CCHIT released the results of the first round of EHR certifications. Products that don't have certification will fall out of the marketplace. Yeh … you can disagree .. and whine about CCHIT being a tax .. and how small vendors can't afford to do the certification .. but the certification is necessary and important. It does level the playing field a bit …
"I don't judge people in my business" he said. An attribute that we share, I suppose – but for different reasons. My job is to help my patients achieve their health goals. His job is to sell them beer.
But he made me a little six-pack sampler that has been truly enjoyable. I used to enjoy Yeungling Porter but apparently it's no longer available. I asked him to bring me some .. and he said "no dice." I liked it because it was cheap and pretty good.
Here's what I've tried from the sampler:
SmuttyNose Porter hmm .. just OK. Better than an amber beer, but not full enough.
Sinebrychoff Porter Wow Very (very good) Finnish Porter. Rich. Complex taste – not too thick .. but not too thin .. juuuust right.
D. Cargagie & Co Stark Porter Swedish. Not as good as the Finnish, but better than the SmuttyNose. Big bottle. Couldn't finish it. (yeh – I'm a lightweight) ..
This article has been widely cited in the last week or so. It's a good read. Not sure I agree entirely .. but there are some valid points.
See this post on using wikis for an Intranet in healthcare. Wiki software is getting good enough these days that the look-and-feel is now tolerable for an Intranet.
Many years ago (1999) .. in a galaxy far, far away .. I built an Intranet home page that was butt-ugly, but it got the job done, and I was trying to spread the concept of an Intranet as a useful tool for clinical and administrative tasks.
Alas, that page still adorns the Intranet there (though it doesn't run from a server under my desk anymore, thankfully!) and while progress is being made (the www site was recently revised – though usability experts would likely give it a C+ at best) .. while I have moved on to other places.
.. and one of the most successful projects at CapitalCare was the re-building of the Intranet as a Wiki. It was fun and challenging and I can take credit for only planting the seed and evangelizing a bit. Watering, fertilizing and nurturing were well managed by a great team of colleagues.
Physicians' First Watch launched today
What's good about PFW:
- Daily updates on important medical publications and news
- Professionally written, concise summaries
- Hyperlinks to relevant information and source article (see dave's post on how "sending them away" is a fundamental law of making money on the Internet)
- Stories are thoughtfully reviewed by a team of physician editors yeh .. I'm of of 'em
- Editorial selection of articles or news items for inclusion is unbiased – without any influence from advertisers, mafia bosses, or old college roomates
- Available for free, in the flavor you prefer: RSS or e-mail
I'm hoping Enoch will chime in about what's not-so-good about PFW. I know he has some concerns — and perhaps some suggestions for improvement 😉
Fat Doctor describes an adorable new resident. My recent July interaction was not so adorable. Last friday, the new intern barged in to a hospital room and ordered me (no white coat, but the stethy around my neck should have tipped her off that I was not Cousin Vinny) and the patient's husband out of the room while she examined "my patient." The brash over-confidence and paternalism that comes with adornment of the new white coat is an unfortunate disease we continue to fight.
Yeh – I gave her a talking to … ever so gently reminding her that humility will earn her far more stars …