Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HSPI Conference Arms You With Knowledge To Face Healthcare Challenges

The infamous words, “It’s dangerous to go alone…” from The Legend of Zelda still echo in my head from my childhood playing way too much Nintendo (as compared to my adulthood playing way too much Nintendo). Now as I study and apply the tools of performance improvement and systems engineering in hospitals, the phrase has a whole new meaning to me.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Top 3 reasons Why I Attend The HSPI Conference Every Year

The annual Healthcare Systems Process Improvement (HSPI) Conference always reenergizes me. I have been attending the conference for well over 30 years. (Time flies while you’re having fun!) My first conference was in Atlanta in 1983. I missed a few along the way but I always come back. No matter what my role – management engineer, assistant hospital director, Chief Learning Officer, VP of Clinical Services and Quality and now independent business and change management consultant – I always come away with new ideas and reconnect with old friends and find new colleagues that I can reach out to for advice, collaboration and professional camaraderie.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A weekend of learning: An undergraduate’s perspective of the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2013

When I first learned about the Society of Health Systems, it was about two weeks before the 2012 national conference in Las Vegas. As an undergraduate student I was right in the middle of midterms and projects and would not be able to spend the time away for my classes, even for Las Vegas. Thus I started planning for the next year to make room to attend the conference and figure out what the heck an engineer actually does in health care. Once I heard the 2013 conference was going to be in New Orleans, I was hoping spring break would be around that time so I could spend more than a workshop filled weekend in The Big Easy, but it didn’t work out that way and luckily too because it was only a high of 40s all week!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jumping In With Both Feet – Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2013 review

2013 marked my 2nd SHS Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference and I jumped in with both feet, cohosting a preconference workshop, giving a seminar, lunch and learn table host, serving as a mentor for multiple students, writing and co-judging the inaugural student case student competition, and serving as a track chair. It certainly was a busy and memorable one!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tales from The Big Easy – Healthcare Systems Process Improvement 2013 review

“SHS Conference in New Orleans? YES!!!” was my first thought when I learnt about this great conference to take place at a great city – and both did not disappoint. Even though this was my first visit to the conference, I had heard great things about it and had been looking forward to attending it.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Healthy Lifestyles Begin With Healthy Dieting Guides

Most persons who need to have a healthy and balanced life-style will constantly modify around 1 terrible consuming addiction for an additional, flip to complicated manuals, and invest in depth hrs observing workout routines on tv that don’t create results as promised. This brings about disappointments in reaching a healthy and balanced way of life from the inability to get rid of body weight. These misconceptions are going to be averted when you just relaxed oneself down and examine from the adhering to dieting guides. This prospects you in numerous measures until eventually you grab that ideal aim of shedding pounds securely and effectively.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Healthy Weight Loss for Kids - Free Tips Inside

Health is prime priority for everybody, and what ideal method to start out than early? Wholesome fat reduction for children is recommended for father and mother that have little ones which have been somewhat about the hefty facet. You will find a great deal of factors why little ones develop into overweight at this kind of a younger age. Due to the fact they crave various meals and like quick meals, it can be probably which they achieve fat. Father and mother also appreciate to spoil they kids and one among the most typical techniques is by means of foods.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What to Include In Your Daily Diet from Healthy Food Ideas

Lean meats, salads, whole grains and fruits can make up complete meals to make you lose weight steadily. You will see how in a few weeks you get down 1 or 2 dress sizes, and in a few months you will be the slim and toned bodied beauty that you wanted yourself to look like. Besides exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you will have to watch what you are eating, to make sure that you eat healthy, and do not store toxins and fat in your body instead of needed nutrients and vitamins.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Great Healthy Food Ideas to Make You Lose Weight

Snacking is not bad if you choose the right and the healthy snacks following the healthy food ideas. An ideal snack should fill you with healthy calories, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and lots of fiber, and there should be no unhealthy and unsaturated fat, food preservatives and colors in them. To help you choose your snacks better, some healthy snacking options are shared here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Snacking the Healthy Way with Healthy Food Ideas

Snacking is always comforting. There are lots of controversies on snacking. Some people say and how too much of snacking can make you fat and unhealthy. Some people on the other hand prefer snacking over large meals, and tell that this is the best way to get rid of excess body fat. The multiple opinions and views are enough to confuse any person. Did you ever try to find out the truth behind these ideas? Well let’s take a quick tour through the science behind healthy snacking, and see how snacking contributes to the healthy food ideasto get a slim and fit body without making you overeat.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Healthy Food Ideas to Avoid Packaged Snacks

One of the best ways to stay healthy and lead a good and balanced life is to see what you are eating. Often people invite in more problems and health hazards in their normal life by choosing the wrong foods. The wrongs foods comprises of the junk foods, the aerated or carbonated drinks, the processed foods, and all sorts of comfort foods. Before you keep on munching more on these foods in gatherings, parties, while viewing your favorite TV shows or sports, you should know how dangerous they can be for you, and how you get affected with those. Then only you would get inspired to follow the healthy food ideas for a healthy life.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Eating Healthy Food On A Budget

Choosing food wisely is the first step you take towards weight loss. The more you get choosy and careful while picking up your food and cooking recipes the healthy way, the more you would be safe from getting unhealthy and obese. Needless to say you will be helping yourself only this way by preventing health hazards like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity driven arthritis, and other chronic joint pain and heart problems. The list would get long and long for those who are totally dedicated to only the comfort foods, and walk miles away from nutritious, vitamin and mineral rich foods. Therefore you must update yourself periodically with healthy food ideas to give your body the much needed complete and balanced meals

Friday, September 18, 2015

CDC ad Campaign Reveals Harsh Reality of Smoking Related Diseases

As HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notes, hundreds of thousands of lives are lost each year from smoking, though no president in 40 years has had enough votes in congress in both houses to pass a bill to ban sale and use of tobacco products. But, if congress won't act, the Administration wants to do what it can to help people learn what to do to not die from tobacco use. So, HHS has started a "Tips from Former Smokers" to help people who want to quit their dependence on tobacco.

We thought this story by CDC should be seen by as many people as possible as an effort to save mothers and fathers as well as their children and other people from a horrible disease and the likelihood of an early death. This article is unchanged from the way CDC released it, and we help bring it to the attention of editors free of charge in the hope that someone's mother or father will not die a horrible death far too early in life. We hope you play it prominently.

"Tips from Former Smokers" Shows Real Lives and Bodies Damaged by Tobacco, Government Says. A hard hitting national ad campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage suffered as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beginning Monday, March 19, ads will run for atleast 12 weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers nationwide. The "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign features compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking?related diseases and disabilities, and the toll smoking?related illnesses take on smokers and their loved ones.

The ads focus on smoking related lung and throat cancer, heart attack, stroke, Buerger's disease, and asthma. The campaign features suggestions from former smokers on how to get dressed when you have a stoma (a surgical opening in the neck) or artificial limbs, what scars from heart surgery look like, and reasons why people have quit. The ads will be tagged with 1 800 QUITNOW, a toll-free number to access quit support across the country, or the www.smokefree.gov web site, which provides free quitting information.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Come Fly with Me

Everyone has dreams as aspriations, and most of us at one time or another get an opportunity-briefly or extended- to take our shot at it. We may succeed or we might stumble, but whether we are joyful or full of sorrow, the world is not over. And, if one dream is over, other dreams are still buried deep within you, just waiting for a chance to win your heart. Failing is nat a fate as bad as having never tried. And, if you try and fail, then some other part of your sould will get its chance to shine, impressing the world on your behalf.

A heart attack can be a sneaky thing, coming in the middle of the night while yare are sound asleep, and never waking you up. Or it can seem like indigestion in the meddle of the day, and eventually go away, leaving no overt clues of its passage. Only a doctor can tell, so if something strange has happened to you, think about getting to a doctor to see if you can ignore the incident or whatever it was, of if it might mean something else that is a lot more serious. Too ofter, people ignore the signes which only means they pay a more severe price.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Medical Research Fights For New Answers For Breast Cancer

Older women who require radiation to attempt to kill breast cancer in their body may face another tribulation that comes as a result of the radiation treatments. They run the risk of radiation-induced dementia, according to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health. The federal agency that while radiation is still the most effective way to treat breast cancer, the potential of inducing dementia as a result of treatment is an unacceptable risk.

Medical researchers believe that those who are most adversely affected by the onset of dementia following radiation treatment for breast cancer were likely on the edge of dementia before treatment. Nevertheless, what medical researchers hope to find is a way to provide the necessary treatment to protect female patients from being shoved over the cliff into dementia by necessary treatment. How to do that is the question yet to be answered.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

End of Life Blues

There are times in life when each of us needs assistance, if not for ourselves, then perhaps for someone we love or who we have been caring for lately. Stuff happens in life, and the worst of it happens during the last phase of life, and sometimes people find themselves in the hands of people they never expected to be with in their final moments. We’d all love to have family with us when it is our turn to depart life, but when death certainly nears, we are happy to have anyone take time to worry about our final minutes. We’ll take whichever angels are available to make our last minutes easier. All we pray for is for someone to hold our hand, to calm our fear and to sooth our panic and helplessness. With help, we may calm our inner devils long enough to thank our human angels for their heroic assistance, and to let them know that if there is a Heaven, and if we get there, they will certainly earn a free pass - if for no other reason than for the good words of your work that we will spread to officials of wherever we end up.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dance Every Dance

In a report to subscribers, John Hopkins Medical Letter some months ago informed its readers that during the previous five years, the number of sexually transmitted diseases had jumped by 41 percent, primarily because seniors were more sexually active than ever before in recorded history, and so many of today’s seniors were not only sexually active, they were active with multiple partners. That is what doctors would call good news in disguise. While no doctor is every happy to see sexually transmitted diseases increase, it also meant that seniors were generally more healthy than in other decades, and felt able to do things that seniors of yore could only dream about.

While most of the seniors probably felt they were too old to have to worry about matters, they learned something that younger generations could have advised them about, had there been cross-generational discussions of sex. But, like everything else in life, eventually everything gets thrashed out and everyone moves forward. And, seniors whose partners are no longer alive, are learning that there can be beauty as well as pleasure in male/female relationships that begin at a certain age, and need nothing more than care and trust on the part of both partners to make their final years of life as happy as were the early years. But, it is - and everyone has to re-learn how today’s standards function - not the world of your grandparent’s day - but it works just fine anyway.

Bark Twice For A Speedy Recovery

When life levels a nasty blow on people, home confinement can seem as endless as a jail sentence. Life becomes unbearable. Everyone else is out there doing things. He or she is housebound. It is unbearable to many people and they feel isolated from everything in life they want to experience. They have never felt so alone. Enter a dog. Large or small, it makes no difference. The dog is brought in to see a person in a bed, or in a wheelchair, and it does not see isolation or despair, it sees a new friend, a new opportunity, someone to relate to and to play with.

For the many who are incapacitated by illness or accident and face a dubious recovery, a dog seeing a new friend for the first time may be the best thing available to bring this patient back toward a willingness to recover from catastrophe. The patient might not even realize this dog is therapy. In a bleak world of pain, doctors who probe and fuss, it is a great relief to see a dog who wants someone to play with him.

If the patient can throw a tennis ball to chase down, the game is on. If he can't, maybe he can pet a friend who keeps him company. If even that can't be done, well, dogs are inventive, and will think of something fun. And, patients who haven't smiled once since tragedy ruined their lives, grin at that silly creature on the bed beside him, and take the first long step back to re-entering the world again.

Dreaming of The Three Digit Club

The father of a woman who, with her own family with kids who were the age of our kids, was about to turn 99 years of age, in a senior residence along the eastern short of Delaware, and invited my wife and I to attend the festivities, since we have an oceanfront condo just a few miles to the south in Ocean City, Maryland. Turning 99 is pretty impressive, even in a home for the elderly, because most of us don’t live that long, or if we do, we aren’t greatly aware of it.

Her father was not only aware, he was ambitious to join the Three Digit Club - 100 years of age - and he figured if he was good enough to make the first 99 years, 365 more days would be a breeze. And, as a matter of fact, standing with the family members, it was easy enough to believe.

He was gracious, actively thanking everyone for showing up and bouncing around like that bouncing ball does on screen when they want the audience to sing along. We had known him somewhat, as a result of infrequent appearances at his daughter’s house during the years their kids and our kids were growing up. And, when the party was finally finished, my wife and I agreed that if anyone had a shot at the magic three figures club, it sure liked like he was a contender. Just 365 days away from the Three Digit Club.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Family Goes On Forever; Only The Players Change

Our oldest daughter and her husband have a daughter who is as lovely as is her name, which is Sarah. Sarah teeters on the brink of change, having left Middle School and all that nonsense behind, and now is (1) a high schooler, a situation that emphasizes (2) the beginning of growing up, with all that is involved in that, both physically, mentally and emotionally. There is also the bodily changes that involve hormones, emotional rides high and low, all of which hits you while you are learning a new school, studying harder than ever before, thinking about dating and the many implications of that, and trying to decide what happens with the rest of your life, should you survive long enough to live it. Oh! And then, there is homework, lots of it because now, you are in high school and nobody coddles you there. Oh, God!

Seniors Often Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Three quarters of a million American citizens - all of them seniors who did not have any intention of harming themselves - wind up in the hospital each year because, through confusion rather than from malicious intent - they poisoned themselves accidently, sometimes nearly to the point of death, and in some cases, too far beyond to be saved.

A study performed by the respected Johns Hopkins University Hospital of Baltimore, MD studied the issue, concluding that seniors are often their own worst enemy because they get confused about what medicines in what quantity, and finally, in their confusion, they take an action that at best makes them very ill and at worst, makes them very dead.

It is a new problem to the United States, as it is to the rest of the industrialized world, where people are living far longer than at any other time in history. That is the good news. The bad news was in the first two paragraphs of this story. Where that leaves seniors - and their families who would like very much to have their ancients live for as long as they can - depends on family resources, a lot of time seeing that older family members come to no harm, and a ton of luck.

We All Get One Life: Make It Last!

One of the most important ingredients in an effort to attain a healthy and long lifestyle is knowing what is important for you to do to help you reach that goal. Not many of us would wish for long life that was limited to how far we could go from our bed connected to a breathing tube. And, like everything else in life, preparation for the future by good planning followed by good execution is everything.

To help seniors and those about to become seniors plan for living a long and healthy period after retirement, the federal government has come up with a program designed to help newly-anointed seniors get help they need for a long and healthy retirement. That old rocking chair might be okay for watching a beautiful sunset, but other than that, today’s aging multitudes have agendas that keep them active, fit and involved. Watch out, because Grandma is learning judo in some government program they call Go4Life.

What Grandma is doing, of course, is staying active which keeps both her brain and her muscles in trim, and creates the exercise patterns that keep her heart and body healthy and operating like Grandma was back in her 40s again. It may be kind of tough on Grandpa, but he should have signed up for the program when she did.

The Future is out of This World

As if we needed a reminder, the Center for Disease Control reminds us that with each new dawning - 365 days a year, every year - another 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. And, in less than two decades from now, the 65 and older population will represent 20 percent of the total national population, and will be focused on heading for a majority percentage somewhere between 2040 and 2050. While you and I will have surrendered our seats at the table long before these things happen, my children and yours as well will be around as national political power via the voting ballot swings to the old and the wise. And, mind you, that is not going to happen only in the United States but in most of the industrialized nations of the world. That's a lot of gray for one old world to carry.

Living in a Popcorn Machine

A growing percentage of Americans suffer from imaginary problems, demonic and otherwise in the end years of life, and most of them, researchers say, are women. Why that is is rife with opinion but thus far, there are no valid answers that hold up under scrutiny. One prevailing theory which appears to be mostly unprovable is that as so many of us become senior, we worry who will be there for us when we die. Aging is filled with anxieties, and it seems there is always room for another one. But when 14% of the national population is worried about what happens to them when they are dead, shouldn't they really be worried about whether they can get out of bed tomorrow?

Discovery Important For Learning And Memory

New findings in mice suggest that the timing when the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is released in the brain’s hippocampus may play a key role in regulating the strength of nerve cell connections, called synapses. Understanding the complex nature of neuronal signaling at synapses could lead to better understanding of learning and memory, and might offer the promise of new and novel treatments for disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. "A change of even a few hundredths of a second in the timing of acetylcholine release can make a difference," said a national researcher. "No one had shown this was important until now."

At The Beginning of Time

At the beginning of time, there was no time. There was light and darkness in the jungle. Life was simple: kill or be killed. If you killed, there was food to eat. If you were killed, you were dinner. There were pockets of men and women who were like you, who ran about naked wielding large clubs, seeking out something small enough to kill and hiding from what was too large to kill, or frightening enough to kill you. Everything was jungle, with paths carved by the big animals you could not kill but who could easily kill you. And then, there was woman.

When Seniors See Demons

Up to 14 percent of aging Americans suffer fear and anxiety as they age, with women being more impacted by these mental concerns than are men. Most find it becomes enough of a concern to impact on their lives, and some require medical treatment. While almost everyone can become frightened by something in life, being continually worried about it happening impacts on mental stability. Is it real or is it imagined?

Take that Rocking Chair And Shove It

Today's seniors are a rambunctious group who do what they wish when they wish to do so, and they take no guff from anybody. And, mostly, they have the experience and the huge numbers to pretty much get what they want from government, which is simply saying, from us. As a senior, a fella's got to like that because as workers, we took orders at work, and when we got home and everywhere else we went. Now, as the majority of folk, we've got the votes to get a fair share of the benefits of living long. Sorta makes a fella want to live a long time, just to keep it going.

Let Me Introduce You To Maria

Maria has been a teacher for 35 years, and loves the work. Her students love her because she cares about them, helps them learn how to learn, is interested in their future and encourages them in a happy, smiling way to which they eagerly respond. But lately, she has been forgetting things-routine things mostly, but sometimes important things. It scares her. Her world seem to be falling apart.