William Hersh MD




Receding of the Pandemic: Will the Third Time Be the Charm?

By William Hersh MD – Recently the Governor of Oregon lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate and ended the state’s public health COVID-19 emergency. Like most US states, Oregon had a large Omicron wave of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, although as through all of the pandemic still far below US national averages.


Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2022

One of the ways that Answers Media is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eight guest posts a week now, so in case you missed some, here are the top [...]

Annual Reflections at the End of 2021

By William Hersh MD – As is the tradition with this blog, I end each year with a reflective look at the year past and what the future may hold. The year 2021 is not ending quite like I anticipated. At the beginning of the year, there were stirrings of optimism.


From Reading to Writing: Next Steps for Patient Data Exchange and Interoperability

By William Hersh MD – The rationale and implementation for reading data from the electronic health record and other clinical sources is relatively simple and straightforward. Especially now enshrined into law in the US by the 21st Century Cures Rule, and standardized by the FHIR application programming interface, accessing data for reading by clinicians, patients, and others is here to stay.