Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Evernote - Creating a Table of Contents

When I attended the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics a couple of weeks ago, I used Evernote to take notes on all of the sessions.  I had taken my Bluetooth keyboard with me and it turned out to be very helpful the night I forgot to charge the iPad.  I was able to use my iPhone and the keyboard.

One way to organize a group of notes, such as with notes on multiple educational session, in Evernote is to create a table of contents.  A YouTube video demonstrates how.  In essence, you create a note titled Table of Contents and then copy and paste hyperlinks of the related notes.  View the video below to learn more.

PS - The process of creating a table of contents can be used with other apps, such as a word processing or spreadsheet document.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hacking Medical Equipment and Security Risks

The news of the death of a 35-year-old hacker, Barnaby Jack (, made me reflect on a presentation about the security of medical equipment at the 2013 SINI meeting. Barnaby Jack was a "white hat hacker" meaning that the purpose of his hacks was to demonstrate security risks so that they could be addressed.

According to the new article "Jack had planned to demonstrate his techniques to hack into pacemakers and implanted defibrillators at the Black Hat hackers convention in Las Vegas next Thursday. He told Reuters last week that he could kill a man from 30 feet away by attacking an implanted heart device."

I honestly had not considered security risks associated with medical equipment such as pacemakers, implanted defibrillators, or intravenous pumps.  Perhaps the reason is that I do not think like a cyber criminal.  However, we as healthcare professionals, need to understand that remote control of computerized medical equipment is possible.  We need to support the manufacturing companies that are working to eliminate security risks that may endanger the lives of our patients.  

Friday, July 26, 2013

International Council of Nursing - Safe Staffing Levels

The International Council of Nursing (ICN) has issued a policy statement on safe staffing levels.  It can be reviewed at

It states what every nurse already knows:
Staffing is association with:
[quoted below]
  • better patient outcomes and patient satisfaction
  • better supervision and mentoring for nurses, support workers
    and the wider healthcare team
  • improved retention, recruitment and workforce sustainability
  • better cost efficiency for the health care system.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Apps

Three companies won awards from the ONC for innovative pressure ulcer prevention apps.  Read more at

All are not yet available to the public just yet, but look for them soon...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Informatics and Nursing Textbook Online Resources

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics (SINI) at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.  The central theme for the conference was Meaningful Use.  Several nurses that I met were interested in the learning resources for our Informatics and Nursing textbook.  They are noted below

AJN 2012 award (PDF File):

Website that Linda and I use for the book:

My blog:

Lippincott The Point

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or comments on the textbook.  We will be writing the fifth edition over the next several months.  Your input to make it better is welcomed. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Windows 8 Issues Solution

First of all, I apologize to my readers for no postings in the last few weeks.  I took some much needed vacation.  Look for regaular postings beginning again in August.

Linda sent me an email about a work around issue that I found with Windows 8.  It is available at  

It adds back the start menu.  It may be helpful to others who wanted to have a start menu.