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RN Volunteer Opportunities for First Aid Support in Cities Across America

    nationalnursesunited.org - RN Response Network - October 13, 2011

As a past volunteer for the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), we wish to thank you again for your desire to help people and communities in need.

Now we are asking for your help again, to join our first aid efforts in cities across the U.S. where Americans are rallying for real solutions to our national economic emergency.

You were there when we dispatched volunteers to assist with the recovery effort following a tsunami in South Asia, a hurricane on the Gulf Coast, Southern California wildfires, the earthquake in Haiti, and with contributions following this spring’s disaster in Japan.

RN volunteers have made a difference on each occasion, even when we have faced huge hurdles, including substantial governmental impediments, for example, to placing volunteers on the ground in Haiti. Yet on each occasion, RNRN did act, and sent as many volunteers as possible in these heroic humanitarian efforts.

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The Next Five Years in Health IT: ONC's Plan for the Future

by Helen R. Pfister and Susan R. Ingargiola, Manatt Health Solutions - ihealthbeat.org - October 11, 2011

On Sept. 12, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released an updated strategic plan for implementing a nationwide health information network. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015 sets forth activities to improve health care through use of health IT tools.

Below is an overview of the Strategic Plan and some of the federal government's newest initiatives, including the Query Health initiative, the electronic health record data segmentation initiative and various initiatives to drive consumer engagement in health care, such as the recent proposed regulation affording individuals direct access to laboratory results.

Strategic Plan Background

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FDA's Jensen Says Drug Shortages Largely Result Of "Quality Issues"

submitted by Luis Kun

HealthDay (10/3, Gardner) reports, "Prescription drug shortages in the United States, which reached a record high last year, are getting worse, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday." Valerie Jensen, associate director for the Drug Shortage Program within FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said that "so far this year, some 200 drug shortages have occurred compared to 178 in all of 2010." Jensen added that "many of the scarce drugs are injectables...used to treat serious conditions such as cancer. Some are only given in hospitals and are 'absolutely critical.'" Causes listed for the shortages include "quality issues, such as sterility or drug impurities," "delays or manufacturing capacity problems," "discontinuation" and "raw material shortages." The first is the largest cause by far responsible for over half of the shortages.

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Experts to Discuss National Healthcare and the Role of IT - Oct 6th

Leverage IT for Effective Government Healthcare Programs

FEDERAL EXECUTIVE
BRIEFING

 

Thursday, October 6

7:30 - 8:30am
Registration, Networking Breakfast & Book Signing

8:30 - 11:00am
Program

The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20004

In 2010, legislation changed how American citizens, service providers, insurers, and Federal, state and local governments approach national healthcare. Join Federal Computer Week for this free Federal Executive Briefing on October 6 to discuss the direct implications of these nationwide changes for citizens, businesses and public sector organizations.

There is no doubt that strategic application of information technology has a pivotal role in decreasing operating costs, improving quality of service, and retaining reliable patient, doctor, and insurance information. Following David Walker’s Keynote address hear subject matter experts discuss relevant technologies that directly support more effective Government Health IT programs.

You Will Learn:

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IT and Information Sharing Environments for Community Health Resilience

Information Technology (IT) and Information Sharing Environments (ISEs) are crucial to the evolution of community health resilience.  Most people working to improve community health resilience do not understand the nuances of Information Sharing Environments, and how the rapid shifts in IT, mobile devices, social media, cloud computing, peer to peer parallel processing, smart grids, and the linking of millions of people, mobile devices, computers, and sensors are creating a societal mind, which is transforming community health resilience and the health and human security of Americans.

If you have thoughts on these topics, please comment within this collaboratory thread.

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National Community Health Resilience Workshop

Near Final Version 

 

2011 Community Health Resilience Workshop AGENDA

 

DAY 1

 

8:30-8:50 - Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

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The Power of the 21st Century Librarian


Michael D. McDonald, Dr.P.H.

It can be argued that libraries have their origins in the swarm behavior of individuals and groups acquiring and sharing cultural artifacts (e.g, pictographs, books) as the fundamental repositories of knowledge within a community and the broader society.  Librarians have played a key role in the founding and differentiation of  America at its origins.  Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, for example, played key roles in deepening and broadening the tradition of knowledge sharing within the early United States. 

 

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'Wi-fi Refugees' Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

BBC News - September 12, 2011

       

Nichols Fox lives alone in a home powered primarily by gas just outside the Quiet Zone

Dozens of Americans who claim to have been made ill by wi-fi and mobile phones have flocked to the town of Green Bank, West Virginia

There are five billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide and advances in wireless technology make it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of mobile devices. But while most Americans seem to embrace continuous connectivity, some believe it's making them physically ill.

Diane Schou is unable to hold back the tears as she describes how she once lived in a shielded cage to protect her from the electromagnetic radiation caused by waves from wireless communication.

"It's a horrible thing to have to be a prisoner," she says. "You become a technological leper because you can't be around people.

"It's not that you would be contagious to them - it's what they're carrying that is harmful to you."

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Electronic Sensors Assess Contact Between Healthcare Workers

                                            

submitted by Luis Kun

Infection Control Today - September 6, 2011

Transmission of hospital acquired infections (HAI) is mainly based on contacts between patients, patients and healthcare workers (HCWs) and between HCWs only. Description and quantification of contacts at hospitals are key pieces of information for epidemiology and implementing control measures for HAIs.

Researchers in France and Italy describe the SocioPatterns project that has developed an technology based on RFID badges that provides a reliable infrastructure to detect face-to-face proximity of individuals. The system was tested at a scientific conference, in a primary school and in a hospital unit.

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Is 'Contagion' Fact or Fiction?

by Kim Carollo - ABC News - September 7, 2011

      

Jennifer Ehle stars as Dr. Ally Hextall in the film "Contagion." (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

There may not be any zombies, vampires or mutant monsters wreaking bloody havoc on innocent people, but the fact that "Contagion" has a premise that experts say is all too possible may make it the scariest movie of the season.

In the film, a star-studded cast battles a lethal species-jumping virus rapidly spreading sickness and death around the world. Director Steven Soderbergh said in interviews that he aimed for scientific and medical realism in the film. Producers and writers consulted with a number of leading virologists and shot some scenes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

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