New project

Working on a new project that involves Healthcare, at @AARP age, mortality starts to set in the body, but I will not let it affect the mind. Like to think of myself as a Social Media maven; here is top of mind example. One of my classmates from the Paleozoic era (she is not) is a successful life coach. The Wikipedia definition: Life coaching is the process of helping people identify and achieve personal goals. Although life coaches may have studied counseling psychology or related subjects, a life coach does not act as a therapist, counselor, or health care provider, and psychological intervention lies outside the scope of life coaching (“Coaching — Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,” n.d.). Could it be that the last sentence is inserted not to conflict with professional healthcare societies, not unlike wearable fitness trackers are not designed to cure or treat any disease, when part of their existence is to assist in just that? A great coach has a proven system but is adaptable to the skill set of their players. Professional and Collegiate Sports lead coaches to place their players in the best possible position to score and win. These are lessons that translate to real life. A doctor who provides guidance to colleagues about life balance and happiness is commended for walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Some medical professionals I know would be most happy if their mandatory compliance needs were met leaving the drama to others. The bane of their existence, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), has good odds of ruining a lot more than a day if not attended to. Civil penalties are steep from $100/violation for not knowing (you are assumed to know if in the business) to $50,000/violation for willful uncorrected neglect. Criminal penalties including Jail time, are more than possible (“HIPAA Violations and Enforcement,” n.d.). Clearly stated, ignorance is not bliss.

The big data revolution is upon us while not excepting many industries. Pain Management Healthcare is no exception. Health systems produce up to 2 terabytes of data per patient every year. Combined with the explosion of smart devices, computational power in the cloud and the growing pervasiveness of data science and machine learning algorithms, an entirely different realm of operational optimization suddenly becomes possible (Giridharadas, 2016, para. 4).This is news to me; all that data is subject to HIPAA Compliance. Larger healthcare networks deal with these data reams consistently. Dedicated resources and technologists are retained to navigate the stormy seas that are healthy. Smaller practices, not so much. Big data that can use predictive analytics, not unlike aviation or Amazon, can allow more outcomes for less cost, very important in the Obamacare era and what follows. The article mentioned the parallels with the airline industry; what was not mentioned is the relative dissatisfaction with some parts of that industry. LEAN methodology is the process of curbing fraud from a customer Point Of View (“What is Lean?,” n.d.). A bit wonkish and a resident of Academicstan, but as a former inhabitant in this decade, appreciation for the procedures behind what seems to be common sense with flowery words remains elevated.


Coaching — Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaching#Life_coaching

Giridharadas, M. (2016, March 31). This is how the future of hospital operations resembles air traffic control. Retrieved from http://medcitynews.com/2016/03/future-of-hospital-operations/

HIPAA Violations and Enforcement. (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2016, from http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your-practice/coding-billing-insurance/hipaahealth-insurance-portability-accountability-act/hipaa-violations-enforcement.page?

What is Lean? (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2016, from http://www.lean.org/WhatsLean

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