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Comment It is a sign (Score 2) 278

The ability to catch up with technology and protocol is directly proportional to how forward thinking the practice is. You are not going to see a witch doctor with a carefully created and compliance list of potions. Similarly, you are not going to get an HR department to care about technology enough to build a compliance website.

Comment Re:So what. Doctors SHOULD be paid more. (Score 1) 336

> The kind of radiology procedures you talk about are not day-to-day healthcare Radiology procedure is not day to day healthcare? What DO we considers Day to day? mammography is most certainly a routine procedure. Half the population needs it on a yearly bias. > And where they are needed, they can easily be handled by a small, specific IT system, not an all-encompassing IT behemoth. What is the cost benefit of having a small system that only do the routine procedure while the emergency procedure are done on a different system given the whole point of the routine check up is to have something in archive to compare for future reference? And how is a "Small IT System" make any different? What do you even defines as an all-encompassing IT behemoth?

Comment Re:So what. Doctors SHOULD be paid more. (Score 2) 336

I would have to say no. One example, Radiology system are critical to patient healthcare. Large amount of diagnostic, specially on life threatening illness or injuries, require the use of Radiology system. The advance in Radiology technology is crucial to the delivery of health and procedure. You can't really flips thousands of images physically for a case, with potentially another thousands of priors study that are required to load and reference. Storing physical photograph media are incredibly expensive compare to storing images digitally in hard drive. IF anything. IT in this area saves the Hospital money. They don't need to hire someone to physically sort and organizes film, don't need someone to bring it to the room. Don't need someone to manages the film and flips them for the radiologist. Don't need to copy them and deliver them off site for backup. Don't need a dedicated and incredibly expensive film printer to bring to the emergency room or give to the out patient for transfer. You can just send them across the WAN, and All they need now is an IT who look after a few SANS with consumer replaceable parts. The HIS is another. It saves the hospital money in much the same manner. Paper trail workflow are no longer needed. You don't need to expose every patient information to all staff in a binder, all they need is press a button and let the actual Doctor with the correct permission to view the data. You also don't need to store those information in paper form. Doctor don't need to waste time reading through all of them when a few keyword will produces history and allergy record or other issues. You don't need to hire people to mail or personal deliver those across campus. In fact. IT made specialized clinic possible due to the ease of moving data. Without them being digital, there are no way you can have specialized clinic that are focused on one thing. The overhead of transferring patient information would be far too great for them to handle being a small clinic. You have to be incredibly out of touch regarding to Healthcare to think IT contribute little. IT is what made modern healthcare possible.

Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment Re:Apple's strategy (Score 3, Insightful) 348

I think using a LED / LCD screen for book reading is going to put a little more strain on the eyes then e-ink display. Which might make it not suitable for a good amount of people. If being doubled as e-reader is the major selling point, this is likely to be too expensive to count. Of course, Apple have a few years to let this go. We will see.

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