Matthew Speer

Electronic Health Care Records Enable Sustainability

The ongoing transformation of medical records from paper to digital will enhance sustainability

Transforming medical records from paper to electronic form – a move backed by federal mandate and hefty financial incentives — is expected to provide a number of benefits. They include health benefits, faster tracking of disease outbreaks, cost savings for providers and improved care when a patient’s medical history is available with a doctor’s click of a mouse button. While the changes focus on …

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What Does Sustainability Mean in a Service Industry?

Defining sustainability for the service industry

Discussion of sustainability efforts in the marketplace often revolves around the manufacturing sector. However, goods-producing industries accounted for only about 12 percent of jobs in the United States in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Service providers, meanwhile, made up about 78 percent of American jobs. Certainly, a fast food franchise, IT consulting firm or nursing home doesn’t have the environmental impact …

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Global Warming Endangers Energy Production in the United States and Europe

The energy supplies for the United States and Europe are at risk, thanks to increasing complications attributed to climate change.  In an ironic twist of fate, the rising water temperatures and reduced river flow caused by global warming is lowering the energy output of thermoelectric power plants, such as coal-fired power plants, that require constant supplies of water for cooling purposes.  In other words, …

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Solar Paint Technology May Revolutionize the Renewable Energy Industry

Sun-Believable solar paint

Lowering your carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gasses may become as simple as painting your home or office, thanks to breakthrough research from the University of Notre Dame.  The researchers, led by Professor Prashant Kamat, have created a new solar paint dubbed “Sun-believable,” which is laced with power producing nanoparticles capable of producing electricity.  With the ability to generate renewable energy from this new, …

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