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HC Content: Where’s the Beef?

October 3, 2013

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The 1980s made Clara Peller an unlikely television star when she posed the question “Where’s the beef?” in a Wendy’s commercial. Lately, I have been so disappointed with the weak articles in some healthcare trade magazines, I have thought the same thing. Publishers are really hurting for content, I know, and content is king. And for […]

Is Natural Gas a HC Facilities Gold Rush?

July 19, 2013

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A strong undercurrent is growing for energy alternatives to electricity. Reasons for energy diversification away from electricity are quite established—efficiency, supply disruption risk management, disaster preparation, cost—to name a few. There are progressive green energy ideas for healthcare, as well as more established choices like natural gas. Even with natural gas, the question is:  how much […]

Code Minimums Not Enough

July 2, 2013

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I further clarified my position on disaster preparedness for healthcare in this blog post for Haskell. The bottom line: code minimums are not enough, especially when lives depend on a 24/7 hospital—not a 72-hour hospital. For links on my related disaster and infrastructure posts: Cogen power and medical records HC data / systems disaster prep […]

Cogen an EMR Guardian

May 17, 2013

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Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as Cogen[erated] power, continues to become more attractive to hospitals. First, CHP offers efficiency benefits, which translate to major utility savings over time.  Second, it is a proactive step toward compliance with increasingly restrictive energy initiatives already afoot.  Third, we know Cogen offers superior disaster preparedness due to less […]

Research to HC: Air it Out with Operable Windows

May 15, 2013

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For those who have not caught my post last week on new research about operable windows in hospitals and their role in infection control, the post was for Haskell’s (my company’s) blog, InMotion.

Cap-and-Trade is Coming

October 23, 2012

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To better elucidate the benefits of cogenerated power (aka Combined Heat and Power, or CHP), consider cap-and-trade regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions via permits. California is prepared to roll out the nation’s first statewide cap-and-trade program.  Buildings magazine reports that under the initial effort, California’s Air Resource Board (ARB) will register 400 primarily industrial and utility facilities.  Permits worth […]

Hospitals’ Future Fight: Water?!

May 18, 2012

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When companies like General Electric create entire divisions centered around a market, it likely means there is an economic opportunity. We know GE Healthcare.  How many are familiar with GE Water? Energy and natural resources are a big deal, and only getting bigger. Both have received more attention in light of sustainability measures, especially in healthcare design and construction. […]