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6 posts from March 2007

28 March 2007

Infection Protection (Healthcare Informatics - March 2007)

032007An article on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network system appears in the March 2007 issue of Healthcare Informatics.


Nosocomial infections, or infections acquired by patients during hospitalization, have long been of concern to healthcare providers. The rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals, however, has resulted in pushes for compulsory reporting and control measures.

As such, several states, including New York, Tennessee, and Vermont, among others, have passed legislation mandating the reporting of healthcare-associated infection rates. Other states are in the process of considering similar laws...

(To read the rest of the article, click here).

19 March 2007

Psychiatric, Behavioral, and Addictive Disorders (Dana Foundation Progress Report on Brain Research 2007)

Progrep2007cover_lgI ghostwrote the chapter on Psychiatric, Behavior and Addictive Disorders for the Dana Foundation's annual Progress Report on Brain Research. 


As was the case in 2005, mental health research in 2006 continued its concentration on the role of genes in mental disorders and the effects of the interaction of those genes with environmental factors.  However, 2006 brought with it a new focus on clinical and genetic investigations of treatments for those disorders...

(To read the rest of the section, click here- the chapter begins on page 56).

15 March 2007

Equity Research Firm's Report on Epic Causes Stir and Can DoD and VA Create a Shared EHR system? (Inside Healthcare Computing - 19 March 2007)

I have two articles in the March 19, 2007 issue of the Inside Healthcare Computing, a newsletter that focuses on trends and news in the healthcare information technology sector.  The articles are "Equity Research Firm’s Report on Epic Causes Stir", the lead story for the week, and "Can DoD and VA Create a Shared EHR System?"

Excerpt of "Equity Research Firm's Report on Epic Causes Stir":

Leerink, Swann and Company, in partnership with MEDACorp, published an equity research report for the IT investment sector last month entitled, “An EPIC Stumble? – Examining the Fallout from Epic’s Issues at Kaiser.” The report was based on the results of an online MEDACorp survey that was completed by 30 CIOs and other hospital decision-makers, all of whom were involved in an IT systems search at the time of the survey.

Excerpt of "Can DoD and VA Create a Shared EHR System?":

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a plan this past January to create a shared electronic health record system.  That news surprised many analysts.  After all, the VA's VistA system is often heralded as one of the best implementations of electronic medical records to date, not high on the list of systems anyone would replace.

RFID Solution Targets Patient Safety (Healthcare IT News Europe - 14 March 2007)

Hitn_eu_head2 An article on the recent AeroScout/University Hospital of Ghent, Belgium RFID project appears on the Healthcare IT News Europe website.


Although active radio frequency identification (RFID) has been successfully used in the healthcare industry for the tracking of high value assets and patient workflow, a vendor providing an RFID solution to Ghent, Belgium-based hospital Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent asserts that project is something altogether new...

14 March 2007

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (Kansas City Parent - March 2007)

Kcpmarch07An article about how families, friends and neighbors can help support the families of deployed soldiers appears in the March 2007 issue of Kansas City Parent, a regional parenting magazine. 


When her college roommate Cristina's husband deployed to Iraq last year, Jen Miller was flabbergasted.  She wanted to be supportive of her friend but was unsure of the best way to do so.  "I didn't know what to say or what to do to help," she says.  "I wasn't even sure if she wanted to talk about it."

01 March 2007

Exploring the Many Faces of Dublin and Hanau Hidden Secret: Hanau Wochenmarkt (Connection - March 2007)

Issue_mar07I have two pieces in the March 2007 issue of Army Germany's Connection magazine:  a travel feature on Dublin, Ireland and a shorter piece about the Hanau Wochenmarkt. In addition, my photographs were used for both pieces.