The Final Word

The Final Word: Risk

July 13, 2016

RISK: PATIENTS LIKELY TO HAVE NEGATIVE OUTCOMES The most widely understood use of risk in healthcare relates to the process of identifying patients at high, intermediate or low probabilities of certain outcomes such as admission to the hospital, dying within

The Final Word: Data Exchange vs. Data Aggregation

June 8, 2016

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about difficulties in the language of healthcare IT, focusing on the seemingly small, but meaningfully vast difference between two very important words in healthcare IT: interoperability and intraoperability. Unfortunately for our industry, there

The Final Word: Interoperability vs. Intraoperability

February 11, 2016

The English language gets a bad rap for being a difficult language to learn–and understandably so. It’s rife with contradictions. A single misplaced comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence. And words that are spelled similarly aren’t always

The Final Word: Healthcare vs. Health Care

June 30, 2014

A cursory review of all the textbooks, dictionaries, style guides, and news sources in the Anglophone world would reveal a complete lack of consistency in the conventions of how healthcare/health care/health-care (h/h/h) is written. Is anyone else’s mind blown that

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