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Missing scooter man travels 23 miles

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:21
A man in a mobility scooter who sparked a search operation at Land's End, Cornwall, is found 23 miles away, the maximum range of his vehicle, coastguards say.

Lebanon deports Berlusconi ally

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:16
A former business associate of Italy's ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi is extradited from Lebanon to serve a prison term for Mafia links.

First glimpse of Hardy as Kray twins

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:07
The first image of actor Tom Hardy as London gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray is released.

VIDEO: The right way to hang up an EU flag

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:06
The EU flag has 12 yellow stars on a blue background, but not everyone may appreciate the correct way to hang it.

Data opens doors in healthcare, but then what?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:00

In healthcare these days, data is king. The primary care offices in Camden, N.J., have access to some of the most sophisticated patient data in the country.

They can track many of their sickest and most expensive patients across the city’s healthcare system, which gives them a better handle on the kind of primary care that will keep them out of the hospital. 

But the efforts of the Urban Health Institute – one primary care office in the city – show why for all of data’s promise there are real world limits. 

Every morning, a team of nurses, social workers, and healthcare coordinators reviews the patient data that pours in from the city’s three hospitals. If one of their patients has been admitted, they’ll go to that patient’s bedside to set up a primary care appointment.

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Jessica Kourkounis

Studies show hospital readmissions drop if a patient gets primary care follow-up within seven days of discharge. One of the biggest tests for the healthcare system is how well doctors and hospitals find ways to respond to the lives the data reveals.

UHI’s Amy Kaplan says while the data leads right where she needs do go, she doesn’t know who she’ll find in that room.

“A majority of the encounters [with patients] are not simply: you go in, the phone number is correct, you make the appointment, you leave.”

Often, she says, “it takes digging around, and that takes time.”

Many patients are what are called “poor historians": folks who aren’t sure which medications they are taking, the name of their doctor, or even their home address. Other patients don’t have phones or are only able to occasionally borrow a neighbor’s phone.

Marcia Johnson (left) and her team of nurses and health workers at the Urban Health Institute

Jessica Kourkounis

One morning a few weeks ago, the team discussed the case of a patient with a leg wound that required a refrigerated antibiotic. The problem: he’s homeless, so he has no refrigerator.

The solution was to send a homecare nurse to meet him on a street corner a few times a week.

The nurses in the meeting agreed that solution only delayed the inevitable: the guy back in the hospital.

Social worker Marcia Johnson, who oversees the UHI team, knows no amount of data or well-meaning efforts from her staff gets this patient a stable life so he can recover.

“We sit and have these conversations and just kind of think through it,” says Johnson. “Healthcare doesn’t know how to solve some of these problems.”

And while the efforts to help the nearly homeless patient are wholly inadequate to solve all of his problems, it’s a start. It used to be the case that these kinds of patients would just disappear after leaving the hospital.

Thanks to the data they’ve gone from invisible to visible.

This ongoing series on healthcare and data is produced in partnership with Healthy States

At least I can now focus on Wimbledon - Murray

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 00:36
'At least I can now focus on Wimbledon'

The $7m question

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 00:01
How did a broke Icelander create a world-beating app?

'Scandalous' referee angers Croatia

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:36
The referee who awarded Brazil a controversial penalty should not be at the World Cup, says Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

Hospital patients to get named doctor

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:26
Hospital patients in England should know which senior doctor is responsible for overseeing their care, according to new guidelines.

Amputee women tell their stories

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:19
The friendships made in a prosthetics fitting room

The site of the world's most famous power station

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:15
The site of the world's best-known power station

Fred Talbot faces further sex charge

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:07
Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot is set to appear in court to face a further allegation of indecent assault.

Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: 'It Was A Milestone'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:04

Fifty years ago, J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo jumped into a whites-only pool in Florida as part of a civil rights protest. They were taken to jail — after the hotel owner poured acid into the water.

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Here's One Big Way Your Mobile Phone Could Be Open To Hackers

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:03

Unsecure Wi-Fi networks have been a well-known vulnerability in the tech industry for years. They can let even an unsophisticated hacker capture your traffic and possibly steal your identity.

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Friday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:02
Danny Welbeck says he is fit, Lukaku rejects West Ham again, Manchester United want Bastian Schweinsteiger, plus more.

Care questions over husband killer

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 23:02
The family of a mentally ill woman from Cornwall who killed her husband say questions should be asked about her care before the tragedy.

Meltdown is about 'something joyous'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 22:40
Label founder James Lavelle on curating the ultimate mixtape

Renewed appeal over park murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 22:40
Police renew their appeal for information over the murder of a woman who was killed while walking her dog in a Glasgow park six months ago.

VIDEO: Exoskeleton helps paralysed to walk

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 22:37
Disability Affairs correspondent Nikki Fox reports on the development of exoskeleton technology which is helping those suffering from paralysis to walk again.

Bank hints at rate rise this year

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-12 22:35
The Bank of England's governor hints that interest rates may rise earlier than expected, while the Chancellor George Osborne says he will give the Bank new powers to cap mortgages.
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