First, my interview with Fred Trotter late yesterday afternoon in the Exhibit Hall -- warts and all. My new project. We sat on a couch out in the open amid the din over at booth 2838. I'd have preferred a booth in the media interview room, but Fred is beset on all sides for his attention at HIMSS14, and I appreciated his willingness to even do this. We'd both attended the "Walking Gallery" presentation, and afterward he said "how about here," pointing to the leather couches and coffee table. There was no time to shlep back the the media interview room.
I scrambled anxiously to quickly set up my audio gear for the first time in an ad hoc live setting, plugged in the headset mics, and we popped the clutch, no test run -- EQ'ing and level-balancing on the fly, couldn't use either compression or noise gating (some hard lessons learned here).
One take, no script. I'd merely scribbled a few tentative talking point questions, and let the interview go it where it took us. We could have gone another ten minutes (really wanted his take on my pet peeve, "interoperability"), but the booze was flowing and the increasing party atmosphere ambient noise made it prohibitive. Fred is a great interview; articulate clear thinker and a Health IT SME if ever there was one.
NOTE: if you don't have the Flash mp3 audio plugin, click here to download the interview. 19:57, ~28 megs, mp3 audio format.
See my 2012 reviews of Fred's book here and here. And, another post of mine featuring Fred.
PS -the little exit "chase theme" snippet is courtesy of my great Vegas pals Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns, from their most recent CD "When The Curtain Goes up..." The intro brass shuffle comes from my old stock library of music beds that I've had since the late '80's.
An email I just sent:
We’ve been notified that Hillary’s people are dictating “no press coverage” of her Keynote.SOME RANDOM PICS FROM YESTERDAY
We can go as HIMSS14 attendees, but looks like no cameras or other recording devices or subsequent overt “reporting” of her speech. How they will enforce the latter escapes me, but they obviously are already doing 2016 message control. Not happy about that in the broader sense.
|Nicely done. Good session.|
Though, I remain dubious regarding the
convenience practice of rank-ordered rollups
of risk and outcomes into Likert Scale data.
|Above and below, the #HITsm "tweetup" and Bingo game.|
|Above: former ONC Head Farzad Mostashari. I call him "Sensei."|
He takes my ribbing with such good humor.
Would love to score a one-on-one audio interview with him.
|Above and below, the artist and passionate patient advocate Regina Holliday of|
"The Walking Gallery."
IN OTHER NEWS
From my friends at ScienceBasedMedicine.org:
Open DataGOING TO SXSW?
Posted by Steven Novella on February 26, 2014
PLOS (the Public Library of Science) is a non-profit open access publisher of science articles. Their goal is to make scientific data accessible to everyone, in the name of transparency and open communication. Now they have taken their approach one step further, announcing their policy that all articles published in a PLOS journal must submit their original data so that anyone can access and analyze it for themselves...
Exclusive: Company running the hip festival relies on 3000 volunteers. Experts say that violates minimum wage laws
THE STRAIGHT DOPE
Annapolis Police Chief Cites Parody Story About Marijuana Overdoses in TestimonyThe jokes just write themselves.
You can’t make this up. During testimony on a proposed bill to legalize marijuana in Maryland, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a parody story about marijuana overdoses to make his case against legalization. From the Capital Gazette:
Testifying against bills proposed to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in the state, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people had died the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado...
“The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop testified at Tuesday’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.” ...
Well, that was worth missing live in the ballroom.
We simply watched a remote stream in the press room. I got fussed at by a HIMSS staffer (the one who'd incorrectly told us that Hillary was going to "announce" for 2016 during her Keynote) for even taking this picture. Seriously? Is this the USSR? Or MLB?
MORE PHOTO RAMBLE
|Above: the Press Room|
|Above and below: it's not all about software. Lots of cool hardware abound.|
|So, HIMSS is not only the event host, they're also a vendor.|
|DoD contractors also in on healthcare. First, we'll blow you up,|
then we'll heal you.
|I want one of these! KHIT wants to come back as a vendor!|
|Props to the CommonWell interop alliance.|
|A photographer's dream, this place.|
|Even IHC has a bus!|
|Above and below: they didn't waste any time tearing everything down|
once the Hall closed for the last time.