This is a long time coming

As we get older as a population and personally, the attention given to medicine is increased and therefore costly. If there was a way to remotely diagnosis, monitor, and enable self-healing using technology, I am all for that. Fortunately, there is such a method, but it has yet to take root locally, or at least not beyond commercial soundbites {looking at you, Novant Health} or press release type of stories Purposeful Innovation: Remote Monitoring for Critically Ill Patients. With broadband internet becoming the new version of dial-up from a couple of generations ago, and enough people with tablets, laptops, and smartphones have at least VGA cameras that is available for video chat to make a market, nurse practitioners and other medical personnel can service more clients efficiently. This is not to substitute for personal contact and emergency room or urgent care visits, but in a cost constrained medical world we live in, all help is appreciated.

Healthcare providers increasingly employ mobile remote-patient monitoring, survey finds. [courtesy of Fierce Markets].

The above picture is my CPAP Machine that has a satellite modem built in to communicate with the Durable Medical Equipment provider to report sleep data and patterns so the sleep pros can make adjustments or recommendations going forward. Of course, with new procedures, the technology often surpasses ethical and legal concerns, which is part of any change aspect of life. Even though I am of AARP age, technology doesn’t scare me, and I have been lucky to be exposed to it directly for over 20 years and indirectly going back to University.

Dog research can benefit humans…

As I get older and less healthy, the mind is still active, hence the title of this blog. During the quest to always look for medical transformations, cures, and health advances with technology (and how to pay for it), some research indicates that the canine world isn’t as different from the human world as first thought.

BTW, Happy Halloween everyone!

There is hope for newspapers after all…

Once upon a time, in the pre-digital world, I was an ardent subscriber of whatever newspaper in the city I lived in. Opelika Auburn News during my school days, or The Charlotte Observer. Both papers have paywalls now, and in the case of the “O”, have made many changes to staff, content, and even paper size that doesn’t add up to the $1 daily and $2 Sunday prices charged. The O-A News is a small town paper and is not politically oriented, but does tend to have hands off coverage of the largest entity in its area, Auburn University (Disclosure: 1989 graduate of said U). Here is a story in the Huffington Post, one of the news websites generated in the digital, web age, which is attempting to provide broad destination content with a bit of an edge. The story that is linked below is an example of such content. As for the Observer, being a major city brings political coverage and slants into play and they become evident. Unfortunately, for them, if you want real information on what is happening in this city, they are not the go-to place to find it. Similarly, this can be said for the six TV news operations locally and two radio news operations. There is a way to get back there, and the linked content is a primer for this.

Fitness patches, maybe…

Once upon a time, last year, I had a chance to receive a Microsoft Band v.1. As much as I use and like Microsoft products, the rule of thumb is to never buy on version 1. So I received a credit for the retail cost of the item ($200), and used it for better purposes. The current wearable that I dream about is the Fitbit Charge ($99), If researchers @ UT/longhorns can get it right, a patch could be used, not unlike the Cigarette patches available today (I’ve never smoked, so no personal knowledge of such). My guess it would also be cheaper and potentially paid for with Insurance (Hello Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC) or Medicaid/Medicare. If one can spend some money to monitor health, report to primary doctors and healthcare providers to catch solvable little problems before they become intractable and expensive fixes, the better for all concerned.

It would be nice if the nice people in Durham understood this concept, but still working on that.


I love this idea

As some of you know, I have had a keen interest in technology and have for my over 20 years in the Web world, and years of BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) such as Wildcat, CompuServe, and others. This project that comes out of Kenya, is different and more applicable to its intended users than those that some multinationals brag about and tote to help NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations). A ruggedize tablet with built-in connectivity and local encyclopedic storage from Wikipedia (a personal fave) is just what the doctor ordered for the rest of us.

Insurance Frustrations

Here is my social media screed of recent vintage:

The point of this rant, if you will, is that my Doctors involved made a medical decision to ensure medical necessity for a Blood Pressure monitor and a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) device to elevate my leg for Wound care, and the aforementioned insurance company is too WACK to cover it. Yet they have plenty of my premium money, and spend much $$ in claims for my current maladies. The relatively little amount spent on the items listed would save the company thousands of dollars with increased claims that they are required to pay. Pound Wise and Penny Foolish, comes to mind. One of these days, health care will evolve and will work for everyone, not just the 1%.

Tech apps and medicine, a start.


I just received a CPAP machine today as I compose this after nearly 3 months of drama diagnosing a condition that was obvious to any medical professional, however due to the setup that the Medical Racket Industry Complex requires all of this adds drama and mega cost to the procedure. I guess someone is getting paid of my humanity.

That is my new look @ sleeping time, less the wires and probes in the photo. It is worse through the entire body and an experience I wouldn’t wish on an enemy.  As some of you know, I am a techie, and so in my TL this story came up which shows promise and can eliminate the scourge of the MRIC in the United States.

Electronic Health Records

I am a prime candidate for electronic health care record keeping because I am a patient and a wired one at that. The linked article below (PDF format) describes the lack of integration as a political and not technical matter. I can add to this where I have 3 different systems for keeping medical records, and none of them can talk to each other. That is unacceptable and must change if we are to fulfill the promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA-Obamacare). All rights reserved to the Tech Republic author.

Political will is holdin…pdf

Organizational Management Revisited.

For my first post of the new year, this lengthy article came in my RSS feed. As my formal educational portion of my learning career comes to a close, and my MA in Organizational Management has been earned, this essay is about changing to Pervasive Leadership, a term I frankly is not familiar with and wasn’t discussed in any of my major classes @ Ashford University. Not a knock on the school, but an interesting concept that if it were available then may provide an stimulating discussion from the instructor side.