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Gradepoint debuts online medical courses

When physicians begin their residency at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, they now can receive their preparatory training relating to hospital systems long before they arrive at the facility for the first time.

Detroit-based Gradepoint Inc. has established a series of courses, available to medical residents over the Internet, which orients them to key clinical systems. The online courses for residents are one aspect of the Froedtert Hospital Learning Center, an infrastructure that Gradepoint has built to provide a managed learning environment at the facility. The center allows Froedtert to manage training and development for all its employees. Gradepoint hosts all the applications on its own servers, ensuring they are regularly updated and maintained, thus reducing the costs that the hospital otherwise would have to bear to learn and support new systems.

Cybernet releases Virtual Solar Systems

Ann Arbor-based Cybernet Systems Corp., a research and development firm, released Astronomicon: Celestial Construction Tool Kit for educational use. This 3D modeling software allows teachers and students to construct solar systems to explore fundamental science concepts about the universe, including planetary motion and light. Astronomicon: Celestial Construction Tool Kit is an offshoot of a joint research project conducted by Cybernet Systems and the University of Georgia’s College of Education through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Logic Solutions to redesign M-Care site

Ann Arbor-based Logic Solutions Inc. of Ann Arbor has been selected by M-Care to redesign and enhance the health plan’s Web site. The enhancements to www.mcare.org are to allow the health plan’s members to find information more easily and help M-Care better maintain the site. The redesign is to be finished in February.

Wireless phones boast 59 percent local penetration

Wireless phones now reach 59 percent of people in the Detroit area, up 11 percentage points from the same time last year. San Francisco-based wireless marketing research firm Telephia Inc. released the numbers. Detroit’s figures put it just above the average of the 48 markets Telephia looked at for the study. Detroit was No. 15 on the list.

New World gains Illinois contract

Troy-based software company New World Systems Corp. recently won a $1 million contract with QuadCom Central Dispatch, which services a large part of northern Illinois. QuadCom will used New World System’s Aegis/MSP public-safety software suite and services. The software helps integrate computer-aided dispatch, law-enforcement records, fire records, mobile computing, field reporting and mapping among other things.

Clarity Technologies adds executives

Troy-based Clarity Technologies Inc. added two tech veterans to its executive team. Tom Houy, former manager of voice and telematics marketing for IBM’s Pervasive Computing Division, will be vice president of marketing. Dave Doney, former product marketing manager for the networking and entertainment division at Agere Systems, will be senior director of sales.

Fry behind 10 of magazine’s top 50 retail sites

Ann Arbor-based Fry Inc. has helped develop 10 of the top 50 Web sites identified by Internet Retailer magazine. The top 50 sites were selected by Internet Retailer editors, consumers and advisers for their understanding of the customer and innovative approaches to online retailing. Among the Fry sites identified were PersonalCreations.com, Zales.com, CrateandBarrel.com, Godiva.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

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