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A Gift That Keeps Giving

By Advocate, ePatient, Leader, Podcasts One Comment

Regina Holliday inspires me. A learning dynamo she takes her skills – painting, connection, spirit, whatever – to catalyze whoever touches someone she has touched. She’s a gift that keeps giving.

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Share the Stories. Help the Helpers.

By ePatient, Family man, Leader, Podcasts One Comment

Stories are mirrors. It’s really about us. Our stories matter. Tell your story. As much as you can. Meld the stories together. Share the tragedy. Share the silver linings. Honor the caregivers. Help the helpers.

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The Zen of Relationship-Centered Measurement and Engagement

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A conversation with Ellen Schultz. How can we best commit to improving what’s vital in our local health care system? Commitment is will, resources, and time. Measuring can’t take more effort than improving. Engage people at the center: patients, clinicians, and the people that support them. Focus on relationships. Measure consistency and sustainability. As in any health effort – exercise weak muscles.

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Bioethics: Autonomy. For Me, On Behalf of Me.

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Bioethics, the term first coined by someone (who is a controversy) in 1971, includes four principles – respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence (do no harm), beneficence (for me, on behalf of me), and justice. Ken Goodman spoke about two of the four principles autonomy and beneficence. As with much when you start peeling back the layers, bioethics are not simple, not black and white, rather shades of grey.

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Trust: Willing to be Vulnerable. Worth the Investment.

By Advocate, Clinician, ePatient, Family man, Informaticist, Leader, Podcasts, Researcher No Comments

Best health builds on trust – trust in people, institutions, information, and solutions. I trust my primary care doc.  I trust my chiropractor. I trust my instincts. I trust my gut. I do. I trust my wife. She trusts me. Trust doesn’t mean blind following. Rather trust leads to more control or feeling more in control. I need trust when I’m in a crisis and can’t think clearly. I listen to my immediate family and my two lead docs (in that order). I’m likely to do what they recommend. Trust is for when I need to decide but can’t or don’t want to. Trust is for times of uncertainty.

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Employed Family Caregivers – The Difference Collaborative

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My compatriot, Geri Lynn Baumblatt, consults and advocates on the overlapping worlds of employees, family caregivers, employers, and support, especially in nursing. In short, bread winners also caring for family and friends with acute and chronic illnesses and disabilities. I picture these overlapping worlds as balloons mashing up against each other trying not to burst. If you’re a nurse, an employer, a boss, or a caregiving staff member, this chat about the Difference Collaborative is for you.

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Impact Learning: Own our decisions. Do the work every day.

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As a person who owns my journey, my learning journey, in this case, I explore the options, the resources that are available to me. Then I direct myself to make the right choices and learn what I need to learn. At the same time, it’s learning by doing. That’s a very important part because we can learn a lot of things in theory. But can I communicate that knowledge? Does it bring us benefit? It doesn’t help us with our life unless we put this knowledge to work. So, I believe in learning by doing and learning and exploration. So, again, we learn from other people. We learn by doing our work and continuing to explore options so we can improve what we know, and the work we do.

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Gratitude, Podcasting, Best Health

By ePatient, Family man, Leader, Podcasts No Comments

I’m not a religious person, but I am spiritual.  I’m at one in my relationship with a higher power, God, if you will, when I recognize and feel gratitude. Gratitude for living at peak capacity, for my loving family and friends, for an engaged health team, for the Forward Link community, for music, and for clean air and water.

On this first anniversary of my podcasting journey, with 52 episodes and 3,000 downloads under my belt, thanks for your continuing support.  I’m grateful for you and all you do. Happy Thanksgiving! Best health, you and yours!

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Partner with People at the Center End-to-End

By Advocate, Caregiver, Clinician, ePatient, Informaticist, Leader, Podcasts, Researcher No Comments

Despite what anyone tells you, Clinical Decision Support (CDS) is an experiment. It only gets better with use. We, patients and caregivers, should try it, whatever it is, and learn. Learn what helps us make decisions and what doesn’t.

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