The closing session at last week’s AMIA 2015 meeting was given by Dr. Robert Wachter, a hospitalist at UCSF and the author of the book, “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.” Read further >
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.
During the last few years, Wolters Kluwer has been in a continuous flow of change, shifting its focus from print to online, the Internet of things, startups, and upcoming markets in Latin America and China. In early November, I attended a master class on change management at the Law Faculty of Leiden University. Read further >
When patients are actively involved in their care, they are more likely to remain engaged and adhere to a treatment plan. When a patient is able to provide personal, quantitative data, his or her physician can use this data to help inform proper medical advice and treatment. Read further >
As part of my studies for a Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare at Northwestern University, I am taking Introduction to Biostatistics, taught by an expert, Dr. Matthew Smith, who is a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern. Read further >
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?
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 >
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 >
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 >