IBM Outlines New Model for Healthcare

Patient Centered Medical Home Can Change the Way Care is Delivered
IBM announced the findings of a major healthcare study that underscores the critical need for a new model of care called the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  The new study, “Patient Centered Medical Home: What, Why and How?,” (www.ibm.com/healthcare/medicalhome) identifies the PCMH as a viable foundation for the reform of today’s unsustainable healthcare system because it is committed to primary-care based, coordinated, proactive, preventive, acute, chronic, long-term and end-of-life care.
Rising health care costs continue to be a burden on families, businesses and the entire economy and are projected to increase even further. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, national healthcare expenditures – …

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Connecting PCs with Profibus and controllers with databases via Industrial Ethernet

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed two new communications processors for connecting PCs and S7-300 controllers to Profibus and Industrial Ethernet, respectively.
Simatic Net CP 5711 is an external adapter that links commercially available PCs to Profibus via their on-board USB 2.0 port. The Simatic Net CP 343-1 ERPC expansion module connects Simatic-S7-300 controllers with databases via Industrial-Ethernet.
The Simatic Net CP 5711 communications processor supports all MPI and Profibus communications services up to a rate of 12 Megabit/second, for example DP Master/DP Slave, S7/S5 and PG/OP. The module has a 24 Volt power supply connection in case the USB interface of the PC cannot supply sufficient power.
The Profibus and USB connectors can be locked mechanically …

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New Lexmark laser printers, MFPs deliver high-impact, affordable color performance

The most award-winning line of laser printers1 in the United States became even stronger today with the introduction of Lexmark International, Inc.’s (NYSE: LXK) new Lexmark C730 Series of color laser printers and Lexmark X730 Series of color laser multifunction products (MFPs). The new products enable large and midsize workgroups to efficiently and affordably enhance business-critical documents with color.
“We know customers are looking for affordable in-house color printing on a device that can reliably produce page after page,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. “Beyond printing, our new color laser MFPs offer the same powerful solutions capability as our award-winning monochrome laser MFPs, helping businesses digitize …

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