Time for a Break…

As always, life is slowing down for the holiday season.   For me, this is the perfect time to reflect over the past year and consider the future.   I started EHR Science so that I could find others interested in the technical and mathematical aspects of EHRs and biomedical informatics.  Happily, it has worked!  Since July, the number of visitors to EHR Science has increased significantly with a three-fold jump occurring in August when I thought everyone would be on vacation.

Workflow has been the most popular post topic since the blog began.   After workflow, posts on software architecture/design and EHR implementation, along with those addressing the computational properties of clinical concepts, are the most popular.   Even discrete math posts, which I consider the least mainstream category, continue to receive hits months after their initial appearance.  Wow.

For a blog with such esoteric subject matter, the geographic dispersion of site visitors is amazing.   Since EHR Science’s inception in September 2011, there have been visitors from 76 countries.  Most visitors (60%) are from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and India. However, there are frequent-flyer site visitors from Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.  Thanks everyone for stopping by and getting the word out!  The comments, links, and resource suggestions that you have sent are very much appreciated—keep them coming.

One major goal for the next three weeks is organizing workflow resources that I have been collecting for the last few years.    In 2008, I began work on a clinical workflow analysis paper. Unfortunately, that effort stalled because I could not think of a good way to represent workflow concepts.   Four years later, Petri nets have solved this problem.  Therefore, for the first time in four years, I am considering writing an academic paper.  If it is going to be done, this holiday break is when it is most likely to happen.   Since I am no longer in academia, something else may demand my attention, but we’ll see.  If I do manage to get a paper out, it is very likely that a workflow resource page will be added to EHR Science.

The winter break is also my favorite time to catch up on recreational reading. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by Gleick has been calling my name for a few months now. The first three chapters were fascinating; I hope the remaining chapters are as engrossing.

Of course, doing all of the above and working on the web application means something else must take a hit, and in this case, it will be the weekly posts.  Look for the next post on January 7, 2013 (usability and security pages will be updated on 12/19).  Now, book at hand, it’s time to stop typing and start my break.  See you next year.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!





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