Archive for November, 2010

Natural Mapping, Search and Affordance

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Tracking Systems

Make things visible: bridge the gulfs of execution and evaluation. Use technology to make visible what would otherwise be invisible, thus improving feedback and the ability to keep control. –Donald A. Norman, The Design of Everyday Things Norman states: Mapping is a technical term meaning the relationship between two things, in this case between the […]



This entry is part 5 of 43 in the series Words

“Downtime.” What an ugly word. Wiktionary defines it as The amount of time lost due to forces beyond one’s control, as with a computer crash. Just the thought makes one down, makes one depressed. Most “niche” (best-of-breed) Emergency Department Information Systems (EDISs) are justly proud that they don’t go down. That is, unless there is […]



The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) held an international symposium on ED computer systems, November 12-15 in Miami. This was the fifteenth year for the conference. The focus was on how to effectively and efficiently use computer technology for ED process improvement. There were attendees from the 6000-bed Chang Gung […]