My mom and dad have given me subscriptions to Louisiana Life for the last few years. This current issue has an article on the story of Evangeline An Acadian Journey. Those of you interested in Longfellow or poetry will enjoy the story, but that isn't why I've included the link here.
Over the years I've come to know that most people don't know their are primarily two different French Louisiana communities. The first of course are the Acadians, aka Cajuns, and the second are those who came directly (or somewhat) from France. (Most of my French heritage is from the latter.)
In addition, most people don't know that the Acadians (Cajuns) were actually exiled from Canada beginning in 1755 by the British. Some of these people settled along the Eastern seaboard, but many more gathered in South Louisiana near the bayous of Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico. Longfellow's story of Evangeline is the tale of one.
If Roseanne Roseannadanna were still here she might say something like, "if it isn't one group of people getting kicked out of a place, its another!"
Steve Lazenby of the Santa Paula Fire Department recently completed a DVD project that is a short version of his CERT Training class. I'm pretty up-to-date on the latest in self, family and community emergency preparedness, but still learned something new from my favorite fireman! The trailer of the video is below and specific lessons can be found at http://idetic.org/wp/c-e-r-t/
Marty and I have been virtual professional associates for a few years and were finally able to meet late last year in Beverly Hills. He has asked me to help spread the word about Healthcare IT Transition Group's latest survey and I'm happy to do so with all of my readers.
Healthcare IT Transition Group is sponsoring a free, open-access survey to assess the readiness of the healthcare industry for the May 23 deadline for National Provider Identifier implementation. HITTG invites payers, providers, clearinghouses and others involved in claims processing to get specific about facts on the ground. Full, de-identified results will be free to all, shortly after the survey concludes at midnight EDT, Saturday April 19, 2008.
A reader sent me a link to her weblog, Premed With Purpose and I've finally had a chance to visit. I'm really excited to see that she is finding her voice so early in her career. There are some links to useful sites for premed students and residents.
I look forward to hearing the voices of new healthcare professionals and their perspective on the topics of interest to us all. Thank you for writing Megan!
A few years ago, my friend Gale and I had some conversations that have lead to her newest adventure, Care Seek -- a place where nurses, doctors and patients can share their experiences with the care provided by doctors. More importantly, consumers choosing a doctor can review the comments to obtain the good, the bad and the ugly on anyone they are considering.
I came across an article on a survey conducted by AARP, which reports that older adults are willing to use health information technologies, but they, like providers, are concerned about the cost. Specific findings include:
60% of participants would use personal emergency response systems;
47% would use telephone-based health monitoring;
40% would use electronic pillboxes;
40% would use Web-based monitoring to communicate with their physicians;
95% said they wanted their physicians to use technology to check whether their insurance covers a specific drug and review their medication history before writing a prescription;
92% indicated they wanted their physician to send prescription orders electronically to their pharmacy;
82% of participants said they were willing to have a cardiologist diagnose a heart condition based on information transmitted electronically from their primary care doctor's office; and
83% said they support follow-up care using the same sort of electronic exchange of information.