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Ron Baker appointed to DemandTec board of directors

BY Drew Buono

SAN CARLOS, Calif. DemandTec has appointed Ron Baker to the company’s board of directors and to its audit committee. The company offers retailers technology to help achieve revenue, profitability and sales volume objectives.

Baker last worked for Nestle USA in 2002, before he retired; he was the senior vice president of logistics, with the responsibility for purchasing, supply chain, distribution and customer service and information technology. He was also a member of the company’s executive leadership team. Baker also worked for Nestle Foods as vice president and executive vice president of finance.

“The consumer products and retail industries are experiencing a significant transformation, increasingly focusing every area of the business on satisfying the needs of the consumer,” said Baker. “DemandTec is well positioned to help lead this trend and I am very excited by the opportunity to contribute to the company’s success.”

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LG debuts home health-monitoring in a cell phone

BY Drew Buono

CALGARY, Canada The Home Health Monitoring Solution is a new handheld device developed by LG Electronics allows patients with chronic illnesses to send such information as their pulse, blood pressure and glucose levels to their physician wirelessly, according to published reports.

The goal is eventually to add the technology to cellphones, the same way photography and music capabilities have been added. The product is designed to help patients with illnesses that need constant monitoring. It could also be useful for seniors with limited mobility and for patients who live in rural areas. By constantly keeping track of someone’s medical data it would provide a greater help to the patient and physician monitoring the illness.

The first stage of tests for the three-year project will begin next month. It will involve monitoring blood pressure, pulse and temperature. Down the road, glucose levels and other blood chemistry markers will be added as features.

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Senate votes to extend current SCHIP legislation through March 2009

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill unanimously that will extend the State Children’s Health Insurance Program through March 2009, according to reports. The House of Representatives plans to look at the issue before the end of the year.

This extension will end a battle for now with President Bush, who had twice vetoed the bill, including the most recent veto last week. Bush vetoed the program the second time because he felt the second version was too similar to the first and would cost too much money as well as shift children from the private marketplace to government run programs.

The bill also would stop a scheduled 10 percent pay cut for Medicare doctors for six months and provide a 0.5 percent increase instead. The health legislation costs about $6 billion, but was paid for by savings in other health programs.

The program currently covers about 6.6 million poor children.

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