Not Backwards in going Backwards

Unhappy with the reckless driving on the information super highway the Alliance of Australian and New Zealand IT departments have deployed a controversial focus group (code name ‘4 brains‘) to reduce speed, minimize efficiency and generally stagnate information delivery.

The newly formed Southern Hemisphere Information Technology ‘4 brains‘ group have covertly implemented a series of strategies within Australian hospitals which they are confident will coagulate productivity to a state of suppuration.

Thankfully the Utopian College have recently intercepted a leaked memo outlining the ‘4 brains’ strategy to increase mortality. We reproduce the contents of the memo in full in the vain hope we are able to reach somebody within the wider medical community who still has access to an operating computer, modern browser AND a functioning internet service so that we may stop this dastardly plan in it’s tracks…

Undertakings of the Southern Hemisphere Information Technology ‘4 brains‘ group June 2010

1) Introduce ‘URL interrogation’ speed humps

  • Phase I: Block access to sites the ‘4 brains’ group deem inappropriate. (figure 1)
  • Phase II: Block access to all sites with polysyllabic titles
  • Phase III: Chortle loudly and ignore all email requests citing ‘server downtime‘ as the reason for slow response time.

2) Reduce the breadth of highway from 5 lanes to a single lane cobbled track

  • Phase I: Choose the least reliable and non-functional browser currently still available (in this case Internet Explorer)
  • Phase II: Ban all other browsers from being downloaded e.g. Firefox, Chrome etc
  • Phase III: Downgrade Internet Explorer browser from 7 to 5.5 citing ‘stability issues‘ as the reason for change
  • Phase IV: Order another latte and muffin

3) Alter the ‘mode‘ of transport the operator can use on said cobbled track

  • Cars can be dangerously quick and efficient…so to slow things down insist that all operators ride to work…on a unicycle.
  • Phase I: Recall all computers with more than 500MB of RAM
  • Phase II: Recall all computers with more processing power than a Pentium II
  • Phase III: Sell off the recalled computers to industries more deserving of rapid information dissemination citing ‘budgetary constraints
  • Phase IV: Insist that ‘steam is green‘ and convert all remaining computers to the latest specification steam generated model
  • Phase IV: Disconnect the only functioning electronic device left in the office (the phone)…sit back and order another latte.

4) Deny the existence of The Internet and The Apple

  • Phase I: Reproduce images of the latest developments in UK and US health IT infrastructure (Figure 3)
  • Phase II: Emphasise the importance of the quill in maintaining manual dexterity
  • Phase III: Utilise scare-mongering tactics and re-iterate key phrases from your IT handbook wherever possible e.g. ‘patient confidentiality’, ‘big brother’, ‘breaching firewall’, ‘stability issues’, ‘compliance issues’ and ‘server downtime’
  • Phase IV: Relax, job well done. Without computers and the internet they will never be able to find you again. Relocate to the beach for a well earned rest
Utopian College of Emergency for Medicine

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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