“You are assuming that EVERY disk has a virus on it that will bring down your precious system, and I’m assuming that every disk has life-saving information on it. I win. Period.”
I am assuming no such thing. You are simply too narrow-minded to understand that there is a middle ground. It’s not black and white. There are solutions that best serve the patient first and foremost, the radiologist second, and IT third without creating undue risk.
You’re arrogant like most doctors. You can’t see that there are options out there that accomplish your goals through a different method. If you want to be head of IT, do it. But being an arrogant armchair quarterback who thinks he knows better like a teenager doesn’t serve to better patient care, it just serves to inflate your already large ego.
My dealings with Vital Images have not been stellar over the years, as mentioned in this old entry, but I’m still a bit surprised that this shot across the bow comes from their Minneapolis HQ. Perhaps my favoring of TeraRecon over Vital has earned me a little animosity, but I think VitalMan has a bit more deep-seated resentment. I wonder if Toshiba will embrace and encourage this attitude in their new employees.
Read the post and my comments. I am in favor of safe-PACSing. I want to use those “solutions that best serve the patient first and foremost, the radiologist second, and IT third without creating undue risk.” But where are they? VitalMan, as well as Comrade Stonn, offer only the vaguest suggestion of a fix for this, but they have no shortage of indignation over a the thought of interference with their domain.
“You’re arrogant like most doctors.” Here it is in all its glory. THIS is the core of the problem. When some folks don’t like what is being said about our current President’s policies, they bellow “RACIST”! I suppose the next best epithet would be “ARROGANT”. Sadly, VitalMan probably does hold us docs in such low regard. Which is really funny, as those who know me will tell you that I am about the least arrogant doc they’ve ever met. But I am a fierce advocate for my patients, and a bit of an S.O.B. when it comes to false bravado and empty rhetoric.
We “arrogant doctors” with “large egos” are responsible for patients’ lives. I hate to remind everyone of this, but it is so. The information coming in on foreign CD-ROM’s is critical to the health of the patient involved. It MUST be made viewable. Quit carping about how there might possibly be viruses on the disk and therefore we shouldn’t load them. And don’t demonize me for pointing out the obvious. Rather, acknowledge the necessity of acquiring this data, and work together with us to find a safe way to do so. But as Dr. Sardonicus commented on the last post, many would rather just say, “We don’t do that,” and go out for coffee.
The real answer to this particular problem is direct connections between hospitals, and a safe way to import data from foreign PACS, limiting the need to fool with CD’s. As an aside, I think LifeImage has a good beginning on the solution. But the problem of IT’s resentment of physicians is going to take some stronger medicine to solve.