Look Around

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A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of looking up.  A skill that both servers and innovators need to master. Today, I’m hoping you will also take time to look around to what is happening around you as you build and innovate to create a better health care system.

The best advice I have ever gotten from my sister came while I was helping her move into her new house. I was cleaning out her miscellaneous drawer in her apartment, asking multiple times “Hey – is this garbage? It looks like garbage. Should I throw it away or pack it?” They were all random things that I probably would have thrown away. After the 5th or 6th time asking, she finally got so frustrated with me that she turned and said “Maura! It’s not garbage. None of it is garbage. I don’t store garbage in my house!” It was at that moment that I realized that I store a lot of garbage in my house.

When trying to find things in my house, I am constantly digging through cheap knickknacks I pick up at the store to keep my kiddos entertained during errands, screws that probably should have been in a piece of furniture somewhere, broken birthday candles that line my own miscellaneous drawer, etc. I continually dig through the garbage that I store in my house to find the thing that I’m searching for.

I find that I also do this a lot while I’m searching for things that will impact health care innovation at scale. I’m constantly filtering through emails, daily news articles, twitter alerts and other items that are important and may have impact for specific projects, but don’t necessarily resonate with the work at Cambia Grove, our core work of making it easier to innovate and implement innovation in health care.  And I see this as our role, to help sort through what may be relevant to the entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers in our network.

As I sort through everything going on today, there is one specific initiative that will affect the health care sector at large that I hope is not getting lost. And that is the Office of the National Health IT Coordinator’s proposed rule on the 21st Century Cures Act. This rule, along with the rule issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will set health care in this country on a course towards interoperability, rules to prevent data blocking and patient’s access to their own data. There is an incredible opportunity for this rule to change the landscape of what is possible in health care innovation and it’s happening now.  

While it is not our job at the Cambia Grove to tell you what you should think about this rule, it is our job to ask you to look around and be aware that this proposed rule is out there and that regulators are actively asking for your opinion. On April 16th in Portland and on April 17th in Seattle, Cambia Grove has the honor to host Dr. Don Rucker, the head of ONC, who will be available for questions and thoughts from the community on how this rule will impact your work. I encourage you to attend and join the country in defining how health care innovation will look in our future.

For more information about the rule and ways to comment on the rule please visit: https://www.healthit.gov/topic/laws-regulation-and-policy/notice-proposed-rulemaking-improve-interoperability-health

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