June 27th, 2009
There was an interesting documentary on PBS this week,about Digital e-waste,about how your computers end up in Developing countries dumping ground.Computers,which may have been donated by you,or your office.
What happens to their hard drive?
What happens if your health related information is still on the hard drive of your computer?
These are some questions which you need to think before you embark on Personal Health Record storage on your own hard drive.
GHANA:DIGITAL DUMPING GROUND
November 18th, 2007
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”
We live in exciting times,health care has changed tremendously over the past century.It has moved from case based management of diseases to evidence based management.Despite rapid strides in technology and also information about new diseases,yet there are some lacunae in delivery of health care.This has resulted in frustration among consumers and health care professionals.
Health care system has not moved in pace with advances in information technology and web media.Management of patient related information is one among them.
If we apply the five laws of library science by Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (1892-1972) and modify to health care,it could be :
1.Health care is for everyone.
2.Every user has his or her access.
3.Every health care its user.
4.Save time and money for the user.
5.The Health Care system is a growing organism
The First Law:Health Care is for every one:it is not an privilege but a fundamental right.
The Second Law:Although this is quite obvious,yet it is not always so,many people not only in developing countries but also in developed countries still do not have access to adequate health care.
The Third Law:Just as Each book in the library has a member of the community that will find the book useful or interesting.So does a patient will find only some parts of the health care system interesting to him.
The Fourth Law:It is important to save not only time for the consumer while accessing and utilizing health care services,but also it should save money for its user.This means that the health care should be more efficient then today.
The Fifth law:Health care is not an inanimate object,it is like a living organism and needs life to grow.Just as without the human and organizational changes that occur, the library would neither function properly, nor meet its purpose.So does the health care system.
Think about it.