Tepco Wins Approval For Post-disaster Plan To Rebuild

One Health Care Reformer’s Plan To Fix Obamacare ‘Disaster’

18 last year, Tepco had more than 37,000 employees, according to its website. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco). Its consolidated operating profit target in the year ending March is 134 billion yen, compared with analyst estimates of 112.2 billion yen. Sales for the same period are forecast at 6.62 trillion yen compared with 6.5 trillion yen estimated by analysts. The state-run Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund that controls Tepco may reduce voting rights to less than 50 percent following a review at the close of the fiscal year ending March 2017. Tepcos spend for the next 10 years will include more than 1 trillion yen on safety at the Kashiwazaki and Fukushima plants, and 750 billion yen for strategic investments. The company delivered the business targets in a 92-page report given to reporters at a briefing in Tokyo. Abes Public Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has backed away from the previous governments plan to end the countrys use of atomic power, saying some reactors will be needed to provide lower cost power to keep the economy growing.
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“The data is just available to you.” Practitioners, for their part, would not be able to access such information without the patient’s explicit permission. iCOS interfaces with major health IT vendors, Soon-Shiong said, opening up lines of communication among doctors and practices that haven’t been able to easily share information in the past. That means if even one of your doctors has iCOS, all of your caregivers across multiple health systems will be connected. The platform also has a software component that gives physicians access to a database of 10,000 cancer clinical trials and more than 1,700 evidence-based cancer therapies to help them make appropriate treatment decisions. Soon-Shiong hopes iCOS will play a major role in lowering the cost of the world’s most expensive health care system. Health care in America is pricier than in other countries largely as a result of the fee-for-service model that pays physicians and hospitals for each treatment administered , as opposed to payment for the patient’s overall health. “The system is completely broken,” Soon-Shiong said. “Nobody gets paid for keeping people healthy.” iCOS is designed to gather information about a patient’s specific regimen and the costs of specific treatments. It can then continually update a patient’s vital signs to give a comprehensive view of his/her health. And that, Soon-Shiong said, is the key to transforming health care from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, in which a physician or hospital is paid to keep a person healthy at the lowest possible cost. Soon-Shiong built components of iCOS in clinics and hospitals across the country over the past 10 years.
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Austin experts offer 5 tips for disaster planning

Click on the image to launch a slideshow with four tips from Austin experts on how to prepare for the worst. Email When a fire broke out at swanky downtown Austin restaurant La Condesa in November, it was a tough lesson in disaster planning for co-owners Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta . The restaurant was closed for six weeks and the repairs cost $75,000 but then there were other costs for employee compensation, as well as the effect on the restaurant’s vendors. They saw how having the right insurance and making plans in advance of a disaster can pay off. Herman and Trombetta were featured in an exclusive article in the Jan. 10 weekly edition of Austin Business Journal, describing how they worked through the crisis to reopen as quickly as possible. We also asked several Austin entrepreneurs and other experts for five tips on how local businesses can be prepared in case disaster strikes. Eric Sanchez , founder and co-owner of ITC Infinity, said any disaster plan needs to cover your technology infrastructure. “With technology, taking the basic precautionary measures can mean less heartache and downtime in the event of an untimely disaster,” he said. “Some proper measures to implement in a technology disaster plan are computer and network security, local and off-site backup and a professional IT support provider.” Click on the photo to launch a slideshow with other tips on disaster planning. Follow this link to subscribe to Austin Business Journal. Greg Barr is managing editor of Austin Business Journal, responsible for day-to-day digital and print coverage.
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Using Trade Associations and Expert Consultants in Disaster Planning and Recovery

Peter Bagwell, product engineer for Polygon Solutions, says the company has ties with trade associations that will aid in disaster recovery. Credit: Polygon Solutions

All types of manufacturers would benefit from crisis training and reputation management training, said Peter Smolowitz, management supervisor at Charlotte, N.C.-based Eric Mower & Associates . The company provides crisis communications, crisis consulting, and public relations, among other services in the B2B space. The key for any company is to have a well-trained crisis team in place before a crisis hits, said Smolowitz. They should develop an early-warning system to help diffuse an oncoming crisis before its too late. And if there is a crisis, the team will know how to act quickly so the crisis gets mitigated ASAP. Weather-related disasters are good examples of what-if scenarios a crisis team should prepare for in advance. Companies should know what to do if a potential weather disaster is approaching, what precautionary steps to take, and what triggers those actions, Smolowitz said. Companies should also know in advance that if and when there are media inquiries, who should field them and how they should be handled. Any potential spokesperson should receive media training to make sure they effectively communicate key messages. Disaster recovery (DR) and readiness planning is still wanting in many organizations, according to the not-yet-released DRP Benchmark 2014 http://lightningtracker.net Annual Report from the DR Benchmark Council . The bad news in the report: Nearly three out of four companies worldwide are failing in terms of disaster readiness, scoring either D or F grades.
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Disaster averted after UK east coast flooding thanks to Source BioScience

(Photo: Business Wire) Multimedia Gallery U LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– With more storms and disruptive weather being experienced in the UK, Ireland and the USA, Source BioScience Sentinel disaster recovery could prove invaluable to save your stability trial. When the east coast of England recently experienced its highest tides for decades, Source BioSciences Sentinel disaster recovery plan for stability stored product saved the day for one of the UKs major pharmaceutical manufacturers. With thousands of products in their in-house stability storage suite under threat from water damage caused by the high tidal surges and consequent devastating flooding, this major company staved off disaster with a simple phone call to Source BioScience . Source BioSciences controlled environment storage facility in Rochdale was primed and within minutes, space was allocated in the fully validated suite at the appropriate temperature and humidity to enable the stability trials to continue, while vehicles were made available to collect the hundreds of containers of product. Just a short time after the high tidal surges, the potential critical loss and disruption of the stability storage operation was averted. Source BioSciences storage facility in Rochdale, England has over 2 million cubic litres of environmentally controlled storage space available. More than 30 walk-in rooms are operating at temperatures that range from +60C down to -25C and humidities up to 95%RH. In addition, refrigerated, low and ultra-low temperature storage for biologicals is available along with cryogenic storage for cells and tissues. The Source BioScience Sentineldisaster recovery plan is designed to protect clients from significant financial losses, as well as time consuming delays in bringing products to market and is available in the UK, Ireland and in the USA.
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