ER ‘superusers’, a thing

SU_fimgThis story is about a hospital system that decided to make an investment to save costs and improve lives of those who uses their facilities the most; termed “superusers” in this piece. When I first read the story, a thought came to mind that since there is not Universal Healthcare, ACA notwithstanding; uniquely American phenomena would exist because people will get healthcare by most means necessary. That involves the level of care that is mandated by law at Emergency Rooms. Our neighbors to the North, Canada, have some of the same issues, and most everyone is covered by birthright. In both cases, a holistic multidisciplinary approach is taken to address the root causes while finding solutions that are humane and cost effective.

Any part of the universal basic income movement must include proactive and preventive healthcare in order to let Emergency Rooms be for emergencies, not primary care. With Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who can be placed in these societies or accessible in telehealth, the costs of addressing a problem before it comes serious enough for acute care are worth the investment. Politically, however, any vote to spend money at a Governmental level is a non-starter for enough of the population to ensure DOA legislation and initiatives. Housing, income, nutrition, and education addressed together to have a greater chance of success and can no longer be looked at in a vacuum,

emergency_0Illinois hospital offers housing to curb ER superusers | FierceHealthcare

‘Super users’ of health care system the target of reforms

The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too – Android Central

The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too – Android Central

The author, who I make a point to read whenever he writes, is pointing fingers at Google for privacy issues (where have we heard this before?) in the education market, which they have Windows PC-like control of. Google’s business model and privacy needs can co-exist if done properly. Unlike Apple or Microsoft, Google’s approach is essentially

here is the hardware and software in our cloud, now go run with it.

There is nothing inherently wrong with that approach and could be tied to cost savings compared to traditional school vendors. Handholding and administration outside of internal staff must be made available, and Google does not have a history of having an inside sales support force or some of the assets in place, thus the rub.

Microsoft is rumored to have a direct answer to this market by introducing a version of Windows 10 that is locked down, modern RT if you will. This time it is for Universal Windows Programs only. The selling point is that you can get a locked down device, but should the end user or administrator desire and pay a fee, it can be upgraded to full Windows 10 Home or Pro edition. This way you can have the best of both productivity worlds and can be executed today, unlike other devices announced. This will put a dent into Google’s dominance of the 3-12 education market, and make inroads in undergraduate studies with the upgrade options. The upgrade fee for educational buyers needs to include Office 365, OneDrive, and Skype automatically for up to 4 years. Pricing somewhere along the lines of $100 home and $150 pro. Currently $120 for home, $200 for pro, and $80 for Office University. Should Microsoft hit a home run with this in 2017, you better believe that the Electronic Freedom Foundation will have them in the crosshairs.

via The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too | Android Central

California Gov Candidate: Develop the Coastline to Fund Income for Everyone



Image Credit: Zoltan Isrvan

When one of the handles I follow on Twitter retweeted this link, a compelling reason to explore it further is due to having a keen interest in the subject, having written about it previously. Since the politician profiled is not part of either dominant political party, his chances of being co-opted immediately are slim and none. However, part of his argument on selling some public lands does make sense and could fly in a limited way. The plan he proposes for the funds raised would only work in a limited number of states which does not include the Carolinas.

Read story via California Gov Candidate: Develop the Coastline to Fund Income for Everyone.

How virtual reality (VR) is improving end-of-life care

I think this is a great idea and should spread to the states. In your final days, happiness is beyond deserved, it is required. As this is cutting edge technology, not a lot of published journals or even popular media exist on the subject. Most of what is found currently deals with telehealth and remote monitoring. Patients and caregivers alike seek remote mutual support from others who are coping with a terminal illness (Demiris, Oliver, & Wittenberg-Lyles, 2011). Where VR fits this scenario is to provide experiences that can be shared with a support network similar to the description in the previous sentence. At this stage, VR is a near exclusive on-premise function that can be administered by allied health personnel, not necessarily nurses unless there is a problem.



H /T ZDNet UK  – Loros


“In the UK, terminally ill patients are being transported from the hospice to other worlds.”

How virtual reality is improving end-of-life care | ZDNet

Demiris, G., Oliver, D. P., & Wittenberg-Lyles, E. (2011). Technologies to Support End of Life Care. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 27(3), 211–217.

ANU lens turns smartphone cameras into microscopes – Fertile Mind

This is exciting.

Source: ANU lens turns smartphone cameras into microscopes – Fertile Mind – Medium

I published this story to Medium about 3 years ago when it was written from ZDNet. Relevancy and freshness of content are important to me while transitioning to active blogging. A mere two years later, Doctoral students at the same University in Austrailia took the lens into microscope discovery and ran with it for a new application. The detection of water quality based on a droplet onto a smartphone attached lens, rendered in software. In the piece, the group focused on developing country travelers using this as part of their acclimation to the new surroundings. “The idea is that tourists headed to developing countries can pick up a bunch of these lenses at the airport and when they are unsure of water-quality, they can test samples of their water by placing drops on top of the lens, which links to their smartphone camera.” as quoted by John Rivers from the Research School of Biology at Austrailian National University (“ANU Students Win In Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge | ANU Science”). This needs to be applied to communities such as Flint MI and East Chicago IN.smartphonelensimageHere is an example of a smartphone lens microscope that was discovered. Having published a blog post on a similar subject has expanded the uses for this technology to very relevant fields. (2016, June 10). ANU students win in Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge. Retrieved April 19, 2017, from