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PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic-assisted sigmoid colectomy for the treatment of diverticulitis. METHODS The Norfolk Surgical Group Laparoscopic Surgery Registry identified all patients undergoing laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery. Retrospective chart review was performed for all patients(More)
Patients' medical data have been originally generated and maintained by health professionals in several independent electronic health records (EHRs). Centralized electronic health records accumulate medical data of patients to improve their availability and completeness; EHRs are not tied to a single medical institution anymore. Nowadays enterprises with(More)
We have described two patients with abdominal actinomycosis, one with extensive intra-abdominal and thoracic disease mimicking metastatic carcinoma, and the other having the rarely described clinical entity of retroperitoneal disease without evidence of intra-abdominal involvement. Both patients responded well to appropriate therapy, but had unnecessary(More)
One hundred fifty consecutive laparoscopic-assisted colectomies performed by a surgical team were analyzed in an attempt to define a learning curve. These colectomies performed by the Norfolk Surgical Group over a 24-month period, were divided chronologically into six groups of 25 patients each. The groups were then compared to determine if any improvement(More)
Privacy in cloud computing is at the moment simply a promise to be kept by the software service providers. Users are neither able to control the disclosure of personal data to third parties nor to check if the software service providers have followed the agreed-upon privacy policy. Therefore, disclosure of the users' data to the software service providers(More)
Security is one of the biggest concerns about Cloud Computing. Most issues are related to security problems faced by cloud providers, who have to ensure that their infrastructure is properly secure and client data are protected, and by the customers, who must ensure proper security measures have been taken by the provider in order to protect their personal(More)
Sustainability of Cloud Computing is assured for the uncritical services only. There is basically no company that entrusts critical data to a Cloud. Cloud Computing does not realize its potentials as far a cost reduction in IT is concerned. The reason is the lack of isolation. Isolation can be seen as a special sort of privacy, where the a service should(More)