Health reform news: Accountable care organizations offer promise for cost-savings, greater efficiency

first_imgAccountable care organizations (ACOs), legal partnerships between doctors and hospitals that provide financial incentives to providers for more efficient and better care, will be part of Medicare by 2012 and are attracting wider interest among commercial payers and state legislatures. According to a Jan. 27 article in the New York Times, ACOs receive a lump sum payment to cover care for a specific population of patients and are able to keep any savings resulting from meeting performance goals. Patients are assigned to a particular ACO, but are not restricted to receiving care from providers in a particular network, unlike managed care in the past. Experts believe ACOs are a promising model for improving costs and efficiency, and that their more proactive approach to care could lead to improved health outcomes, but they shouldn’t assume patients will go along with changes, HSPH’s Meredith Rosenthal told The New York Times.“Patients don’t really want to hear that you’re going to save money for the providers,” Rosenthal said. “They want to know that if they get care here, there will be some value for them.” One way to get around suspicion and build loyalty could be to charge patients lower co-payments if they stay within their group of providers, she said.last_img read more

Meet Groq — and Its Amazing Tensor Processing Unit

first_imgA young California company has launched a simplified processing architecture with software-orchestrated control to bring predictable performance to compute-intensive workloads.One of the great things about working for a world-class company like Dell EMC is the chance to get a close-up view of startup companies that are bringing exciting new technologies to the market. This is the case with a company called Groq, a Silicon Valley startup that offers a groundbreaking streaming Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) architecture for compute-intensive and inferencing workloads.Known as a “secretive semiconductor startup,” Groq is focused on helping organizations overcome some of the fundamental problems associated with compute-intensive applications, including machine learning and artificial intelligence. To gain the maximum value from data that grows larger every sub-millisecond, Groq believes we need a smarter approach to the underlying compute processing architecture.As Groq points out in a white paper on its innovative tensor streaming architecture, machine learning computations like inferencing put unprecedented demands on processors, as well as the software developers who need to make it all work. To perform more operations per second, chips have become larger and more complex, with multiple cores, multiple threads, on-chip networks and complicated control circuitry, Groq notes. To squeeze higher levels of performance out of silicon, chip designers have integrated more and more components and building blocks on the chips, driving up the complexity.To get outside of the box and gain the benefits of AI, Groq believes organizations need a simpler and more scalable processing architecture that can sustainably accelerate the performance of compute-intensive workloads. And that all boils down to a less complex chip design. To that end, Groq is introducing a new processing architecture designed for the unique performance requirements of machine learning applications and other compute-intensive workloads.Inspired by a software-first mindset, Groq’s overall product architecture provides an innovative and unique approach to accelerated computation. With the company’s integrated circuit architecture, which is optimized to run TensorFlow, the compiler choreographs the operation of the hardware. All execution planning happens in software, freeing up valuable silicon space for additional processing capabilities.Groq’s breakthrough chip design reduces the complexity of hardware-focused development, so developers can concentrate on the algorithms that turn massive amounts of data into business value — instead of spending their time adapting their solutions to the complexities of the hardware. The simpler hardware also saves developer resources by eliminating the need for profiling, while making it easier to deploy AI solutions at scale.The bottom line? Groq says that the tight control provided by its simplified chip architecture leads to the deployment of better and faster machine learning models using industry-standard frameworks, along with fast and predictable performance for data-intensive workloads.This is all exciting stuff. And its great to know that Dell EMC is working with this visionary startup that promises to advance the frontiers of artificial intelligence.To learn moreFor a deeper dive, see the Groq white paper “Tensor Streaming Architecture Delivers Unmatched Performance for Compute-Intensive Workloads.”Check out “A look inside the Groq Approach to AI Inference.”And to learn more about Groq and its work to deliver the compute for the next generation of high performance machine learning, find Groq at SC19 and visit read more

HHS buys anthrax vaccine for civilian stockpile

first_imgMay 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon receive the first of 5 million doses of anthrax vaccine for civilian biodefense under a $122.7 million contract that was awarded today.Following up on plans announced last November, HHS is buying the supply of Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA) from Bioport Corp. of Lansing, Mich., HHS announced in a news release. The Department of Defense (DoD) uses the same vaccine in a program that has generated controversy and lawsuits because of concern about side effects.”BioPort is already manufacturing the vaccine, and we expect to start taking delivery within the next couple of weeks,” Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Washington, told CIDRAP News. He said the company has 18 months to deliver all 5 million doses.The vaccine will be stored in the Strategic National Stockpile for use in the event of an anthrax attack, HHS said. “The BioPort vaccine will add another important medical countermeasure for anthrax to the Strategic National Stockpile,” said Stewart Simonson, HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness, in the news release.The BioPort contract is the third one awarded under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, which authorized spending of up to $5.6 billion on medical defenses against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats.HHS first revealed plans to buy 5 million doses of anthrax vaccine from BioPort last November. At about the same time, the department announced the award of an $877 million contract for 75 million doses of a new, as-yet-unlicensed anthrax vaccine from VaxGen Inc. of Brisbane, Calif.To provide full protection, AVA requires six doses over 18 months, followed by annual boosters, which is the regimen used in the military. Authorities hope that the VaxGen vaccine will provide protection with three doses and have less frequent side effects. Wolfson said HHS expects to receive the first doses from VaxGen in November 2006.The VaxGen vaccine uses a recombinant form of just one anthrax component, protective antigen, whereas AVA is derived from whole anthrax microbes and therefore contains protective antigen and a mix of other components, HHS officials have said.Under the BioPort contract, the cost of AVA is about $24.50 per dose, more than double the per-dose cost of about $11.70 under the HHS contract with VaxGen.”I’m not sure what accounts for the difference in cost,” said Wolfson. He said the VaxGen vaccine involves “a whole separate process with a separate set of negotiations.”Wolfson said he didn’t know what DoD is paying BioPort for its supply of the vaccine, and information was not immediately available from DoD officials this afternoon.Officials announced earlier this week that DoD’s anthrax vaccination program would resume on a voluntary basis after being suspended by a federal court order since last October. A judge in Washington, DC, ruled in October that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not followed proper procedures in approving the vaccine for inhalational anthrax.DoD obtained an emergency authorization from the FDA to resume the vaccination program because of the perceived risk of anthrax attacks on US troops. But the authorization required that the shots be optional, instead of mandatory as in the past.See also:May 6 HHS news release read more

Outright wins for Transport, Police in GCA Noble House Seafoods two-day cricket

first_imgTRANSPORT Sports Club (TSC) and Police Sports Club (PSC) registered outright wins last weekend when action continued in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Noble House Seafoods Two-Day Cricket Competition. At Eve Leary ground, the Lawmen were able to build from the in-form Andrew Lyght Jr, who slammed a magnificent 123 on the opening day to help team to 323-9 from 61.5 overs against the visiting Everest Cricket Club (ECC).The Police bowlers then delivered, to hand their side an innings and 117-run victory.Off-spinners Rocky Hutson and Pernell London took 14 of the 20 Everest wickets that fell.Sixteen-year-old Nabeel Ali, on debut, contributed towards TSC’s victoryAfter pegging back Everest at 61-5 off 27 overs after day one, Hutson would continue to tempt the visiting cricketers with his flighted deliveries to end with figures of 6-24 from 14.1 overs. London supported with 3-37 from 11 overs as Everest were restricted to 100 all out in 38.1 overs. When Police enforced the follow-on, the spinning duo were at it again. Hutson captured 3-10 from 6.3 overs, while London finished with 2-22 from four overs.Captain of the side Keston Harcourt, who opened the bowling, finished with 3-12, while fellow opening bowler Paul Tyndall nabbed 2-28 from nine overs to restrict Everest to 106 in 34 overs.  Denesh Mangal and Aaron Beharry were the only resistance. They finished with 34 and 31 runs respectively.At the Queen’s College ground, TSC were able to bowl out Bel Air Rubis II for 84 after they lost the toss. By the end of day one, they were ahead at 111-6 off 21 overs.Devaughn Nandan had scored 69 after belting a whopping nine sixes and two fours in quick time.On Sunday morning TSC were able to reach 219 (135 lead) before they were bowled out.Kevin Ross and debutant Nabeel Ali hit 38 and 36 runs respectively towards the end.Sixteen-year-old Ali, who batted at number 11, finished not out. Bel Air’s opening bowler Dillon led the attack with 4-32 from 10 overs. In their second innings Bel Air were restricted for 106 all out in 34.3 overs, which resulted in TSC winning by an innings and 29 runs.Pacer Mark Baptiste led the attack with 3-30 from 11 overs, while there were two wickets each for Rafael Singh, Kevin Ross and another debutant Ajay Gainda.  Meanwhile GDF also gained first-innings points over home team MYO. Batting first, GDF made 297 all out in 53.4 overs after Deamon Whitney finished with 84 not out (13×4, 1×6). Support came from Damian Waldron who scored 73 (10×4, 4×6) and Randy Lindore with 49 (10×4).Niran Bissu led the attack with 5-84 from 13 overs, while Kemraj Ramdeen and Rudolph Singh took two wickets each.Waldron then spun his way to 5-29 from 13 overs, which skittled out MYO for 130 all out in 36 overs.  Travis Marcellino and Jamal Chisholm supported with two wickets each while Bissu (25) and Avinash Rajkumar (24) finished with the most runs for the home team.After GDF enforced the follow-on, MYO were able to reach 136-6 in 34 overs, before both captains agreed to call off the encounter with one over remaining in the day’s play.Ramdeen led from the front with an unbeaten 61 (1×4).  Waldron was again in the mix. He and Marcellino finished with three wickets each. THIS WEEKEND’S FIXTURESGCA cricket continues this weekend with several New Building Society (NBS) Second Division 40-over matches.Diplomats will travel to Malteenoes Sports Club ground to take on the host team, while GYO and MYO will battle at the MYO ground.Third Class will meet GCC at Bourda, ECC will host Sophia and GNIC will challenge Ace Warriors at the QC ground. Also hosting will be Police, when they take on TSC and DCC when they meet Bel Air Rubis II.On Sunday, the competition continues with three matches. Police will play DCC at Eve Leary ground in a key clash while TSC will host Sophia. MYO and Diplomats will battle it out at the QC ground.last_img read more

Nikhat Zareen helps NE Rhinos rally to beat Brawlers

first_img 10 months ago Exclusive: Nikhat Zareen replies to Mary Kom’s “Who is She” remark NE Rhinos’ Nikhat Zareen beat Pinki Rani of Bengaluru Brawlers in the women’s 51kg to help her team notch up a win on the second day of the Big Bout Indian Boxing League here on Tuesday. Pinki Rani gained the upper-hand in the first round, impressing the judges. That brought Nikhat Zareen under pressure and she responded well to rally to a 3-2 verdict in the most eagerly awaited bout of the day.READ: India wins 10 medals in athletics in 2019 South Asian GamesNE Rhinos rally from 1-3 to 4-3She inspired NE Rhinos to rally from 1-3 down to 4-3 win against the Brawlers. Daksh and Laldin Mawia posted victories in the men’s 75kg and men’s 52kg bouts over Nitin Kumar and Ashish Insah to help NE Rhinos pull the rug from under Bengaluru Brawlers’ feet. Daksh was overwhelmingly dominant while Laldin Mawia claimed a split decision win. NE Rhinos picked up their first point through Mandeep Jangra who marked his return to the boxing ring with a hard-fought split decision win over Dinesh Dagar in the men’s 57kg bout. Mandeep, who has been away from the limelight for a while now, showed no signs of nerves as he let Dinesh tire himself with an aggressive approach. He waited for the right opening to land scoring punches and win the approval of four of the five judges.READ: Arizona Cardinals player Josh Shaw bet against his OWN team and lost, suspended by NFLHow the NE Rhinos overcame all odds?Reyal Puri, Simranjeet Kaur and Gaurav Bidhuri’s victories for the Brawlers left the NE Rhinos facing a tall order. Reyal Puri gave Uzbek boxer Ergashev Timor a bloodied nose in the second round of the opening bout to force the referee to stop the 91kg class contest. The 2018 World Championship bronze medalist Simranjit Kaur dished out a few lessons to 19-year-old Jony in women’s 60kg clash while the seasoned Gaurav Bidhuri secured a split decision over the energetic and competitive Mohammed Etash in the men’s 57kg bout. But needing to win one of the remaining three bouts, Bengaluru Brawlers were unable to find a winning finish. Predictably, the North-East Rhinos blocked the youth women’s 57kg bout that would have pit Arshi Khanam against Neha Kasnyal. The system of blocking a bout has been introduced in the Big Bout as a strategic element to increase the concept of team sport in what is essentially an individual sport. No team can block the same boxer more than twice in the Big Bout. READ: Bala Devi scores a brace; India thrash Maldives 5-0 at South Asian GamesREAD: MLB trade rumours: Texas Rangers could sign New York Yankees player Miguel Andujar Written By 9 months ago Tokyo Olympics 2020: Nikhat Zareen wants to fight Mary Kom in trial WE RECOMMEND COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img 10 months ago Kiren Rijiju: ‘More excited to see old, specially-abled, kids at ADHM’ Press Trust Of India First Published: 3rd December, 2019 22:30 IST Last Updated: 3rd December, 2019 22:30 IST Nikhat Zareen Helps NE Rhinos Rally To Beat Brawlers NE Rhinos’ Nikhat Zareen beat Pinki Rani of Bengaluru Brawlers in the women’s 51kg to help her team notch up a win in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League LIVE TV 10 months ago Sushil Kumar slams Mary Kom, says no one is above rules and trials 9 months ago Mary Kom to play for Punjab Royalslast_img read more