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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 ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation selects new awardees in experimental physics to stimulate discoveries in quantum materials

November 11, 2014
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected 19 new Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials to help accelerate scientific breakthroughs in the field. Through grants to 11 universities around the United States, this five-year, $34.2 million program will enable these physicists to pursue ambitious, high-risk research, including the development ...

First-of-its-kind survey finds $23 billion global market for conservation investing, with $2 billion from private investors

November 6, 2014
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The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totaling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013. During the same period, private investments accounted for almost $2 billion of this market—an amount that is growing at an average of 26 percent annually, and is expected to ...

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 ...

Administration

Holly Potter named chief communications officer of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

November 3, 2014
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PALO ALTO, – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected Holly Potter as its chief communications officer. Ms. Potter will assume her post on November 17, 2014. She will report into the incoming president, Harvey V. Fineberg, who joins the foundation on January 1, 2015.

“Holly’s extensive background in ...

Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

GRSB releases global principles and criteria for sustainable beef

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SAO PAULO – The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) announced today that its membership has overwhelmingly approved global Principles and Criteria for defining sustainable beef and sustainable beef production practices. Members of the global beef community, including representatives from every segment of the supply chain, have worked on this collaborative effort for more ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

New guide to evaluating marine plans

UNESCO October 28, 2014
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Marine spatial plans are being developed in over 40 countries around the world, to distribute human activities in marine areas more sustainably and achieve ecological, social, and economic objectives. However, monitoring and evaluation are often considered only after a plan has been developed. The new guide released by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental ...

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