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Brigham and Women's provides patients' bedside access to EHRs

By Marla Durben Hirsch FierceEMR November 25, 2014
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Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program, according to an article in the Boston Business Journal.

The program, launched in July with the help of a $2 million grant from the Gordon and ...

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Improving patient and family engagement in the hospital room

By Brian Boyle Huffington Post November 19, 2014
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As a health care advocate, I have traveled the country and spoken at annual meetings for many state hospital associations, at dozens of health care leadership conferences and several annual conventions and medical symposiums. During my travels, I have collaborated with several world-renowned health care institutions on large scale projects ...

Peru signs landmark agreement to ensure viability of 76 protected areas across 20 million hectares

November 18, 2014
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A landmark agreement by the Government of Peru and civil society was signed today at the World Parks Congress in Sydney. 

The agreement aims to raise $150 million to ensure the long-term viability of 76 protected areas across 20 million hectares of the Peruvian Amazon. The Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the need ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

You won’t believe the source of the world’s most sustainable salmon

By Josh Schonwald Time November 18, 2014
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Hint: it's not the open sea or a Norwegian fjord.

When you hear the term “sustainable seafood,” you might envision a fisherman pulling catch from a pristine sea.

But a few weeks ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, arguably the world’s most influential arbiter of seafood sustainability, gave its ...

Leonardo Fleck, strategy and portfolio management at Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

BayBrazil November 17, 2014
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Leonardo Fleck works in Palo Alto but his ideals have taken him as far the Pantanal woods and a floating house in the Amazon. He is a biologist, administrator, and economist at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, where he’s been doing a remarkable work on sustainability and the conservation ...

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Brigham and Women's opening access to the medical record

By Jessica Bartlett Boston Business Journal November 14, 2014
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Dr. David Bates clicked through the app's many functions – test results, care team, medications, food – each a snapshot into a patient's needs and status.

But the program, unlike most electronic medical records, wasn't designed for the doctor. This platform was created for patients.

"The notion is to change ...

Conservation

Can impact investing help save the planet?

By Dan Winterson, Eric Hallstein & Camilla Seth Stanford Social Innovation Review November 13, 2014
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The answer to whether impact investing can help save the planet matters. The growing demand for food, water, and the resources that fuel our economies is rapidly degrading the natural systems critical to human well-being. We need exponentially more capital and new, innovative models for conservation and sustainable economies—so it’s ...

Earthquake Early-Warning System

A quake warning, before it strikes

By Roxie Hammill and Mike Hendricks New York Times November 12, 2014
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A 10-second warning may not sound like much, but when it comes to earthquakes, it’s enough time to take cover.

With the magnitude 6.0 earthquake in California’s wine country still fresh in everyone’s memory, there is an increased interest in building a warning system that will alert people quickly about ...

ICU Consortium

Just what the doctor ordered

Hemispheres Magazine November 4, 2014
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The U.S. invests massively in its health system, a sizeable $8,508 and the most expensive in the world, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. The considerable investment, for many hospitals, appears in the form of new technologies, advancements in academic research and greater access to high-quality care for patients.

These technological developments are most apparent at Memorial Hermann, especially ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Nurturing a collaborative culture

By Diana Mahoney Press Ganey November 3, 2014
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The menu given to family members of patients in the Weinberg intensive care unit (WICU) for surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital is unlike any they’ve probably seen before. It doesn’t list food options, nor does it ask about environmental preferences. Instead, it offers opportunities for family members to become part of the patient-care team.

Called the ...