The Latin in our sparkling new committee logo (right sidebar) reads: data, information, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. It represents the elements of the Information Technology DIKW Pyramid. Although it has fallen out of favor recently because of its philosophical assumptions, it is still a very useful construct. In fact Albert Einstein summarized the idea when he advised the world that "Information is not knowledge." There is a popular IT postulate which echos this warning by saying: simply having access to more and more data may leave us data rich but information poor.
From a clinician or manager's perspective, a new multimillion dollar clinical software system is of absolutely no value if you can't get reports that provide the real world information needed to do your job. As if bad information utilization was not terrible enough, there is also a dark side for data. You can read more about erroneous data, misinformation, ignorance, misunderstanding and the stupidity that can result here.
I know many of you would probably prefer a motto like: Saving Respiratory Care, One Application at a Time. But we need to leave some glory for the other committees, who don't even have their own logo.
3rd Qtr ITC Phone Conference
July 16th, 2015 (803) 936-8230