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Queen of Code

January 28, 2015

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it that way".

 — Grace Hopper

 

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YouTube Excerpt:  Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.  Alec Momont website


 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 2010, the poverty rate in the United States was 15 percent; in Washington, D.C., it was 19 percent. But inequality and poverty are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to the general state of public health in the District. From crime to chronic disease to substance abuse, the District of Columbia — and other major cities like it — must contend with many complicated issues that only stand to magnify one another. 

The George Washington University’s online master of public health, MPH@GW, created an infographic, Health & Wellness in the District of Columbia, to demonstrate the full scope of public health in the city by looking at a variety of issues side by side. The graphic also intends to start a conversation within other communities by asking the question: When it comes to improving public health, are we really looking at the whole picture?

Brought to you by MPH@GW, a Masters in Public Health

 

By Emily Newhook on behalf of George Washington University's Public Health Online 

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Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.


 

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I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats, live animals, etc. an entirely new experience. Zillow should take note, as well, and start moving beyond still photos to showcase a home.

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This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look.

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Learn more about how this artist is single handedly helping to increase patient satisfaction.  

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This is a great Ted Talk for those tech companies disributing their technology on a global level like LitCentral, Inc. The title is a tad ambigous because Joel Selanikio's message is really about evolving software distribution and then reaping the rewards of the data produced by pervasive distribution. In summary, if the limitations of you and your staff are standing in the way of your healthcare technology reaching its full potential and helping people all around the globe, you need to figure out how to get the hell out of the way.

There are only 24 hours in a day, and it's simply not possible to physically implement technology in multiple places at the same time, if the project hinges on a few masterminds.  However, the world doesn't have time to wait on your availability, especially if your technology is helping improve healthcare. Selanikio speaks about people and organizations being more technology savvy than we often give them credit. So begin designing the implementation of your products and applications around the indispubtable fact technology has finally reached the Four Corners. Hardware like tablets, smartphones, ATMs, or even a $10 cell phone – coupled with communication like text, email, and social networking – have educated the world abroad in tech, and reach crevises of the earth you never knew existed.  If you design the user experience like Facebook and Hotmail for viral global deployment, chances are your impact on healthcare will be bigger and faster while requiring less handholding.

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Lifehacker – How I Work

October 24, 2013

Remember so long ago receiving your worldy knowledge via newspapers, magazines and the slit-my-wrist evening news?  Now we literally carry the most powerful information resource on the planet (the web) in our pocket. There are millions (yes millions) of applications to help you gain access, sort and digest the deluge of info.  I am currently […]

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iSketchnote – A promising approach to e-notebooks

September 12, 2013

Jump back to circa 2005/2006 and you will recall digital notepads had a slight impact on technology, but they never really caught on.  Special (expensive) paper and special pens made the whole experience not so "special".  At the same time, the tablet PC was an expensive alternative that allowed you to capture all your drawings […]

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Teach Yourself Code

September 2, 2013

If you are a start-up, without a developer as one of the co-founders, think about teaching yourself code. Many co-founders find themselves asking, "But what language?"  Well, that's a great question!  If you have a "big idea", and it can be deployed within a browser, it is best to start with Ruby on Rails.  Rails […]

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US Healthcare vs The World

August 31, 2013

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The Funding Game

May 21, 2013

The path of a startup entrepreneur will require at least one round of funding (unless you have an “Aunt Winfrey or Uncle Gates” in your back pocket).  This quest is often stressful, and many nights will be spent in deep meditation, while you debate how much of your baby you are willing to give up […]

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Going Going Gone – Technology Relics

May 14, 2013

I was actually galvanized to write this article a few months back, after cringing at the annual site of the Yellow Pages shrinked wrapped and delivered in front of the entrance to my office.  I kept looking around for the culprit, expecting to see a deliveryman navigating the business district with horse-and-buggy, and a crazed […]

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