Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

Global Health Promotion
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Searching for ET, But No Evidence Yet
  Kepler is a NASA spacecraft in orbit that's main goal is to search for Earth-like planets. Such a planet would be located in the "Goldilocks" zone of a distant solar system—not too hot and not too cold—and could potentially be habitable by life as we know it.
  In April 2007, a team headed by Stéphane Udry based in Switzerland announced the discovery of two new super-Earths around Gliese 581,[11] both on the edge of the habitable zone around the star where liquid water may be possible on the surface.
SupercomputersTitan: Health Predictors
  Titan is quite possibly the fastest computer in the world. We won't know for sure for a few weeks, but Titan is designed to do more than 20,000 trillion calculations a second. That's faster than half a million laptops. But it's not cheap. This machine cost $100 million. Its electric bill will total $9 million a year. So what makes all this computing worth the price?The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games.
Sustainocene: Harvard Leads a New Epoch for Humankind | Harvard Thinks Green 2012
  Sustainability environmental public policy for humankind.
Tanzania Budget Proposes 85% Increase in Infrastructure Spending
  Tanzanian Finance Minister Mustafa Mkulo announced a 13.5 trillion-shilling ($8.6 billion) budget that included an 85 percent increase in infrastructure spending as the government seeks to accelerate economic growth. The East African nation expects to collect 6.77 trillion shillings in tax and non-tax revenue, representing 17.2 percent of the East African nation’s gross domestic product, Mkulo said in his annual budget speech today in Dodoma, the capital.
The Fourth Turning
  What history tells us about the next part of destiny...
What Are Health Record Banks?
  How Do Health Record Banks Work? When you seek care, you give permission for your healthcare professional to access some or all of your up-to-date health records via a secure connection. When care is complete, the new records from that visit are securely deposited—and made available for the future.
Yasnoff on ehalth
  HIEs are Failing January 14th, 2013 My guest column posted today at NHINWatch describes the evidence — now compelling — that our efforts to build a nationwide system of health information exchanges (HIEs) are failing. Health record banks are a feasible alternative, as explained in detail in the recent Architecture and Business Model white papers from the Health Record Banking Alliance. Are we ready to try a new approach that can succeed? Harvard’s Data Privacy Lab Launching Health Record Bank My guest column posted today at NHINWatch describes the imminent launch of a health record bank (HRB) by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard. Notably, this is the first time that a major academic institution has hosted an HRB. All stored data will be double encrypted (like the two keys of a safe deposit box) to ensure that only the account holders have access. That, along with the secure and neutral environment, should go a long way to engender consumer trust. As it becomes more widely understood that successful health information infrastructure depends on having each patient’s comprehensive records in one place under the patient’s control, you can anticipate that additional HRBs will be established following Harvard’s lead.
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