Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—e-MDs, a provider of electronic health records (EHRs), is appointed Robyn Leone as director of public policy and government initiatives.
Prior to joining the e-MDs team in February of 2012, Leone was the director of the Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC), one of 62 ARRA-funded extension centers dedicated to assisting primary care and safety net providers with EHR implementation and adoption while achieving “Meaningful Use” objectives.
Leone's hire is part of e-MDs' ongoing effort to focus on government relations and pursue working with numerous Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) across the country.
Leone brings more than 16 years of diverse health care industry experience to e-MDs, having held positions in health care administration, disease management program development, health IT, performance management, and health care quality improvement and analysis.
“We are honored that Ms. Leone has joined our team,” said e-MDs chief executive Michael Stearns in a prepared statement. “During her time in Colorado, she directed one of the most successful HIT programs in the country, making her an ideal fit for e-MDs' national informatics and policy initiatives.”
“I am excited to be part of the e-MDs team and have the opportunity to use my experience with government programs and health information technology with one of the leading EHR companies in the country,” said Ms. Leone in a statement.
e-MDs is a developer of integrated electronic health records and practice management software for physician practices and enterprises.
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