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  • Automating LIS Maintenance

    If your lab is like most, you have one or maybe two IT geeks who like computers enough to figure out how your information system works. To everyone else it’s a means to an end at best or an irritant at worst. How tests are built and maintained is way off the radar of most people. Partly, that’s because of the hidden nature of most software. A GUI ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 9, 2016
  • The Joys of Shopping

    Change is constant, especially in laboratory medicine. Monoclonal antibody assays changed latex agglutination kits; discrete random-assay analyzers changed batch testing; point of care instruments are refocusing core laboratory testing. These days, leaving the field for more than a few years almost guarantees learning some areas all over again. ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on July 29, 2016
  • When Mannequins Bleed: Clinical Simulation Transforms Nursing

    Simulation is both a nursing education strategy and a tool to evaluate nurses' knowledge and competence. Simulation delivers technology-based experiential learning, putting the focus on evidence and outcomes rather than process and instruction. At a time when faculty shortages plague nursing education, simulation prepares new and existing nurses ...
  • Philips' Care Orchestrator to Connect Trilogy Ventilators for Patients with COPD

    By ADVANCE Perspectives   From PRNewswire, some exciting news about portable ventilation from Philips Respironics.    Philips Respironics has announced that its Trilogy family of portable ventilators, the most widely used ventilators in North America, will be activated to connect to the Care Orchestrator care management ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on July 21, 2016
  • 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
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