Anyone who has gone through the rigors of college and advanced graduate studies can appreciate the value of cramming. Actually, this value is largely understood to be short-lived, with the crammer retaining the information — which has been so superficially absorbed — only until “pencils down” is called. While cramming may have its shortcomings, people [...]
If ever the expression “the devil’s in the details” was called for, it’s around meaningful use. In fact, the words seem tailor made for the program. That much was made crystal clear during testimony last week by those who’ve made inroads toward meeting requirements which sometimes behave like slippery eels when grasped. Read the rest [...]
The statistics on successfully launching a business are so abysmal it’s a wonder anyone even bothers to try. They are so stunning, in fact, it’s these same statistics which gave me the most anxiety when I prepared to launch my business at the beginning of last year. It’s said that something like 80% of all [...]
In the world of software acquisition, they call it an request for proposals (RFP), while in the world of home ownership, they call it “getting a few estimates.” I recently entered the latter world for the first time after I determined my new home needed some crawlspace insulation work. I hit the local phone book [...]
In the latest, but certainly not last, health IT Meaningful Use dustup, the industry is struggling to find clarity in (of all things) an ONC clarification. When that happens, you know you’re in government-land. This specific instance deals with whether hospitals are required to implement modules to address all 24 Meaningful Use Stage 1 measures [...]
Peter Drucker called it “systematic and purposeful abandonment” — the idea that you can’t do everything at once and still do it well. To be more specific, let’s consider the question of proper resource allocation in the context of massive change, the kind of change Clayton Christensen discussed in The Innovator’s Dilemma. In the book, [...]
There are literally thousands of people trying to break into the healthcare IT industry, and many are getting extremely frustrated at what they perceive as a closed-door policy to those who are not uber-qualified. According to these discontented souls, the barrier to entry is far too high, often requiring both knowledge of a specific healthcare IT application and some sort of front-line clinical experience. “What are they thinking!?” these people shout on public forums like LinkedIn. “If they’re going to be so picky, that industry will never make progress!” they scream on FaceBook or Twitter.
From “Jersey Shore” to “The Bad Girls’ Club,” my wife keeps me on the cutting edge of American culture. And while I think there’s little insight to be gained from those particular shows, reality TV does offer more food for thought than one might think. I was reminded of this during an interview with Ministry [...]