I started this blog a year ago, more than 70 posts – now settling into one a week. Thanks especially to Jane Saransohn-Kahn who set me on this journey, Eric Pinaud and Jodi Buckingham who provide technical support, and Kathy Pooler, who inspires me and encourages me to write regularly. My almost 100 readers provide me with feedback and encouragement. They range from caregivers, ePatients, and advocates to administrators, policy wonks, and techies. All wear more than one hat. Don’t we all? I’ve been a student of personal, team, and organizational health for more than 40 years. It’s a gas to reflect and comment on best health for the past year. I love to write. It’s only sometimes a challenge to find something to say. It’s often a challenge to keep it in the 250-450 words range and its always a challenge to remember the varied community I live in and write for. I thank you all for being with me for this study of magic levers of best health – so simple, yet so hard. On top of mind for the next year – caregivers, self-determination, data exchange, measuring success, life balance, and appreciating what I have. Wheeeee. Off we go. See you next week!
I frequently write here about access to health information – necessary to just-in-time decision making, tracking status in meeting health goals, coordinating care among your health team – heavily weighted to individual action and team relationships. Effective communication within your finely honed health team is necessary, but not sufficient. You and your team still needs to access and share health information from all sources to coordinate your care. Much of health information sits in electronic tools: electronic medical records (EMR), personal health records (PHR), on the web, in smart phone applications (apps), and medical devices. We can share this information in emails and in the EMR, PHR and apps. Unfortunately, the tools often don’t link. They exist in different languages, requiring expensive translators (interfaces). In industry jargon, they lack interoperability. Often tools within one provider – a hospital, health care system, clinic needs these interfaces to work together. The problem is compounded when you see many clinicians in different systems, as I do. Multiple towers of Babel. Read More