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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 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.

Apple anticipates that even the best laid plans go awry, so they seek out the failures and fix them using customer support. Why can't EHR vendors do the same?

Real healthcare reform will remain elusive as long as management accepts the notion that the way to fix healthcare is to automate it.

Healthcare — like education — relies heavily on people and as such, can never become the ideal smoothly running machine that many dream of.

When an article on EHR or data makes it into a medical journal, it is most often a speculative picture of the future; basically, it's science fiction.

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