Hornets focused on SCT boys soccer tournament

first_imgHolmdel completed regular season undefeated BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent After finishing the regular season undefeated, the Holmdel boys soccer team is counting on team unity as a driving force throughout the Shore Conference Tournament. “It’s about the way the team has been playing together,” head coach John Nacarlo said. “It’s been a team effort.” Nacarlo explained that the keys to his team’s success are teamwork and hard work. “Some of them have been playing together since third or fourth grade,” he said. Holmdel features plenty of individual talent as well. Dan Metzger, who was a Parade All- American last year, will head to the University of Maryland next fall. “Dan is able to put the game in his own hands,” Nacarlo said. “He is very dangerous. He is able to provide pressure on the defense.” The program at Holmdel has overcome some challenges as a Group III school that finds itself competing against Group IV schools. While the competition might have 50 or more players to choose from at tryouts, Nacarlo explained, Holmdel attracts fewer players. “We only get 30 or 40, but if you get the talent, that’s what matters. Every once in a while, you get a big group,”Nacarlo said, noting that many of his players are seniors. As for the competition in the ongoing Shore Conference Tournament, the Hornets are well aware of the tough opponents that lie ahead. “The Shore Conference Tournament can be tougher than states,” Nacarlo stated. “We are a Group III school playing a lot of Group IV schools.” The undefeated Hornets have been prepared for tournament play. When asked about the Shore Conference Tournament, Nacarlo stressed the importance of remaining focused after a long regular season. “We really just need to keep the intensity up and stay focused,” he said. “They need to concentrate on what they are doing on the field,” the head coach added. “Sometimes, when we played weaker opponents, we lost our focus a bit. But there are only good opponents in the tournaments.” As a team, Holmdel has already put a successful regular season in the past, focusing on the ultimate goal of winning the Shore. “We are not thinking about 16-0. We are thinking about the quarterfinals,” Nacarlo said. On Tuesday, the Hornets, seeded No. 2 behindChristianBrothersAcademy, faced Toms River North, the seventh seed, in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. The semifinals are tonight at Neptune High School’s Memorial Field at the Summerfield School. The championship game is Saturday back at Memorial Field.last_img read more

Authorities use GPS to fight graffiti

first_imgIn this way, individual taggers can be tracked through each act of vandalism they commit. This allows police to focus efforts on the most prolific vandals, using resources to apprehend the most destructive taggers first and quickly reducing the number of incidents in the city. Tim Kephart, president and founder of Graffiti Tracker, said the intelligence his company gathers and categorizes can help police link caught taggers to previous crimes, to tell police which vandals typically tag together and even to alert police to gang activities in the city. “I thought this was a way we could improve quality of life in communities,” Kephart said. “We can give them the intelligence they need to be able to focus on who is doing damage.” The Graffiti Tracker company was founded in January of 2006, and employs about a dozen analysts. The program typically costs cities $24,000-$30,000 each year, and is based on the concentration of graffiti in the area. Because Pico Rivera was one of the first cities to contract with the company, its cost was lower. Pico Rivera pays about $18,000 each year, which comes from the city’s general fund. Vandals caught through the program have already been ordered by the courts to pay about $30,000 for the damage they’ve caused, more than paying for the system. Gutierrez said the city spends about $400,000 each year on managing vandalism, and the relatively small cost of the program has allowed city workers to concentrate on the beautification of Pico Rivera, rather than painting over tags. “Those people who were eradicating graffiti are now trimming trees and other things that are needed for the city,” Gutierrez said. Graffiti Tracker has also altered Deputy Sergio Peralta’s job. As the School Resource Deputy for the El Rancho Unified School District and one of the primary users of the program, Peralta said the new system has been well worth the investment. “The word has gotten out that we’ve had three big awards given to us by the court in which the taggers \ have been forced to pay,” Peralta said. “The taggers know that we have the system.” Peralta said law enforcement needs the cooperation of the community in catching taggers to continue the success of Graffiti Tracker. “This is not a problem that’s going to go away any time soon, but it is a problem that we can fight,” Peralta said. “And we obviously need their help as much as anything, because people in the neighborhood know who these guys are.” news.wdn@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Graffiti Tracker Police in Pico Rivera are using cutting-edge technology to clean up their city, one vandal at a time. The new system, called Graffiti Tracker, is used to catalog and compare incidents of graffiti that normally would be lost under piles of extensive paperwork. Graffiti Tracker utilizes cameras equipped with global positioning system technology. Photos of graffiti are taken by cleanup crews and can be uploaded to a Web site, where they are analyzed and categorized for reference. Capt. Mike Rothans said the system has helped in the prosecution of suspects accused in the Aug. 10 fatal shooting of Maria Hicks. Steve Gutierrez, public safety manager for Pico Rivera, said Graffiti Tracker has been a success since it was implemented last September. In September 2006, Pico Rivera experienced 828 incidents of vandalism. This June, the city had 324 “tags.” “We’ve had over 60 arrests that have been directly attributable to the Graffiti Tracker system,” Gutierrez said. Graffiti Tracker, a private company with offices in Long Beach that partners with cities as a private contractor, sorts graffiti by moniker, or the name a tagger uses. last_img read more

‘Loris Karius is KILLING the team’ – Liverpool legend in blast at goalkeeper

first_img1 Loris Karius in action for Liverpool Jamie Carragher says Jurgen Klopp must drop Loris Karius, as he claims the goalkeeper is ‘killing’ Liverpool.Karius has endured a difficult start to his Anfield career after his summer switch from Mainz and has made errors in two successive games.He cost the Reds a point against Bournemouth at the start of the month when he spilled an effort into Nathan Ake’s path in injury time to enable to Cherries to snatch a 4-3 win.And he was at fault again on Sunday, failing to keep out a Dimitri Payet free-kick, as Liverpool dropped points once more in drawing 2-2 with West Ham at Anfield.Liverpool have now fallen six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and, according to legendary former defender Carragher, it’s time for Simon Mignolet to be recalled to the side.“Jurgen Klopp may feel that’s [dropping] going to kill the lad’s confidence but at this moment he’s killing the team on the pitch,” he said.“Liverpool should probably have another six points. They are probably five points down on what they should really have.“So the big decision for the manager now is if he brings Mignolet back or does he stick with Karius?”Karus responded to recent criticism from Carragher and his fellow SkySports pundit in an interview with the Daily Mail after the Bournemouth game.But Carragher feels he should be keeping quiet while he is in such bad form and just concentrate on improving.“The ‘keeper got criticism last week and has come out and had a pop at Gary Neville and mentioned me and my advice would be: ‘Shut up and just do your job,’” he said.Carragher, who was analysing Karius’ role in Payet’s goal for West Ham on SkySports, added: “Doing your job and answering your critics would be saving that.“That is not difficult. I think the positioning is fine, he gets across and reads it well and he is there. And his wrists, again like the first goal at Bournemouth, are not strong enough. It is not even in the corner and Payet has not even hit it that hard.“I have bigger problems with goals like that than mistakes, because mistakes happen — a keeper will drop one or do something stupid, every keeper does that. That to me, you look at goals like that and think: ‘It should not go in. Is the keeper good enough?’”last_img read more

Who holds the upper hand from the last ten north London derbies?

first_img rookie error Getty Images – Getty Premier League matches unless stated Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino will go head-to-head on Sunday LATEST The Premier League clash on Sunday takes place at the Emirates with the Gunners having a slightly better start from their first three games.Unai Emery’s side have taken six points while Mauricio Pochettino’s team have four points from a possible nine. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Recent history suggests Sunday’s north London derby will be a close match.Results from their last 10 encounters in all competitions have been evenly split with both Arsenal and Tottenham winning on three occasions and the four other matches ending in a draw. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP stalemate What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 22.03%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen September 2015 (EFL Cup) – Tottenham 1-2 ArsenalNovember 2015 – Arsenal 1-1 TottenhamMarch 2016 – Tottenham 2-2 ArsenalNovember 2016 – Arsenal 1-1 TottenhamApril 2017 – Tottenham 2-0 ArsenalNovember 2017 – Arsenal 2-0 TottenhamFebruary 2018 – Tottenham 1-0 ArsenalDecember 2018 – Arsenal 4-2 TottenhamDecember 2018 (EFL Cup) – Arsenal 0-2 TottenhamMarch 2019 – Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal OFF Last 10 north London derby results The Emirates has not been a happy hunting ground for Spurs over recent campaigns as they are without a league win there since November 2010.Recent history also suggests that the winner is likely to be the home side with only two of the last 10 matches being won by the visitors. Both also occurred during cup clashes rather than Premier League games. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman In last season’s league match at the Emirates, Arsenal came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 in an entertaining match that saw six goals and a red card.Just 17 days later, though, in an EFL Cup clash at the same stadium ended in a 2-0 win for Tottenham. on target Jamie O’Hara thinks Mauricio Pochettino will leave Spurs this seasonSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Bangor Quilt Mural

first_imgBangor Quilt MuralWait, there’s an actual window, a real window, in that mural!My husband and I turned our car around to take a closer look at the Bangor Quilt Mural on the side of the building near the railroad tracks. On my vacations and birdwatching trips, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many impressive murals in small and large towns in Michigan and Ohio. I have great memories of seeing the Iron Ore Miners Mural in Ishpeming, Michigan, the beautiful Murals in the Market in Detroit, and Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon in Cincinnati, Ohio.But this was the first time I’ve seen an artist incorporate part of the functional part of the building into their mural. About the Bangor Quilt MuralLocated on the west side of the historic Bangor Elevator building in downtown Bangor, Michigan, the mural was created by Bangor native Conrad Kaufman. The window next to the door in the mural is an actual working window; I could see through the glass. Sadly, my research didn’t uncover any details about the faces of the people in quilt in the mural. I could only discover that the mural was one of the MI Amazing Art Tours public art tour, part of the Michigan Council for Arts & Culture Affairs.For my blog readers in Michigan, if you know any background about the mural, I’d love to hear it! And anyone who’s traveling on the west side of Michigan, stop by the small town of Bangor and check out the mural. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Iron Ore Miners Mural in Ishpeming, MichiganBirdwatching takes me to lots of different places, national forests, wildlife areas, and some of the smallest towns in the Midwest. Which I enjoy, because I love going through towns and discovering the unique architecture of their older buildings, churches, libraries, and courthouses. This month my travels took me to…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: The Roots of Vision in Mount AdamsAs you walk the steep hills of one-way streets in Mount Adams, an eclectic neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, you can’t miss the beautiful mural on Gregory Street. Adorning the full side of a two-story building, The Roots of Vision pays tribute to five important figures in Mount Adams history: Nicholas…In “Miscellaneous”Art and Architecture at Ferris State UniversityWe visited Ferris State University this weekend and took a tour of the campus. While I missed the architecture of older buildings and landscaping I’ve seen at Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I was impressed with the “Of Thought and Reason” mural…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

Rewarding good African reporting

first_imgDiageo is launching the annual DiageoAfrica Business Reporting Awards, due to take place on July 2010, in Central London. (Image: Diageo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo Crawshaw africapractice, Awards Secretariat +44 (0)20 7209 7507 jcrawshaw@africapractice.com RELATED ARTICLES • Heineken’s R7-billion SA plant • Reshaping reportage on Africa • Boosting African journalism • SA celebrates media freedomNosimilo NdlovuIn July 2010 Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, will hold the seventh annual Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards, which recognise recognise journalists from around the world who have excelled in reporting accurate and unbiased news about the continent.Initiated in 2004, the awards encourage prolific business journalism within Africa with their focus on increasing the continent’s influence in the international media. The awards will recognise journalists who have helped shape opinions and create an enabling environment for business in Africa to succeed.“The world has been impacted by the global recession and so has Africa. However, the dynamism of doing business across Africa and the opportunities available to investors, continue,” said Nick Blazquez, the company’s Africa Managing Director.“We recognise that the media has a key role across the world in shaping business sentiment and Diageo will continue to support initiatives that encourage balanced reporting on Africa’s business environment.”African media is increasingly influencing perceptions of the continent globally and shaping investor sentiment. This is why the best journalists and influential media outlets from Africa, as well as international sources, are being encouraged to enter the awards.  The number of categories has also been extended to allow sector-specific categories to reflect the important role that various industries play in economic development.‘Looking ahead, 2010 is a very important year for African business. As 16 African countries celebrate their 50th Year of Independence and South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup, there is a greater sense of optimism and excitement than there was last year,’ added Blazquez.The awards ceremony will be held on 1 July, 2010 in Central London. The closing date for entry is 26 March, 2010. Entries can be submitted online at www.diageoafricabusinessreportingawards.com.The award categories for this yearBest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the ICT sector in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, telecommunications infrastructure, mobile, networking, security, cyber crime, e-learning, hardware, software, Internet.Best Finance featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the finance/banking sector in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, investment opportunities, retail banking, credit cards, corporate finance, mobile money, payment systems.Best Infrastructure featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of infrastructure (physical or otherwise) in a thoughtful and engaging way. Features addressing issues of energy and transport can enter this category. This might include, but is not limited to, infrastructure development projects, aviation, oil, roads, rail, energy.Best Agribusiness / Environment featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of agribusiness or environmental issues in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, climate change, agriculture, food security, water management, farming, resource management.Best Tourism featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the tourism industry in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, hotels, eco-tourism, travel, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.Best use of New Media in a storyA piece developed using new media (online digital photography, blogs, vodcasts, videos, podcasts or a mixture of these) that effectively supports a story about business or the economy in an African context. The topic is open, but use of new media must help deliver a fresh perspective that helps the audience engage with a story in a way not possible through traditional media alone. Entry must include a live URL.Best Business News storyA news story or series of related stories delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that: Addresses a breaking news story from the time period of the awards,  answers all basic questions in a clear and balanced fashion, and demonstrates journalistic flair – a style that is engaging, though-provoking and accessible to its audience.Best Business Feature storyA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that: Examines business or the economy in an African context, provides useful background material for readers to understand relevance, gives bigger picture and importance to Africa, as well as specific issues it might be addressing and brings the business and economy to life, while answering the serious questions.Best NewcomerA portfolio of three features (can be across different platforms) by a journalist who has been working as a reporter for less than five years. Proof of first date of accreditation will be required. Judges will be looking for overall quality of reporting, understanding of business issues and personal insights, as well as a commitment to sustained coverage of the business and economic climate in Africa, which serves to highlight opportunities as well as challengesMedia of the YearA print publication, broadcast programme/channel , website or blog that is a comprehensive resource for  its audience providing sustained coverage of Africa’s business and economic news, issues and analysis (sector-specific or otherwise).Please submit a portfolio of five articles of no more than 5,000 words each, or five broadcast programmes, of no more than 3 hours in total. In addition to quality of reporting, balanced perspective, insight and analysis, judges will be looking for style and presentation, as well as outlets that are building a reputation amongst business and investor communities as a valued source of information about Africa.Journalist of the YearA portfolio of three features (on any one or a mixture of media platforms) of no more than 5,000 words or 1 hour each. Submitted pieces can cover different topics, industries or people, or be part of a series of reportage.  As well as quality, style, presentation and a way of engaging the audience, judges will be looking for a commitment to sustained coverage of the business and economic climate in Africa which serves to highlight opportunities as well as challenges.last_img read more

Industrial policy plan reaps benefits

first_imgDavies said with demand and growth in Western developed countries likely to remain constrained in the foreseeable future, South Africa would focus on the Brics countries, high growth markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia and other emerging economies such as Turkey, Indonesia, Chile, Vietnam and Thailand. The department, Davies said, had learnt that the way forward for manufacturing was to invest and raise competitiveness and not wait in the hope that the global environment would improve. A total of R14.4-million disbursed to 106 companies, combined with the R310 million disbursed under the production incentive scheme, had supported 48 384 direct and indirect jobs, he said. He said the Cooperatives Amendment Bill has been submitted for certification to the State Law Advisors and was due for submission to Cabinet for approval. “In an effort to increase market access for co-operatives, through the Brics mechanism, South Africa and China have agreed to enter into business contracts – “cooperatives to cooperatives” – on the following three commodities: maize, wine and aquaculture,” he said. Davies said in spite of being introduced in 2009 during the global economic crisis, the Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme had not only stalled employment losses in 2010 but led to a modest increase in employment in 2011. The department had assisted in supporting 220 small scale co-operatives to set up and had trained 175 co-operatives and provided 115 with market access covering both local and international markets during the past year. He said the department had borrowed on the lessons of the clothing and textile production incentive, in launching the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). 21 May 2012 He said incubators, through Seda’s incubator programme, had last year by the end of December 2011 created 189 new small enterprises and 931 jobs. This would address cash flow challenges faced by these enterprises, he said. Since it was introduced over two years ago, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) has stabilised the clothing sector, turned around the automotive sector, added jobs in the business process services sector and had introduced procurement designation to boost local production, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says. Boosting internal capacity The MCEP, which was launched last week and would supplement the 12i tax incentive, would be deployed towards upgrading the competitiveness of relatively labour-intensive and value-adding manufacturing sectors negatively impacted by the value of the rand, the global economic crisis and necessary increases in the cost of electricity. The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) had supported investment commitments of over R15-billion investment commitments from both assemblers and component suppliers.center_img Opposition members lauded the developments, but pointed out that the department still had a significant amount of work still to do in improving economic support, particularly when it came to boosting support to small businesses and improving export assistance. The government is also acting to speed up payments to small businesses. Over 500 jobs were added in the sector in the last quarter, and Davies said a further set of approved projects would create about 11 000 jobs over the next three years. However, he added that the department would structure South Africa’s economic relations with countries of the South in ways that foster complementarily and mutual benefit, while avoiding destructive competition. The transition from the MIDP to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) by 2013 had largely been completed, he said, adding that this had helped give policy certainty even amid global economic stagnation. Davies said the department was boosting its internal capacity to focus more on the informal, townships and peri-urban enterprises and would also be developing a informal sector strategy, including the micro finance programme. Modest increase in employment The department, through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), would improve entrepreneurial capacity by rolling out more business incubators in partnership with incubator organisations. Presenting his Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Davies detailed progress made in the IPAP2 which was launched in February 2010 and which now falls under the New Growth Path. Raising competitiveness While Seda had set up an SMME hotline in 2009, the National Treasury had recently issued practice notes to all national and provincial departments including state-owned enterprises to pay businesses within 30 days on receipt of invoice in accordance with Treasury regulations. Davies said the introduction of the New Companies Act had also changed the manner in which business is undertaken in South Africa and as a result, South Africa has improved significantly in the Africa Competitiveness Report’s index for ease of starting a business. 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Data Centers: The Move to Renewable Energy Sources by IT Businesses

first_imgDespite the drop in oil and gas prices, increasingly businesses, especially IT businesses, are committing to renewable energy alternatives. Apple, Amazon, Salesforce, Facebook, Microsoft and HP are just a few of the businesses that are touting their efforts in going green with how they consume energy.  In particular, many new data centers are designed and built to maximize the use of renewable energy/power sources.Pierre Delforge, director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote that  “in 2013, U.S. data centers consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to the annual output of 34 large (500-megawatt) coal-fired power plants. Data center electricity consumption is projected to increase to roughly 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020, the equivalent annual output of 50 power plants, costing American businesses $13 billion annually in electricity bills and emitting nearly 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year.”Ryan Schuchard, associate director of climate change of BSR, said that “at least 11 big IT companies have committed to 100 percent renewables.  (Tech) has one of the best levers of any sector to move on renewables.”It’s not just about cleaner power, it’s also about smarter use of energy.  Software algorithms, for example, are helping businesses achieve energy efficiencies.  Facebook, for example, optimizes the use of their devices.  An Ars Technica article quotes Bill Weihl, director of sustainability at Facebook, saying that “we have a system that allows 80-90 percent of disks turned off.  When a disk is not touched, it gets turned off. It’s a matter of having storage layer that knows how to have most of the disks off most of the time, but the data is on a disk that’s spinning that you can get to. If you integrate more tightly into the application layer on top of it, you can predict when photos are going to be needed—like when a user is scrolling through photos chronologically, you can see you’ll need to load up images soon. You could make a decision to turn off not just the backups, but all the copies of older stuff, and keep only the primaries of recent stuff spinning.”last_img read more

A Broad Definition of Telehealth and How It Will Change Healthcare As We Know It

first_imgPaid content supplied by John LynnA broader definition of telehealth is becoming popular and includes a wide variety of things that might not fit into most people’s perception of telehealth.  While the technical definition of telehealth is any health service done over “telecommunication technologies,” many people consider telehealth to be some sort of health service provided over live video. Many picture Skype or Facetime with their doctor, but telehealth can be so much more.The more comprehensive definition of telehealth services are changing healthcare.  Video is one service, but even video can be live video or asynchronous video with a medical provider or some other non-medical provider (dentist, counselor, care manager, etc). At another level simple image sharing with your healthcare provider is telehealth. We see this happening a lot in image heavy specialties like dermatology and plastics.  Health messages sent by text, email, or even phone calls would also technically fall under telehealth.  Remote patient monitoring via medical device is also part of this broader definition.At the core of all telehealth technologies is one simple principle: connecting patient and healthcare provider.Turns out that this simple principle has powerful implications for the future of healthcare as we know it. These technologies are creating a new level of expectation from patients and new opportunities for providers. Here are just a few simple examples:Early Intervention – The physical office visit acts as a barrier to many patients accessing the care they need. The list of reasons an office visit doesn’t happen are long including: no ride to the clinic, can’t afford the visit, total time spent on a visit (including travel time), fear of doctors’ offices, unsatisfying patient experience, waiting rooms, fear of germs, pains of bringing children to a visit, etc. Most of these issues can be literally solved by a telehealth visit.Some like to argue that having our doctors available everywhere at the tap of a button will increase the costs of healthcare as the number of “office visits” skyrockets.  While it’s true that the number of visits will increase, early access to medical care should also diagnosis issues earlier and prevent later complications that more than offset the cost of these new office visits.  Expand that to the broader definition of telehealth and the early intervention is even more likely.Ongoing Care – Our current model of health care is really episodic. It waits for a complaint or an annual checkup (which most don’t do) to kick off an intervention. Telehealth will change the paradigm from episodic care to on-going care.Remember that the core of telehealth is a communication channel between patient and provider. As these channels mature, the flow of data being communicated between patient and provider is going to become continuous.  In some cases it already is continuous with medical device monitors. Add in personal health data and a desire for regular health counseling and it’s not hard to see ongoing care being at the core of what telehealth enables.Postoperative Follow-Up – It’s long been known that follow-up for postoperative care for some surgeries is as safe using telehealth as an in person visit. As technology improves and studies continue, we’re certain to find more areas where a follow-up visit with your doctor is just as effective using telehealth as an in person visit.There are going to be some exceptions, but the existence of exceptions shouldn’t deter us from benefiting patients who clearly appreciate avoiding the cost and time associated with traveling to an in-person visit. It won’t surprise me if we eventually do more follow-up visits through telehealth than we do in person.Perfect Is the Enemy of BetterTheoretical opponents of telehealth services will often point out the ways that telehealth services can fail or even cause harm to a patient. No doubt there are challenges with telehealth services and there are certain healthcare services which shouldn’t take place using telehealth.  However, we need to be careful that we don’t throw out all telehealth services because said telehealth service is not perfect. Remember that telehealth services don’t have to perfect, they only have to be as good or better than the status quo.Whether by phone, text, email, or video, a virtual cornucopia of telehealth services are hitting the market. Some of these services will be so good that they will become the standard of care and it will be malpractice if you choose not to use them. Other telehealth options will provide the same level of care as an office visit, but the new consumer oriented patient will require their doctors offer such a service. Regardless of the force that pushes telehealth services, it’s going to change healthcare as we know it today.About the AuthorJohn Lynn is the founder of HealthcareScene.com and a HIMSS Ambassador.last_img read more

Who Will Sit at NASA’s Helm?

first_imgPresident Barack Obama chatted today with the astronauts completing work on NASA’s international space station, joking with the crew for nearly half an hour. But he gave no sign of his choice to head the space agency. Obama has promised more than once in recent weeks that he will soon name a NASA administrator, but, like several of the space agency’s projects, the launch keeps slipping. In recent days, two potential candidates won appointments to other posts, and the rumor mill seems to be drying up.The delay is causing jitters on Capitol Hill. A letter to the president recently signed by 14 lawmakers and sent to the White House last week warns that “NASA faces numerous time-sensitive challenges and needs decisive leadership.” The bipartisan group adds that “it is imperative for NASA to have a leader” who can wrestle with the gap between retirement of the space shuttle and launch of a new rocket while preserving “the agency’s cutting edge science and aeronautics programs.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Word last week was that a selection would come soon, but two rumored finalists now have other jobs. Steve Isakowitz, a former NASA official, was reappointed as the Department of Energy’s chief financial officer, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration is going to Sudan to serve as a White House special envoy.last_img read more