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11/13: Data integration is not any small achievement
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The current integration of MUSC-Roper St. Francis’ data programs is not any small achievement. An actual improve to tackle a major weak point within the area’s healthcare subsystem. Kudos to your work.
The present privateness coverage is great and you’re clearly dwelling up to their intent. Privacy can go slightly too far for medical employees in an emergency. You want fast details about the affected person’s medical historical past.
For instance, my spouse was taken to your emergency room final week. I used to be requested questions that I did not know the reply to. The present mannequin depends on everybody on website. It’s higher than nothing. Introducing one other random variable right into a state of affairs doesn’t enhance it. Too many unknowns that want to be parsed shortly hinder supply.
The rescue employees’ questions had been related to their care. Logically, that is an intrusion that overrides privateness requirements. The present normal subsequently implicitly dispenses with the data safety requirements in emergencies. Glad these individuals are asking questions.
The solutions to the technician’s query had been in my spouse’s medical information. Emergency technicians require “limited emergency access to data”. A top-level uncovering of the health-related indicators for the recognized life-threatening underlying illnesses. They would have had higher info for his or her evaluation than I might present at this aggravating second.
Doctor and affected person can determine prematurely for a data presentation within the “emergency window”. This joint motion permits the affected person to train their privateness rights to be used by emergency personnel on a restricted foundation. In emergencies, the dangers could be lowered. The retention requirements for data sturdiness want to be developed.
It could be performed higher if present data safety requirements are higher adhered to. What wants to be disclosed is topic to your evaluation of well being and authorized insurance policies. For every affected person, whatever the service facility chosen, it could assist to present emergency responders with a standardized guidelines with extra steerage as to what might be flawed with my spouse’s well being on the emergency room go to. It would decrease the danger coefficient in these conditions.
Next downside: The question of the medical historical past is one other random variant. I’ve typically been requested to present this info. It may be very related to care selections. It does not appear to discover a dwelling anyplace. Where is the graveyard for this very important info topic to privateness restrictions that disappear with every repeated demand? Beats me.
– Fred Palm, Edisto Island, SC
11/3: Call to motion once more for dark skies
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Among the numerous distinctive pure wonders we take pleasure in right here within the Lowcountry, such because the seashores and marine life, there used to be sensible views of dark skies, stars and the Milky Way.
There are much more life varieties on this planet that rely on the dark skies of the evening than the typical individual may suspect. From sea turtles and birds to bugs, dark skies are important to their skill to migrate and reproduce. For us people, observing and considering the celebs, planets and constellations – be it a small or a major a part of your time – undoubtedly connects us to the cosmos from which we arose. Enjoying the evening sky is an historic privilege of heritage, privilege and important to our surprise and creativeness.
Many of you is probably not conscious that uncontrolled gentle air pollution is eroding our view of the evening sky, and as an alternative of seeing that inky black backdrop because the stage for the celestial drama, the light-polluted sky paints a graywashed background with lowered distinction and lowered readability from all views . You can ask; What is the supply of this gentle air pollution? Many of the lights we set up in our houses, companies, and properties are unshielded. Rather than illuminating the bottom as supposed, they scatter gentle in all instructions. This is the so-called celestial glow. In addition to skylight, the supply of glare is unshielded out of doors lighting – a vivid gentle supply that has a direct path to your eyes.
Contrary to standard perception, brighter gentle doesn’t imply higher lighting. Glare interferes with our evening imaginative and prescient after we are driving or strolling or searching for intruders or somebody who could also be up to malicious mischief. Peer-reviewed research had been performed evaluating out of doors lighting depth and crime discount. Some of those research present that crime tends to enhance relatively than lower as illuminance will increase. See: “Artificial Lights at Night: State Police of Science,” June 2022.
Unshielded lights are additionally typically the supply of unauthorized gentle, outlined as stray gentle the place it’s not wanted, warranted or supposed. Not solely does it disrupt the pure rhythms on this planet, however it will probably additionally disrupt the darkness and sleep of your neighbor. It’s additionally a waste of cash and power. If your out of doors lighting in your property, dwelling or enterprise is shielded so that each one gentle shines solely on the world that wants it, thanks for being an incredible neighbor and contributing to the higher good of all life. You’ll get monetary savings in your electrical energy payments and save lives!
For these of you who do not have correctly shielded out of doors lighting, we who love and want the evening sky are your out of doors lighting state of affairs and possibly doing one thing about it. Are you planning a brand new residential or industrial constructing? Or within the case of present buildings, non-public and public, or native authorities buildings similar to a hearth brigade, police station or group constructing. Please ask for sky-friendly lighting that meets International Dark-Sky Association pointers.
South Carolina ranks twenty third in inhabitants within the nation. Unfortunately, in our nice state, there are cities and cities which have as a lot gentle air pollution as giant nation cities. Pittsburgh, Penn., for instance, is a serious metropolis that’s realizing the damaging results of sunshine air pollution and has begun the method of addressing and lowering gentle air pollution. We can do higher throughout South Carolina. Hampton Plantation State Park is working to turn out to be the state’s first dark sky park. Let’s lead by instance to carry again actually dark skies, to not solely do our half to shield the evening sky for future generations, however all life and flora that rely on it.
– Tom Berta, Charleston, SC
10/26: Supporting the security of children in our group
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Your article entitled Non-Profit, Task Force Fighting Labor, Sex Trafficking misrepresented the values and work of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center.
As the kid advocacy middle for Charleston and Berkeley counties, Dee Norton is the coordinating middle for youngster abuse response and works with our group companions to enhance providers for children and youth who’ve skilled abuse, together with youngster trafficking. Dee Norton seeks to help youngster security and therapeutic by specializing in a workforce method. This collaborative method to youngster abuse depends on group companions like regulation enforcement as an integral a part of our work.
Recently, the Office for Victims of Crime awarded our third consecutive grant to our IMPACT program (Improving Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Address Child Trafficking). Our IMPACT program goals to increase and strengthen the trauma-informed providers for youngster victims of human trafficking in our area and to additional enhance the identification of kid victims of human trafficking for functions of sexual exploitation and labor. This grant will help 200 trafficked youth in Charleston and Berkeley counties over the subsequent three years and prepare greater than 150 professionals to establish these most in danger in a culturally competent method. Our IMPACT program wouldn’t be potential with out the work of regulation enforcement companies and our different 30 accomplice companies.
This grant acknowledges Dee Norton because the main professional on youngster abuse within the Lowcountry and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to proceed the work to forestall abuse, shield children and heal households.
– Beverly Hutchinson, Executive Director, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Charleston, SC
10/16: Discussed experiences with postal voting
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I simply learn this editorial and I’m challenged to share my expertise from a couple of days in the past:
I known as the Chas. District. Voter registration to request a postal vote as I will probably be absent on election day.
After a track and dance with the lady who replied as a result of she could not discover me within the system as a result of I had a hyphenated final title, she lastly discovered me after giving her my total social safety quantity.
Next, she suggested me towards voting absentee in precept, as I advised her (upon her inquiry) that I’ll be on the town two weeks earlier than (November) 8 and might vote in individual. She talked about that there will probably be quite a few websites to select from. I did not push for postal voting anyway and advised her I used to be going to vote in individual.
Afterwards, I puzzled why her private vote push. For some who don’t desire to do it as a result of it is impractical to go in individual, they’ll say the hell out and select not to vote in any respect after a cellphone name like this with a county employee.
After studying the editorial explaining new guidelines with witness necessities and so forth, I’m now questioning if their reprimand was to forestall my poll from being thrown if it was not obtained on time or was crammed out incorrectly. If I hadn’t examine these new guidelines and that the county does not notify those that one thing is flawed with their poll, I might nonetheless be very upset with the result of that decision and pissed that I wasn’t willingly provided what I requested for would have .
I’m wondering what number of different voters are experiencing the identical dialog, although some could take an aggressive stance and nonetheless name for absentee ballots even if they (and their employees?) vote in individual earlier than November eighth towards absenteeism.
Stay wholesome and thanks to your nice journalism.
– Alada M. Shinault-Small, North Charleston, SC