11 Mar Hello Colleagues!
Hi to all my pediatrician colleagues who are EHR users, or EHR seekers, or EHR avoiders. As the newly appointed Medical Director of Connexin Software, I plan to use this space weekly to comment on many different topics relevant to those of us who practice pediatrics. From the frustrations of negotiating with insurance companies, to the ever-changing ACIP immunization schedule, to HIT initiatives across the country, and the inadequate representation of pediatricians and pediatrics surrounding many health care topics, there is so much to say!
I had an INCREDIBLE experience this week. I was asked to represent the PA chapter of the AAP standing behind President Obabma as he gave his speech about health care at Arcadia University on Monday. The room was electric, and no matter what you think about health care reform, it is totally cool to be able to tell my patients that I stood 20 feet away from the President of the United States.
I have LOTS of thoughts and opinions on the health care reform topic, as do most of us. As someone who runs her own small business/pediatric office and is a consumer of health care as well as a pediatrician who often experiences the first-hand inequities of health care to children, how can I NOT have passionate thoughts on this topic. I won’t bore or inflame you with my personal philosophies except to say that I believe there is a medical parallel to the current debate. There are many times in medicine when we don’t know exactly what is wrong with the patient or how to heal them. However, sometimes we have to start somewhere, and act quickly or the patient’s condition will decline precisely by our inaction. I believe this is also true for the current debate: we must start somewhere. Yes, the devil will be in the details but if we don’t act, even a multi-organ transplant won’t save the current health care system.