Archive for the 'Medical Applications' Category

Medical IT crap, the why

Monday, July 11th, 2016

(Continuing from my previous post.) I think the major problem is that buyers specify domain functionality, but not the huge list of “non-functional requirements”. So anyone fulfilling the functional requirements can sell their piece of crap as lowest bidder. Looking at a modern application, non-functional requirements are stuff like resilience, redundancy, load management, the whole […]

A day in the life of “medical IT security”

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

This article is an excellent description of some of the serious problems related to IT security in healthcare. Even though medical staff actively circumvent “security” in a myriad inventive ways, it’s pretty clear that 99% of the blame lies with IT staff and vendors being completely out of touch with the actual institutional mission. To […]

You cannot trust

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Caspar Bowden spoke at the 31c3 conference. Snippets: I told my technology officers at MicroSoft that if you sell cloud computing services to your own governments, this means that the NSA can do unlimited surveillance on that data. […] two months later they did fire me. “Technology officers” represent MicroSoft in their respective countries. On […]

TEDx talk public

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

My TEDx talk is now public. It’s all about how bad current EHR systems are at helping us do our jobs as doctors. The title is “Rethinking clinical thinking: your doctor’s tools are blunt”. Enjoy it at:

Death of medical articles?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Check out this article on “Improbable Research”. In short, it’s an application that can take raw data and write an article around it. Personally, I think it’s a good thing if the result is more objective and complete than most journalistic writing we see today. Can’t be less researched, at least. But it also goes […]


Saturday, December 11th, 2010

I was invited to give a lecture to the International Masters Programme in Health Informatics at Karolinska Institute, and we recorded a video of the entire lecture, in total around 3.5 hours. The last part is about iotaMed, our open source project for a “new and improved” electronic health care record, which is knowledge support, […]

EHR systems are liars

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I’m just copying a post here I just did to a closed forum for CISSPs. A couple of days ago, I had to create a death certificate in Cosmic, the EHR system produced by Cambio Healthcare Systems and used in many provinces of Sweden and increasingly abroad. So, I opened up the records for the […]

A failure of leadership

Monday, June 21st, 2010

My previous post got a few reactions from the IT people, all of them sounding as virgins having their panties pulled down. To say they didn’t like it is the understatement of the day. Which leads me to conclude I wasn’t clear enough. It also points to something being seriously wrong with their idea of […]

War plans

Friday, June 18th, 2010

If you’ve followed along, you’ll have seen what I regard as the major problems and what I think are the major solutions for the electronic health-care record in general. But if we want to get anything done, there are major hurdles that are different from one country to the other, mainly due to political system […]

Solution: open the market

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Now we’ve arrived at the last of the solutions in my list, namely “Opening the market for smaller entrepreneurs”. There are a number of reasons we have to do this, and I’ve touched on most of them before in other contexts. The advantages of having a large all-in-one vendor to deliver a single system doing […]