CSO HIMSS Advocacy Day 2012

It’s time to register for Advocacy Day.  CSO HIMSS has a great line-up of speakers for this year’s event and really need your participation in order to meet with your legislator and share our message. The event is on March at the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus, Ohio from 9am to 5pm EST and is free for all who attend. Please register at http://www.csohimss.org/calendar/calendar.html and take part in this yearly event that has been adopted by the other chapters around the country.

The speakers for Advocacy Day are: Representative Barbara R. Sears, R-46, Assistant Majority Floor Leader Senator Keith Faber, R-12, President Pro Tempore Mark Patton, JobsOhio, General Manager for BioHealth, Logistics and IT sectors, Dan Paoletti, CEO of Ohio Health Information Partnership and Trudi Matthews, HealthBridge’s Director of Policy and Public Relations.

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The Renewable Healthcare Resource

Biz Stone spoke at HIMSS12 the other day and I sent this quote that he made to my wife during the talk. He said “To succeed spectacularly, you need to be able to fail spectacularly” which she said “so that explains it!”.

While many organizations see failure as some sort of issue, I usually like to look at great people such as President Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and lately, James Dyson (now Sir James Dyson). These great men did not come into prominence instantly, but after many failures finally made their mark on our world. All of these great personalities had one thing that I think makes their legacies enduring and that was that they had creative minds and they did not give up. Another quote from Biz Stone that day (which I thought was good) was that ‘Creativity is a renewable resource’. We don’t have to look far to see that. I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs and without giving anything away (as I recommend people read it) is that he was a creative person which made him one of the great minds of our time.

While I do think that while we can get caught up in the way things should be, sometimes we may not take the best approach to a problem when it comes to our projects in a healthcare setting. Be creative. The objective should be that it works and make the project successful. There will be a few stumbles along the way. Think of the non-conventional way to get it done. Sometimes you would be surprised by your own creativeness.

Cricket, Economics and Healthcare IT resources

So, I know this may not really cover all of healthcare, but I thought I would share it (it’s my blog so I should be allowed to post what I want). A guy that I had known in college in Bangalore (I don’t want to say I knew him that well, but we hung out in the same circles for a while) retired from playing international cricket for the Indian squad. Yes my felow Americans, cricket! See the url http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/item/186617-rahul-dravid-announces-retirement-from-international-cricket for the news conference. He seemed to have done pretty well for himself I have to say.

Why I bring this up is that while we think of resources in healthcare, be it physicians or information technology resources over the last 30 years have come from India. Over the last decade, many of the economic immigrants have dwindled. The reason? Many more opportunities in India and other places than there used to be due to it’s emergence as a rapidly developing economic powerhouse. The growth of economies like India and China as well as the economic downturn in the West have contributed to more people staying back there and building their careers there. They are used to the culture, economics, food and can travel now to destinations that were previously unavailable to them. I often hear of friends that have gone to Turkey, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong or elsewhere for family vacations.

Just as Japan and Germany changed from the 1940s to the 1980s, so have India and China from the 1980s to now. This is not your father’s India. Granted, there is still a lot of work to be done, but that is what happens in an emerging economy. Your $25 dollar outsourced worker may now cost $50+.

Be prepared for those changes in the next decade.

Proposed Stage 2 Final Rule

The most anticipated event at HIMSS12 was a view of the proposed requirements for Stage 2 of MU. The ones that most interested me were:

Under stage 1, an electronic connection for exchange of health information between providers had to be successfully tested, but under stage 2, actual patient health data would be exchanged with another healthcare provider. Also, under stage 1, patients had to have electronic access to their electronic health records, but under stage 2, doctors would need to show that a certain percentage of their patient population  have accessed and downloaded their information. I’m wondering how the patients will be incentivized to do this. Hospitals will have to rely on their Marketing departments for creative ways to have their patients download their records. Education campaigns would have to occur. I’m reminded of when my Dad worked for the Hong Kong Government and he had the “Clean Hong Kong” Campaign in the early 80s. My feeling is that something similar, but on a regional scale would need to occur. Collaboration by the Healthcare Providers of a certain region to have the population change their way of thinking will need to be the focus. A paradigm shift by any standards.