In January of this year, political analyst Norman Ornstein lost his 34-year-old son, Matthew, to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. While Matthew’s death was a tragic blow to family and friends, it was not the kind of out-of-the-blue shock that comes with absolutely no forewarning.
On the face of it, the use of computers to order prescriptions seems like a no-brainer. Who, after all, is capable of reading a physician’s handwriting?
But if we set aside clichés, there is still this question: Does e-prescribing provide distinct benefits over handwritten patient prescriptions? With acknowledgement of some drawbacks, it would seem the scales tip decidedly toward e-prescribing as a net positive.
Any conversation focused on what’s great about America usually includes a mention of optimism, hopefulness or some variation on the theme.
Americans generally still believe in a brighter future, and especially the ways in which technology can enable that future. But that sense of optimism contains a kernel of potential disappointment when we ask technology to do too much.
Consider the case of mental health care, a profession that faces significant budget shortfalls.
Context and perspective matter.
And it’s often both context and perspective that are lacking from the daily snapshots we get of health information technology, meaningful use, interoperability and the progress we are either making or not making, depending on your perspective.
None of us would have the jobs we currently occupy without some ability to focus on details. Running a company, developing IT systems, managing a hospital, seeing patients and evaluating their concerns—all require the ability to dig deep and identify root causes and effective solutions.
But maybe that focus on the trees blinds us to changes in the forest, to use a well-worn aphorism.
Microsoft Office was first introduced by Bill Gates at COMDEX, Las Vegas, in August, 1988.
Here we are almost exactly 27 years later, and if you plug the words ‘hate,’ ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Office’ into Google, you’ll get more than 4 million results. Remove ‘Office’ and Google returns more than 33 million results.
Clearly, some people don’t feel like Microsoft has perfected products to their satisfaction.
Graham Grieve is a data architect who thinks like a mountain climber.
“You build a mountain, you stand on top of it and see a bigger mountain that you can go and stand on top of,” Grieve said in an interview with HIStalk. “The urgent need to build bigger mountains never goes away. We’ll just keep climbing up the stack towards a useful system.”
Who is accountable for the actions of Adam Lanza, the troubled young man who in December 2012 killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut?
He is, of course. Some might also hold the mother he lived with accountable to some extent, but both are gone now and neither was able to keep the tragedy from occurring.
So who else in Adam Lanza’s life might have noticed disturbing patterns in his behavior and stepped in to offer help and guidance?
That’s the question Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, would like to answer.
Restoring lost beds, expanding health IT incentives and rapidly embracing ACOs are steps forward in addressing America’s mental health crisis
Chances are good someone close to you is suffering from a mental health disorder right now.
You may not know it. While paranoid schizophrenia is pretty obvious, major depression can be hidden during periodic interaction.
Looking to dupe urbanite travelers, bartenders and bar owners in rural Western taverns sometimes fasten antelope horns to the head of a large jackrabbit. They then mount the whole thing, hang it over the bar and tell visitors looking for a craft brewed IPA to watch for vicious jackalopes when they’re out and about.
So, are we having a jackalope moment in health IT? Do we believe in something we can’t see?