Computers and Language Translation

Long before the health care industry became so enamored of electronic medical records, researchers were struggling with the problems of how to enable a computer to translate languages.  Over the years, computer translations have become much better than they were, and now anyone can generate a web page in a different language quite easily. The…

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There is a nursing shortage (Myth #3)

  Note:  Even back in 1992 when we wrote Modern Medicine, the focus of patient care had become the patient’s chart, not the patient.  Because there were no longer enough ward clerks to do the paperwork on a hospital floor, the nurses had to do it—at the expense of attending to patients. Can’t say whether…

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Technology Drives up Cost of Medical Care (Myth #2)

In Modern Medicine: What You’re Dying to Know, we talked about the high cost of technology because this was about the time hospitals were jumping on the MRI bandwagon. Some readers may remember the brouhaha over the cost of MRI machines when they first became available to hospitals. In our book we addressed seven notions…

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Top Down and Bottom Up

In the early days of developing expert systems, there was a lot of talk about whether such systems should be built from the top down or the bottom up. The artifical intelligence focus has moved on to other perspectives, including the ever popular neural networks. In these discussions, we seem to forget an underlying principle…

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