All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘healthcare’

HBR Review of VA Transformation

The author invited VA Secretary Bob McDonald to present his views on transformation of the VA over the last 2 1/2 years as part of the author’s Managing Service Organizations course. One of the 5 lessons McDonald reflected one, “Build a capacity for learning and continuous improvement,” makes specific mention of the importance of Lean Six Sigma and Human-Centered Design …

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Universal Healthcare

Since healthcare is an important recruiting, retention and readiness issue, you may appreciate this article. It provides useful background on US costs/quality as well as policy issues that contribute to why the US, unlike most other developed nations, does not have universal healthcare. -Joe

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AR and VR in Healthcare

Article predicts that 25% of the investment in AR and VR will be in healthcare. Skip Rizzo’s work at USC- BraveMind combat stress program is mentioned. Not much detail here beyond broad areas like patient therapy, disease research and medical eduction. Indeed, a recent Goldman-Sachs report forecasts the market for AR/VR in healthcare, second only to gaming, will reach $5.1 …

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Healthcare modeling & the aging veteran population

As the veteran (and overall) population ages, the unique needs of elderly become increasingly important.  This article summarizes some of the major unique aspects of care for the elderly and some significant challenges.  Policy, current training and metrics need to be addressed for improved care. “The older you are, the worse the hospital is for you,” said Ken Covinsky, a …

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We might be closer to a single-payer healthcare system than we realize….

Based on a study from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health reported by Kaiser Health News… Taxpayers Foot 70 Percent Of California’s Health Care Tab, Study Finds | Kaiser Health News “For a majority of Californians, a public-run system is already the reality,” said Andrea Sorensen, a graduate student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, who co-authored the …

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Google’s healthcare initiatives

Augmented reality, virtual reality, big data, computer vision…. Interesting coverage of some of the potential disruptive, MOVE-related technologies that Google, Apple, Intel and others are interested in… How Google Plans to Reinvent Healthcare | Markets-and-stocks | host.madison.com A confluence of factors, such as digitization of records, machine intelligence, genetic engineering, and rapid advances in medical equipment, have made the field …

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Validating simulation – and getting surprise results.

We talk quite a bit about validating simualtion as part of a training and education program.  One of our frequent observations is that, in general, studies that compare simulation training to no training tend to provide very un-surprising results that can be of limited value.  It’s important to study – but it’s also important to make sure the results of …

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Eye scan & expertise in simulation-based training environments

Pretty neat article… Similar to the work here at NPS in helicopter navigation and military decision making – eye scan provides objective information on an individual’s expertise.  As with our work here, eye tracking also provided novel assessment capabilities.  Eye-Tracking Technology Improves Nursing Training The eye-tracking data showed a marked difference between how the novice and the more experienced nurses …

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IBM Watson diagnoses cancer that doctors missed

Can IBM’s Watson be credited with saving a life? According to doctors at the University of Tokyo, yes. They report that Watson compared the patient’s genetic changes with a database of 20 million cancer research papers. Conventional methods had not been successful in identifying the disease. http://www.ndtv.com/health/artificial-intelligence-used-to-detect-rare-leukemia-type-in-japan-1440789 Owen Johnson, Senior Fellows, University of Leeds views adoption as a barrier to …

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Reducing shift change induced errors

Simulation has proven to be very effective for improving performance of healthcare teams (TeamSTEPPS).  While training cansignificantly improve performance, the process of identifying, vetting and testing other solutions such as Job Performance Aids is also critical.  The following article outlines an interesting study that evaluated a number of simultaneous efforts to improve patient safetly. Web Tool Reduced Medical Missteps During …

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