UL Hospitals Group appoint new Chief Clinical Information Officer

first_imgDr Naro Imcha, Chief Clinical Information Officer, UL Hospitals Group, and Brian McKeon, Group Director of Informatics, Planning and Performance, UL Hospitals GroupUL Hospitals Group has announced the appointment of Dr Naro Imcha as Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO).Dr Imcha is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with a significant research interest in health informatics and digital medicineChief Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs) are a developing role in healthcare globally and Dr Imcha is the first to be appointed to a hospital group in Ireland. As such, she will provide clinical leadership in realising the huge potential of digital technology to transform patient care for the better. This will be achieved through developing systems to help clinicians make better informed care decisions and harnessing the potential of digital technology to drive quality improvements and to provide the data to build a more patient-centred and more efficient service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In her role at UL Hospitals Group, Dr Imcha will garner the support of frontline staff to bring their unique perspective on how the rapidly evolving field of technology can be used to benefit the patients and the public. In a multidisciplinary approach, she will be collaborating with the eHealth Division to prudently plan the optimal allocation of digital resources to those clinical areas which can benefit the most. She will also be spearheading the introduction and adoption of best practices in health informatics. Dr Imcha, who is an enthusiastic advocate of evidence-based care, will be instrumental in ensuring that the knowledge acquired through the efforts in this domain are suitably disseminated locally, nationally, and internationally, thus establishing UL Hospitals Group as a centre of research excellence.Commenting on her appointment, Dr Imcha added “We are on the cusp of a new revolution in the practice of medicine which has the potential to fundamentally alter the patient experience for the better. Momentous opportunities lie ahead of us spanning the world of medicine and technology. While the cloud, virtual machines, robotic tools, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things can greatly augment our medical care, we have to proceed with caution as they also test our vulnerabilities. We must always remember that we are working with people to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing. Technology needs to be designed and implemented with the service user at its core. I am privileged to take on the role of CCIO at UL Hospitals Group and I look forward to serving our community in this capacity”.The creation of the CCIO role at UL Hospitals further aligns the Group to the national structures within the HSE. Ms Yvonne Goff was appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer to the HSE in 2015.Nationally, the eHealth Ireland strategy involves the integration of all information and knowledge sources involved in the delivery of healthcare via information technology-based systems.The eHealth Division in UL Hospitals Group consists of three departments: ICT, HIPE and Planning, Performance & Business Information.  Together they provide consolidated technical and information services for the group to perform its day-to-day functions and a structure for the UL Hospitals Group to move forward with its own eHealth ambitions.Brian McKeon, Group Director of Informatics, Planning & Performance, UL Hospitals Group, said: “We are delighted to be the first hospital group in the country to appoint a CCIO. Dr Imcha also chairs our Quality Committee and that creates a synergy which will be very powerful in driving improvements in patient care.Working in conjunction with the eHealth Division, Dr Imcha has a broad remit to provide clinical digital leadership across all specialties and the six hospital sites in the UL Hospitals Group. However, we are particularly fortunate at this time that Dr Imcha is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist as we move this year towards implementing the MN-CMS project, which will be a completely digital medical chart for mothers and babies in University Maternity Hospital Limerick.” Mr. McKeon concluded.More about health here. 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GARDENING WITH GARETH – HEDGING YOUR BETS!

first_imgA typical Donegal hedgerow.Last week we chatted about Daffodils and looking ahead to Spring colour, this week our focus is on the old hedgerows which surround our fields, line the edge of the country path you take the dog for a stroll on, mark our townlands, or simply give you a smile when you see them in blossom in the spring on your drive to work.Here in Donegal we benefit from an estimated 6,500 miles of hedgerows, with hedges characterised by Ash, Hawthorn and Blackthorn (with some holly and gorse) being the most commonly found in the county. The most frequent tree species found in hedgerows is Ash, 28% of all trees are Ash.In survey work they tend to consider hedgerows with 4 or more species per 30m strip of native woody hedge species as bring native rich – scented honeysuckles and other scramblers are included in this species count, but obviously their appearance in a hedgerow provides further habitats and food sources for many species of wildlife. Over 40% of our hedgerows are considered to be species rich, providing many miles of habitat for wildlife of all types. Hedge training and pruning is essential for a hedgerow to provide its purpose in being a stock-proof boundary, but also for habitat and aesthetic value.Connie picking blackberriesNearly 40% of hedgerows in the county are described as being leggy, this is where large amounts of stem are visible and the hedge doesn’t have that fullness to the ground. This can be caused by incorrect pruning at the time of installation and poor management when the hedge was young – its recommended when you plant a hedgerow to cut the plants down to 6” to allow the plants to thicken from the base (it’s a tough call when you’ve just bought plants that are 24” or 36” high from the likes of Finn Valley Nurseries, but its what’s needed to get a thick hedge)The History of hedgerows in Ireland is well described in ‘Hedgerow Survey of County Donegal.’ Under the Gaelic system of joint landownership there was little need for permanent enclosure or fencing.Instead tillage plots were protected with fencing for one season before being moved elsewhere. There is, however, some evidence to suggest that some ring forts (raths) were set with blackthorn and whitethorn. Permanent banks with or without hedges on them may also have existed. The Normans introduced the concept of land ownership. With the subsequent introduction of the Landlord System, tenants rented fixed plots of land from the landlord. The division of land and enclosure of commons was encouraged, even in some cases enforced by landlords.The Medieval Period saw townlands become the smallest unit of land tenure. They were bounded by banks and ditches, which often had hedges too. The land within was largely unenclosed, though this was dependent on the landowner and their preferences. Townland boundary hedges thus tend to have larger banks and ditches than other hedges, and are often among the oldest hedges in the Irish landscape.For these reasons they may also contain a more diverse flora than other, non-townland boundary hedges. Old double ditches with paths running up through them were used by pedestrians in times of flood, and were a favourite route to the fair with animals because the double ditch recognized no townland barriers (Sharkey, 1985).It is evident from the first series Ordnance Survey maps, made in the 1820s, that by this stage much of County Donegal’s agricultural land had been subdivided into relatively small fields, whether by banks, drains, walls or hedges.In 1824, a House of Commons Committee recommended a survey of Ireland at a scale of six-inches to-one-statute-mile to facilitate a uniform valuation for local taxation purposes. The survey was directed by Colonel Thomas Colby who had available to him officers of the Royal Engineers and three companies of sappers and miners. In addition to this, civil servants were recruited to help with sketching, drawing and engraving maps, and eventually, in the 1830s, the writing of the Memoirs.The Memoirs, compiled between 1830 and 1840 under the general direction of Lieutenant (later Sir) Thomas Larcom, were written descriptions intended to accompany the Ordnance Survey maps. They are a unique source for the history of the northern half of Ireland before the Great Famine.Arranged on a parish basis, they generally follow a particular pattern and record natural features (hills,lakes, bogs, woods, climate, etc); modern topography (towns, public buildings, mills, gentlemen’s seats, bridges, roads, markets and fairs, etc); the social economy (local government, dispensaries, occupations, the poor, religion, emigration, habits of the people – dress, food, customs, etc); and ancient topography (antiquities and ancient monuments). They therefore document a great wealth of information about the landscape and about society in the 1830s.The Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland Parishes of County Donegal I and II (Day & McWilliams (eds.) (1997) describes the quality of the land, the sizes of farms and the nature of the fields and their associated boundaries of several Donegal parishes. To age a hedgerow there is a simple, well researched formula you can follow. Within a hedgerow count the species in a 30m length x 100 then divide by 30. Perform this over a number of areas within the same hedge, avoiding the start and finish of the hedge – as you’ll likely find garden escapees in these areas. If you follow the guidelines above you’ll get a good idea of the hedgerows age.Next week – Autumn lawn care focusGareth AustinGareth Austin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, lectures in Horticulture with National Learning Network and can be heard regularly on BBC Radio Foyle. Join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – HEDGING YOUR BETS! was last modified: September 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

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Visual Aid: Chance or Design?

first_imgA TV commercial for the Honda Accord has been circulating around the net as a popular download (see Steel City’s Finest).  It shows the parts of a car, without human intervention, interacting in strange ways like a Rube Goldberg device, resulting in a finished car rolling off the ramp.  Garrison Keillor adds the punch line, “Isn’t it nice when things just work?”If you teach science or Sunday School, this could be a great visual aid to stimulate thinking about intelligent design.  It is fun to watch and quite amazing to think about how the production team had to spend $6 million and perform 606 takes to get it right.  Applying William Dembski’s explanatory filter, how could you rigorously conclude that the sequence was designed, and not the result of chance?  Contrast this scene with the familiar analogy of a tornado in a junkyard producing a 747, popularized by the late Fred Hoyle.  What’s the difference?  Put even a micro-tornado on the Honda set and the whole sequence would fail.  That’s irreducible complexity – a picture is worth a thousand words.  Life is like that.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Stand Strong – 4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim RuenProgressive Farmer ContributorDavid Castleberg is serious about seed placement in his corn acres and getting more serious all the time.Raising corn and soybeans on 2,000 acres of rolling prairie in southeastern Minnesota, Castleberg knows that every field is different and needs to be treated accordingly. That means matching population to a soil’s yield potential.“You can’t take a C-type soil and expect it to produce at A-type levels,” Castleberg said. “You have to set yield goals in line with a field’s capabilities.”During the past 20 years, Castleberg has flexed his hybrid-selection muscles, pushing populations from 34,000 seeds per acre to as high as 39,000 to meet yield goals above 250 bushels per acre on most fields. He has also paid particular attention to seed spacing and depth.However, placing a priority on holding soil requires leaving plenty of residue. It compounds the challenge of placing seed correctly. It’s one reason Castleberg invested in a new 24-row John Deere 1775 5e planter with hydraulic downpressure and an electric motor on each seed delivery tube. Not going high speed was a reflection of the importance he places on seed placement.“With the vertical tillage I do, I’m not convinced I can make the seed bed smooth enough for high-speed planting,” said Castleberg, who is comfortable planting at 6 miles per hour. “Population and spacing are more important than ever with the improvements I’ve seen in the DeKalb hybrid genetics over the past five-plus years.”This is the fourth of five stories in DTN/Progressive Farmer’s Stand Strong series. Optimizing yields on every acre requires getting corn off to a fast start and establishing a sturdy stand. Stories in this series will offer tips to strengthen standability.SEED DATAAnalysis of 30 years of Corteva Agriscience yield data by Kansas State University (KSU) endorses Castleberg’s emphasis on population. Research carried out by the Syngenta seed division supports that as well as his emphasis on proper placement. Ignacio Ciampitti, a KSU associate professor in predictive agriculture and farming systems, noted that yield increases are generally credited only to improved genetics. However, his independent analysis of Corteva Agriscience’s data correlates increased productivity to increased seeding rates, albeit, increased rates made possible by a variety of improvements in genetics.“Over the past 30-plus years, breeding focused on more plants per field and increasing plant tolerance to higher density,” Ciampitti said.He cited multiple factors that were bred for, including the size of the tassel and the plant, synchrony between male and female flowering for improved pollination, and looking at plant growth, not one plant at a time but as a community of plants. Capturing that yield potential required growers to change management, in particular, plant density. Ciampitti found that over time, the data showed agronomic optimum plant density increased on par with increased gain in yields. Corn productivity decreased in the 1980s if the planting population was too high or too low.“If farmers are not achieving an optimum density, the result is yield drag,” Ciampitti said.He admits the optimum density can change throughout the years depending on moisture availability, nutrients and other factors. However, most of the modern corn hybrids offer a range of response with a spread of about 3,000 to 4,000 seeds per acre (around the optimal density) without the grower being penalized for too few seeds or excess seeds and, thus, wasted dollars. It is this range that added art to the science of finding the optimum density.“Farmers need to look at weather conditions at planting, initial soil moisture and previous yields to think how they can match resources in the field with the right number of plants to capture potential yields,” Ciampitti said. “Our analysis showed plant density is a factor in increasing yield, as is optimum row spacing, singulation, plant structure and fertility utilization. All these factors play a role, and they can be hard to untangle.”EVALUATING YIELD RESPONSEBruce Battles, Syngenta seeds agronomy technical manager, recommended growers start by evaluating their resources, where and how they farm and what a field’s yield history is, and find hybrids that yield well with those environments. Once identified, growers should consider how the top selections respond to seeding-rate increases. He added the response can be significant depending on the hybrid.“We have historical data back to the early 1990s characterizing hybrid seeding-rate response,” Battles said. “While a lot of yield gain has been genetic improvement, there is a lot of interaction with plant population and spacing.”Of the two, he puts his emphasis on population. Battles describes the genetic response to narrow row spacing (15 to 20 inches) versus 30-inch rows as generally hit or miss, and uniform spacing more important than row width. When it comes to seed placement, current planting technology is largely equal to the task, Battles noted.“Avoiding skips and doubles is important, but precision planting available with factory installs plus upgrades dials in a uniformity level better than ever,” he said.Battles points out that variable-rate seeding can be a vital management tool. “The more variability you have in the field, the more important it is to have that prescription for variable seeding rates,” he said. “Even if you aren’t penalized in yield, you pay a big penalty in excess seed cost if you don’t reduce rates in lower-yielding areas.”Matching yield environments to hybrids and their management by spacing and population is an ongoing effort. Battles said Syngenta is increasing its trials and locations where they are held, noting that as new genetics are introduced into current gene pools, they may respond differently to spacing and seeding rates in particular yield environments.Ciampitti is hopeful that his research team and others will find more ways to collaborate with industry as they have been able to do with the Corteva Agriscience data. “We are trying to get into deeper analytics and adding more data, as are the technology companies, developing tools to help farmers make decisions,” he said.PRECISION PAYSWhile Castleberg is confident in his current investments in technology and management decisions, such as matching seeding rates to the potential of a field or areas within the field, he too is seeking more data. The row-crop producer has taken advantage of a new program through his local co-op that includes CHS Agellum, a digital analytics platform.Co-op staff members do stand counts and seed depth placement on each field, as well as soil sampling and other crop-scouting practices, which is all entered into Agellum.“It has already been beneficial with gauging how the planter has performed through population and stand evaluation,” Castleberg said. “Over the year, it will help us quantify and track inputs, field operation costs, grain-handling expenses and yield performance, and adjust the game plan for next year to better achieve profitability goals.”(ES/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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10 months agoHelsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist concedes Man Utd dream likely over

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Helsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist concedes Man Utd dream likely overby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHelsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist admits a mooted move to Manchester United is now unlikely.The defender was linked with a free transfer to United earlier this season.But speaking to Fotboll Direkt, Granqvist said: “With 99.9 per cent certainty, we can kill the speculation here and now.“It would be quite sensational, but I don’t think it will happen. Then I do not know if I want to.”It’s with Helsinborgs I want to be.” last_img

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9 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with Nasri for Arsenal win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with Nasri for Arsenal winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with Samir Nasri’s performance for victory over Arsenal.Declan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner on the day.Nasri made an encouraging Premier League debut too, lessening a headache Pellegrini had in the midfield area.“He kept with the pace [of the game] for the 65 minutes. I think he could have continued, but I didn’t want to take the risk.“He gave us what we need as a team, because in that position, with Lanzini’s injury, Yarmolenko’s injury, we needed him. I was sure that if Samir wanted to be the player he was before he would do it.” last_img read more

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Mens Hockey Ohio States Frozen Four run ends with 21 loss to

Junior forward Dakota Joshua skates with the puck against Princeton during the Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament win on March 24. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s hockey team could not have dreamed of a worse start in its first Frozen Four game since 1998. It giving up two goals to Minnesota Duluth in the first three minutes of the game and got outshot 17-4 by its opponent in the first period.The Buckeyes seemed to tilt the momentum toward them as the game wore on and picked up their first goal with 10:33 remaining in the game. But the late push was not enough and the No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell 2-1 to No. 3 Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals of the Frozen Four, ending its season. This is the second year in a row that the Bulldogs (23-16-3) eliminated the Buckeyes (26-9-5) from the NCAA tournament.The game’s first goal came less than two minutes into the game on a cross-ice pass from Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman Matt Anderson. He found Louie Roehl alone, and the freshman forward buried a shot past redshirt goalie Sean Romeo to take the early lead.Just 71 seconds later, Bulldog senior forward Jared Thomas beat Romeo low on a breakaway attempt made possible by a pass through the neutral zone by senior forward Karson Kuhlman. It was his 10th goal of the season.Romeo badly misplayed the puck and nearly gave up a third goal shortly after the Bulldogs’ second goal. But he was able to recover just in time to keep the puck out of the net. Romeo held strong the remainder of the game and stopped 26 shots. The Buckeyes got on the scoreboard in the third period with a power-play goal by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. With the help of sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege’s broken stick, Laczynski found himself alone in the slot with the puck, and ripped it past goalie sophomore Hunter Shepard to make the score 2-1.The biggest missed opportunity for Ohio State came in the second period on a power play. Sophomore forward Ronnie Hein had a wide-open net to shoot at while Shepard was down, but Kuhlman blocked the attempt with his stick, shutting down Ohio State’s momentum on the man advantage.Shepard gave the Buckeyes fits, saving 19 of 20 shots. read more

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Croatia boss fears Sterling as Englands dangerman

first_imgDespite the recent criticism that has surrounded him following his displays for England at the World Cup, Raheem Sterling is the player that Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic fears the most ahead of their semi-final matchThe Manchester City winger has failed to find the back of the net for England in nearly three years and was subjected to a lot of abuse and criticism following his inability to score in the national side’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday.Former England internationals David Beckham and Gary Neville have since sprung to Sterling’s defence and the 23-year-old appears to have gained a new valuable ally in the form of Dalic.The 51-year-old specifically named Sterling as the biggest obstacle that Croatia must overcome in Wednesday’s semi-final clash with England.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses – they are in the semi-finals, that says it all,” Dalic said on England’s weaknesses, via Evening Express.“They showed from the games I’ve seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are dangerous at corners.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really dangerous.”He added: “They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a difficult opponent and we respect them,”“But we believe in our strengths, too. We don’t fear England or anybody else.”Croatia and England will play at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday at 20:00 (GMT +2) for a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.last_img read more

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Javi Gracia hails Watford special start

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia is proud of his side’s “special” start to the new Premier League season as they have won all three games so far.Watford held on to claim a 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace to make it three wins from three matches for the Hornets. Javi Gracia after the match admitted the run of early results was “amazing”.“To get three wins in a row is something special, something amazing,” Gracia told Sky Sports.“We are enjoying the moment knowing it’s only the beginning, but we have done three important steps. But only three. We need to keep going.”Gracia paid tribute to first goalscorer Pereyra, saying: “He has scored many goals and is an important player for us.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.He was asked about Etienne Capoue’s fourth-minute challenge on Zaha. Capoue raked his studs down Zaha’s calf but the referee only gave him a yellow card.“I didn’t see the action,” the manager said.“It was a rainy day with many contacts.”last_img read more

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