EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year Winners

EY announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on Friday, June 20th at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” said Kim Gillespie and Darrell Smalley, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Directors for Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Award winners are:

Michael A. Cherock, PE, Chief Executive Officer and President, AE Works Ltd.

John P. Burke, Chief Executive Officer, Armada

Dean Grose, President, Comtech Industries, Inc.

Luis von Ahn, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Duolingo

Edward Perrin, Chief Executive Officer, Karndean Designflooring

David Levine, Chief Executive Officer, NuGo Nutrition

Paul Hennigan, PhD, President, Point Park University

William F. Sarris, President, Sarris Candies, Inc.

Pamela Petrow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vector Security

In addition, Richard P. Simmons was awarded the Master Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan Inc. received the Global Impact Award.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

 

Matrix Solutions Announces New Matrix Premium Product Availability

Matrix Solutions, the leading provider of Media CRM and Sales Intelligence Software, announces general availability of their new Matrix Premium Platform. Matrix Premium delivers significant functionality enhancements such as a game-changing alert center that proactively advances the way advertising is sold. Matrix Premium was built on a modern and innovative architecture; includes an advanced data warehouse, Sales Intelligence, Budget and Pipeline Analysis Modules, as well as an Activity Analysis Module. The Premium Platform, which is both a web-based and hosted solution, also integrates and aggregates multiple sources of data throughout the back-office media workflow.

“Our Matrix Premium release is revolutionary for Media Ad Sales Management as it provides the tools necessary for deep Sales Intelligence not only from a historical perspective, but from a forward-thinking perspective,” said DJ Cavanaugh, CEO, Matrix Solutions. “It also provides an advanced level of integrated insight across the top of an entire enterprise while enabling scalability from the high-level overview to the need to quickly drill down to the individual Station, Outlet, Category, Account Executive or more.”

The Sales Intelligence tools, included in the Matrix Premium Platform, not only provide a current 360 degree view of the entire sales organization, but also highlight where new sales opportunities lie.  For example, in the Sales Coverage Analysis with one click, you can see what properties your top Accounts and Agencies are buying and what properties they are not.  The Budget and Forecast Analysis tool compares the sales organizations’ budget to pipeline and budget to forecast in real-time with current data, showing an immediate snapshot of how the enterprise is performing.

“Matrix Premium was developed to be the ultimate platform for the media sales professional. Our Premium Platform offers the entire sales organization an intuitive, smart and efficient way to manage and sell advertising,” said BJ Boyle, Vice President Product Management, Matrix Solutions. “We are giving the media sales professionals amazing new tools that allow them to proactively spend less time analyzing and more time selling.”

The Matrix Premium Platform, which will be deployed for general availability on June 21, 2014, is available for purchase or as an upgrade to new and current Matrix customers respectively.

Syndicus Inks Deal with Large Consulting Firm; Expands Reach Domestically and Overseas

Syndicus, Inc.

Syndicus, Inc.

As a result of its commitment to working with companies to achieve Good Manufacturing and Good Pharmaceutical Practices, Syndicus, Inc. (www.syndicusinc.com), an Annapolis-based IT staffing and solutions firm, expanded both its domestic and international reach by signing an agreement to provide Life Sciences Solutions to one of the largest consulting firms.

This Life Sciences Solution entails the Infrastructure Qualification for portions of data centers in Metro NYC area, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Syndicus intends to develop more and more of this business for the pharmaceutical industry.

About Syndicus, Inc.
Syndicus was established in 2007 in Annapolis, Md., as a technical recruiting and staffing company. In 2009, the company expanded its services to include staffing and solutions. Our focus areas for consulting are Health IT, Life Sciences and Technology Services, especially cyber security resources.

Tech 50 Nomination Deadline in 6/13

Friday the 13th is the deadline to enter the 2013 Tech 50 Awards. Make it your lucky day and submit a nomination.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards honor southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful and innovative technology companies. The awards represent transformative technology centers of excellence with tech companies at all stages of growth. Tech 50 also recognizes the region’s top tech executive, too!

The Pittsburgh Technology Council encourages all tech companies to enter a nomination. Not a tech company? Nominate a client or business associate. Tech 50 has competitive categories no matter a company’s size or industry niche.

It’s Easy to Enter

The PTC has streamlined the nomination process. One quick application gets the ball rolling. So why not nominate two or three deserving companies? Nominate Here.

So Many Benefits

There are so many benefits of submitting a nomination. If you’re selected as a finalist you’ll enjoy:

  • Pre- and post-event media coverage in TEQ, TechVibe Radio, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and more
  • Networking with more than 600 top tech execs/stakeholders
  • Presentation booth at Tech 50 Showcase of Innovation
  • Time to celebrate your achievements

Mark your calendar for October 21 and plan to celebrate the success of our technology community. It’s the only night in Pittsburgh dedicated to our fast-growing, tech-innovation sector.

Tech 50 – October 21, 2014

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Drive – Pittsburgh, PA 15222

TeleTracking Technologies’ Infection Tracking Technology Deployed at UK’s Royal Wolverhampton Hospital

TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.

TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.

New Cross Hospital, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has announced a milestone of one million hand hygiene observations using Pittsburgh-based TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.’s automated hand hygiene sensor as part of the ‘Safe Hands’ program.  This compares to just 600 visual observations over the same time period.

Safe Hands is a government-funded effort using Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) technology to improve staff compliance in order to reduce the threat of antibiotic-resistant HCAIs, which is growing globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Program Manager, Clare Nash, RN, states that over the past nine months the Trust badged nearly 4,000 employees, all in-patients, and over 1,226 assets.  Finding a tagged asset now takes just 25 seconds, which means patients are given timely treatment or intervention.  RTLS also ensures proper cleaning of equipment.  Saving time means more planned preventative maintenance (PMM) and safe equipment, plus NHSLA compliance.

“It’s a pioneering technological system,” said Nash, and it continues to drive improvements to the hospital’s already excellent infection prevention standards.

The system is “the biggest of its kind in any hospital in the world” and a “revolutionary step forward in healthcare,” she said.

The TeleTracking system also tracks the role of every badged staff member who comes in contact with an infected patient.  Nash recalled a case early in the program where an infected patient came in contact with hospital staff members, fellow patients and mobile medical assets 217 times before a diagnosis was made.

“This is why it’s so hard to contain norovirus and C. diff,” she says of the number of contacts recorded.  “I am so amazed at the power of this data. It shows us how important it is to get an infected patient isolated as soon as possible.”

In addition to monitoring hand hygiene enterprise-wide, the RTLS-based technology from TeleTracking locates equipment across the Trust, generates available bed status, and tracks patients and staff locations automatically and in real time.  White boards and magnets have been replaced with 42 inch computer touchscreens that show everything in real time on a floor plan graphic, from equipment, to patients, to staff members.

Every time equipment is moved, a patient leaves a ward, or a staff member washes their hands – the TeleTracking system knows.  Alerts go off if a patient hasn’t been seen for more than an hour, or if a patient is in an isolated area longer than 20 minutes.  Location and time data is sent back to computer touchscreens in each department.

Infection prevention and control nurses used to spend an hour or more per patient tracking patient contacts and locations to perform root cause analyses.  Now they can run a report to access the information with the click of a button.

Cheryl Etches, chief nurse, added, “I now have access to so much information about patient safety and experience issues.  The potential this system offers is phenomenal and can fundamentally underpin the operating framework of our organization.”

By using the real-time locations of patients to automate bed occupancy and discharges, New Cross Hospital has a live bed state.  Nearly 75 percent of discharged patients now leave their wrist badges in a drop box before leaving the hospital, automatically triggering housekeeping to clean vacated beds.  Beds are now are becoming available to new patients in less than 40 minutes – which is the time it takes to notify a housekeeper and clean a room.

Originally intended exclusively to monitor hand washing, Nash says administrators soon realized the TeleTracking system’s greater potential.  Data reports detail the hours of care given to individual patients, by individuals or groups of staff. This can be triangulated with patient condition, acuity, fall risk, etc.  Staff judged this feature to be the most important, closely followed by patient status at a glance.

Nash says this reporting capability is supporting accurate costing for service provisions, predicting and planning for future staffing levels, and informed dialogue with Trust commissioners.

“The system also makes the hospital more efficient,” Nash said, because “there is no longer a need to walk around to see if tasks have been done.” This gives care providers more time to spend with patients.

About The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

New Cross Hospital, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, established in 1994, is a major teaching hospital serving Wolverhampton, the wider Black Country, South Staffordshire, North Worcestershire and Shropshire.  One of the largest acute providers in the West Midlands, the Trust has an operating budget of £380 million, 800 beds, and a staff of 6,700 serving over 600,000 patients annually. It has been designated as a Cancer Centre, Regional Heart & Lung Centre and Bowel Screening Centre. Its affiliations include the University of Birmingham Medical School and the University of Wolverhampton.

About TeleTracking

For over two decades, TeleTracking Technologies has helped hospitals achieve better patient flow through automation and process redesign that takes the time lag out of daily operations. Today, TeleTracking provides an end-to-end platform that optimizes hospital operations in real-time.  Real-Time Capacity Management™ solutions automate many of the physical functions of the hospital and monitor them in real time to increase efficiency in the delivery of care. This tighter operational control drives out waste (both time and resources), while still making sure that patients get to the right place at the right time with the right resources. TeleTracking provides process planning, patient flow redesign and asset management optimization through its consulting division. For more information, visit www.teletracking.com and join the conversation at http://blog.teletracking.com.