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Bennett A.,Center for Public Policy | Garcia E.,Center for Public Policy | Schulze M.,Center for Public Policy | Bailey M.,University of Houston | And 10 more authors.
American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Objectives: To analyze the demand for services from the nation's medical laboratories, which is predicted to dramatically increase as our citizens age and millions receive insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Methods: A systematic review of relevant publications and databases was conducted to assess the current state of the nation's medical laboratory workforce and to examine the impact of population demographics and health reform on workforce development to address the future demand for laboratory services. Results: Building a Laboratory Workforce to Meet the Future, a new report from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), provides a comprehensive strategy to address the future workforce needs of the nation's medical laboratories to meet this demand to provide timely, accurate, and safe patient care and to fully realize the benefits of personalized medicine. Conclusions: The report, from the ASCP Task Force on the Laboratory Professionals Workforce, is a comprehensive review of the myriad of factors affecting recruitment and retention of qualified laboratory professionals and provides a set of thoughtful recommendations outlining a multifaceted approach to bolster the pipeline of potential candidates for the profession as well as leadership in health care. © American Society for Clinical Pathology. Source

Kramer D.M.,University of Waterloo | Wells R.P.,University of Waterloo | Carlan N.,University of Waterloo | Bigelow P.P.,University of Waterloo | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

Few evaluation tools are available to assess knowledge-transfer and exchange interventions. The objective of this paper is to develop and demonstrate a theory-based knowledge-transfer and exchange method of evaluation (KEME) that synthesizes 3 theoretical frameworks: the promoting action on research implementation of health services (PARiHS) model, the transtheoretical model of change, and a model of knowledge use. It proposes a new term, keme, to mean a unit of evidence-based transferable knowledge. The usefulness of the evaluation method is demonstrated with 4 occupational health and safety knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) implementation case studies that are based upon the analysis of over 50 pre-existing interviews. The usefulness of the evaluation model has enabled us to better understand stakeholder feedback, frame our interpretation, and perform a more comprehensive evaluation of the knowledge use outcomes of our KTE efforts. Source

Mosley K.,Strategic Alliances | Miller P.,Communications
Journal of Medical Practice Management

Due to a variety of impingements on their clinical decision-making and overall practice autonomy, many physicians are expressing frustration with the current medical practice environment and are disengaging from patient care roles as a result. In this article, we trace the causes of physician dissatisfaction and the ways in which physicians are seeking alternative practice styles. We then outline steps medical practices can take to keep physicians engaged in patient care and productive in their practices. Copyright © 2015 by Greenbranch Publishing LLC. Source

Ali I.A.,Communications
International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems

The paper presents a major consideration for enhancement of the transmission line protection using wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) communication protocol for data sharing between relays. The principle of using the wireless technology for transmission line protection is introduced. The proposed protection scheme proved high degree of reliability and stability. Securing data transfer is very essential to be considered in this study. Securing data transfer between relays is an important concern to guarantee sufficient protection of the network. Such major factor is very essential for enhancement of the power network protection scheme using the new technology of wireless. Three possible alternatives to this problem are discussed in this paper. Short and long term solutions are also considered. Two security mechanisms are used using D-Link DWL-G700AP Access Point cards. The cards are interfaced with a prototype transmission line model. They have the ability to transfer files with a maximum wireless signal rate up to 54 Mbps. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) as a security system is proved to solve many problems with advanced encryption in addition to providing authentication. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Chase C.,Communications | Sprain L.,Communications
ISCRAM 2015 Conference Proceedings - 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

This paper presents findings from an interdisciplinary research effort studying community resilience in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder is a progressive region with a history of environmental leadership. The area is currently in the process of recovering from major flooding and has launched several new initiatives related to building longterm resilience to natural disasters and other stressors. In our research, we consider the stakeholders involved in building local resilience as well as the different and often contradictory framings of the concept. This study takes a phenomenological and inductive approach to understanding resilience. In contrast to more reductionist frameworks that are frequently offered, we argue that this allows for greater understanding of the polyvocal and emergent qualities of resilience. Source

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