In medicine there’s an endemic mindset that if medical technology doesn’t work it will never work. If patients don’t use the patient portal, then portals don’t work and patients aren’t interested in connecting with their own information. The EHR, of course, is the poster child for technology’s failure in health care. But is the idea of a digital space for a ... Continue Reading about 5 Reasons Medical Technology Appears to Fail
This analysis in Health Affairs shows that EHR adoption initially results in higher patient mortality but in the long run lowers mortality. Having gone through the transition from paper to digital, it’s easy to imagine. Initially you think, ‘how do I do this?’ Then you say, ‘how did we do it with paper?’ There’s a period of adaptation that happens with new ... Continue Reading about The Health Technology Outcomes Gap
I hear less about quantified self these days. 6-8 years ago at tech/digital meetings it was the stuff of panels. Not so much any more. Talking about quantified self as a thing is odd because many of us are measuring things about ourselves. Enough to make it less of a novelty than it once was. When cell phones were new we measured how many people had them. When ... Continue Reading about Quantified Self: Dead or Just Part of the Background?
In clinical nutrition some of us like to say there are no bad foods, only bad diets. When it comes to our tools and technology, a similar analogy can be used. Because technology isn’t the problem. There is no bad technology, only bad technology habits. Of course there are bad foods. And they taste really good. But no one forces you to eat them. Similarly, ... Continue Reading about There is No Bad Technology, Only Bad Technology Habits
Earlier this week Facebook announced the release of its product for children, Messenger Kids. Messenger Kids makes it easier for kids to video chat and message with family and friends with parental control. But you don’t need to look far to find those voicing concern. So what does our response to Messenger Kids say about us and technology? We don’t want our kids ... Continue Reading about Messenger Kids from Facebook – What it Says About Us and Our Technology
The conversation with my Uber driver leaving the airport in Chicago en route to the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting Me: “So I'm headed to the Marriott Marquis in Chicago. That's the new one by the convention center. You have that, right?” Uber driver: “Actually I don't pay attention to where riders are going. I just follow this (points to phone). ... Continue Reading about Technology and Our Lack of Direction