By William Hersh MD – There is growing consensus that patients should be owners and stewards of their personal health and healthcare data. They should also have the right to control access to chosen healthcare professionals, institutions, and researchers.Read More
By William Hersh – Under the leadership of its new Director, Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is undertaking a strategic planning process to develop goals and priorities for the NLM going forward.
By William Hersh MD – The year 2016 has been a busy but fun year of personal achievements. Many of the notable accomplishments involved giving talks, both in person and online, and around the country and the world.
By William Hersh – Even though many medical students and physicians do not acknowledge it, information has always been a major focus of clinical practice. Physicians have always spent a great deal of time with information, as evidenced by studies that describe time use of physicians.
By William Hersh – The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality is an unheralded government agency that performs a great deal of healthcare-related research out of proportion to its small size. Just browsing through the AHRQ web site makes it clear that agency does a great breadth of work for its annual $400 million budget.
By William Hersh – NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins accepted a report from his Advisory Committee that set forth a strategic vision that affirmed the NLM as a strategic leader in data science, biomedical informatics, and as a library resource.
By William Hersh – Many of us in the informatics field, myself included, sometimes believe that the value proposition of informatics is so intuitively obvious that we do not need to explain it to the rest of the world. API-based interoperability? Secondary use of clinical data? Standardized terminology? Their value is so certain that we need not explain it. Not!
By William Hersh MD – One of the aspects of medicine that struck me as a medical student was its imprecision. I was surprised, sometimes shocked, at decisions that were made based on vague symptoms reported by patients, ambiguous findings detected on physical examination, and even variation in “hard” measurements such as laboratory results.
By William Hersh, MD – Lately I have received requests for advice from physicians in training asking what they can do to make themselves more competitive for clinical informatics fellowship positions. In some sense these are similar to the emails I receive from established physicians asking about eligibility for the clinical informatics subspecialty here and now.