The Importance of Design in Alerting Systems

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on August 12, 2011

Screening for potential drug-drug interactions is an important component of patient safety. In a previous post I commented on a study that looked at the ability for drug-drug interaction software to detect clinically significant interactions. I also remarked that it’s important for this type of software to minimize the number of minor interactions displayed; otherwise, providers may start to ignore all of the alerts. The challenge of course is to try to discern which alerts are signal and which are noise. Read further >


A Tale of Readability – Smart Phones & e-Books

Rosalie Donlon
Written by Rosalie Donlon
on September 10, 2010

I must confess that I am a voracious reader. I regularly read e-mails and e-newsletters on my BlackBerry, as do many other smart phone users. I recently started reading books on the device – something I never expected to do – and I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. While waiting for a delayed flight, I discovered that I didn’t have any traditional reading material with me and I didn’t want to buy any. I had heard about Kobo e-book reader for mobile devices and I thought this would be a good time to try it. Read further >


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