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I agree that these foundations should be asked nicely, but more importantly they need to be educated on "why HIE" and "how this impacts their mission to support healthcare or their "community"". On face value, most private foundations won't understand the link between the technology investment and the patient, program or provider they currently serve. So, it is the job of the RHIO Executive Director to paint a picture that shows improved access and quality and the direct impact on the patient(s).
Speaking of pictures, the boys at HIT Transitions Groups are pretty good with cartoons like this one.
Hospital and Health Networks is currently hosting a weblog from the Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference. The wonders of technology are helping to bring the lessons and sparks of knowlege to those of us who could not attend and I'm most impressed by the question of whether we hospital administrators are an ideal boss or a pickle sucker.
I've certainly worked for and with a few pickle suckers in my day and because of this have strived to be an ideal boss -- or at least come as close as I can to to this lofty status. Great leaders will monitor the actions and behaviors to ensure a toxic culture isn't brewing in their organization, because Michael is correct when he says that what we do and how we lead is directly proportional to the pain and suffering our patients experience.
I was never really cool until I bought a convertible Beetle and dropped my kids off in the new car for the first time at our local elementary school. My coolness factor may only be high with a limited and really young crowd, but at least I too can finally feel cool!
However, some people have the coolness gene when they are young -- like Shaun White the Gold Medal winner in snowboarding at the 2006 Olympics. My last issue of Fast Company had a great article about Shaun. Yes, I'm really impressed by his accomplishments on snow and skateboards, but I'm more impressed by his maturity when it comes to money and making decisions for his future. In my book, he is a cool dude who has a gnarly eye for investment that will produce some awesome results if he stays true to his plan.
Who knows the Burton snowboarding jacket in my daughter's closet just might be from his line. Either way, I wish him much success as he works his plan and will definitely look up his line at Target the next time I'm there with the kids.
I have to agree with the Geekdoctor that we will be known as the Greatest Healthcare IT Generation because the growth in this area has been the most widespread and focused that I've ever seen. The amazing thing is that I remember getting my first office computer (as a hospital COO) in the early 1990s and today we are electronically sharing health information between providers. Who (aside from a few) could have imagined?
And, yes, I can't wait to the day when I think back and remember when we were still trying to find a way to bring all of a patient's health information to the point of care! Sometimes even I just can't imagine!
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A couple of months ago I was invited to share my thoughts about the state of affairs of health information exchange (HIE). Since I was also told that the this first issue of HIMSS HIElights was going to be distributed far and wide to policy makers I thought I'd try to really bring the issue home as it relates to hospital and physician providers.
If you enjoyed my contribution and agree or disagree, feel free to leave a comment.
One thing I must note is that I'm no longer the COO at Santa Paula Hospital, a campus of Ventura County Medical Center and safety-net provider. The current financial landscape in California has lead to a re-structuring and the elimination of my position. While I'm so sad to leave this beautiful "hospital on the hill", I look forward to potentially exciting opportunities in this new year!