Brain fitness mentionsJanuary 2009 Profile                                                                                ...
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
Brain Fitness2.Pdf Mck Coverage 2009
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  1. 1. Brain fitness mentionsJanuary 2009 Profile February 2009 NEWS | Technology News | TechnologyMajd Alwan ITUpdateBy Liza Berger ITUpdate Obama makes IT of economic reco Profile » Real-world ways to use technology NEWS | Technology for improving care and reducing costs will IT with a human touch ITUpdate be presented at the upcoming McKnight’s Obama makes IT a key part of economic recovery plan » Real-world ways to use technology Online Expo. This webcast can be seen live for improving care and reducing costs will be presented at the upcoming McKnight’s Online Expo. This webcast can be seen live at 11 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March at 11 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March By John O’Connor By John O’Connor recovery plan passed. Resume Majd Alwan engineering while working toward 25. Free registration is available at www. Just prior to taking office, Obama’s speech followed a Director, his master’s and doctorate degrees Photo: Kevin Diettsch/CNP/Newscom 1988 mcknights.com/expo. President Barack Obama out- Congressional Budget Office 25. Free registration is available at www. Just prior to taking office, Earns bachelor’s Center for Aging in the United Kingdom. For his lined plans for an economic report that predicts an unprec- degree in electrical Services Technologies dissertation, he designed a wheel- » University of Illinois researchers recovery package that’s loaded edented $1.2 trillion federal and electronic engi- chair that, theoretically, could found that older people who learned to with plans for healthcare IT deficit in fiscal year 2009. mcknights.com/expo. President Barack Obama out- neering, University Some people wonder how Majd respond to voice commands. play a strategy-heavy video game improved improvements. of Damascus, Syria The healthcare industry (“modged”) Alwan, a pedigreed His accumulated work and their scores on a number of tests of cogni- Obama’s American Recov- stands to gain more than $100 engineer, ended up in the field of education experiences helped tive function. The findings indicate that ery and Reinvestment Plan billion from the economic lined plans for an economic 1992 eldercare technologies. He’s used land him a position at The Medi- video games that keep players “on their would require up to $800 bil- Receives M.S. in The president is pushing for an stimulus plan that the presi- control engineer- to the curiosity. cal Automation Research Center toes” might help older adults keep their lion in new funding to rebuild economic recovery package that dent and congressional Demo- “Yes, I’m an engineer and some in the Department of Pathology » University of Illinois researchers ing, University of would include about $20 billion recovery package that’s loaded brains sharp, the researchers report in the Americans’ trust in the econo- crats are putting together. Bradford, United people believe I’m a convert, at the University of Virginia. He journal Psychology and Aging. my, help provide new jobs and for healthcare IT efforts. Kingdom Most of the healthcare- a social scientist…. Sometimes worked there on applying technol- make all U.S. medical records “But it just won’t save related funds (about $80 bil- people think that I have a nurs- ogy to the geriatric population. He found that older people who learned to with plans for healthcare IT 1997 » UCLA scientists have used brain- electronic in less than a half billions of dollars and thou- lion) will target ailing Medicaid ing background,” he says with currently has six patents that are scan technology and patient-specific infor- decade. sands of jobs; it will save lives Earns doctorate programs. in electrical and amusement. “But my first degree related to technology for seniors. mation on Alzheimer’s disease risk to help “To improve the quality of by reducing the deadly but The balance (about $20 is engineering.” His dream goal, he says, is to play a strategy-heavy video game improved improvements. electronic engineer- diagnose brain aging, often before symp- our healthcare while lower- preventable medical errors billion) likely would go to ing, University of While it’s not the most tradi- see the societal benefits from the toms appear. This new approach holds ing its cost, we will make the that pervade our healthcare London, U.K. beginning to update health- tional career path, it is apparent technologies developed at the promise for finding more accurate ways to immediate investments neces- system,” he added. care delivery with health IT. their scores on a number of tests of cogni- Obama’s American Recov- that Alwan feels at home in his University of Virginia “on a much track brain aging, they said. Full findings sary to ensure that, within five Without swift federal action, 1998 That money probably will be position as director of the Center larger scale and taken advantage appear in the January issue of Archives of years, all of America’s medi- Obama said Americans could Lecturer and distributed as pay-for-perfor- researcher at for Aging Services Technologies of to deliver care to a broader General Psychiatry. cal records are computerized. face a crisis this year “unlike mance rewards, with some of the Automation Department, Higher Institute of Applied at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He sees his field’s potential to population.” His professional drive is, in part, personal: His mother, who tive function. The findings indicate that » State lawmakers have introduced ery and Reinvestment Plan This will cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need any we’ve seen in our lifetime.” He asked for bipartisan sup- it being doled out as grants for healthcare providers that need nearly 400 bills relating to health informa- to repeat expensive medical port and long work hours from help building their information video games that keep players “on their would require up to $800 bil- The president is pushing fo Sciences and Tech- make an enormous impact— lives in Damascus under the care nology, Damascus tion technology in the past 18 months, tests,” Obama said. Congress to get an economic technology infrastructure. n both in helping to prevent falls, of one of Alwan’s sisters, is com- according to a report from the National and monitoring seniors to keep pletely bedridden and can no toes” might help older adults keep their lion in new funding to rebuild economic recovery package 2002 Conference of State Legislatures. More Director of Robotics them at home longer. longer speak. than 130 eventually became laws, the go down all the time, which and Eldercare Tech- He also is a proponent of what “It hurts more that I’m working report noted. Overall, states are making means we weren’t getting any Americans’ trust in the econo- would include about $20 bi nologies Program, he calls “therapeutainment” (you in this area of technologies and I The Medical Auto- mation Research Center, University saw it here first!), which combines mind-enhancing exercises with feel so helpless,” says Alwan, the youngest of 10 children. brains sharp, the researchers report in the progress in electronically connecting their healthcare networks, the study notes. referrals,” says Kellee Chass- ner, director of public relations for healthcare IT efforts. for the facility. Patient Place- journal Psychology and Aging. my, help provide new jobsadmissions and of Virginia physical stimulation. The Nin- Today, living near Washing- » Investigators using a hand-operated ment Systems helped get the tendo Wii is one example. ton, D.C., Alwan still maintains a robotic device and functional MRI have process back on track. 2007 Alwan’s vast knowledge of strong connection to his country’s found that chronic stroke patients can be Fast “If we don’t have an open make all U.S. medical records “But it just won’t Co-founds Home senior-care technology is a boon culture. He and his family (wife, Patient Placement Guardian LLC, rehabilitated, according to a study pre- bed at one of our communi- for CAST, says Zachary Sikes, Rana, who is from Jordan; and sented in Chicago at the annual meeting of ties, we can, at a click of a Systems helps streamline Charlottesville, VA the admissions process, senior vice president for business daughters, Maryam, 6, and Heba, » UCLA scientists have used brain- the Radiological Society of North America. button, send everything over “I couldn’t live in less than a half billions of dollars and electronic relations and corporate develop- 2) speak Arabic at home. Moslem easing communication 2007 “We have shown that the brain has the along with our own notes to between facilities. Takes position in ment at AAHSA. But Alwan’s by faith, Alwan attends a nearby ability to regain function through rehabili- one of our sister facilities,” For more info: (888) 657-9480 or May as director of bigger contribution is his ability mosque on Fridays, celebrates AAHSA’s Center for Aging Services to translate the science behind the technology into terms of business, Ramadan, and gives back to his community. scan technology and patient-specific infor- tative exercises following a stroke,” said A. Aria Tzika, Ph.D., director of the NMR without …” decade. sands of jobs; it will sav she says. Patient Placement Systems’ www.patientplacement.com Technologies in Surgical Laboratory at Massachusetts Keeping patient referrals interface also makes organizing academia and long-term care. Like his vast understanding of mation on Alzheimer’s disease risk to help “To improve the quality of by reducing the deadl Washington, D.C. General Hospital. organized between three the census a breeze, according “He takes his responsibilities technology and its universal impli- separate senior communi- to Chassner. and the opportunity of what this cations, Alwan sees the world from » Physicians are adopting mobile ties can be tricky, especially “It’s good for me because I diagnose brain aging, often before symp- our healthcare while lower- preventable medical e can do for our providers and our a global perspective. technology faster than the general public, when each building uses a do the marketing and I need to aging population very, very seri- “At the end of the day, I feel according to Manhattan Research. Some different technology. That know who I need to focus on,” ously,” Sikes says. we’re all human,” he says, “and we 54% of U.S. physicians own a PDA or was the case at The A.G. she says. “It saves a ton of time Is there something you toms appear. This new approach holds ing its cost, we will make the that pervade our healt Alwan, who is originally from all share a lot more sets of beliefs smartphone. Meanwhile, Diffusion Group Rhodes Home in Atlanta. for our admissions directors, couldn’t live without? Tell Editor James M. Berklan at Damascus, Syria, got his first than what is on the surface.” predicts that 70% of physicians will own a “Our fax machine would too,” she adds. jim.berklan@mcknights.com glimpse into his field of biomedical —Liza Berger smartphone or PDA by 2011. 58 www.mcknights.com • January 2009 promise for finding more accurate ways to 12 www.mcknights.com • February 2009 immediate investments neces- system,” he added. track brain aging, they said. Full findings sary to ensure that, within five Without swift federal a 292157_LTC_Profile_p58.indd 58 12/19/08 6:24:21 PM appear in the January issue of Archives of years, all of America’s medi- Obama said Americans General Psychiatry. cal records are computerized. face a crisis this year “u This will cut waste, eliminate any we’ve seen in our life » State lawmakers have introduced red tape and reduce the need He asked for bipartisan nearly 400 bills relating to health informa- to repeat expensive medical port and long work hour tion technology in the past 18 months, tests,” Obama said. Congress to get an econ according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than 130 eventually became laws, the go down all the time, w report noted. Overall, states are making means we weren’t gettin progress in electronically connecting their referrals,” says Kellee C

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