Open up your mind – and more

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on November 16, 2015

I am a data guy. I have spent my whole professional life with information and understanding how humans and machines best consume, process and deliver that information. With my engagement in the ALIGNED project I also became a software guy – sort of. What is really fascinating is how similar things seem to be in these quite distinct worlds.

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What Has Happened to Babylon?

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on October 12, 2015

Babylon is one of the most important cities in Ancient history. Its well-known king Hammurabi was the first in the world to publish laws in local languages, so that every citizen had easy access to them (somehow, he was one of the founders of our industry!). In addition, according to the Bible, Babylon is the place where all the different human languages come from. How do we cope with this diversity today?

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Visualizing Privacy Statements

Kirsten van Engelenburg
Written by Kirsten van Engelenburg
on October 05, 2015

In my blog post Google’s Privacy Dashboard of July 2015 I discussed Google’s privacy dashboard. A dashboard in which Google tries to collect all security and privacy settings of the user.
However it is still quite unclear what all these privacy and security settings entail. This is due to the many links to other pages and many subsections in which you get lost very easily.
A good attempt but one which needs to be enhanced. Read further >

The Challenges of Facility-level CDS Development and Implementation

Stephen Claypool
Written by Stephen Claypool
on September 16, 2015

In my recent post, I reviewed the classifications of clinical decision support (CDS) tools and interventions. There are seven categories of CDS, all of which are incredibly difficult to develop and implement, especially internally, within healthcare facilities. Certain tools, such as reference sources and drug interaction checking, are already acknowledged as being too difficult for facilities to attempt to build on their own, so are outsourced to vendors and specialty societies. Approaches to other forms of CDS (order sets, documentation templates, etc.) vary among providers, yet as the requirements for advanced interventions grow increasingly complex, so too does the desire for external support. Read further >

Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Quality

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on September 01, 2015

A major rationale for the Meaningful Use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program in the United States is the hypothesis that widespread use of EHRs would improve healthcare quality. In fact, clinical decision support is arguably one of the most important reasons to implement an EHR. Whether EHRs truly improve quality is an ongoing research question, and in the July 2015 issue of JAMIA, the authors Ancker, Kern, Edwards, et al. report the results of an important study in this area. Read further >

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