Tommy Sumrall’s physics lab is hectic and noisy. In one area of the classroom, teams of students use hand-held computers to collect data from experiments on light reflection and refraction. Meanwhile, Sumrall and several students gather around laptops and engage in an animated discussion about an online optics simulation that allows them to use virtual mirrors and lenses to model the behavior of light.
In 2011, Three Village School District IT leaders decided to complement the district’s existing classroom technology initiatives with an interactive presentation program. “Initially we were interested in interactive whiteboards. Whiteboards are an important element of the classroom, and we wanted teachers and students to have a more interactive tool,”said Kerrin Welch-Pollera, the district’s director of instructional technology. “With regular whiteboards, we felt they were missing out on a much richer experience.”
Administrators in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have long been committed to evolving the district into a 21st century school system. After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, they remained dedicated to this goal, despite damages inflicted on many schools. Less than two years later, with the help of the Cisco® 21st Century Schools Initiative (21S), JPPSS had integrated technology into a student-centered learning environment in 16 schools, with plans to transform the remaining 71 over the next 18 months.
The jewel in Deer Park School District’s instructional technology crown is its one-to-one computing initiative, which began in 2010 when the district first equipped its fifth graders with Apple MacBooks®. Since then, every fifth grade student at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School receives a new MacBook, which will “follow” them to Robert Frost Middle School and eventually to Deer Park High School.
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the state-of-theart 335-bed facility recently purchased a DX-G CR solution that allows it to reduce radiation dose by 57% compared to its previous CR system. The hospital’s 600-plus pediatricians and researchers are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education. In addition to its primary facility, Children’s Mercy serves the community and the greater Midwest with outpatient facilities and outreach clinics throughout the city, county and surrounding communities.
To remain in compliance with healthcare regulations, physician’s offices, hospitals and healthcare facilities are working to meet the October 2015 deadline for completing the migration from medical coding using the ICD-9 format to ICD-10. The tenth revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, ICD-10, contains a staggering number of medical diagnosis codes (68,000) and procedure codes (87,000) compared to its predecessor, which contained only 14,000 diagnosis codes and 4,000 procedure codes. The increase in the number of codes will allow healthcare organizations to capture far more granular data about symptoms, risk factors, and commodities; which should result in dramatic improvements to patient care, clinical and billing accuracy and disease tracking and trending.