EMRs are designed for billing, not for retaining information

The dirty secret of all electronic medical records (EMRs) is this: they are not primarily designed to help doctors record, review, or share information about their patients. No, they are primarily designed to capture the data necessary to submit bills to...

/ February 12, 2018

follow the money, asthma prevention edition

The Washington Post explains why prevention gets shafted when it comes to treating chronic diseases like asthma: Both [major teaching hospitals in Baltimore] receive massive tax breaks in return for providing “community benefit,” a poorly defined federal requirement that they...

/ February 9, 2018

tara isabella burton, “the destroyer”

Tara Isabella Burton is one of the sharpest religion writers out there (here’s her Vox page), but she’s also a damn good fiction writer. I have longed for years to say, at year’s end, that I have read a novel...

/ February 8, 2018

my neighbor totoro

We just watched the movie My Neighbor Totoro for the first time a few months ago, and Lauren Wilford describes why it’s so great: All this may make it sound like I’m making an “eat your vegetables” argument for watching My...

/ February 7, 2018

science should be more political, not less

I just came upon Ari Schulman’s excellent essay in The Hedgehog Review about trying to make science less political: What we need is not a depoliticized science but a more political science—that is, a science unembarrassed about the legitimate role of politics in...

/ February 6, 2018

farewell to facebook

For years, Zuckerberg and Facebook have tromped through the technology landscape and demolished everything that stood in the way. This was done without any reprisal, without any consequence. In fact, each time the company destroyed a competitor, or found a...

/ February 5, 2018

choosing our limitations

Andrew Russell has a fine piece at The Rabbit Room on limitations and our recent infatuation with “community”: if we look at the ways in which we’re currently trying to “live in community,” we’ll discover that we’re attempting to get...

/ February 2, 2018

How the plea deal sausage gets made

Justin Fenton has a great story from a few months ago exploring how plea deals happen in Baltimore City: Ninety-three percent of felony convictions in Baltimore are the result of plea deals — and some three-quarters of them are taken...

/ February 1, 2018

Andrew Osenga, “The Painted Desert”

This year, I’m hoping to keep this blog more active with short posts about stories and essays I’ve been reading, but I also want to share more music. I love writing and listening to music and there’s a lot of...

/ January 31, 2018

pro-life, anti-abortion, and a consistent ethic of anything

I’ve gotten a lot of responses to my post on the main site from the other day, specifically questioning the idea that “pro-life” ought to be circumscribed to mean only anti-abortion policies. My main points (which I would still consider...

/ January 8, 2018