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Mark Wieczorek

New York, NY, United States


Member since May 04, 2007

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    According to a speech at a recent conference, up to 98,000 deaths per year result from medical mismanagement in hospitals, and improved access to information could change that. "There's almost no way a single individual could put this [all the information required to care for a patient] together," but health depends on it.

    It's not just a matter of throwing computers at these broken processes, but redesigning them from the ground up with technology in mind. Tools such as ethnography, allowing patients add information to their own records, and ways for doctors and nurses to access this information from anywhere in the hospital are just a few ways a well-designed process can improve the medical industry and save lives.

    Read Health care record needs cited at an IBM conference

  • The real cost of biofuel

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Another sign that the United States isn't truly ready to eliminate its dependency on fossil fuels.

    <blockquote><em>Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

    So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost.

    His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect another $1,000 fine from the federal government.

    To legally use veggie oil, state officials told him, he would have to first post a $2,500 bond.</em></blockquote>

    Read: <a href="">Driver ticketed for using biofuel</a>

  • NYC’s yellow cabs to go hybrid within 5 years

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Every yellow cab in this city will be a fuel-efficient hybrid by 2012, and stricter emissions and gas mileage standards for taxis will be phased in starting next year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

    Read more on <a href="">MSNBC</a>

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