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idee: antibiotica-quotum per huisdokter

2019-04-04 13:06  antibio  actueel politiek  [permalink]

vtm: Ondanks prijsverhoging kopen we nog te veel antibiotica

Ik heb net een gek idee: zou het mogelijk zijn om een antibiotica-quotum op te leggen aan huisdokters? Een argument van de huisdokters is dat bepaalde klanten hardnekkig blijven volhouden dat ze antibiotica moeten voorgeschreven krijgen. De opleiding en bijsturing van de huisartsen zou hier moeten van belang zijn om dit tegen te gaan, maar wat de mensen in het veld betreft kan ik ze heel goed begrijpen dat je ze toch maar moet zien overtuigd te krijgen, en dat soms echt niet lukt. Plus in bepaalde medisch ernstige gevallen is het nu echt wel aangewezen te behandelen met antibiotica. Wat van belang is voor de volksgezondheid is als we dat te veel doen we het risico lopen dat er meer resistentie zou ontstaan, en zo kwam ik al snel op een quota uit. In het begin zet je het quotum best op iets zodat gemiddeld het mogelijk blijft een normaal voorschijf niveau aan te houden inzake anti-biotica. Zo lopen de zonderlingen die het nu blijven fout doen al snel tegen de lamp zonder dat je ze specifiek viseert. Daarenboven zou — verplicht of vrijwillig — de gevallen waar het van medisch belang is moeten kunnen worden aangeboden aan een orgaan die dan kan beslissen per geval dat ze niet meetellen voor het quotum. (Is er al een overzichts-raad van huisartsen? Kunnen die het extra werk er bij nemen? En hoe zit het met de informatisering van de administratie, want die zou dit wel moeten kunnen betrouwbaar vervullen...) Maar zo'n gekke ideeën ver van mijn gebruikelijk activiteitsdomein komen natuurlijk op de zotste momenten in mijn hoofd. Best dat ik ze dan maar ergens neerschrijf zeker?

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I'll be there: Delphi Day 2019 - Brussels 9 May

2019-04-23 11:39  delphiday2019  actueel delphi werk  [permalink]

May 9: Delphi Day 2019

I'll be there.

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Microsoft is too big! Time to split it up in pieces.

2019-04-26 22:41  splitms  actueel beurs computers  [permalink]

The Microsoft Corporation reached a valuation of $1·1012, this could mean the US dollar is losing its value and thus its international relevance, but more probably that the company is positively humungous. Just like the behemoths is has recently joined, it's a worldwide employer, does worldwide business and is sitting on a big pile of cash it's not quite clear even how it could spend it. So when things like this happens, voices speak up about splitting up in pieces. But how? I'm listing just a possible set of fraction lines here through the little I know of the enterprise and what I understand about it. Please feel free to differ, or revel at the level of insight of this outsider, whichever feels most appropriate.

Department: Hardware

Products: Surface, XBox, HoloLens, other peripherals (and what's left of Zune and Nokia)
Revenue: from selling devices

Operating system and out-of-the-box software would no longer be available from a source in-house, so they'll have to shop around like the rest of us, or (try to) go with freeware.

Department: Developer Tools

Products: Visual Studio, compilers.
Revenue: licensing

Do prices need to go up? Will this scare people away? Are the free community editions still possible? And what about Visual Studio Code? There's perhaps even a small chance of access to documentation turned into a payable service, but I hope it's clear that this most probably will scare away an important portion of the public. Anyway, this is where the true legacy of Microsoft lies, if you consider BASIC as one of early Microsoft's first successfull products, and the success of its compilers and platforms going hand in hand with the rise of Windows.

Department: Operating Systems

Products: Windows
Revenue: licensing

As I said before, Windows could do Coca-Cola and go open-source, and what people would be buying is the certified binaries to install, and — perhaps more importantly — a continuous stream of system updates refining (new) features and assuring better security. With an open-source Windows, one could go and try at it for oneself, carrying the full set of risks, and it's a big part of the equation if you're really sure that's what you want. Then again, it would open the playing field, and the few that could build up the substance to offer an alternative with a similar degree of dependability would at least get a fair chance. Don't forget, if this plays out and a few big ones compete like this, it keeps all of them on their tows, and typically will compete in innovative features and cooperate for collective security. Something that may regretfully be reverting in the field of web-browsers now that Microsoft too switched to a WebKit-derivative, and all we've got for technically true alternatives is Mozilla's offering.

Department: Productivity Software

Products: Office, Team System
Revenue: licensing

Microsoft has been accused before of having an unfair advantage from the people building Office sitting next door to the people building Windows, being able to open hidden undocumented features for exclusive use. To their credit, they have been able to disprove any such claim, and have opened up the documentation on both sides about how it's all done, and how anyone could do the same. Still, as separate corporate identities, this would truly open the market, and offer a chance of other players to form a collection of stake-holders to jointly push for required features and revisions the operating system should provide.

Department: Business Software

Products: SQL Server, BizTalk
Revenue: licensing

Much like with Office, the general public gains from having full transparency about how SQL Server embeds with the system. Unlike with Office, this hasn't been as much of a problem with SQL Server, perhaps because with advanced systems administration you naturally learn about the nooks and crannies of the system when it has to perform under load. Also with the port to Linux and other Unix-derivates complete, this is no longer an issue. What may be an issue in recent days — in my opinion — is the current pricing and how it may be employed to push people towards the cloud. I've heard from a number of instances in the field, that it's not working, and large projects are moving to PostgreSQL instead. Sometimes even also with a (partial) move to the cloud (and almost never Azure I noticed). But I could be wrong, and/or this could all be changing as cloud offerings are in continuous flux. But seperating this in to independent units would offer more operability and tranparency, I guess.

Department: Services

Products: Azure cloud
Revenue: cloud resource use billing

As with the hardware division, operation system and developer tools would no longer come from in-house, except perhaps the system modules and libraries used server-side specifically for running virtual payloads and managing the cloud services in use by the customers. But this also means that any services used and access to system internals provided by external providers, would be accessible to anyone else as well. Also as I've mentioned before, cloud offering is relatively new and in constant flux, and I expect an era of renewed interoperability between all kinds of cloud services of all providers. For now all we can do is frown upon vendor-lock-in very hard if we notice it, and only grudgingly accept if we really find no other viable alternative.

Department: Research

Products: ?
Revenue: ?

This is a hard one. If you split the research endeavour into a separate unit, it's not clear what you would expect of it. Research in hardware is important to advance the state of the art and develop new devices. Reasearch in development tools is important because of the constant influx of new developers learning to code and the quality of work we should be able to expect from them. Research in software is important because modern devices keep increasing performance and capabilities, and offers new options for human interaction that need to get developed. So each independent unit may need its specific research lab, but there's still a section of independent research done in the over-arching field of computer use, networking, man-machine psychology, how hardware and software could have less impact on the planet, etc. Where's the business model in this, I don't know, but if we have a peek over the fence, I guess the way ex-Google's X is managed by the Alphabet Corporation may serve as a nice example. Try new things here and there, and if anything sticks, spin it off, and house it with a different company in the group, or let it loose on the world on its own.

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