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Friday feel good: Physician donates kidney to save her patient's son

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'Eye candy' and 'booth girls' at HIMSS: For women in tech, conferences can add insult to injury

In just the past decade, there has been explosive growth in the digitization of the world. People can deposit checks with the snap of a photo on a smartphone. You can hail a private car with a couple of touches on a number of ride service apps. It seems like every day, a new technological advancement comes along and alters the course of modern life.

But technology's progress stands in stark contrast to its culture. The tech industry is creating the future, but the tech culture remains years behind, especially when it comes to gender relations.

A new report called "Elephant in the Valley" sheds personal light on the mistreatment of women in the tech workplace. Published in January 2016, the authors surveyed more than 200 women who have worked in Silicon Valley for at least 10 years about their experiences in tech culture.

Some telling points:

  • 47 percent of respondents said they were asked to do lower-level tasks such as note-taking or ordering food, which their male colleagues were not asked to do
  • 59 percent said they have not had the same opportunities as their male colleagues
  • 88 percent of women said clients or colleagues address questions to male peers that instead should be directed to them
  • 60 percent reported experiencing unwanted sexual advances

It's easy to point fingers at Silicon Valley, but issues of gender discrimination hit close to home in the health IT industry nationwide, and the largest industry gathering can bring these issues to light. A Craigslist ad posted Jan. 25 serves as one example. The ad seeks a "HIMSS '16 Conference Booth Girl," A picture is requested for consideration. The "girl" is expected to wear business casual attire for three days, earning $150 per day. No requirements or professional capabilities are specified other than being available for those 72 hours.

No vendor or exhibitor's name is attached to the ad.

A reporter for MedCityNews discussed the Craigslist ad in a post, and he should be applauded for drawing attention to this blatant display of sexism. But author Neil Versel suggests having women on exhibition floor may be a distraction to attendees — an interpretation that is sexist in itself. He writes, "I, like most men, enjoy looking at beautiful women. But this is happening in Las Vegas. There's plenty of eye candy to be found for everybody outside the convention center. We can do without it on the show floor."

Being in Las Vegas doesn't pardon sexist behavior, and calling individuals "eye candy" is disrespectful, especially when it's a person to whom one has no type of relationship. Even more unsettling is this unfolding in a professional setting.



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On the side of the light: Vanderbilt medical staff arranges private screening of 'Star Wars' for cancer patient

The force is strong in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical staff, who recently worked with a local move theater to coordinate a private screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," for a patient who has battled leukemia for nearly five years.

The patient, 22-year-old Natalie Seale, had been eagerly awaiting the release of the movie. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant to combat her T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2015, she was told she would be unable to be in large crowds due to her weakened immune system.

One of Ms. Seale's nurses at Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital — Sarah Neumann, RN — took it upon herself to call a local movie theater to see what they could do to help her patient experience seeing the movie on the big screen.

"Cancer ruthlessly robs our patients of many things we can't control, so as a nurse, I feel that it is important to help patients maintain as much normalcy in life as possible to provide them with much deserved hope and joy during such a difficult time," said Ms. Neumann, who may just be a Jedi knight. Not even a battalion of stormtroopers could stop her from going above and beyond for her patient.



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Friday Feel Good: How one retired engineer and his buddy are making a difference at an Alabama hospital

A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.

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Population health, public health, community health — What difference does the terminology make?

Since the term "population health" was coined by David Kindig, MD, PhD, and Greg Stoddart, PhD, in 2003, there has been so much discussion about what it means in regards to healthcare delivery that the buzzword has become something of a linguistic eyeroll.

"For many in the healthcare delivery sector, the term 'population health' represents either the holy grail of effective healthcare delivery or is regarded as nothing more than the latest flavor of the month," said Leonard H. Friedman, PhD, professor and director of the Department of Health Policy and Management MHA degree programs at Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Some thought leaders in the healthcare industry just can't seem to get passed the semantics of "population health." In April, Dr. Kindig addressed the issue by writing a blog to suggest a second definition for the term. In June, the Milken Institute conducted a survey of 37 healthcare leaders about what population health means. And every day, I run into the debate of how to use the term in my own writing as a healthcare reporter — begging the question, are more terms needed to differentiate between population health genres?



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Friday feel good: Pediatric cancer patient finds unlikely friends in UCLA fraternity

A dose of feel good to kick of the weekend.



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Friday feel good: Lightsabers, stormtroopers and a hospital room

A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.

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Friday feel good: A real 'Fight Song' from Dana-Farber

A dose of feel good to kick off your weekend.



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Friday feel good: 3 things to know about the LA physician who delivered a baby on a plane

A dose of feel good to kick off the weekend.

A Los Angeles physician on a flight from Taiwan after her honeymoon delivered a baby on the plane, according to an ABC7 report.



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NICU nurse gets surprise of a lifetime from former patients

Renee Hendrix, a nurse in Marietta, Ga.-based WellStar Kennestone Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, agreed to be part of a Kleenex commercial for National Neonatal Nurses Day, but ended up getting something much more rewarding.



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