US and Brazil.
  • Cable network news is growing in importance.
  • Shopping sites are information destinations.
  • Magazines are winners in Brazil.

Continue reading

The Top 25 Most Valuable Blogs

24 Feb

24/7 Wall Street just released it 25 Most Valuable Blogs list. Gawker, Huffington Post, GigaOm and Politico were among the leaders. This year’s list excludes blogs which are part of larger companies, those which are used as fronts for other businesses,  and blogs  that do not have revenue.  To assess financial value,  24/7 looked at unique visitors, pageviews, estimated CPMs, audience growth, revenue and operating income, among other criteria.

Here’s the list:

  1. Gawker Properties — $170 million.
  2. Huffington Post — $90 million.
  3. The Drudge Report — $48 million.
  4. Perez Hilton — $32 million.
  5. Sugar, Inc — $27 million.
  6. TechCrunch — $25 million.
  7. MacRumors — $21 million.
  8. SeekingAlpha — $11 million.
  9. GigaOm — $9.5 million.
  10. Politico — $8.7 million.
  11. SmashingMagazine — $7.7 million.
  12. SearchEngineLand — $4.5 million.
  13. Boing Boing — $3.6 million.
  14. ReadWriteWeb — $3.4 million.
  15. SB Nation — $2.7 million.
  16. Destructoid — $2.5 million.
  17. Mashable — $2.5 million.
  18. Alley Insider sites — $2.25 million.
  19. /film (slashfilm) — $2.1 million.
  20. The Superficial Network — $2 million
  21. Neatorama — $1.5 million.
  22. Daily Kos — $2 million.
  23. Talking Points Memo — $1.2 million.
  24. VentureBeat — $1 million.
  25. Wowowow.com — $1 million.

The complete story provides a lengthy description of the methodology used to evaluate the sites as well as more details about each of the top blogs.  Personal congrats to Om!

Hat Tips:

24/7 Wall Street

The Business Insider

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Top Tech Predictions for 2009: Wall Street Speaks

6 Jan

J.P. Morgan and Barclays Capital both released top tech predictions lists for 2009. Here’s a look:

Imran Khan’s 2009 Tech Predictions (J.P. Morgan)

  1. Potential search deal likely between Yahoo! and Microsoft
  2. Net Neutrality should become an important mainstream issue
  3. Challenges in monetizing video advertising should persist
  4. Mobile usage should continue its strong growth momentum, but mobile
    advertising will likely be challenging this year
  5. Possible bankruptcies in brick-and-mortar retail should create opportunities
    for eCommerce companies
  6. M&A consolidation activities could potentially resume during 2H’09 (IPO market is dead until 2010)

Doug Anmuth’s 2009 Tech Predictions (Barclays Capital)

  1. Yahoo and eBay will make major strategic decisions
  2. Performance-based advertising will be more important than ever
  3. Increased Competition For Search Distribution Via Toolbars, OEM Deals, and Partnerships
  4. Proliferation of Smart Phones Will Drive The Mobile Internet
  5. Small Strategic Acquisitions Will Re-Emerge
  6. Ad Networks To Consolidate

Hat Tip: Erik Schoenfeld, TechCrunch

Top 10 Web, Social Media and Tech Predictions for 2009

30 Dec

ReadWriteWeb today released  its annual list of  social media, web and tech predictions for the year ahead. Here are my top 10:

1. iTunes adds social networking features.

2. Health web apps start getting attention from mainstream people and media.

3. Apps that do filtering, inferring and recommendation have a great year.

4. Twitter announces they have a plan to make money. They do.

5. New iPhone is released with video recording capabilities.

6. Facebook Connect becomes new de facto way to login to web sites.

7. 2009 will be like 2002 for raising money or exiting.

8. Streaming web video to the living room will go mainstream.

9. If Apple finally enables its push server, mobile social networks and geolocation enabled apps will become a major topic next year.

10. Amazon will further strengthen its position in the cloud computing market, by launching more of its Web Services and gaining more clients for existing ones.

Hottest Gadgets for 2009

29 Dec

The latest word from consumer electronics shopping and analytics site Retrevo is that we’re in for another year of the gadget. Here’s a look at the top trends to expect in the year ahead:

  • LCD panels outpacing Plasma TVs
  • Strong demand for HDTV
  • OLED and 3D TVs
  • Multi-functional and cheaper Blue-ray players
  • Point and shoot cameras become commoditized
  • Cameras, GPS, cell phone, camcorders converge
  • More affordable Internet photo frames
  • Netbooks and laptop market continues to grow
  • Entering the Year of the Media Center — Sony, Microsoft, Apple