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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 study of Semiotics can be used to help us better understand and use technology to its fullest promise, rather than the evils that it may produce.

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In order to thwart the trend of high-cost care for lower quality and improve our health knowledge, we must broaden our critical thinking abilities

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The inherent flaws in this doctor’s EHR system has created an ethical dilemma, which he says cannot be solved.

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By continuing to use certain programs, including your EHR, you allow access to your data. Here's some guidance keeping your information private.

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HIPAA may actually be harmful as it distracts attention and diverts resources away from those actions that might actually improve privacy and security.

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After 18 years, the hospital where I see patients is getting an EHR. It's hard for me to see the value for physicians and patients going forward.

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When you look for guidance on the sustainability of technology, look to the government. No, not HHS, but instead the U.S. Department of Defense.

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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."

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