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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

BenboX Not the reason for Exam Room computers (368 comments)

Physicians need to start putting computers in exam rooms not because of Google-itis, but because we desperately need to start using electronic medical records.

An extraordinarily low percent of hospitals are using EMRs. Source: study by the New England Journal of Medicine, reported here in the American Medical Association:

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/04/06/gvsc0406.htm

Forget Google-itis, how about having a system where if one doctor prescribes a medication, an alert immediately pops up warning the physician that this patient is also taking another medicine that will cause severe reactions if the two are taken together?

Imagine an industry that has extremely high-tech factory production equipment (Advance MRIs, Gamma Knife non-invasive surgical devices), but has the back office operations run entirely on post-it notes and shuffling paper back and forth on shopping carts. Get the systems in there to prevent dumb medical mistakes and improve cost efficiencies. Preventing Google-itis is a small amusing beneficial side effect.

Ben

more than 4 years ago

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On breaking with George Lucas and his Toy Empire

BenboX BenboX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BenboX writes "Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz discusses the bittersweet experience of creating the original two movies in the trilogy, and then breaking with George Lucas over the future of the Star Wars Universe. "I could see where things were headed," Kurtz said. "The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. It's a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It's natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that's not the best thing for making quality films." Kurtz then reveals his initial idea for the "Return of the Jedi, " which would have been a more emotionally nuanced finale to an epic adventure than the forest celebration of the Ewoks that essentially ended the trilogy with a teddy bear luau.""
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