This Medical Records Archiving

When the question is asked “should we archive our medical data records?” one could simply say “Of course you should. After all, it is your data”. Then stand by and expect providers and hospitals to line up for data archiving services. However, let’s don’t be too hasty.

True, there are many benefits from archiving medical records whether they are static records that are needed for long term reference or patient active records that are needed in ongoing patient services. Either way it is important to remember that potential risk accompanies potential gain.

When new technology is being considered it is especially important to evaluate the risks. It has always been true that our technology potential exceeds our proven, time-tested skill to exploit that potential. Among the benefits of new technology are increased processing speed and ease of access. So mistakes can be made faster and more people will be given opportunities to make them.

Specifically consider the Cloud for storage of archived records. There is still much discussion about long term security of data held in the Cloud. We have a well documented track record for implementing and maintaining security on host servers. What that really means is that we have a greater understanding of the risks associated with storing data on host servers than we do for storing data in the Cloud. Which storage method will prove to be the better choice remains to be seen.

Every archiving project begins with a data conversion. Extracting medical records and then converting them to a format compatible with the data archive structure.

With IoT, more services are becoming available faster than we can reasonably adopt them. That is not a reason for avoiding Medical IoT services but a warning. Providers should do their homework, make a plan with measurable steps for determining progress and proceed when satisfied with the plan and it’s identified risks.

Most importantly, the safe storage and ease of retrieval for all your current medical record data, needs to be implemented. Do this before MIoT begins adding huge volumes of data to your existing library.

A personal example: Recently my daughter was given a fifteen page printed document with detailed information recommending changes to her diet relative to her long bout with kidney stones. The document could easily have been delivered electronically. Learning of this experience and reading about the Medical Internet of Things, it occurred to me that the medical profession may not yet be in a mode of actively adopting new technology. Considering that she is being treated at a prestigious teaching university in Texas, which I would expect to be more progressive in adopting new and useful technologies, it is probable that providers not connected with a teaching university may be even more reluctant to take up new tools.

That said, making good use of existing technology may be vital to the successful integration of MIoT.

Choosing to implement data archiving for your medical records would be a prudent step in preparation for new services as they come available via the Medical Internet of Things.

About All Occupational Stress

Although there are ceaseless debate about the meaning of stress and countless definitions of occupational stress, simply put, occupational stress are those overt and covert behavioral responses to external stimuli in the work environment which places excessive psychological and physical demand upon the person. It is a subjective feeling or response as a result of the conflict between the demands of the job or characteristics of the workplace and the person’s potentials and or capabilities. In that instance, the demands of the job tend to outweigh or under task the person’s potentials and capabilities for meeting such demands.

Stress agents that lead to manifestation of occupational stress are classified into the following categories: personal stress agents, cataclysmic events, and background agents.

Personal stress agents or stimuli are those major events in one’s life that can produce an immediate stress reaction when the individual cannot meet with the demands of the job. Examples are starting school after a long period of being a business man, being elected into parliament; change into married life, starting a business after a long period of being a civil or public servant.

Cataclysmic stress events are stress stimuli that occur suddenly and are usually devastating. This type of event affects many people simultaneously and can lead to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), a condition in which the victim re- experience in lucid flash back or dream the original event and the feelings associated with them. The September 11th 2001 terrorists attack on the world trade center in the USA is a typical example of a cataclysmic event.

Background stress agents (Hassles and uplifts) are minor irritations that people experience daily in life. However, a single background stress agent is not enough to produce much stress except when it is cumulative. The manifestation of psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety is highly correlated to the number of daily hassles that one experiences.

CAUSES

Stress provoking stimuli or events that affect workers particularly in modern organizations are not limited to events within the organizations only but originate from the outside alone. No doubt, in the present high technological advancement, organizations tend to become larger and more complex; hence, there are more accompanying stress provoking events. More so, the growth and complexity of organizations are expected to continue by the day. Considering this fact, it becomes a herculean task to make exclusive list of various stimuli that causes stress in the work place. However causes of occasional stress are primarily of four categories.

a) Individual stress agents – they are stress stimuli that relate to the individual dispositions of the incumbent employee. Examples are psychological hardiness and type A personality pattern.

b) Group stress agents – they are stress stimuli that arise out of group interactions and influences. Examples are group conflicts, lack of inadequate social support and inadequate group cohesiveness.

c) Extra organizational stress agents – they are stress stimuli that arise from outside forces and events not relating to the organization directly but in alliance with other factors within the work environment can lead to stress. Examples are family problems, residential and financial conditions and technological changes.

d) Organizational stress agents – they are inherent factors of an organization that potentially provoke stress in the individual. Examples are the organizational structure and policies, inadequate lighting, inadequate information, line staff conflicts and others.

Both employees and employers of labor should bear the above in mind and take adequate measure to ensure that the mental health

Your Mental Health and Psychological stability is important to you. It is in your hands

Information Prevalence of Anxiety

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You’re running late. You’ve got a presentation at work that has been looming for weeks and your car won’t start. Your in-laws are in town, your son just got suspended in school and your daughter is dating a boy you don’t like. You’re stressed, and understandably so. Sometimes the pressures in our life add up, and it can be a lot to handle. Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy; everyone has moments when they feel overwhelmed. But what happens when our stress and anxiety levels rise above the norm?

More confusing, what does it mean when we’re

The Spinal Cord Damage In Children

After spine surgery, in the rehabilitation period, you may need to manage soreness, pain, stiffness and limited mobility. Different kinds of spine surgery involve the need to limit your exercises and activities. Therefore you may require assistive tools at home.
The rehabilitation process incorporates avoiding exercises like twisting, lifting, or bending for a few weeks or even months or more.

Regularly, you must be extremely careful about your return to complete physical activities after surgery, appropriate and completely restoration of bones may take over a year.

Advantages of Post Surgery Aid Items

There are many post surgery aid items intended to make the recuperation procedure less problematic. Many are designed to provide mobility assistance and fall prevention and help you with twisting, reaching stretching, bending, turning, lifting and various other daily activities.

Here are some extremely useful items that will help you throughout the recovery period;

1. Swivel Cushion

Swivel cushions allow you to turn easily while putting less pressure on the healing part of the spine. It is normally used on chairs in homes and car seats. It is important to remember that swivel cushions will not work well in deep cushioned seats like recliners or some very soft seats. On harder, flat surfaced chairs and hard car seats it can work well. It allows you to rotate your body into the way you want to look or reach something.

2. Grabber

If your rehabilitation process requires limited activity, then you must invest in a grabber, also known as reacher. A well designed grabber will allow you to pick up things with ease without even walking. Some grabbers come with grip and grab convenience and are very light in weight to put less pressure on you spine when you try to reach any item.

3. Handrails

Handrails help you to get out of bed and walk in your house with ease and also prevent sudden falls due to stiffness and pain. You can ask someone to install handrails in walls, beds, and toilet so you can walk and stand up easily.

4. Quad Cane

A light weight quad cane will help you going for walks and standing up, that once was challenging after surgery. Some quad canes are foldable and easily carried everywhere. You can use it when you want to use toilet and to go for a walk as a workout in the end of your recovery period.

5. Heating Pads and Ice Packs

Alternating hot and cold compresses helps to relieve pain faster. It is one of the essential items to have during recovery period. If your spine surgeon doesn’t tell you, ask him or her how use alternating hot and cold compresses.

6. Extra Pillows and Cushions

Pillows and cushions add extra support for your spine. You can also place one under your knees to slightly rise when lying on you back to put less pressure on the spinal cord. Use firm pillows to prop up to a reclining position. If you sleep in a side lying position, you must tuck a cushion between your knees to keep your lower back at rest.