Paging Design M.D.

Most major Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems today are nothing more than basic, fragmented measurement reporting tools with user interfaces that make it difficult to manipulate enormous sets of medical data. To their credit, they’ve become a fundamental component of today’s healthcare system, a physician’s digital consultant, yet unlike human colleagues who communicate meaningful information, these systems burden their users to find the meaning themselves. Simply put, an EHR shouldn’t just report raw medical data; it should explain it. And it can do that through good design.

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Disrupting Medicine: ✓

A year into medical school I cracked open The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. The book recounts the author’s involvement in the development of the WHO Surgery Safety Checklist and his exploration of checklist implementations throughout various fields. What he found was that medical checklists are remarkably effective, in one study reducing the ten-day line-infection rate from 11% to zero. The underlying question throughout the book is “If people like architects and pilots use checklists to both avoid and minimize errors, then why in the hell aren’t physicians and nurses doing the same?” 

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Why I'm No Metrosexual

Look at your keyboard. What is it about the keys that make you know they’re clickable? Are they a different color than the rest of the board? Sometimes they are, but a lot of the times they aren’t. Now look at the nearest door. How do you know that its handle is the part you’re supposed to interact with? Is there only one differentiating characteristic that tells you to grab the handle and not the door, or more? Now look at a picture or poster hanging on the wall. There’s nothing that tells you to interact with it beyond just staring, is there? Why is that?

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Being Social Is About Being Private

Social networks and services have definitely given us new and seamless ways to communicate with people from across the globe, pushing the boundaries of what in our lives is deemed acceptable to share, but a wall has been hit and the efforts to tear it down have left me uncomfortable.

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