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postheadericon Medical Marijuana User In Honolulu? Give Us Your Guns, No Permit For You.

By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

“The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a policy requiring medical marijuana users to turn over their firearms,” usnews.com reports. “The department sent letters to at least 30 gun owners last month, saying they had 30 days to surrender or transfer ownership of their guns.” That caused something of an uproar in the Aloha State…and beyond! ‘Cause if Hawaii actually sent cops ’round to gun owners holding a medical marijuana card . . .

A dangerous precedent would be set. Lest we forget, Hawaii isn’t the only state to maintain a database of both medical marijuana users and gun owners. The great state of New York also keeps track of legal tokers and gat holders. And yes, federal law makes it illegal to be a weed smoker and a gun owner.

From westhawaiitoday.com:

Hawaii Police Chief Paul Ferreira

The state’s largest law-enforcement organization said it will continue to deny future gun permit applications for medical marijuana patients.

Hawaii Police Chief Paul Ferreira [above] said his department’s form letter is sent only in response to admitted medical marijuana patients who apply for a permit to acquire a firearm. Ferreira said he signs them himself.

“When someone applies for a permit to acquire a firearm and they indicate they’re a medical marijuana patient, pursuant to a 2011 opinion from the (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), they’re no longer qualified to possess a firearm. At that point, we send out the letter telling them their permit to acquire has been denied . . .

If you’re in possession of any firearms or ammunition, you need to turn them in,” Ferreira said Wednesday. “Over the course of this past year, I don’t recall signing more than one or two of those letters.

“We do not go out and look for medical marijuana patients. We don’t go out and ask anybody for information on medical marijuana patients, or send them letters arbitrarily. It’s only in conjunction with when they apply for a permit to acquire.”

Let’s ignore for a moment the outrageous idea that Hawaii residents need a state permit to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. And the fact that the last state to join the union hasn’t issued a single concealed carry permit in eighteen years. Or the fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol, on every level (save criminal involvement in its cultivation and distribution).

Honolulu SWAT Team (courtesy hawaiidefensefoundation.org)

Let’s focus on the Honolulu PD’s decision to scan the state’s gun and marijuana registries for overlap, and then threaten to send gun confiscation goons (Honolulu SWAT team above) to enforce the federal ban on pot smoking gun owners.

What kind of law enforcement official would even think it’s a good idea to poke that bear? Never mind send his — make that her — officers into harm’s way to git ‘er done?

That would be Virginia-born, North Carolina-raised Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard (above). The officer chosen to replace Chief Kealoha after he was arrested for 20 counts of abuse of power and public corruption.

Anyway, it seems clear that Uncle Sam needs to legalize marijuana, stat. Before someone gets hurt. I mean, someone else . . .

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Would-Be Assailant Shot By Homeowner — Police Puzzled As To Why He Refused Medical Treatment, Bled To Death

SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON — A homeowner out on the waterfront heard a rapping, rapping on his front door. Wisely, he decided to arm up before investigating. It was night time and his house was near the Centennial trail that follows the Spokane River. This, according to neighbors, made these properties more vulnerable to home invasions and robberies in the past.

The decision to arm up before investigating turned out to be a necessity. According to KXLY 4 Spokane News, the homeowner eventually saw a man outside his door and told him to leave. After several moments, the man charged the homeowner and he was forced to defend himself.

He did arm himself prior to answering the door, when he did go outside on the porch, he initially didn’t see anybody, but then noticed a male in his yard,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory.

He fired one shot and the suspect fled outside the property. When police arrived, they say the man who was shot was extremely uncooperative with officers’ attempts to detain and get him treatment.

“The deputies continually tried to calm him (the suspect) down and they were able to detain him and get medics in there, but the male continued to be uncooperative,” said Gregory.

According to police, the suspect was shot through his femoral artery. By refusing prompt medical aid, he bled to death before he could be taken to a hospital.

The homeowner was cooperative with the investigation and is not currently being charged with any crime. The Spokane County Prosecutor will make the final determination.

We could view this as just another law-abiding citizen choosing to defend himself rather than be a victim. A very real scenario played out that night. A man who was probably less than completely sound of mind decided to charge a homeowner. This would have ended in a potentially very violent confrontation where the homeowner’s own life and well-being were put at risk.

Thankfully, the homeowner was wise enough to be prepared.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Medical data breach leads to a record cash settlement

California hospital pays the largest sum per plaintiff in history for its inability to secure the patients’ medical data.

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postheadericon WattsUpDoc: US hospitals trial AC power probes to treat medical malware

Two major hospitals in the United States are trialling a new system for detecting malware on medical devices, using probes that monitor AC power consumption to detect infections.

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postheadericon Microsoft mobility solutions transform electronic medical record pains into productivity and patient care gains

ORLANDO , Fla. Feb. 24 , 201 4 — The ability for clinicians to seamlessly collaborate and have mobile, instant and fully functional access to everything from electronic medical records (EMRs) to EKGs is critical in today’s changing world of healthcare. Monday, at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. showcased how a wide range of health organizations, including prominent partners like Epic and AirStrip, have improved care team collaboration and productivity, expanded mobility, and enhanced patient care through new Windows 8.1 devices and apps and Windows Embedded solutions. With the Windows 8.1 platform of clinical-grade devices, apps and services, including Microsoft Surface, mobile care teams can easily communicate with each other via a variety of methods, gain access to full-function EMRs from anywhere at any time, and use FDA-cleared clinician apps to deliver mobile-based care and guidance.

“The healthcare industry is in a major period of transformation. Finding mobile solutions that can improve clinician productivity, empower patients to improve their health, and address the need to complement existing EMR systems is critical,” said Michael Robinson, vice president, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. “The solutions and developments being announced today underscore how Microsoft technology can be used across various health settings to help clinicians practice patient-centered, team-based medicine and deliver higher-quality care to more people.”

Microsoft’s partners and customers unveiled an array of new enterprise solutions, apps and platforms to better integrate EMRs, improve productivity and engage patients in new ways by using a single mobile device or platform that runs all the programs and apps they need while on the move.

EMRs a pps and p latforms

  • Epic’s Hyperspace 2014 app is now compatible for mobile Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks on Internet Explorer 10 for EpicCare 2014 IU1 (Interim Update). This new compatibility allows clinicians to run Hyperspace directly on a Windows 8 tablet so they can use the full-functionality version of the application to support physicians in inpatient and outpatient settings to manage clinical and revenue cycle workflows.

  • At HIMSS, Allscripts will be demonstrating its Allscripts Wand for TouchWorks EHR, powered by Windows 8.1, which is currently in use at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta. Allscripts Wand uses all of the navigation, voice and camera capabilities of the Windows 8.1 tablet to place orders, complete clinical documentation, take clinical photos and update all aspects of the patient’s chart. Because of the app’s ability to run simultaneously on a desktop and a mobile device, clinicians are able to experience the best of all worlds on Windows 8.1 mobile solutions.

  • UPMC and Caradigm announced the development of a mobile Windows 8.1 tablet-based platform using Surface Pro 2 devices that enables physicians to maintain patient and clinical workflow context while switching between different clinical apps at the point of care.

Patient e ngagement c linician p roductivity a pps and s olutions

  • AirStrip’s AirStrip ONE Cardiology app is a Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 mobile device cardiac care solution that recently became the first FDA-cleared clinician app for the Windows 8 platform. It allows doctors to evaluate EKGs quickly to determine if a patient suffered a heart attack and needs surgery. For the first time, the Windows 8.1 version of AirStrip ONE Cardiology makes an AirStrip app accessible on any form factor, including desktops, laptops, and wall-mounted or mobile workstations, not just mobile devices. Now, clinicians can access AirStrip ONE Cardiology for Windows from workstations in hospitals and outpatient clinics as well as from tablets and phones while outside the hospital.

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. The hospital has purchased more than 250 Surface Pro devices and has standardized its executive team on Surface. Microsoft Surface Pro enables Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide clinicians with a modern user interface while also allowing adherence to HIPAA and other strict security regulations in healthcare. Microsoft leveraged the Microsoft Application Acceleration Program (MAAP) and partnered with a business partner, VitalHub, on the development of a modern touch application. The VitalHub application, combined with Microsoft Surface Pro, allows Seattle Children’s staff to view and have basic levels of simple order entry through a touch-enabled interface — improving the experience of both physician and patient.

  • Aegis Living has equipped staff across its 30 senior living communities with Surface tablets to provide the highest level of resident care and the most productive medication administration to their residents. By using Surface devices, Aegis staff have eliminated paper-based medication records and manual prescription auditing, with an expected savings of more than 11,000 hours each year previously spent auditing prescription records. In addition, staff have easier access to residents’ medical records and prescriptions through a Web-based app, have increased resident safety by eliminating manual data entry, and have more secure, mobile access to resident data whether they are at a resident’s bedside or moving from one resident’s room to another.

  • Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) is the nation’s oldest community-based accrediting body, with more than 5,000 providers and 10,000 sites currently accredited and 85 field auditors continuously working to hold agencies accountable for patient care. CHAP is now using Surface Pro devices to support its new CHAP LinQ accreditation software and provide an important tool for site visitors to observe, interview and document information seamlessly. Unique Surface Pro features, such as the kickstand and digitized pen, work in conjunction with the CHAP LinQ software to enable CHAP’s field auditors to capture more accurate and systematic documentation and ultimately provide the highest quality of home- and community-based care.

  • NavyMarine Corps Relief Society has implemented a Windows 8-based application on Surface devices dedicated to helping its visiting nurses provide better home-health patient care experiences for new mothers associated with the Navy-Marine Corps. The application — developed by Microsoft Consulting Services — enables visiting nurses and other mobile caregivers to meet with new mothers and their babies to assess the care they are receiving and serve as their resource and emotional support system. NMCRS’s 55 visiting nurses scattered around the globe are each provided with a Surface tablet so they can use the application to access patient EMRs in near-real time, facilitate faster communication with other clinicians and physicians, and easily answer health-related questions during visits.

  • Billings Clinic, a 285-bed hospital in Billings, Mont., is the first hospital to partner with Omnicell Inc. to implement remote cabinet functionality. By integrating Omnicell’s automated dispensing cabinets with Windows Embedded technology and a leading EMR system, Billings Clinic can streamline medication administration processes and ensure that pharmacists deliver the right medications to patients more safely and efficiently.

Find out more about these and other Microsoft solutions by visiting the Microsoft in Health Blog and the Microsoft in Health Newsroom.

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