Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a nurse? From a 6-time Top 10 in the USA author, this book is a collection of the most memorable moments from the careers of over sixty nurses. It covers nearly seventy years of practice from World War II to the present day. The extraordinary situations described here are the result of more than 1,000 years of hands-on bedside knowledge. The vignettes contain wisdom and insight gained the hard way, from long experience in the trenches (sometimes in actual trenches) performing tasks that range from the most humble to the most skilled. These true stories run the gamut from birth to death. They deal with everything from war, ER, ICU, to childbirth, pediatrics, adult care, surgery, home and homeless healthcare, the psych ward, oncology, the nursing home, and finally hospice. The sacrifice and service of these nurses--their courage, kindness, and determination--is breathtaking. If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of a hospital, you've come to the right place. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jodi Gaylord. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111636/bk_acx0_111636_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Red AI: Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise in Artificial Intelligence is the definitive book on one of the most important topics of our time. It is the first thorough investigation of the Chinese AI industry and an insight-filled, intriguing narrative that will shed light on China AI for global policymakers, business, and technology professionals.This is the first book where listeners gain an insider's peek into the much-hyped industry across all the major segments of AI's commercial applications in China. From facial recognition, surveillance, speech recognition, autonomous driving, robotics, AI chips, healthcare, financial services, and other sectors, the book unveils what is really happening behind the scenes in all these areas.Author Nina Xiang, a veteran China-based tech journalist who has tracked the Chinese AI industry for years, interviewed hundreds of people and traveled to dozens of Chinese cities to bring the industry alive with vivid detail. Nina Xiang presents a sweeping overview of an industry that is still largely misunderstood.About the AuthorNina Xiang is the founder of China Money Network, a news and data platform tracking China’s smart investments and technology innovation.After graduating as the valedictorian in high school in China, she went on a distinguished journalism career serving in editorial positions at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Euromoney Institutional Investor, China Radio International, and China Business Network in Beijing, New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. With nearly 15 years of media experience and as an expert on the Chinese venture capital and technology sector, she is an agenda contributor for the World Economic Forum and contributes to foster cross-border technology cooperation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martina Federica Manfredi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/162845/bk_acx0_162845_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: And his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.(Revelation 6:8)A plan to take down the New World Order.When Solomon calls in a favor, Josh is obligated to hold up his end of the bargain. He quickly regrets binding himself and the group to the open-ended agreement after hearing what Solomon has in mind. The mission is not only dangerous and foolish, but Josh considers it to be down-right impossible.All that glitters is not gold.Lucius Alexander’s OASIS cities are living up to their namesake by providing security, healthcare, food, shelter, and even recreation. But admission to these modern utopias come at a cost. Residents must accept the Ministry of Religion’s new global standard for worship. For most Christians in the US, it isn’t a problem. However, some faithful followers refuse to adhere.Lucius Alexander is revealed as a man bent on conquest.To make matters worse, a new strain of Red Virus is threatening the globe and only those living in OASIS cities are eligible for the vaccine. As if that were not enough, the person who the world is calling the Prince of Peace is instigating a war with the new Eastern Trade Organization. China and Russia are calling the shots for the ETO and the conflict is about to go nuclear!Don’t miss the pulse-pounding conclusion of The Beginning of Sorrows saga!As with all works by Mark Goodwin, this audiobook contains no profanity and no embarrassing sex scenes. However, if you're offended by conservative principles and references to scripture, this book might not be for you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/207007/bk_acx0_207007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Techniques of vision-based motion analysis aim to detect, track, identify, and generally understand the behavior of objects in image sequences. With the growth of video data in a wide range of applications from visual surveillance to human-machine interfaces, the ability to automatically analyze and understand object motions from video footage is of increasing importance. Among the latest developments in this field is the application of statistical machine learning algorithms for object tracking, activity modeling, and recognition.Developed from expert contributions to the first and second International Workshop on Machine Learning for Vision-based Motion Analysis, this important text/reference highlights the latest algorithms and systems for robust and effective vision-based motion understanding from a machine learning perspective. Highlighting the benefits of collaboration between the communities of object motion understanding and machine learning, the book discusses the most active forefronts of research, including current challenges and potential future directions.Topics and features: provides a comprehensive review of the latest developments in vision-based motion analysis, presenting numerous case studies on state-of-the-art learning algorithms, examines algorithms for clustering and segmentation, and manifold learning for dynamical models, describes the theory behind mixed-state statistical models, with a focus on mixed-state Markov models that take into account spatial and temporal interaction, discusses object tracking in surveillance image streams, discriminative multiple target tracking, and guidewire tracking in fluoroscopy, explores issues of modeling for saliency detection, human gait modeling, modeling of extremely crowded scenes, and behavior modeling from video surveillance data, investigates methods for automatic recognition of gestures in Sign Language, and human action recognition from small training sets.Researchers, professional engineers, and graduate students in computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning, will all find this text an accessible survey of machine learning techniques for vision-based motion analysis. The book will also be of interest to all who work with specific vision applications, such as surveillance, sport event analysis, healthcare, video conferencing, and motion video indexing and retrieval.
&#8220;A tour de force . . . a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.&#8221; &#8212;The New York Times &#8220;An energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy . . . [Steven Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary&#8212;a thriller about market structure, government organization and billing practices.&#8221; &#8212;The New York Times Book Review &#8220;A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to as the &#8216;toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system&#8217; . . . For its insights into our nation&#8217;s fiscal, psychological and corporeal health&#8212;and for our own long-term social well-being&#8212;it is a book that deserves to be read and discussed widely by anyone interested in the politics and policy of healthcare.&#8221; &#8212;Los Angeles Times &#8220;A sweeping and spirited new book [that] chronicles the surprisingly juicy tale of reform . . . [Brill&#8217;s] book brims with unconventional insight delivered in prose completely uninfected by the worn out tropes and tired lingo of the Sunday shows.&#8221; &#8212;The Daily Beast &#8220;This is one of the most important books of our time. Through revealing personal stories, dogged political reporting, and clear analysis, it makes the battle over Obama&#8217;s healthcare plan come alive and shows why it matters. It should be required reading for anyone who cares about our healthcare system.&#8221; &#8212;Walter Isaacson &#8220;Superb . . . Brill has achieved the seemingly impossible&#8212;written an exciting book about the American health system.&#8221; &#8212;The New York Review of Books &#8220;[An] ambitious new history of the Affordable Care Act.&#8221; &#8212;Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker &#8220;Steven Brill&#8217;s new book about the process of passing the Affordable Care Act is so meticulously reported, I found myself surprised by many details of a process I myself was deeply involved in. . . . Brill has written an outstanding book about the administration&#8217;s efforts to pass Obamacare. Now it is up to the administration to prove him wrong about what the legislation does to the trajectory of health-care costs.&#8221; &#8212;Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg View &#8220;Brill&#8217;s book performs an admirable job of getting behind the scenes. . . . [A] state-of-the-nation account of the broken U.S. healthcare system and Obama&#8217;s partially successful attempt to heal it.&#8221; &#8212;The National &#8220;A landmark study, filled with brilliant reporting and insights, that shows how government really works&#8212;or fails to work.&#8221; &#8212;Bob Woodward &#8220; America&#8217;s Bitter Pill is deeply impressive, an important diagnosis of what America needs to know if we&#8217;re ever to develop a healthcare system that is fair, efficient, and effective.&#8221; &#8212;Tom Brokaw &#8220;In America&#8217;s Bitter Pill, Steven Brill brilliantly ties together not only the saga of Obamacare, but also the larger story of our dysfunctional healthcare system and its disastrous impact on both businesses and ordinary Americans. In a gripping narrative, his thorough reporting is made all the more powerful by his own scary experience looking up from a gurney.&#8221; &#8212;Arianna Huffington
Solid business intelligence guidance uniquely designed for healthcare organizations Increasing regulatory pressures on healthcare organizations have created a national conversation on data, reporting and analytics in healthcare. Behind the scenes, business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) capabilities are key drivers that empower these functions. Healthcare Business Intelligence is designed as a guidebook for healthcare organizations dipping their toes into the areas of business intelligence and data warehousing. This volume is essential in how a BI capability can ease the increasing regulatory reporting pressures on all healthcare organizations. * Explores the five tenets of healthcare business intelligence * Offers tips for creating a BI team * Identifies what healthcare organizations should focus on first * Shows you how to gain support for your BI program * Provides tools and techniques that will jump start your BI Program * Explains how to market and maintain your BI Program The risk associated with doing BI/DW wrong is high, and failures are well documented. Healthcare Business Intelligence helps you get it right, with expert guidance on getting your BI program started and successfully keep it going.
Why is surgery so expensive? Surgeon Paul A. Ruggieri reveals little-known truths about his profession&#8212;and the hidden flaws of our healthcare system&#8212;in this compelling and troubling account of real patients, real doctors, and how money influences medical decisions behind the scenes. Even many well-informed patients have no idea what may be contributing to the cost of their surgery. With up-to-date research and stories from his practice, Ruggieri shows how business arrangements among hospitals, insurance companies, and surgeons affect who gets treatment&#8212;and whether they get the right treatment. Pulling back the curtain from the hospital bed, he explains how to safeguard one's own health (and finances), and how America can make surgery more affordable for all without sacrificing quality care.
Behind the media headlines that chronicle the successes&#8212; as well as the charges of fraud, abuse, and ethical misconduct&#8212; of todays corporate medical giants, lies the story of the Wall Street players who are determining the structure of our future health systems. Independent hospitals and clinics, small medical technology companies, solo practitioners, and consumers alike acknowledge that the 'big business' principles driving the frenzy of mergers and acquisitions are bringing the long-awaited rewards of accountability and predictability to the fragmented healthcare industry. But at what cost? Sandy Lutz, a renowned medical business reporter and investment analyst, and Big Six accounting firm partners Woodrin Grossman and John Bigalke provide their insiders insights into the financial workings of Wall Streets mighty medical corporations&#8212; a class the authors refer to as Med Incorporated. With an in-depth study of the most notable leader, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., plus illustrative examples of several other medical giants, Lutz and her coauthors demonstrate how these Med Inc. companies excel in managing capital, information, risk, and government regulation&#8212; the four key success factors to achieving operational efficiency and market dominance. They show how the missions and operations of investor-owned companies compare with their noninvestor owned counterparts, and examine how current technological and market developments will shape the future of health systems. For healthcare executives, analysts, investors, and the Med Incorporated companies of tomorrow, Med Inc. offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to participate successfully in thedeveloping investor-owned organizations that are destined to define the national health system well into the 21st century.
We are all patients at some time. Is the medical industry giving us the best treatment possible, at the best price? We all know that it isn't. This new book shows what goes on behind the scenes of the current medical care and how it impacts the patient. Dr. Reznik describes actual cases from his clinical practice showing the most common paths that lead to increased patient suffering. This book offers possible solutions for outpatient, inpatient, preventive, and end-of-life care settings.Learn about: The Medical Box and how it affects the care you receive When to avoid risky and uncomfortable tests Hazards of under-treatment, over-treatment, and mistreatment How to make an informed medical decision in your best interests Cancer and how to approach your treatment Planning for quality of life during end-of-life issues Foreword by Colin P. Kopes-Kerr, MD, JD, MPH, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine, and Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, at University Hospital and SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY. 'The Secrets of Medical Decision Making should be read by everyone, because all of us are sometimes in need of medical care. It is an eye-opener, a call to arms and a guide.' -Robert Rich, Ph.D., author of Cancer: A Personal Challenge 'Dr. Reznik candidly exposes the conflicting interests inherent in contemporary medical practice. This empowering and insightful book is a must read for healthcare professionals and the patients they treat.' -Beth Maureen Gray, R.N., B.S. 'The Secrets of Medical Decision Making awakens the reader rather quickly with startling revelations about the lack of seriousness the health care industry has towards a society of wellness. If this book at least motivates its readers to become more involved in medical decision making when seeking treatment, it will have succeeded as a critically needed public service.' - James W. Clifton, Ph.D., LCSW 'As a Canadian and a health care provider this book frightens me. This book lays out what our country is headed for if we privatize health care in Canada. A must read for everyone working, or accessing, health care in North America and for anyone who has any doubts that we must take drastic action to preserve Universal Health Care in Canada.' - Ian Landry, MA, MSW, RSW