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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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Without complainers, there is no incentive to rethink the problem and no one to stumble on an alternative.

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I know it is April, but I finally made a New Year's resolution. I will start being proactive about my procrastination.

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Like every computer system, each EHR creates its own virtual reality. The danger stems from mistaking this "virtual" reality for actual "reality."

As the pressure on healthcare organizations increases, physicians need to mobilize, find strength in numbers, and take a stand if they want change.

Big data can yield big benefits but, when things go wrong, can create big problems that will forever be beyond the ability of people to anticipate.

Believe it or not, EHRs and Los Angeles County's mental health problem have a lot in common.

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.

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