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: Plano—The Massachusetts Health Connector Authority (Health Connector) and Dell Services negotiated a two-year extension of an agreement through which the healthcare technology solutions provider will deliver a range of enrollment, billing, website and customer experience services.
The agreement spans across the Health Connector program, with a large percentage of work focused on “Commonwealth Care” (the low or no-cost health insurance option for qualifying residents to receive comprehensive benefits and a choice of health plans).
The Health Connector, which was one of the nation’s first health insurance exchanges, was established to provide all Massachusetts residents with easy access to affordable insurance coverage.
Dell provides maintenance and development services for the Health Connector’s primary web portal, which directs current and future enrollees to the plan options.
Enrollment mistakes can be costly for the individual, the Health Connector and the provider. To help ease the online enrollment process, Dell operates a multilingual call center to assist residents who qualify for Commonwealth Care in identifying and enrolling in the insurance plan that best meets their needs, while also helping to ensure they understand how best to take advantage of their newly-provided healthcare coverage.
To help facilitate residents’ various communication needs, Dell oversees all phone, web and postal mail interactions. Once a resident has enrolled in a plan, Dell provides them with tools to send inquiries and receive responses online or by phone, according to their individual preferences.
Since the initial agreement was signed in 2008, Dell has continued to expand. For example, in 2009, Dell began delivering billing services through proprietary Xcelyssoftware solution. Through Xcelys, Dell can deliver an enhanced billing solution that enables Health Connector to reduce billing and back office costs, while providing added convenience features for enrollees such as the option of paying via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Dell has also worked with the Health Connector to expand and scale its services to meet increases in demand as residents are transferred from other state-managed healthcare programs to the Health Connector program.
Additionally, by overseeing the customer experience and maintaining a central, secure repository of information, Dell helps the Health Connector analyze enrollment and customer interaction data.
The Massachusetts Health Connector is an independent state authority that helps residents find insurance coverage. Of the 400,000 Massachusetts residents newly insured since enactment of the state's landmark reform legislation in 2006, more than one-half receive their coverage through the Connector.
Dell Services develops and markets a comprehensive suite of IT and application services, business process solutions and consulting services designed to help customers succeed.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: America’s greatest threat: Unsafe work conditions; The West News proves the value of a great weekly newspaper in a community torn up with grief and chaos; Chinese investors checking out Texas, Austin; Texas makes bounce house operators carry liability coverage, but not plants like West Fertilizer; bSpaceX’s Grasshopper leaping to NM spaceport;American Airlines, US Airways to name post-merger leadership within weeks; Texas power cushion seen at lowest level in a decade; Media outlets reflect Houston's diversity; and more.