Random Notes

In Which I Rock a Major Health Care Trade Show

April 17, 2015
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There I was, in good old Chicago this week, ready to MC the terribly cool health care shindig, HIStalkapalooza. A hot tic at the vast HIMSS15 health care information technology trade show at McCormick Place, the Palooza was held at the famed House of Blues, crowded with nearly 800 rockin’ health care wizards. Sponsored by […]


Best Reads of 2014…

December 31, 2014
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That time again. Though I really don’t like year-end lists, the notion of reading by the clock, here you go. What did Patti Smith say about the clock?   And as Mel Brooks said, “work work work work…”  Make that “read read read read….”  And “write write write write…”  And my top two novels of the year are: […]


Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey…

November 7, 2014
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(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, November 2014.) At some point in the late 1970s, smart-alecky teenager Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, flips on some New York radio station. Bruce Springsteen comes blaring out and all that passion, fire and teenage angst reaches out and touches this kid somewhere in the swamps […]


20th Century Man…

August 2, 2014
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(This post was published on the hugely influential health care technology news site, HIStalk, on July 30, 2014.)    “I work in healthcare during the day, then I go home to the 21st century.” Dave Levin, MD, Founder/CEO of Tres Rios Group, (@DaveLevinMD) uttered these stinging words at last week’s OnBase + Epic User Forum […]


Tangled up in blue…

July 20, 2014
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(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, July 2014.) New York City, September 1975. Patti Smith is in the midst of recording her seminal first album, “Horses,” a masterpiece of poetic punk rock. On a sunny day, when the light seems right, she and Robert Mapplethorpe create what comes to be […]