Specific to a11y.. Also, these extensions work on my favorite browser @vivaldibrowser.
I am not a hardcore developer, and Google has tools for this as well, but this is never a bad thing as far as I’m concerned.
Electronic Health Records are a good thing, except when they are not. Being disabled, medical professionals are a major part of my life. Interactions with them, for the most part, can’t be avoided. I consider myself a geek and reasonably wise to electronic communication means. I even have a working knowledge of HIPAA and all that entails. Coming to grips with the utter lack of EHR implementation at the consumer level is difficult to deal with. One of the providers has a reasonably popular medical specific web portal. It’s not very functional, but it exists. Another group is part of the region’s largest system. My mind struggles with the concept of a total lack of confidence in modern medical communications and associated technology. Having a secure HIPAA compliant communication portal, app, or even Whatsapp, which is 100% encrypted, suitable for transferring files that can be imported into the record keeping that all facilities are mandated by law to control. As the nation nudges toward a single payer system, despite current politics, inefficiencies become sore wounds and costly. The lack of portable EHR with a common format for the secure interchange of data will come back and bite the clients who are in no position to weather the outcomes. Nobody, not even TPTB, wins in that environment.
Recently, I had a doctors appointment with my family physician. What is interesting about this event? He carried a tablet with a keyboard dock with him as he discusses with the patient. All of our conversations are transcribed and available for reference. The rest of the office only has the standard technologies; desktop computers, printers, faxes, that sort of thing. I printed out the most recent list of medications, and the staff either scanned or typed the information in their systems; couldn’t tell which, and it didn’t occur to me to ask.
As I was researching this post, there are few events in life that haven’t happened to someone else, this being no exception. As early as five years ago, this entered my view:
Healthcare facilities need to work with providers to make it easy for them to deliver excellent care. This includes having ready, instant, and continuous access to complete patient records – access resulting from compatible EHR systems and dependable computer networks. Standards must be set and enforced that allow compatibility across systems. A start has been made in this direction, but it needs to progress quickly yet carefully (Tong, 2012)
If any of my interactions are any guide, these lessons were not learned nor executed. And that is a shame really. Anything close to a potential utopian solution must have the free and fair interchange of Electronic Health Records while automating as much of the nonclinical minutiae of the American Health Care system; even if it remains a continuation of the Affordable Care Act.
By Eric Wicklund
August 28, 2017 — Healthcare providers may be using more telehealth and telemedicine than ever before, but Medicare Is still a significant barrier to growth.
An analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services’ 2016 payments for telehealth and telemedicine shows a strong uptick in total reimbursements, claims submitted and originating site claims, but the total is still a small fraction of CMS’ total payments of $600 billion-plus and nowhere near what the federal government anticipated spending some 15 years ago.
That difference between actual use and potential use is pushing a groundswell of support to change how CMS reimburses for digital and connected health technology. Aside from several letters calling on CMS to loosen the purse strings, more than a half-dozen bills have surfaced in Congress seeking those changes.
Notable for its absence is the patient’s home. Medicare does not reimburse for telehealth or telemedicine services provided to a patient at home, hindering many mobile health and remote monitoring programs.
And therein lies the problem. People on all sides of the political spectrum can agree that the US Government does not always use common sense in making regulations and rules. This is one of those times. If the goal of medical treatment is positive outcomes at less cost, seems to me that telemedicine is one of the tools to achieve this. There is a disincentive to do that, especially if the goal is a single-payer system where most would have Medicare/Medicaid and everyone would have some form of healthcare plan/insurance. To someone on a fixed income, even the amount listed (actual price for the service, fewer insurance considerations) is a barrier to treatment.
North America and UK current systems. Canada is a national network of province systems.
You can’t fault the Democrats and Liberals for trying. After all, the base (which includes me) is finished with half-measures. I am among them, though I’m not quite ready to go all-in for the total government system. My preference is that everyone who is not covered by an employer or Veterans Affairs coverage is eligible for Medicare with everyone 200% or less of poverty level eligible for Medicaid. Medicare isn’t perfect, and I have some issues with it myself, but it is certainly better than the alternative. If I say, Carolinas Healthcare, it’s in my operating interest to take care of patients that are done now in the Emergency Rooms, without having to worry about them getting paid or trying to collect on folks that will probably never pay it back, due to chance or choice.
While Republicans were trying and failing to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in Congress were quietly lining up behind a single-payer health plan that, as written, would fundamentally reshape American health care for every single person in the country.
That plan has now gained the backing of 60 percent of House Democrats, the most support a single-payer plan has ever enjoyed in Congress, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is planning a national campaign for a similar proposal in early September.
But by its author’s own admission, the House single-payer plan — Rep. John Conyers’s (D-MI) HR 676 — may not be ready for legislative prime-time. For instance, it contains only a skeletal outline of how to raise the trillions of dollars needed to achieve the universal, free coverage it wants to give every American.
But the bill is the sudden rage among the Democratic base and its congressional officials, aligning the party with a piece of legislation whose scope and speed would likely be unrivaled by any recent law in the Western world, according to four health care experts.
Microsoft gets it. The rest of the industry, what are you waiting for? #getwiththeprogram
Anything to promote #a11y is a great thing. Lighthouse is a great tool that has now been integrated into Chrome DevTools, also available directly in Vivaldi.
I have previously written about this technology and haven’t got much of it lately until now. This time it’s being marketed as a compliment to 4G/5G and WiFi, not a replacement. What comes to mind is the “complementary” nature of Bluetooth and WiFi. To explain from Wikipedia:
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio wavesin the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs) (“Bluetooth,” 2017)
As Bluetooth come to mind, the IEEE working group associated with this also sees LiFi as a Personal Area Network (“IEEE 802.15.13 Task Group,” 2017). For this technology to take off, the current usage of Compact Fluorescent Lamps would have to give way to LED light bulbs. The transition from Incandescent light bulbs isn’t fully complete so this could be a while, compounded by the current Administration and their views on such energy advances.
Could Google develop this OS to get around the prevalence of Java in current Android and Chrome OS? And avoid Oracle in the process?
As the hit musical Hamilton continues its cross-country tour, Lin-Manuel Miranda and company saw fit to create an app for fans. It features stickers, the opportunity to enter a raffle for cheap tickers, and more. Under-the-hood, “Hamilton — The Official App” also happens to be one of the first applications built with Flutter, which is also used […]
After Hidden Figures was released last year, an unprecedented amount of US embassies were reportedly calling the State Department requesting the film. Eventually, the movie was screened to nearly 80 locations overseas and because of all those screenings, a new, publicly funded exchange program will bring women from around the world working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to the United States.
H/T Scott Santens via Twitter.
I really like the idea of a citywide Universal Basic Income. Half regular money $1000 and half cryptocurrency $1000.
A cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) is a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new units. Cryptocurrencies are a subset of alternative currencies, or specifically of digital currencies. Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009. Since then, numerous cryptocurrencies have been created.
The current Federal Poverty Level is $1,005 monthly per person and $348.33 additional person. This means that the FPL will be covered, and the D-Coin concept takes care of city services and businesses as it is basically the modern version of scrip. This past weekend, I spent quality time with family members who live in and around Detroit at a family function; The direct topic did not arise, but attempting to catch up with Mom’s side of the family, Detroit’s renaissance was a topic. Doubts about the veracity of it were communicated, but we shall see where it lands.Continue reading
Why does the MSM let these folks get away with this? It’s beyond time to bring real subject experts on these programs.
While driving yesterday, I listened to a panel discussion on taxes led by correspondent Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC.
With the usual left-right line-up of guests, they debated whether the Trump tax plan would benefit the rich or everyone.
The man from the right was part of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity. He insisted that massive tax cuts would be very beneficial for middle-income and poor Americans. The man from the left (center, really) disagreed and insisted that the big winners were the rich.
Then the center-left man said that the governor of Kentucky tried massive tax cuts and it backfired. He quickly was corrected (or corrected himself) and said it was Kansas, not Kentucky.
That’s where Governor Sam Brownback cut taxes, predicting an economic boom–that never happened. Instead, the state is facing a budget hole of nearly $900 million, and even Republicans recognize they must raise taxes.
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H/T to Serdar Yegulalp of Infoworld on this story.
In Chrome 60, I used my local webcam: The results, 1st is the straight webcam outside the program, 2nd is the output.
In Firefox 54, again the before (enlarged) and the after.
So as you can see, this works in multiple browsers. Edge is currently not one of them: