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Delgado M.,Mercy College
Proceedings - 2011 IEEE World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2011 | Year: 2011

The U.S. healthcare industry has been given a new mandate to expand the use of health information technology to provide better care and to help reduce costs. Equally, cloud computing is poised to become the fifth utility delivering economies of scale and cost benefits that are difficult for businesses to ignore. The utilization of cloud services for the storage and exchange of personal health information is growing with the use of electronic health records and health information exchanges. Yet policies and regulatory mandates are still lagging and the potential for the loss of personal information is expanding exponentially. HIPAA/HITECH currently only provides a baseline of protection for personal health information while various IT security frameworks help to standardize the protection and security of personal information as well as the security of cloud services. As the technology matures further and the healthcare industry embraces data and privacy governance programs, the chance for a successful health IT transformation with the use of the cloud significantly increase. © 2011 IEEE. Source

Romeo E.M.,Mercy College
Journal of Nursing Education | Year: 2010

The concept of critical thinking has been influential in several disciplines. Both education and nursing in general have been attempting to define, teach, and measure this concept for decades. Nurse educators realize that critical thinking is the cornerstone of the objectives and goals for nursing students. The purpose of this article is to review and analyze quantitative research findings relevant to the measurement of critical thinking abilities and skills in undergraduate nursing students and the usefulness of critical thinking as a predictor of National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) performance. The specific issues that this integrative review examined include assessment and analysis of the theoretical and operational definitions of critical thinking, theoretical frameworks used to guide the studies, instruments used to evaluate critical thinking skills and abilities, and the role of critical thinking as a predictor of NCLEX-RN outcomes. A list of key assumptions related to critical thinking was formulated. The limitations and gaps in the literature were identified, as well as the types of future research needed in this arena. © SLACK Incorporated. Source

Campo M.,Mercy College | Darragh A.R.,Ohio State University
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine | Year: 2012

Objective: The objective of this research was to determine the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) on presenteeism in allied health care professionals. Methods: Data were collected via postal questionnaires. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders were assessed using an established instrument and case definition. Data on presenteeism were collected with the Stanford Presenteeism Scale (13-item version). The association between WMSD and presenteeism was assessed with a Mann-Whitney U test. Results: The response rate was 76%. About 48% of therapists reported WMSD in the past 4 weeks (n = 712). Moderate WMSD were associated with higher levels of presenteeism than minor WMSD. Both work impairment and work output were affected by WMSD. Conclusions: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders may impact presenteeism in these populations. Costs associated with presenteeism due to WMDS may be substantial. © 2012 by American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Source

Imber-Black E.,Mercy College | Imber-Black E.,Ackerman Institute for the Family
Family Process | Year: 2014

I reflect here on Family Therapy's origins, our present dilemmas, and future possibilities. Using the lens of training new Family Therapists for current public sector domains, I examine our field's strengths, vulnerabilities, and contradictions. I critique the current vogue of model certainty and branding. Our responsibilities to trainees, young practitioners, and the families we serve are highlighted. © 2014 FPI, Inc. Source

Moore Q.T.,Mercy College
Radiologic Technology | Year: 2014

Purpose To determine whether public health implications exist in regard to medical radiation exposure. Methods A comprehensive literature review was conducted to investigate the value of medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation and the need for public radiation awareness. The significance of radiation exposure on public health was sought from historic and modern perspectives. Discussion Potential issues involving medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation were identified. Ionizing radiation, effective dose, and radiation perception were investigated from a multimodality perspective to demonstrate the importance of radiation awareness. Conclusion Medical imaging's role in health care dictates the need for quality and competence. Organizational efforts have enhanced radiation risk knowledge, but medical imaging facilities should augment employee and public knowledge regarding medical imaging procedures. To change public perception of radiation, technologists should be prepared to discuss imaging benefits and risks, understand dose associated with different modalities, and implement radiation dose protocols. The findings reveal the importance of monitoring ionizing radiation medical imaging safety to maintain the benefits of imaging procedures. © 2014 American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Source

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