Stanford campus photo from above

8/18/2004

IOM Financing Vaccines in the 21st Century: Assuring Access and Availability

I just started reading this book for a project I'm doing at work.

IOM Financing Vaccines in the 21st Century: Assuring Access and Availability: "The national immunization system has achieved high levels of immunization, particularly for children, but faces new challenges, including: continued disparities in immunizations across geographic and socioeconomic populations; recent, unprecedented vaccine shortages; a diminishing number of vaccine suppliers; erosion and fragmentation of insurance coverage for immunization; and concerns about the level of private investment in both current vaccine production and future vaccine development.  
 
Financing Vaccines in the 21st Century: Assuring Access and Availability addresses these challenges by proposing new strategies for assuring access to vaccines and sustaining the supply of current and future vaccines. 

The report proposes a federal mandate, subsidy and voucher program for vaccines.  The mandate would require all insurance plans to include vaccine benefits.  The federal government would subsidize health plans and providers for the purchase costs and administration fees created by the vaccine mandate.  Uninsured individuals would receive a voucher that could be used to receive immunization from any provider.  The subsidy would be based on the societal value of vaccines and would be set in advance for vaccines not-yet-licensed, creating an economic incentive for their development. "

8/12/2004

Heads-Up! on Organizational Innovation: US Must Innovate - IBM CEO

Heads-Up! on Organizational Innovation: US Must Innovate - IBM CEO: "US Must Innovate - IBM CEO

From Council on Competitiveness

IBM CEO says U.S. must innovate to keep jobs Reuters (October 30, 2003)

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp. (IBM.N) Chief Executive Officer Samuel Palmisano said on Thursday that the United States needs to step up the pace of innovation to help stem the flow of technology jobs overseas.

Palmisano said that he expects 13 million jobs to be created in the next two years around the world, including in rapidly developing countries such as China, India and South Korea.

'We are at a critical moment,' he said. 'Because if we're not careful, the U.S. will fall out of step with the new realities of innovation. If that were to happen, the innovators and risk-takers would go elsewhere. Because today they can.'

He was speaking at the annual meeting of the Council on Competitiveness in Washington D.C., which is creating a National Innovation Initiative to come up with ideas on how to continue to innovate in the face of such competition."

8/08/2004

Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe

On Saturday after I finished the GRE, Judy and I went out to dinner for some Trinidad and Tabago fare and then watched Before Sunset. The movie was much better than the usual Hollywood fare, but quite similar to My Dinner with Andre in parts. Overall, I liked it.

To celebrate being done with the GRE, Judy and I went to Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe for the day on Sunday!

8/01/2004

Duke in Microgravity

The Vomit Comet blog.

Like Dan said, Isaac did a pretty good job of summing up the microG experience during the flight, but here are a few more comments:

The first parabola is special because you have no idea what's going to happen (really). You mentally prepare yourself to float upward, but nothing really happens ... until you push on the floor with a finger and you rocket toward the ceiling, during which your body tells you that you aren't quite in Kansas anymore.