Save The Human

Asia Pacific Graduates’ Youth Forum on Green Economy 2012 was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 25-29 September 2012 which was organized by The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), The Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) at INSTAAR at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This forum was funded by the CAPaBLE Program of the Asia-Pacific Network

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RedStack

As many of you will know from my last post, we are very happy to have released our first book with Packt – quite an achievement for us.  But Packt is celebrating an achievement of their own – they are just about to publish their 1,000th title!

To celebrate, Packt are inviting anyone already registered to www.packtpub.com, or who registers before 30th September 2012, to download any one of their eBooks for free. Packt is also opening its online library for a week for free to members, offering customers an easy to way to research their choice of free eBook.

Further details of the event can be found in the Press Release.

If you think a free eBook sounds like a good idea, head over to this link: http://www.packtpub.com/login.

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Wavii Blog

Most of us don’t care about things that occur all of the time. We don’t need an update that “Microsoft was developing software today,” that “Jane listened to a song on Spotify,” or that “Anand harvested crops on his virtual farm”. That isn’t news. But, we are concerned with things that are less expected, matter on a larger scale, and are aligned with our interests, so these are the types of stories that our team is training Wavii’s tech to understand and produce.

Knowing which story concepts to train into Wavii involves two steps:

1. The data tells us what matters

As Wavii scours the web for stories, it creates summaries of what’s happening to the people, companies, products, and other topics that our system recognizes. Initially, each summary is unstructured, meaning that Wavii believes it’s important and knows which topics are involved, but doesn’t understand exactly what happened. The…

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The Digital Health Corner

The physician’s role is drastically changing.  More and more physicians are becoming institutional employees.  More patient encounters are performed via non-physician providers.  The increasing regulatory demands on physicians are consuming an inordinate amount of their time. Stress and burnout are universal to some degree. Both the financial and emotional rewards of practicing medicine have greatly diminished. They are becoming more quality control officers than healthcare providers.  However, physicians will never become irrelevant, and their key position regarding healthcare technology needs to be recognized for a number of reasons.

1.    Physicians are important to adoption of new technology.  Physicians are the first line of adoption of new technology. If physicians recommend a technology tool such as a medical app or home monitoring device to patients, there is a significantly higher chance the patient will use it than if it were picked up as a consumer item. This is because hopefully its…

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The Digital Health Corner

The government recently released its final revision to the proposed rules governing accountable care organizations (ACOs) http://www.cms.gov/aco/downloads/Appendix-ACO-Table.pdf.  These organizations will herald the beginning of outcomes based reimbursement which will replace volume-based payment systems. Three sub-agencies will be coordinating Medicare and Medicaid payment policies.  The IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) will concentrate on Medicare. It has already been criticized as having too much power for a small board. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will be testing new payment and delivery systems, and the PCORI (Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute) is charged with evaluating comparative effective research.

Outcomes based reimbursement has many implications aside from the way money will be distributed.  It will change hospital workflow.  Electronic health records (EHRs) were initially mandated to be in place of 50% of primary care physician practices of an ACO.  The final version no longer retains this requirement but does reward for…

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The Digital Health Corner

As both patient outcome and satisfaction gains more attention because it is becoming a basis for scaling healthcare reimbursement, management struggles to determine what constitutes a good patient experience and how best to achieve it. According to a recent survey, 84% of healthcare leaders identify a good patient experience as one of their top three priorities.  However there is no consensus on how to achieve this.  As an active participant in healthcare as a cardiologist for 20 years, I have my own frame of reference, but would like to inject digital health tech as an important variable in my assessment.

  1. 1.    The patient has a good comfort level with the provider, even it is a new one.  There are many reasons why patients feel uncomfortable with their healthcare.  The erosion of the patient-physician relationship is a fairly recent phenomenon which has as its basis patients changing insurers and…

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CYBER ARMS - Computer Security

Our manufacturing powerhouse ally(?) in the East have been very busy. Amidst a flood of Chinese hacking and espionage attacks against the US, three of the latest news stories stand out. From breaking into a large energy company, to increased attacks on the pentagon, to trying to smuggle tons(!) of stealth fighter skin material out of the US, our “Trading Partners” have been very busy indeed…

CHINA HACKS ENERGY COMPANY

First up, Calgary-based Telvent a company that monitors large sections of US energy industry has allegedly been infiltrated by Chinese hackers. According to KrebsonSecurity, Telvent discovered the breach of its internal systems on September 10th:

“Telvent said the attacker(s) installed malicious software and stole project files related to one of its core offerings — OASyS SCADA — a product that helps energy firms mesh older IT assets with more advanced “smart grid” technologies.”

Communication sent to Telvent customers show…

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