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Time, Money, and Lives Blog

Why is My Computer so Slow?! An Introduction to the Task Manager

Have you ever wondered why your computer starts to get sluggish? Opening your email is slow, news articles take FOREVER to download, and nothing seems to be working right. Well, your computer has probably been up too long. Calling IT or support will tell you to restart it, but why? Like a person, if you leave a computer up for too long without restarting, it just exhausts itself. Too many activities and programs are running, and the computer cannot keep up. "But how did IT know my computer had been up for so long?" You wonder, "Where are they finding a list of these activities?" The answer is the Task Manager, and understanding how to use it can actually empower you to take control of your own troubleshooting!

Topics: Tips Technology Tips and Tricks Best Practices

Does Your Microphone Have a Windscreen? It Should

That little foam ball on your microphone is more important than you might think, especially if you are in a noisy environment like the gross room. The windscreen, as it's called, helps block out background sounds and protects your microphone from dirt and moisture.

Topics: Best Practices Tips and Tricks

CAP Announces Changes to Cancer Protocols and Electronic Checklists

The College of American Pathologists' Cancer Protocol Templates are considered the gold standard in cancer reporting. While previously paper based, the electronic cancer checklists (eCC) now allow for standardized, searchable cancer data to be accessed instantly anywhere in the world.

CAP is continuously improving its protocols, and it can be a challenge for Pathology departments to maintain their electronic versions and keep pace with the changes. On its website, the CAP offers resources and links to partners who can help accredited laboratories stay up to date with the latest versions of the checklists.

Topics: Best Practices Voiceover Cancer Checklists CAP

3 Critical Details For Incorporating a Speech Solution into a Lean Lab

The Lean movement began as a management philosophy for manufacturing companies to increase consistency, remove unnecessary steps, and eliminate waste. Although Lean was originally intended to improve industrialized product development, it is now heavily applied to service industries and healthcare, including surgical pathology labs. The goal of implementing Lean practices in a lab is to make significant cuts in expenses while improving patient safety and the satisfaction of referring physicians. This is done by creating efficiency that drives quicker and higher quality outcomes.

Often times, companies believe that investing in a new technology will lead to vast efficiency improvement. The reality is that unless carefully planned and incorporated into a LEAN process, the results can be a mixed bag. In this blog I will attempt to point out a few of the many things that should be considered when implementing speech recognition based reporting solutions as part of a Lean laboratory strategy.

Topics: Best Practices Process Improvement

What Just Happened?! Ransomware, Security, and Basic Cyber Hygiene

As you may have seen in the news recently, a massive, world-wide cyber attack has been targeting hospitals, banks, and other major corporations. It’s called ransomware and it's exactly what it sounds like. An email gets sent to you that looks official, you download the attachment, and BAM! the virus gets installed on your computer. Once installed, it locks all of your information and demands a ransom before it will give you back your files and programs. It’s very scary at first, and many people will just pay the ransom to avoid the hassle, but there are other actions you can take instead.

Topics: Best Practices Technology Cyber Security