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Blocking Internet at Work: Is it Really Helpful?

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine, Uncategorized on May 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

We are in the 21st century.  It is a century that has changed the way we work and function .  Some of us who have seen the previous era of doing things physically, they would know how different the world has become.  Internet is the most important innovation of human creation from my opinion.  I would not hesitate to say the Internet has become one of the basic necessities of life, like food, shelter and clothing .  It is a necessity for people with progressive philosophy.  Internet has changed the way we do things on a daily basis.  From paying utility bills to making a business successful, Internet has helped humankind significantly.  With the ease of internet, we can now save so much time on doing things.  Information is readily available.  So decision-making  times have reduced significantly.  We all have Internet access in some form through an Internet Service provider, either for home, cell phone or work.

Today I wanted to make a few pointers on ‘personal use of internet’  at work.  I may not be speaking for everyone reading this, but I will try to touch each corner of the issue.  Being a Doctor, I am faced with the challenges of human body on a daily basis.  Sometimes it is an easy fix and sometimes not.  From the moment I get up, I am constantly occupied by my work.  Constant learning and being up to date is a must for me.  Given the magnitude of work, people like me hardly have time to sit down and read a professional magazine to improve my knowledge on current topics.  Internet becomes very handy at those times. I can browse the information I need when I really need it.

Here is the problem. The offices and hospitals that I work for, block  most of the websites including access to  email,medical websites, social networking, youtube etc.

Let’s say a patient, Mr. Smith,  comes to me with complaints of headaches and we diagnose  him with an aneurysm in brain , the next challenge is to know the latest treatment of brain aneurysm as medicine is  changing very fast.  So I have no way to get access to the latest information which puts Mr. Smith and myself at risk of  delayed treatment due to lack of information .  You may say that is not a personal use, but my profession is personal to me.  Let us say you do not want to buy it.

Personal use includes the email, web browsing, shopping, vacation planning etc..  I agree with the fact that many people indulge in misuse of Internet including pornography which puts a bigger risk of  ‘Loss of Productivity’ and  system crash at work. I agree that control is a must.  I agree that access to social networking ,youtube and similar websites should be limited as they may reduce work efficiency.

We all have doors and windows at home which we lock every night before going to bed and when we go out. Why do we do that? To make sure that bad people do not have access to our privacy and belongings. But do we not open the doors when we have to go out and do the work in the real world. Then, why do we  have to lock the access to world-wide web completely and not open it when required.  I want you to ask yourself the question today , is it OK to punish all when the culprit are only a few.  Can we not develop better mechanisms to track of what people browse over the Internet so as to punish the culprits?  I’m sure that  people who are honest browsers of Internet would not be scared of any tracking.

So what if I have to plan a vacation when I have some free time .  So what if I pay my utility bills while I’m at work.  So what if I go buy gifts online for my parents for coming Christmas.  It will only boost my morale and reduce stress in my daily life as I know, that ‘I have taken care of things that I need to’.  Being unable to use Internet is a stress factor for most of us because we cannot take care of certain things without it. Reducing stress would only reduce the potential to get any disease and improve our work efficiency because we will be satisfied.  The few questions I would like you to ask yourself are:

‘Do you not need Internet to progress in life and get more peace of mind”

‘Is it unjustified to take a few moments in day between work to take care of things as long as you are taking care of work in time’

‘Is Internet not a blessing?’

The staff attitude changes by liberalizing some things at work. “It is better to have 80% staff with good attitude rather than having 100% with a bad one.”

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Impact of Globalization: Worse than expected

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine, Uncategorized on May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Globalization refers to the increasingly global relationships of culture, people, and economic activity. It is generally used to refer to economic globalization: the global distribution of the production of goods and services, through reduction of barriers to international trade such as tariffs, export fees, and import quotas. Globalization contributes to economic growth in developed and developing countries through increased specialization and the principle of comparative advantage.

An international movement toward “free trade” and globalization shaped the latter half of the 20th century. Most nations have built-in significant protections and regulatory frameworks to keep globalizing forces in line. Americans cannot rely on having a comparative technological advantage, because this nation is actually behind in many fundamental technologies. Americans cannot rely on high labor efficiency, because the low costs overseas far outweigh any inherent bump provided by our highly skilled and educated workforce.

Positive of globalization in the US

Increased Competition
One of the most visible positive effects of globalization is the improved quality of products due to global competition. Customer service and the ‘customer is the king’ approaches to production have led to improved quality of products and services. As the domestic companies have to fight out foreign competition, they are compelled to raise their standards and customer satisfaction levels in order to survive in the market. Besides, when a global brand enters a new country, it comes in riding on some goodwill, which it has to live up to. This creates competition in the market and a ‘survival of the fittest’ situation.

Generates more wealth and prosperity

Utilization of capital with the cropping up of new markets and new opportunities is definitely the most vital impact of globalization on the richer countries. This in turn generates more wealth and prosperity.

Bigger profits

      U.S. companies make bigger profits by sending jobs overseas.

Merging Politics

Gradually there a world power is being created instead of compartmentalization of power sectors. Politics is merging and decisions that are being taken which are actually beneficial to people all over the world.

Communications

Most people see speedy travel, mass communications and quick dissemination of information through the Internet as benefits of globalization.

Promotes Progressive Thinking
Globalization is not merely limited to exchanging food, recipes, and the likes, but runs deeper in the way of bringing about a change in the attitudes and thoughts of people. It makes people tolerant of varied views from different parts of the world and thereby promotes progressive thinking and to bring about social reforms in society. It also helps in the political field by making different governments aware of the varied ways in which governments are run.

Better Products

Countries move to market sectors that they are better at. This simply      means that the labor in a country is going to do what it’s best at. There is no need for Americans to do manufacturing when someone in China can do it better. Our labor is better served doing something beneficial.

Negative of globalization in the US

 Unemployment

In the new global system, multinational corporations can shop for labor almost anywhere they want.  So why should they give American workers good wages and good benefits when they can legally pay large numbers of workers on the other side of the globe slave labor wages and get away with it? This is having a devastating impact on manufacturing in the United States.  In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent and it continues to fall.

Increased Competition

Globalism has allowed foreign countries to dominate a whole host of industries that used to be dominated by the United States. U.S. companies are having an incredibly difficult time competing against the low labor costs and the much less stringent business regulations found on the other side of the globe. In May, the United States spent 50 billion dollars more on goods and services from the rest of the globe than they spent on goods and services from us.

Child labor and slavery

There are various schools of thought which argue that globalization has led to an increase in activities such as child labor and slavery. In countries with little or no accountability, corporations employing children can work smoothly by bribing the officials, which may result in an increase in illegal activities. Critics opine that globalization has resulted in a fiercely-competitive global market, and unethical practices in business is a by-product of this.

Moving Infrastructure

Corporations are building up units in other countries that equally well equipped, thus transferring the quality to other countries.

Diseases

Globalization is also leading to the incursion of communicable diseases. Deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS are being spread by travelers to the remotest corners of the globe.

Affects Local Markets
When foreign goods flood the market and people begin to buy them, it is done at the cost of the local goods, especially in developing countries. For example small time businessmen who do not have the resources to export their goods and only depend on the locals to buy them, go through varied degrees of losses because their goods are not sold. So if you ask a small time businessman whether globalization is good or bad for developing countries, he’ll probably answer in the negative.

Loss of Power

This undoubtedly superior United States doesn’t exist anymore. As a center of power, it is still more powerful than others, but for some years now that energy has been flowing in the opposite direction. Today, Asian, Latin American and European nations are also playing a role in the United States’s productive core. The world’s greatest exporter became its greatest importer. The most important creditor became the most important debtor.

My opinion

     US economy has seen a significant drop over last decade because of the effects of globalization.  With businesses moving overseas and loss of jobs, I did not see any significant improvement in the US economy in the coming future.   I do believe that if US tries to cut down on the spending, there could be some improvement. As far as the globalization goes, situation is only going to get worse for US.   For overall world, globalization has been proving effective in   improving   for him for e for quality in different nations of the world. Taking into consideration both positive and negative aspects of globalization, the world is coming closer.  overall I feel it is beneficial for the world,  but not necessarily for US .

The strong point that the critics of globalization and supporters of anti-globalization movement want to make is that this phenomenon will result in implications in terms of economics, culture, health and employment, and most of the countries are not ready to take on these disadvantages head-on. Taking their seriousness into consideration, it is not at all possible to turn a blind eye towards these negative effects of globalization. The need of the hour, therefore, is to evaluate various pros and cons of the for the globalization find out which of the two have an edge over the other.


Mobile Communications: A Blessing to Healthcare

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Why should healthcare facilities invest in this Mobile Communications?

  • Worker accessibility is critical in the hospital environment. Nurses, doctors, technicians, maintenance and transport staff must be able to instantly reach and be reached by colleagues.
  • Outdated paging systems and multiple communication devices cause misunderstanding and reduce productivity in hospitals.
  • Hospitals have emergencies everyday, and being prepared for emergency situations is of the upmost importance. Having a mobile communication device that alarms staff members of an emergency allows them to prepare in advance. Being prepared in advance increases productivity by improving response time and eliminating wasted time on false alarms.
  • Having the capability to search, create, and manage information in your hand helps physicians drastically improve decision-making.

It is clear that the potential for mobile communication to transform healthcare and clinical intervention in the community is tremendous. Several previous studies have evaluated the use of mobile phones to support healthcare and public health interventions, notably in the

1. Collection and collation of data for healthcare research

2. Support of medical and healthcare education and clinical practice in the community

3. Support telemedicine and remote healthcare in developing nations, with examples including their use in off-site medical diagnosis and as information support in the treatment of HIV care in difficult to reach rural areas.

4. The use of short message service (SMS) text in the management of behavior change.

5. In sexual health education.

6. Improve patients’ adherence to antiretroviral treatment

7. Controlled drug trials.

8. GPS (Global Positioning System) and location-enabled smartphones offer many additional application opportunities that can further assist the independent living of persons with disabilities and/or multiple chronic conditions, as well as in epidemiology/public health surveillance and community data collection.

Use of this new technology impact existing workflows

a. Increase productivity and efficiency in the healthcare environment

b. Help ensure that mobile workers are instantly available and accessible when needed

c. Increase available time for direct patient care

d. Enables immediate decisions at point of care

e. Enhances patient care.

Obstacles involved with using this technology in healthcare?

Cell phones are not a viable solution to the hospital communication challenge, as their usage is prohibited in certain areas of the hospital. Additionally, construction materials used in parts of the building can reduce or block coverage altogether. As a result, hospitals have typically relied on overhead paging to reach mobile employees and disseminate urgent messages. However, overhead paging can disrupt the healthcare environment — often disturbing patients as they try to sleep, rest or relax. And the public nature of overhead paging does not provide the level of discretion required by law for some messages, causing the recipient to take additional steps to learn the pertinent and sensitive details.

Communication inefficiencies can have a profound impact in the healthcare environment. For doctors, nurses and technicians, additional time spent on administrative tasks and tracking down colleagues directly translates into less time available to care for patients. According to a recent study, the average nurse spends only about 31 percent of his or her time in direct patient care.1 And with the current nursing shortage across the U.S., inefficiencies in working processes can further stress the system and erode quality of care.

  • Misinformation regarding mobile wireless systems, electromagnetic interference and management procedures has led to a broad range of inconsistent policies among healthcare organizations.
  • Overly-restrictive policies may act as obstacles to beneficial technology and may not address the growing need for personal communication of patients, visitors and the workforce. At the other extreme, unmanaged use of mobile communications can place patients at risk.
  • It may not be feasible for healthcare organizations to manage every mobile wireless handset that is randomly brought into their facility without certain restrictive limits.
  • Security: Transmission of sensible data over the air, Cryptography, Virtual Private Networks

Wireless devices increase adoption of electronic health records (EHR)

Ease of accessing patient records, security and privacy controls for electronic information, and the ability to share patient information across geographies and affiliations or a 360-degree view of the patient are some of the key factors that increase adoption of wireless devices for HER.. Electronic transfer of information can enable physician offices, laboratories, radiology practices, and hospitals to securely access and transfer patient information. Adopting these new systems and integrating them into practice workflows can improve patient safety and efficiency of care, reduce duplicate tests, enhance quality of care and health promotion, and save thousands of lives.

 


Healing Meditation

In Health, Healthcare, Uncategorized on May 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Ultimate Meditation by ‘The World Of Healing’.
These 20 minutes will change your life.
Please use headphone for best results.

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