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  • 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
  • Dear Future Leader

    Last week you told me about a recent leadership meeting: participants, proposed initiatives, attempted negotiations, and post-meeting allegiances. I didn’t hear what you needed, but I should have. I tried to dissuade you from higher-level politics. I don’t know if I felt jaded, or if I was trying to protect you. I care about you a lot. I don’t ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 6, 2015
  • Future Procedures

    For most of my career I’ve heard about how computers will transform our lives. The first laboratory I worked in had an air conditioned room filled with hardware, spinning drums, and enormous, deafening printers. The inevitable march of progress has brought countless promises of paperless, instantaneous, limitless, cheap, and other adjectives, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 21, 2015
  • E-Procedures

    In my last blog I wondered why techs use package inserts when there is a procedure on the shelf or online. For me the reasons boil down to pictures (everyone loves pictures) and availability (it’s right there in the box!). It almost certainly isn’t that a package insert is easier to read. Far from it! I usually end up scanning it or downloading a ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 16, 2015
  • Nurses Will Benefit From the Internet of Things

    Nurses may have already experienced the Internet of Things (IoT) - also known as the Internet of Everything - in their personal lives as smart sensors surface in objects ranging from trash bins and refrigerators, to office supplies and slow cookers. IoT is also poised to influence nurses' professional lives. The healthcare IoT market will surge ...
  • Do You Still Email at Work?

    In 2008 I blogged “Big Brother Has Mail,” about justified paranoia that employers may be reading the emails of employees. I didn’t read email then, since, or now. It’s a waste of time when a manager is doing a good job. But hospital environments are changing. In the interim I saw four security cameras turn into thirty two cameras, keyloggers ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 7, 2015
  • Search That Fact

    Imagine a contemporary trivia game show with teenage contestants pitted against each other to see who can find information the quickest. The host asks a series of factual questions across content areas (history, literature, science, music, etc.). Contestants type key words on their cell phones, which appear on large monitors placed above their ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 14, 2015
  • Has Theranos Passed the Sniff Test?

    Just a few short years ago healthcare technology company Theranos burst on the scene. This company founded by a non-scientist college dropout Elizabeth Holmes is now a billion-dollar success story.   Holmes’ differentiating edge is to make lab tests available easier, faster, cheaper and using micro samples instead ...
  • Why Do You Switch Methods?

    One of the challenges in laboratory medicine is keeping up with technology while reducing cost or keeping budget neutral. This isn’t easy, since the amount of information grows daily from emails, websites, trade magazines, scientific magazines, physician requests, colleagues, and sales hucksters. Newer technology is often cool - smaller, faster, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 9, 2015
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