December 2011

Taking Stock

by Jerome Carter on December 21, 2011 · 0 comments

Three months ago when I started this blog, I did so hoping to connect with others who were passionate about software development and health information technology.  Now, 30 posts later, that is exactly what has happened!  I am encouraged by the response I have received, and would like to thank all of you for your […]


Open Source Software Goodies

by Jerome Carter on December 19, 2011 · 0 comments

It is difficult to imagine the world without open source software (OSS).  Linux runs everything from Web servers to supercomputers, and millions of websites are powered by Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal.  “Open source” alludes to the fact that the programming code for a software package can be readily viewed and changed.  If you want to […]


Rediscovering the Association for Computing Machinery

by Jerome Carter on December 14, 2011 · 0 comments

Over the last 20 years, except for a couple of gaps, I have been a professional member of the Association for Computing Machinery.  I became acquainted with the organization while working on a fellowship project to create an acid-base diagnostic expert system.   At that time, I did not know anyone in the field of computer […]


HIPAA Requirements for Meaningful Use Objective 15

by Jerome Carter on December 12, 2011 · 0 comments

Each of the three previous posts in this series addressed a different aspect of security: information security principles, HIPAA changes in the HITECH Act, and the components of the HIPAA security rule. The subject of this post is meaningful use objective 15, which states: Objective: Protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified […]


An Informatics Course for Clinical Researchers

by Jerome Carter on December 7, 2011 · 4 comments

Since 2002, I have taught an introductory informatics course in a master’s degree program for clinical research.  The course consists of two components:  1) a two-day summer workshop that covers searching (MEDLINE and general internet) and software collaboration tools  and 2) a fall semester course that surveys biomedical informatics topics selected for their utility to […]


The HIPAA Security Rule: Components and Compliance

by Jerome Carter on December 5, 2011 · 0 comments

The security rule was one of four provisions of the HIPAA law passed in 1996. The final compliance date for all covered entities was April 20, 2006.  Unlike the privacy rule provision of HIPAA, the security rule applies only to protected health information in electronic form (ePHI).  The security rule is independent of the EHR […]