HIMSS Names The 6 Most Influential Women in Health IT

HIMSS names Iris P. Frye, Kim Garriott, Dr. Lucienne Ide, Eva Karp, RN-BC, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, and Tressa Springmann as the most influential women in health IT. This week, HIMSS announced its Most Influential Women in Health IT, an annual recognition celebrating women striving to harness the power of information technology to drive healthcare transformation. The award winners will be honored at HIMSS20 in Orlando next month and will join other innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs at the Women in Health IT Networking Reception, Here is a look at this year’s…

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How your clothes become microfiber pollution in the sea

Most people don’t realize it, but “the majority of our clothes are made from plastic,” said Imogen Napper, a researcher at the University of Plymouth.  (Shutterstock/Maridav) From the polar ice cap to the Mariana Trench 10 kilometers below the waves, synthetic microfibers spat out by household washing machines are polluting oceans everywhere.  The world has woken up over the last year to the scourge of single-use plastics, from bottles and straws to ear swabs and throw-away bags, resulting in legislation to restrict or ban their use in dozens of countries. A lot…

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The Netherlands has universal health insurance — and it’s all private

NIJMEGEN, Netherlands — Dr. Elise Nillesen walks briskly toward a compact SUV striped in red and yellow, the evening twilight fading. She slides into the passenger seat, stethoscope tucked in her handbag and a small pharmacy in the trunk, and heads off into the chilly November night. With her driver, Henry, who is trained in basic medical care, Nillesen roves the small Dutch city of Nijmegen as a one-woman primary health care clinic. Once they leave the hospital building that serves as home base, where Henry has set up a…

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Indian higher education is withering on the vine

Not long ago, India was seen as living the demographic dream, with the youth bulge generating a productive push. Now, the dream threatens to become a nightmare. Despite relatively high GDP growth, recognised employment declined by about 9 million between 2011-12 and 2017-18, and open unemployment rates are at their highest in four decades. Unemployment is especially bad among young people, particularly the more educated. Around one-third of those aged 15 to 29 (about 100 million people) are not in employment, education or training. These trends suggest major macroeconomic failures,…

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What does fashion’s top trend-spotter think we’ll be wearing in the 2020s?

A down to earth Nostradamus of fast-moving consumer goods … Lidewij Edelkoort. Photograph: Koen Hauser When Lidewij – or Li – Edelkoort started her career as a trend forecaster 45 years ago, people thought her job was “witchcraft”, she says. “Men would be giggling at the end of the room. But I have gained respect,” she says, “because I have been right so many times.” The Dutch 69-year-old is fashion’s best-known soothsayer, a woman who has spent more than four decades helping brands, including Prada, Zara and Coca-Cola, to anticipate…

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The food isn’t ready til you add the `finishing touch’

If you’ve ever wondered why food made by your favorite restaurant chef tastes better than the food you make at home, chances are you are missing the crucial “finishing touch.” That’s the final seasoning that chefs sprinkle or drizzle on the food once it is cooked. You can add the finishing touch when you take the dish out of the oven, or off the stovetop or grill, or once the food is plated. If you serve your meals family-style, then add the finishing touch to the whole dish. If you…

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10 Trailblazing Brands That Turn Waste Into the Lifestyle Products You Love!

We are told to conscientiously recycle, reuse or upcycle our waste so that it does not end up in one of the many overflowing landfills. But how practical is all this effort, if thousands of bottles, newspapers, cloth pieces, e-waste articles are discarded every day, and only some are reused? One excellent option here is to rethink waste, as raw materials for home decor items, stationery and daily need products. For example, when you use plastic bottles to manufacture a T-shirt, you reuse whatever is at your disposal and secondly,…

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Online fashion users expected to grow to 200 million in the next five years: Amar Nagaram, Myntra-Jabong

BENGALURU: “India’s future shopper will be a mobile-first consumer,” said Amar Nagaram, head of Myntra-Jabong, at a panel discussion with retail industry stalwarts during the 20th India Fashion Forum (IFF) held in Bengaluru recently. Flipkart-owned fashion etailer noted that the Myntra app has been ranked as one of the most viewed apps in the country alongside Whatsapp, Instagram and Tiktok, making m-commerce the future of Indian fashion retail. “Data shows that each viewer spends an average of 22 minutes per session on the Myntra app,” said Nagaram.India has the world’s largest population of millennials in absolute…

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What To Watch For At The Democratic Education Town Hall In Pittsburgh

This Saturday, a consortium of education groups is teaming up with MSNBC to host a forum for Democratic Presidential candidates, centered around education issues. The event kicks off at 9:45 and will run most of the day; it will all be livestreamed. The crowd of about 1,000 invitation-only attendees (I’ll be one of them) includes a sampling of teachers and parents, as well as members of unions and civil rights groups. They are largely pro-public education; at least one pro-charter ed reform group (the Center for Education Reform) has put out…

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The President, the US private health giant, and top NHS officials – special relationships?

In the UK, we have a simple take on the US healthcare system as a for-profit, private system that fleeces its customers and fails the poor. But here’s the secret: the US has its own ‘mini NHS’. Smaller than the UK’s system, but still a government funded, (mostly) publicly-run system that serves people according to their need. It’s called the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). And Donald Trump wants to privatise it. What’s more, to set the reforms in motion, the firm that’s been appointed to create and expand new private networks within the…

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