Gregory Schmidt



Internal Medicine / Healthcare Systems / Design / EHR / Technology


  • Healthcare's low Digitization Index

    24/05/2021 Duration: 05min

    Healthcare remains one of the least digitized sectors of the economy. Article:

  • Healthcare productivity is the (second) worst

    21/05/2021 Duration: 02min

    Between 1990 and 2007 healthcare was the second worst sector of the USA economy in productivity improvement. In fact it had become less productive with time.   Article: https:/

  • Growth in healthcare spending outpaces growth in GDP

    17/05/2021 Duration: 06min

    Countries spend more on healthcare each year than their economy grows. Can this continue forever? Article: #HealthEcon

  • CBC hides inflammatory article published on Nursing Day

    17/05/2021 Duration: 07min

    CBC News published an article on Nursing Day that provoked public outcry. It turns out that the details of the original article were incorrect. CBC proceeded to rewrite the article (a new headline, byline, and content) but the new article was published overtop of their existing article. 

  • Single-sentence summaries improve EHR data display

    04/05/2021 Duration: 09min

    The addition of single-sentence summaries can dramatically improve the information communicated when generating summaries of patient data. This example focuses on trying to display that two consultations occurred in the same day.   Article:

  • Risks of using medical story arcs

    04/05/2021 Duration: 11min

    When we fit the patient's narrative into a typical medical story arc, we risk making diagnostic errors. Article:

  • Product Packaging UX: hard to open cardboard boxes

    26/04/2021 Duration: 06min

    Sometimes it is not clear which side of the box should be opened. Article:

  • 5 Principles of Two-Factor Code Design

    25/04/2021 Duration: 05min

    Do we even need letters in the code? Are number only codes preferred? Article:

  • The patient's narrative is never written down

    24/04/2021 Duration: 06min

    Summarizing the patient's narrative into a medical note introduces error into the earliest steps of the diagnostic and record-keeping process. Article:

  • The patient's first-person narrative

    19/04/2021 Duration: 05min

    The original first-person patient narrative forms the foundation of clinical medicine, yet its original form rapidly becomes contaminated and evolve once the patient enters the medical system. Article:

  • Series introduction: narrative language in medicine

    19/04/2021 Duration: 02min

    Narrative language is everywhere in medicine. How does this influence how we think & document patient information? Article: Custom fields

  • Back-in angle parking

    12/04/2021 Duration: 03min

    Back-in angle parking combines the benefits of angle parking with those of bcak-in parking.   Article:

  • Why do Americans not back into parking spaces?

    01/04/2021 Duration: 08min

    In some countries most cars back-into parking spaces. In other countries, almost nobody does. Why is this?‍‍ Article:

  • Ways to avoid fatalities from car backovers

    28/03/2021 Duration: 07min

    Help reduce backover injuries and fatalities with these ideas.  Full article:

  • Deaths from cars backing-over people

    27/03/2021 Duration: 04min

    Each week in the USA, an estimated 280 people are injured and 4-5 people die as a result of backover injuries. Most of them children. Article:

  • Costco's extra-wide parking stalls

    26/03/2021 Duration: 01min

    Costco puts extra space between their parking stalls which ensures cars are always centered in the extra-wide parking stall. Full article:

  • Life Update: 2020

    09/01/2021 Duration: 01min

    2020 was quiet year for new posts on this website, but busy year for Gregory. Read at:

  • COVID-19: Should clinicians age 60+ only do tele-care?

    12/03/2020 Duration: 12min

    It may make the most sense to encourage clinicians above a certain age, and those with comorbidities to focus as much as possible on telemedicine care to reduce their risk of mortality from coronavirus.

  • Lasting impact at scale, the work of Kevin Starr & Mulago

    01/09/2019 Duration: 34min

    Summary of the step-by-step process taught by Kevin Starr to design for building lasting impact at scale. Original article:

  • App design: positional space

    25/08/2019 Duration: 10min

    Do not teleport your users to different parts of the application. They must take a road to get there, and know which part of the app's 3D space they are in. Original article:

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