Friday, November 30, 2012

International Year of Statistics Home

I had no idea 2013 would be the year of Statistics.   Link to the celebratory site below…

International Year of Statistics Home

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MidWest SAS Users Group Fall 2012 Conference Papers

A link to some of the papers from the fall conference.  I hadn’t attended one of these in a very long time.  Mistake on my part as I get into a programming rut using the same code over and over again.  Helps to see new tools, and new ways of doing things.

SAS Papers, Slides, Documentation, Tools, Linked Resources

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Three Republicans Urge House Leadership To Set Up New Health Care Committee

A committee with a fifth of the US Economy under its purview.

Three House Republicans are proposing to shift all health care jurisdiction away from the powerful Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees to a new Committee on Health Care, according to a 'Dear Colleague' letter they sent to Republicans Wednesday (Nov. 14), and are eying Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a potential head of the proposed committee, a source close to the issue says. The lawmakers intend to offer the proposal as an amendment at the Republican Organizing Conference on Thursday, and the source says the idea has support from many of the outgoing GOP freshmen.

A health care lobbyist told Inside Health Policy there is little chance of such a committee becoming a reality. The Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce chairmen could not be reached for comment by press time.

The proposal is being pitched by Reps. Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Reid Ribble (R-WI), who said in their email to Republican colleagues that the current committee setup is a “relic of decades of Democratic control,” and if the party is committed to reforming the federal government and repealing the Affordable Care Act, establishment of a new health care committee represents the best chance.

Three Republicans Urge House Leadership To Set Up New Health Care Committee

Friday, November 09, 2012

Illinois hospital to open supermarket clinics - Modern Physician

Another step in the direction I suggested here.  Next step is not to just collocate and share space, but learn lessons on serving customers too.  Watch how they manage those queues at Jewel.

Edward Hospital, Naperville, Ill., will open two clinics inside suburban Chicago Jewel-Osco grocery stores.

The clinics will be open seven days a week and will be located inside the Jewel-Osco pharmacies; they will offer routine treatments and preventive care without an appointment. Family nurse practitioners and physician assistants from Edward Medical Group will provide care at the selected stores, located in Naperville and Romeoville, Ill. Edward Medical Group employs 45 board-certified family-practice and internal-medicine physicians.

"We're proud to partner with Jewel-Osco and provide high-quality healthcare that's convenient and that fits the busy lifestyles and schedules that many of us have," Edward Health Ventures President Bill Kottmann said in a news release.

Edward Hospital is a 330-bed facility about 30 miles west of Chicago.

Illinois hospital to open supermarket clinics - Modern Physician

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

MIT algorithm designed to clear up confusion in healthcare NLP

If you want to understand why a Medical App isn’t like your Accounting App.  Don’t hold your breath for this to be easily cleared up.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working on algorithms to better distinguish the meaning of words that might be used in multiple ways--a common occurrence in healthcare, reports MIT News.

Since so much data is buried in physician notes, for instance, the implications for advancing natural language processing are huge. The problem lies in "word-sense disambiguation"--determining, for example, whether  "discharge" refers to a bodily secretion or release from a hospital.

The researchers, from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, will present their new system next week at the American Medical Informatics Association's annual symposium in Chicago.

MIT algorithm designed to clear up confusion in healthcare NLP - FierceHealthIT

Healthcare Experts Balance Patient-Reported Data Promise, Problems -

Interesting use of Patient Responses linked to the EHR.

The Cleveland Clinic has collected patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data on more than 720,500 patient visits since 2007, including upwards of 83,000 in its Epic MyChart patient portal, according to neurologist Dr. Irene Katzan, director of the clinic's Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. The database contains about 13 million responses from 238,000 patients, and 1,062 providers actively contribute to data collection.

When patients arrive for appointments at several Cleveland Clinic departments, they enter information on tablets or on touchscreen kiosks in the waiting areas; the organization has deployed about 385 tablets for this purpose, Katzan said. Patients also can enter information online through Epic's MyChart, though only 30% of data collection is happening this way.

Healthcare Experts Balance Patient-Reported Data Promise, Problems -

Announcing SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB RC0 - SQL Server Express WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

And I just loaded mine last night.

Announcing SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB RC0 - SQL Server Express WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs