Category: Health

What is an Electronic Health Record?

Posted by on February 19, 2011 | No comments

To address the specific question of what is electronic health record it is necessary to look at the entire alphabet of abbreviations related to digital medical records. An EHR is a patient record that is part of a enterprise system. This means that it is shared by more than one medical facility, such as a laboratory or hospital — or the local doctor’s office.

These records are recorded digitally on a secure computer system. In order to access and update records, medical professionals have to go through several authentication steps to prove their identity. EHR systems have to meet strict standards for protecting patient privacy rights.… Read the rest

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Using CPAP Masks

Posted by on November 16, 2010 | No comments

A diagnosis of sleep apnea usually results in a prescription for a CPAP machine. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which patients stop breathing as they sleep. This disruption wakes them up, even if they aren’t aware of it, and prevents them from ever reaching REM sleep . A lack of deep, restorative sleep can result in a variety of symptoms from irritability to fatigue. Severe sleep apnea can cause can lead to serious health problems as the immune system is worn down and the brain is deprived of oxygen for increasingly long lengths of time.

The first time someone sees a CPAP machine, the pile of tubing and the strange masks may be a bit scary.… Read the rest

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Freedom in a Wheelchair

Posted by on September 15, 2010 | No comments

It’s one of the great challenges in a life to have to learn how to work with a situation that’s not perfect. It can be especially difficult when circumstances make it more of a challenge than others seem to have, and it’s hard to not take things personally. At first, anyway. Most people who get around in a wheelchair have had to go through a stage of taking things personally, because it’s just part of the ride.

After that, however, things start to shift in radical directions, and for everyone, there is an after. Nancy Mairs, in writing about her own struggles with chronic illness in books like Remembering the Bone House , is one of the more articulate writers in tracking the inner journey that happens to everyone who finds themselves dealing with more than they’d counted on from the world.… Read the rest

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