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  • Computers are Stupid

    Back in the day we imagined computers were smart. In a 1964 Twilight Zone episode called “The Brain Center at Whipples,” a CEO who heartlessly replaces workers with robots is himself replaced by Robby The Robot from the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet. Capek to H.A.L. to Nomad to Tron’s Master Control -- science fiction is a junkyard of them -- ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 22, 2014
  • Gamification in Healthcare

    Video games aren't just for kids anymore. The earliest gaming consoles kept players stationary and sedentary, and became an object of concern in a world of rising obesity rates, diabetes and other health scares. But then came games that required players to move - to participate with their physical bodies. That opened up a whole new world ...
  • Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical Challenges

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Toby Samo, M.D., chief medical officer, Allscripts. This is the first installment in our 5-part series focusing on Global Healthcare Megatrends]  There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • New Study Examines Gait Speed as Being Related to Future Dementia

    Dementia is a prominent concern among the older adult population. As the elderly population continues to increase, the number of those with dementia also will increase in number. Recent research on dementia and cognitive impairment in the aging has targeted a new disorder and with it, a new symptom that may be related to the likelihood of ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • Two Nursing Worlds that SHOULD Collide

    By Casey Hill, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, who is a nurse educator in Connecticut. Recently I attended a nursing orientation at a hospital, composed of both new graduates and experienced nurses. As a nurse educator, I enjoy being in this type of setting, seeing former students grow into their new role as a registered nurse.  Yet, like my ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • Using SDI

    Standard deviation index (SDI) measures bias using simple, easy to understand criteria. I also like this for daily quality control, because it works on all levels. Here’s the calculation: SDI = (Value - Target Mean) / Standard Deviation Thus, a glucose of 97 with a control range of 80-100 has an SDI of 1.4. A positive SDI indicates a value ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Market Your Computer Skills

    While working out I listen to short articles using an Android app called Umano. Many of the articles I hear claim that we have a lack of people who can write computer programs. Indeed, last year President Obama endorsed an “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week to encourage students to learn how to program computers (write code). ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
  • Rarely Ordered But Critical Tests

    The bread and butter of labs are those tests ordered on most patients: chemistry panels, blood counts, urinalysis and culture, and to an extent coagulation and blood bank. These are often ordered serially on patients admitted to your hospital, creating a cumulative report of laboratory values. As professionals we tend to be most productive and ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on July 23, 2014
  • Working in the Cloud

    I blogged about “the cloud” in 2010: “If you’re using any applications that run in your web browser over the Internet, you’re using cloud computing.” While our hospital still uses aging Microsoft Office software and local storage the world has moved up. And I’ve been writing in the cloud since I blogged about it. Google Apps are as functional ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on July 18, 2014
  • Keyboard Ergonomics

    What started out attached to a desktop personal computer is everywhere. Keyboards are attached to computer terminals, COWs (Computers on Wheels), and many instruments. Yet little has changed in their design (more about that below). They are big, bulky, clunky, difficult to clean, and hard to adapt to a traditional laboratory setting designed ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on July 9, 2014
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