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Medical simulator 3D augmented reality

Describes the simulator built to do medical training for surgeons (interview by Dr Hendrikx of CZE, the Catharina hospital in Eindhoven-NL). This trainer will be developed for various medical procedures. Is an application of an augmented 3D reality system based on the VP MicroLab of Virtual Proteins including haptic feedback. Look at http://www.virtualproteins.com for more info

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Strategic Management

Strategic management is an ongoing process that allows an organization to balance the internal organizational culture with the external environment (Hunger & Wheelen, 2007; Ginter, 2004). This process is an essential management tool that allows organizations to respond to external changes as well as to position themselves within the environment in order to gain a competitive edge. Strategic management includes analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of an organization while simultaneously assessing the opportunities and threats from the external environment (Hunger & Wheelen, 2007; Preble, 1997; Fottler, Ford & Heaton, 2010). Continue reading »

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Affects of Technology on Business Competitiveness

As technology advances, the faces of communication and society have changed. Likewise, technology has significantly served to reshape the business world and competitiveness in multiple ways. Businesses must compete on many levels, including competing for the top talents within a field. Technology has changed the way that organizations compete for their workforce, offering increased options for mobility through cell phones, telecommuting through remote server access, and increased security within the internal and external digital information lines (Reed Business Information, 2004; Hornung, Rousseau & Glaser, 2008). Just as employees expect more digital flexibility and security (Barr, 2008), so too do the consumers served through e-commerce. Continue reading »

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Staffing Healthcare Workers Following Expansion

One challenge an organization faces when it expands is maintaining the organizational culture and service quality of the original organization. In order to help control the quality of staff and services delivered, it is important to hire additional employees that have the same personal goals of customer service and excellence that the parent organization has. “Health professional shortages will force healthcare managers to work even harder at building a qualified and service-loving pool of candidates” (Fottler, Ford & Heaton, 2010, pg. 134). Continue reading »

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Mandated HIV Testing

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The first case of HIV/AIDS in the United States was identified in 1981; however a blood sample taken in 1959 confirms the existence of the disease at that time (History of AIDS, 2005; Gorman, 1998; Coughlin & Beauchamp, 1996). Initially, significant negative stigma hindered the public health processes that may have helped to identify and slow the progression of the disease within the society. HIV was viewed as a gay man’s disease, and diagnosis with the virus could have resulted in residential eviction, professional termination, social isolation, and other discriminatory practices (Beauchamp & Steinbock, 1999). The development of testing for HIV had additional negative connotations as some intended the results to identify homosexuals in order to fire them (Beauchamp & Steinbock, 1999). Due to the severe public reaction, public health information was gathered at a cost of extreme confidentiality; identifying the disease but not the individual carrying it. In this manner, the containment of the disease was slowed and transmission of the disease was not adequately countered. Continue reading »

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Ethical and Legal Implications of Autonomy

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Within the healthcare system, it is important for healthcare professionals to maintain ethical standards, including those that govern respect for persons, a primary component of which is autonomy, and beneficence. Continue reading »

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Deontology, Consequentialism and Virtue Reasoning

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You are a paramedic arriving at an emergency scene. A group of scouts has entered a cave that is now filling with water. They were led into the cave by a rather large scoutmaster. Unfortunately, while leading them out of the cave, the scoutmaster somehow managed to get stuck in a narrow opening with only his head and shoulders protruding out. With his upper torso stuck outside the cave, it appears the scoutmaster will survive, but all the boys below will drown if they cannot escape.

After you have checked all possible escape routes and have attempted to extricate the scoutmaster, it becomes clear that the only way to save the boys is to sacrifice the scoutmaster, so he can be removed. This is, unfortunately, not the Winnie the Pooh story where Rabbit has the option of waiting until Pooh loses weight. What is the correct action for this case?

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Basic Service Components of the Healthcare Industry

To gain understanding of the patterns of basic service components, the systematic organization may be identified and the boundaries of the system better understood. By gaining this understanding, each system may be evaluated and improved to better meet the needs of the various demographics for which it serves.

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Is it ethical to use persuasion within medical practice?

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Physicians and caretakers are often faced with difficult dilemmas that require assisting patients and families to choose a specific course of action. Few environments are as demanding on the professional relationship as within medicine; treatment plans, end-of-life decisions and day-to-day recommendations balance risks with the patient’s best interests. Especially in the medical field, providers’ recommendations must maintain ethical standards. Ethical is defined at Dictionary.com (n.d.) as: “being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, esp. the standards of a profession”.

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Psychology and Fraud

Psychology has profound effects on decision making. Within the business world, psychology can explain the processes through which organizations and individuals develop fraudulent and unethical behavior. Through analysis of the psychology behind the decision making and considering examples of corruption within the corporate world, precautions may be made to prevent similar fraudulent practices from occurring within the medical field.

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