"The reach of a practitioner is painfully limited and becoming
more limited each time form A76-B is created by a beaureaucrat and
slid in front of a practitioners face. Not that documentation is
bad. But in an end-to-end medical software world, it needn't be
so time-consuming, repetitive or onerous. It should allow the
practitioner to master the task, not the task to master the
practitioner and provide greatly improved quality control at the
"The past is littered with a multitude of medical software
failures. The present is punctuated with practitioners ready to
take the plunge to make 'the' software that will take the
profession by storm and make its developers a bajillion dollars.
Software that never seems to materialize, or whose small market and
incompatible software is jealously guarded by the company that
"It is chaos. It is crisis. Out of crisis is born opportunity.
And the government, with HIPAA, is ever ready to step into the
opportunity to clean up a mess that the profession should have
cleaned up long ago. More importantly the profession still
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