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Genesis Is Most Wired For 9th Straight Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:59

DAVENPORT, Iowa – July 10, 2012 -- The health professionals providing patient care at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus have education, experience, critical-thinking skills and one more important tool.

That additional tool is a laptop and software that allows the provider to enter care instructions, medication orders and patient history into a record that can be shared between providers with limited use of handwriting and paper.

Handwriting can be difficult to read and paper can be misplaced. Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) reduces both of those concerns to help Genesis provide a safer patient experience with quality outcomes.

Now fully implemented at Illini Campus and in the process of being fully implemented throughout in Genesis Health System, CPOE is one of the advancements that helped Genesis be recognized as one the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems for the ninth consecutive year.

The 100 Most Wired are named by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine based on the use of information technology to accomplish key goals, including safety and quality objectives.

Genesis Health System is the only Iowa hospital or health system to be recognized as a 100 Most Wired for nine consecutive years.

“Genesis is well ahead of most health care organizations in the country in its use of technology to benefit our patients,'' said Rob Frieden, Vice President of Information Services, Genesis Health System. “The technology implemented by Genesis in recent years has resulted in fewer medical errors, improved safety and quality of care for patients and has created efficiencies to help us control costs.

"Genesis is moving toward a seamless approach to medical records, which makes health care safer, more convenient and less stressful for patients.''

A highlight within Genesis over the past year is that all physicians admitting patients at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus now are using CPOE.

"Illini is the test tube baby for Genesis when it comes to CPOE, but we're getting better and the process is getting easier. We're making reasonable progress,'' said Dr. Peter Metcalf, a pediatrician with Genesis Health Group who is also Vice President for Medical Affairs at Illini. "It has taken a long time, and it is quite a task but over the long-term, the benefits will be worthwhile.

"We will eliminate all paper records, will move away entirely from handwritten orders and we will be sharing patients records between providers both within Genesis and outside of Genesis. It is a major undertaking that will require years of refining, but every health care organization in the country is headed in the same direction.''

Physicians within Genesis Health Group are also advancing toward 100 percent use of electronic medical records. By using electronic records, patient records are more easily shared across the system.

For the past 14 years, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study has been conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks. The benchmarking studies ask hospitals to report their uses of information technology in five areas: safety and quality, customer service, business process, workforce, and public health and safety. Every hospital in the U.S. is invited to participate.

The nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems demonstrate better outcomes in patient safety, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology, according to analysis.

"Our focus is always patient safety and quality of care,'' Frieden said. "Will the new technology make our patients safer? Will it provide them with a better patient experience?

"And finally, will the new technology also create efficiencies for our caregivers and staff?'' Frieden said one of the goals within the system is to continue implementing information and medical technology throughout the system, including at Mercer County Hospital in Aledo, Ill., and Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The 100 Most Wired winners are featured in the Summer edition of Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.

About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services in a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at the Illini Campus in Silvis, Illinois; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System also manages Mercer County Hospital, Aledo, Ill., and Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, visit our Web site at


Science on TV Boosting U.S. Fascination with Space, Spirituality PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:49
Expert Points to Science-Validated Answers in Ancient Texts

Thanks to popular documentaries and programs like “Fearless Planet” and “Through the Wormhole” on TV’s Discovery and Science Channel, studying the universe is no longer reserved for academicians in lecture halls.

“Because filmmakers and producers have made it entertaining and present science in language everyone can understand, there’s an increased interest in the genesis of the universe, and its future,” says Sanjay C. Patel, (, author of God Is Real, a book that explores similarities between modern science and ancient cosmology.

What many people don’t realize, says Patel, is that ancient Indian yogis, Israelites and early Christians all agreed on the origins of life and the universe. Moreover, new studies indicate many of their ancient beliefs correspond with the findings of modern science
For instance, the scientific age of the universe is 13.7 billion years old, says Patel. When comparing this age to the Bible, if it is divided into six equal days spanning 2.28 billion years each, biblical Genesis’s timeline across all seven “days” suddenly corresponds with past and future episodes in our galaxy and Earth. In total, 21 major correspondences emerge.

One among them is the following timeline:

• Science says: the Sun and moon formed about 4.6 to 4.5 billion years ago.

• Bible says: On Day 4 – “God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” This would be 4.56 billion years ago. (2 days or eons ago since we are currently at the beginning of day 7.)

Other interesting correspondences:

• Science says: Volcanic fire scorched India about 118 million years ago. Nearby oceanic volcanoes submerged about 100 million years ago. These submarine volcanoes suck in seawater through cracks and pores and remove salt from the water. They then expel the desalinated water back into the ocean through hydrothermal vents.

• Ancient Yogis said: Volcanic fire scorched India about 120 million years ago. Related volcanoes in the ocean south of India submerged about 117 million years ago. “The submarine Fire exists in the ocean. It drinks the seawater and removes its saltiness. It then expels the desalinated water from another opening.”

For those who believe 2012 marks an end – be it because of the Mayan Long Calendar’s end or some other prophecy – Patel offers this far-future convergence:

• Science says: In about 2 billion years time, Earth will be so hot there will be no life on it. Volcanism will be common and the planet’s surface will be scorched by the fire of lava and sulfur.

• Ancient Yogis said: In about 2.35 billion years time, there will be no life on Earth due to volcanic fire.

• Bible says: in about 2.28 billion years – by the end of day 7 – life on Earth will end in volcanic fire and brimstone (sulfur).

Patel has found 121 points of agreement across 30 years of analysis and research based on expert translations of yoga literature dating back to 1500 B.C., biblical texts which date back to about 1000 B.C., and translations of the Talmud – an equally ancient biblical tradition.

“So many correspondences cannot be coincidence,” says Patel, whose research has appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Marine Scientist in the United Kingdom.

About Sanjay C. Patel

Sanjay C. Patel studied theology, Sanskrit, ancient cosmology, advanced yoga and meditation techniques, among many other subjects, earning a degree in Divinity at the BAPS Swaminarayan Ashram in India. He continued studies of modern science and ancient spiritual texts for 30 years. His discoveries regarding the convergence of science and ancient texts were published in mainstream science journals and presented at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in Beijing.

When Your Website Powers Your Business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 02 July 2012 09:57
By: Joe Thomas of Left Brain Digital

If you can afford to have your brand new warehouse built from the ground up, who are you going to hire to build it?

The intelligent answer is simple: a reputable building contractor with happy clients and lots of experience, right? I mean, why on earth would you invest your hard-earned dollars to hire anyone less than a pro?

What about your office building or store? As a business owner, you know that it needs to have the right look and feel to be successful. Go ahead, go shopping or to the insurance guy or the doctor. Are the stores and offices run down with bad paint jobs and worn-out carpeting? Does the store you're buying from have empty crates and clothes blocking the aisles? Of course not. They’re all clean and neat and professional – and most are decorated to impress the customer.

So why, then, would anyone take the opposite approach with their online business?

Believe it or not, at least half the people reading this right now have done exactly that. You’ve spent months, in some cases years, developing your product, becoming an expert in your field or writing your book, and then paid absolutely no attention to where or how it's presented and sold. That's just like buying beautiful new furniture and not having a house to put it in.

Do yourself a favor, when you've made the decision to open your business or sell your product online, make sure you have ALL the tools to make it successful. And for Pete's sake, make sure you hire the right developer. Here are a few tips to help you find that person;

1. Look for experience, reputation and track record. These are the three attributes to consider when engaging any professional. Find out about who you're entrusting your brand to. Ask for references – don't just look at the testimonials they’ve posted. Take a good look at their website. If it looks like a fifth-grader put it together, imagine how yours will look. Look at their portfolio or ask for a list of sites they have developed. If they can't show you immediately, or if they don’t have at least four or five sites to review, what are they afraid of?

2. It's not always about the price. Do NOT cut corners. Don't go with the cheapest deal you can find just because it's cheap. Think about what you’re buying: It's the vehicle that’s going to generate your revenue. Your website is the last thing you want to cut corners on.

WARNING: Not going cheap does not mean you should go with the most expensive deal either; expensive doesn't always equal better.

3. Listen. You’re buying talent and experience. You listen to your doctor, your lawyer and your accountant – they're the professionals, after all. Now think about that when you decide that you know better or more than your web developer. If you made the right choice in hiring the developer, then listen to what he or she tells you. If you're not willing to trust their judgment or advice, then save your money and build the site yourself. But don't complain about THAT decision later.

4. Have a plan. You need to know what your goals are and how to convey them to your developer BEFORE you hire anyone. If you aren't sure of your goals – WAIT. Do not hire anyone unless you are completely sure that they have a solid understanding of your needs and objectives.

5. Avoid any company or freelancer that has a “package.” You've seen it before. You're searching for a web designer and you find 25 sites that have the Gold/Silver/Bronze package (or some cute little package names). They offer hourly rates and "additional page" costs. Here's a tip: stay away. There's no way a designer can give you exactly what you need based on his/her "package rate." Ask me 10 times and I will tell you 10 times – I can't give you a price if I don't know what your project is all about. Any pro developer will tell you the same thing. We need to know what we're developing before we know how much it's going to cost.

6. Know how to request a quote. Please don't ever email a developer and say, "Can you look at my site and tell me how much you would charge to redesign it or make it better?" Now, that's just asking for trouble, and here's why:

a) You are already telling the developer you have no idea what you need.
b) If the developer sends back an email that says, "I looked at your site and it would cost $xx.xx to redesign it or fix it" – RUN. Never hire a developer who doesn't want to talk to you first. A developer worth hiring is the one who wants to know about your project.

About Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas is the founder and owner of Left Brain Digital (, a web development company. He’s an award-winning web designer/developer with more than 18 years of experience in print and web design and development. Thomas' work became a major influence in graphic and web design in the "Y2K" era of the Internet's dot-com explosion.

Local Company Offers Major Innovation in Green Wall Technology PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Friday, 29 June 2012 10:28

LiveWall® - A New Way To Grow Vertically


Davenport, IA/ June 27, 2012 – Whether you’re converting to energy saving light bulbs, driving gas efficient cars, or recycling more everyone seems to be looking to make their world a little greener these days.  Now, one Quad Cities based company has another innovative product available which will make a huge impact on the green movement in the Midwest. Established as a licensed grower for LiveRoof® in 2007, Roof Top Sedums is now a representative for the new green wall product, LiveWall®.

LiveWall® is different from other vertical growing systems in that it is designed to grow healthy plants. Traditional green walls consist of either trellis or cable systems that rely on vines growing vertically from the ground upward to cover a building wall. Some other vertical growing systems require the plants to grow in an unnatural horizontal orientation, by planting into pockets or mail-slotted compartments mounted sideways onto the wall of a building. After 4 years of research and development, LiveWall ® answered the question, “How can healthy plants be grown on a vertical surface and attach to a building wall?”

Co-founder Teresa Nelson explains, “We are excited to have the launch of this new product available here in the Quad Cities.  This development is a big innovation in the green industry and is so versatile that it can be bought by the Do-It-Yourselfers for a personal fence, screen, or wall installation. LiveWall® can be planted with perennials, annuals, tropicals, vegetables, and even herbs. It can be custom designed to create unique wall installations on large commercial buildings or purchased as a smaller kit, with or without irrigation.  We are excited about the unlimited possibilities.”

Inspired by traditional window boxes, LiveWall® features rows of easy to install planters oriented upwards to mimic natural plant growth. LiveWall® uses an integrated irrigation system with nozzles to deliver water resembling traditional rain flow over the plants. Planter inserts can be pre-planted and fully-grown ahead of time, so they look immediately beautiful and lush upon install, and easy to switch out as the seasons change.  Even during the dormant season, LiveWall® retains an attractive look, because the planters are offset and designed to have a brick-like effect.

About Roof Top Sedums: Roof Top Sedums was established in 2007 and is a Regional LiveRoof® Licensed Grower servicing Iowa, Western Illinois, Eastern Nebraska, Eastern Kansas, and most of Missouri.  The business is 100% women-owned and certified nationally as a Women’s Business Enterprise as well as an Iowa Targeted Small Business.  Co-founder Roxanne Nagel explains, “Green roofs have become widely accepted as an integral part of sustainable renovations. We are equally excited about the future of LiveWall® and our role to provide an exceptional product in our region.”  For more information on projects previously grown by Roof Top Sedums or information about the LiveRoof® System, visit



5 minutes to a faster Firefox PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:49

More, More, More.

Firefox That's what this issue of Firefox & You is all about: more. It's full of hints, features and other information to help you get more out of your online experience: more speed, more features and more safety.

Here's a look at what you'll find this month: Keep reading for the complete stories and, well, more!

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5 Minutes to a Faster Firefox

Whether you know it or not, you probably have some extensions running in your browser. These could be add-ons, plugins or other programs that let Firefox do various extra tasks. There might even be some you're not using, which could be slowing things down. And that makes Firefox sad. More importantly, it can make you sad.

Why not take five minutes to clean things up and give Firefox a performance boost. Find out how.

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