PyDev of the Week: Qumisha Goss | The Mouse Vs. The Python

 

 

It is great to see Women Of Color using technology that empowers others. A reminder of the Zen of Python:

  • Beautiful is better than ugly
  • Explicit is better than implicit
  • Simple is better than complex
  • Complex is better than complicated
  • Readability counts

Source: PyDev of the Week: Qumisha Goss | The Mouse Vs. The Python

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Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

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An illustration of how the pill coats the intestine mimicking the effect of bariatric surgery (Credit: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Randal Mckenzie, and New Atlas)

Gastric-bypass, or bariatric, surgery has been found to be extraordinarily effective in reversing type 2 diabetes. An exciting new study has now demonstrated an oral agent that can potentially mimic the effects of this surgery by artificially lining the stomach.

A family member has undergone gastric bypass surgery, and she swears by it. Conceive of  getting the benefits of this type of surgery without actually having to go through the process. Though these procedures are commonplace, they aren’t cheap. As the United States slowly moves towards some form of universal healthcare, cost savings become of paramount importance.

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Source: Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

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Regenerative bandage accelerates healing in diabetic wounds – Northwestern Now

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Stained epidermis cells cultured on A5G81 (Credit: Northwestern University via NewAtlas.com)

As a diabetic who have persistent wounds on my right leg, I can identify with any wrap or solution that can help my legs to grow and fluid to flow. For example below, this is a recent photograph of my right leg in a state of lymphedema.

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My right leg as of 5/3/2018

The pink found in the picture is suggestive of healing skin with limited exudence (draining). This has been a condition I’ve lived with for the past 4 years.

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Typical 3-Layer Wrap

A 3-Layer wrap, generally Abdominal Pad with Tritec™ Silver, Kerlix Gause, and Coban™ Wrap. Applied by Wound Care medical professionals with some specialized training, change at least weekly is required; more with excessive drainage.

Imagine a Hydrogel Dressing bandage that can replace the water with protein cells that have a mission to multiply and regenerate new skin. If a wider trial works, my leg prayers will have been answered.

Source: Regenerative bandage accelerates healing in diabetic wounds – Northwestern Now

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Cloud Security, HIPAA Compliance Deter Hospitals from Cloud

I have seen this in action with interactions with my region’s dominant medical network provider. On the date this blog post was made, I had an appointment with the Sleep Medicine service and found out that they could not remotely view my CPAP data due to older equipment not having cloud access built in despite an internal modem and SD Card recording mainly compliance data. Since the machine is doing what it’s supposed to do, there is no rush to upgrade.

Healthcare organizations are conservative in technology by nature, due to government regulations and best financial practices, among other reasons. The three biggest Cloud Service Providers, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Azure, and Google Cloud are all HIPAA compliant, so that is not the reason for the reluctance. There are a significant number of organizations, 40% (Donovan, 2018), that have yet to act on a successful migration to the cloud, whether it is a full or hybrid version; I get that. The trend, despite political opposition, is to pursue a managed care and/or a single-payer system, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Health. Their hands will be forced as the revenue per patient constricts while compliance expenses increase.

While Electronic Health Records placement in a cloud has a relatively low starting point, the integration into existing networks can be costly. However, 58 percent of our healthcare survey respondents stated that cloud is inexpensive to buy, but expensive and/or difficult to implement and integrate with other resources – highlighting an often-overlooked aspect of cloud costs that can be difficult to quantify (Anonymous, 2015). Connectivity to the cloud has a cost to it, and in rural areas, may not be available at the speed and reliability necessary for real-time access to information that is necessary to operate efficiently. The previous statement is a rationale for a hybrid cloud, which means local IT support replicated to the cloud increasing the cost, which gets passed on to the healthcare consumer.

The takeaway from this is “hang on, it is a bumpy ride”; well worth the effort to get to personal patient control of information and costs.

Cloud security, HIPAA compliance, and privacy are the three primary concerns for hospital CIOs who have considered using cloud-based applications.

Source: Cloud Security, HIPAA Compliance Deter Hospitals from Cloud


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Amazon Rekognition Achieves HIPAA Eligibility | Amazon Web Services

This is quite the breakthrough. Now some advanced services can be developed that will satisfy HIPAA requirements, which will allow better patient outcomes and secure effective data.

 

Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based computer vision service that makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications…See more here.

Microsoft’s Blockchain Proposition

Blockchain has captured the attention of businesses and investors lately, but besides the buzzword, what is blockchain, exactly?

 

Blockchain is a:

  • Data structure

Which is used to create a:

  • Cryptographically secure
  • Distributed (Shared)
  • Decentralized
  • Transactional
  • Digital ledger

Source: Microsoft’s Blockchain Proposition – Microsoft Tech Community