HISTalk: Defining Our Terms: Does Anyone Know What an “Open EHR” Really Is?

A JAMIA article by Dean Sittig and Adam Wright proposes use cases of exactly what determines whether a given EHR is “open” or “interoperable,” which hopefully will squelch the bleating of robotic vendor CEOs who insist on abusing the term to mean “whatever we’re selling at the moment.” The authors […]


At the Helm of the World’s Largest Medical Library: Interviews with Donald A.B. Lindberg

Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, an eminent pathologist, served as Director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years and has made important contributions to information and computer activities in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. INTERVIEWED BY JOAN ASH AND DEAN SITTIG JUNE 1, 2005 WOODS HOLE, MA & JULY 13, 2005 BETHESDA, MD Donald […]


Engineering Computerized Multiphasic Screening: An Interview with Morris F. Collen

Dr. Morris Collen was an internationally respected leader in medical informatics and a pioneer in electronic medical record systems. INTERVIEWED BY DEAN F. SITTIG AUGUST 1, 2005 OAKLAND, CA From his time as a young doctor administering to Henry J. Kaiser’s shipyard workers in Richmond, Calif., in 1942, to many decades of work in research and medical informatics, […]


SAFER EHRs: A Video Introduction to the SAFER Guides

A short video created by Westat for the ONC that describes the SAFER Guides which are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas: High Priority Practices, Organizational Responsibilities, Contingency Planning, System Configuration, System Interfaces, Patient Identification, […]


Webinar: ISQua on “Making Health Information Technology SAFER”

Here is a link to a webinar presented to the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). The webinar provides an introduction and overview of the USA’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) sponsored SAFER Guides (Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience) project presented by Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH and Dean F. Sittig, PhD.

Click Here to view the webinar.