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The Night Before Christmas

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The Night Before Christmas
(a wireless parody -- with apologies to
Clement C. Moore)

T'was the night before Christmas, and all
through the land, People were scurrying to get
new technology in their hand.

Careening through malls, in and out of each store,
Searching for phones and tablets and more.

But I was at home with my wireless phone,
Downloading apps and ordering fancy ringtones,
Scanning the app stores to see what was new
To tell all my readers just what they should do.

Through thousands of apps I started to churn,
My fingers so tattered they started to burn,
I thought to myself, "let me jump to health care,"
To find more applications that I could now share.

The screen of my phone was beginning to glow,
As I played mobile games and watched TV shows,
But when fun time was over and shopping was done,
I settled back down waiting for Santa to come.

In just a few minutes I'd fallen asleep,
When a loud noise rang out from the dark and the deep,
I reached for the nightstand to check out my phone,
And quite quickly realized it wasn't my ringtone.

I jumped out of bed to look out on the roof,
Thinking it was Dad who was playing a goof,
I pulled back the curtain and what did appear,
But a hot looking sled, and eight tiny reindeer,

The guy in the suit was a sight to behold,
He wasn't as ancient as what I'd been told,
But more like a superhero with gadgets galore,
Who looked like he'd come from a wireless store.

Reaching into a holster, he pulled out a device,
It resembled an iPad all covered with ice,
The smartphone he used was really quite slick,
So I knew in an instant this dude was St. Nick.

He tapped on the pad, and spoke to it too,
Maybe he was checking Facebook or YouTube,
He adjusted the Femtocell attached to his sled,
His priority access kept him on sked.

Gathering presents and moving with speed,
No wires or plugs did this St. Nick need,
A Bluetooth device dangled from his ruddy left ear,
He jumped down the chimney showing no fear.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Filling the stockings, with high-tech gifts and mirth,
His earpiece was buzzing, so he sat on the couch,
Checking his messages this guy was no slouch.

When all was done, he saw I was looking,
He laughed out so loud, I asked "what was cooking?"
"That was your Mom," was his jovial reply,
She sent a text message, "thnx 4 stpng by."

I knew there was more to the message of thanks,
And again I was thinking it was one of Dad's pranks,
The dude didn't give away what Mom really said,
Slid an Android device in my stocking,
and told me, "Get to bed."

He sprang to his sleigh, to his teams gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

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Tech Term - Public Key Cryptography

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Public Key Cryptography

Type of cryptography in which the encryption process is publicly available and unprotected, but in which a part of the decryption key is protected so that only a party with knowledge of both parts of the decryption process can decrypt the cipher text.

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Tech Term - Circuit Level Gateway

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TechTerm.pngCircuit Level Gateway

Definition: One form of a firewall. Validates TCP and UDP sessions before opening a connection.

Creates a handshake, and once that takes place passes everything through until the session is ended.

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Health Care - What an Experience

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What does the next generation of health care look like?  Who really knows, but technology is currently available to take it to a higher level.  I know enough about the various applications and technologies to be dangerous, and like most others, can offer my own opinion.

That said, it certainly can be better than what we have today. Let me regale you with a friend's recent visit to his doctor.

First, just because you have the tools, doesn't mean you are using them properly, or getting the most productivity out of them.  When entering his doctor's office he immediately felt like he entered a medical facility of the future.

He knew exactly where his payments for service had gone - into retro-fitting the office with computers, scanners, video connections, everything needed to make patients feel like they will receive top-shelf service.

After a kindly, "hello, what's your name," the medical assistant entered his name into a computer - and then proceeds to hand him two forms to complete, the same ones he completed for every annual visit over the past ten years.

But he realized they had a computer system running for several years?  Same information, except he was a year older.

"Isn't this information in my electronic medical record (EMR)?" he asked.  "We had to switch to another system so we have to re-enter it into the new system," she responded.

He thought to himself, "couldn't they just transfer my information electronically between systems?  Isn't that what an EMR or EHR is supposed to do?" 

So not to raise his blood pressure before he saw the doctor he let it slide.

"The doctor will see you now," and with that the assistant sends him into an examination room.  The doctor enters and he notices the doctor has a netbook that's hooked into the medical facility's Wi-Fi network.  Cool, or so he thought.

"I see that your last physical was about a year ago." 

Okay, that's a good start...then it begins....

"What medications are your taking?" 

The same meds you prescribed last year," he said. 

"How old are you?"

"A year older than last year," he quipped. 

"Have you had any surgeries in the past ten years?" 

Hold up!

He knew that information should be in some database, and the doctor should know if he had any over the past year.

"Same as the last time we spoke," he responded. 

"So what do you actually do with that netbook?"

"Enter patient information..."

"And where does that information go?"  he asked suspiciously. 

"To a company in California.  They store it on a server." 

"In my EMR or EHR?" He could see the doctor getting irritated. 

"I believe so...."  Okay, that was it.

My friend suggested to the doctor that he's not only wasting his time but the doctor's, and that of his staff. He told the doctor he could reduce his costs and afford a new Mercedes if he optimized how he used the technology at his disposal.

Collecting data is great, but using and sharing it with others in the health care ecosystem - some of whom he might seek services from in the future - is essential to enhancing the quality of health care in our country.

After explaining how to share services throughout his office, my friend offered him a 10,000 foot overview of how his service in California should be part of a "cloud" that links into a secure and private network of services, applications and platforms that health care professional can access, regardless of location.

The doctor gave my friend one of those "looks," thanked him for the explanation, and reached for his stethoscope.

"Let's move on to the physical," the doctor said.

To this day my friend said he probably should have waited until after the exam to offer his insight, and by the way, he expects to be filling out the same forms next year.

Life goes on . . .  :-)

Have a safe and healthy week.

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Tech Term - Adware

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While not necessarily malware, adware is considered to go beyond the reasonable advertising that one might expect from freeware or shareware.

Typically a separate program that is installed at the same time as a shareware or similar program, adware will usually continue to generate advertising even when the user is not running the originally desired program.

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