A friend and classmate of mine passed away this weekend of a heart attack. He was a retired officer of the Indian Armed Forces and fought the good fight against terrorists as part of his mission. Both his parents were in the armed forces and met, I understand when his mother, a doctor, tended to his father’s war wounds. I guess the “Nightingale Effect” then occurred. An unsung hero, he will be missed by his friends and family. His passing did strike close to home, as my own late father passed away over 30 years ago at the same age as my friend and even though we thought that there were no symptoms at that time, he must have been experiencing these for a while and passed away suddenly. The time that he could have been saved though were altered as I recall seeing and hearing the Hong Kong Police Officer come in and interview him while the ambulance was on it’s way (to presumably make sure that he was really having a heart attack) during his heart attack; precious minutes lost. Although some heart attacks can be sudden and intense like the one my Dad went through, most heart attacks begin slowly, with mild pain and symptoms. Knowing the symptoms can help save your life.
The warning signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest discomfort – An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
- Discomfort in other areas of your upper body – Can include pain or discomfort in one or both of your arms or your back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath – With or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs – The other signs may also include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, arm numbness or extreme fatigue.
Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, call 911 or the equivalent in your country — make sure that don’t drive. Fast action can save your life or someone else’s. When you call 911/Emergency, paramedics can start providing care and let the Emergency Department know they’re on the way.
Here’s wishing all of the readers of Healthcare Interoperability a very Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving 2017.
It’s not too late to register for the CSO HIMSS Fall Conference “Interoperability: The Holy Grail of Healthcare” on October 13th at the Savannah Center in West Chester, OH.
It’s a day filled with awesome networking, education, community engagement and interesting sessions that pulls in individuals from different provider organizations around the region. Don’t forget the prizes at the end of the day that many people have won from both CSO HIMSS and the 24 sponsors we have this year supporting our community.
Every year, we have interesting and thought provoking speakers that give you a glimpse of what providers do in the 21st century healthcare ecosystem. We have been fortunate that our community has been engaged and enthusiastic when it comes to participation at our events. I look forward to seeing many of you there to connect and reconnect. Check out the agenda at http://wp.me/p1XSxy-ks and register now. The keynotes are awesome; from Lisa Esch Chief Population Health Innovation Officer from DXC, formerly CSC flying in from Colorado and Stew Wolfe Associate Principal Cisco Global Security from Cisco, coming in from Canada to present to our community. See you there to grab the world of healthcare IT and take it to the next level!
The FDA just announced that they are recalling close to 500 thousand pacemakers due to hacking concerns. Medical device hacking has been something that I have written about some years ago and sure enough, this has become a risk to patients who have these medical devices. Talk to your doctor to understand if you may be affected.
Read the article on Yahoo! here.
In healthcare news this week, it was announced that The Advisory Board Company agrees to be acquired for $2.58 billion dollars. The news on Tuesday this week that this stalwart of healthcare consulting and advisory services, with an estimated *5,700 healthcare organizations as clients, was being purchased by Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group surprised many, including yours truly. The merger is expected to be finalized by the end of 2017.
The Press Release here mentions details of the sale. It is understood that Advisory Board chief executive, Robert Musslewhite will head the combined healthcare advisory services after the merger is completed.
*Source – Washington Post, 8/29/17
For those of you that follow this blog, you’ll be happy to hear that the Central & Southern Ohio HIMSS Chapter’s Fall 2017 conference on October 13th at the Savannah Center in West Chester OH is all about our favorite topic.
The title is “Interoperability: The Holy Grail of Healthcare.” Register here for Early Registration discounts. See you there!