Meaningless Use: The Lighter Side of Health IT

Social networks. Neural networks. Physical networks. Whatever their type, they all follow the same mathematical rules. In this article, Mike Farahbakhshian explores why “six degrees of separation” isn’t quite true, why it’s helpful for AI and Deep Learning, and why it’s a disaster for cyber security.

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian conjures up things spookier than ghosts and goblins: What’s to come in FY20 and beyond in the world of Health IT. And what do vaping and Batman have to do with all of this?

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What do Prince Philip and Continuous Delivery have in common? In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian takes on the cargo cult of DevOps. 

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What happened to our 21st Century vision and how can we get the right interface between human and computer to help solve critical health issues, such as TBI and Spinal Cord Injuries? And where does Billy Idol come into this? Mike Farahbakhshian explores.

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April is Autism Awareness Month, and with a record 1.5 million American children – that’s one out of every forty – being diagnosed with autism, what is the Federal Health IT community doing to improve outcomes? Mike Farahbakhshian helps us solve the puzzle one piece at a time.

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API Management Gateways. It’s all the trend in Health IT. But what are API Management Gateways? For that matter, what’s an API? And what does this have to do with Health IT? Mike Farahbakhshian dives in and explains. 

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HIMSS. The Health IT trade show to end all trade shows. Over 40,000 professionals descend upon a city and turn it into a seething, roiling mass of bright colors, loud sounds, boastful claims and technobabble. It’s like Burning Man, except it’s safe to eat the candy. In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian suggests what to check out at this year’s HIMSS without burning out.

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FHIR. We’ve all heard the buzzword but what promise does it really hold? In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian kicks off the new year in style by explaining FHIR’s appeal to multiple generations and their specific health needs.

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian gives thanks for staying alive another year, and dwells on what Health IT is doing to help limit morbidity and mortality (M&M). Black Friday has never been more apropos.

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian celebrates the new Fiscal Year with updates on all the various predictions, gripes and rants from the last year. Let’s see how the end of the Health IT world as we know it is progressing. 

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian takes on application design and how it breaks human psychology.  

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About the Author: Mike Farahbakhshian was a mild mannered Health Information Technologist until one day he was accidentally exposed to a blast of gamma radiation. Now, whenever he becomes angry, Mike bursts from his clothing to become a giant, green, monster. Since health interoperability angers him often, he usually stays in this form. In this monstrous, virescent shape, he travels the land with his sidekick Sprout, offering people canned vegetables at reasonable prices. When not in hulk form, Mike serves By Light as Associate VP for Healthcare Business Development. He can be reached at mike.farahbakhshian@bylight.com. His duties include corporate growth, smashing things and walking down a deserted highway while sad piano music plays… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzMSfaNXYZg 

In this month’s article, Mike makes barbeque out of the biggest sacred cow of all: That Agile is something special and that it has been implemented properly in the world of Health IT.

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In this month’s article, Mike digs through a bunch of BS and puts to rest a persistent Health IT myth. Watch and wonder as he challenges your worldview and opens your mind to new and drastically different paradigms of thought! Marvel as real and sweeping change topples the Health IT world! … Just kidding, nothing’s going to change, but at least it’s fun to read his contrarian rants while you have your morning coffee. Suggested Drink Pairing: Stok cold brew coffee.

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In this article, Mike Farahbakhshian won’t tell you how to make it big during proposal season, but he will tell you how to stay sane. Life’s a marathon, not a sprint.  

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian refuses to beat the HIMSS horse any further, and instead focuses on over-the-horizon changes to look out for. 

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian decides to abandon the doom and gloom of previous months and focus on the brighter side of Innovation in Health IT. What innovations will make the world a better place in the coming years? As a hopeful spring approaches, Mike casts aside his natural pessimism and paints a hopeful picture of what wonders could happen. 

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To start off 2018, Mike Farahbakhshian returns from a month off to prepare you for the disruptors that will rock Federal Health IT in 2018 and beyond. What lies over the horizon will shock you. It’s going to be a rough year.

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In the November 2017 article, Mike Farahbakhshian shares his midlife crisis with you, with ruminations on aging, legacy technology, and why “new & improved” doesn’t mean “built to last.” 

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Mike Farahbakhshian abstains at DHITS to deliver his take-aways from all the morning sessions you were too hung over to attend. The content is as dry as Mike – but it gives a critical sneak peek into the challenges DHA faces as it modernizes its systems in a changing cybersecurity landscape.

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Mike Farahbakhshian lets his OCD get the best of him, and explores all the overlooked effects and loose ends of the VA’s upcoming Cerner procurement. It’s all those little bothersome thoughts about the matter hovering around the back of your consciousness, put to text.

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Mike Farahbakhshian lets his position as a thought leader in the Health IT community go to his head. Mad with power, he decides to single-handedly use the promise of the “gig economy” to solve the problem of affordable health insurance. 

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Mike Farahbakhshian walks us through the greatest health IT challenge of the next decade: securing medical devices. With cyberattacks supplanting kinetic attacks, medical devices present a prominent target for enemy states, organized crime, industrial sabotage, and rogue actors. The consequences will be life or death. 

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In this month’s article, Mike Farahbakhshian discusses how to use Big Data analytics to improve pharmacovigilance, tackle suicide and opioid addiction, refine nootropics, and save the economy. 

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Mike Farahbakhshian shows how ancient superstitions live once more, as massive distributed systems like NoSQL and IoT evolve beyond data collection into distributed decision making. See how controversial anthropology and dystopian space operas show us how to envision this brave new world and why.

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Flash Back to 2010. Ah, 2010. Those halcyon days of innocence. Before the Harlem Shake. Back then, Mike Farahbakshian was full of what he believed were good ideas, including predicting the unbelievable future of Bitcoin. Come along on this thought provoking introspective on blockchain technology and its role in healthcare.

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If you’re reading these words, you’re too late. The fusion of medicine and technology has occurred. Real-time Location Systems and Asset Management Systems are not about to be integrated with clinical care, they already are integrated. The Internet of Things is not about to be used in healthcare, it already is being used in healthcare. 

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