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HIStalk came to me for a custom design for his new WordPress blog. Though, it’s not really a new blog, because up until we launched this design for him, he was blogging over at Blog City and was ready to make the change over to WordPress – and, of course, I was very happy to help him do just that! After having the talented Samantha Wise create a custom illustration for his blog, I created his new 3-column template, according to the specs he provided. . .
After installing the latest version of WordPress 2.2 on his domain, I set up his new blog design that has some great features he wanted to integrate:
Let’s say you work in a hospital that’s a big customer of Siemens or McKesson or Cerner. You decide, on your own time, to write a scathing letter to the editor of a healthcare IT magazine, justifiably ripping your underperforming vendor, but not necessarily representing your hospital in doing so. It won’t be long before your CIO or other hospital executive will come knocking on your door, responding from vendor’s heat to shut you up, threatening all kinds of unpleasantness, like lawsuits or intentional service slowdowns. Maybe you wrote that letter on your own time, not representing your employer, but I bet you’d still be sorry. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from having retainer-based lawyers threatening and intimidating you for factual but unflattering public proclamations. I don’t need that kind of headache on my day job coming from something I’ve said on HIStalk. That’s why I don’t use my real name, which not coincidentally is why I can also be highly opinionated and critical when warranted. If you see me on the street and ask me directly if I’m Mr. HIStalk, I’ll give you a vague answer to avoid lying, but I won’t confirm your suspicion. No one who works for my current employer knows that I write HIStalk.
Sounds juicy, too!