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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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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.

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.

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