Leadership Quote #12

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“To some extent the conventional views of leadership are shallow, and set us up for endless disappointment. There is an element of wanting to be rescued, of wanting a parental figure who will set all things right. Such fantasies for grown-up children should not lead us to dismiss the need for leaders nor the insistent popular expression of that need. A great many people who are not given to juvenile fantasies want leaders – leaders who are exemplary, who inspire, who stand for something, who help us set and achieve goals.” (Gardner, 1990, p. xi)

Reference

Gardner, J.W. (1990). On leadership. New York: The Free Press.

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U.S. Health Spending in 2011

January 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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In the January 2013 issue of Health Affairs, Hartman, et al. published the latest National Health Expenditure Account estimates in their article National health spending in 2011: Overall growth remains low, but some payers and services show signs of acceleration.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website, the National Health Expenditure Accounts “…are the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States. Dating back to 1960, the NHEA measures annual U.S. expenditures for health care goods and services, public health activities, government administration, the net cost of health insurance, and investment related to health care.” Additional definitions, along with the methodology behind calculating these estimates can be found here (.pdf).

Some of the highlights include:

  • Total health expenditure: $2,700.7 trillion
  • Health consumption: $2,547.2 trillion
  • Investment: $153 billion
  • Per person expenditure: $8,680
  • Percent of GDP: 17.9%
  • Annual growth from 2010: 3.9%
  • Private health insurance: 3.8% growth from 2010
  • Medicare: 6.2% growth from 2010
  • Medicaid: 2.5% growth from 2010

References

Hartman, M., Martin, A.B., Benson, J., Catlin, A., & the National Health Expenditure Accounts Team (2013).  National health spending in 2011: Overall growth remains low, but some payers and services show signs of acceleration.  Health Affairs, 31, 1, 87-99.

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Leadership Quote #11

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“After years of studying leaders and their traits, I believe that leadership begins and ends with authenticity. It’s being yourself; being the person you were created to be. This is not what most of the literature on leadership says, nor is it what the experts in corporate America teach. Instead, they develop lists of leadership characteristics one is supposed to emulate. They describe the styles of leaders and suggest that you adopt them. This is the opposite of authenticity. It is about developing the image or persona of a leader.” (George, 2003, p. 11)

Reference

George, B. (2003). Authentic leadership: Rediscovering the secrets to creating lasting value. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design

January 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design

The Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design was published by CRC Press in late 2010. The book is edited by Matthew B. Weinger, Michael E. Wiklund, and Daryle J. Gardner-Bonneau and includes the following chapters:

  • General Principles
  • Basic Human Abilities
  • Environment of Use
  • Anthropometry and Biomechanics
  • Documentation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Controls
  • Visual Displays
  • Connections and Connectors
  • Alarm Design
  • Software User Interfaces
  • Workstations
  • Signs, Symbols, and Markings
  • Packaging
  • Device Life Cycle
  • Hand Tool Design
  • Mobile Medical
  • Home Health Care
  • Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Design of Medical Devices

This handbook should be on bookshelf of anyone involved in the design and development of medical devices.

 

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Leadership Quote #10

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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“The complexities of twenty-first-century corporations demand new leadership. We need leaders who lead with purpose, values, and integrity and who are good stewards of the legacy they inherited from their predecessors. We need leaders who build enduring organizations, motivate their employees to provide superior customer service, and create long-term value for shareholders.” (George, 2003, p. 9)

Reference

George, B. (2003). Authentic leadership: Rediscovering the secrets to creating lasting value. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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