Sunday, November 27, 2005

linux fretting

Just on a random note; what will linux users do if linux ever becomes the defacto os? How will they be special then?

Saturday, November 26, 2005

w.bloggar test

So my biggest problem with blogging is always having the time to spend online writing. So w.bloggar was suggested. Lets see if it helps!

software in healthcare

Good question. I have mixed feelings about software in any environment (heresy for a developer/architect). I should qualify that. I have resevations about lots of software in healthcare. Is it fundimentally wrong, or the saviour of healthcare? Probably neither. At the heart of it software is brilliant if it serves a purpose and makes life better/easier/safer...
I went along to the BCHIMPS talk a few weeks ago and listen to a guy from the NHS in the UK talk about software and healthcare. Two things came across that I agree with very deeply.

1. Software is only a tool in healthcare. It should never be forgotten that the purpose is to serve patients
2. Data belongs to the patient. Simple and obvious but theres alot of confusion and disagreement on that point.

As far as software in clinical settings goes, I think it can be a huge benefit as long as it serves rather than confuses. Or as a nurse friend pointed out to me; theres alot of nurses who will retire soon and have no desire to hav to learn new software. Good point I thought!

So my own personal crusade is to help technologists remember the software is only a tool. Its the application that matters.

in the beginning....

Apparently there was actually life (of sorts) before the earth cooled... Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr.Jones!
After much discussion with my boss (Jame) I have finally caved in and agreed to put down some of my thoughts and so on in a blog. Hopefully I'll manage to avoid adding more un-required noise to the internet, but if not, this will be like most other blogs!
So somehwhere in here will be lots of useful thoughts or argumentitive statements about software in healthcare....