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VA, Defense Department announce milestone in electronic health records storage

VA, Defense Department announce milestone in electronic health records storage

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs announced the transfer of 78 billion health records for veterans this week, a milestone in their modernization efforts. The health records of 23.5 million veterans have been sent to contractor Cerner Corp. The 10-year, $ 16 billion electronic healthcare record (EHR) innovation is meant to improve patient care and support. It also prepares the VA for its planned "go live" event in 2021, in which the current health record system is "turned off" within a facility and the new EHR system is activated. The contracted solution, an off-the-shelf system called Centor Millennium, is designed with interoperability of VA, Defense Department and private health care providers. It can follow an active duty service member's transition to v...
Crowd at Kylie’s emotional Glasto set could break records

Crowd at Kylie’s emotional Glasto set could break records

Entertainment
By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter Kylie Minogue has stormed a triumphant and poignant set at Glastonbury in front of an enormous crowd of fans, holding back the tears as she finally got to play the famous Pyramid Stage.While confirmation is yet to come from festival organisers, it would be no surprise if her audience has broken records, certainly for the Sunday afternoon legends slot. If you were late to the party you had no chance of getting near.Thousands dancing along on the fringes almost certainly had no view of the stage, but no matter.I found myself at the side, unglamorously all the way back near some toilets and with tents in sight - but this was Kylie at Glastonbury. I was happy just to get a glimpse of her on the stage-side sc...
All-time temperature records for June broken across Europe

All-time temperature records for June broken across Europe

World
Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have all set new national temperature records for June as a scorching heatwave escalates in large parts of western and central Europe.Thursday will likely see France surpass its previous June record of 41.FC (106F), set on 21 June 2003, according to Sky News' weather presenter Isobel Lang. The country's highest ever temperature, 44.1C (111.38F), was recorded at two separate locations in southern France on 12 August during the same 2003 heatwave. Image: Public 'cool places' have been designated across France to help people cope with the temperatures Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said an "enormous reservoir" of hot air from the Sahara has engulfed the continent, which is expected to bring tempe...
Barrier Reef corals help scientists calibrate ancient climate records

Barrier Reef corals help scientists calibrate ancient climate records

Science
June 18 (UPI) -- Corals can help scientists track ancient climate patterns, but new research suggests that traditional analysis methods for analyzing coral's ancient growth aren't as accurate as previously thought. Luckily, scientists have developed an improved method, a combination of high-resolution microscopic analysis and geochemical modeling. Researchers described the new technique this week in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Deciphering the climate records coded in coral skeletons is similar to deciphering tree rings. As coral grows, new layers of calcium are deposited. Each layer traps geochemical signatures that can provide clues to the climatic conditions. By measuring the amount of strontium and the lighter isotope of oxygen trapped in different calcium layers, scienti...
Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut

Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut

Entertainment
Avengers: Endgame has made box office history by taking a record-breaking $ 1.2bn (£929m) in global ticket sales in its opening run.The Disney blockbuster has become the fastest film ever to break the $ 1bn barrier, doing so in just five days. Endgame is the 22nd offering in the Marvel Studios superhero franchise.Its opening takings smashed the previous global debut record of $ 640m set by last year's Avengers: Infinity War. In the US alone, Endgame, which stars Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, brought in a record $ 350m.It also drew huge audiences in China, where it made a record $ 330.5m after opening there on Wednesday, ahead of North America. "Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling