November 2011

Conducting Effective Site Visits

by Jerome Carter on November 30, 2011 · 0 comments

Site visits are a staple of the EHR selection/evaluation process.   Unfortunately, I regularly hear complaints from doctors who have purchased EHRs after seeing them working wonderfully during a site visit, but who later have difficulties in their practices.  Site visits can be a helpful component of EHR selection, but only when used appropriately. When used […]


Be Warned, Now HIPAA Has Teeth

by Jerome Carter on November 28, 2011 · 0 comments

Enacted in 1996, HIPAA has long been a source of irritation for healthcare organizations, but not much of a threat.    In fact, until recently, being hit by lightning was far more likely than being punished for violating any of the rule’s privacy or security provisions.  Naturally, many began to view HIPAA as a paper tiger.  […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

by Jerome Carter on November 23, 2011 · 0 comments

Safe travels everyone, and have a wonderful holiday! Happy Thanksgiving! Jerome  


Fun with Discrete Mathematics—No, Seriously

by Jerome Carter on November 21, 2011 · 3 comments

I have been plugging away at discrete math for a while now.   I can say, with no reservations, that it has been worth it.   I did not just decide one day to study DM.  This all started as an attempt to understand graph theory as it applies to workflow analysis.   Books and papers I have […]


What If EHRs Were More Like Content Management Systems?

by Jerome Carter on November 16, 2011 · 0 comments

A few posts back,  I described how the flexibility offered by content management systems made them superior to traditional methods for building websites.     Content management systems such as WordPress (used for building this site) are designed in a way that allows new capabilities to be added to sites quickly and easily.  The appearance of a […]


Avoiding EHR Contract Missteps

by Jerome Carter on November 14, 2011 · 0 comments

EHR contracts are not neutral documents; they are written from the vendor’s point of view and to the vendor’s advantage.   Getting a fair contract is not impossible; however, it does require attention to detail.  In this post, I will cover contracting issues that are a continual source of problems for unsuspecting practices.  First, a few […]


Information Security: A Practical Guide

by Jerome Carter on November 9, 2011 · 0 comments

Information security is not a glamorous topic. However, HIPAA (1) has made it an unavoidable concern for those who use healthcare information systems.  Unfortunately, this very important topic is often presented in a way that is difficult to understand unless one is a security professional. My goal in this series of posts is to make […]