08.31.09

I Like Two-liners Too

Posted in Brenda at 12:33 pm by livefood

It is now possible to sell half your organs and still survive.

In fact, that’s how the Congress seems to plan to pay for their health care plan.

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08.28.09

I love One-liners

Posted in Brenda at 5:13 pm by livefood

“Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.”

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08.26.09

Younger Soon-to-be Physicians and TECHstuff

Posted in Brenda at 2:53 pm by livefood

If you have read from the BLOG before you know that I like to read material on HIStalk and recently he posted:

“An Epocrates survey of medical students has some interesting findings from tomorrow’s doctors. They like mobile devices, with 45% of them using an iPhone or Touch and 60% of the non-users saying they’ll buy one of those Apple products within a year. They give medical schools an A- (up from a B) exposing them to technology, with 84% saying they’ve had EMR exposure and 90% saying use of an EMR will influence their practice choice. Over 70% of them said the US healthcare system sucks and 90% say drug salespeople are scumbag liars (I’m paraphrasing, but accurately).”

I don’t know about his paraphrasing, but the rest of the stats give me a lot of confidence in the future of electronics and medicine. From a personal perspective, I don’t know of any 20-30 somethings that don’t hook up with the internet for information…just wish some would use the dictionary or spelling features more frequently (or at all sometimes). Why should our future physicians be any different? They’re not. They should have the tools to keep in touch and up to date.

Those of us who are on the flip side of career years need to either get with with it or move aside. I just hope that Congress would get a handle on the digital aspect of healthcare so at least that can move forward.

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08.25.09

What Happened to Jr. High P.E.?

Posted in Brenda at 10:54 am by livefood

Obesity: Now 9% of All Health Spending

It is of course another study. At one point, the article states that while ” announcing the study, former President Bill Clinton noted that “nearly one-in-three children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese.” He added, “We must all do more to develop innovative solutions to combat the obesity epidemic.”

Please. I think the solution is pretty easy. Get out of the chair or couch in front of the television or computer and take a walk.

We frequently get too focused on the benefits of HIT and EMR forgetting that the improved health of the patient is the goal. Regarding HIT and EMR and obesity in children (and one could argue in adults also), all the HIT and EMRs in the world can not do much more than tell us all how unhealthy we are. It can not force us to take care of outselves.

To a large degree we, as a society, are in denial regarding our roles in the healthcare challenges.

Once upon a time physical education classes had us all lined up and doing “jumping jacks” (and “jills” on the other side of the yard). We ran around the track. We played sports. We did this everyday during school. It’s not the same now.

By the time I went to college I could take a class in fly fishing (one field trip, the rest was in the classroom and at the pool) for college PE credits…it’s gone down hill from there and society has become even more unhealthy.

From a business perspective, fat is killing us. The study above tells us that about 9% of the healthcare dollars are spent fat fighting. The government is telling us that healthcare is about 16% of the gross national product. Those figures would mean that obesity alone accounts for something in the neighborhood of $1.50 of every $100 of the total national production in the US.

I know, not much about employment or HIT, but it’s a topic I couldn’t resist. Jumping Jacks…who thought they could save the challenges facing healthcare.

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08.24.09

One Page…Two…Three…or Eleven?

Posted in Brenda at 10:03 am by livefood

I’m glad to be back from the vacation. I’m not too burned from driving in the sun…no too sore from stacking the wood and clearing the limbs from the six tress we cut down…the painting wasn’t too bad this year either.

Well, I was really glad to be sitting at my desk until I ran up against a particular new candidates material.

I know that I have talked (written) about the lengths of resumes several times. Now I’m thinking that perhaps some people take the increase in acceptable length to heart and have crossed the line to absurd. Today, I looked at material that was well passed the line, perhaps if I could see the line from where the resume(s) took me I wouldn’t have felt so lost.

Eleven pages of resume. On a laptop that can translate into about 80 screens. Not just one resume but 4 versions, each with several letters of introduction and a bibliography of published writing.

I still free strongly about resumes being able to be more than a single page or two or three even, but somewhere between 3 and 11 there was a line that shouldn’t have been crossed.

Once when I was still on the local Planning Commission we had a case come before us regarding a home where the woman who owned the home took in feral cats. She had an accumulation of 127 cats most of whom wandered into the neighbors “all the time.” I was never clear about how they counted them all, but was very clear that how many she had was too many. We were charged with figuring out how many cats should be allowed befor a permit was required. We spent hours talking and listening before we decided 6 was a good number before a permit was required. The permit cost a whopping $10 and you could keep as many cats as you wanted. I just hope nobody goes and tries to collect 127 cats again.

The point was that someplace between 1 and 127 was a magic number of cats. We thought that 6 might work. Who knows for sure. We did know that 127 was too many…100 might have been…50…probably also.

In the world of resumes, one, two or three is fine. Five pages might work. Six could be okay in the right context. Something tells me that eleven is a bit much, especially if the content is a repeating broken record and poorly written.

I came back to 100s of resumes. I read several hundred while I was away. I think I’d be safe to say that there will be no other resumes that are 11 pages long in the rest of the resumes in my inbox. Thank goodness for that.

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