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Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 482

by LWATCDR (#48040301) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Funny thing is his brand of "righteous living" is not all that different from common sense to day.
He was anti-smoking, anti-drunkenness, and pro child support.
What a terrible thing.
"He did seem to have a lifelong obsession with that, but it tended to be very much of the "if you'll all just live exactly the way I tell you you'll be better off" variety that doesn't necessarily deserve to be lionized"
So he was a democrat like Mayor Bloomberg?

Comment: Re:Bruce Perens (Score 1) 214

by LWATCDR (#48039943) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

That is just it. The VA has already developed the software to do all this and it is in the Public domain.
All you have to do is state that if you take medicare you must use a system compatible with VistA.
It has been used for decades and has been updated as well. A lot of companies even use it as a base for their products.
I would love to see the US government move it from public domain to GPL but I doubt that is possible legally.


Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records 214

Posted by Soulskill
from the have-you-tried-paper-airplanes dept.
nbauman writes: Doctors with one medical records system can't exchange information with systems made by other vendors, including those at their own hospitals, according to the New York Times. One ophthalmologist spent half a million dollars on a system, but still needs to send faxes to get the information where it needs to go. The largest vendor is Epic Systems, Madison, WI, which holds almost half the medical records in the U.S. A report from RAND described Epic as a "closed" platform that made it "challenging and costly" for hospitals to interconnect.

The situation is bad for patients and costly for medical works: if doctors can't exchange records, they'll face a 1% Medicare penalty, and UC Davis alone has a staff of 22 dedicated to communication. On top of that, Epic charges a fee to send data to some non-Epic systems. Congress has held hearings on the matter, and Epic has hired a lobbyist. Epic's founder, billionaire computer science major Judith Faulkner, said that Epic was one of the first to establish code and standards for secure interchange, which included user authentication provisions and a legally binding contract. She said the federal government, which gave $24 billion in incentive payments to doctors for computerization, should have done that. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said that it was a "top priority" and just recently wrote a 10-year vision statement and agenda for it.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 482

by DigiShaman (#48036775) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

It's Mars; a planet with no native atmosphere, climate, and landscape like Earth. That means everything. You may think it's a non-issue, but in fact is. People don't want to be holed up in geodesic dome glass domes and living underground like insects. Livable habitable space would be a commodity. Resources would be scarce. The chance for war/conflict and epidemics would be great (no escaping it). And unlike Earth where you can simply reboot society via going outside and farming a little plot of land, you can't do that on Mars!!! A Martian civilization starts and is maintained on the highest rung of the technological tree. Once you slip down from that, society is doomed!

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 482

by LWATCDR (#48036685) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Yep but what people do understand is that anti-semitism was not abnormal for the time. It was very common for hotels, country clubs, and so on to be "restricted". Would he have supported the extermination camps? I really doubt it. As I said you need to look at everything he did. A lot of them were good and others are bad. but to throw out the good is just as wrong as ignoring the bad. What would Henry Ford be like if he was born in the 1960s instead of the 1860s? He might have been Elon Musk or Steve Jobs or maybe even better.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 4, Insightful) 482

by LWATCDR (#48036347) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Actually history is not all that simple. Henry Ford also started paying his employees a living wage long before it was popular. In fact other industrialists hated him for raising wages.
Ford hated unions but actually paid his workers very well for the day. It was in 1935 that the problems with the Unions happened and Ford was getting up in years. It is a lot more complicated than you think

Of course Auto Workers Union revises their own history and has removed a lot of the influence of radical communists from the official history.

He also "interfered" with his workers lives and offered programs to help with "heavy drinking", gambling, and dead-beat dads. He got a lot of flack for these programs in the day as being too intrusive.

Henry Ford in the end was a great man but also a product of his day. Today he would be seen as racist and anti-semitic. In the early 1900s he was seen are a radical progressive. No man is all good or all bad.

Your code should be more efficient!