July 8, 2013 |
Hospitals are increasingly switching from paper to electronic medical records but aren't necessarily using them to improve the quality or efficiency of care, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Forty-four percent of hospitals had basic electronic health records in 2012, up from 27% the previous year, according to the report. Overall, the number of hospitals using such medical records has tripled since 2010. Some of the biggest jumps occurred in rural hospitals, which increased from 1 in 10 in 2010 to 1 in 3 in 2012. More physicians also are using electronic records, with an increase from 26% in 2010 to 38% last year.
July 6, 2013 |
Darrin Gold had been smoking for 27 years when he picked up an electronic cigarette. The Los Angeles real estate broker had tried to quit via nicotine gum, patches and lozenges, and didn't hold out much hope for the personal vaporizer. A few days later, he trashed his traditional cigarettes. Technically, e-cigarettes are not stop-smoking devices and may not be marketed as such. There is not much published scientific evidence that the devices are a viable method to quit cigarettes, says Linda Sarna, a professor at UCLA's school of nursing and chair of the committee that recently enacted a campus-wide ban of cigarettes both traditional and electronic.
July 6, 2013 |
Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine-laced, vaporized liquid instead of burning tobacco fumes. Indeed, some users - "vapers" - prefer the term "personal vaporizer" to distance their devices from smoky, stinky cigarettes. The basic personal vaporizer consists of a cartridge, atomizer and battery. The cartridge holds the nicotine-laced "juice" and a mouthpiece. The atomizer contains a small heating coil. With the push of a button, the battery powers the atomizer to heat the juice, turning it to a vapor.
June 27, 2013 |
In the scheme of mythical hazards - that you should never swim immediately after eating, that touching a frog will give you warts, that you'll grow hair on your hands if you, well, you know - the idea that an iPod could bring down a plane has been singled out for particular scorn. For years, airline passengers have been stomping their feet like angry children: It's not true! The government is saying that to control us. It's a conspiracy on the part of SkyMall to tempt us into buying lawn statues.
June 27, 2013 |
If you're eagerly awaiting the report on using electronic devices in flight, you'll need to wait a bit longer: The report, expected next month, now will not land until September. The Federal Aviation Administration report, assembled by representatives from government agencies, airline manufacturers, airlines and safety organizations, studies whether those devices pose a risk. The two-month extension is needed “to complete the additional work necessary for the safety assessment,” Kristie Greco, an FAA spokesperson, said in an email.
June 26, 2013 |
SFX Entertainment Inc., the electronic dance music promoter founded by Robert F.X. Sillerman, on Tuesday filed for an initial public offering to raise up to $175 million. The New York company represents festivals and events including Tomorrowland, Sensation and Mysteryland. In another sign of the growing business of electronic dance music , or EDM, the company plans to use the money raised in the IPO for acquiring companies and expanding...
June 21, 2013 |
Here is what the collateral damage from the 405 Freeway construction looks like: a room full of tired and frustrated people who live on the Westside but can't find their way home. How do you get to the neighborhood east of Sepulveda Boulevard in the hills - if Sepulveda is closed? How do you know if so many exits on the northbound 405 are closed one night that you might have to go halfway to the San Fernando Valley before you can creep back down to the Westside? “It's freeway lottery,” one resident said.
June 15, 2013
Last Sunday, a few days after news broke that the National Security Agency was running a massive electronic surveillance program, The Times published a letter from Arcadia resident David Strauss implying that the Facebook generation had this coming. "[My wife and I] do use snail mail and the telephone, but we have no need to show everyone what we had for breakfast," Strauss wrote. "Maybe a renewed sense of privacy among millennials would give the 'Patriot Actors' a lot less to do. " A handful of other readers whose letters weren't published expressed similar sentiments about Americans' expectations of privacy in the digital age. Here is a selection of those letters.
May 29, 2013 |
Looking to grow its business beyond just building Apple devices, manufacturing giant Foxconn will reportedly build smartphones running Firefox OS, a new mobile operating system built by the Web browser developer Mozilla. Foxconn, which is responsible for assembling many of Apple's devices including the iPhone, will work with its clients to build Firefox OS smartphones, which are set to be released this year in emerging markets in Latin America and Europe. "We offer design and manufacturing services for clients' Mozilla-based smartphones even though the operating system is fairly new," one Foxconn executive told the Wall Street Journal , according to a report Wednesday.
May 29, 2013 |
The global market for advanced automotive electronics -- everything from driver assistance programs to new kinds of visual displays -- will jump to $240 billion by 2020, up more than 50% from 2010, according to a new report from IHS Inc.'s IMS Research. The leap "reflects the field's rising importance to the car industry at large, especially as original equipment manufacturers ratify in-vehicle electronics to be an essential selling feature for an automobile,” said Ben Scott, automotive analyst for IHS. Some of the drivers, no pun intended, are government safety mandates for things like improved electronic stability control (ESC)