It’s generally common knowledge that the United States incarcerates a higher percentage of the population (716 per 100,000 people) than any other country on earth. With just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the U.S. still has 25 percent of the global prison population.
Will information technology ever realize an imagined future where security is strong enough, reliable enough, secure enough to block any and all attacks?
It’s a dubious proposition made more uncertain by the recent WannaCry ransomware incident that started a couple of weeks ago and continued around the globe for several days. The virus was seemingly halted on Friday, May 12, when a security researcher found weaknesses in the code, but additional versions without those weaknesses have been sent out since.
Looking to boost the entertainment value of this blog, a couple of years ago we compared information blocking to the mythical jackalope—a creature no one has seen in nature but many have encountered hanging over bars in various western towns.
If you’re a small healthcare IT operation, a simple spreadsheet might do the trick. If you’re larger, a not-so-simple spreadsheet might be in order.
Think about the last time you visited the emergency room. Perhaps you’d cut yourself badly and were holding a towel around your hand awaiting stitches. Do you recall why other people seemed to be there? You probably do. Some had an injury requiring immediate attention, like you, and others seemed fine. Maybe they had a fever. Maybe they didn’t know what else to do.
That’s the challenge of emergency care in America—the most expensive care money can buy—and it’s a primary reason for Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).
Getting legislation through Congress—often a monumental battle, as demonstrated by recent efforts to pass the American Health Care Act—is one thing. But implementing new laws may be a greater challenge simply because they require so much sustained energy and attention.
Take mental health parity laws, for example.
The focus of federal efforts to incentivize healthcare IT adoption has primarily been on electronic health records (EHRs), which are oriented around hospitals and physician offices. Moving forward, EHRs will remain the anchor technology as data from other devices and applications flows in and becomes both available and comparable.
Are you old enough to remember the pre-concert security searches for recording devices that were once part of every live music experience? Yes, musicians once had some semblance of control over bootleg audio and video.
But the proliferation of tiny hand-held computers that happen to also make phone calls ended all that. Now, tossing music-lovers who pull out a phone to record would empty entire arenas save a few luddites with flip phones and mullets.