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Daniel Essin, MA, MD

Daniel Essin, MA, MD

Daniel Essin, MA, MD, FAAP, FCCP, has been a programmer since 1967 and earned his MD in 1974. He has worked at the Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center. His main research interests include electronic medical records and inferential methods of achieving security and confidentiality in healthcare systems.

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The sad fact, when it comes to EHR, is that very few posses the right kind of computer literacy.

An open letter to Congress about interoperability, including some questions it should ask the vendor community.

Massachusetts' effort to tie license renewal to meaningful use of an EHR is a great way to ease the physician shortage.

Look no further than the recent issue of JAMA for evidence that physician mandates are not beneficial, but paternalistic and coercive.

The crises of immigration and drought cannot be solved, only mitigated or accommodated. The EHR crisis, on the other hand, has a solution.

Computer systems will never make good deciders and people will never make good robots.

Understanding the current lack of EHR interoperability is difficult. But perhaps Genesis 11 can help clarify the problem.

As displayed in Dallas, you can't expect EHRs to interoperate when they can't even intra-operate in their current structure.

Anyone that is responsible for patients has had "I told you so" moments. Here are mine when it comes to health IT and EHRs. I hope you take my advice.

The American Medical Association's recommendations to boost EHR usability are touchy-feely, but none really get to the heart of what's wrong with systems.

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