By William Hersh – One of the most highly viewed posts of this blog is a 2015 posting, What is the Difference (If Any) Between Informatics and Data Science. One critique I have had of data science is the focus of most work on only showing prediction and not implementing prescription.
By William Hersh MD – About a year ago, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) launched a new set of top-level Internet domains. One of these was .health. When to my surprise, the informatics.health domain name was still available, I immediately grabbed it.
By William Hersh MD – Scarcely a week goes by without another study published of a deep learning algorithm that achieves accuracy comparable to or sometimes better than human experts.
By William Hersh MD – Data Science is a broad field that intersects many other fields within and outside of biomedicine and health, including biomedical informatics. Data science is certainly an important component of research and educational programs in…
By William Hersh MD – Have we passed the high point of technology being seamless and easy to use? I recently had to give a presentation to faculty that included showing a few slides, and I assumed I could just bring my MacBook Pro, with its HDMI port…
By William Hersh MD – During the HIMSS conference, the ONC and CMS each dropped a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) concerning functionality, interoperability, certification, and others aspects of EHR use.
By William Hersh MD – I always use my last posting of the year to this blog to reflect on the year past. As I have noted each year, this blog started at the time of a major transformation for the informatics field, namely the HITECH Act.
By William Hersh MD – My recent posting describing my updated study of the health IT workforce shows that this is a great time to work in operational health IT and informatics settings.
By William Hersh MD – Exactly 20 years ago, I organized a panel at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium that attracted so large an audience that the crowd spilled out of the room into the hallway.
By William Hersh MD – The era of meaningful use came to a relatively quiet end this summer with the release of the Final Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems rule by CMS this past August.
By William Hersh MD – A new analysis of the healthcare IT workforce indicates that as hospitals and health systems continue to adopt EHRs and other forms of IT, as many as 19,852 to 153,114 more full-time equivalent personnel may be required.
By William Hersh MD – The last few years have been challenging for the EHR. While the HITECH Act succeeded in transitioning the US healthcare system mostly away from paper, the resulting electronic systems created a number of new problems.
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