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California, Massachusetts Rank as Most Innovative States

America’s top two most-innovative states share similar paths to success. For the second consecutive year, California and Massachusetts took the first and second spots in Bloomberg’s annual State Innovation Index. The ranking is based on six equally weighted metrics: research and development intensity, productivity, clusters of companies in technology, STEM jobs, residents with degrees in science and engineering disciplines and patent activity. California and Massachusetts’ success dates back more than 150 years ago with the creation of land-grant universities under the Morrill Act, according to New York University Stern School of Business economist Paul Romer. The Morrill Act of 1862 helped boost higher education in America by granting states public land they could sell and then use the pr...[Read More]

How To Scale A Telehealth Strategy: Pilots, Providers, and Payment

The new Blue Shield of California initiative is for Blue Shield of California members. A previous version of this article said the initiative served Blue Cross Blue Shield members. Payers looking to scale up their telehealth strategies face numerous hurdles, shared Peter Long, senior vice president of Blue Shield of California (BSC). And he should know. Long is at the head of a sprawling initiative called Health Reimagined that seeks to bring personalized, integrated, digitally-supported care to Blue Shield of California members—and in some cases non-members—in California. Keep reading this article at Health Payer Intelligence

Unearthing Innovation in the Food & Agriculture Industries

One of Greater Sacramento’s booming industries is food and agriculture. As a young professional, I have stepped into the world of these industries, working for their economic growth which is something I didn’t originally see in my future. I was born in China where I was exposed to the life of farming and agriculture through my father’s family, who had a microfarm composed of vegetables they would consume daily, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans and more. At the age of seven, we moved to Southern California and the idea of entering into a career in agriculture was not on my radar. There were always the unattractive perceptions of working in the dirt – that it is strenuous and not lucrative. I realized I wanted to invest my career in these industries after being exposed to their ...[Read More]

Steven Belmont Explains How Technology is Revolutionizing the Real Estate Investment World

“There’s an app for that!” is something we can say for nearly anything nowadays. No taxis in sight? Use Uber. Hotels fully booked? Check out Airbnb. Working remotely during COVID-19? Call up your coworkers with Zoom. These apps, along with many others, have optimized the way we live and work, by providing us with accessible solutions that are cost-effective on both time and money. Every industry is influenced by smartphone apps and other forms of modern technology, including the world of real estate investment. To effectively communicate with today’s tech-savvy homebuyers, it’s important that investors remain on top of these fast-evolving trends and learn how these new technologies can be of benefit. Keep reading this article at TMCNet.com

Virtual camp set to help faculty train for online teaching

Members of Sacramento State’s faculty are packing their virtual suitcases for a summer camp experience meant to further prepare them for fall classes that are scheduled to be taught online because of COVID-19 considerations. The University has committed $1 million in federal funding to Teach ON!-line Summer Camp, a new program led by the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) and created in partnership with Information Resources & Technology (IRT) and the College for Continuing Education (CCE). The funding comes from Sac State’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Security (CARES) Act allotment and will allow for as many as 800 faculty to attend a three-week-long session. Nearly 500 tenured and probationary faculty and lecturers have signed up so far. Each faculty participant who completes ...[Read More]

California Rushes to Build an Army of Coronavirus Detectives

(TNS) — As California hurries to reopen stores, offices, restaurants and more this week, another rush is on behind-the-scenes. State health officials have launched an unprecedented effort to train thousands of front-line, county-level workers to act as a firewall to stop the coronavirus from roaring back this fall. Gov. Gavin Newsom calls them his “army of disease detectives.” Commonly known in the public health world as communicable-disease “contact tracers,” this ad hoc group will serve as community strike teams in each county, working on tight deadlines to stop individual infections from turning into major outbreaks. Keep reading this article at GovTech.com

Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents

Sachin Dhar thought he and his fiancée had a great deal paying $2,650 per month for a one-bedroom rental in South San Francisco, a short commute from Facebook Inc.’s offices in Menlo Park, where she works. But when the social networking company announced that most employees would be working from home until the end of the year, their calculation changed. “It makes no sense paying Bay Area rent if we can earn our salary living elsewhere,” says Dhar, 25, who already works remotely for a New York advertising startup. They’re considering moving to Hawaii—or, to really save money, somewhere in the rural U.S. Dylan Hecklau is thinking along the same lines. His ad-tech employer, Jelli Inc., was dubious about letting people work from home before the pandemic hit. Now that employees have proven prod...[Read More]

California Transportation Agency, city of Sacramento, SacRT launch Wi-Fi bus

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is partnering with the California State Transportation Agency and the city of Sacramento to turn buses into free hotspots for communities with limited high-speed internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing for the 60-day proof of concept began May 1, with the first three Wi-Fi buses going live May 4, to promote opportunities for distance learning, telework and telehealth. Seven additional buses will be deployed to more “digital desert” communities across Sacramento beginning the week of May 11. Buses will provide three and a half hours of wireless broadband service at two locations each day, with updated schedules available at thewifibus.com Keep reading this article at MassTransitMag.com

Nuro Develops Autonomous Vehicles to Aid Natomas Arena Surge Hospital

The robotic company’s newest mission is to help the state of California with touchless vehicles, moving and deploying medical goods throughout the former home of the Kings. Nuro, a Mountain View based robotics company, has a mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life. The bread-and-butter of its operation is the development of autonomous vehicles, intended for public road grocery delivery. Today, with a global pandemic affecting the everyday life it sought to optimize, Nuro has implemented a new use for their technology. Keep reading this article at NBA.COM

Rancho Cordova scientists hope to market coronavirus treatment to hospitals in 2 months

Scientists in the Sacramento area believe they have developed a way to keep the new coronavirus from finding the doorknob that it typically turns to enter human lung cells. Chris Xu, the CEO of Rancho Cordova-based ThermoGenesis, said the biopharmaceutical treatment could go to market within two months. “We are so advanced at this because we leveraged our unique global resources,” Xu said. “When this epidemic started to surface in Asia, we have several top universities in China where we collaborate and developed the science behind this and did the screening. So now we are probably at least four to six months ahead of any other comparable research institution here (in the US).” In addition, the company is now marketing a diagnostic kit that will allow health care professionals to tell patie...[Read More]

Leading Engineering Firm Accommodates Rapid Growth And Strengthens Remote Work Capabilities With Workspot

Campbell, CA /PRNewswire/ – Wood Rodgers, a West Coast-based engineering firm, is using Workspot cloud desktops and GPU cloud workstations to meet the demands of their high-growth environment and seamlessly support and expand remote work capabilities, Workspot announced today. Workspot cloud desktops are enabling Wood Rodgers to continue providing high-quality services while empowering employees to work from anywhere. Power users are enjoying better performance than traditional desktop configurations, boosting remote-work productivity. Click to Tweet: West Coast engineering firm Wood Rodgers implemented @Workspot to drive company growth and strengthen business continuity. https://bit.ly/2Vl8uVa #azure #clouddesktops Last year, Sacramento-based Wood Rodgers began seeking a better way ...[Read More]

California Can Tackle the COVID-19 Testing Problem With Technology and Entrepreneurship

What keeps troubling me in all this is the lack of coordination with the most obvious actors who can drive positive change: technologists Hat-tip to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who this weekend admitted what he’d been avoiding in his public remarks during the pandemic lockdown thus far: We’ve failed dismally on testing patients to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. “I own that,” he said during his daily press briefing, addressing the testing issue. “I have a responsibility as your governor to do better.” With the entire of state of 40 million people entering a fourth week in lockdown, yes, he does. And it starts with that admission. Why does it matter? Despite the benefit of early stay-at-home orders in the most populous state in the union, we have no prayer of leaving our homes and going ...[Read More]