Preventing Medical Errors: Medical Informatics and Leadership of Healthcare Computing


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On High Ability


High ability, as in sports, is detectable early and quantifiable to a degree. Results like these from the national Iowa test (taken about the time I started programming), a perfect 800 in math on the SAT (the Scholastic Achievement Test taken by American high-school students seeking college admission), and my high school class rank of valedictorian are examples.

Many clinical specialists in fields such as medical informatics share similar high-ability attributes. Such attributes are important factors that have traditionally been very important in medical school admission. Medicine is not an easy profession.

Unfortunately, in healthcare IT, ability seems to have become irrelevant as long as one's resume lists the 'right' experience. Alarmingly, managed care and the current social climate of "dumbing down" in the U.S. has been doing the same to medicine itself.


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Recognizing the potential synergies, studying biological science and computer science was my plan for college even in the days before the personal computer. Many informaticists can relate similar interests.