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The December 2006/January 2007 issue of Fast Company (page 54) has something to help the digitally addicted. I'd include the link, but it isn't up yet. So here are a couple of my favorites from the list submitted by Joe Robinson, a work/life coach.
Article I: There shall be no assumption of unlimited e-access simply because the tools allow it. Excessive messaging shall be considered electronic littering.
Article 2: The right of the people to be secure from unwarranted electronic work intrusions at home shall not be violated. Nights and weekends shall be considered unplugged zones.
Article 4: There shall be no requirement of immediate response to messaging, unless urgency is deterined.
Article 5: The time of the people shall be respected. Therefore, book-length thread emails, short acknowledgement notes and lame chain jokes shall not be allowed.
Article 7: The people are not on vacation if they are still in contact with the office. There shall be no requirement while on holiday to carry pagers, or check email or voice mail.
Edhat blogs on Santa Barbara and one of my favorite things is that he sends his staff out to do research. I think its really just him and his dog, but I always learn about new and interesting things about life in this beautiful town.
I don't really know what took him so long, but he finally got the idea to walk around the virtual neighborhood and highlight some of the local blogs - and mine was mentioned in his post Blog the blog. Of course Doc Searls got top billing, but I'm honored to even be mentioned in his company.
I searched for the New Orleans Mint and came up with a Wikipedia listing . It leads from a description of the old Mint (located just down river from the French Market) into other New Orleans information. So, I'm sharing it here on my weblog! Enjoy!
P. S. Can you smell the begnets cooking at Cafe' du Monde? Or the muffalata at the Central Grocery?
Double wow! An article just appeared on the Care Data Exchange going open-source. Things have not been developing at the SBCCDE as I had hoped and now CHCF seems to be cutting its losses and making licensing of the technology available on a sole source basis. My guess is that they are banking on another community who can come forward and finally pull off an implementation and justify CHCF's investment!
I'm sorry to see my healthcare providers flounder when they were handed such a golden opportunity!
I've just released a request for information to help our organization prepare for implementation of a physician portal, ambulatory electronic health record and other technology. To view the RFI Download vcmc_rfi.doc
I've been invited to write an annual column for the Journal of Healthcare Management on Information Technology. The column will address issues and trends that practicing healthcare executives are currently grappling with or will encounter in the near future. And, it will offer basic and new information, as well as, practical solutions, resources and recommendations in each of the six issues in 2007.
I will draw from my own scan of the broader healthcare environment and experiences at the county hospital and system. My first submission is due December 4th for the January/February Issue and it will be more of an overview, but will include a review of EMRs and EHRs. If you would like to offer up some suggestions for topics for me to address over the next year, please do leave a post, or two.
Last month I attended a Disaster Planning Program sponsored by Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA). As someone who plans for disasters constantly, I really appreciate the fact that the business leaders in Ventura County are actually interested in this topic and doing what they can to be prepared.
The room was packed and many high level executives were present. I encourage families to explore the involvement of their local businesses in community-wide disaster planning. This is just as important as making sure you live in areas with good schools, recreational opportunities, and a strong economy!
AHRQ has a report on Costs and Benefits of HIT: Evidence Report and Technology Assessment. It predicts that HIT has the potential to enable dramatic transformation in the delivery of healthcare making it safer, more effrective and more efficient. However, experimental evidence is limited. A key finding is that the existing evidence is not clear on "who pays for" and "who benefits from" HIT, except in cases like Kaiser and the VA where they are responsible for delivery of care and payment.
There is so much more to learn about these days and life is truly getting more complicated. But yesterday, I received an email from Adi, a regular reader, on a new resource for moms searching for others who understand _________. So, visit https://www.getvendors.com/broadcastUser/community.jsp and see if anything interests you or if you want to start a new community.
While this is an unconventional approach, the world is getting flatter and being able to connect with another mom somewhere else with similiar interests and concerns is a wonderful concept!
Adi - thank you for finding fresh ideas and engaging thoughts in my posts! I'm so glad to know there is value in this blog -- even if it is only for one person other than myself!
As I have stated in my presentations and guide, RHIOs are reflective of the needs, interests, resources, and culture of their communities! Anyone looking for a quick RHIO fix is soon to realize failure!
True RHIOs are a complicated process, not a product that can be packaged up and distributed in a box!
Now this is interesting -- employers are looking for health plans backed by IT. These employers are pushing health plans to pick up the pace and consumer directed healthcare services seem to be taking a lead. However, it sets the stage for having these health plans to participate in RHIOs to further reduce costs and improve the quality of care received by their employees and families!