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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cost Savings? I don't need to show you any stinkin' cost savings!

Sadly, I fear I agree wholeheartedly with Nicholas Carr on the impacts of our current obsession with the replacement (rather than enhancement) of traditional information capture and transfer methods when applied to Medicine -  via electronic medical records systems - and to education, via MOOCS and online "virtual" classrooms. My own immediate response to the RAND survey he points to was less eloquent than his own metaphor. If I recall, after reading the article in the NY Times I was almost compelled to simply respond:
Well, duh!
Sadly, the foolishness is being perpetrated on Medicine now, and Education as we move ahead. And I am in the world of Medical Education. Ouch.

I'm not against the introduction of new more "efficient" ways of either capturing and managing information, or disseminating it. That is after all what I do for a living. But the idea that it is a yellow brick road to cost savings, that each new technology can replace an existing modality, or that somehow a contract with a tech company providing you a tool will significantly reduce your bottom line in either of these fields is simply magical thinking.