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Sue Lani Madsen: Why it’s hard to pull the plug

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 8, 2021

The problem was obvious and the cure seemed simple in 2008. Electronic health records were becoming ubiquitous in both public and private health care, but on a variety of platforms which couldn’t speak to each other. Mustering out of service under DoD care meant physically carrying a stack of paper records to the VA to scan into their system. The Department of Defense and the VA each had their own EHR systems, and relied on the pre-Internet “tennis shoe network” to communicate.

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Front Porch: Baking with Mom

The lightweight aluminum pans aren’t beautiful. Scratched and slightly dented, they’re certainly nothing you would find at Williams Sonoma. They aren’t even nonstick.
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Sue Lani Madsen: Got power for Thanksgiving? 25 years later - be thankful

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 24, 2021

Gov. Mike Lowry declared a disaster within the 24 hours of the first exploding transformer. Hospital staff stayed over for second shifts when colleagues couldn’t make it to work, trapped by jumbles of downed trees. Traffic lights went black and power lines decorated icy intersections. The Spokane County Department of Emergency Management lost power, county commissioners having cut DEM’s request for an emergency generator. It was an “I told you so moment” for new deputy director Dave Byrnes, and an “oops” that would be rectified the next year. An Emergency Operations Center was hastily set up in the basement of the downtown city fire station.

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