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  • Is BB8 in Your Future?

    Her name is Nadine. Developed by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, this human-like, or humanoid, robot can reveal personality, mood and emotions. Nadine's creators believe that social robots like her will soon surface in homes, offices and other environments that face worker shortages.  But should nurses live in fear that ...
  • Cards on the Table

    In building a blood bank cardfile mirror, the main element is the database table. A table is a collection of records that stores data in fields. In the case of OpenOffice Base, when you open the program (called Database in the OpenOffice main menu) a dialogue asks if you want to create or open a database. Then the screen looks something like ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 18, 2016
  • Building a Cardfile Mirror

    The concept of a database is simple: data is stored in tables and linked together. Once the data is stored in a table of fields you design, you can do anything with it. You can sort, print, or filter it. The problem of a blood bank card file mirror may sound trivial, but the impact can be significant. If, for instance, 5% of 5000 cards are ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 13, 2016
  • Do You Speak IT? (Part 2)

    Today, we continue with our discussion of commonly misused terms in healthcare information technology (IT). The recent and rapid development of this technology, as well as the evolving applications of these same terms, opens up the possibility of misinterpreted use. It’s important to ensure that we are all on “the same page” when using these ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on January 11, 2016
  • The Power of Open Source

    There are many kinds of software licenses, some more restrictive than others. If your hospital uses Microsoft Office, for example, a certain number of licenses has been purchased to match the number of workstations the software can be installed on. Typically, the cost of these volume licensing agreements are customized to the type of organization, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 8, 2016
  • Theranos Under Regulatory Microscope

    Theranos has been in the news and has garnered both bouquets and brickbats because of its proprietary technology as well as its business model. This company started by wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes and valued in the billions uses small samples of blood (often from a fingerstick) and runs tests on its own proprietary instrument. The value ...
  • Do You Speak IT? (Part 1)

    I recently read an interesting article1 in Health IT and CIO Review that discussed commonly misused IT terms in the healthcare profession. The fact that these terms are misused so frequently is not solely due to misunderstanding or unfamiliarity; it reflects how new the field of healthcare IT is and how the meaning and interpretation of this ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on December 21, 2015
  • HIT-Enabled Transformation Calls for Interprofessional Collaboration with Nurses in the Lead

    Healthcare has entered a new era of collaboration; specifically, interprofessional collaboration that engages professionals ranging from physicians, nurses, dieticians, and therapists to pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers and case managers. Stories on collaboration abound in the healthcare industry news. Consider these developments: ...
  • The Inhaler Hacking Arms Race

    By Tamer Abouras There are many, many blog entries and articles written daily which begin something like this: “There’s no getting around the fact that we’re currently living in the age of … [insert modern buzzword here].” Probably everyone is guilty of it at some point — waxing poetic when levying a kind of commentary on the state of things is ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on December 4, 2015
  • Using OneNote

    Most laboratories have or have a need for a communication logbook to share information between techs and shifts. Recently, I discovered Microsoft OneNote for this purpose, mostly because it is on all our workstations. I was curious if it would fit our needs. As an Evernote and Google Docs user I wasn’t familiar with OneNote, but the program is ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 9, 2015
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