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Comment Re:Burnt out doc here: (Score 1) 326

I've worked for the past two years as a software engineer at athenahealth. The experiences that you described are well known throughout the R&D people that I work with. I actually *have* been to clinics and followed doctors, PAs, and other staff around as they went about their day. I've seen them working with other EHR software that looks like it was built in the early 1980s. I've listened to them describe their ideal software solutions and what their biggest pain points are. AFAIK, my company is the only EHR out there that does these "site visits" regularly and encourages people to sign up and go. It's difficult to design EHR software that meets everyone's needs when every clinic likes to do things their own way. Your comments about the over saturation of documentation requirements is spot on, and there are teams at my work that focus on reducing the time spent doing documentation. Especially the "after hours" documentation that you mentioned is something we are trying to kill completely. Whether or not we've been doing a good job making that better, I don't know since I work on something completely different. But I think at least our hearts and our minds are in the right place. Healthcare is a very complex and difficult thing to manage. I wish it was an easy thing to fix, but it is an absolute juggernaut of a problem. I know my company certainly isn't perfect, and some things were designed in a downright idiotic fashion. But I think at least our hearts and our focus is in the right place, and I've seen a ton of improvements in the past two years since I started there. I just wanted to share my perspective as one of those EHR programmers. We're trying to make things better, not worse. But it is a business, and most EHR businesses are focused only on making more money, not making better products. Sometimes, that means they make decisions that harm the industry (like refusing to share patient data outside their systems) because they are afraid it will hurt their checkbooks. Sad, but true.

Comment Re:Generous Author (Score 1) 395

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Comment Great for Obama (Score 5, Insightful) 918

I'm an Obama supporter living in Texas and I think this is actually a great thing to have both McCain and Obama's names removed from the ballot. Texas is a very conservative state, which makes my vote here virtually worthless. But if neither is on the ballot, then the chances of Obama winning the state because of write-ins or Barr (or another 3rd party candidate) winning because their name is on the ballot increases. Basically if John McCain doesn't win Texas, its a very deep blow for him and this lawsuit is pretty much the only shot we have at it.

When will we abolish this stupid electoral college?
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FreeGamer writes: "There are many significant indie game projects that are committed to creating a quality free game where the developers are afraid of the consequences of making the development public by publishing the project under an open source license. The reasons for declining to open source a project are usually bogus. Over the years I've tried to change the minds of several game project developers, usually met with stubborn resistance. Hopefully this article can help projects earlier on in their development cycle before people have committed themselves to keeping their free game project as a closed source one."

Submission + - why exercise boosts brainpower

aditi writes: CNN reports that exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss.
Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice — and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise.They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise.

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