“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

by Paul Brannan, PMP, Alabama Health Information Technology Coordinator, Director – Alabama One Health Record®

I recently had the opportunity while in Chicago to visit the Art Institute. The artwork was amazing and it was intellectually stimulating. But in spite of all the highbrow culture, a part of me could not help but think of the scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  taped in that museum. If you are one of the few people who has not seen that cinematic masterpiece, Ferris Bueller has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney, determined to catch him in the act. Periodically throughout the movie, Bueller stops to speak directly to the audience to explain his philosophy on life.   Some of his comments are profound. What does this have to do with a Health Information Exchange? Let me share three Bueller quotes with you to explain.

While looking down from the Sears tower Ferris says “Anything is peaceful from one thousand, three hundred and fifty-three feet.” Sometimes in the middle of the hustle and bustle, it is helpful to step back and get a little perspective. I know it is true in life and can be true in business as well.   One Health Record® can help you assess where a HIE fits in your future plans. With the increasing need to share health information with people outside your four walls have you stopped to consider how you might accomplish this?

When Ferris suggests skipping school, his friend Cameron wants to know “What are we going to do?” Ferris replies, “The question isn’t ‘what are we going to do,’ the question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?'”  While I am not advocating rule breaking or anarchy, I am asking what is possible if we think outside the box. What if we totally ignore the box? Instead of asking how you can get health records to others who request them from you, what if both of you were connected via One Health Record® and they could request records on demand and your system could send the records without your intervention? Could this make things easier for your staff?

Near the end of the movie, Ferris observes, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” With standards being updated regularly and new technologies and standards like FHIR and Blockchain on the way, we at One Health Record stay abreast of the new developments and incorporate them into our system if and when it makes sense. This reduces the need for you to move at breakneck speed and gives you time for more important things. Couldn’t you use a partner to help you slow things down so you can actually have time to practice healthcare?

Ferris Bueller isn’t a perfect role model (after all we do need to be responsible once in a while), but he does encourage us to reconsider whether our habits have become ruts and if we could benefit from a change.   If we can help you in doing that at One Health Record®, give us a call at 844-746-3540.

Paul Brannan was appointed by the Governor to serve as the state’s coordinator for health information technology in 2015. He previously served as Director of the Project Management Office for the Alabama Medicaid Agency where he was responsible for providing project management support for all enterprise-wide Agency projects including Medicaid’s transition to Regional Care Organizations.