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The growth in U.S. national health expenditures (NHE) has continuously outpaced its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) growth since 1997 and this trend will continue with a 2.1% annual gap for the next decade (RAND, 2010). This nonstop healthcare cost increase make healthcare one of the most urgent issues in USA. Concurred by this study, the key factor that(More)
PURPOSE Motivated by the potential application of "similarity theory" in nursing communication, the primary objectives of this paper are (a) to seek an in-depth understanding of how nurses identify like concepts when comparing two similar but different images, and (b) to pinpoint the thinking process nurses use to determine "similarity" as a pretest of a(More)
Correcting problems in healthcare delivery has become a top priority in the USA due to skyrocketing insurance costs and fast growth in national healthcare spending. This paper is aimed at examining how Health Information Technology (HIT) could be used to help the USA move towards efficient, safe, and meaningful healthcare. Our study is focused on healthcare(More)
Uncontrolled diabetes creates an increasing burden on individuals, their families, and the society in the United States. The expected total annual costs of diabetes, including both direct costs and the lost productivity, are expected to be 20% of the Gross Domestic Products by 2016. In this paper, a community-based infrastructure is proposed to provide(More)
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