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IBM Partners With Tempe-Based University

Bryan University has teamed with IBM to create a unique simulation laboratory for healthcare informatics students to gain critical, near real-world experience in the field.

Students enrolled in Bryan University’s Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics programs are trained to use information technology to analyze processes and outcomes in healthcare to improve patient care, and clinical and operational efficiencies. The partnership with IBM allows students to work with real data and with advanced analytic tools to acquire skills immediately deployable in a wide variety of workplace environments.

According to Don Gull, Chancellor of Bryan University, this represents a natural partnership between two organizations that share a similar goal of using innovation and education to create solutions to real-world problems. “Bryan University has been a leader in innovative education for nearly three-quarters of a century. We are honored to join with the preeminently creative IBM team in the development of our healthcare analytics program,” said Gull. “Our students will participate in a unique educational experience that will evidence competencies immediately rewarding to the healthcare industry.”

The partnership was established through IBM’s University Relations program, which fosters academic alliances, collaborative research and educational projects worldwide. Through the partnership, Bryan University students use Cognos, IBM’s business intelligence software with integrated analytics, to analyze healthcare data. In the future, the hope is to expose students to still more advanced health analytics software programs in IBM’s suite of analytics solutions, including IBM Content Analytics and IBM Patient Care and Insights.

The demand for health informatics professionals continues to grow at a much faster pace than other careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, which projects a 22 percent increase within the next eight years. Regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations require comprehensive reporting of healthcare processes and outcomes, creating an explosive demand for trained professionals. The Bryan University master’s program includes specific tools and techniques that students will use to describe and report data for compliance and regulatory requirements. To address the market’s interest in population health management, students also learn advanced analytics and predictive modeling methodologies.

According to T Forcht Dagi, MD, DMedSc, MPH, Vice Chancellor of Bryan University and Dean of Medical Informatics, the value of this partnership cannot be overstated. “We are very grateful for IBM’s generosity and for working with us to provide an extraordinary and unique learning environment for our students. Informatics is not an ivory-tower subject. It requires the mastery of skills and perspectives that can only be obtained through a virtual laboratory simulation. We believe IBM will help us develop students whose knowledge and skills will make them immediate contributors to employers in the healthcare economy.”

Founded in 1940, Bryan University offers exclusive degrees to match high-growth professions in the health and legal industries. In addition to the Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics, the university offers an Associate Degree in Health Information Technology. More information about the health informatics degrees as well as other programs of study is available at www.bryanuniversity.edu.

GPEC Hosts Forum For New And Expanding Businesses

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council ( GPEC ) hosted a forum on Dec. 8 to welcome three green and sustainable businesses to Arizona. While Arizona provides particular benefits for these businesses, including climate, educated workforce and tax credits, these businesses will provide benefits for Arizona and its communities by creating jobs, in addition to upholding the reputation of Phoenix as a leader in sustainability.

GPEC Introduces Clear Energy Systems, Maxwell Technologies Inc. and Bryan University to Arizona

Clear Energy Systems

GPECClear Energy Systems, is a research and design company based out of Tempe since 2001, but now that the company is ready to go into production mode, it was time to determine a home base.

Clear Energy Systems developed a clean burning, one-megawatt generator that is powered using natural gas, opposed to traditional diesel generators.

The Clear Energy Systems generator has been designed to meet or exceed the EPA and the CARB emissions requirements. The company expects to have its first saleable unit produced in 2Q of 2012, but even with the generator still in production, the company already has orders for 200 units.

Clear Energy Systems is gearing up to have a local workforce of 350 employees and represent five percent of the exports of the state of Arizona by 2016.

“We want Clear Energy Systems to be a place that people are banging down the doors to come work at,” says Joel Borovay, chief operating officer (COO) of Clear Energy Systems. “By 2014, we’ve committed to the state of Arizona that we will have 225 employees; today we have 11.”

Maxwell Technologies Inc.

GPECMaxwell Technologies Inc. representative, Earl Wiggins, the vice president of operations, was enthusiastic about expanding the company to Peoria.

Maxwell Technologies Inc. will be manufacturing Ultracapacitors in the Peoria plant. These Ultracapacitors are used in heavy transportation vehicles, such as buses, trains, trams and metros around the world. The mechanism stores the energy created when the vehicle stops and uses that energy for the vehicle to accelerate. This type of technology is also used in energy windmills to control the direction of the blades as the wind changes.

The Ultracapacitors have to be manufactured in a low- to zero-humidity environment, so choosing the Southwest was a no-brainer. Cities such as Albuquerque and San Antonio were competing for the patronage of Maxwell Technologies, but according to Wiggins, “Phoenix won out because of GPEC’s outstanding communication with our company and the current availability of facilities. The other cities were willing to build a facility for us, but time was a factor.”

Maxwell Technologies sells its Ultracapacitor model to 40 different countries and expects to bring 150 jobs to Phoenix in the next three years.

Bryan University

GPECBryan University is relocating its headquarters from Los Angeles to Tempe.

The online-based university offers a variety of courses for higher education seeking students. Eric Evans, chief technology/compliance officer for Bryan University, explained the high tech systems used to facilitate a successful and engaging learning environment that is available on the Internet.

The university uses programs such as Moodle, eDiscovery and Illuminate to facilitate a face-to-face learning environment with access to all the amenities that a student would receive if they attended a university in person, just simply eliminating the carbon footprint.

Bryan University was considering other locations in addition to Arizona as the optimal relocation for its headquarters; however, Arizona won top spot for its close proximity to its current location in California, the growing population of Arizona, the need and desire for online education and avaliablity for persons with higher education degrees to fit employment qualifications.

“In the next two years, we expect to hire between 150 to 200 employees with higher education degrees to fill positions with our university,” Evans says.

All three of these companies were in talks with other cities as the new manufacturing site or headquarters, but Phoenix won out as Arizona’s climate, population and desire for economic expansion won these companies over. Each feature of our state contributes to our success — expanding population, the sustainable technology programs provided by Arizona’s colleges and universities, the warm sunny weather and the continuing interest by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for Arizona’s economic and sustainable improvement.