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5 Questions: UPMC Physicians on Health IT

5 Questions: UPMC Physicians on Health IT

first_imgClinicians are on the front lines, using healthcare technology in their daily workflows. To get a sense of how technology is integrating into patient care, we recently sat down with three physicians from UPMC, a large academic healthcare institution based in Pittsburgh, Pa., consisting of 21 hospitals and a network of more than 3,500 employed physicians. The physicians opened up about the efficiency gained from mobile devices and the patient care benefits they’re seeing. They also shared insights from a pilot project currently underway using Windows* 8 tablets, and their hopes for the future as technology continues to change the game for providers and patients.Joining us for this discussion were Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Vice President of Medical Information Technology across UPMC, Dr. Oscar Marroquin, a cardiologist who oversees clinical analytics and new models of care initiatives for UPMC, and Dr. Shivdev Rao, an academic cardiologist with 14 years of training, who works at the UPMC Technology Development Center as a physician adviser in residence.There are many new patients coming into the U.S. healthcare system; how will this impact healthcare technology?Marroquin: As more patients come into the healthcare system, physicians and providers in general are going to have to find ways to be more efficient at how we deliver care. We need to be efficient in the time that we spend with each patient and in the time between patients doing clerical work. Also, we need to be actively participating in the development of applications that take advantage of mobility, algorithms and analytics that lead us to delivering care in a faster, more efficient way.With all of the new wearable technology coming to market, providing users with real-time data, how are you turning big data into meaningful information?Shrestha: One of the challenges that we have in healthcare today is that we’re data rich and information poor. At the same time, we have this growing tsunami of data sets that are hitting us left, right and center. At UPMC within our information systems we have today 5.4 petabytes of data and that number is growing at a rate that doubles every 18 months. The challenge for institutions like UPMC is how to tame the data. If there are specific sensors tracking to specific types of metrics that are important from a health management perspective, are there specific times when you know it’s actually necessary to alert the clinician?  It’s not just about looking at data, but it’s recognizing patterns and being able to really condense this in a useful, intelligent, actionable manner for the clinicians and for the patients.Tell us about mobility in healthcare. How does it affect you as a physician?Rao: Healthcare is all about communication. Patients communicate their problems to me, and then I integrate those problems and try to contextualize them and communicate diagnoses and therapies. It’s really a dialectical situation. Mobility empowers that communication.Marroquin: Mobility has had a positive impact on patient care: One, it allows us at the point of care to have all the information at our finger tips, and that lets us make the right decision at the right time to understand what’s going on and take action. Two, it’s useful in that I can share the information that I’m reviewing and have a tool that allows me to explain to patients why we are doing the tests or the treatments that we’re recommending.At the more than 20 hospitals in the UPMC network, is a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or end-to-end solution more desirable?Shrestha: Consumerism in healthcare is a growing trend, and we’re all inundated with mobile devices. At UPMC, we’ve been working on a number of different scenarios with regards to BYOD, supporting a variety of different devices that our clinicians and others would want to bring into the work environment to get their work done. We’ve always had to deal with the challenges of security and access. We make sure that sensitive information in any records does not reside on a mobile device without some level of security. We’ve been very careful to evaluate all of the different devices as well as all of the different operating systems. We’ve learned quite a bit even in terms of the experiences that we’ve had with BYOD.UPMC is undertaking a pilot project, Convergence, with Intel and Microsoft using Surface tablets with Windows* 8. What are some of the benefits of having all your clinical apps available to you on a tablet and how is it enhancing your ability to collaborate?Shrestha: The interaction that we have with our patients is of paramount importance. What we’ve seen in the Convergence pilot is that the Surface tablet allows for information to be readily available to me as a clinician, so I can spend a lot more time with patients and I’m able to really interact with them and talk about things that I maybe wouldn’t have had the time to talk about. I’m able to pick up specific nuances of things that otherwise I would have missed as a result of being too busy with my eyes locked on the screen trying to piece information together. What’s also interesting about the tablet form factor is that at any given point in time, we’re able to just flip it around and actually show patients specific trends. We’re able to talk to them and educate them about the specifics, so it truly does make an impact in the interaction that we have with our patients.Ben Wilson is director of mobile for healthcare at Intel Corporation. See his other blogs here.last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to Sixty Seconds in Touch, while the world of Touch marches on, this is an edition tinged with sadness as we farewell a much-loved staff member…Kristy McManus has been working in the TFA office for the past 6 years (after coming to ‘fill in’ doing data entry for just one week). She moved from data entry to reception and was the ever-organised, ever-friendly voice answering the phones before she recently moved into the role of Personal Assistant to the CEO and organising National Travel. Today is her last day in the office, we’ll certainly miss her but wish her all the best as she heads to the Department of Health and Aging and new opportunities there. The NSW Country Championships are being held on the 27-28 May in Dubbo. For all the news and info, or to visit the website, go to www.nswtouch.com.au As the new season kicks off make sure you have a read of the article ‘Something to think about this season’, which focuses on the behavioural expectations of parents and the Ugly Parent syndrome. It’s a great chance to teach our juniors the right way to behave. Click here to read the story: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS SEASON With tomorrow being ANZAC day, lets take the opportunity to honour and remember those who have served our country and sacrificed much for us to live as we do in Australia. Touch Football Queensland Staff Member Patrice Donnelly is also making a name for herself outside the sport of Touch…a talented Hockey player, Patrice was recently featured in this Courier Mail article: TOUCH EMPLOYEE A HOCKEY STAR The My Club Touch Club Management section is now complete and contains loads of information of topics such as affiliation, constitutions, marketing, media releases, risk management and more. To visit My Club Touch either use the logo on the homepage or click here: MY CLUB TOUCH If you haven’t subscribed to the TFA mailing list yet, make sure you do…over 200 people have subscribed and regularly receive special stories or newsletters. Just visit the front page to leave your name and email address. On a separate staff note, happy birthday to finance guru Dave McMurray who celebrated his birthday on Sunday. We hope you had a great day and enjoy your birthday cake at morning tea time! In other NSW news there has been some shuffling of roles within the office as Development Officer Jarrat Wood has taken over the care of the Sydney affiliates and Chris Reynolds has been appointed to look after the Northern NSW affiliates. All of their contact details are available on the NSW Touch website. The Touch West North West Championships are back in Broome for 2006 and their website is updated with event info, nomination forms for teams and referees and more. Just check out www.touchwest.com and then follow the links. In 2005 Karratha Touch made it five straight Championship wins…who will challenge them in 2006? Gloria Jeans run an annual program known as ‘Cappuccino for a Cause’, where 50 cents from every cappuccino sold on a particular day goes towards Mercy Ministries, an organisation supporting young women. Gloria Jeans and their communication partners run an extensive marketing program to promote the day/cause and recently approached TFA to have several leading players involved as ambassadors for the program. Bo de la Cruz from the Australian Womens Open side has already agreed to be involved as an ambassador. Keep an eye on the website for future stories and promotion in the lead up to the event which takes place in October this year.With the ANZAC Day weekend competition not finished until Tuesday, results are a little drawn out this week, but upsets in both the NRL and AFL are sure to rattle a few of the leading contenders and shift those who just guess each week higher to the top. Make sure you jump online Wednesday for the latest results and standings, with several matches still to be played. The 2006 Queensland State Cup will be held on the Sunshine Coast on December 2-3 with Under 20, Open and Senior divisions available. Keep an eye on the Queensland website over the coming months for more info and nomination forms. The new Touch Football Australia referee badges are in…while the style remains the same, the badge face has been updated with the new name and logo. If you would like to order a new badge contact Chris on 1800 654 951 or [email protected] last_img read more

Fire Claims Consecutive Titles

Fire Claims Consecutive Titles

first_imgThe Queensland Fire has won back-to-back 18’s Girls National Youth Championships titles, defeating New South Wales Combined High Schools 8-5 in the final. The strong rivalry between the two school-based teams continued, meeting in the final for the fourth consecutive year.  After losing in both 2010 and 2011, Queensland made it two titles in a row with their three touchdown win over CHS. NSWCHS was the first team on the scoreboard, with Shannon Rose dashing down the wing to give her side an early lead after eight minutes of play.Rebecca Mi Mi got Queensland on the scoreboard not long after the midway mark of the half, with Tamika Upton setting her up to level the game at 1-all. Upton was in the thick of things not long after when a great long ball saw Maddison Black score and when the Fire scored again just before half-time they took a handy 3-1 lead into the break. Co-captain Kimberley Sue See extended her side’s lead shortly after the break, diving over to give her side a 4-1 lead. Kate Dreyer closed the gap for New South Wales to two touchdowns with her diving skills and when Nakia Davis-Welsh impressed with her footwork and scored soon after, they were back in the game at 4-3. Queensland pushed their lead out to three touchdowns by the midway mark of the second half and kept that advantage at the final siren, taking a three touchdown win. Upton was named Player of the Final, while Sue See was named Player of the Series. To view the full live streamed match and the highlights, please visit www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksQLD Fire Wins 18’s Girlslast_img read more

Ohio State Stays Atop AP Poll As Florida Jumps Into Top 10 And Michigan Soars

Ohio State Stays Atop AP Poll As Florida Jumps Into Top 10 And Michigan Soars

first_imgAP poll for the top teams in CFB featuring Baylor, TCU, and Utah. Florida Hype MisouriThe Gators are back in the Top 10.With the exception of Oklahoma, which was upset by rival Texas, the top 10 teams in college football’s AP Poll held serve this weekend. TCU, Michigan State, Alabama, and Utah were all tested, but all four endured. Ohio State moved to 6-0, while Clemson, Baylor and LSU rolled. The new AP Poll came out moments ago and there aren’t many surprises this week. As expected, Oklahoma is out of the Top 10, replaced by Florida. Michigan made a sizable six-spot leap up to No. 12, while Iowa and Oklahoma State also cracked the top 20 Here are the full rankings from the AP:1. Ohio State2. Baylor3. TCU4. Utah5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. Florida9. Texas A&M10. Alabama11. Florida State12. Michigan13. Florida14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Oklahoma State17. Iowa18. UCLA19. Oklahoma20. Northwestern21. Boise State22. Toledo23. Cal24. Houston25. DukeHere is last week’s AP Poll, as well as this week’s Coaches Poll. What do you all think?last_img read more

Charl Schwartzel shoots first round 65 to take early lead at The

Charl Schwartzel shoots first round 65 to take early lead at The

Courtesy of MCTMaking his sixth straight Memorial start, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel shot a 65 (7-under) to start the 37th annual Memorial Tournament from Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and finished Thursday at the top of the leaderboard.Schwartzel’s strong outing was followed by Scott Piercy at 6-under par, who has three top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this year.Four strokes behind Piercy lands Tiger Woods shooting 1-under 71 on the afternoon. The last time Woods shot a 71 in the first round came in 2000, where he went on to win his second of five tournament titles at Muirfield. The winner of the 2012 Memorial champion may have had the strongest pairing of the day, playing alongside the likes of Fred Couples (-2) and Keegan Bradley (-1), respectively.Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is threatening to miss the cut for the second straight year. After his first 18 holes, McIlroy wrapped-up round one shooting a 78 (6-over). Despite his back-to-back poor starts, McIlroy has managed leave Muirfield with top ten finishes in 2010 (T-10) and 2011(5th).Perhaps one of the bigger stories from Thursday was the performance of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China. Making his name known from making the cut at last April’s Masters, the amateur finished at an even par-72 going into Friday’s round. Tianlang is the youngest player to ever make a cut and the fourth youngest player to make a start on a PGA Tour event. read more

Ohio State coach Karen Dennis named director of track field cross country

Ohio State coach Karen Dennis named director of track field cross country

Ohio State women’s track and field and cross country coach Karen Dennis, who was named director of track and field and cross country by the university June 17.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter eight years as the coach of Ohio State’s women’s track and field and cross country teams, Karen Dennis has a new title.She was named the director of track and field and cross country by the university, according to a Tuesday press release. The position encompasses both the men’s and women’s programs.Dennis led the women’s track team to its first Big Ten championships for both indoor and outdoor competitions in 2011. She has coached 19 first team All-Americans, three Big Ten champions and she has twice coached a national champion. Dennis was also named conference Coach of the Year six times and one of her runners was named the Big Ten freshman of the year.“We are very excited to announce Karen as the director of our newly-combined programs,” said T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sport administration, in the release. “The men’s and women’s programs have outstanding tradition and combining the programs will not only bring stability, but provide opportunity to grow and strengthen both programs under Karen’s leadership.”In the release, Dennis said she is thankful for the opportunity and looks forward to continuing to grow the program.“Ten years ago I came to The Ohio State University as an assistant in a combined program,” she said. Since that time I continue to appreciate the support and confidence afforded me by administrators Gene Smith, Miechelle Willis and T.J. Shelton. I’d like to thank them all for this wonderful opportunity.”The details of Dennis’ new contract are still being finalized by the university, according to an OSU spokesman.During the 2013 to 2014 season, Dennis’ team garnered first team All-American honors in the 4×100-meter relay and produced a trio of Big Ten championships.Dennis has also spent time as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles with the men’s and women’s programs. She was also the coach of the United States women’s national track and field team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.She moved to OSU after a decade heading the women’s track and field team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she experienced similar success to her time with the Buckeyes. Dennis also spent 15 years coaching at Michigan State, where she attended college.The Buckeyes concluded their 2014 season with a fifth-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 14. read more

REPORT Cristiano Ronaldo will skip Portugals next two games

REPORT Cristiano Ronaldo will skip Portugals next two games

first_imgThe Italian Media has said the international superstar wants to focus on Juventus and the Lega Serie AJuventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid for €100 million.But the former Spanish La Liga player might miss Portugal’s next two international matches to focus on his club.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Portuguese captain will miss the friendly against Croatia on September 6.The 33-year-old will also miss the UEFA Nations League clash against Italy on September 10.The Italian media reported the player wants to focus in Juventus, where he hasn’t score yet in the Lega Serie A.last_img read more

Le Saux Sarri madness at Chelsea isnt working anymore

Le Saux Sarri madness at Chelsea isnt working anymore

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux believes change is inevitable for Maurizio Sarri if he is to become a success story in the Premier League.Upon arriving from Napoli last summer, Sarri enjoyed a dream start as Chelsea coach by winning his opening five Premier League fixtures and remaining unbeaten for up to 12 games.But things have quickly changed at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea dropping out of the title battle and even the top-four in the standings on the back of five defeats in 12 league games.Things hit a new low for the Italian coach on Wednesday night when Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Bournemouth, which left a “frustrated” Sarri unable to explain what had happened.Speaking of Sarri’s current struggles at Chelsea, Le Saux suggested that he’s playing system has now been sussed out and added that the former Napoli boss must learn to “adapt” in a similar way to what Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have done.“The problem with Chelsea is that as soon as they lose a few games, people start talking and a manager goes,” Le Saux told the Daily Express.“That is their legacy. I hope that does not happen again.“I am not saying that Sarri should change his principles. I love to see teams playing it out from the back and passing the ball. He did a fantastic job at Napoli.“Is Sarri prepared to have a bumpy ride like the one he is going through because he believes that the end result is worth it? It is a risky path, for me.”Le Saux added: “Sarri has to adapt. He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise, his problems are just going to get worse.“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt. Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He sticks to a 4-3-3 system, and when he does make a change he just changes a player within the system – so it is easy for opponents.“Everyone had worked Chelsea out by November. They knew that Jorginho was the fulcrum.“So now teams drop a player onto him as Bournemouth did with David Brooks, and they stop him. Then you have N’Golo Kante not comfortable in his role on the right, and the team are unbalanced.“If you don’t adapt then you are stuttering, or even going backwards.“This was not just a one-off – there is a pattern now. This has happened to Chelsea several times this season – at Tottenham, Arsenal and now Bournemouth. And it has not been simply an unlucky 10 minutes in these matches.“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”Chelsea will host bottom-placed side Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge for their next Premier League match on Saturday.🇮🇹 Maurizio Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with his @ChelseaFC players after the 4-0 loss to @AFCBournemouth.😳 He kicked his coaches out of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola.⏰ He was in there with his players for almost an hour.📝 @MichelleOwen7 pic.twitter.com/RkaYva0Jgn— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2019last_img read more