Day: January 11, 2015

Grief: The Great Learning, Day 434

Bertram's Blog

I’ve saved the letters I wrote to my life mate/soul mate after he died, thinking that one day I would write a sequel to Grief: The Great Yearning, the story of my first year of grief. I’d planned to call the sequel Grief: The Great Learning, and detail the lessons gleaned from the second and third years of my grief. Because I no longer want to keep revisiting such angst, there will be no sequel, so I’m publishing the letters here on this blog as a way of safeguarding (and sharing) them.

Although this letter was written three and a half years ago, it reflects so much of what I am thinking about now. My father recently died, and I am packing to leave his house and go . . . I know not where. I am trying to hope for some sort of great new life, but it’s easier not…

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Disrupting Healthcare: The Community

The Private Practice Consultant

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Innovation is looking at problems that exist in business, community, or society and hand-crafting a solution. Disrupting the status quo, and improving the outcome in a given scenario. It’s stepping up to a challenge that seems insurmountable and breaking it down piece by piece, then rebuilding it with reinforcement and new technologies. Innovation creates structured chaos, and from that chaos emerges a host of potential opportunities.

I am an innovator, and I am not alone! As a matter of fact I am in the company of some of the most passionate and brilliant minds in the medical industry today. I have spoken to CEO’s, physicians, nurses, and developers. To internet marketing rock stars, and people at every level of the Hospital, Community Healthcare Center, and private practice.

I have shared great conversation with leaders in business and finance. They all have one thing in common, they want to see…

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The Beautiful Disaster That Is Healthcare Delivery

The Private Practice Consultant

If I were forced to define the current state of healthcare in as few words possible (at least through the private practice lens) I would have to say its a… beautiful disaster.

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All across America more and more agencies are implementing EHR, including federal agencies like the Department of Defense, and State Correctional systems like the one i consulted for in Connecticut.

With all of the EHR adoption currently it would make sense to reason that we are very close to a fully interoperable system.

Unfortunately, that is absolutely not the case (I will certainly speak more to this in a future post, so be sure to stay tuned).

So, what does the private practice have to work with today?

EMR – Electronic Medical Records
PMS – Practice Management Systems
Outside Labs and Radiology Providers
Community Agencies and Providers
HIE – Health Information Exchange
HL7 – Health Level 7
MS…

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