The purpose behind Malkin’s article, Ebola, electronic medical records, and Epic systems, is to draw attention to the issue of electronic record holding, and bias in this industry regarding the government. Passionately, Malkin states that president Obama’s push to have all medical records help on the computer might have more flaws than its worth. Through her provided details and evidence, she states that this action may not only be unhelpful but detrimental as a whole. Her central idea in this article is that electronic record holding, specifically in the case of the company Epic Systems, is faulty and only in a position of power due to their liberal support and Obama alliance. From her perspective, when it comes to our country’s medical records the government should be more concerned with the peoples’ health than making sure those in control are the president’s best friends. With our country currently in a frenzy over Ebola, the last thing those in power should do is give the public more reason to panic.
To support her skeptical analysis of the job that Epic Systems is doing, the author includes well researched details and witty diction in her article. When discussing this newfound Ebola epidemic, fear most often comes into the hearts and minds of the audience. An example of pathos, Malkin mentions that this flawed record company has already caused 46 deaths in the United States due to its poor communication skills. Subtle, diction often gives an effect of cleverness and makes the article more understandable, or at least more enjoyable to read. Malkin alludes to her feelings of bitterness towards the topic when she sarcastically concludes, “Imagine if some of that key data had to do with an Ebola carrier’s travel history. Oh wait”. Sarcastic and subtle, the author gets her opinion across in not only fact but also tone.
Shifts in tone let the reader know when either a new idea is being introduced or an opinion is about to be stated. The author uses these shifts twice, once to reveal more facts and the next to drive home her critical opinion on the topic. In the beginning, the author gives a general overview of the recent mishaps Epic Systems has had losing or miscommunicating information. To delve even deeper into the various things they have done wrong she inserts a shift, “What really happened?”. This prepares the reader for new information knowing we are going to get to the heart of the issue. After stating all these cold hard facts, Malkin gives a sarcastic comment revealing her opinion, “Cozy arrangement, that”, which lets the reader know the next few statements will reflect the author’s opinion more than anything else.
I thoroughly enjoyed this article because I find the author has done her research to back up her opinion. When there is evidence to support her, it is hard to argue. Being able to strongly state your opinion about something without shoving it in someone’s face is truly a skill I think Malkin has mastered and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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