Clinical Information Vendors Ready To Serve It Up

civrClinical information will have to be computerized before it can be used to manage care systematically, and most healthcare facilities have a long way to go to get their data off charts or clipboards.

But that’s only the beginning, say experts on using information in clinical settings. Once computerized, the data have to become part of an overall effort to coordinate the contributions of many departments toward patient diagnosis and treatment.

For example, if pharmacy information is not easily integrated with lab results, medical history or nursing documentation, a doctor might not get a complete …

Food Safety, The WTO And Europe: A Good Ol’ Party

fsThe European Union’s recent submission to the World Trade Organisation negotiations on farm trade liberalisation dealing with the issue of animal welfare (see AE1907, 30.6.00, EP/4) is symptomatic of the growing concern in the European agriculture industry that the increasing burden of animal welfare and environmental costs on the livestock industry is not being reflected in international trade regulations. The animal welfare issue is only part of the non-trade – but trade related – objections to complete liberalisation which the EU can be expected to raise during the course of the negotiation.

There is little

Does Europe’s Agri-Policy Make Sense?

deapPoliticians have long justified the existence and maintenance of agriculture policies on the grounds that they protect the incomes of small and family business-type farms, thus sustaining all the multifarious functions of agriculture and rural policy.

Indeed, the maintenance of current policies which are now increasingly based on direct subsidisation, is being justified in Europe and other developed counties outside Europe on the grounds that it will favour the less geographically and economically advantaged in maintaining an agriculture capable of serving a number of socially, environmentally and economically desirable functions.

The reality is however that …

How To Choose The Best Blogging Platform

htctbbA lot of bloggers are sometimes confused as to what platform to choose. Well, in order to have the best blogging platform, it is important to consider several things. First, know your needs. It is necessary that you know what you need for the entire blogging process so that you can determine the effort and money you need. Some blogging platforms are given for free but you have to purchase some plug-ins so that your website will look nice. If you just purchase the plug-ins without even thinking if you need it, you just have …

Plunging Into The Eap

In a global economy where the competition for the best and brightest workers is perhaps even more intense than the competition for new customers and markets, the health and safety of employees and workplaces are critical to the success of any organization. EAPs, under the direction of or in cooperation with occupational physicians or medical directors, can help employers manage the health of their workers and worksites and promote greater employee productivity.


My own experience in this area is instructive. As a plant physician several years ago, and later as regional medical director, I helped …