News Scan for Aug 22, 2018

first_imgStudy shows HPV, other vaccines not tied to premature menopausePreteen girls, teens, and young women who receive recommended vaccinations, including for human papillomavirus (HPV), have no increased risk of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), also called premature menopause, according to a study published yesterday in Pediatrics.Published case series have suggested a potential association between HPV vaccination and POI, the authors wrote. Kaiser Permanente researchers sought to estimate the risk of POI after vaccines targeting HPV, flu, meningococcus bacteria, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (the Tdap vaccine).The investigators combed through Kaiser Permanente Northwest electronic health records for outpatient diagnoses suggestive of POI in female patients aged 11 to 34 years from 2006 (when HPV vaccines became available at Kaiser) through 2014. From a cohort of 199,078 female patients, they identified 46 cases of POI with an unknown cause.The team calculated an adjusted hazard ratio of 0.30 after HPV vaccine, 0.88 after Tdap, 0.94 after meningococcal vaccine, and 1.42 after flu vaccine.”Reports of premature menopause after HPV vaccination have received a lot of media attention, including on social media,” said lead author Allison Naleway, PhD, in a Kaiser Permanente news release. “However, these reports were based on a small number of isolated cases and must be interpreted with caution. To bring clarity to this issue, we conducted a study of nearly 200,000 young women and found no elevated risk of POI after HPV or other recommended vaccinations.”In a population of 58,871 young women who received the HPV vaccine during the study period, we found only one case of an individual who possibly had symptoms of primary ovarian insufficiency after vaccination. If POI is triggered by the HPV vaccine or another recommended adolescent vaccine, we would have expected to see higher incidence.” Aug 21 Pediatrics study Aug 21 Kaiser Permanent news release Fresh Express announces expert panel to help industry solve CyclosporaFresh Express, whose produce has been tied to a large McDonald’s-related outbreak of cyclosporiasis cases, yesterday announced it has formed a “blue ribbon” panel to study the Cyclospora parasite with the aim of reducing outbreaks in fruits and vegetables.The panel will be chaired by renowned epidemiologist and infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), the publisher of CIDRAP News.”Recent Cyclospora outbreaks, with limited evidence as to how they originated, have perplexed federal and state public health officials as well as food safety experts throughout the fresh produce industry, including Fresh Express,” said Fresh Express President John P. Olivo in a news release. “The purpose of the Fresh Express Blue-Ribbon Panel is to assemble an interdisciplinary group of independent scientific experts to better understand Cyclospora’s mode of action and how the industry can better guard against future outbreaks.””The Cyclospora organism has contaminated certain fresh produce during spring and summer months, leaving public health officials unable to determine a confirmed origin despite their best efforts,” Osterholm said. “Although the fresh produce industry works hard to ensure strong food safety standards, the yearly rounds of Cyclospora outbreaks now demand industry-focused attention.”According to Fresh Express, the full roster of panel members will be announced soon, with a final report and recommendations planned for release in early 2019.The Cyclospora outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads and a Fresh Express processor in Illinois has caused at least 476 illnesses and 21 hospitalizations, according to an update last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aug 21 Fresh Express press release Aug 17 CIDRAP News scan on outbreaklast_img read more

Malzahn expects Spurrier to have Gamecocks ready

first_imgAUBURN – Gus Malzahn may believe in South Carolina far more than Steve Spurrier does.The Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) haven’t shown anything in the last month to suggest they can beat fifth-ranked Auburn (5-1, 2-1), but Malzahn believes the ol’ ball coach will have his team ready Saturday.“He’s a great competitor,” Malzahn said. “He’s one of the better coaches to ever come through the SEC. You know he’ll have his team ready. I told our players this the other day, like I said, they were ranked in the top 10 to start the season for a reason. They’ve won 11 games, what, two or three years straight. They’ve got good players. We expect to get their best.”[youtube has the utmost respect and admiration for Spurrier. He wears a visor because of him. Fell in love with his style of play going back to Spurrier’s ‘Fun ‘n Gun” offense at Florida. Wishes he had a golf game like Spurrier, too.“He’s better than I am,” Malzahn said to the amusement of reporters Tuesday. “I don’t like that.”Spurrier is probably wishing they were playing 18 holes Saturday instead of four quarters at Jordan-Hare Stadium. South Carolina is a 17.5-point underdog.“Weve got to play our A-game, bring our A-game and see if we can get break or two,” Spurrier said during his Tuesday press conference in Columbia. “And see what happens at Auburn on Saturday night.”Auburn has been simmering for two weeks after losing at now No. 1 Mississippi State. The Tigers can’t afford another loss if they want to play for a conference and national title. So Spurrier can be certain the Gamecocks are going to get Auburn’s best.Malzahn admires Spurrier, but he’s studied him, too. With two weeks to prepare, he’s going to have the Tigers ready for this one. South Carolina is 89th nationally in run defense (181.7 yards allowed per game), which doesn’t bode well against Auburn’s read-option running game. The Tigers are averaging 262 yards to rank 13th in country in rushing.[youtube Spurrier is 0-5 against Auburn as a head coach at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 1-9-1 all-time versus the Tigers. I love Spurrier’s wit, charm and coaching ability, but this is a tall order for him to overcome.This is when he has been at his best, but South Carolina doesn’t looked like a team capable of rising to the moment to beat a formidable team even with Spurrier on the sidelines.“You got to believe you’ve got a chance if your team plays very well,” Spurrier said. “So we’re going with the idea that we’re going to get in a battle with them. We know we’ve got to play well offensively, defensively and on special teams. Hopefully they’ll drop the ball a little bit. Something good like that will happen for us.”The reason South Carolina was ranked ninth in the preseason AP poll is because it won 11 games in each of the last three seasons. Even though the Gamecocks hadn’t won an SEC title, it seemed primed to achieve that goal this year.Somehow it got lost the Gamecocks lost their most talented player — defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Say what you want about his desire or playing cautious to stay healthy for the NFL, but Clowney going at 80 percent was better than anyone else on the team going 100. So that was a much bigger loss than anyone cared to admit.On top of that, the Gamecocks lost starting quarterback Connor Shaw and 2013 leading receiver Bruce Ellington. Plus they had more holes to fill on defense outside of having to replace the eventual top overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.So when Texas A&M came to Columbia where South Carolina had won 18 games in a row, 19 looked to be money in the bank. Johnny Manziel was now in the NFL. This Kenny Hill guy couldn’t beat the Gamecocks in their home stadium, right?Then Hill just beat South Carolina like a drum. He threw for a school-record 511 yards and three touchdowns in leading Aggies to what was then considered an upset victory The win has decreased in value because of how the Gamecocks done since.Now beating No. 6 Georgia was big. Even though the Bulldogs will forever second guess not giving Todd Gurley the ball in the red zone late in the game, that was a typically Spurrier win. So at that time, I thought the Gamecocks were about to get it going.Then I watched the Vanderbilt game.South Carolina was down 14-0 in the first quarter and gave up two kickoffs for touchdowns to the SEC’s worst team. The Gamecocks wound up winning, 48-34, but it just wasn’t a good showing – and things haven’t gotten any better.South Carolina has lost its last two conference games with one coming against traditional SEC bottom dweller Kentucky. The Wildcats are much improved, but South Carolina hadn’t lost more than two games in each of its previous three seasons.The Gamecocks dropped to 3-3 after that defeat. They beat FCS school Furman last week, but that’s not a season-turning win.Beating Auburn would be. I honestly thought by this time in the season, South Carolina would be on a roll. The Gamecocks are from that, but if there is one coach who can pull off the upset when no one thinks he can, it’s the ol ball coach.“We’re going to give it our best shot and see what happens,” Spurrier said.So Malzahn has reason to be concerned.last_img read more

QPR said to be considering Yakubu deal, Villa linked with Fulham star

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Harry Redknapp is considering signing Yakubu for QPR, the Daily Mirror say.The 32-year-old striker played under Rangers boss Redknapp at Portsmouth and also had spells at Everton, Blackburn and Middlesbrough.He currently plays for Qatari club Al Rayyan and is keen to return to England in January.AdChoices广告The speculation comes after Yakubu was seen at QPR’s game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day.Adel Taarabt has turned down a move to Atalanta, according to the Daily Mail.The Moroccan, an outcast under Redknapp at Loftus Road, is said to be holding out for a move to AC Milan, who had Taarabt on loan last season but have not attempted to sign him on a permanent basis.Meanwhile, the Mirror say Aston Villa are weighing up a move for  Fulham midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen.It is claimed that QPR have been closely watching the 20-year-old Dane, who is supposedly seen by Villa boss Paul Lambert as a potential replacement for Fabian Delph.Christensen, who is under contract at Craven Cottage until 2017, would apparently cost Villa around £5m.Birmingham City are keen to sign Chelsea teenager Islam Feruz on loan, again according to the Mirror.The Scotland Under-21 striker, 19, is currently on loan at OFI Crete but several Championship clubs are reported to be interested.Bolton, Charlton, Bournemouth and Cardiff are all said to be monitoring the situation.last_img read more

Reeths-Puffer girls shut down by East Grand Rapids 49-35 in D1 regional semifinals

first_img (2979) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Share Inappropriate / Offensive Trina Lewis pushes the ball up court for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe Lane By Dave Tomczak LocalSportsJournal.comHOLLAND – The Reeths-Puffer girls basketball team’s dream season came to a halt in the Division 1 regional semifinals on Tuesday.Making their first regional appearance since 2005, the Rockets struggled on offense, and fell to fourth-ranked East Grand Rapids 49-35 at West Ottawa High School.Lauren Ross goes drives to the basket for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe LaneReeths-Puffer finished the season with a 21-3 record.R-P coach Rodney Walker knew it was important for his team to get off to a good start, but neither team found its offense early.“If we were going to have an advantage, I thought we would take the advantage in the first quarter,” said Walker, whose team trailed 5-4 after a very quiet first quarter. “Our strategy was to get out to a fast start and put the pressure on them to make shots.”Reeths-Puffer standout Lauren Ross was held scoreless in the opening quarter, with the Pioneers double-teaming her whenever she touched the ball.The senior guard finally hit her first bucket midway through the second quarter, and her two free throws with 1:03 left in the half tied the game at 13-13.East Grand Rapids sisters Macy Brown and Jillian Brown responded by scoring the next six points to give EGR a 19-13 halftime lead.The Pioneers extended the lead to 24-13 early in the third quarter.Ross moved her game into the post and scored nine of the Rockets’ 12 third quarter points down low, but R-P still trailed 34-25 headed into the fourth.“They built a nice lead and we could never get a run going,” Walker said. “Normally, we can always get a run going. You have to credit them with their defensive scheme, it disrupted everything we tried to do.”R-P narrowed its deficit to 40-32 on Ariel Walkers’ 3-pointer with 2:53 remaining, but got no closer, and ended up being outscored 15-10 in the final quarter.The Rockets didn’t help themselves at the free throw line, making only 5 of 15 attempts, while the Pioneers made 9 of 10.Despite the loss, Walker had high praise for his team.“We were able to get this far due to the commitment of the girls on this team – commitment to the process, and I’m so happy and impressed with them,” the coach said.Ross led the Rockets in her final varsity game with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Walker added eight points and Sophia Hekkema added seven.Macy Brown led EGR with 15 points and Jillian Brown had 14. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Sophia Hekkema gets fouled going to the hoop for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe Lane Shares Reeths-Puffer Coach Rodney Walker gives direction to his players during the game. Photo/Joe Lane DEAL OF THE DAY Other × Ads by Amazon 0 Not relevant $18.25$30.00 Mail (1150) Not relevant The Mighty Ducks Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × $2.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN ENDS IN Displayed poorly Sophia Hekkema takes the ball up the floor for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe Lane Other Share Shop Related Products DEAL OF THE DAY The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the… × Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Trina Lewis eyes the basket at the free throw line for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe Lane Other (1149) Reeths-Puffer’s No. 10 Abby Fansler plays defense in the back court. Photo/Joe Lane ENDS IN The Mighty Ducks Bestseller $17.99 Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

Bell Ornaments Put Some Jingle on Your Tree

first_imgShare This!There is no shortage of adorable Disney ornaments ready to add some sparkle to your holiday tree, but this series of bell ornaments will also add a lovely jingle. They come in sets of two, priced at $19.99 for the pair. We found these at It’s a Wonderful Shop, the Christmas store near Mama Melrose at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but they will be available throughout the parks.The selections include Chip & Dale, Buzz & Woody, Nemo & Dory, Summer Olaf & Winter Olaf, and two versions of Mickey & Minnie.Which pair would you choose?last_img


first_imgPrimary Font  Mundo Sans has been chosen asthe primary font for its legibility andsimplicity of application. There are threeversions of Mundo Sans which maybe used, namely Light, Regular andMedium. The Italic version of each ofthese may also be used headlines, bodycopy and subheads.Mundo Sans Std lightABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz10234567890Mundo Sans Std lightABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz10234567890Mundo Sans Std Light ItalicABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz10234567890Mundo Sans Std ItalicABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz10234567890Mundo Sans Std MediumABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz10234567890Font Style GuideIllustrated on the right is anactual-size example of the text inan A4 portrait or A3 landscape Headlines: Mundo  Headlines: Mundo Sans 30 ptBody copy: Mundo Sans 13 ptURL & Tel: Mundo Sans Italic 12ptCaptions: Mundo Sans Italic 8 ptHeadlines should ideally not fill more than two lines. The body copy must bewritten in sentence case and should ideallynot fill more than four lines. The captionmust always be brief and to the point anddescriptive of the image used.If there is more body copy, for example when the copy is translated, the point sizesmay be reduced. The Mundo Sans fontis available to download from the BrandSouth Africa marketing portal.Please contact: [email protected]  to gain access. .last_img read more

THIS PERFORMANCE JUST IN: Next level Business Analytics with the New Intel© XEON© Processor E7 v4 and Microsoft© SQL Server 2016 on a 100TB Dataset

first_imgCo-Authored By:Mahmut Aktasoglu, Intel Software Solutions Group,  [email protected] Shetty, Intel Software Solutions Group, [email protected] TQ8Minimum cost supplier Test Query ID4-socket Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v34-socket Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4Performance Increase Test query 2 is the perfect value proposition scenario in our experiments. It is a query with a relatively simpler query plan, and spends most of query execution time in AVX2-optimized scan operator. This query calculates an aggregate value over a data set from a given year with some additional predicates (i.e., processing roughly 12 billion rows). Hence performance difference in query run times can be directly attributed to improvements from vectorizing the algorithms. As query plans gets more complicated, measurable benefits from utilizing instruction level parallelism will also reduce (following Amdahl’s law), but still impactful: A reduction of up to 25% in query run times on average with AVX2[4]. We encourage readers of this blog to explore the possibilities with Intel SIMD instruction set extension for their use case by consulting to Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer ManualsOpens in a new window and easy-to-use Intel® Intrinsics GuideOpens in a new window web browser tool. TQ12Small quantity order revenue TQ10670.59510.611.31 TQ4Promotion effect TQ5Top supplier TQ12593.99495.981.19 TQ9593.99451.821.31 TQ1161.23137.791.17 TQ8142.49122.301.16 TQ25.314.971.06 TQ11Shipping modes and order priority TQ1149.70137.791.08 TQ2Revenue change forecast TQ6105.0274.321.41 TQ779.2351.751.53 Test Query IDNotes TQ11113.7198.721.15center_img TQ5492.94401.171.22 TQ7Returned item report DisclaimerIntel, the Intel logo, Intel Xeon, Intel SSDs, and Intel Raid Controllers are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of othersSoftware and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.For more information, visit With an increasing amount of data being stored in modern data warehouses, organizations need solutions that scale proportionally. Although building clusters of servers and distributing data across the systems is one of the more common approaches to scale, it is not desirable from a performance or TCO point of view.Intel and Microsoft collaborate to ensure our data platform solutions delivers cutting edge performance and the best ROI. In a recent Accelerating Analytics WhitepaperOpens in a new window, we showcased the capabilities of a data platform, powered by Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v4 family, Intel® Data Center SSDs and Intel® RAID Controllers; coupled with Microsoft® SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016. We loaded a 100TB dataset following TPC-HOpens in a new window specifications, which models a data warehouse with approximately 600 billion records in its largest table. Using SQL Server’s columnar database engine, the records were loaded into a clustered columnstore index at an impressive rate of 1.6TB/h. The resulting columnar-store database took about 35TB of total disk space.In this blog, we will show our new results from the same workload after upgrading our processors to the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4. We kept the rest of the configuration unchanged[1], demonstrating how SQL Server 2016 performance scales by simply upgrading your processors. Spoiler Alert:Up to 36% shorter query run times on average on a 100TB database with 4-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4 processor2Up to 2.3x performance improvement in the SQL Server 2016 columnstore engine by utilizing Intel® AVX2 instruction set.4Test QueriesWe used the same 7 queries from previous experimentsOpens in a new window, plus 5 additional ad-hoc queries derived from TPC-H specs which involves aggregations over large number of records, to highlight AVX2 performance gains. You can find brief descriptions of the queries in the table below. Average Performance Increase1.36x TQ1Pricing summary report Test Query IDScalarAVX2Performance Increase TQ6Product type profit measure TQ4914.44412.932.21 TQ211.524.972.31 The new Intel® Xeon® E7 v4 performanceThe Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family is the newest member of data center processors, designed for your performance needs in your data platform. Compared to its predecessor, Intel Xeon E7 v4 family can have up to 48 logical cores (33% increase vs. Xeon E7-8890 v3) in terms of the maximum degree of parallelism that can be attained.In the graph below, we show performance of the same queries executing on exactly the same configuration, the only difference being the processors. Before each query run, we clear all SQL Server caches. Then, each query is run twice to warm up SQL Server column-store object pool cache. We plot the query run time of the second run. With the new Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4 processor, we see performance gains across the board. For the same 7 queries we used in our previous workOpens in a new window, we observed up to 36% performance gains on average compared to Xeon E7-8890 v3 for complex ad-hoc queries against a 100TB dataset[2]. As simple as a processor upgrade, customers can unlock the potential of SQL Server 2016 by coupling it with Intel’s latest data platform CPUs. TQ3Important supplier stock identification TQ33761.522987.221.25 TQ9Shipping priority Average Performance Increase1.31x [1] We have installed a newer build of Microsoft Windows Server 2016.[2] 36% more performance average on 7 ad-hoc data warehousing queries, comparing Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 to Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v3 on a 4 socket server with 6TB DDR4 memory, 100TB storage for data (64 Intel® SSDs DC3500 series) running Microsoft SQL Server 2016 RTM on Windows Server 2016.[3] SQL Server 2016 supports Intel’s SSE4.2, AVX and AVX2 instruction set extensions.[4] Up to 2.3x performance improvement and 25% average reduction in query run times on 7 ad-hoc data warehousing queries, comparing customized SQL Server 2016 RTM with AVX2 instruction set support to same engine without AVX2 support, on a 4 socket server with Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8890 v4 processors, 6TB DDR4 memory, 100TB storage for data (64 Intel® SSDs DC3500 series) running on Windows Server 2016. Reduction in query run time calculated as: ( (1 –  (AVX2 run time/ scalar run time) ) x 100). Average reduction in run time is geometric mean of reduction in query run times for the 7 queries. TQ10Local supplier volume Microsoft SQL SERVER 2016 optimized for Intel AVX2Our next experiment demonstrates yet another value of Intel® Xeon® processor family technology. With its latest release, SQL Server supports Intel® SIMD instruction sets in columnstore batch-mode operations. What does this mean?  SQL Server 2016 has different versions of the same algorithms using vector instructions. When you upgrade your database software to SQL Server 2016, it will detect all vector instruction set extensions available on the CPU and choose the algorithms that provides the best performance[3].To show the performance benefits of using vector instructions in SQL Server’s columnstore engine, we designed an experiment. In this experiment, we run same queries, on the same platform with the only difference being the instruction set being used by SQL Server. We have implemented SQL Server 2016 prototype that can override selection of algorithms via a trace flag. By using this trace flag, we turn off AVX2 support for the first set of runs (i.e., scalar). In the second run, we let SQL Server 2016 choose the best version of algorithms, which uses AVX2 instructions in our case.Similar to our previous experiment, we clear SQL Server caches in-between each query run, and then run the queries twice. We use the run time from the second execution of the query. We plot the results in the chart below. In this chart, you can see the performance boost of up to 2.3x increase by utilizing Intel® AVX2 instruction set4.last_img read more

4 Reasons Why Clinicians Should Care About Data Stewardship

first_imgThis guest blog was written by Matt Oldham, Director of Data Architecture at Graphium HealthOpens in a new window.I deal with data everyday. As a data architect, database administrator, and data integration engineer, data has been my life for over 15 years, and I can’t recall a time when I did not feel the weight of the responsibility for every bit of data that lay within my realm of control. I believe this is the essence of data stewardship – a sense of responsibility for ensuring and maintaining the highest levels of quality, security, and integrity for data with which we interact.Make no mistake, we are all data generators. We turn on the lights in the morning when we wake, generating charges through our electric meters. We hail a ride in Uber or Lyft and make our contribution to someone’s transit dashboard. We receive text messages, send emails, stream music, make online purchases, order take-out for dinner, etc, etc. The list is endless.Many of these activities generate data in a way that doesn’t necessarily allow us to contribute in the role of data steward. But suddenly, once we enter the realm of our jobs, be it in healthcare or any other industry, we find we have the opportunity to not only generate, but also to steward that data.I frequently deal with data generated by clinicians and other healthcare practitioners, and I can attest to the fact that data stewardship in healthcare is sorely lacking. I get it – everyone is under pressure to prep quickly, perform well, and get out of the way for the next patient in the queue. And, after all, the care of the patient is (and should be) the primary focus. There is a real impact, though, to the business side of the house when the quality, integrity and security of data is not also kept in focus.How can this be accomplished? I believe there are four key motivators of data stewardship that, when recognized and internalized, can affect real change in this area.#1: Financial MotivatorsWhen data generators take ownership of their data and make an effort to maximize accuracy, mistakes are reduced and money is saved. Discovering bad data is usually the result of spending a significant amount of time investigating anomalies that crop up in financial reports, charge summaries, etc. Such discoveries are typically not immediate, either, which means wading through days, weeks, or months of data to identify the root cause of the anomaly. All of this takes time, and time is money. The financial bottom line here is that good data leads to good decisions, bad data leads to bad decisions, and bad decisions cost money. #2: Operational MotivatorsAny way you cut it, high-quality data ultimately leads to a more efficient operating environment. We already discussed the issue of re-work, which essentially boils down to having to do a job twice because it wasn’t done right the first time. Real and tangible downstream impacts are caused by poor data stewardship. Take for instance an organizational project to measure the efficiency of clinical workflows in an effort to identify areas needing improvement. Such efforts depend on the data collected during those workflows. If the measurements derived from those efforts are based on low-quality data, operational inefficiencies cannot be identified, much less addressed and resolved. High data quality means both accuracy *and* completeness. One without the other results in (you guessed it) bad data.#3: Ethical MotivatorsConsider the unethical user who is not motivated to enter accurate or complete data. Subsequent, downstream analysis of that data will regard it no differently than that of an ethically motivated (or well-intentioned) user who simply neglected to devote the necessary time or attention to their data generation. Intentions do not get recorded alongside the data, so the only measurement of the effort taken by a data generator is the accuracy and completeness of that data.  Accuracy and completeness, therefore, imply integrity. By increasing our ownership stake in the data we create, our actions become more intentional, and we become better data stewards. As a result, we fulfill our commitments as responsible employees, practitioners, and caregivers.#4: Personal MotivatorsWhile it may sound a bit self-serving, I can attest to the existence of a genuine comfort and confidence that accompanies the proper care and feeding of your data. One very immediate motivation toward data stewardship is simply the satisfaction of a job well done. I also believe our level of data stewardship reflects directly on our reputations as practitioners in our respective industries. Considering the fact that data is the lifeblood of any organization, our willingness to steward that data is representative of how much we value the organization. I can assure you that when the data each of us generates is analyzed – and it will be analyzed – our efforts to steward that data, or not, will be evident. And, as our efforts to better steward data become noticed, it engenders trust and encourages a higher sense of stewardship in others.We must remember that decisions are being made (or will eventually be made) based on data that each of us has a hand in creating. My opinion is that every bit of data matters, regardless of how statistically insignificant it seems in the grand scheme of things. We live in an era when data is being generated at an unprecedented rate, and never before have we been more aware of the intrinsic value in that data. I believe that as we move toward better data stewardship individually we can each contribute to improving the status quo of the business of healthcare.last_img read more

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Feds expand automatic signup for old age benefits to include income supplement

first_imgOTTAWA – Low-income seniors will no longer have to apply for an income top-up under a newly launched program to automatically sign them up for the benefit payments.As of now, seniors who automatically enrolled for old age security benefits will also be automatically considered for the guaranteed income supplement based on their tax filings.Benefits will begin to flow to eligible, low-income seniors beginning one month after they turn 65.The federal government says it expects up to 17,000 seniors will become eligible for the supplement each month either by cheque or through direct deposit, depending on how they receive their Canada Pension Plan payments.The government began automatically enrolling eligible seniors for old age security benefits in May 2013.The first wave of the program targeted Canadians who at age 64 — one year before they are eligible to receive old age security payments — easily met eligibility requirements.A second phase was launched in November 2016 to include a wider net of applicants.Employment and Social Development Canada says more than 60 per cent of new old age security beneficiaries have been signed up through the process since its launch.An internal government review found only one error out of 1,200 people in the first phase of the automatic enrolment, attributed to an incorrect date of birth in the database of social insurance numbers.As of the summer, federal workers had collected the wrongfully paid benefits.Officials calculated that the same error rate spread across the first wave of the program, about 334,000 people, would have resulted in $200,000 in incorrect payments out of $173.4 million in benefits, according to a briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.last_img read more