Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is saving about 30 million euros a month thanks to an electronic prescription scheme that was introduced earlier this year, it was revealed on Thursday. The online system, which aims to cut down on waste and fraud, was launched in April and requires doctors to enter their prescriptions electronically so they can be read by pharmacists. Vlassis Sfyroreas, the head of the Computer Center for Social Security Services (IDIKA), which oversees the e-prescription scheme, said that the average cost of each prescription to taxpayers had fallen from 52.57 euros to 40.07. Sfyroreas added that 4 out of the 12 euros saved in each prescription came from the lowering of drug prices. He said that the next step in the program must be to cut down on the number of prescriptions issued. An average of 5.5 million notes are written by doctors in Greece each month. Source: Kathimerini
Publish2, a social network and news aggregator devoted to journalists, has received $2.75 million in financing from Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm specializing in digital media and communications. The service is currently in private beta test and will use the funding to finish building out its platform and hire additional staffers. Founded by Scott Karp—former managing director at Atlantic Media and author of the Publishing 2.0 blog—and blogger Robert Young, Publish2 is intended to let participants capture information that appeals to their interests and collaborate with other journalists, who can submit content online similar to the aggregator site Digg and create their own personal profile page featuring their work. Velocity Interactive’s Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn, former executives at AOL and Fox interactive Media, join Publish2’s board of directors. Other Velocity investments include Radar Networks (which offers the next generation Wiki Twine.com) and Adinfuse, a service that delivers targeted advertising to mobile devices.
Kolkata: Manish Chakraborty, noted architect and restorer of old structures has urged the people to get actively involved and nominate the Dalhousie Square as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. “Dalhousie Square at one time was the Administrative and Business headquarter of India and it is a heritage site not just for Bengal but for the entire country having being the place of many firsts in this country”, he stated.He was delivering the third edition of “The Calcutta Talks” organised by The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Halo Heritage at Williams Magor Hall on Wednesday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsChakraborty emphasised that Bengal is full of skilled craftsmen who can be made to be more involved in restorative projects. Amitabha Ghosal, a restoration engineer spoke about the marvel of engineering off The Howrah Bridge. “I am grateful to the Bengal Chamber for honoring this 75-year-old steel structure. It’s a rare honour. A city is after all known by its structures and icons and Howrah Bridge is the undisputed icon of our city”, he said. Ghoshal has been closely involved in the design of many iconic structures like the Vidyasagar Setu, bridges across Brahmaputra and highly acclaimed restoration work of Hardinge Bridge in Bangladesh. “The Calcutta Talks” is a prestigious lecture series that is against the backdrop of “The Calcutta Gallery”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis gallery is dedicated to the eternal city of Kolkata and takes one through a pictorial journey through the hallowed pathways of the industrial and commercial history of Calcutta. The transformation of three innocuous villages by the Hooghly into a colossal metropolis is fascinating, awe inspiring and magical. The Calcutta Gallery portrays 325 years of the city’s glorious history through an expansive and rare collection of photographs,” said Indrajit Sen, president designate, the Bengal Chamber.