Anti patterns in EHR implementation: Part 2 – Legacy systems, people and processes

One of the realities of the IT domain is that, unless you are the first vendor to offer a solution for a particular domain, you are quite likely to be replacing a legacy solution with your offering. The existence of a legacy system makes the process of EHR implementation much more complex compared to lack … Continue reading Anti patterns in EHR implementation: Part 2 – Legacy systems, people and processes

Anti patterns in EHR implementation, part 1: addiction to perfection.

I've been writing some stuff about the things that I keep seeing in the healthcare IT world, especially regarding EHR implementation. Most of it is in draft from now, but I wanted to write down about a particular one, the addiction to perfection. My PhD is in a way focusing on the lack of perfection … Continue reading Anti patterns in EHR implementation, part 1: addiction to perfection.

Harvard study says: “Computers don’t save money in hospitals”.

Ok, this is a paper that should provoke a huge discussion. This paper with two of its authors from Harvard says that the picture in hospitals with computers is quite different than the one we always thought we would see. Obviously one should read the paper before discussing it, and I  did so. First of … Continue reading Harvard study says: “Computers don’t save money in hospitals”.

Using plasma to improve patient safety

Superbugs, and not-so-strong-but-still-a-problem bacteria are threatening patient safety. All those publications out there, and excellent books like Atul Gawande's "Better" explain the reasons behind this problem, so if you're curious, you can take a look. What I came across today during my never ending surfing, is a really promising method of increasing the efficiency of … Continue reading Using plasma to improve patient safety

Windowbuilder from Instantiations: licence donated to Opereffa project

It appears that every once in a while, makers of really good software remember that there are projects out there who could have used their software, if only they had the resources. Instantiations has very kindly donated a licence for their WindowBuilder Pro product for Opereffa, and I am more than happy to have access … Continue reading Windowbuilder from Instantiations: licence donated to Opereffa project

You want mobile applications? Then please let us develop them!

I've had my eyes on the mobile market for years. I've started with j2me apps on a motorola phone, and I've developed c# based applications for both that phone and ipaq. In general I loved it. I thought the devices and their future held enourmout potential, and today's mobile application market is getting close to … Continue reading You want mobile applications? Then please let us develop them!

Why on earth we don’t have open source proper terminology servers?

The competition amont different information models in healthcare will never end. Yes, I know that there are many out there who think that a particular piece of work is so much better than the rest, and it is the feature of healthcare informatics. Sorry, I don't agree. There are many other reasons, which I'd like … Continue reading Why on earth we don’t have open source proper terminology servers?