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July 21, 2010

It may be the health care world’s version of a popularity contest, but it’s still fairly prestigious. It’s the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of hospitals. Eleven clinical programs at Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine were ranked among the top 50 programs nationally. The rankings focus on high-volume hospitals and are driven in large part by reputation surveys. No other Indiana-based hospitals were named to the list. Clarian placed 13th for urology; 14th in gastroenterology; 25th in both geriatrics and ear, nose and throat; 29th in orthopedics; 32nd in lungs; 38th in kidneys; 40th in neurology and cancer; 48th in diabetes; and 49th in cardiology.

In the latest online matchmaking service, Bloomington-based Cook Medical and Indiana University have created an online portal where medical inventors and health care entrepreneurs can find each other. The website, i2iconnect.org, allows users to search a database of medical companies by keywords or disease categories. i2iconnect is partly supported by a stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health to the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, which is based in Indianapolis. In 2008, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. tried to start a similar portal for entrepreneurs of all kinds.

Indianapolis-based BioCrossroads, a life sciences business development group, received a $1.25 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, also based in Indianapolis. Fairbanks gave BioCrossroads $2.5 million to fund various educational and public health efforts.

Eli Lilly and Co. told employees July 15 that it’s cutting 340 information technology positions in Indiana as part of its march toward 5,500 job cuts by the end of 2011. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker eliminated 140 IT jobs in June through retirements, resignations and some cuts. Another 115 cuts will be made this month, and the remainder by the end of the year, according to an e-mail from Janice Chavers, a Lilly spokeswoman. All displaced workers will get a few months to find another job within Lilly, although those opportunities are few. Workers who leave Lilly will receive severance based on their pay grade and time served with the company. Lilly employs about 1,250 IT workers in the United States.

Three Indianapolis hospital systems were named “most Wired” hospitals by Hospital & Health Networks magazine. Clarian Health, Community Health Network and the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center all made the list of the top 100 hospital systems in the country using information technology to boost quality, customer service, safety and business operations.