This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Charting

“Out of sight, out of mind.” Ever heard the one about the early translation program that converted this aphorism into Chinese and then back? It came out as “invisible idiot.” Regardless, “out of sight, out of mind” is a good general psychological principle. In any nuclear power plant control station, air traffic control center, AWACS plane, aircraft cockpit, or any busy and confusing medical setting whether […]



This entry is part 17 of 43 in the series Words

When using a point-and-click medical charting application (of which there are a zillion, and I think I’ve used maybe a half-zillion) there are many designs, but I’ve recently realized there is a way to divide them into two types. There are one-layer charting apps and two-layer charting apps. I’m not talking about computer layers, I’m […]



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 an electronic medical record (EMR) system, it used to just […]



This entry is part 2 of 43 in the series Words

Robust. My dictionary defines it as ro·bust, adj. 1.strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind. 2.strongly or stoutly built: his robust frame. 3.suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance: robust exercise. 4.rough, rude, or boisterous: robust drinkers and dancers. and full-bodied: the robust flavor of […]