VR and the Brain

Ornella Zampieri
Written by Ornella Zampieri
on September 29, 2014

Neuroscience and technology are increasingly collaborating in scientific research to advance understanding of how our brain works. This happens for different reasons: to replicate human brain functions into artificial ones, to prevent and cure diseases and pains, or even to correlate human behavior with brain functions. Read further >

LinkedIn as a Professional’s Publishing Platform?

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on September 26, 2014

Like many lawyers, accountants, knowledge workers, and other professionals, I maintain a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn’s investor presentations, which I recommend reading, reveal ambitions far beyond being merely a social networking space for knowledge workers. In addition to wanting to be the professional network for connecting all of the world’s professionals, LinkedIn also wants to “be the definitive professional publishing platform.” Read further >

Clinical Decision Support on FHIR

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on September 22, 2014

Last year, I wrote about the federal (US) Health eDecisions (HeD) initiative, which resulted in various standards for clinical decision support (CDS), including an XML schema for representing a “knowledge artifact” and a Virtual Medical Record (VMR) for representing patient data. In HeD, knowledge artifacts can be event-condition-action rules, order sets, or documentation templates. Since that time, a new federal initiative has been underway called the Clinical Quality Framework (CQF). This initiative seeks to harmonize standards for CDS and clinical quality measurement (CQM). With respect to patient data models, the CDS domain has the VMR, but the quality domain has something called the Quality Data Model (QDM). One of the goals of CQF is to harmonize VMR and QDM into a single model called Quality Improvement and Clinical Knowledge (QUICK). Read further >

Piecing Together the Semantics Puzzle

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on September 12, 2014

Putting a puzzle together can be frustrating as a child, yet this brain teaser becomes more gratifying as an adult. Carefully placing intricate pieces together to create a complete picture. I think we offered an almost completed puzzle last week in Leipzig at SEMANTiCS 2014, where we presented LOD2.

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Should Legal Citators Index Social Media?

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on September 08, 2014

Lawyers and other legal professionals have relied for decades on legal citation indexes. These citators include the CCH Citator, GlobalCite, KeyCite and Shepard’s(R) Citations. They help legal professionals better understand whether a primary source of law being relied upon for a legal argument remains “good law.” Citators also help lawyers expand their research by locating primary and secondary sources of law that comment, explain, agree, disagree with, etc. with them. This is the research function of citators. But is it not time for citators to begin indexing social media, particularly social media created by lawyers and law firms? Read further >

Lawyers wearing a cardboard mask

Ornella Zampieri
Written by Ornella Zampieri
on September 05, 2014

My hometown, Milan, is known as the Italian city of business and, even more so for fashion. That’s why it may be difficult to see around someone wearing a cardboard mask while having a Virtual Reality (VR) experience: more likely, trendy people will instead wear a pair of Google glass. But now, VR has become affordable for any budget: with just a few dollars you can transform your smartphone to a VR device and experience a total immersion in virtual and augmented reality. Read further >

IPF Quality Reporting: CMS Plunges Ahead Without NQF Endorsment

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on September 01, 2014

On August 6, 2014, CMS issued the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Final Rule. In addition to adjusting rates and addressing ICD-10 implementation, the Final rule also included changes to the IPF Quality Reporting (IPFQR) Program. The IPFQR applies to both inpatient psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric units within acute care and critical access hospitals. Read further >

Is Lex Mercatoria a New Opportunity in Legal and Regulatory?

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on August 29, 2014

Just like parties to commercial transactions today, merchants in Europe in the Middle Ages knew that time is money. Waiting on courts and legislative entities was a money-losing option, so they created their own means to settle disputes – the lex mercatoria (see articles in Wikipedia and Trans-Lex.org for an overview). The lex mercatoria, Latin for “commercial law,” took into account best commercial practices and existing laws of the jurisdiction where disputes arose. Some commercial best practices were later codified into national legal systems. Others were recognized in judicial opinions. Other customs remained, simply, customs. Read further >

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