• An empirical study and simulation of EHR software in light of COVID-19

      Ali, Ayman (2021-05)
      The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for attention directed towards accurate and accessible disease surveillance. As eighty-five percent of all health data is now processed in electronic form, the healthcare industry is increasingly becoming dependent upon patient healthcare data to facilitate well-coordinated and efficient decisions in a timely manner. Electronic health records can be crucial in unearthing the health disparities found among disadvantaged communities in terms of treatment and patient care. By creating a cloud-based software solution, electronic health records will not only be able to share patient health information to multiple healthcare settings, but also provide earlier disease detection and intervention. While implementing telemedicine is proving to be advantageous in reducing physical contact and maintaining social distancing guidelines, much of the dismay from clinicians has been towards the challenges with clinical documentation and patient flow. The CDC has stressed the importance of sending electronic health record case reports to public health officials on countless occasions. The software that vendors create are by no means perfect. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to focus on minimizing disruptions and COVID-19 related errors when using the software. In order to devise software aimed at mining sufficient data and providing tools solely directed at patient care, medical practitioners and software vendors are in endless communication. Implementing the necessary features best suited to support the general population requires eradicating any sort of configuration that can contribute to patient harm. This research will look into the role of EHRs in improving data tracking and collection and whether or not this software can be relied upon in the current climate.
    • Mindfulness-based outdoor behavioral healthcare for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: possibilities, suggestions, and challenges

      Gluckman, Nicole (2021-05)
      The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder has been rapidly increasing. Traditional treatment interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) have been very successful in targeting specific behaviors to shape and reinforce, thus eliminating problem behaviors such as self-injury and aggression. However, comprehensive treatment options are being developed with more of a focus on the strengths of the individual. These treatment options seek to use the natural environment in order to form positive relationships, increase self-esteem, and lead to a greater quality of life. In this paper, I synthesize research on outdoor-based interventions, and propose mindfulness as a fundamental building block for an outdoor-based therapy for individuals with autism to foster psychological and emotional growth in addition to established social and behavioral benefits. Future research should seek to make this approach as inclusive as possible so that it can be of benefit to individuals of various ages, dispositions, and tendencies (i.e. speaking or non-speaking).
    • Social media and society: a generation transformed and transforming consciousness and culture

      Rupolo, Marisa (2019-12)
      The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the scholarly literature regarding social media use and the effects it has on human communication, consciousness and culture. Social media are ubiquitous; thus, our mediated and non-mediated interactions are being affected and transformed because of it. After analyzing myriad studies, it is possible to conclude that the literature tends to surmise the implications of media are either all good or all bad but fail to acknowledge the complexity of the impacts on transforming consciousness and culture and how they exist on a continuum. One dichotomy that appears in the literature is that people are either being selfish or selfless in their motivation for sharing on social media, but not both. In this paper I analyze two case studies that explode this dichotomy. Stoneman Douglas activists and Greta Thunberg and youth climate activists use their social media for activism both in their own self-interest and in the interest of the greater good of society at large. The literature review suggests this dichotomy can only exist exclusively. Yet, integrating and analyzing current examples it is possible to conclude this dichotomy is false. Moreover, the reality of this false dichotomy is exactly what has shaped this generation to be transformed by, and transform, consciousness and culture.