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What does state-of-the-art critical care vs. chronic care look like?

Tomorrow (June 25, 2009), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (more commonly known as HIMSS) is hosting a webinar entitled, "Ubiquitous Wireless Enables All-Private Room Critical Care Hospital."  This struck my interest from a technology standpoint, by it also made me pause to consider the question of how and when the hospital infrastructure in this country will start adapting to meet our growing need for chronic care?

Swine Flu Parties?

Taking a cue from chicken pox parties, stray groups of people around the country are apparently looking into holding Swine Flu Parties--something, I should note, one flu expert from Weil Medical College of Cornell described as "totally nuts" and another described as "very foolish." In slightly more bureaucratic terms, the Centers for Disease Control say that

Climate change and public health

This Reuters headline--"Climate change seen aiding spread of deadly diseases"--brought back memories of our Green Health map and conference.  In 2003, the World Health Organization published a report on  climate change as a significant and emerging threat to public health, noting that many important diseases (such as malaria and dengue, as well as malnutrition and diarrhea) are highly sensitive to changing temperatures
and precipitation. 

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