Hillenbrand healthcare partner reports internal data breach

first_imgBatesville, In. — Officials from QuadMed say some personal information of employees from Hillenbrand, Stoughton Trailers and the Whirlpool Corporation has been compromised.The company released an official statement:QuadMed provides certain occupational health and primary care services to prospective, current and former employees of Hillenbrand, and its subsidiary, Batesville. When QuadMed took over the onsite clinic at Hillenbrand on November 7, 2013, Hillenbrand and QuadMed agreed that occupational health-related information would continue to be stored in a shared occupational health electronic records system to allow certain authorized Hillenbrand employees the access needed for administration of occupational health matters. On December 26, 2017, QuadMed became aware of a potential technical issue in the occupational health electronic records system, and subsequently determined that, as a result of that technical issue, certain Hillenbrand employees had the ability to access more information in that system than permissible. The information that could have been accessed included your name, date(s) of services or treatment at the onsite clinic, and medical information, such as test or evaluation results, diagnoses, and information related to your medical history, examinations, physicals, screenings, vaccinations, travel medicine, and/or workers’ compensation information. In light of this incident, QuadMed and Hillenbrand have implemented new administrative and technical controls to protect health information in the occupational health electronic records system. In addition, employees have been re-educated on HIPAA’s requirements for protecting health information. QuadMed is aware of how important the privacy of your health information is to you. We sincerely apologize and regret that this situation has occurred. QuadMed is committed to providing quality care, including protecting your health information.If you have any questions, please call our dedicated, toll-free response line that has been set up at (888) 870-5966. Individuals will be available to answer your questions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.last_img read more

Junior travels to Germany with health policy delegation

first_imgThough many college students will study foreign countries, cultures and policies in the classroom, few get the opportunity to experience these things firsthand.Explorer · Junior Terrence Liu poses in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on his trip as a member of the Young Technology Leaders. – Photo courtesy of Terrence LiuFrom Nov. 11 to 19, Terrence Liu, a junior majoring in biochemistry with a German studies minor, was in Germany as part of the fifth annual Young Technology Leaders delegation, a transatlantic program that selects 12 undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals to participate in a weeklong conference abroad.This year, the delegation’s focus was “Healthcare Delivery and Medical Technology,” which Liu said was perfect for him.“[The delegation] was a good way to get some real world experience about some issues in health care, and exposure to a lot of the important topics in health care including universal coverage and government versus privatized health care,” he said.Liu was chosen from a pool of applicants who were interested in the field of medical technology and health care. This year, only three other undergraduate students accompanied the older professionals on the trip. Liu was the only attendee from USC.Liu heard about the program from his German professor, Britta Bothe, who also helped him with the application process. Once he was accepted into the program, the next challenge was paying for the trip.“I was lucky to get funded by USG,” Liu said. “The Academic and Professional Funding Board covered the program fee of the trip. I just wanted to say thanks to them.”A medical school hopeful, Liu plans on eventually becoming a physician and working in health administration or health policy. Liu felt the German conference was a great fit for like-minded students interested in community-based approaches to health care.More experienced professionals and experts also provided a valuable learning and shared knowledge experience for attendees at the conference.“My favorite part was being in the company of a lot of really intelligent and experienced professionals,” Liu said. “I absorbed so much from them just talking with them, spending a week with them. I think I learned a couple month’s worth of knowledge in that week.”Germany, which has a compulsory health insurance system, is a stark contrast to the U.S.’s privatized health care system. The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, however, means that learning about the ways that other countries provide government insurance for their citizens is more pertinent than ever before for American citizens.“Going through conferences and discussions with [policymakers] gave me a better understanding of how health care works and how the German system differs from the U.S. health care system,” Liu said. “Different debates and points of contention gave me a better understanding and a better appreciation of how health care works, and that helps me as a future physician to understand the system I’ll be in.”Germany requires all citizens purchase health insurance, but the government only sponsors, not directly controls, the health care system.“It’s not a socialist system, as many Americans tend to think. It’s less expensive overall because they don’t pay their doctors as much as they do here,” Liu said. “Both systems have advantages and disadvantages, and I’m not trying to side with the German health care system, but it’s really interesting to see how it works and why they picked it, and to compare it to the United States.”During the conference, Liu had the opportunity to travel to smaller cities in Germany that he had never had the chance to visit before.Between visiting medical technology firm Drägerwerk AG’s world headquarters in Lubeck; attending MEDICA, the largest medical trade fair in the world; and learning about the German health care system in Bonn, Liu put his German language skills to use.“I got to experience German culture again,” Liu said. “I haven’t been abroad in quite some time. It was nice to get away and experience a different culture.”last_img read more

Inside the Alpena Township Fire Department’s training night

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In 2018 the Alpena Township Fire Department saw just over 2,400 calls, and in order to keep their skills sharp the township holds multiple training sessions every month.Firefighters were taking part in critical monthly training, learning the ins and outs of their newest equipment. They were also brushing up on some of the basics Wednesday evening at the Alpena Township Northside Fire Department.“We’re very big on the training and showing that documentation that these people are certified to operate this piece of equipment,” says township Lieutenant Tom Tolen. “We just don’t (say), ‘Hey you have a pulse you can run this truck.’ You got to know how to operate that truck and the equipment that’s on it and make use of it.”The newest addition to the townships firefighting equipment comes via a department in Paw Paw, Michigan.Purchasing the used air tanks from them not only saved the township money, but also represented an upgrade.“Ours is aging and this is newer, and we were able to get a hold of that and put this in place. But before we put it into use we want to make sure we have the proper documentation to show that everybody was trained and fit tested on this equipment,” explained Tolen.After wrapping up their air tank training the crews moved outside for tanker certification training.Regardless of what’s on the training schedule though, Lieutenant Tolen believes it’s crucial for the men and women to work and train together.At the end of the day this job takes dedication, and there’s no one that can question the dedication that the these hard working men and women have.“If somebody wants to do this you have to remember: Usually family is first. Then work. Then I like to go hunting, I like to go fishing. And if you throw fire department in there, where within that does the fire department fall? There’s a huge dedication. And it shows tonight with the personnel that are here, the majority of the department, it shows the dedication that the people have to the Township of Alpena.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena township, Alpena Township Fire DepartmentContinue ReadingPrevious NASA makes peer-review, funded research publicNext Two unique lectures coming to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Centerlast_img read more


first_imgAn additional €1,589,050 has been announced for local roads in Donegal.The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister of State, Michael Ring TD, announced an additional €100 million investment in Transport, Tourism and Sport, over €1.5million of which will go to Donegal.This will bring the overall spend in this area to €1.07 billion.Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the extra funding.“Since the economic collapse, there has been underinvestment in roads and public transport. With the economy recovering, there is now scope to increase funding and to reinvest.“Our roads are vital in attracting investment and in supporting businesses in every part of the country. In order to keep the roads in good condition, €34 million nationally will go towards maintenance and strengthening national, regional and local roads and €1,589,050 of this will go directly to Donegal.“As part of this €100 million fund €60 million will go towards public transport and €4.2 million will be allocated to tourism related projects, including further development of Ireland’s Ancient East corridor and the Wild Atlantic Way.“The final €800,000 of this allocation will go towards the National Indoor Arena to accelerate the delivery of this world class facility for our athletes at the National Sports Campus.“As we build on the progress we have been making in recent years, more people are returning to work and our tourism industries are continuing to grow. This is all very positive. However, these developments are putting a greater demand on our public transport and on our road networks. This additional funding of almost €1.6million is very much welcome in ensuring we maintain high quality road networks and transport in Donegal which supports thousands of jobs across the country.”€1,589,050 EXTRA FUNDING FOR DONEGAL ROADS was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfundingROADSlast_img read more

Highlights of 26 years of WEF on Africa

first_imgThe World Economic Forum (WEF) has been held for over 40 years, with Africa’s involvement and its interests at the heart of a dedicated annual continental forum since 1990. Here are some of the highlights from those 26 years in preparation for the forthcoming WEF on Africa to be held in Rwanda in May 2016.1990 and 1991WEF’s first Africa meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 1990, featuring participants from business, government and civil society, including many burgeoning economy policymakers and business leaders from South Africa.The priority was to gain international support for South Africa’s future, as a united front featuring both Thabo Mbeki, chief economic policy maker for the African National Congress (ANC), and the National Party government’s finance minister Barend du Plessis. They took the findings of the forum on a roadshow through Africa and major international financial centres to drum up support for a smooth economic transition to a democratic South Africa.The following year, the forum held again in Geneva, took a more pointed focus on the rest of Southern Africa, with the theme “Opportunities for Growth and Development in a Southern Africa in Transition”.1992Then South African President FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the three primary players in political and economic negotiations in South Africa, presented a united front at the 1992 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Mandela chose the occasion to make his first speech on South Africa’s economic future under the ANC and credited the forum with inspiring his reversal of ANC policy on nationalisation of the mining industry.1993This was the first year WEF on Africa was held in Cape Town. It was also the first time many of the world’s leaders, particularly African heads of state, visited South Africa. The country remained a regular host over the next 20 years.The 1993 event saw the creation of the ten-year Global Leaders of Tomorrow initiative that heralded the emergence of new economic players out of Africa, including some of the most prominent and powerful players in African affairs today such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Patrice Motsepe and Ugandan-born Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam.1998The 1998 event, held in Windhoek, Nambia, saw the launch of the first Africa Competitiveness Report, one of the world’s most vital economic barometers.Historic video: Nelson Mandela speaks at World Economic Forum in Davos, 1999. http://t.co/ztELLsRJcF #Davos #WEF14SA pic.twitter.com/aZ2MCmQ1CA— MediaClubSouthAfrica (@MediaClubSA) January 20, 20142000WEF in Durban, hosted by then-President Mbeki, saw the emergence of his African Renaissance concept that focused on regional integration for the continent.2001The rise of social entrepreneurs, and the founding of WEF’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship were some of the highlights from 2001. The Schwab Foundation brought acclaimed Africa-based social enterprises to international attention.2002Almost 150 global and regional companies doing business with Africa endorsed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).2005The WE Forum of Young Global Leaders was launched, including 16 up-and- coming African economic players, some of whom were integral to the success of the 2005 WEF Africa summit.2008Under the theme, “Capitalising on Opportunity”, the 18th WEF on Africa focused on raising the quality of leadership and education to capitalise on the growing opportunities available because of the continent’s economic growth and significant decrease in conflict.2010With the largest gathering of African heads of state and over 1 000 global economic players from 85 territories, WEF on Africa celebrated its 20th Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme “Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy”. It re- evaluated global changes, such as the 2008 economic downturn, and its effects on African economies.2011The Grow Africa initiative, co-founded by the African Union Commission, Nepad and the WEF, was the hallmark of the 2011 Africa event, held in Cape Town. It focused on an African-owned, country-led, market-based and an inclusive approach to accelerating investment in sustainable growth with an emphasis on agriculture.2015The 25th World Economic Forum on Africa was held in Cape Town with the theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”.With over 1 250 participants from business, politics, civil society, academia and the media, the forum was the largest WEF event ever held in Africa due to an increased number of female participants and young, economic minds from the continent.The milestone was seen as an indication of the unprecedented levels of commitment by global private-public economies to achieving Africa’s transformation. A continuing investment of over $10-billion (about R151-billion) in the Grow Africa initiative saw the creation of almost 60 000 agriculture jobs in 12 countries.Over 8-million smallholder farmers received assistance from the programme. The WEF Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative has also helped accelerate 23 cornerstone projects across the continent valued at $9.7 billion (about R145-billion).Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

U.S., China finalize details to send U.S. beef to China

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments.“Today is a great day for the United States and in particular for our cattle producers, who will be regaining access to an enormous market with an ever-expanding middle class,” Perdue said. “Since he was elected, President Trump has brought momentum, optimism, and results to American agriculture families that we haven’t seen in years and this agreement is a great example. I commend the hard work of Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and our USDA representatives. Without their dedication and persistence, this would have not been possible. I have no doubt that as soon as the Chinese people get a taste of American beef they’ll want more of it.”The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted the requirements for its Export Verification program for U.S. establishments shipping to China, which will enable packers to apply for approval to export to China. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has also updated its online Export Library specifying China’s requirements for certifying U.S. beef being shipped there.“I welcome China taking this important step to start allowing U.S. beef imports after shutting them out over 13 years ago,” said Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative. “The President’s firm commitment to fair trade that benefits the United States has made this new U.S. beef export opportunity possible. I encourage China and all countries to base their requirements on international standards and science. America’s ranchers are the best producers of beef in the global economy, and they can compete and succeed wherever there is a level playing field.”China has emerged as a major beef buyer in recent years, with imports increasing from $275 million in 2012 to $2.5 billion in 2016. However, the United States has been banned from China’s market since 2003. The United States is the world’s largest beef producer and was the world’s fourth-largest exporter, with global sales of more than $5.4 billion in 2016. Until the ban took effect, the U.S. was China’s largest supplier of imported beef, providing 70% of their total intake.last_img read more

Opinion Australias electric car revolution wont happen automatically

Uptake of EVs in selected countries as percentage of new car registrations by market; showing top, mid and low performers for 2013-2016. Citation: Opinion: Australia’s ‘electric car revolution’ won’t happen automatically (2018, January 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-opinion-australia-electric-car-revolution.html Explore further Last week federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg wrote that as costs fall, Australia will “inevitably” see an electric car revolution. He cited surveys showing up to half of Australian motorists would consider going electric the next time they buy a car.But falling costs alone won’t convert consumer sentiment into actual sales. Our research – partly covered in a previous article on The Conversation – examines how different countries handle the three major issues: vehicle cost, recharger availability, and demystifying the public. Recharge networkOur research shows that the most important factor that affects consumers’ decision to buy an electric car is the availability of a fast recharging network, especially on long trips away from home. This was far more important than the availability of cheaper vehicles, the second most cited barrier to uptake. Even if people can afford the available electric car models, they also need to be assured that they can recharge conveniently and quickly on those long journeys they occasionally make during the year. We need to be ready for this transition.While there have been some commendable efforts to build infrastructure, including by Queensland’s Labor government and the NRMA, there needs to be some federal coordination, for several reasons.First, standards are needed for the recharging plug; there are quite a few types out there, and to avoid having some very unhappy investors this issue needs to be urgently addressed. Second, not all electric models can accept superfast direct current charge in addition to the usual alternating current used in household electricity supplies. Third, having cars with a bigger range doesn’t mean you can do without rechargers on major intercity roads and in country towns. Australia needs a comprehensive network. This means fast chargers with standardised fittings available every 50-100km on highways and in country towns. An app to help motorists find their nearest recharger—without locking them into membership of any particular company – are essential. Why is Australia so slow at adopting electric cars? What about charging at home?While a nationwide network of chargers is important, most people will be recharging their cars overnight. This raises another question: how many people have access to a power point within a few metres of where they park their car? This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Provided by The Conversation Credit: bk1bennett/Flickr, CC BY-ND Electric cars might finally be having their moment in Australia, after British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta approached the South Australian government about retooling Adelaide’s defunct Holden factories into a new manufacturing hub. For people with garages, it is unlikely to be an issue. But apartment living is increasing every year in our big cities, and there are plenty of suburbs where off-street parking is not the norm. Ideally, federal regulations would step in to ensure that apartment-dwellers don’t end up having to be electric car have-nots. We can look to California for an example of legislation that can inspire Australia. Making it easy for people to recharge at night could also allay fears about increasing demand on the electricity grid. If the cost of off-peak power at night is lower than during the peak, people will get into the habit of flicking the recharger switch on when they go to bed.It would make sense to ensure that everybody has access to off-peak pricing; people will then act in their own financial self-interest and recharge at night if they are given the opportunity. In fact getting everyone to go electric as quickly as possible will save us billions of dollars in imported oil. In 2016 Australia imported almost A$15 billion worth of refined petroleum, much of it for road transport. We could fund a lot of infrastructure with the money saved. Dropping costAs Frydenberg pointed out, electric cars are getting cheaper. The cost of batteries, the biggest single factor in the vehicle’s price, is falling. It is reasonable to predict that electric cars will cost the same as their conventional combustion counterparts within a few years.Charging with electricity is also cheaper than filling up with petrol or diesel, especially once home solar is taken into account.There are other hidden costs to conventional cars that we need to take into account. For example, fossil fuels are known to cause cancer and asthma. Australia is currently one of the only developed countries in the world without minimum fuel efficiency standards. This is an astonishing state of affairs.Demystifying electric carsOne of the countries we studied was Norway, which has the highest sales of electric cars by a country mile. Nearly 35% of all new cars sold there in 2017 were electric, and Norway has the densest recharging network in the world. Yet even in this environment, we found that when thinking about buying their next vehicle, Norwegians who had never owned an electric car were three times more concerned about running out of charge. What’s more, Norwegians who didn’t have any friends who owned an electric car were far less likely than others to consider buying one.This highlights the importance of practical exposure to electric cars. We found that providing accurate information about costs, vehicle range and the basic experience of driving an electric car, well before people arrive at the point of sale, is likely to increase their adoption. We can’t rely on the market to create an “electric car revolution” in Australia. Funding infrastructure, creating industry standards, legislating to reward and cheapen less-polluting cars, and educating the public are all part of the challenge. This document is subject to copyright. 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