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  • Embracing Point of Care

    For an industry that is frequently at the forefront of new technology in healthcare, laboratory workers can be among the most resistant to change. Computers coexist with paper; manual diffs are still done when automated counts are far superior; point of care technology is disdained as inferior to central lab testing. But point of care testing is ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on July 15, 2016
  • Remote Patient Monitoring: Nurses in Charge

      The remote patient monitoring (RPM) revolution is here. RPM uses technology to collect data from an individual in one location-a patient at home, for example-and then transmits that information to a healthcare professional at another location.  The RPM market will surge in the coming years due, in part, to the aging of the ...
  • Value-Based Mobile Technology

    Two powerful forces have converged to change the practice of laboratory medicine in ways never imagined a generation ago. These twin forces are the movement to value-based healthcare from the fee-for-service model and the rapid development of mobile technology, allowing for continuous healthcare monitoring of patients beyond the clinical ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on June 22, 2016
  • Record It

    Cell phones and tablets allow for immediate audio and video recording. Students typically begin by making silly recordings of greetings and funny sayings. Since most of us are initially surprised at how our voice sounds on a recording, we watch British Radio 1 Scientist, Greg Foot’s YouTube video, “Why does your voice sound different on a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 14, 2016
  • Deconstructing Describing

    Let’s start with a virtual field trip to the zoo to watch the hippos eating watermelon, using multimedia. With YouTube, we can bring entertaining videos of zoo animals to therapy sessions. The hippos, with their mouths wide open awaiting a large, whole watermelon, give us a way to build our describing skills.We can start with a basic noun phrase ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 24, 2016
  • Is PCR Ready for Small Labs?

    What is true for big labs eventually becomes true for small labs, mostly because volume discounts drive affordability. This is most recently true for PCR, a technology that has arrived in small laboratories for two platforms, the Meridian Illumigene and Nanosphere Verigene. But is PCR ready for small labs? I’m intrigued by this technology, and I ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 2, 2016
  • Telemedicine Slated to Transform Nursing

    Telemedicine will emerge as a $34 billion market by 2020, according to research from  Mordor Intelligence, helping care providers improve care outcomes, enhance access and manage costs.   Telemedicine's growth will also change how nurses serve patients and consumers in an environment shaped by value-based, accountable care and ...
  • Drones Enter the Lives and Careers of Nurses

    Drones are far more than toys. Drones will transform diverse areas of life, including business, defense, education, entertainment, and, of course, health and medicine. Drones will also transform the role and function of nurses and other healthcare professionals. Just consider the possibilities:  Education: Educators from diverse disciplines ...
  • There’s a Zombie on Your Lawn

    “There’s a zombie on your lawn.” This catchy refrain is from the theme song for the video game “Plants vs. Zombies.” Even though I’m not personally a fan of zombies, it’s easy to see how zombies have become part of the current cultural landscape for children. I held out as long as I could before I finally invited zombies into therapy using ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 8, 2016
  • Lessons Learned

    [Editor’s note: this article was contributed by Mike Baker, senior vice president and GM of commercial products, and Maydad Cohen, senior vice president and GM of government solutions, at hCentive (www.hcentive.com).] Now that the annual open enrollment period is in the rearview mirror, what are the key takeaways from 2016? Here are five ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 7, 2016
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