Twas the night before a new release of FDA guidelines
Not a developer was stirring waiting on the sidelines;
The keyboards were hung by the monitors with care,
In hopes that interoperability soon would be there;
The physicians were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Vinod Khosla danced in their heads;
And UX with their wire frames, and agile scrums
Had settled down with new problems but did not succumb.
When out in the office there arose such a clatter
New healthcare policies that really do matter
Away to the window I could only deduce
Tore open the shutters – hey meaningful use
The moon on my mobile phone my fingers did tap
Gave me comfort in seeing a new treatment app
When what to my wonderment a transformation
A process and method for new innovation
With a lots of health challenges and new informatics
I knew in a moment it was solved with mathematics
More rapid than standards and new care models
And a whistle and shout – no more waddles or dawdles
Now ONC, now PHI, and EHR
On HIT, on HHS and EMR
To the top of the challenges and problems we face
Now dash away, dash away and let us keep pace
Their eyes — how they twinkled, the patients did say
New help and better outcomes now that’s the way
Technology enabling and helping with costs
Payers and providers the message not lost
They sprang to their iOS, Android and Windows 8
Away they all flew new apps, wow that’s great!
And the delivery team exclaim as they moved with great stealth
Happy Holidays to all and to all Good Health!!
The challenges in healthcare are big -
- 5% of patients accounting for 50% of costs
- FDA regulatory is continuing to evolve
- Improving outcomes and reducing cost are key performance measures
- Security and privacy concerns exist
- Interoperability and the development of standards continue to stifle progress in some areas
2012 brought lots of change and 2013 promises to bring much more. In this holiday season we are reflecting on the work we’ve done and the work that is to come and find ourselves humbled by the impact that we’ve had with our customers on the lives of millions and the healthcare eco-system. We look forward to working and collaborating with others that are tackling the big and important healthcare problems because it makes a difference in the world.
On behalf of the Pathfinder team, we wish you and yours a blessed, peaceful holiday season.
Poem by: Ted Wallhaus