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That JAMA CPOE study

The study in JAMA a couple of weeks ago that suggested that improperly planned CPOE could introduce entire classes of errors into the medication administration process predictably has elicited strong reaction.

The Washington Post ran a lengthy piece on this controversy on Tuesday. Click quickly before they cut off free access to it after (I think) a week.

A story I wrote in the March 15 Health-IT World News about the reaction to the study resulted in a point-counterpoint debate in this week’s HITW.

I can all but guarantee this is not the last word we see on this issue. The medical and informatics journals ought to expect a flood of new submissions in the not-too-distant future.

March 25, 2005 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

‘Digital’ hospitals

At long last, a project I worked on over many months last year, is ready for public consumption.

I contributed insight, research and writing to a white paper, entitled “Reactive to Adaptive: Transforming Hospitals with Digital Technology,” from PricewaterhouseCoopers. (You will have to register to get on the site after clicking the above link.)

It is a compendium of nearly three dozen interviews, plus some original PwC research. I would love to know what you think. Post your comments by clicking the link below or e-mail me directly.

March 8, 2005 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Going postal, 21st Century style

The hit counter you see at the bottom of the links column on the right side of this page is linked to a service called Site Meter that tracks details about each access to this blog. Don’t worry, it doesn’t give me any personal identifiers, just things the like domain name of the viewer’s server, the user’s operating system and Web browser, date and time of access and the time zone of the user.

Among the information is, when available, the URL of the page that referred the user to this site, such as a link from a search engine or someone else’s blog. Lately, I’ve noticed that a handful of people have stumbled upon my humble blog via searches on phrases such as “misys healthcare hate,” and “epic systems hate.” They came from different Internet domains in different time zones.

For the record, I have mentioned Misys Healthcare Systems and Epic Systems Corp. at various times since I started blogging last May. It’s very possible I have typed the word “hate” in a previous posting. But I am absolutely positive I have not associated any sort of hatred—mine or anybody else’s—with any company I have written about.

I’m wondering what would possess someone to search on such phrases. Perhaps they are looking to see what sort of negative things people have said about vendors they are considering. Or perhaps they are disgruntled former employees. Let’s hope this is not the 21st Century update on going postal.

March 3, 2005 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

VA’s vision of care

Here’s a quick note from my voluminous pile of information picked up at the HIMSS conference 2 weeks ago: Gary Christopherson, Dr. Robert Kolodner and James Demetriades from the Department of Veterans Affairs have just completed a book explaining the VA’s vision of better healthcare through information technology. The book is called Person-Centered Health Records: Toward HealthePeople. (Springer-Verlag, 2005).

A Google search on the authors’ names produced one odd result: An amazon.com link embedded into an ad for skin cream.

Skin cream or not, the volume will set you back $79.95.

March 1, 2005 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.