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ANA has posted a draft EHR Position Statement

MARYLAND - The American Nurses Association has posted a draft EHR position statement for public comment on their site, www.NursingWorld.org. Closing date is January 31, 2009. Download the Position Statement Here! .

The American Nurses Association (ANA) believes that the public has a right to expect that healthcare data and information will be correctly and efficiently collected, recorded, stored, utilized, analyzed, and reported, and be centered on patient safety and improved outcomes throughout all segments of the healthcare system. Principles of privacy, confidentiality, and security cannot be compromised as the industry creates and implements interoperable and integrated healthcare information technology solutions to convert from paper-based media for documentation and healthcare records to the newer format of electronic health records (EHRs), including individual personal health record (PHR) products.

...read more at Nursing World....

New technology lets kids see Doctor
without leaving School

KNOXVILLE - Nathaniel Elkins has never seen inside of his ear before. But like most 7-year-olds, he thinks it's pretty cool. "He talked about it for days. He absolutely loved it," Nathaniel's mother Heather Wittig said. New medical technology called telemedicine allows students in Sevier County to get immediate health care without leaving school.

"We have a camera where we can speak with the nurse practitioner on the other end," Northview Primary registered nurse Ashley Brown said. With telemedicine, the nurse practioner can see everything the RN at the school can see. A television screen allows the student to see inside different parts of the body.

read full article at WBIR.com News ....

CA looks to future of IT

LAS VEGAS - At CA World 08, vendor outlines plans for emerging tech in energy and healthcare.

At the opening day of its user event in Las Vegas, CA announced new projects focusing on emerging technology in the energy and healthcare space, aimed at reducing datacentre costs by raising temperatures, and promoting "at the edge" healthcare devices.

At a CA World 08 press session on Sunday, Chris Stakutis, vice president of emerging technologies at CA, said that datacentre power consumption was a key focus area for the emerging tech division.. "Every datacentre on average doubles its power consumption every five years," he said. "But most datacentre owners I talk to don't know what they're spending on power they're using is adding up the utility bills and sending round a spreadsheet. You're not measuring or monitoring it at all today and that's bad. "

- Read more at VnuNet News....

UK Leads the Way in Medical Technology Innovation

MEDICA 2008 - This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service (NHS) in Great Britain. Over the past 60 years, investment and innovation in the service has transformed healthcare delivery and, as a result, the NHS has been seen as a model of healthcare service world-wide. The NHS has also been at the forefront of groundbreaking science, incubating many innovative solutions, from the first test tube baby and regular heart transplant surgery to, more recently, the world's first commercial multi-articulating bionic hand.

Scientific breakthroughs such as these were never thought possible 60 years ago, but there are many more to come - this September, the NHS introduced the first ever vaccine against cancer. All schoolgirls aged 12 are being offered the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.

- read entire article at eHealthNews.eu....


Planning Your First Web Site - Your Site Layout

Design Tutorial Series: Part 5

EcoNurse Once you have decided on your site structure, genre, colors and sitemap, it is time to choose your web site layout. There are a variety of ways to physically create your layout, from coding the html yourself to using an html editor software program that codes the html for you. No matter how you decide to code your layout, the actual design of the layout needs to be determined. The best way to get an idea of the type of layout you wish for your site is to a) look at quality sites for an idea of how sites can be successfully laid out, and b) to take out a pen and paper and physically sketch the layout you are envisioning.

The most common ways to lay out a site for uniformity, aesthetics, and sheer symmetry include the use of a) frames b) invisible tables and c) cascading style sheets. Frames, though still used by some web designers are considered passe, and are generally discouraged. Cascading style sheets are a wonderful new way to code a site's layout separately in a special file, then plugging in the content within various other files. But, for your first site, I recommend working with invisible tables to provide a framework for your content while keeping the table hidden from your site visitors.

The first thing to consider is the dimensions of your layout. Unfortunately, people use different monitor display resolutions to view the web. A small percentage of people still use a resolution of 640 pixels wide, which means your site would have to be very tiny to be completely visible on their screens. The common default width of most people's monitors is 800 pixels, which is still quite small. 800 pixels is currently the standard smallest size of screen resolution to create a website. Thus, it is recommended that your site should look good at an 800 pixel wide by 600 pixel height so that these viewers do not need to scroll to the right to view part of your site. More and more, people use a resolution of 1024 pixels wide or more. You will want your site to look good to these viewers as well. One useful action to take to do this is to define your layout tables in percentages so that they will accommodate any width. For instance if a table is laid out at 100 % width, it will fit 100% of an 800 pixel wide screen just as well as a 1024 pixel wide one. It is also a good idea to center the main table so that it falls nicely in the middle of the screen, no matter what resolution is being used to view your site.

The second step is to choose the table configuration that you will use to create your layout. Below, you will find four common, quite easy to create table templates that can get you started in the right direction. Details for four layout table templates are discussed below - click on the link for each to download a pdf file of each template, complete with an image of the table being created as well as the basic html code for creating each one.


As you can see from the diagram, template 1 consists of three main "cells" made up of one long Header row at the top, with two equal size larger content columns below. This design is excellent for a site that requires frequent side images, supplemented with text content. The top header part can contain the title of the site as well as the navigation titles or buttons.

Click Here to download a copy of Template 1 and the html code to create it.


Template 2 is a much simpler design with only two "cells" including a thin side column and a much larger main content column. This design is simple yet effective for a site that houses large amounts of text and/or graphics. The side column is perfect for your navigation text links or buttons, while the main column can house your content.

Click Here to download a copy of Template 2 and the html code to create it.


Template 3 is also a very simple yet tidy design with three identical "cells" made up of three uniform rows stacked on top of each other. When you first create the template, all three rows will look equal in width and height, but as you add your main content to the center row, the middle cell will become much larger than the smaller top and bottom rows. This design is quite elegant when your content is arranged with a header at the top, and your site information in the footer. You can put your navigation links or buttons either in the top or bottom rows (some people put it in both places, especially if the page scrolls down for a screen or two.)

Click Here to download a copy of Template 3 and the html code to create it.


Template 4 is one of the most common layouts on the Internet. It consists of one long header row, with a second row beneath which is divided into three columns. The left side column is usually used for navigation titles or buttons, the right one for content highlights, announcements, ads, or small images, while the middle one is where the main content goes. The top row is usually used for headers, search boxes, small ads, and sometmes a second navigation access area.

Click Here to download a copy of Template 4 and the html code to create it.

Once you have your basic layout coded, you can move on to begin creating your navigation scheme, specifying your colors, and plugging in your content.

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June Kaminski, RN MSN PhD(c). 2000 - 2009
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