I watched recently Barry Levinson’s movie Liberty Heights about a handful of people in Baltimore growing up in the fifties. In one scene the high school practices a civil defense drill. For those who have never seen a civil defense drill, a number slightly smaller than those who have never seen a dodo bird, permit me to explain.
From the fifties through the early eighties the fear of the US and the Soviets—if you have to look it up, it is better that you stop reading—engaging in nuclear war seemed so imminent that school children participated regularly in drills to protect them from nuclear attack, nuclear winter, nuclear annihilation. The exercise was called duck and cover. Stay with me now—those in charge were quite serious about this.
In duck and cover, once you saw the flash of the nuclear explosion—assuming your retinas weren’t fused—you were supposed to get under a table, most likely a wooden one that would have already turned to ash, and assume the fetal—or fecal position. Educated adults came up with this idea as a solution, people with PhDs.
Generations of kids, millions of kids practiced this drill several times a year. Someone puts forth a directive. Instead of challenging it, other reasoned adults wallow in their folly.
Duck and cover. Lemmings off cliff.
EHR and Meaningful Use. Lemmings off cliff.
Question it before you leap. EHR is a great opportunity. EHR under the government’s direction—this is the same institution who developed duck and cover. EHR and Meaningful Use—if you find it meaningful, you would probably benefit from speaking with someone who does not share your perspective.
Meaningful Use from EHR’s Meaningful Muse.