My father is a former police officer who took up photography when he retired. A few months ago, I asked him when he was going to try a new hobby. "Aren't you an expert already?" I joked, pointing to
Pedro Fernandes's insight:
A fair account of what is happening in recognition in the training area. The need for sound criteria for badge attribution is critical for the success of this highly flexible method. Criteria that should meet the requirements that acclaimed experts in professional communities agree upon.
Some nice stats from two new Europa reports on the state of digital health in Europe:
According to two surveys in acute care hospitals (those intended for short-term medical or surgical treatment and care) and among General Practitioners (GPs) in Europe, the use of eHealth is starting to take off, with 60% of GPs using eHealth tools in 2013, up 50% since 2007. But much more needs to be done.
The main findings of the surveys include:
* Top performing countries for #eHealth uptake in hospitals are Denmark (66%), Estonia (63%), Sweden and Finland (both 62%). Full country profiles are available by clicking through on the title link above, then the embedded text in the second bulleted paragraph.
* eHealth services are still mostly used for traditional recording and reporting rather than for clinical purposes, such as holding consultations online (only 10% of GPs hold online consultations.
* When it comes to digitising patient health records, the Netherlands take the gold with 83.2% digitisation; with silver medal for Denmark (80.6%) and the UK taking home bronze (80.5%).
* However, only 9% of hospitals in Europe allow patients to access online their own medical records, and most of those only give partial access
* When adopting e-health, hospitals and GPs experience many barriers ranging from lack of interoperability to lack of regulatory framework and resources.
A week or two ago I went to an interesting meeting about the clinical bioinformatics training scheme. This is a clinical scientist training programme, akin to those that train clinical geneticists and microbiologists.
Datasets generated on deep-sequencing platforms have been deposited in various public repositories such as the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), Sequence Read Archive (SRA) hosted by the NCBI, or the DNA Data Bank of Japan (ddbj).
This lecture treats some enduring misconceptions about modeling. One of these is that the goal is always prediction. The lecture distinguishes between explanation and prediction as modeling goals, and offers sixteen reasons other than prediction to build a model. It also challenges the common assumption that scientific theories arise from and 'summarize' data, when often, theories precede and guide data collection; without theory, in other words, it is not clear what data to collect. Among other things, it also argues that the modeling enterprise enforces habits of mind essential to freedom. It is based on the author's 2008 Bastille Day keynote address to the Second World Congress on Social Simulation, George Mason University, and earlier addresses at the Institute of Medicine, the University of Michigan, and the Santa Fe Institute.
"In summary, the characterization of the Hadza GM presents a suite of unique features that suggest specific adaptation to a foraging lifestyle, which includes a large proportion of highly refractory plant foods."
Summer Course: Systems Biology of Disease Register Now Offered by Institute for Systems Biology and Center for Systems Biology Course Objective The goal of this course is to introduce the core concepts of systems biology and their application...
The National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the NIH has awarded Principal Investigator(s): Eric Deutsch, PhD, and Robert L. Moritz, PhD, a continuing R01 grant GM087221 for the ongoing development of the Trans-Proteomic Pipeline.
Nicola Ziady (@nicolaziady) helpful summarises some statistics from a recent PWC mHealth survey :
59% of patients expect mHealth to change how they seek information on health issues51% of patients expect mHealth to change how providers send general healthcare information49% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will manage their overall health48% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will manage their chronic conditions48% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will communicate with their healthcare providers48% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will manage their medication46% of patients expect mHealth to change how healthcare providers monitor condition and compliance
Throughout much of the 1950s psychologists involved in the Information Processing movement began to view the brain as a neural computer that processes information with extraordinary efficiency and excellent performance in problem solving and critical thinking, through a process increasingly enhanced over time.
The idea of Information Processing lies within Cognitive Psychology - I highly encourage you to check Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design - and as a theory combines multiple theoretical perspectives that mainly seek to explain human learning as the development of networked memory structures.
A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE IDEAS AND ARTEFACTS OF COMPUTATIONAL ARTIFICIAL LIFE Alan Dorin, Animaland, 2014 This guide provides broad coverage of computational Artificial Life, a field encompassing the theories and discoveries underpinning the invention and study of technology-based living systems. It is targetted at students of all ages who are new to Artificial Life or are hoping to gain a broad understanding of its themes. The book focusses specifically on Artificial Life realised in computer software. Topics include: • pre-history of Artificial Life • artificial chemistry • artificial cells • organism development • locomotion • group behaviour • evolution • ecosystem simulation
Biological Bits includes animations and interactive software for experimentation with key processes. Simulations are included to allow exploration of cellular automata, developmental models, group behaviour and ecosystem simulation to aid in illustrating the text. The book can be read cover-to-cover as a general introduction to Artificial Life, or it can serve as a textbook for university or advanced high-school courses.
Easing the Transition to Automated NGS Sample Preparation Genetic Engineering News Any laboratory that performs next-generation sequencing (NGS) must accept certain burdens such as the burdens of sample preparation.
Though it Skills used for programming could also be used for a wide range of careers, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula.
Pedro Fernandes's insight:
Though it is never "too late" , early contact with programming is clearly the way to open more possibilities for learners. I reckon that it is the contact with the clear and perfect logic of computer technology that makes the biggest difference.