Committed Time and Personal Passion: Key Traits Among ABL's Award Finalists

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This month, Members of the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL) are voting for the 2009 winners of the 11th Annual Innovations in Healthcaresm ABBY Awards, which will be announced and presented at the Innovations in Healthcare Awards Event on October 28 in Newport Beach, California. These Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated transformative advances in medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, IT and approaches to providing care and coverage, decreasing the numbers of uninsured, and engaging healthcare consumers more actively in their care and health status, all of which reduces the cost of providing quality healthcare.

Fortunately for everyone served by the ABBY Award Finalists' products and services, their innovations are also fundamental sources of increasing health, and doing it cost-effectively

This month, Members of the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL) are voting for the 2009 winners of the 11th Annual Innovations in Healthcaresm ABBY Awards, which will then be announced and presented at the Innovations in Healthcare Awards Event on October 28 in Newport Beach, California.

ABL's Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated transformative advances in medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, information technology and approaches to providing care and coverage, decreasing the numbers of uninsured, and engaging healthcare consumers more actively in their care and health status, all of which reduces the cost of providing quality healthcare.

While Webster defines innovation as a new idea, method, or device, this year's ABBY Award Finalists have devoted many years of their careers to fine-tuning their "breakthroughs," and several have utilized their passion to solve a problem that has impacted them or a loved one personally.

Innovation that leads to increased productivity is the fundamental source of increasing wealth in an economy, according to Wikipedia. "Fortunately for everyone served by the ABBY Award Finalists' products and services, their innovations are also fundamental sources of increasing health, and doing it cost-effectively," said Mimi Grant, President of ABL.

Divided into three categories, the 2009 Innovations in Healthcaresm ABBY Award Finalists are:

Innovative Approaches to the Delivery of Healthcare category:

Santa Monica, CA's Dakim, Inc., whose BrainFitness products provide a customized, rigorous brain workout in six cognitive domains, designed and engineered so that most seniors - even those with dementia - can successfully use the system on their own. CEO Dan Michel founded the company in 2001 as a direct result of his experience caring for his father during his 13-year battle with Alzheimer's.

Boulder Creek, CA's HeartMath, whose stress reduction and performance-enhancing programs are based on practical techniques, innovative feedback technology and robust scientific research, which has verified measurable, sustainable results, which also bring immediate stress relief. CEO Bruce Cryer has been fine-tuning HeartMath's "product line" of techniques and technologies for 18 years.

Oakland, CA's Kaiser Permanente's Online Services, whose My Health Manager, which integrates with Kaiser's electronic health record, provides patients email communication with their doctors, online appointment scheduling, prescription refills, lab result access, immunization records, and more. Kaiser Permanente was launched nearly 65 years as a break-through innovation in health delivery, and just keeps on innovating.

Innovations in Healthcare Information and Telecommunications Technology category:

San Mateo, CA's Epocrates, whose mobile and online medical reference software provides physicians - and now consumers - access to critical clinical information on their PDAs and smartphones. President Jeff Tangney co-founded Epocrates in 1998 and today, over 800,000 healthcare professionals use Epocrates to help them reduce medical errors, improve patient care and increase productivity.

Scottsdale, AZ's MedApps, Inc., whose Wireless Health Monitoring System enables people with chronic diseases to automatically transfer their bio-metric readings from their MedApps HealthPAL™ directly to a central server for physician review and records storage. CEO Kent Dicks developed the HealthPAL with features easy enough for his mother-in-law to use routinely.

Los Angeles, CA's MMR Information Systems, Inc., whose MyMedicalRecords.com is the first web-based Personal Health Record that is 100% patient-centric and designed to help health consumers manage personal health information from any provider they are seeing. CEO Robert Lorsch vowed to create an easy-to-store-and-retrieve PRM after his own personal ordeal tracking multiple providers and meds needed to treat his illness successfully.

Innovations in Medical/Biotechnology category:

Union City, CA's Abaxis, Inc., whose point-of-care blood chemistry analyzer is the only such product to achieve CLIA status for complex, comprehensive chemistry. Abaxis' tests enable clinicians to quickly and easily receive complete diagnostics for nearly any internal organ function. Abaxis brought to market technology originally developed for the NASA space program - 20 years ago.

San Diego, CA's Biomatrica Inc., whose products for the storage of biological samples at room temperature offer a more than 15-fold cost savings over conventional freezer storage, simultaneously saving space and kilowatts. Company founders Judy Muller-Cohn and Rolf Muller developed the biomimicry technology as a solution to their own problems in the lab trying to preserve RNA, DNA and protein samples.

Pasadena, CA's Osmetech Molecular Diagnostics, whose eSensor® XT-8 System is a test and instrument for detecting multiple genetic variations that identify patients at risk for warfarin sensitivity - Coumadin is the most widely-used anticoagulant to prevent blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke. CEO Faiz Kayyem started development on this technology when he was still a Caltech grad student in the early 1990s.

Also at the 11th Annual Innovations in Healthcaresm ABBY Awards Event, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of Abraxis Health, will receive ABL's 2009 "Leadership in Innovation" Award and make the keynote presentation.

Learn more about Soon-Shiong, the Award Finalists and the Innovations in HealthcareSM Event at http://www.abl.org/iih2009.htm. Attendance at the October 28 Event is open to ABL Members, as well as non-Member senior executives. More information about the ABL Organization is available at http://www.abl.org.

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