Since I submitted this, nola.com came out with a more in depth article. The NFL is claiming "who dat" too, which has also been around for years and years, AND the roman numerals XLIV, which have been around, since... well, the Romans. The article goes more in depth about the history of "who dat" which is pretty interesting.
What are these people going to find out... my hometown? My college? My favorite tv shows? Who cares?
Sounds like those questions the bank website asks me to prove I'm me...
Resident physicians are FLSA exempt not because of their salary, but because they're a "learned profession." So we get $40K to work up to 80 hours a week and take call up to every 3rd night, during which you are expected to go without sleep for up to 30 hours, for which there is no additional compensation. Sucks. And many of the calls are probably the IT equivalent of "I forgot my password." Things like "this medication that the patient isn't asking for because it's 3AM and they're asleep, it's about to expire, do you want to renew it?"
Afterwards, however, there are models where you get paid for call. We have a backup call system in our ER where a physician is a paid a set amount to carry the pager, then gets paid by the hour if they get called in. And I know another guy who gets paid a set amount to carry a pager for an inpatient psych unit here, then he gets paid per admission he sees the next day. As for me, I hate being on call, even if it's home/pager call, so I gravitate towards shift work.
and it really was the floor mat. Now I'm OCD about making sure it's in the right spot before I get in the car...
Be OS was a very good OS so we should see good things from Haiku, too. The niche it filled will be different today for Haiku, but still highly relevant. Netbooks are all the rage now. I expect it will be tried there first.
I absolutely loved BeOS! I mean, I love the MacBook I have now, but BeOS was my first love
I don't own a netbook currently, but I would very likely buy one just to run BeOS/Haiku on it when it's ready. Basically, for me the OS would be the killer app that would entice me to buy the hardware.
At the VA, they require us to have a ridiculous number of strong passwords.
When you first start, you get a piece of paper that says:
Then at the bottom it says "Remember within 48 hours." Yeah right.
Then the system forces you to change all of these passwords at varying intervals. So even if you start off by having all of the passwords the same, within a few months they're all different.
And they wonder why people write stuff down.
I wonder what will be the limit on the thermal sensors. I live in Texas and it would suck if I voided my warranty every time I walked outside with my laptop between the months of June and August. Or got into my 150-degree car after it's been sitting in the sun all day...
Confidentiality is very, very important to businesses and individuals, even more so in the Internet age. One of the reasons to continue to operate your own infrastructure, no matter what the current hype is.
IAAD and I agree that confidentiality is extremely important, and health care professionals have a responsibility to safeguard PHI. However, I also think that IT admins have a responsibility to create an infrastructure that doesn't suck and that takes into account the needs of the people that actually need to use it. Because if it sucks bad enough, people will find a way to circumvent some of the safeguards in order to get their work done. Because it's human nature that getting one's work done is a more immediate need than theoretical concerns about privacy and confidentiality. So if you're going to develop an internal system, looking at what makes "the current hype" so popular might not be a bad idea.
For example, I work at a large county hospital/university system that has adopted groupwise. We are told that PHI is secure if sent through groupwise. However, besides the fact that groupwise is inherently sucky, they've made it extremely inconvenient for residents to use it. We cannot run the real client because we aren't allowed to have VPN access, so we have to use the web client, which has a horrible interface. It has a tiny storage allotment. They will not install the software that will allow it to work on the iphone. So, most people forward their groupwise email to their personal gmail or yahoo mail or whatever. Thus defeating the purpose of having the secure system.
Yes, it's wrong for the doctors to circumvent the security. However, I think it's just as wrong for the IT people to implement a system so crappy that people are driven to do this. Most doctors are thinking along the lines of "I have patients to take care of, I don't have all this time to spend fiddling with this crappy groupwise thing" not "let me violate HIPAA because I'm lazy."
Our policy is, when in doubt, do the right thing. -- Roy L. Ash, ex-president, Litton Industries