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disRUPT: FTNI helps clients streamline payments

November 19, 2010 by

(Left: Financial Transmission Network Inc. CEO Kurt Matis. Photo by Marlon Wright.) Merchants offer customers many ways to pay, including checks, credit cards and online transactions. This creates customer convenience, according to Kurt Matis, but it also leads to back-office complexity for merchants and higher costs for everyone. “If a business wants to scan checks, they usually need one piece of equipment,” Matis says. “If they want ACH…  read more

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disRUPT: Nanotech research is tiny, but important to IT development

November 18, 2010 by

(Left: Christian Binek of University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Photo by Marlon Wright.) Size does matter when it comes to electronics. Consumers seem to prefer ever-smaller devices, but making things too small could lead to major technological problems in roughly 10 years. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on both aspects of the size issue. The decreasing size of devices such as cell phones, mp3 players and computers…  read more

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disRUPT: NeHII works toward better healthcare database

November 17, 2010 by

(Left: Deb Bass of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII). Photo by Marlon Wright.) Despite repeated calls for a digital healthcare records system, paper usually runs the show. You fill out the insurance form multiple times. Your critical records might be at another location across town. If you experience a health crisis, emergency room doctors might lack access to anything about your history. Deb Bass wants to eliminate…  read more

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disRUPT: UNeMed helps get new breakthroughs to patients

November 16, 2010 by

(Left: UNeMed president Michael Dixon. Photo by Marlon Wright.) Billions of dollars go into medical research, and billions can eventually be made from the resulting products. Unfortunately, there is often a large gap between an idea and its profits. This is called the “valley of death” in the health care field, and it’s UneMed’s job to bring local ideas through that valley to the other side. UNeMed is a division of the University of Nebraska Medical Center…  read more

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disRUPT: Omaha doctor invents ergonomic medical instruments

November 15, 2010 by

If you underwent triple bypass heart surgery, you wouldn’t want your doctor’s hands to cramp, or lose his grip of an instrument. During an average surgery lasting two to four hours, surgeons not only suffer the consequences of standing in one place for an extended time, but also the occasional slippery scalpel handle. Guru Instruments was created to solve this problem through ergonomic medical devices. Company founder Dr. Sam Bhatia said the idea for ergonomic instruments was a no-brainer. Born in Omaha, Bhatia studied medicine at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in India.   read more

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Special Series: disRUPT II

November 15, 2010 by

Over these next few days, we'll be publishing five stories from the latest special section that ran in The Reader, an Omaha weekly alternative newspaper. This special section, titled disRUPT (left: cover, courtesy of The Reader, photo by Marlon Wright), is a partnership between The Reader, Scott Technology Center and us, Silicon Prairie News. Here's the introduction to the series, also published in The Reader's November 4-10, 2010 issue: Disruptive Technology: A term coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen to describe a new technology that unexpectedly displaces…  read more

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