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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

martalli Re:Eheh (407 comments)

Of course they have web browsers. What's wrong with IE6?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Fails To Deliver On Windows 7 Boot Camp Promise

martalli Virtualbox (279 comments)

Who cares about dual booting when you can run win 7 in virtualbox?

more than 4 years ago

Electronic Medical Records, the Story So Far

martalli A workable open source solution (136 comments)

There are hundreds of various EMR products, which typically cost $30,000 per physician to buy, and $5,000/year/MD for maintenance costs. After paying all that, the EMR products are incompatible with each other, so that records cannot be sent from MD to MD, except to print out the information and scan the pages into the other MD's system. If the digitized information is lost, then the value of the EMR to track information is also lost. A better solution would be to encourage ro require the use of a single backend product, which would be open sourced, such as the VA's system. This system should be capable of handling all patient encounters: hospital, clinic, OT, PT, labs, etc. Separate front-ends could be created for different situations. The variety of these various situations (hospital front ends, ENT clinics, family practice clinics, pediatrician's office, and so on would be a great environment for private investment. A generic open source front end could be maintained for minimal cost (such as the current VA front end. This would lower the cost of projects, while increasing diversity in front ends (all the healthcare workers care about) and create an opportunity to share digitized information between providers who have permission to share this information from the patient.

about 6 years ago

Electronic Medical Records, the Story So Far

martalli Re:Electronic Prescriptions (136 comments)

In the United States there are constant problems with coverage, preferred medications, and so on. Having prescriptions delievered without the patient's or doctor's information would be incredibly unworkable.

about 6 years ago

Outbreak in China sparks fears for Olympics

martalli Deaths from Hand Foot and Mouth Disease???? (1 comments)

Speaking as a pediatrician, this is a stunner. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease leading to death is practically unheard of. However, typical Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease is caused by coxsackie virus, while these illnesses were attributed to enterovirus 71 - known to cause viral meningitis. While viral meningitis is typically mild and self-resolves, deaths have been reported (Lum, LCS, Wong, KT, Lam, SK, et al. Fatal enterovirus 71 encephalomyelitis. J Pediatr 1998; 133:795.). So, this is not necessarily the emergence of some superbug. We will just hope and see. In the meantime, wash your hands.

more than 6 years ago


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