Lately I have become interested in running motivation. I am launching a <a href=’http://runorelse.com’>running motivation</a> app next week, and I thought I would give my readers a little taste of the process that brought me to design and build the new site. Running is one of the best exercises. There are several that really compete [...]
Over on the Society for Participatory Medicine mailing list we have been discussing the recent Readers Digest blog post titled: 50 things your nurse wont tell you. You really have to read it before reading this article, this post will only make so much sense without that. I suggested that part of being an epatient [...]
Joe Conn, one of the best Health IT reporters I know, has been denied FOIA access to breach data reported to the Office of Civil Rights. Honoring FOIA requests is a critical part of how the people ensure that the government is not abusing its power. That might sound paranoid, but blanket rejections like this [...]
Today, Steve Jobs died. This blog post will be only one among thousands of posts devoted to his drive and his genius. Thousands will celebrate a technical legacy that almost no technologist can hope to replicate. The original Macintosh, those early films from Pixar, the iphone… hell I am typing this on a Macbook Pro [...]
[Update 2011-10-19 Many of the issues here applied only to the initial launch of OSEHRA and began to be addressed almost immediately. Do not assume everything you read below still applies] As typical, I was alerted to the fact that Tiag, the winner of the Open Source VistA custodial agent competition, has launched a website [...]
Healthcare IT, also known by the acronym HIT, is all about using information technology solutions such as hardware, networking, and software to help improve healthcare, save lives, reduce costs, and improve profit margins for healthcare organizations. Healthcare IT has always been important but recently it has been receiving more attention because the government and consumers (patients)
are demanding better service from care providers and healthcare IT is a good way to improve service.The healthcare system, especially in the USA, has some critical problems such as nurse and physician shortages, spiraling costs, poor consumer (patient) service, and lower revenues which lead to mergers
or acquisitions. Healthcare IT is in even worse shape because outdated infrastructure, legacy architectures, and monolithic applications prevent positive change from occurring. Healthcare IT can, if used properly, help reduce costs, improve care provider productivity (which can then alleviate some of the shortages), and significantly improve customer service to patients.