2018 News

Small Business, Big Benefits: How Small Businesses Fit into Bundled Contracts

Posted by Mike G. Luby on Nov 27, 2018 10:18:55 AM
The trend to consolidate or “bundle” large-scale Government contracts has become more prevalent in recent years as policymakers and Government offices strive to find new ways to sustain critical services at a lower cost rather than just cutting them. The perspective offered by Governments is that spending on fewer providers helps minimize costs, streamline efforts, and secure lower prices from suppliers—which translate into lower costs for taxpayers. This consolidation trend has received pushback, however, from groups representing the interest of small businesses such as the House Small Business Committee, because it arguably creates an unfair advantage in the bidding process when several unrelated goods or services are lumped together into a single contract. Despite the debate, the welfare and viability of small businesses should not be viewed as being at odds with more efficient business models and cost savings for taxpayers. In fact, the small business model facilitates the cost-saving and efficient outcomes that contract bundling endeavors to create in many ways that big business model cannot.
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Topics: Innovation, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Small Business

Ellumen Team to Participate in 6th International Workshop on Computational Human Phantoms (CP-2017)

Posted by Gardner Allen on Aug 25, 2017 12:29:36 PM

Ellumen’s science team is excited to announce that the team had a paper for poster presentation accepted for the 6th International Workshop on Computational Human Phantoms (CP-2017), which will be held August 28-30, 2017, in Annapolis, MD, USA, at the Loews Hotel. The main sponsor of the event is The Consortium of Computational Human Phantoms (CCHP). Updates on developments for computational human phantoms are expected along with discussion of applications in computational modeling and simulations for biomedical imaging, radiation dosimetry, treatment planning, and regulatory submissions.

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Topics: Medical Imaging, STEM, Innovation, Healthcare, Microwave Imaging, IR&D, Research

Big Business vs. Small Business: 5 Ways Small Businesses Get Results

Posted by Mary Vogel on Aug 15, 2017 1:57:29 PM

One of the questions I often see directed towards small businesses on new solicitations is: “How do you intend to staff for this project?”

 Answer: We staff exactly the same way that the big guys do it.

I find it odd that small businesses must answer this type of inquiry because nothing separates many of us from big businesses other than perception. We are capable of the same innovation, and use the same processes and industry standards that make some big businesses effective. I say "some" big businesses as all of us have seen the seed sown on shallow ground kind of large business, whose processes and leadership did not grow as fast as the business did.

However, here at Ellumen, we ARE more flexible and in some ways, we offer advantages that some bigger entities cannot. 

We frown on the practice of preassigning characteristics to people without full understanding of the complete picture. It’s equally as harmful to stereotype companies. 

Assuming all small businesses can't achieve the same results as some big businesses hurts the consumer just as much as it hurts small businesses because it leaves them blind to the benefits that mature small companies can offer.

The infographic below represents a few examples of how Ellumen, as a small business, gets results.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Telehealth, telecommunication, CMMI, high-speed internet, rural, EHR, Interoperability, telemedicine, Innovation, Healthcare, Agile, Rural Health, Small Business

Ellumen’s IR&D – Top 3 Latest Innovations at Ellumen

Posted by Mary Carroll on Jun 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM
  1. New Patent Enhances Medical Diagnosis

In August 2015, Ellumen Inc. received a patent entitled “Dielectric Encoding of Medical Images” (Patent No. 9,111,334 B2) awarded to inventors Todd R. McCollough and William J. McCollough. The issued patent was for an innovative method which allowed physicians to easily interpret medical images created using microwave data. The science team is continuing to improve its technology and will be awarded an additional, divisional patent for the enhancement of that same technology which provides a cost-effective technique for encoding dielectric images into familiar forms. The patent involves the conversion of microwave signals to MRI or CT-type medical images familiar to medical professionals and will be awarded on July 11th, 2017 (Patent No. 9,704,275).

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Topics: Government Health IT, STEM, Innovation, Healthcare, Antenna

Ellumen’s Science Team to Present Research in Upcoming IEEE AP-S Symposium

Posted by Mary Carroll on Jun 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Ellumen’s science team is excited to be contributing two papers to the 2017 IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting to be held July 9-15, 2017, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA. The symposium and meeting are cosponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The meeting is expected to be a premier international forum on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science. Ellumen senior scientists Dr. Arezou Edalati, Ph.D and Dr. Wenyi Shao, Ph.D will present the team’s recent work.

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Topics: Government Health IT, STEM, Innovation, Healthcare, Antenna