Archive for 2011

Ignore

This entry is part 14 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 14 of 43 in the series WordsNo, I’m not talking about a system error message like Windows’ infamous “Abort, Retry, Fail?” I’m talking about active cognitive ignoring. This occurred to me as I’ve been using an electronic medical record system called DocuTAP. It has many very, very busy screens, each with […]

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Calendar

This is not directly related to medical informatics, but it is a user-interaction topic, and has some lessons for the usability of medical software. First: Unlike many nerds, I like Microsoft Word. It’s a mature product and works well. It has many complications into which one may delve, and for those who want to delve, […]

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Dialog-Box Rooms

This entry is part 13 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 13 of 43 in the series WordsAn experimental study recently (late 2011) ballyhooed in the press looks at how we tend to forget things as we move into a doorway, and that walking back into the room doesn’t help you recover the memories. (Duh. I could have told anyone this. As […]

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Cognitive Friction

This entry is part 12 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 12 of 43 in the series WordsThe Whorf-Sapir hypothesis says that our language shapes how we think. It’s been moderately debunked in recent decades, but it’s likely true, at least in small part. And one of those small parts is when someone coins a new word that encapsulates a new idea. […]

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Scribes

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Charting

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Charting“This job would be great if I didn’t have to chart.” Physicians say this all the time. One way to not have to chart (much) is to work with a Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) team. Although the National Disaster Medical System now has […]

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