Strategic Informatics

A blog about the strategic application of technology

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E-prescribing to soar with new spending

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Image Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

As many as 75 percent of U.S. doctors will be writing electronic prescriptions within five years, thanks to new federal spending to encourage e-prescribing.

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iPhone Development

Curiosity got the best of me this evening so I signed up for the iPhone Developer Program.  Being a person who has lived through several horrible user interfaces, Apples approach is refreshingly simple and with many more capabilities in the 3.0 release of the iPhone firmware I think there are many more unique applicaitons to be built.  I have more than an idle curiousity with developing an application utilizing some of the  initiatives we currently have going on at work but time will tell what direction our mobile strategy moves in.  In the mean time I’ll test the waters to see what new API’s Apple has released with their new 3.0 SDK.  Bluetooth communications, dock connector API’s, all have some interesting possiblities.

 

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Healthcare spending from 1965 to 2008

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Apple’s Tablet iBook?

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If we are to believe Apple then there is no intent on offering a slate based tablet platform.  However as evidenced by recent Chinese-language financial newspapers this week it is claimed that Wintek has been selected to manufacture touchscreens for a device targeted at the netbook category.  I’ll be the first to admit that I think Apple is poised to offer a device that picks up where Microsoft’s third-party device manufacturers left off.  It is clear to me that the capacitive touch screen on the iPhone/iPod is a great interface to a large screen slate based device.  While the above picture is surely a fake it does draw my attention to the fact that Apple’s recent Beta release of Safari has some very “Touch Friendly” features including the “Top Sites” at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites and Google Chromesque tab management which is uncharactaristic of Apples typicaly UI design within OSX. 

Safari 4 web browser demonstrating Top Sites feature
I became the recent receipient of Dell’s capacitive touch 12″ tablet and can assure you it does not compare to the iPhone’s interface.  Time will tell what Apple does in the coming months and if this rumor has any traction but for my work in developing applications I would love to see some well crafted UI’s sitting atop Apple’s hardware.  As novel as it may sound…”Flicking” through medical records using cover flow would be a pretty neat feature for managing a stack of patient medical records.