On September 30, 2018, I visited the National Zoological Park of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The National Zoo features exhibits of many different animals including gorillas, orangutans, lions, tigers, cheetahs, zebras, red river hogs, scimitar-horned oryx, alligators, crocodiles, turtles, american bison, elephants, seals, beavers, porcupines and giant pandas. Below are some pictures taken at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
On Friday, September, 21, 2018, I attended the New York Mets versus the Washington Nationals baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C. Jacob deGrom started for the Mets while Joe Ross started for the Nationals. Jacob deGrom pitched well over seven innings with one run on three hits with eight strikeouts. The Mets beat the Nationals with a score of 4 to 2. Below are some pictures I took during the game.
On September 7, 2018, I walked around the National Mall in Washington D.C. and went inside some of the museums at the Smithsonian Institution including the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and National Museum of Natural History. Below are some pictures taken in Washington D.C. while outside and inside the museums.
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On Friday, September, 7, 2018, I had tickets for the baseball game of the Chicago Cubs versus the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C. Unfortunately due to weather including rain and thunderstorms, the game was never completed and made official. Only a bit over 1 inning was played. Jon Lester started for the Cubs while Joe Ross started for the Nationals. No runs were scored. The game was later postponed for makeup the following Saturday as a single admission doubleheader. Below are some pictures I took at the game along with the official details regarding makeup from the Washington Nationals Twitter.
I had an opportunity to attend the American Telemedicine Association 2018 Conference (ATA18), in Chicago, Illinois, at McCormick Place. The annual gathering brings together healthcare professionals, business professionals, and leaders in different areas of healthcare and technology and occurred from Sunday April 29 to Tuesday May 1, 2018. ATA18 was billed as the world’s largest telehealth networking event with a focus on the latest innovations. The term telehealth includes many technologies and ways to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. More than 150 different exhibitors were in attendance. Attendees also had the opportunity to attend over 100 sessions.
I attended sessions including “Technology in Service to Patients and Consumers: Emerging Trends in Virtual Care,” “What Does Artificial Intelligence Have to Do with Population Health?,” and “New Models for Telehealth at Scale: Strategic Telehealth Expansion Initiatives at DoD and VA.” A doctor from Partners Healthcare in Boston discussed four different ways that they are using artificial intelligence to help in the hospital setting. For example, there was some discussion of how a good predictor for when a patient may be re-admitted is if they live alone and have no support systems. It was also interesting to see all the ways the army, navy, airforce, and department of veterans affairs of the U.S. has expanded ways to treat patients without the physician actually seeing them in an office. In particular, the navy discussed how with radiology most of their radiologists are now located in several larger cities in the U.S. and that at some of their sites there is no radiologist. Instead, around 25% to 30% of all the work the radiologists do is for other sites outside of their location. It also seemed that the largest current component for physician patient interactions is using telehealth to deliver behavioral medicine like cognitive behavioral therapy.
Below are some of the pictures I took while at the ATA annual conference in 2018, in Chicago, IL.