September 2011

I have spent the last few months reviewing a seemingly endless stream of documents about HITECH, MU, HIE and EHR incentives. My focus has always been on helping providers understand the details of these programs, so that they can maximize their chances of qualifying for the incentives. It occurred to me that having an instrument […]


What Constitutes a Successful EHR Implementation?

by Jerome Carter on September 26, 2011 · 1 comment

Eleven years ago, when I began working on the EHR project at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, I sought to do everything possible to assure that the project was a success. This led to an intensive search of the literature for case studies and reviews of IT projects. I discovered a wonderful paper:  “Why Healthcare Information […]

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Programming Languages, Revisited

by Jerome Carter on September 21, 2011 · 2 comments

I am taking up programming again. Aside from trying out a few IDEs, it has been nearly seven years since I last did any real programming. I have done data modeling and some database work, but very little programming. More than anything else, I am excited about learning new languages. Programming has always been a […]


Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of primary care physicians about meaningful use (MU) and the EHR incentive programs. The questions they asked made it obvious that there remains a good deal of misunderstanding about what is required to comply with meaningful use objectives. It was also clear from their comments […]

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The Nightmare of Undead Data

by Jerome Carter on September 14, 2011 · 0 comments

A few weeks ago, I called a junk removal company to clean out my attic. I was surprised to find so many old computers buried under mounds of old magazines and clothing. I found four laptops (one Toshiba that I cannot recall ever using); four desktops (including a Macintosh II from 1987, a Macintosh Performa […]


Why Another EHR Blog?

by Jerome Carter on September 12, 2011 · 6 comments

Welcome to EHR Science! I have been looking forward to launching this blog for about a year. My eagerness to start blogging is not due to an urgent need to share my opinions, but more so because I hope to connect with others who are drawn to the exciting challenges that have arisen at the […]