The new healthcare beat at ZDNet blogs

The new healthcare beat at ZDNet blogs

Summary: The goal here is to cover the waterfront of IT in healthcare. We're talking hospital systems, medical office systems, the networks and payment systems which link them together, as well as client gear, including gear used in the home.

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The goal here is to cover the waterfront of IT in healthcare. We're talking hospital systems, medical office systems, the networks and payment systems which link them together, as well as client gear, including gear used in the home.

I'll be blogging from the patient's perspective, looking for solutions that save me time and money, as well as simple technology solutions that can help me live longer, and better.

Please stay a while. If you've got news, send it in. If you've got criticism or ideas I promise a prompt reply. It's the journey of the rest of our lives, so let's make it a good one.

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  • It's a tough industry...

    ... I think probably the delivery of healthcare is the most complex process around. Compare it to (e.g. ) banking. 99% of the time, maybe 2 or 3 people (roles) are involved directly with customers (discounting all the back-room staff, which healthcare also has). Even a simple surgical procedure, needs anywhere between 10-15 discrete roles involved directly. Automating that process is hard, which is one (only one) of the reasons that healthcare is so far behind other industries in leveraging computing technology.

    Another reason is that the quality of much software is abyssmal. I've written a little on the topic on a part-time blog:
    http://opensourceornot.blogspot.com/2007/05/desktop-linux-distribution.html
    (forgive the URL - blogging software got confused).
    The last ferret
  • Some sites to watch

    Linux Med News - http://www.linuxmednews.com
    Medical Banking Blog - http://mblog.mbproject.org
    Open Healthcare Framework - http://ohf-dev.blogspot.com
    Wireless Healthcare - http://www.wirelesshealthcare.co.uk/wh/news.htm
    Healthcare Services Specification Project - http://hssp.wikispaces.com/
    Ken Rubin - http://krubin.blogspot.com/
    http://www.ebxml.org
    Conmergence