ISTE15 for Newbies: What to expect in Philly

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Less than two weeks from today marks the start of the 2015 ISTE Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Penn. From June 28 to July 1, the annual event will bring together more than 15,000 educators from around the globe – all ready to discover new ways to connect and engage with students. Here are a few things you should know before you land in Philly:

Don’t bring a lot of stuff. It sounds commonsensical, but it’s easy to forget and overpack. You won’t want to lug heavy luggage, or a briefcase, bag, or backpack while trying to maneuver in crowded areas at the conference. (Newbie mistake: grabbing too much swag and then having to cart it around all day!) Stick with the essentials and lean on your mobile device and portable power charger.

Fingers crossed, the weather will be sunny! The historic average high is 86 degrees with cloudiness and thunderstorms a possibility. Be sure to pack a light rain jacket, comfy shoes and a swimsuit. (Your hotel will have a pool, and taking a dip or soak in a whirlpool will be exactly what you need after a long day.) Also bring a refillable water bottle and your favorite granola bars so you can stay hydrated and fueled up during your sessions.

Wear a pedometer and track your steps, mileage, and calories burned. The conference takes place in the heart of downtown, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, an architectural gem which spans a whopping 1 million square feet. A Philly cheesesteak packs 1,200 calories a pop, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can burn that off just cruising around. There are more than 900 sessions and over 500 exhibitors, so plan out where you want to go (and where it is) beforehand. If you’re attending with several colleagues, agree on a meeting point in case anyone gets lost, because there might be spotty cell service.

Get out and explore the city! Philadelphia is one of our great American cities, with some of the most genuine people you could hope to meet. Don’t miss the historic landmarks nearby the convention center at Independence National Historical Park, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and National Constitution Center. Want more ideas for sightseeing? Visit Philadelphia has you covered with a jam-packed travel website. Make every hour happy hour! You’ll find many must-try dishes and drinks within walking distance of the center. Check out this map.

Participate in the conversation surrounding ISTE via social media. Tweet your thoughts about keynotes and program highlights with #ISTE2015, and follow @isteconnects for tradeshow updates and happenings. But also make plans to meet people face to face and engage in real world, real time conversations. Find your tribe of like-minded colleagues at birds-of-a-feather, 1-in-3, or ISTE Ignite sessions. Or better yet, register now for social events, such as ISTEball – Brewers at Phillies Game or Edtech Karaoke! Or simply chat up folks as you stand in those long, long Starbucks lines.

Last but not least: this year at ISTE, you won’t want to miss seeing how two trusted brands are better together. With Ergotron’s acquisition of Anthro in January 2015, you can now get just the right charging solution or standing desk for your classroom, media center, or office. Visit Ergotron and Anthro at booth #1921!

We hope to see you soon.


It’s a sit-stand world

Around the halls of Ergotron, sit-stand continues to be a passionate discussion. Apparently we are not alone! The following is an excerpt of some recent sit-stand happenings around the world, led by people you’ll want to follow. Just kick back, stand for a moment, and read on. ISBNPA_June

JacMair_ISBNPAIt’s Day 3 of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, where organizers are sending a clear message about the importance of reducing sedentary time. An entire section of the auditorium at the Edinburgh International Conference Center has been designated “stand only” for the 1,200 people from 44 countries who are gathering to examine health issues concerning physical activity, nutrition and sedentary behavior.

Ergotron is exhibiting at the Conference and Satellite Meetings, highlighting the sit-stand solutions that are changing how the world works. “Patterns of Sustainability of Sit-Stand Workstation Use in A Typical Workplace” is a poster Ergotron research manager, Carrie Schmitz presented along with Jacqueline Mair, from the Centre for Physical Activity and Health Research, Ulster University.

CheltFestAlso in the UK today, a lively presentation in Cheltenham Sci Festival, Sitting: The Lazy Killer, featuring Roger Highfield, Dr. Michael Mosley (pictured in tweet) and scientist John Buckley. They are discussed the parameters of a sit-stand lifestyle, and how to break up extended hours of sitting each day.

Next week, on 8 June, Peacock Bros. is hosting Dr. David Dunstan, from Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Dunstan will be presenting the latest research on the health hazards of prolonged sitting and what we can do about it. Baker IDI is holding its first annual On Your Feet Australia day 11 June; follow along on Twitter with the #quitthesit hashtag.


The implications of research into sedentary behavior is significant for heart and diabetes prevention. The American Diabetes Association, which recommends people change sitting or standing postures every 90 minutes as an aspect of the Standards of Care, launched its first annual Get Fit Don’t Sit event in May, receiving tremendous national response from businesses, who took the Pledge and encouraged healthier workstyles for their employees.

Get Britain Standing, at the Active Working Summit in January, released news about a joint statement from researchers in sedentary behavior. The statement was published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (abstract), and urges companies to adopt workplace and wellness practices that break up sedentary aspects of office culture. They recommend office workers spend at least two hours of their working day standing or moving, and gradually progress to four hours. This is the first statement of this kind from the broader research community. Get Britain Standing has also just launched a Get America Standing site, and is planning an On Your Feet America day in April 2016.

Have sit-stand news to share? Contact us at or see relevant worldwide news daily at @juststandnews.


EHR Essentials for Safe and Effective Care

“Finally, a company that doesn’t put its products on spinning pedestals but instead shows the product being used in a healthcare environment.” 

This is a comment I heard over and over again as they walked into our booth at the recent HIMSS Conference from Healthcare IT professionals. Of course they wanted to see new products and innovations but more importantly they were interested in the day-to-day workflow issues nurses and other caregivers face, and about how any product can help how they interact with information and their patients.

At Ergotron we have this conversation in the field ErgotronBoothHIMSS2015every day. How to effectively bring information to the point-of-care while at the same time allowing for the caregiver to be comfortable. Caregivers need to deliver patient-centered care at its best while the caregiver remains healthy, happy and focused.

Ergotron coined the term Triangle of Care 15 years ago. Mind you, this is long before the myriad of cart vendors and flat panel monitors and tablets we know today were even thought of as being useful, if not necessary, for Healthcare applications. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as I saw one of our competitors using this term in their marketing materials at HIMSS.

I still remember drawing this picture below at a customer site in 2003 (yes, I’m a digital data hoarder):



Fortunately our marketing department does a better job at this than I do and we have a great graphic now:


Giving caregivers and IT staff the flexibility to create an environment like this is what we do best. Being able to see through all the gadgets per se, to the underlying structure required to help keep caregivers connected to their patients, while comfortably interacting with their data.

Why am I bringing this up? Early in April, the Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert, warning that while electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT have the potential to improve care quality and safety, such technologies can pose inherent risks to patients.

The alert cited an analysis of event reports received by the Joint Commission showing that between January 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013, hospitals reported 120 health IT-related adverse events and about 33% stemmed from human-computer interface usability problems.

In the safety guide related to the alert they stated: “Rapid, reliable access to the patient’s computer-based record is essential for safe and effective care. Such access depends critically on configuring the EHR in clinical care areas such that a computer is always conveniently available.”

In other words, an efficient triangle of care is useful in creating an environment that allows for safe and effective care.

In this scenario, the caregiver is a critical player. We concentrate specifically on the caregiver because we know, if the caregiver isn’t comfortable they may not be able to provide or will not provide quality care.

It’s really that simple. All workstations need to adjust to the user’s ergonomic needs while at the same time allow for easy access to the patient. It needs to be both and that creates a positive workflow.

If in real-estate the three most important things are location, location, location then in point-of-care computing the three most important things are workflow, workflow, workflow. A great workflow that takes both patient care and the caregiver’s needs into consideration will lead to less mistakes and an increase in quality of care. I guarantee it!

Steve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS, AVP Healthcare @ Ergotron

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Celebrate Nurses Week in Plain-Speak


When you are visiting a loved one in the hospital, it is not hard to get distracted by the drama surrounding you. If you are like me, you compare it to the latest hospital show you are watching, and find yourself uttering things like, “He needs some water, stat!” with strange assurance.

When my dad was sick, I took on a very Sherlockian view of things. Deductive powers gone amuck, i.e., “Surely that beeping sound means something!” Although my dad’s nurse never said it, I imagine “nervous Nelly” was one term that could have described me.

Amidst the chaos of changing shifts, moving patients, and impatient families, one thing was missed. What’s that you say? An ingenious Nurse code according to

It is often a waiting game, right? Waiting for results, waiting for the doctor, waiting for the “all clear” sign or even, “here’s what’s coming next” plan. However, during it all I can’t honestly remember hearing code like “Line & Lab” or “walkie talkie” when the nurses tending him were heroically moving heaven and earth, my dad, and my own heightened sensibilities about the place.

Maybe dad was a “frequent flyer.” Still, I was glad when the nurses seemed to be happy to see him again, although maybe not happy to see him back. I kind of wish now I would have known about nurse slang. And I wonder…there are codes for dramatic patients apparently, but what about dramatic family members? I might have earned that code once or twice, the name of some horribly gone-wrong reality star I am sure.

What nurses may not realize is that the family often has a similar unsaid code. It’s not too fancy, usually along the lines of “ministering angel” or “life saver.” Frequently it’s “wonder worker” or a “sensible Sally.” Sometimes, in the midst of a Jerry Seinfeld-ish “Newman” moment, the still small inkling lingers. Even though this nurse is giving me some tough love right now, the honest thought behind my blank/angry/tired or sad eyes is TGYH. Translation: Thank God you’re here.

Here’s to an amazing National Nurse Day today and a wonderful National Nurses Week ahead! And to all the hard working men and women who make up this field, let me speak for the patient and the family alike here…just call us “grateful.”

Michelle Judd, Sr. Marketing Manager, Global Communications @ Ergotron




Stand Up and Celebrate “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day on May 6th

Hopscotch in the workplace

We hop to it on “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day

On The American Diabetes Association (ADA) National “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day — and everyday! — here are suggestions from our employees for adding mini-bursts of activity to your routine. (They don’t require you to set up a pick-up hopscotch game — watch the video here — but they’re just as fun and healthy.)

Everyone at Ergotron and our partner brands, Anthro and OmniMount, wants to empower you to cut your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers by sitting less, moving more. Check out the ADA’s workout-at-your-desk videos or try these simple activities:

  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Exercise at lunch with colleagues or friends.
  • Stand and walk around the office every 90 minutes.
  • If you must remain in place, do some non-strenuous leg lifts, lunges or squats.
  • Stand up and walk over to get some water when thirsty.
  • Walk to the farthest restroom in your building.
  • Always stand or pace when talking on the phone.
  • Visit co-workers in person instead of e-mailing.
  • Walk or bike when doing personal errands.
  • In the office, stand up and stretch, walk or lift hand weights.
  • When driving, stop every two hours for a walk or mini-workout.
  • Consider getting a sitting AND standing desk so you can raise or lower your work surface.
  • Instead of breaking for coffee, take a 5-minute stroll break.
  • When watching TV or a video podcast, get up and move during the opening or ads.
  • Get a piece of exercise equipment, like a stepper or elliptical, to use at your desk.
  • While reading email, squeeze a ball or do toe raises for stronger hands and feet.

Want more ideas for activating your day? The ADA has you covered. Use the hashtag #GetFitDontSit on all social channels – now is a great time to spread the word!

This is the fourth in a series on the ADA’s “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day. Take a look at: #1 – Save the Date; #2 – Take the Pledge; #3 Move at Home.

Workflow tech on display at HIMSS

Steve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS, AVP of Healthcare at Ergotron, talks with ICE Technologies about several new workflow solutions for nurses on display at HIMSS 2015 this year. Take a look!

Take the pledge: Get Fit, Don’t Sit on May 6th!


We’ve taken the pledge. Will you?  The American Diabetes Association (ADA) wants you to Get Fit, Don’t Sit on May 6 by taking the pledge and engaging your workforce. They supply the reason, you supply the fun, healthy physical activities. That’s a winning combination.

Ergotron and its partner brands, Anthro and OmniMount, suggest three quick ways to get involved:

1. Commit to get your company up and moving at least every 90 minutesTake the pledge and your company will be recognized via social media and published on the event website.  Plus, we would love to hear how your company plans to participate in the day.

2. Plan physical activities that fit your workplace and corporate culture. Pledge to: Take the stairs when possible. Use the restroom that’s farthest away. Exercise at lunch or after work with co-workers. Forget email even exists for interoffice communiques. Walk or bike to work or park in an outermost spot. While at your desk, stand up and stretch. During long calls, pace or lift hand weights. Set up an internal competition.

3. Spread the word. Let everyone know about your participation, including employees, customers, and key influencers in your industry. (It motivates others to increase their physical activity when they hear about your efforts.) Ask people to share their stories and tips for success in limiting sedentary behaviors. Make sure to use the hashtag #GetFitDontSit on social media.

Together, we can rise to the challenge this May 6th!

(This is Part 2 in a series. Read Part 1, Save the date: May 6 is National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day)

Save the date: May 6 is National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day

Ergotron_ADA_intro-blog-mainErgotron and its brands, Anthro and OmniMount, are supporting The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in honor of the first-ever National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day. On May 6, 2015, we challenge everyone to get up and move at least every 90 minutes throughout the day.

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. Yet in the United States it’s difficult for many adults to get the recommended amount of physical activity. On average, we spend 5 hours and 41 minutes a day sitting on the job, according to the ADA, and sitting for prolonged periods increases the risk of death from “virtually all health problems.”

Those figures jibe with the most recent Ergotron JustStand survey of 1,000 full-time office workers, the most sedentary employees. Nearly 86% are required to sit for long periods, and nearly 70% want to sit less and stand more.

Check out this enlightening infographic about the importance of being active throughout the day, with info from the ADA, and Ergotron.

We’re reaching out to invite other organizations to participate in this event and bring a focus on fun, healthy, physical activities in the workplace as a way of thwarting the deadly consequences of excessive sitting. Here’s how:

1) Download the e-Toolkit for ideas, tips, and other resources to promote the day in your workplace.

2) Limit the time employees spend sitting – encourage them to get up and move, at the very least, every 1-1/2 hours.

3) Engage employees in a day of fun movement that fits your workplace culture and size. Examples: Standing meetings, lunchtime walks, pacing while on the phone, desk-side yoga stretches, etc.

4) Designate it a “work out wear” day and encourage people to bring props and organize group activities, such as a hula hoop challenge.

Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what type of organization, you can find activities that work for your workplace and staff members. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active this National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on May 6th!

To get involved, share socially using the hashtag #GetFitDontSit, visit or call the ADA at 1-888-DIABETES.

(This is Post 1 of a series. See Post #2 – Take the Pledge; #3 Move at Home.

Ergoman takes on Twin Cities Heart Walk

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Ergotron’s Ergoman took a short break from his Heart Walk promotional activities this week to visit with a few folks from our headquarters. Ergoman (aka Justin F., Ergotron social media manager) will be taking on a few challengers this Saturday in the mascot race at the Twin Cities Heart Walk. If you are in attendance, cheer on the man in blue, fighting to end heart to disease and advocate for a more comfortable computing experience!

HeartWalkShirtErgotron is proud to support an organization doing so much to help kids, families and communities live heart-healthy lives. If you haven’t yet, take advantage of the great resources and tools they offer, like this information on understanding the warning signs of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest.

Their tagline sums it up best: Life is why™.

Team Ergotron will wearing blue on Saturday. Give us a shout if you see us!

78% of Office Workers Sit Too Much

8-5_parkingSedentary behavior in the office continues to be a rising concern across urban centers on every continent and highlight an issue that many businesses may not be ready to face. Their workers not only don’t like sitting for so long, they also worry about the negative impact of that sitting.

According to a new On Your Feet Britain survey (conducted by and the British Heart Foundation (BHF), nearly two-thirds of the 2,000 office workers surveyed were worried sitting at work was having a negative impact on their health. This statistic correlates with results from Ergotron’s JustStand® Index in 2013 which indicated 74% believed sitting so much could lead to an earlier death.

According to Lisa Young, Project Manager for the BHF’s Health at Work Programme, “Too many of us are tied to our desks at work, which could be increasing our risk of developing cardiovascular disease.”

And not only that, research links sedentary behavior to risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, obesity and more. Dr. Frank Booth, of the University of Missouri has identified 26 health risks associated with sedentary behavior.

With viable sit-stand solutions available on the world market to address these concerns, it is perhaps time to ask yourself if your business is ready for a sit-stand workstyle?

A few things need to be in place to support the growing employee awareness of issues like “sitting disease” and their call for a healthier workplace. Not every company can be the Apples of the world, with the creative and adaptive work environments. Most businesses are stuck with rabbit warrens of modular cube construction, undefined budgets for more investment in ergonomics, and no way of knowing if a sit-stand environment would have a meaningful impact on productivity and healthcare costs.

Gavin Bradley, from Get Britain Standing, told the BBC News: “We need new and innovative ways of addressing the issue.”

Here are five ways for your company to get started:

  1. Design to accommodate sit-stand work environments. Rather than addressing it as an afterthought, bring it forward right at the beginning of a new build or rework. Even if you don’t adopt sit-stand from the start, you will have planned for it down the road. And keep in mind collaborative spaces as well as workstations or conference rooms. Integrating standing options throughout the company helps it become a habitual approach to business.
  2. Investigate your sit-stand options. Truly, there never was a better time for finding the right workstation to meet any employee need. Take time to find the workstations that fit your decor, technology requirements, and price range, then create a list of approved sit-stand desk options. The key is to have it in place when your employees coming knocking at your door for one.
  3. Better be prepared because your employees will come knocking. They’ll send you an email. They’ll bring in a doctor’s note. They make their own sit-stand station out of old toner cartridge boxes they find by the printer. Some percentage of your employee population has already heard the sit-stand message and is currently pondering what to do about it. Be ready for them. Here’s one employee’s feedback. Micah R. told us recently: “Just so you know, when I bought the work fit station I was the first person in an office of about 200 people to stand while working. I was worried that I would create problems by doing this, but what has happened has shocked me. Dozens of people have followed my lead and are now standing at work and every year now on my review I get positive feedback on the influence that I have had on my coworkers and my commitment to a healthy lifestyle.” 
  4. Help your hurting employees right away. Nothing sways productivity more than people who are hurting because of their chairs, unable to concentrate or who, all too often, are being whisked away to doctor’s appointments. Giving this population access to sit-stand computing will help them alleviate back strain by allowing frequent posture changes. Studies show it makes a difference. And many employees self-report a reduction in back pain, or a reduction in health related care, like chiropractic visits, when they integrate sit-stand into their work routines.
  5. Don’t neglect your healthy employees. Incorporate a three to five year strategy for sit-stand work environments into your wellness planning to safeguard healthy employees before they start to hurt. The costs associated with not addressing a worker’s emerging health issues can escalate quickly. Preemptive support to help healthy employees remain healthy has an impact on their productivity and your bottom line.

Where you take it from here will be truly exciting!

It’s not just sit; it’s not just stand. What is becoming very clear now? It’s sit and stand. This postural rotation back and forth is what is associated with the many positive health results we are seeing in existing and emerging research. This is good news for the global community coming to grips with the impact this sedentary behavior is having or will have on our lives.

Our last point could have been: Educate, educate, educate. But in reality, there are many great organizations doing that for you like, in conjunction with BHF, who are sponsoring the inaugural On Your Feet Britain Day today. A few other organizations with similar bents:

When 78% of your work force turns their eye on you regarding this issue, will you be ready?