“Get a system – not just a computer”: GE and UNIVAC: Harnessing the High Speed Computer (1954)

"Get a system - not just a computer": GE and UNIVAC: Harnessing the High Speed Computer (1954)

Osborn RF. GE and UNIVAC: Harnessing the High-Speed Computer. Harvard Business Review. 1954;32(4):99-107. [Accessed March 15, 2008]. If you do not have access to a database that hosts this article, you can look at this one. I feel so unoriginal, and yet enlightened at the same time. In my ongoing interest to understand where we …

American Medical Association 2001, Health 2.0, and Patients 2.0

American Medical Association 2001, Health 2.0, and Patients 2.0

I came across Susannah Fox’s recent blog entry: (e-patients: Flashback to 2001) where she uploaded a PDF of the American Medical Association’s Press Release of Resolutions for 2001 (you can link to it directly here), which included a resolution to “trust your doctor, not a chat room.” She said she posted it by the popular …

Now Reading: Getting the Right Things Done, A Leader’s Guide to Planning and Execution, by Pascal Dennis

Now Reading: Getting the Right Things Done, A Leader's Guide to Planning and Execution, by Pascal Dennis

Dennis, Pascal. 2006. Getting the Right Things Done: A Leader’s Guide to Planning and Execution. 1st ed. Lean Enterprise Institute. I didn’t bring much stuff with me to the other Washington (and that in and of itself has been a learning lesson that I don’t need 95% of the stuff I had); this book is …

Now Reading: Working the Skies, by Drew Whitelegg

Now Reading: Working the Skies, by Drew Whitelegg

Working the Skies: The Fast-Paced, Disorienting World of the Flight Attendant It was interesting to juxtapose a book about the ideals of a profession (See: Now Reading: A Fortunate Man) with one about a profession in transition. “Working the Skies” is about the world of the flight attendant, and in contrast to “Femininity in Flight,” …

Now Reading: A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor, by John Berger

Now Reading: A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor, by John Berger

A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor I’m a bit of a suggestible reader these days. I learned of this book from one of the comments on the PCHIT blog that I maintain. If you look at the comment and my interests (patient-physician communication, primary care, reducing disparities), it probably makes sense why …

Now Reading: Articles about communicating significant diagnoses and “Beneficient Deception”

Now Reading: Articles about communicating significant diagnoses and "Beneficient Deception"

Peter Kirk, Ingrid Kirk, and Linda J Kristjanson, “What do patients receiving palliative care for cancer and their families want to be told? A Canadian and Australian qualitative study,” BMJ 328, no. 7452 (June 5, 2004): 1343. Connie Ulrich and Christine Grady, “Beneficent Deception: Whose Best Interests Are We Serving?,” The American Journal of Bioethics …

Now Reading: Challenge Paper – Failure to Provide Clinicians Useful IT Systems: Opportunities to Leapfrog Current Technologies

Now Reading: Challenge Paper - Failure to Provide Clinicians Useful IT Systems: Opportunities to Leapfrog Current Technologies

M J Ball et al., “Failure to Provide Clinicians Useful IT Systems: Opportunities to Leapfrog Current Technologies,” Methods of information in medicine 47, no. 1 (2008): 4-7. While at Johns Hopkins, I spoke with researcher Marion Ball, Ed.D. who asked me to read the challenge paper she authored regarding the failure of current clinical information …

Now Reading: Gauging the Progress of the National Health Information Technology Initiative: Perspectives from the Field

Now Reading: Gauging the Progress of the National Health Information Technology Initiative: Perspectives from the Field

Bruce Merlin Fried, Gauging the Progress of the National Health Information Technology Initiative: Perspectives from the Field – CHCF.org (California Healthcare Foundation). The highly respected California Healthcare Foundation has been putting out an impressive array of topical work in the health information technology lately, and I thought this one deserved its own post. The piece, …

Now Reading: Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants, by Kathleen Barry

Now Reading: Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants, by Kathleen Barry

I became interested in this book as the story of a profession that started from scratch in the 20th Century, whose ranks grew from a population of a social minority – women in the workplace. In many ways, the story of flight attendants parallels the stories of other health professionals, including physicians and nurses. In …

Article: “Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered”

Article: "Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered"

This is a short paper produced by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation about the state of health care, health care information technology, and recommendations for the future. I have been following a growing movement to prioritize health information technology before health information exchange (“HIT before HIE” – see my link cloud here). This paper …