Wow! Very nice.
Talk Like A Healthcare Management Robot
Instructions: Click the button. Learn to talk like a Healthcare Management Robot.
This is the most recent one I got: “Our clinical organization needs to transform physician-centered healing missions around value-added architectures.” Everyone in medicine can imagine someone saying that unironically.
I do like how he gets the point of the exercise across:
Be careful though. If you talk like a robot, physicians won’t listen.
Now, go there, click, and laugh. This has already surpassed the Dilbert mission statement generator in my book.
I’d have been much happier had they just come out straight…
So, our future mechanical overlords will at least have some sense of humor…
Update: And, from Twitter via @whatImeantwas1 :
Been a while since I pulled out the BS flag, and this seems entirely appropriate:
Good doctors really do feel their patients’ pain.
Hmm. ‘Good’ doctors?
A study, published today (Jan. 29) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows that when doctors see their patients experiencing pain, the pain centers in the physicians’ own brains light up. And when the doctors give treatment to relieve pain, it activates the physicians’ reward centers.
The doctors were then instructed either to use an electronic device that they believed would relieve the patients’ pain, or to withhold the pain relief. In response, the patient-actors either grimaced in pain or maintained a neutral expression to suggest their pain had subsided.
Umm, what? These ‘good’ doctors were told that an electronic device would either relieve or not relieve pain, and then they reacted to their patients’ acting with activity in their own pain or reward centers by fMRI.
My first question: did these docs really buy into this magical electronic pain-relieving device, and if so, why? I have to wonder if it was their amusement areas lighting up and not their pleasure centers…
Second, at no time is ‘good’ established in this article. Were there a subset of docs whose fMRI’s didn’t change, and thus they’re ‘bad’?
Not buying it (would buy one of those magical electronic pain relievers, though).
*I say this is a BS study based on this writeup. If it’s something else entirely, okay, but this is just awful.
Got mine today (I was one of their project funders) (of course with it being cool very few targets of opportunity):
I’ll let you know how it goes.
This is in the Medical District here in Fort Worth-
For those not in on the joke: RPR
Ten foot pythons in the engine compartments/flap operators:
Click the link, I didn’t embed it here as I cannot turn off the autoplay.
You are now connected to Amazon from Amazon.com.Me:my kindle fire DH 7″ seems to think it’s in the UK. The .com button in the lower right of the keyboard displays .co.uk, and when searching for websites it always offers the .co.uk ones as the recommended ones.
I’ve checked my country setting under manage my devices (US). Serial Number: ####Amazon:Hello.. This is Sweety from the Digital Team.Welcome to Amazon Digital Chat.I am glad to help you.I am very sorry to hear about this.[pause]Let me look into this.[pause]Since your query is regarding the Kindle, let me help you by transferring you to our Kindle Specialist. Please be on hold.A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.[this is after telling the Amazon support page my problem is with a Kindle to start the chat...]You are now connected to S*** from Amazon.com.[I have changed this persons' name so they won't get abused like they should be]S***: Hello, my name is S***. I’ll be happy to help you.Me:hi[long, long pause]?S***:I checked and see that your Kindle has been registered under Amazon.com.Me:Good.S***:Is there anything else I can do for you today ?Me:Yes. Fix the problem, or even pretend you understand what it is.S***:I’m sorry.Could you please rephrase the above sentence?Me:Here is my problem:my kindle fire DH 7″ seems to think it’s in the UK. The .com button in the lower tright of the keyboard displays .co.uk, and when searching for websites it always offers the .co.uk ones as the recommended ones.I’ve checked my country setting under manage my devices (US). Serial Number: ####I want my kindle to understand its keyboard, and it itself aren’t in the UK, and to stop behaving that way.S***:I can confirm that your Kindle is registered under Amazon.com. Your Kindle with serial #### is Kindle Fire HD.Me:Would you be so kind as to transfer me to the next level or technical support please?S***:Sure, [me].Could you please provide me the best possible phone number to connect you right now?Me:[a phone number]S***:When your phone rings, please answer it.You may hear ringing while we connect you to Customer Service.
Your call is now connected.
Yep. That happened.
I then spent 10 minutes on the phone with a first level tech person, and an escalation got me to ‘Todd’, who was sharp, and had my problem fixed in about 2 minutes.
Still. Comedy support gold.
My yearly Christmas favorite, reposted:
Courtesy of the British National Health Service (click the banner):
NSFW. Funny, but Unsafe for work,unless your work involves STD’s in which case it’s required.
It’s my seasonal favorite post, and I hope it’s one of yours.
Not the STD’s, the funny song with equally amusing illustrations. The backstory, from a previous blog post:
I have seen several searches of this blog for the British National Health Services’ “12 STI’s of Christmas“, and wondered why. The answer: the NHS site no longer carries the wonderful show, for reasons unknown to me. As for the searches, I guess the Christmas season has people thinking about sexually transmitted infections (diseases on this side of the Pond) set to Christmas tunes.
The astonishing interactive map that show EVERY bomb dropped on London during the Blitz | Mail Online
I thought I knew rather a lot about WWII (for someone who didn’t live through it), but was completely shocked at the graphic representation of all the bombs that struck London:
If you’ve ever wondered how close London’s landmarks came to being blown up in the Blitz, a new interactive map has the answer.
The Bomb Sight project allows people to zoom in on a map of the capital to see the damage inflicted during the heaviest period of bombing by German planes.
Good, well written rant-
A physician takes his flu vaccine under protest
by Doug McGuff, MD on November 27th, 2012in Physician
To hospital administration,
I am writing this letter to inform you that when I take my mandated influenza vaccine I will be doing so under protest and with the understanding that failure to do so could result in loss of my ability to earn income for myself and my family. Unfortunately, I do not qualify for any of the exemptions allowed by our facility. Since I am not religious, I have no religious objections, I am not allergic, and I have never had Guillane-Barre as a result of a flu vaccine. My objection to the vaccine is based on rational evidence and moral indignation.
This Malaria map was illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, during World War II to educate young GIs. According to the Naval Department Library, this map was printed on the back of a Newsmap (two sided poster) that showed the five war fronts in 1943: Russia, Italy, “air offensive”, southwest Pacific and Burma.
Excellent primer on Malaria (and Ann!).
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