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Friday, August 4, 2017

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Mostly in no particular order above (and relatively limited sub-topical granularity), other than to note that this blog began with gumshoeing "EHRs" as "The REC Blog" shortly after I was re-hired by HealthInsight in 2010 to resume EHR support work (that I'd begun in 2005 under the precursor federal QIO "DOQ-IT" initiative (before getting laid off in 2007 as a result of 8SOW budget mismanagement above me). See also here, from another of my blogs at the time.
I can only legitimately lay claim to relative "SME" status (Subject Matter Expert) to a few of the foregoing areas: e.g., EHRs (outpatient), Workflow, Process QI, Analytics, HIPAA, and, of course, Patient. For the remainder, I am simply a fairly well-read, endlessly curious student (ongoing) and activist citizen/reporter, and I take care here to cite (typically at some length) the best thinkers I encounter. I should be getting residuals from Amazon for all of the books I've touted and linked.
This blog started principally as an online "diary" of my experience of the Meaningful Use initiative within which I served as a workflow and HIPAA security consultant to small to medium primary care practices ("Project Coordinater" was my official title).

My incoming hope (naive, as it would turn out) was that we might leverage the REC opportunity to help practices materially improve their operations broadly (with perhaps collaborative involvement from my ASQ Health Care Division), with InfoTech at the center of that effort (after all, Medicare "QIOs" had been re-named to be "Quality Improvement Organizations," succeeding their prior designation as "PROs" -- Peer Review Organizations).

My REC, like all of them, quickly became simply "body count" focused -- getting MU client practices from EHR adoption to Stage I MU "attestation." We got paid incrementally through ONC via "milestone" achievements, and, being significantly understaffed to meet our practice recruitment and MU progress targets, "milestone compliance" it would be. Noble devotion to process QI would be seriously backburnered. Early on, I took some annoying crap from one of my Utah HQ Sups for even pushing the idea ("...exceeding your scope").

Whatever. I didn't make any secret of my reaction to that.

Given that the blog was my nights and weekends personal sidebar project, I began to broaden my scope to whatever I thought relevant to health care QI, always episodically rotating back around to Health IT. Hence the roaming span now comprising the effort. I've never entertained the idea of trying to "monetize" it. Now nominally "retired," I continue to write here simply because it's important, and maybe my little ankle-biting, no-ulterior-motives solo effort will add a bit of signal to the noise. I am grateful for all of you who stop by and read this stuff. I will try to keep showing up at the major Health IT and QI conferences. Next up, the Health 2.0 11th Annual Conference in Santa Clara.


Given my younger daughter's grave illness, it's been difficult to keep up with focus and pace lately. But, I will try to soldier on. As I post this today, she completes round 7 of her indeterminate length course of chemo. New CT and MRI scans on tap for next week. Imagine our anxiety.
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Stay tuned. See their antecedent paper "Why do humans reason?" (pdf) apropos of topics in cognitive neuroscience as they go to AI/NLP.
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