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Sun, 17 May 2009
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  • “Given the wall-to-wall revelations about taxpayer funded moats and bathplugs, and the new wave of resignations and repayments, we want to exercise a little accountability by reminding readers of the arguments that were used to conceal this information twice in the last two years. These helpful examples should assist mySociety’s friends in keeping an eye out for similar dubious logic in the future.”

    tags: uk, parliament, politics, fraud, freedom, foi, opengovernment

    • Given the wall-to-wall revelations about taxpayer funded moats and bathplugs, and the new wave of  resignations and repayments,  we want to exercise a little accountability by reminding readers of the arguments that were used to conceal this information twice in the last two years.
    • Then, back in January this year, a different and bold explanation was given: none.
    • Simply the fact that the rules are changing and that the leaders of parties are apologising must make it clear that the excuses and non-excuses given above were, even if unintentionally, blocking better government.
  • “the original Latin phrase is tempus irreparabile fugit from Vergil’s Sed fugit interea, fugit irreparabile tempus, singula dum capti circumvectamur amore (Georgics 3.284-5) and is much closer in meaning to Horace’s carpe diem than the popular expression of surprise that the evening has passed while we were eating, drinking, and being merry.”

    tags: latin, literature, language, time

    • the original Latin phrase is tempus irreparabile fugit from Vergil’s Sed fugit interea, fugit irreparabile tempus, singula dum capti circumvectamur amore (Georgics 3.284-5) and is much closer in meaning to Horace’s carpe diem than the popular expression of surprise that the evening has passed while we were eating, drinking, and being merry.
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    • Alert fatigue already exists in hospitals in the case of the warning alarms that constantly ring from heart monitoring systems, where in order to avoid missing any dangerous abnormality, the system rings for every bit of electrical interference or when the patient rolls over in bed.
    • ISABEL Healthcare diagnostic reminder system
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    • Hypothesizing that this non-uniqueness can convey useful information, we implemented a simplified simulation of a common differential diagnostic process (hypotension in an acute care setting), using a combination of a mathematical model of the cardiovascular system, a stochastic measurement model, and Bayesian inference techniques to quantify parameter and state uncertainty.
    • We outline possible steps toward translating this computational approach to the bedside, to supplement today’s evidence-based medicine with a quantitatively founded model-based medicine that integrates mechanistic knowledge with patient-specific information.
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    • Clinical data.

      Clinical data is information about patients that is collected using surveys, during doctors’ office visits, through administration of standard treatment procedures, or during clinical trials. Typical cancer clinical trials are conducted to determine the safety and efficacy of a drug in humans and depend on detailed patient information for accurate interpretation of results. Clinical trials range from pilot studies for feasibility assessment of the trial to more involved Phase I to IV trials [47]. Patient data collected during clinical trials includes family history (for example, if mother or sister had breast cancer), habits (for example, smoking/drinking), concomitant medications, alternate therapies, baseline characteristics preceding treatment, diagnostic parameters and clinical staging, treatment and procedural details, adverse events (toxicity), and clinical endpoints (for example disease recurrence or survival). For example, in solid tumors, tumor measurement is done at prespecified intervals for response assessment according to standards such as Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) [48,49]. Clinical data is then used in clinical research, for example, to relate exposure factors or treatment parameters to clinical outcome. As clinical data is often collected longitudinally at multiple visits, potentially by different health professionals, organization and storage of the data in standard formats is critical for analysis and interpretation.

    • Comparison of patient molecular profiles with poor and favorable outcomes can be used to predict disease outcome (prognosis).
  • The University of California, Berkeley, today (Friday, May 8) began notifying students, alumni and others that their personal information may have been stolen after hackers attacked restricted computer databases in the campus’s health services center.

    tags: health, medicine, security, ehr, hit, informatics, usa

    • fortunately
  • massive data breach affecting 8 million records from the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program

    tags: news, health, ehr, hit, informatics, security, usa

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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