Nothing to do with healthcare technology. It is seasonal and as Homer would say Duh!!
Most people who drink spirits at home pour well over what they would get in a pub when trying to give a single measure, figures suggest.
The government’s Know Your Limits Campaign found that among 600 people tested, the average amount poured was 38ml, compared with a standard 25ml.
Those aged 31 to 50 – the most generous pourers – gave an average of 57ml.
For a person thinking they were drinking 7.5 units a week, the extra measures would equate to 17 units.
It could also mean that people wrongly think they are drinking within the NHS recommended limits of two to three units a day for women and three to four units a day for men.
The alcohol industry has been offering free measuring cups with certain mixer drinks this Christmas.
Posted by Scott Kirsner December 14, 2009 07:00 AM
If you feel that most messages posted on Twitter verge on over-sharing, you can stop reading here.
But if you’re fascinated (as I am) by all the private-turned-public observations Twitter encourages, the WiFi Body Scale from Withings, a French company, will be just one more astounding data point. It not only charts the ups and downs of your body mass index on a password-protected Web site, but it can send out info about your morning weigh-in to all your followers on Twitter.
Yes, it tweets your weight.
It went on sale in the U.S. in September, and entrepreneur-turned-investor Bob Metcalfe of Polaris Venture Partners was one of the first locals to start using it. (The Twitter feature was added just last month.)
Every morning at 9 AM, the scale in Metcalfe’s Back Bay townhouse sends out a tweet; he’s trying to go from the 220-pound range to 179, by eating less and exercising more. A typical message might read, “My weight: 222 lb. 41.2 lb to go. Never too rich or too thin. http://withings.com.”
Soon after I started seeing messages from Metcalfe’s bathroom appliance, I noticed thatRich Miner, the Cambridge-based partner at Google Ventures, the investment arm of the search company, was sending out a tweet right after Metcalfe’s. A characteristic Miner tweet would say, “My weight: 168.7 lb. 16.7 lb to go. How obnoxious is this… http://withings.com.”
Tensions and Paradoxes in Electronic Patient Record Research: A Systematic Literature Review Using the Meta-narrative Method
Trisha Greenhalgh, Henry W.W. Potts, Geoff Wong, Pippa Bark, and Deborah Swinglehurst
University College London
Context: The extensive research literature on electronic patient records (EPRs) presents challenges to systematic reviewers because it covers multiple research traditions with different underlying philosophical assumptions and methodological approaches.
Methods: Using the meta-narrative method and searching beyond the Medline-indexed literature, this review used “conflicting” findings to address higher-order questions about how researchers had differently conceptualized and studied the EPR and its implementation.
Findings: Twenty-four previous systematic reviews and ninety-four further primary studies were considered. Key tensions in the literature centered on (1) the EPR (“container” or “itinerary”); (2) the EPR user (“information-processer” or “member of socio-technical network”); (3) organizational context (“the setting within which the EPR is implemented” or “the EPR-in-use”); (4) clinical work (“decision making” or “situated practice”); (5) the process of change (“the logic of determinism” or “the logic of opposition”); (6) implementation success (“objectively defined” or “socially negotiated”); and (7) complexity and scale (“the bigger the better” or “small is beautiful”).
Conclusions: The findings suggest that EPR use will always require human input to recontextualize knowledge; that even though secondary work (audit, research, billing) may be made more efficient by the EPR, primary clinical work may be made less efficient; that paper may offer a unique degree of ecological flexibility; and that smaller EPR systems may sometimes be more efficient and effective than larger ones. We suggest an agenda for further research.
Orion Health™ appointed for pilot ECR Project in Northern Ireland
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Orion Health Ltd, a leading provider of integration technology for the health care industry worldwide, has been appointed by Northern Ireland to pilot a new Electronic Care Record (ECR). The one year pilot phase will see hospitals and GP practices across two of the five Health and Social Care Trusts begin to share medical records and basic social care information using the Concerto™ Portal from Orion Health. Concerto Portal is a web-based clinical portal that provides a unified view of patient data sourced from many disparate information systems and databases across a healthcare organization.Concerto Portal provides Clinicians with a unified view of patient information that enables them to make informed clinical decisions, saves time and reduces cost by eliminating the repeating of unnecessary tests and reducing errors resulting in improved patient care and safety. The pilot project will allow clinicians in Northern Ireland’s acute and primary care services to access a summary of information collected during previous hospital and GP visits.
Twelve groups of inventive seniors in mechanical engineering at Northeastern showed the best of their creative work
last week, in an annual presentation of senior capstone projects that highlight creative innovations.
Among the most interesting? Hands down, it was the glove.
A team of undergraduates developed a glove designed to help stroke patients regain fine motor skills in their hands, formally known as the Angle Tracking and Location at Home System (ATLAS) bimanual rehabilitation glove.
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Constantinos Mavroidis, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Maureen Holden and doctoral student Mark Sivak advised the team on their project.
The project sought to offer real-world solutions to a rehabilitation challenge, and did so by combining the knowledge and talents of physical therapists and engineers, said Holden.
“In this project we were trying to develop a low-cost virtual-environment based glove system that can be used for motor retraining of the arm, hand, fingers and thumb in patients who have suffered a stroke,” Holden said. “The idea … is to keep the cost low enough and the features simple enough that patients can afford to buy one and use it independently in their homes.”
Sivak noted that stroke patients often couldn’t continue with physical therapy, either because they can’t drive to the location or it’s too expensive. “With the glove, the idea is to create an affordable, at-home mechanism to help them regain fine motor skills.”
It works through a series of sensors to provide resistance in hand exercises. The glove is wired to a computer, which displays virtual reality games that sync to hand exercises, Sivak said, explaining that the games add an element of fun to the therapy.