Energy storage systems, NFPA’s new forays into big data, issues around home healthcare and independent living, and much more—it’s all in the new January/February 2016 issue of NFPA Journal.
Our cover story, “Power Packed,” by staff writer Jesse Roman, offers a big-picture look at the burgeoning field of energy storage and its potential for reshaping how electrical power moves around the world. While energy storage systems hold great promise for users ranging from industry to individual homeowners, they also raise technical and safety issues for building owners, inspectors, first responders, and many others. NFPA is playing a critical role in identifying and addressing those issues, and is involved in a range of efforts designed to ensure the safe development and deployment of this revolutionary technology.
Our focus package in this issue is on healthcare, and takes an up-close look at issues related to home healthcare and independent living. These are areas that are transforming the face of American healthcare, from the number of people choosing to grow old in their own homes to trends that are resulting in more types of care being delivered at home rather than in hospitals. We also look at the emerging practice of community paramedicine, where non-emergency care is provided in patients’ homes by fire-based paramedics or emergency medical technicians.
Our departments are anchored by a “Perspectives” interview with Nathaniel Lin, NFPA’s new director of data strategy and analytics, on how big data can be used to enhance fire and life-safety initiatives inside the association and beyond. Our “In A Flash” section leads with a preview of a discussion hosted by NFPA on active-shooter preparation and response for civilians, a particularly urgent subject in the wake of deadly shootings in Paris, San Bernardino, and elsewhere.
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