Automation Alley Events Explore Health Care IT: The need to use health information technology to improve patient care, health care quality and clinical outcomes emerged as a matter of national policy with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 and a significant amount of money will be spent to provide incentives for HIT adoption and training for a future workforce. This new health care IT policy provides an excellent opportunity for companies to fill the need and diversify into a new market.

Two events are scheduled:

Important Facts to Know on 10/20/10
Join us as we cover critical information on the state of HIT at the national, state and county levels and how it is relevant to your business. At this event, we will also discuss the importance of understanding and leveraging “meaningful use” to benefit your business and what legal aspects are involved in health care IT.

Implementation and Know-How on 10/27/10
Join us as we explore valuable ideas on how to use HIT knowledge and leverage it to grow business or get rewards. This day will include two panel discussions: one focusing on real-world experiences with HIT implementation, and another that will feature local academic institutions as they discuss current training opportunities and support for the budding HIT industry.

Both events will be held on the Walsh College Troy Campus, 3636 Livernois. And both events run from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration at 8:30.

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Drupal user group to meet: The Metro Detroit Drupal User’s Group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 20. For more information, visit

GL-SPIN To Talk Economics: The Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network and Gold Sponsor Broadsword present “Economics and the New Landscape for Software Project Measurement”, featuring software measurement specialist Greg Parent, on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at Dodge Hall, Room 201, Oakland University. During the economic slowdown of 2008-2010, the business economics of Software Process Improvement and Software Measurement have changed significantly. The “Big Bang” improvement programs have almost disappeared from view, due to the cost/benefit decisions being made in business today. While there is perhaps the greatest need ever for SPI and Measurement to help drive waste out of the software development process — in today’s economic environment it must be conducted incrementally and in a continuous fashion, to bring consistent and real value to the business. While it would seem to be a much more challenging environment, in which to start an SPI program, this may actually be the best of times for such a program to prove its value and “stick,” in the business process. RSVP to by 6:00 a.m. the day of the meeting. More at

MidMichigan Innovation Center To Host Networking Lunch: Join the entrepreneurs and inventors gathering at MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hear from Robert  McKellar, Owner of McKellar IP Law, PLLC and former attorney with Dow Corning Corp. McKellar will provide participants with a collection of “do’s and don’ts” as it relates to protecting your intellectual property. Tickets, which include lunch and the program, are $20 per person ($10 for students) and can be purchased online at or by calling MidMichigan Innovation Center at (989) 839-2333. Pre-registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Examining and protecting your rights on “creations of the mind” like inventions, ideas, symbols, and more is what will be discussed by the group with McKellar sharing insights and helping you to avoid stepping into a “horror story” with your intellectual property. The event is open to the public and is especially suited for participation from others involved and interested protecting their intellectual property and meeting others.

RF Connect CTO To Speak At 4G World: Michael P. McKay, CTO of RF Connect of Farmington Hills, will speak at 4G World in Chicago Oct. 20 as part of the Yankee Group’s panel discussion on fourth generation mobile technology in the transportation sector. RF Connect is in the forefront of wireless technology, using its design and project expertise across the growing field of wireless networks and applications. McKay will use RF Connect’s expertise in outdoor distributed antenna systems, intelligent transportation systems and telecommunications for healthcare and the auto industry to discuss infrastructure, applications, costs, risks and opportunities for 4G in traffic monitoring, fleet management, emergency medical services, accident investigation, video backhaul and in-vehicle delivery of rich content services. Additional members of the panel will focus on 4G applications and infrastructure for public transportation applications.

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