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- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449305024
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About the Author
Fred Trotter is a hacktivist. He works for social change by coding and promoting Open Source Health Software. In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Trotter was the only Open Source representative invited by congress to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’ for the federal health care incentives law (Meaningful Use). Trotter also represented the Open Source EHR community in negotiations with CCHIT, the leading EHR certification body.
Trotter is the original author of FreeB, the worlds first GPL medical billing engine. In 2004 Fred Trotter received the LinuxMedNews achievement award for work on FreeB. Fred Trotter was an editor for the Open Source EHR review project with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Open Source Working Group (oswg). Fred is a member of WorldVistA and is the programmer behind Astronaut Shuttle which is the first cloud-based VA VistA offering.
Fred Trotter is a recognized expert in Free and Open Source medical software and security systems. He has spoken on those subjects at the SCALE DOHCS conference, OSCON, LinuxWorld, DefCon and is the MC for the Open Source Health Conference. He has been quoted in multiple articles on Health Information Technology in several print and online journals, including WIRED, ZSnet, Government Health IT, Modern Healthcare, Linux Journal, Free Software Magazine, NPR and LinuxMedNews. Trotter has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. Trotter minored in Business Administration, Cognitive Science, and Management Information Systems. Before working directly on health software, Trotter passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. Trotter was originally trained on information security at the Air Force Information Warfare Center.
David is CEO of ClearHealth Inc. which created and supports ClearHealth, the first and only open source Meaningful Use certified Comprehensive Ambulatory EHR. Coming from a background of supply chain systems and big business ERP for companies including DEC, Micro Systems, Motorola, and EDS, David entered health care in 2001 as CTO for the OpenEHR project. One of the first companies to try commercializing open source healthcare systems, OpenEHR met face first with thedifficult realities of bringing proven mainstream technologies into the complicated and sometimes nonsensical world of health care. In 2003 David became CEO of ClearHealth and created theClearHealth system based on VistA that was originally developed by the Veterans Health Administration.
ClearHealth’s software is open source (GPL) and powers more than 1,000 sites from small offices to mega-institutions servicing millions of patients per year. As CEO of ClearHealth Inc. David alsooversees outsourced management and operations consulting of several general practice groups and in 2013 will begin operating it’s own general practice facilities.
A frequent speaker and writer David has presented and OSCON, TEPR, LinuxWorld, SCALE, OSHC, and others. You can see his work online in Modern Health Care, Wired, Linux Journal, and on his blog: Health 365.
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Top customer reviews
in the Meaningful Use certification of our software, without much of an inkling of what the magic term "Meaninful Use" meant.
This book gave me a very clear understanding of what the term "Meaningful Use" means and also the surrounding context in which it exists.
I found this book very readable; it is concise, but thorough.
If you are involved in any way with Healthcare IT and don't have a clue as to what "Meaningful Use" means, please invest less than $20 in your career to get this book (and then read it!).
If you are just starting out in health IT and terms like ICD, EHR, PHI, HITECH are new to you, get this book, it will help a lot. If you've been in the field for a while but specialized in one area, I think you still may find it useful.
Can the book be improved, as other reviewers suggested? Perhaps. It's difficult for me to suggest specific improvements since it's been a couple of years since I've read it. However, I know that it was the only book of the kind when I looked a couple of years ago. You could information on medical billing and other things elsewhere, but that would require reading countless pages of very dry text. Which brings me to another point about the book: it's a quick read and it's great that it is.
This book is a, pretty much fabulous, bootstrap. I wish I had found it, well, about 9 months before it was published.
The one failing of the book is the targeting of the audience. The subtitle belies the writing in the book, which is targeted at a wider audience. I would say that if it were truly a "Guide for IT Staff" the back half of the book would be twice as long as it is, and the front half as long. It shouldn't be "making apologies" to IT people and encouraging them to skip sections that explain things in "Your Mom" language, it should pony up and drop the tech. The coverage of the various specs is hand-wavy and overly conceptual. The only thing I would say was spot-on perfect was the overview of the various ontological specs in the field, which cover almost exactly what you need to know and where to get more (though the discussion of Cyc felt a bit like nerd-preening on the part of the author. We all know it is there, thanks). In my own painful experience, discussion, for instance, of HL7 without discussion of transport is worthless. The dismissal of the conceptual problems of the HL7 XML stuff, without noting that it is an idiotically hackish shoveling of the "old" HL7 into XML presumes someone is already steeped in the idiocy of the current Health IT world before getting up to speed on "the new stuff".
In spite of how harsh that last graph seems, even to me, I told everyone in my organization to buy it. It isn't perfect, but it is definitely the best bootstrap on the topic I have seen.
I would have given a rating of 5 stars except the book needs to be updated to cover MU2 and other compliance changes to Healthcare. The book also suffered from editing issues; misspelled words and extra words in sentences, breaking the readable flow of the book.