Archive | May, 2008

The Funniest Satire on Interoperability You’ve Ever Seen (Trust Me)

There is nothing better than a good satire to capture certain (uncomfortable) truths – just ask any of the presidential candidates after an episode of Saturday Night Live. So check out this hilarious spoof on information technology interoperability. As Captain Kirk said to Bones, “have you lost your mind?” Hilarious? Interoperability? But really, check it […]

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Google Health: A View From the Inside

Google Health launched on Monday, which sent the world’s Google-watchers into a tizzy. I serve on Google Health’s Advisory Council – which met all day Tuesday – and so here’s a bit of inside dish, along with my impressions of the site and the company. FYI, my work on the Council is covered by a […]

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The “Technology Hype Cycle”: Why Bad Things Happen to Good Technologies

Fresh on the heels of my recent bar coding epiphany comes another “unintended consequences” article. It turns out that the whipsawing that accompanies the adoption of new technologies is completely foreseeable, the “why doesn’t this thing work right?” phase as predictable as the seasons. Thanks to Dr. Mark Wheeler, Director of Clinical Informatics of PeaceHealth, […]

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Oprah, Obama, Putin, Springsteen… and Pronovost

Last week, Time Magazine named the 100 most influential people in the world. Among the luminaries was Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins. I thought it was an inspired choice. The modern patient safety field has been blessed with a number of important leaders and visionaries. A few examples: Lucian Leape, the Harvard surgeon who […]

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Should Hospitals Install Bar Coding or CPOE First? Why I’ve Changed My Tune

This is one of the most commonly asked questions in IT World, and my answer has always been “CPOE first” – largely because that has always been David Bates’s (the world’s leading IT/safety researcher) answer. But I’ve changed my mind. Here’s why. Before I start, I promised that I’d let you know if I ever […]

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