Hospitals Noticeable Upgrading Health IT Systems

by Admin 10.22.2013

I’ve been asked by my doctor to get him a film of an imaging study done in the ER. To get it, I have to pick it up in person or wait for it to be mailed. I decide to pick it up.   In the bowels of the hospital is the Health Information Management [...]

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ObamaCare and You

by Admin 09.23.2013

Obamacare is like cilantro: people either love it or hate it. However, unlike cilantro, Obamacare can’t be avoided. It is going to happen, for better or for worse. I’ve spent twenty-five years thinking about the need for health care reform in the US, starting in the 80′s when Intergroup, Arizona’s first health maintenance organization, was [...]

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Swallowing Disorder: More Common Than You Think

by Admin 09.18.2013

Everyone can swallow, right? Even babies. Wrong. It turns out swallowing is an intricate, difficult series of very small actions that depend on the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the pharynx, and the esophagus. It’s a combination of reflexive muscular actions.  I have a dear friend who has been in the hospital for two [...]

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We Don’t Need More Data

by Admin 07.23.2013

Data porn. That’s what Dave Sifry said it was. I’m glad I finally have the right name for it — the onslaught of data that has suddenly entered all our lives, but doesn’t help us at all, and may indeed hurt us. It may be data, but it’s not actionable information, and if we expect [...]

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