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  • 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
  • Virtual Reality – For Nurses, the Future Is Now

    Discussions about virtual reality (VR) often center on the technology; specifically, sophisticated headsets like Oculus Rift, which was showcased at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). While VR is still in its infancy, many innovations will surface in 2016, supported by conversations about VR's health and medical ...
  • What’s in a Sneeze?

    By Tamer Abouras   Remember the hubbub about 3D printed firearms a few years ago? The concept of 3D printing in and of itself — certainly one of the more futuristic ideas we’ve brought to life in recent times — is a little bit confounding until you’ve seen it with your own eyes, and so the idea of anything that’s been printed using one of ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on March 3, 2016
  • Managing Your Inventory

    The importance of properly managing inventory so that supplies for all phases of testing in your laboratory are available, accessible and in-date is critical, not only for providing quality patient care, but for the fiscal solvency, operational efficiency, customer service and staff morale of the laboratory. The goals of any inventory ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on February 22, 2016
  • Social Media & Sleep

    By Tamer Abouras   In a way that’s paradoxical and ironic, the internet — and app-based social media platforms ostensibly powered by it — makes widely disseminating conspiracy theories about assorted modern technologies (including itself) easier than ever before. Just think for a moment of all the times you’ve researched how to “go off the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on January 27, 2016
  • Form and Function

    In my last blog, I described how to create a table in a database that stores blood bank index card file information. At a minimum, this should contain the patient name, date of birth, and a checkbox to indicate if the patient has antibodies. That’s the easy part, and it can be done in a few minutes. The other features of OpenOffice (and Access) ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 27, 2016
  • 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
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