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Greenville Health System Pilots Wireless-powered Diabetes Management Solution

The Greenville, S.C.-based healthcare system is among first in Southeast to incorporate wireless tool as part of employee wellness initiative.

GHSSouth Carolina’s largest health system is pioneering the use of the world’s first cellular-enabled blood glucose management system. Greenville Health System has signed on to use the Telcare Blood Glucose Meter, (the Telcare BGM®) combined with a secure, privacy-protected cloud-based care management server with automated messaging and reporting. The device establishes a constant connection that relays blood sugar data between patient and doctor, with immediate messaging back to the patient, resulting in more customized treatment plans.

Greenville Health System (GHS) is using the Telcare blood glucose management system as part of an employee wellness initiative. Selected employees at GHS are using the meters on a pilot basis, and the health system plans to make the Telcare meter broadly available to additional diabetic employees later this year.

“The Telcare system creates a year-round culture of care by digitizing a consistent support mechanism that’s so crucial for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels,” said Dr. Angelo Sinopoli, Greenville Health System’s chief medical officer. “Employee wellness is important to our company, and cellular-enabled glucose meters allow a new level of care and control for our diabetic employees.”

The Telcare solution is an example of mHealth technology, which includes machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions specially designed and optimized for the healthcare industry. M2M describes technology that enables cellular networked devices to create business solutions by exchanging information and performing actions with other devices or networks.

“mHealth devices, such as the Telcare system, truly benefit from the speed and reliability of our network,” said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee Region President for Verizon Wireless. “Telcare helps patients and their doctors share vital health information day and night. Diabetes can be a frightening disease, but the Telcare meter is another tool to help patients better manage their health.”

via Verizon Wireless

Greenville Java Users Group Presents, “Brains and Computers” August 14

GJUGGuest speaker, Brian C. Dean, Ph.D., will present on the latest integrations of machines and technology to better understand neurological disorders and to annotate results on the web.

August 14 - 6:30PM - Find Great People Office

Register Online: Brains and Computers

BrianBrian will share his work on research projects that help doctors better understand neurological disorders like epilepsy and autism. Their work uses machine learning and other techniques to analyze large EEG (brain wave) data sets and make network models of brains. They are also working on ways for medical experts to view and annotate this data on the web.

Brian has a PhD in computer science from MIT. His research focuses on algorithms, he promotes high-school CS education, and he directs the Applied Algorithms Group in the School of Computing at Clemson. His research is currently supported by an NSF CAREER award.

via Greenville Java Users Group

SC Student Selected as Regional Finalist in 2014 Google Science Fair Competition

Keith-CoffmanAfter much deliberation, the Google Science Fair team of judges has selected the regional finalists for the 2014 competition. One of the finalists is Keith Coffman a 17 year old from Greenville, SC.

His project is the Superconducting Levitation and Propulsion Control System, a control system that utilizes the restoring force of superconductors to control propulsion of maglev vehicles in addition to the levitation for which they are already used. Keith’s project has also been selected as a finalist for the Computer Science Award.

Keith’s project was selected from thousands of submissions from more than 120 countries around the world to move on to the next round of judging.

via Google

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Josh McGee and Glenn Pate Join EDTS

edtsJosh McGee and Glenn Pate have joined IT firm EDTS as engineers. The rapidly growing IT firm, which provides managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses, named McGee as a systems engineer and Pate as a support engineer. They will support client requirements across the firm’s Augusta, Columbia and Greenville office footprint.

“Josh and Glenn are proven and capable IT professionals with significant experience in serving the sophisticated network security and support needs of middle market and large organizations,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. “Their experience and outstanding service ethic make them excellent additions to the EDTS team.”

Mr. McGee is both a native and current resident of North Augusta, South Carolina, and holds an Associate degree in Computer Technology with emphasis in Networking and Programming from Aiken Technical College. His five years of IT experience includes network security, vulnerability monitoring and assessment, software deployment and user support at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility in Aiken, South Carolina.

With over 30 years of IT networking, security and support experience in multiple industries, Mr. Pate is a native of Passaic, New Jersey and current Augusta resident. Prior to joining EDTS, he served in IT network support and security roles for New Jersey’s TRC Companies and at a regional credit union. He is an honors graduate of DeVry University with an Associate degree in Network Administration.

Both Mr. McGee and Mr. Pate will help ensure that critical IT systems are available, optimized, and secure for EDTS clients, while helping those organizations increase team productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.

via EDTS

NEXT High School Board Announces Formal Search for CEO

logoThe Board of NEXT High School, a free, public high school bringing an innovative model of individualized education using project-based learning coupled with online delivered instruction, announced today that they have retained Smart Work | Network, Inc. of Greenville to lead their search for the first Chief Executive Officer for the school.

With its mission “to prepare students for life after school” NEXT High School students will work with teachers to create individualized schedules and deadlines for projects. They will be free to work individually and to be personally responsible for completing their own work while still meeting all of the requirements and standards set forth by the State of South Carolina Department of Education.

Zach Eikenberry, Chairman of the NHS Board, said, “We are excited to be working with Jane Allen and her team at Smart Work | Network to manage this search. NHS is not your everyday public education institution and Smart Work is not your everyday retained executive search firm. Their robust process and predictive Management assessments supported our decision.”

When asked about the assignment, Jane Allen, Founder and CEO of Smart Work, said “We were very pleased that the Board recognized the value of our unique approach and I personally love the vision of NEXT High School. It represents what we know is and will be required for successful careers in the Knowledge Economy. This CEO position for NHS requires a nice blend of critical thinking plus a personal touch and a lot of self-management effort to build this world-class institution. Our process is designed perfectly for sourcing and matching the right person and the NEXT High School Board recognized our capabilities for this.”

For more information, or to be considered, follow this link.

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Greenville BIG Presents, “Keeping the ‘Business’ in Business Intelligence” June 12

Greenville BIGIt is no accident the term “Business Intelligence” starts with “Business.” Any Business Intelligence initiative should, likewise, start with the needs of the Business. For many years, BI was seen as a technology project. This is one reason why so many BI initiatives fail. Rather than a Technology Project, BI is a Business Program. It must grow and evolve as the Business grows and evolves.

Keeping the “Business” in Business Intelligence
Speaker, Mark Vaillancourt
Thursday, June 12, 2014 (6:00 – 8:30PM)
ITT Technical Institute

In this session, the following will be discussed:
  • Why BI is a worthwhile investment (using case study examples)
  • What criteria to use in determining the success of a BI initiative
  • Several reasons why BI initiatives fail
  • Critical Success Factors for BI

So much of the success for BI happens before the requirements are even gathered. Learn how to set up for success with Business Intelligence.

Mark Vaillancourt is an Information Management consultant for Digineer, a Microsoft partner based in Plymouth, MN. He has been working with SQL Server since 2007 and holds the MCITP – Business Intelligence Developer 2008 certification. With a background in Theater and Improvised Comedy, Mark makes sure that his presentations are both informative and fun.

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Rapidly Growing IT Firm EDTS Hires Three New Employees

edtsThe nationally respected IT firm, which specializes in providing managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses, has announced the addition of Clarence Abrams, Jr. as a support engineer, Matt Schubeck as a network engineer, and Tina Biddle as billing assistant.

A native of Augusta, Georgia and current resident of Hephzibah, Mr. Abrams has more than 12 years of experience in end-user support and IT networking prior to joining EDTS. Formerly in information technology roles with Electrolux North America and aerospace and defense contractor ITT Exelis, he holds numerous IT certifications including Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), along with Security+, Server+ and ITIL v3 Foundations accreditations. Mr. Abrams holds an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science from Savannah (GA) River College.

Mr. Schubeck joins EDTS with over two decades of experience in information technology support, compliance, security and virtualization primarily in the governmental and healthcare arenas. A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he joins EDTS from Unified Network Group and holds Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CAN), MCSA, Network+ and A+ certifications, among others. A current resident of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, he holds a B.S. degree in Business from Coastal Carolina University.

Evans, Georgia resident Tina Biddle joins the accounting and customer service team as a billing assistant. The Cincinnati, Ohio native adds nearly five years of professional experience in office administration and customer service to the EDTS team.

In their respective roles, both Mr. Abrams and Mr. Schubeck will help ensure that critical IT systems are available, optimized, and secure, while assisting EDTS customers in increasing team productivity and reducing cost associated with information technology. They will operate across the firm’s Augusta, Columbia and Greenville office footprints. Ms. Biddle will be based out of the company’s Augusta office.

“Clarence, Matt and Tina are all talented, experienced and service-focused professionals with a passion for helping customers optimize their information technology investment,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. “As we continue to grow organizationally, we constantly seek top talent to meet the growing needs of our clients, and they are important contributors to that strategy.”

KI Logistics Expands Facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park

12235504-ki-logistics-expanding-into-south-carolinaKI Logistics, a division of Kimura, Inc. a subsidiary of global logistics leader Kimura Unity, will expand its new North American headquarters and major logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. The addition of 64,000 square feet – before the state-of-the-art facility has even opened — will add an additional $2.7 million in investment and is expected to create at least 20 more jobs.

In October 2013, KI Logistics announced that it would invest at least $11.5 million and generate as many as 149 new jobs over “the next several years as business warrants” company officials said at the time.

“Ever since we announced plans for the new facility, we have been requested by both existing and new customers across the region to provide additional assistance,” said Harry Chase, Vice President of Logistics for KI Logistics. “As we prepare to open our new facility in a matter of weeks, the time is right to undertake this expansion.”

KI Logistics originally planned to build a 208,000 square foot custom facility at The Matrix, with an option to expand the facility in the future. The addition will expand the building footprint by roughly 30%, Chase noted, bringing the facility’s full capacity to 272,000 square feet. He expects to begin operations at the completed facility in July, with the additional space completed by September.

““It is truly a testament to our growing business community when a company chooses to expand in our state and another great sign that we are headed in the right direction. We congratulate KI Logistics on their decision to invest another $2.7 million and create 20 more jobs, on top of the $11.5 million and 149 jobs already announced.”,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

While parent company Kimura Inc. already operates a 70,000 square foot facility in Laurens, SC that manufactures steel containers and racks for the automotive market, the century-old Kimura Unity is best known for its leading-edge expertise in logistics and distribution, serving as a preferred partner for such leading organizations as Drive Automotive, JTEKT and Toyota, the latter which it serves in numerous countries around the world.

“Our customers are doing well and new opportunities are presenting themselves, and we are excited to expand our operations to reflect that growth and market vitality,” said Chase. “We are appreciative for the confidence and commitment of those customers, and the leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, readySC, South Carolina Department of Commerce and others who are helping to make this expansion a reality.”

“South Carolina is heavily investing in our logistics network to support the growth of these kinds of businesses,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “It is great to see KI Logistics expand their plans – even before their facility opens.”

The Greenville County facility is intended as “a showcase of KI Logistics’ expertise, efficiently assisting clients in optimizing their supply chain and operations while teaching and training a new generation of associates to embrace the lean tools and processes the company embraces organizationally,” said Chase. “We believe Upstate South Carolina is the ideal location to support world-class companies as customers, and to attract and retain a top quality workforce.”

“The distribution and logistics sector is among the fastest-growing industries today, and a key target for Greenville County and the Upstate,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council. “The company is a globally respected business focused on innovation and we are pleased to see KI Logistics grow and thrive here.”

KI Logistics has already added several dozen employees, and is working with readySC in the recruiting and training of additional associates. Persons interested in being considered for positions including support technicians, customer service representatives, team technicians and forklift drivers should contact their local readySC office.

via Kimura Inc.

SC Dept of Education’s Office of Career and Technology Education Issues Call for Volunteers

The SC Dept of Ed’s Office of Career and Technology Ed (OCTE) has developed end-of-program assessments/tests for students completing Programming and Software Development (C++) and (Visual Basic) secondary career and technology education (CATE) programs. The assessments have been piloted several times, and are ready to be evaluated for cut scores (pass-fail scores).

Because business-industry input is critical to cut-score setting, the OCTE is seeking individuals in the greater Greenville area, working alongside secondary teachers who helped develop the tests, to set the cut scores. This activity will take place in small-group sessions during our annual conference, the SC Education and Business Summit, June 22-25 in Greenville at the TD Center.

In partnership with the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS) in development of the tests, a CTECS staff member will lead each three-hour cut score setting session with volunteers.

Computer Programming w/C++
Tuesday, June 24, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Room 100-A, Greenville’s TD Center

Computer Programming w/Visual Basic
Wednesday, June 25, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Room 100-B, Greenville’s TD Center

At the beginning of each session, CTECS will train participants in the process. No experience in cut score setting is expected. Individuals who have assisted with this task in past years have enjoyed it and found it to be worthwhile.

Please contact Office of Career and Technology Education Associate, Amy McCaskill, by June 5 if you would be available and would like to learn more. Two or three business-industry representatives are needed for each test.