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  • Terminology and the Power of Plain Language

    Speech language pathologists use an impressive amount of technical terminology, also known as jargon. This is to be expected within any professional discipline, however, clinicians are regularly required to code-switch between high-level terminology and plain language.Back in my early days, I was presenting to a teacher and a young ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 3, 2015
  • Music Improves Your Work

    All the labs I’ve been in have a radio on. A surveyer once commented on this in a lab, saying in her experience they were usually by a sink. In our lab there is a radio directly outside my office, which is the only place we get reception. All day, every day it plays country western music. Not all the techs - myself included - prefer this genre, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 23, 2015
  • A New Perspective on Privacy and Security as Foundational Components of Information Governance (IG)

    [The following blog post was written by Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, Sr. VP of HIM and Privacy Officer, HealthPort]  Healthcare must move beyond compliance to a greater model of IG. For the past three years, the Privacy Point column has focused primarily on privacy and security- issues, challenges, priorities along with ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 16, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • Data Security Dilemma

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Jeff Margolis, chair and CEO, Welltok] Data, data, everywhere...the practical dilemma is that even as the increasing threat of data security challenges is hitting the front page, healthcare industry leaders and pundits are in nearly universal agreement that far more - not less - consumer ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 3, 2015
  • It’s Time to Integrate Competency-Based Learning into Nursing Informatics

    Competency-based education (CBE) is in the news and on the agendas of nurse executives and educators throughout the country. This relatively new brand of education begins with the end in mind-specifically, the outcomes of learning and the demonstration of specific competencies by learners.  The competency based approach may be used in a total ...
  • Pulse Oximetry Tests for CCHD

    All babies in the U.S. have a newborn blood screen. Newborn screens are run by each state.  All states test for sickle cell, metabolic, endocrine disorders and nearly all screen for cystic fibrosis (CF).  Other states may choose to test for more disease processes in the newborn blood screens. Early diagnosis allows parents ...
  • Will 2015 Be The Year Your Watch Teaches You About Your Health?

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by  Dr. van Terheyden, CMIO at Nuance Communications.] Regardless of which side of the exam table you sit, we're all healthcare consumers. Technology holds the potential to create clinical synergy between patients and caregivers, providing better intelligence about personal health ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on February 5, 2015
  • What Needs to be Done to Improve Nursing Home Care

    Over two decades ago the report from the Institute of Medicine (IoM) led the way for monumental changes to take place within the nursing home industry. The report of the IoM basically stated that nursing homes needed significant reform and that it was an industry that was loosely regulated, potentially compromising the lives of many who ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • Collecting Good Data

    As professional data collectors, lab techs are poor data collectors, at least when it comes to quality assurance. I’m not sure why this is. It could be a flaw in the collection method, distractions that take priority, measurement interference with the process, or a combination of factors. For example, we tried to collect data on how many ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 26, 2015
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