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Dr. Larry Nathanson

Larry A. Nathanson, M.D., is a board certified emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts) and is the director of Emergency Medical Informatics for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Besides his clinical responsibilities treating patients, he develops computer applications to support emergency care. He has been programming for more than 20 years, and he received a bachelor's degree in "Computer Medical Science" from Boston University. Dr. Nathanson received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, and trained in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has also completed an NIH sponsored Medical Informatics fellowship at the Center for Clinical Computing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He currently holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Nathanson is the architect and programmer of the "ED Dashboard", the ED information system that is used at BIDMC. This software integrates data from the ED and many different areas of the hospital to give clinicians the ability to better communicate, monitor the department, improve patient safety and streamline the delivery of emergency care. This technology and the positive effects it has had patient care has been featured on CNN, in Newsweek and other national publications.

Health Care Industry Moves Slowly Onto the Internet
By Steve Lohr on April 05, 2009

The health care industry, a well-known laggard in information technology, is where most of corporate America was a decade or more ago in adopting Internet-style computing. There are innovators, intriguing experiments and lots of interest, but the technology hasn't yet gone mainstream.

Stopping Epidemics Before They Start
By Jessie Scanlon on April 05, 2009

In late March, thanks to a random safety check by Kraft Foods, and calls to the Food and Drug Administration from two ill people, health officials learned of salmonella-contaminated pistachios, and were able to alert the public. No one died from the tainted nuts, but that isn't always the case. The salmonella-contaminated peanuts detected in September 2008 have caused at least nine deaths, and in general, 5,000 people die every year in the US... <More...>