A 14-year-old girl in England has canceled her upcoming birthday party after receiving 21,000 RSVPs from Facebook users. She blamed the overwhelming response on having accidentally posted the invitation to the site's entire user list. The October party was slated to have just 15 guests, her mother said.
Educators in Texas say student-response systems, also referred to as clickers, help engage students in lessons by adding a video-game element to classroom instruction. The devices -- being used in several Dallas-area districts -- allow students to respond to questions instantly, and teachers say they use the feedback to tailor instruction to students' needs. "You can't teach with just pencil and paper," one veteran teacher said. "Because children have changed, we need to change."
A Surescripts report estimates that the number of electronic prescriptions will increase from 190 million last year to 300 million this year, driven in large part by the federal effort to spur widespread adoption of health IT. The report also found that one out of three clinicians across the country used e-prescribing one or more times a month in 2009.
Student demand for wireless Internet service is causing some college campuses in Pennsylvania to expand their wireless capability. California University of Pennsylvania is in the beginning stages of a $2.1 million plan to provide free Wi-Fi service campuswide. The increasing demand also has led colleges to increase their bandwidth to accommodate more users.
National Health IT Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal said at a recent meeting that requirements under the second stage of meaningful use will include tougher measures for HIE and clinical decision support. Blumenthal also highlighted the role of e-prescribing in the switch to EHRs, saying, "I think once physicians get used to using the computer to e-prescribe, they may be a little more comfortable moving to the full electronic health record."