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Electronic Health Record Progress: Looking to the Future of Patient Medical Data

Ever since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was enacted, the handling of medical records has been revamped. Instead of relying on written records to access patient data, a new system has been more commonly utilized. Motivated by the incentives offered by HITECH, hospitals have started to embrace electronic health records (EHR). EHR is a …

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Digital Online Privacy?

Americans have long held individual privacy, as stipulated in the Bill of Rights, as sacrosanct. In recent years, however, the cyber revolution has brought many uncertainties to citizens’ rights and issues regarding privacy. Specifically, on December 2, 2015, two extremists, Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 individuals and wounded 22 more in San Bernardino, California. Months later, in …

Humane Technology in Science Education

For decades, live dissections have been the cornerstone of anatomy lessons in high school biology classes. According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society (2012), frogs, rats, cats and fetal pigs were often the staple of scientific experiments for students. In 1959, two PhD scientists published The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, in which they called for the reduction, refinement, and replacement …

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match: How DNA Testing Changed Orthodox Jewish Matchmaking

Orthodox Jewish communities, shrouded in mystery and preserved by tradition, remain a small but easily recognized fixture in America’s Jewish population. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center Survey of US Jews, Orthodox Jews make up roughly 10% of the adult Jewish population in the United States [1]. Within the Jewish community, the Orthodox are identified by their strict adherence to …

Cheapstat: The Personal Potentiostat of the Future

Most often used in electrochemical research, the potentiostat is a circuit that controls the voltage between a working electrode and a reference electrode contained in an electrochemical cell. The working electrode acts as a surface for the electrochemical reaction to occur, while the reference electrode is used to measure the potential of the working electrode [1]. By controlling the voltage …

The Implications of Population Health Management

It has long been recognized that a small percentage of patients with complex needs tend to use a disproportionately high percentage of health care resources. These individuals are referred to by a variety of terms including “super-utilizers”, “high-risk patients” and “beneficiaries with complex needs.” These patients tend to over use acute care services and often have a combination of physical …