Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Camel Day on Camel

Source: Wikimedia

Guess what day it is? It's Wednesday, and I live on Camel Drive. Now that we are working from home, it's a double camel day, a Bactrian camel.
Source: Wikimedia

Working on a variety of things now but frustrated by a vendor who plans to setup HL7 software interfaces with no specification. It's less common than it used to be but continues to happen. Why do healthcare software companies think you don't need a specification for HL7?

Then there are the opposite type of companies: those who realize there is a lot of money to be made in healthcare IT and get into it with no prior collective knowledge of healthcare. They will have a specification that is incorrect or otherwise not useful. One of the biggest fallacies in software dev/engineering is the belief that a programmer need only know how to program and need not have subject matter expertise to develop software for a particular customer. This is completely false.

If you don't have the knowledge in-house, you will spend years learning how healthcare works before you can competently build anything of significance. It isn't the same to just hire a few people with previous healthcare work to consult (like nurses), though that is better than nothing.

On a positive note, I'm already thinking about my next day off.

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