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March 14, 2019 | By Craig Joseph, MD

We Should Standardize Medical Standards

I recently read an article in the New York Times titled “The Joy of Standards: Life is a lot easier when you can plug in to any socket.” The authors…

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February 28, 2019 | By Craig Joseph, MD

The Secret to Excellent Medical Care (Hint: Painted Sneakers)

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the day-long CHIME CIO Forum that precedes the HIMSS conference in Orlando. It’s a great get-together; there is much hobnobbing…

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February 14, 2019 | By Craig Joseph, MD

Post-HIMSS Exhaustion Syndrome

You’re likely reading this on one of the last days of the HIMSS annual conference, or maybe just as it’s ended. If you attended HIMSS this year, you might be…

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January 31, 2019 | By Craig Joseph, MD

The Hidden Ingredient

I was recently at a presentation with the entire C-suite of the hospital in attendance. We were talking about technology and listening to a few vendors predict their future as…

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January 17, 2019 | By Craig Joseph, MD

That Darn Pendulum

I recently wrote about how I always try to follow the vendors’ recommendations when implementing healthcare information technology (HIT). I’ll summarize my thoughts in case you missed them: I want…

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January 03, 2019 | By Craig Joseph, MD

Healthcare IT New Year’s Resolutions

With New Year’s Day in our very recent past, I thought it appropriate to propose some resolutions for those of us in the healthcare IT trenches. These are in no…

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December 20, 2018 | By Craig Joseph, MD

Culture and Breakfast and Progress Notes, Oh My!

Medicine has been plagued by a culture of paternalism since . . . while, since forever. It’s still around, of course, but we’ve come a long way in the last…

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December 06, 2018 | By Craig Joseph, MD

To Click or Not to Click

I have to admit that doctors often confuse me. Now I know, if you’re a regular reader of mine, you might think that’s odd because . . . I am…

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November 06, 2018 | By Craig Joseph, MD

Back to EHR Basics (Part 2)

Let me recap my previous blog post: I made the argument that the customer (aka EHR user) doesn’t always know what she wants, and it’s up to the IT analyst…

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November 01, 2018 | By Craig Joseph, MD

Back to EHR Basics (Part 1)

You may have been taught that the customer is always right, but it’s been well-established that the customer is most certainly not always right (see my posts here and here).…

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