July 2013

EHR Science: The State of the Blog

by Jerome Carter on July 29, 2013 · 3 comments

I’ve been fiddling with the About page for the last few weeks trying to come up with a succinct explanation of what this blog is about.  When I started blogging, the focus and goal of EHR Science was clear—I wanted to discover new tech and interact with other geek informaticists.  Happily, that has happened.  However, […]


Missing data values are always a pain in the neck.   Any measure of data quality and completeness has to contend with missing values.   In production systems such as EHRs that are used during the care process, missing values often occur more frequently than in research databases where quality checks are routinely performed (at least this […]


Ultimately, REST is about accessing resources.  Efficient and effective use of resources requires that all components make use of a uniform interface for all interactions.   Roy Fielding lists four constraints that interfaces must follow in order to meet REST specifications. Constraint Identification of Resources All resources must have a unique ID (e.g., URL) Access […]


EHR Systems are complex entities, and that complexity has downstream effects that are increasingly noticeable in the form of user complaints.   EHR system complexity is a direct result of having to address so many competing requirements.  We expect a lot of EHR systems.  We expect them to meet domain-specific requirements–HIPAA, MU, legal record, workflow, decision […]


The Age of the MOOC

by Jerome Carter on July 1, 2013 · 0 comments

For the last two years, massive online open courses (MOOCs) have been quietly making headway as educational tools.  However, the joint announcement by Georgia Tech and Udacity stating they would offer a masters degree in computer science for only about $7000 changes everything.   Georgia Tech is not a chump school.  According to US News and […]