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3 Tech Things That Irk Me

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2013

It says something that this is probably going to be the biggest HIT interoperability story of the week. And it's safe to say the impact is pretty marginal on most providers. I do applaud all the participants, including Healtheway, Inc., which supports the eHealth Exchange community; and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), master of healthcare interoperability testing efforts.

I won't mind if you retweet this item, but good luck getting your summary into 140 characters.

3. Twitter is great. Twitter is maddening.
You might be surprised to learn I was a relative latecomer to Twitter. I couldn't seem to understand the value of hashtags, and often got my pound sign and my at sign confused. Around the time I joined HealthLeaders, I really got the hang of it. There's great benefit in forcing everyone's thoughts into 140 characters, even though there's no hope that it can completely cure one of FOMO (fear of missing out).

But it's far more useful than Facebook for seriously keeping up with what's going on. And don't get me started on how LinkedIn could be improved.

But Twitter is also frustrating. Just like LinkedIn, it needs some power data mining tools. TweetDeck and Twitter-based apps of its ilk appear to be great for following several hashtags on a single screen, but so far I haven't seen anything that really adds a sophisticated level of filtering to the service. And there is always the danger that if someone builds such an app, Twitter will change its API and break all those apps.

But you already know how I feel about APIs.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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