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Penn And Teller Do a Video Explaining Why Vaccinations Are So Valuable

Posted on April 21, 2016 I Written By

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Sometimes it takes 2 magicians to explain something so that America understands an important health issue (Yes, that sentence doesn’t feel right, but check out the video anyway). In this case, it’s Penn and Teller explaining why vaccinations are so valuable and every child/person should get them. (Note: There’s a bit of vulgar language)

The power of a well done video is amazing (See also this doctor who raps). At the NAB conference this week I heard someone talking about virtual reality and they made this incredible point. A producer creating a video on a 2D screen can make you want to watch the video. The point being that it’s the content that matters much more than the screen. Sure, a nice big screen or virtual reality is great, but it’s the content that really matters. We’re going to learn a lot about this as more and more healthcare videos are created.

Why Meaningful Use Should Balance Interoperability With More Immediate Concerns

Posted on March 12, 2015 I Written By

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source, software engineering, and health IT, but his editorial output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers. His articles have appeared often on EMR & EHR and other blogs in the health IT space. Andy also writes often for O'Reilly's Radar site ( and other publications on policy issues related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society. Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Vanguardia Dossier, and Internet Law and Business. Conferences where he has presented talks include O'Reilly's Open Source Convention, FISL (Brazil), FOSDEM, and DebConf.

Frustration over the stubborn blockage of patient data sharing is spreading throughout the health care field; I hear it all the time. Many reformers have told me independently that the Office of the National Coordinator should refocus their Meaningful Use incentives totally on interoperability and give up on all the other nice stuff in the current requirements. Complaints have risen so high up that the ONC is now concentrating on interoperability, while a new Congressional bill proposes taking the job out of their hands.
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