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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Belated Happy Birthday to Me: The KHIT blog turns 5

Forgot to mention this. I started this blog on May 10, 2010, shortly after coming back to work at HealthInsight after they'd won the Meaningful Use REC contract for Nevada and Utah.

Notwithstanding that I "retired" two years ago, sold the house in Vegas, and moved back to the Bay Area where my wife works, I keep plugging away. No sponsors, no monetization of any sort. I just find the aggregate subject matter important ongoing, and, as the blog approaches 400,000 hits, I guess others do as well.

Thanks for reading.

I just got back from a quick vacation back to Las Vegas, and will soon have another book to report on.

The Health IT implications are obvious.
The total amount of information that could potentially be useful to a physician attempting to diagnose a particular patient’s condition or design an optimal treatment strategy is staggering. Physicians are faced with a continuous torrent of new discoveries, innovative treatments, and clinical study evaluations published in medical and scientific journals throughout the world.
Ford, Martin (2015-05-05). Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (p. 147). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.
A bracing read. Stay tuned.

The author interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"


This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross.
Remember when you first saw a self-checkout aisle at a grocery store? We use them all the time now without giving much thought to the fact that they're doing work real people used to do. Our guest, Martin Ford, says that's something we'll have to think about more as advances in computer software dramatically expand the roles robots may soon play in our lives and the economy. In his new book, Ford says robots are beginning to perform white-collar jobs, like writing business stories and doing legal analysis. And, he says, robots are also being developed to take the place of the low-wage, low-skill service occupations that workers who've lost manufacturing jobs have been forced to take, like preparing fast food. Ford says accelerating robot technology could have far-reaching social and economic impacts, as even educated workers can't find employment, and their declining incomes lead to a collapse of consumer demand. Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of an earlier book about automation and the economy. FRESH AIR contributor Dave Davies spoke to Ford about his new book, "Rise Of The Robots: Technology And The Threat Of A Jobless Future."
Great stuff. Full transcript here.

And, oh, yeah, check out my new drought page.

More to come...

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