Why don’t people with COPD get all the treatment they need?

Sixteen million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Millions more have it but have not been diagnosed. Chronic respiratory diseases, primarily COPD, are the country’s fourth-leading cause of death – and third-leading among chronic diseases, just behind heart disease and cancer. Even more shocking is that few patients use pulmonary rehabilitation, a treatment proven to reduce symptoms and enhance their quality of life. In fact, a recent study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society showed that only 1.9 percent of patients hospitalized for COPD received pulmonary rehabilitation within six months of being discharged.

The ‘One College’ idea takes away who and what community colleges are

Congratulations Gov.-elect Lamont, I am confident you will usher in some much-needed changes to our state. God knows, things cannot get a whole lot worse. I am sure that, given the breakneck speed with which you will enter into this new phase of your life, you cannot respond to any crisis before the governor’s seat has at least gotten warm, but I wanted to communicate with you regarding a troubling initiative that has been several years in the making. This would be the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education’s proposal to create “One College.”

Life expectancy: Hope and despair

Recently the Wall Street Journal headlined a report from  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that claimed a slight decline in life expectancy in the USA in 2017 from the previous year. On average someone like my first great-grandchild, who was born about two months ago, can expect to live for 78 years and six months, a loss of about a month from the previous year.

Remediation rates tell us a different story of education opportunity

Americans like to tout the importance of a high school diploma, but research reported in The Mirror recently shows that record-high graduation rates do not tell the full story of academic opportunity for Connecticut’s students. In the study, an unacceptable number of the state’s black and Hispanic high school graduates needed post-secondary remedial courses when compared to white students. In today’s world, students need some form of post-secondary education – whether it be a traditional four-year institution, training or credentialing program – to be prepared for success.

Locally manufactured renewable energy technology empowers, employs Connecticut

The conversation over what renewable energy source is best for Connecticut should start with which one of the many choices enhances the state’s economy and future. The renewable energy industry is very much in a unique position to meet the state’s needs and goals for renewable energy. While solar and wind technologies are well known and have high value to convert wind and sunlight to renewable electricity, lesser known technologies such as hydrogen, fuel cell, and oil-free Organic Rankine Cycle can also produce and/or store renewable power.

The trucker shortage

As if crumbling bridges and pot-holed highways weren’t enough to worry about, now America’s transportation network is facing a new crisis: a shortage of truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), trucks carry more than 70 percent of all domestic freight, bringing in $719 billion in revenue. It’s trucks, not trains, that deliver our Amazon purchases and fill the shelves of our favorite big box stores for the holidays. So while we hate to drive behind them on our highways, we love what trucks deliver.

Why are rich suburban kids doing heroin?

Why are rich suburban kids doing heroin? In the past two years, I’ve lost four friends to drug overdoses. I grew up with several people who are now heroin addicts, both recovering and using. My friends and I have watched our peers drop like flies over the past few years, and it’s only getting worse as the nation’s opioid crisis intensifies in a myriad of ways.

Making Hartford a destination for the companies of the future

Today, I was joined by Gov. Dannel Malloy and Gov.-elect Ned Lamont to inaugurate Infosys’ Hartford Technology and Innovation Hub. The Hub will help Infosys work more closely with its clients in the region and serve as the global center for Infosys’ InsurTech and HealthTech efforts. However, none of that would have been possible without the leadership of Gov. Malloy, Gov.-elect Lamont and our business and education partners in the great State of Connecticut.

Investing in Connecticut’s digital economy

My first four months with Infosys have been a whirlwind. Working closely with my colleagues, we’ve designed a uniquely local enterprise. We assessed what the local job market looked like, what state and local officials were trying to accomplish in the economy, how the school systems were working to educate their students in technology skills, and we’ve worked to build a local presence to help address the area’s technology needs. We’re forming partnerships with local state and community colleges, meeting with the superintendents of local school districts and helping to change the skeptical narrative about the market for IT jobs in Connecticut.