Healthcare in the 21st Century by William Springer
$0.99 on Amazon (Kindle only)
Shameless plug time! Normally, I just review other people’s books; today, I’m going to tell you a bit about a book that I wrote instead.
My day job is developing software for a company that makes electronic health records (EHRs). When the stimulus was passed in 2009, one of the things it included is the HITECH Act, which provides government funding for hospitals and clinics to make ‘meaningful use’ of EHRs. This is a pretty big deal in the medical world; the company I work for has doubled in size just keeping up with all of the new clients.
Outside of the healthcare field, though, EHRs don’t get much attention, which is a shame because they have a direct impact on the quality of care that you as a patient receive. If you live in the United States, there’s a good chance that your records are stored in at least one EHR, and knowing about it can help you to better manage your health.
This short (26 page) book discusses what an EHR means to you, as either a clinician or a patient, and covers the challenges involved in implementing one and the requirements set up to receive stimulus funds. As of this writing, it’s one of the top books in the Medical History & Records category on Amazon and has only 5-star reviews (including one from a top 500 reviewer). If you’re at all interested in healthcare, check it out today!