The Pew Research Center has released a survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform. The groundbreaking survey is of nearly 8,000 sworn police officers who work in departments around the U.S. with at least 100 officers. The survey provides a detailed look at how officers feel about their jobs and how they view relations with the communities they serve at a time of increased tensions following high-profile encounters between law enforcement and blacks.
Electronic Health Record (EHR)- Case managers and others should benefit from electronic health IT systems that are automate, streamlined workflows, standardized processes, and enhanced communication opportunities among the health care team to provide better transitions of care, and improved outcomes and quality of care. Rob Pock, founder and president of TCS Healthcare Technologies says “The research findings demonstrate that most providers and health plans have important steps to take towards optimizing their respective health care IT applications.”
Health IT Survey-The 2012 Health IT Survey: TCS Healthcare Technologies (TCS); the Case Management Society of America (CMSA); and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)- findings reveal an increased reliance on IT systems as more organizations move to a paperless office environment. Of the 2012 respondents, 30 percent state their “office has moved to a completely paperless environment regarding patient or care management,” up from 17 percent in 2008 and 23 percent in 2010.
“These findings are an important reminder that we have made important advances in this digital age, but still have a long way to go to leverage IT,” says Joel V. Brill, MD, member of the Board of Directors of ABQAURP and medical director of FAIR Health. “This report does a great job highlighting some of the basic IT integration opportunities that we need to address to deliver both efficient and high quality health care.”
According to a Survey Sample International poll taken,70 percent of the U.S. reports some amount of digital eyestrain from using electronics use that could develop into serious problems later on. Vision Council, an eye industry trade group, sponsored the poll.
Dr. Joshua L. Dunaief says we need to avoid staring at our devices and remember to blink our eyes at least once every 10 seconds. “We don’t blink as much using screens because the blink response is suppressed,” Dunaief explains. “So we don’t spread tears across our eyes and they wind up drying out.”
Also, for every 20 minutes of using your computer, look into the distance for 20 seconds to allow your eyes a chance to refocus. And after two hours of continuous use, make sure you take a 15 minute break.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends screens be located 20 to 28 inches from your eyes during use, and about 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (4 to 5 inches). Wearing a pair of tinted glasses like the designed-for-computer-use Gunnar Optiks can also help. “Special lens designs, lens powers or lens tints or coatings may help to maximize visual abilities and comfort,” the AOA says.
Younger children should avoid illuminated screens completely in their early development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents “discourage screen media exposure” for children under 2