May 17, 2020

Introvert or Extrovert: What Your Personality Says About Your Health

Patient Care
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Individuals who are more socially orientated are known as extroverts.
Do you rapidly get involved in the social life of a new workplace?

Do you feel better based on the number of people you talk to?

Is it easy for you to...

Do you rapidly get involved in the social life of a new workplace?

Do you feel better based on the number of people you talk to?

Is it easy for you to communicate in social situations?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations, you’re an extrovert. And if you’re an extrovert, you have a stronger immune system than your introvert counterparts, at least according to new evidence discovered by scientists.

A team of health psychologists at the University of Nottingham and the University of California, Los Angeles, carried out a study to examine the relationship between certain personality traits and the expression of genes that can affect an individual’s health.

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An ethnically diverse group of 121 healthy men and women were asked to complete a personality test to determine whether they were “extroverts” or “introverts” and how conscientious they were.

Blood samples were then taken to analyze the activity of white blood cells.

“Our results indicated that ‘extraversion’ was significantly associated with an increased expression of pro-inflammatory genes and that ‘conscientiousness’ was linked to a reduced expression of pro-inflammatory genes,” said Professor Kativa Vedhara from the University of Nottingham. “In other words, individuals who we would expect to be exposed to more infections as a result of their socially orientated nature appear to have immune systems that we would expect can deal with infection.”

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The study’s findings, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, suggest that even though extroverts are typically exposed to more infections as a result of being involved in more social activities, their immune systems appear to be more effective in response to infections.

Scientists say they currently have no explanation for why personality traits may be linked to immune system function.

The research concluded that although biological mechanisms of these associations need to be explored in future research, this new data may shed light on the long-observed epidemiological associations between personality, physical health and human longevity. 

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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