Pat Lynch’s Calendar

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2014 Calendar

April 8 – HTMA-Nevada, Las Vegas

April 9-11 – MD Expo in Las Vegas

April 29 – Gateway Biomedical Society, St. Louis

April 30 – Meeting of Biomedical Service providers to Haiti

May 9 – HTMA-SC Conference (Columbia, SC)

May 20 – CMIA Orange County

May 30 – Manny’s Meeting at AAMI – Philadelphia

May 31 -June 2 – AAMI in Philadelphia

July 15, 16 – MD Imaging Expo – Indianapolis

Sept 3,4,5 – NCBA (NC) in Concord, NC

Sept 10, 11, 12 – NCBA (MN)

Sept 17, 18, 19 – VBA – Richmond, VA

Sept 24, 25, 26 – BAW – Wisconsin (presentation via teleconference)

October 1,2,3 – MD Expo/FBS – Orlando

October 24 – Oregon Biomedical – Portland, OR


19 most useful online tools

December 18, 2014 by Pat Lynch

Posted on December 11, 2014

  1. Did they read it? – Are your emails being read or simply ignored? Use this free invisible email tracker to find out.
  2. Recipe Fiddle – Create personalized recipe books in minutes.
  3. Google Alerts – Set a keyphrase and get email notifications if the phrase is mentioned somewhere online.
  4. Blitzr – Stream for free with no ads more than 40 million songs. Still in beta.
  5. ScreenGrab – Save parts of a page as an image.
  6. PDF Escape – Annotate PDFs.
  7. Issuu – Host your documents and share with others.
  8. – Sleep time calculator.
  9. Font Struct – Create your very own font!
  10. Rsizr – Resize and edit photos in your browser.
  11. SlideShare – It turns your PowerPoint presentation or a PDF document into a better looking slideshow.
  12. Prezi – Another great presentation maker website. 80% of the Fortune 500 companies using Prezi.
  13. Tweetstats – Statistics of your Twitter account.
  14. Zero Dollar Movies – Watch hundreds of full movies and documentaries for free. All of the videos are embedded from YouTube.
  15. Jotti’s Malware Scan – Scan files for malwares in your browser.
  16. Iodine Medical Translator – Translates medical jargon on any web page.
  17. – create custom Google Maps easily.
  18. Router Passwords – Find the default password for any router model.
  19. – A simple online timer for your daily needs.

10 smartest things people in healthcare do

December 8, 2014 by Pat Lynch
A really good article. . . .  some of the things emphasized are VOLUNTEERING, JOINING PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, and HUMANITARIAN WORK.  Pat
Written by Akanksha Jayanthi December 03, 2014

There is no one type of “smart.” The adjective changes meaning based on its context, and even then there can be different kinds of smart. Street smart, book smart, financially smart.

Healthcare is no exception: clinically smart, strategically smart, managerially smart.

If you work in healthcare, there’s always room to grow and learn and progress, no matter what types of smarts you have.

Here are 10 of the smartest things people in healthcare do.

Invest in data analytics. Data is foundational for progress and innovation. If there is no record of the way things were or are, innovators can’t begin to understand how to move forward. Currently the healthcare industry is talking a lot about the triple aim, this idea put forth by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement outlining three key points that will better the industry: improving patient experience, bettering population health and reducing the cost of care. But talking about the triple aim isn’t enough. Leaders in healthcare, whether physicians or not, need to embody and commit to this new standard, which starts with data and data analytics.

“The initiatives at the center of the triple aim are the same initiatives healthcare is focused on today,” says Marilyn Palmer, DO, vice president of physician services with executive search firm B. E. Smith. “Healthcare needs trained and experienced leaders to navigate these changes.”

Refine skill sets and non-clinical acumen. In recent years, physicians have increasingly expanded their knowledge bases beyond lectures at medical school and experiences in residency. Physician leaders are enrolling in new programs and classes to gain a broader base of knowledge outside the clinical realm.

One such example is the rise of the MD/MBA degree. A recent report in The Atlantic indicates the number of MD/MBA programs in the United States rose from six to 25 in just 20 years. This may be unsurprising given how physicians are gaining traction in leadership roles, whether in the C-suite as CMOs or as physicians-turned-executives who turn in scrubs for suits.

Kathy Noland, PhD, vice president of senior executive search at B. E. Smith, says many of her clients are seeking leaders, physician or otherwise, with a comprehensive skill set to lead organizations into an uncertain future. This skill set requires but is not limited to strong communication and team facilitation skills, technology expertise and clinical and analytical knowledge for population health management. “Additionally, our clients are seeking, especially with physician leaders, financial acumen and an understanding of healthcare reimbursement,” Dr. Noland says. “Additional skill sets include calculated risk taking, innovation and understanding intergenerational differences now that there are four generations of leadership in organizations.”

Healthcare leaders are asked to wear many hats these days, and given the current path of the industry, it is unlikely that they will return to their siloed areas of expertise any time soon.

Volunteer to be involved in strategic initiatives. Stepping up in times of need not only demonstrates commitment to an organization, but it also allows — or forces — individuals to gain new skills. “Volunteering for key projects can put [new leaders] in the center of operational and strategic initiatives and [underline their] commitment to building their skill repertoire and staying current on a national level,” says Dr. Noland.

Such strategic initiatives may include implementing health IT projects, assessing current and future needs, developing physician-integration plans or spearheading population health projects.

Additionally, Dr. Palmer suggests new leaders identify mentors within their organizations who are well experienced and respected. “These mentors can help new and future leaders grow by developing and strengthening the skills needed to motivate people and move the organization forward.”

She adds this dual commitment, both personally and professionally, is a key trait that will help leaders continue to grow.

Join professional organizations. Being smart relative to a particular industry is contingent upon a commitment to lifelong learning. Healthcare is constantly changing. Educational institutions and personal mentors may not always be able to keep up with the evolving landscape, but professional organizations offer a forum for members to discuss and debate the ideas and challenges they face.

Dr. Noland says professional associations such as the American Association of Physician Leadership and the American College of Healthcare Executives provide continued development and leadership support.

Dr. Palmer adds that these groups provide valuable training and leadership development, which is essential in some leadership transitions. She says many younger leaders are proactively joining these associations to develop leadership skills before they move into executive positions.

Embody a team-based approach. Administrative differences are only going to become barriers to progress in the healthcare industry. Not only can all stakeholders in healthcare stand to learn from one another, but a team approach ensures any issues are addressed thoroughly and comprehensively. The divide between clinicians and non-clinicians also has to dissolve, suggests Igor Belokrinitsky, vice president of consulting firm Strategy&, especially when tackling and understanding changes coming about in the evolving landscape.

“It’s not just the physicians getting together discussing journal articles,” Mr. Belokrinitsky says. “It’s the entire department talking about a new pathway for treating cancer. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone.”

Mr. Belokrinitsky says Strategy& often hosts workshops facilitating discussions between physicians, nurses, medical technicians and administrators around one table, and the questions and conversations largely lead to new insights about how they can provide better care.

The team-based approach also allows for grassroots change to occur. When employees feel as though they are part of a team and know they are being heard and respected, they may feel like they have more of a stake in the matter and be the force to initiate change.

“Very often people know the right thing to do but have a hard time getting someone to listen to them or have a hard time building business cases,” Mr. Belokrinitsky says. “It’s just a matter of creating an environment where people are comfortable sharing ideas.”

Be uncompromisingly obsessive about waste. Mr. Belokrinitsky says this is a crucial characteristic for any professional success in healthcare. “Every time we have waste in the health system, it results in a worse experience for everybody; worse quality and safety and higher costs,” he says. “If we really want to be compassionate and patient-centric, a major part of that is being considerate about how much this is going to cost the patient, the employers, the community and the taxpayers who are picking up the rest of the tab.”

Waste turns into reduced value, and value is cementing itself as the backbone of the healthcare industry. Those in healthcare who foresee themselves remaining in the industry are tasked with making value the number one priority. Once they do so, the commitment will spread throughout an organization.

For example, physicians might focus on tightening patient care options to reduce overtreatment, and hospital administrators might initiate projects to boost efficiency of operational processes.

“People who become good at [finding and getting rid of waste], people who are vigilant with this can really have a lot of impact in their organization,” Mr. Belokrinitsky continues. “It’s contagious. It’s very empowering. Teaching people the tools and techniques for mining waste and getting rid of it and making care more patient-centric tends to be very empowering for everybody as a whole.”

Treat patients like the people they are. Healthcare is riddled with data. Patient data, structured and unstructured EMR data, financial data, population health data. Even diagnostic and reimbursement codes are a series of numbers and letters, a quantitative approach to a qualitative experience.

But healthcare is about caring for people, not caring for ICD-9 codes, and that means taking into consideration the parts of life that happen outside of hospital walls. “Part of it is being able to engage the patient and see them as an entire person as opposed to just a disease or a set of symptoms,” Mr. Belokrinitsky says. “[There's a sense of] ‘This thing is broken, so let’s fix it,’ as opposed to, ‘Here’s a human being who might be going through a divorce or bankruptcy and has anger management issues and is overweight and lives in a food desert.’”

What’s more, those in healthcare need to have a sense of cultural literacy and be attuned to cultural difference, both geographically and generationally, that can affect a patient’s understanding of care.

“People from different cultures have different norms for how they communicate the level of pain, how assertive they are, how much they see a provider of care as a figure of authority,” says Mr. Belokrinitsky. “It is quite challenging because it becomes not about treating the condition and more about treating the human. And what is the best way to engage that particular human?”

Commit to be fit. Before a plane takes off, flight attendants go through their safety demonstration. In the event of a pressure change in the cabin, yellow oxygen masks descend from the ceiling. “Be sure to affix your own mask before assisting others,” flight attendants advise. To effectively help others, you first have to help yourself.

Patients, and perhaps even other employees, are less inclined to follow leaders if they do not embody the principles or ideals that they preach. The urban legend floats around the healthcare industry of the overweight physician who tells the overweight patient he needs to lose weight. Why should the patient listen to the person who doesn’t practice what he prescribes?

The relationship between physicians and patients is highly personal, upheld by significant trust, respect and credibility. If patients can’t or don’t trust their physicians, their inclinations to follow treatments may bottom out.

The same extends to employees and executive leadership. How can executive leaders rally their teams around population health improvement projects and then smoke a pack a day?

“The wellness focus in healthcare extends to a leader’s role as an ambassador,” says Dr. Noland. “Leaders need to embody that commitment to professional growth and personal wellness. Leaders committing to their own personal health and their professional growth can be great role models.”

Get a flu shot. In a similar vein to leading by example, flu shots are indisputably one of the most effective infection prevention tools in healthcare today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 200,000 people will be hospitalized for flu-related complications every year. Children younger than 2 and adults over 65 have higher susceptibility to the flu, and death becomes a higher risk when such patients are already immunocompromised in the hospital. The CDC recommends all healthcare professionals receive a yearly flu shot to protect both themselves and their patients.

What’s more, a recent study from California public health data from 2009-2012 finds for every 15 healthcare providers who receive a flu shot, there is one fewer case of the flu in the community. It’s a triple win: self-protection, protection of others and a boost to population health.

Do humanitarian work to revitalize your foundation. When working in multibillion dollar academic medical centers or running huge nonprofit and for-profit organizations, the foundation of healthcare can get lost in the shuffle of accreditation surveys, reimbursement changes, physician-integration discussions and provider competition. While all of these processes are important or necessary to running an organization, what is equally important is for individuals to remember why they want to be in healthcare in the first place.

“In thinking how we evolved, both as an individual as well as an executive who is trying to transform their healthcare organization, it’s important not to lose their foundation, which is the reason why they got into healthcare in the first place — to help people, improve health and to heal,” Mr. Belokrinitsky says.

Participating in humanitarian work — international or domestic — may help serve as a reminder of the very reasons healthcare workers do what they do. If you’ve forgotten, work with people who simply need care.

Amidst the numerous pressures of the industry, the core reason why most healthcare workers are there is to commit to the patient and demonstrate human compassion. This foundation, Mr. Belokrinitsky says, is palpable.

“It makes healthcare a very special industry, unlike any other,” he says. “You really feel it when you go into certain hospitals…. People dedicate their whole life to this compassionate care, this personalized care. It’s important not to lose that.”

When You Start To Let Go Of The Past, These 10 Things Will Happen

November 21, 2014 by Pat Lynch
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Living in the past is a dangerous habit. Whether it’s wallowing in regret and resentment over unfortunate events or reminiscing over fond memories while ignoring what’s happening right in front of you, living in the past can have a number of negative effects on your emotional health. With a little coaxing, however, you can break this habit and start experiencing these 10 changes.

1. You’ll Feel Less Anxiety

Clinging to the past makes you worry about every decision you’ve ever made, and that leads to a lot of anxiety. Whether you’re questioning something you did or wondering whether you made a mistake or holding a grudge over something someone else did, you’re stressing yourself out. Letting go of all that emotional baggage will make you feel lighter.

2. You’ll Make Decisions More Easily

When you make the decision to let things go, you open yourself up to making decisions about the future without worrying about whether you’ll regret them or not.

3. You’ll Live In The Present

Living in the past makes you ignore what’s going on right in front of you, which can all too often lead to regret over missed opportunities. Even if you’re reveling in wonderful old memories, you could be putting up a roadblock on the way to your present happiness.

4. You Can Focus On The Future

Thinking about the past doesn’t always have to be a negative thing; there’s nothing wrong with a little healthy nostalgia. But if you’re obsessing over how much fun you used to have or constantly wishing you were with old friends instead of the ones you have now, you’re denying yourself the opportunity to make new memories and to look forward to all the great possibilities that the future holds.

5. You’ll Be More Forgiving

Letting go of things is a habit; once it’s been cultivated, it becomes more and more automatic. When you learn how to forgive and forget other people and yourself when it comes to the past, you’ll start doing it more often in the present, too.

6. You’ll Be Less Judgmental

It’s easy to judge other people when you’re constantly judging yourself, but once you stop criticizing yourself for past mistakes, it becomes easier to lighten up on others, too.

7. You’ll Accept Things More Easily

Once you get used to letting go of the past, it becomes second nature to let things slide off you instead of letting them take root in your brain and spend the next five years there. After you’ve trained yourself to stop worrying about the past, you’ll be much better at rolling with the punches.

8. You’ll Have More Power

When you focus on the things you can do now rather than the things you did or didn’t do in the past, you feel more in control and in charge of your own life. Instead of letting regrets and “what-ifs” weigh you down, you can more easily accept things as they are without dwelling on the past.

9. You’ll Stop Blaming Others

It’s easy to blame others for past hurts and failures, but that doesn’t really accomplish anything. “The world largely doesn’t care, so you need to get over yourself. Yes, you’re special. Yes, your feelings matter. But don’t confuse with ‘your feelings matter’ [with] ‘your feelings should override all else, and nothing else matters.’ Your feelings are just one part of this large thing we call life, which is all interwoven and complex,” writes Dr. John M. Grohol on PsychCentral. When you stop focusing only on how other people have screwed you over and start thinking about how you can take charge and make yourself happy, you’re far more likely to actually feel happier instead of continuing to wallow in bitterness.

10. Your Health Will Improve

“When… anxiety dissipates, the physical benefits happen within seconds,” Dr. Pam Peeke tells Woman’s Day. “Your heart rate drops, as does your blood pressure, and every system of your body that was reacting to the overproduction of stress hormones relaxes.” Do your body a favor and stop agonizing over every little thing; you’ll feel physically, mentally and emotionally better.

November 20, 2014 by Pat Lynch

One Methods:Metaphorming: The Official “Think Like a Genius”® Method

There are many ways to classify a genius. But if you look at the historical figures whom most people would consider geniuses, such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Beethoven, you can see one thing they all share in common: they were all able to think in a way different from the mainstream, and thus made connections that no one else did. Based on that pattern, this article will address some of the ways you can think like a genius.

  1. 1

    Love learning. Geniuses are passionate about the things they do. If you want to think like a genius, find what you love and dive in headfirst.

    • Figure out what your learning style is and make use of it. The major types are auditory, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic and kinesthetic. Experiment with different techniques for absorbing information and stick with what works best.
    • Learn how to self-educate. There are lots of resources available on the internet and through local services like community colleges and libraries that can put all sorts of exciting information at your fingertips.
    • Be pro-active and ask questions. There are people you meet every day that know all sorts of things and have a variety of valuable skills to share. As a genius, be interested in the potential in everything.
    • Be over-comprehensive in your studies. Learn everything there is to know.
    • As you learn about different disciplines, think about how they connect to one another.
  2. 2

    Start ambitious projects and see them through from start to finish. Genius ideas have often occurred in the pursuit of something that many contemporaries thought to be downright crazy. Create opportunities for yourself to discover new things by embarking on journeys on which no one has yet embarked.

  3. 3

    Embrace change, uncertainty, and doubt. It is on the edges of knowledge that innovation and discovery happen. Don’t be afraid to question conventional wisdom, because geniuses are often the ones who rewrite current conventions.

  4. 4

    Be prolific. Try for quantity before quality. To produce exceptionally good work, do a lot of whatever you’re doing. It increases your chances for success and it means you will get more practice along the way. It also takes the pressure off, knowing that while an effort may be your first, it will likely not be your last. Most geniuses in history, whatever they were doing, did a lot of many things, and not all of it was genius!

    • There is a theory that to become a “master” in any subject, you need 10,000 hours of practice. Professional orchestra players and computer programmers demonstrate this idea. (Citation: Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, 2009, but see also Creativity: Genius and other Myths, Weisberg, 1986)
  5. 5

    Learn about Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a breakdown of the six levels of thinking, from the lowest level to the highest. You can use it to help you think about thinking on a deeper level.

    • Knowledge is accepting and believing a fact. Knowing 2 + 2 = 4, doesn’t mean you know what 2 + 2 = 4 means.
    • Application is knowing how to use the fact. You can determine that 2 cats plus 2 cats equals 4 cats. You don’t know what 2 + 2 = 4 means, but you can apply it.
    • Comprehension is understanding a fact: You understand the concept of addition and how 2 + 2 = 4.
    • Analysis is breaking down information into its parts. 4 – 2 = 2; (1 + 1) + (1 + 1) = 2 + 2 = 4.
    • Synthesis is Creating something new. (2 + 2) + (2 + 2) = 4 + 4.
    • Evaluation: Discussion of the merits of 2 + 2 = 4.
  6. 6

    Think differently. You are different. You think differently. Every kind of genius is different and individual. And every kind of opinion has something true and something you can learn from.

    • Remember that different ideas have not historically been accepted well, and yours may not be either. Geniuses throughout history have not let this deter them; neither should you.

10 Reasons to Quit your Job

November 17, 2014 by Pat Lynch

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Here are reasons to stop being miserable and start looking for something better.


1. Your Input Is Disregarded or Even Not Wanted

Everyone has ideas. And everyone loves when his or her ideas are taken seriously—and implemented. The feeling that you’ve contributed in a special way
is incredibly gratifying.

But when your boss or company shoots down or even laughs at your ideas, it’s not only insulting, it’s demotivating. And pretty soon you stop caring.

Life’s too short not to care.


2. You Get Criticized Publicly

We all need constructive feedback. We all need a little nudge. We all need to be told when we can do something better—and how to do it better.

But we need to be told those things in private.

Life’s too short to walk around waiting for the next time you’ll be criticized—and even humiliated—in front of other people.


3. You Never Hear the Word “Thanks”

Everyone also needs praise. We all need to know when we do something well (and everyone, even poor performers, do some things well).

Life’s too short not to be recognized for the contributions you make.


4. Your Boss Manages Up, Not Down

You know the type: As a leader she should focus her time and attention on her direct reports, but she spends all her time “following” her boss. It seems like your only job is to contribute to the greater glory—and advancement—of your boss.

A great boss knows that if her team succeeds—and each individual on that team succeeds—then she will succeed too.

Life’s too short to spend your time developing your boss’ career at the expense of your own.


5. You Feel Like You Have No Purpose

Everyone likes to feel a part of something bigger. Everyone likes to feel he has an impact not just on results but also on the lives of other people.

Life’s too short to go home every day feeling like you’ve worked, but you haven’t accomplished anything meaningful.


6. You Feel Like a Number

Everyone is replaceable. Everyone, ultimately, works for a paycheck. But people also want to work for more than a paycheck. They want to work with people they respect and admire, and they want to be respected and admired in return.

If your boss doesn’t occasionally stop for a quick discussion about family, an informal conversation to see if you need any help, or simply to say a kind word, then you’re just a cog in a larger machine.

Life’s too short to only be a cog in a larger machine.


7. You Aren’t Even Mildly Excited to Go to Work

Every job has its downsides. (I’m willing to bet even Richard Branson has to do a few things he doesn’t enjoy.) But every job should also have some fun moments. Or exciting moments. Or challenging moments. Or some aspect that makes you think, “I’m looking forward to doing that.”

Life’s too short to spend only looking forward to quitting time.


8. You Can’t See a Future

Every job should lead to something: Hopefully a promotion, but if not, the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities, learn new things, tackle new challenges. Tomorrow should have the potential to be different—in a good way—from today.

A decent boss works to improve the company’s future. A good boss works to improve her employees’ futures too, even if—especially if—that might mean some of those employees will eventually move on to bigger and better things.

Life’s too short to live without hope.


9. No One Has the Same Dreams as You

Countless companies were started by two or more people who at one time worked together and realized they had complementary skills—and realized they wanted to carve out a new future together.

If you plan to be an entrepreneur, working for a big company first is one of the best things you can do. It’s a risk-free environment where you can meet future colleagues and co-founders. Pick a dozen companies at random and you’ll find at least a few that were founded by aspiring entrepreneurs who met as co-workers and went on to launch awesome startups together.

Life’s too short to spend working with people who don’t share your hopes, dreams, and passions.


10. You Don’t Think You Can Do Anything Else

That’s the second-best reason of all to quit your job. I know what you’re thinking: “I make too much in my current job; I’ll never find something comparable.” Or, “there just aren’t any jobs where I live.” Or, “I’ve put too much time into this company (or career or industry).”

Or, “I don’t have what it takes to start my own business.”

All those things are true—if you let them be true.

You can do something else. You can do lots of something “elses.”

You just have to believe—and trust that your creativity, perseverance, and effort will take you to new, happier, and more fulfilling places. Thousands of people start their own businesses ever year. The only difference between you and them? They decided to take the chance. They decided to bet on themselves.

They decided that life’s too short to just stay where they are instead of doing everything possible to live a better life.

Are You Doing What It Takes To Be Great?

November 15, 2014 by Pat Lynch
By on November 6, 2014 in Goals, Happiness, Success
The Universal Truth about Fear: it affects everyone one of us.

But when was the last time we stopped to really analyze our fears? Not only to see what they are but also to see what they stop us from becoming.

How many opportunities do we miss out on by avoiding things we’re afraid of?

The reality is we’ll never know.

There could be life-changing jobs, friendships and business connections, just waiting to be taken or formed.

And that’s the scary side effect of letting fear control our lives: we never know what we’re truly capable of achieving.

We risk years of regret, what-ifs, and should-have-dones by giving fear the keys and letting it decide our ultimate destination.

Despite all its uncertainty, fear does make a few guarantees:

Fear kills dreams.
Fear holds us back.
Fear distorts our world.
Fear determines our success or failure.

We can’t let our fears stop us like this, if we want to achieve at the highest level. In fact, top-performers learn how to act in spite of their fears. They crush fear before it has a chance to fester and destroy.

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:

Michael Jordan: Arguably, the greatest basketball player of all time.

Do you remember how he began his career? He didn’t even start on his college basketball team. He wasn’t just handed a plate of basketball talents and told “Enjoy!” Not at all. He worked his ass off until he reached the pinnacle of success. He knows what it takes to overcome obstacles and barriers.What does he say about fear?

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

Fears are just an illusion. Something we create in our heads that stops us from achieving at the highest level.

Look where this belief got him in life: Hall of Fame, greatest player of all-time, and still getting multi-million dollar endorsement deals, years after playing in the NBA.

Another great example: Warren Buffett, the best investor of our time. He’s amassed so much wealth from savvy investing that he’s literally bailed out entire countries on the brink of bankruptcy. Our government and top CEOs around the world turn to him in times of crises for investing advice

What’s one of his basic tenets of investing?

“Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.”

Translation: His greatest investments have come from taking huge risks in the face of fear. When there’s blood on the streets and nobody can think clearly about their investments, Buffett’s out there buying stocks, hand over fists. He doesn’t let fear stop him; in fact he uses it to his advantage. And he’s one of the wealthiest people of all time.

Successful people leave clues for us. So what are top-performers, like Buffett and Jordan, showing us?

Face your fears, and you’ll get the payoffs.

Without taking risks, without facing our fears, and without pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone, we can never reach our true potential.

It’s really that simple.

So why don’t more of us do exactly that?

Because a lot of us hear advice like this and think “Ha! Easy for you to say! You don’t have [insert disadvantage], and I don’t have [insert excuse about time or resources].”

Immediately, we react with how our situation is SO special, SO unique, and SO different than everyone else.

It’s an automatic defense mechanism that flares up.

What’s really happening here?

We’re creating a story for ourselves. We’re rationalizing our fears and inaction. Nobody wants to feel like a fool; I get that.

I used to feed myself story after story. “I don’t have time,” I used to say, “I’ll work on that tomorrow.” I hated feeling bad about myself, and stories created quick fixes to feel better.

In reality, I was hiding from the truth.

So let’s be honest with each other

The truth makes us uncomfortable, especially when it exposes weaknesses inside ourselves. It makes me cringe when I think back on the laundry list of excuses I used to delay facing my fears.

In fact years ago, I had dozens of books about personal development filled with tactic after tactic, scattered all throughout my room. I had no excuse not to follow through, yet I allowed fear remain in control. I’d go chasing another tactic, claiming I wasn’t ready yet; I needed to work on just one more thing. And nothing got done.

I did this for years; until I realized we have power to make decisions, and we empower ourselves by taking actions toward our goals, no matter how daunting they may seem today.

No matter how fearful we might be, we never improve by continuously consuming information alone. You have to go out in the world and try things.

You can have disproportionate rewards in life.

100x your next closest competitor. I’m talking about absolutely crushing your goals; Defying your wildest expectations, with regard to every area of life achievements.

But to do that, you must escape the shackles of fear.

Behind every fear is the person you want to be. If you tackle your fears, you can become the person of your dreams.

Yoda said it best, “Named your fear must be, before banish it you can.”

And that’s exactly what we must do if we want to improve ourselves: Banish fear. For life.

For years, decades even, you may have walked around, letting fear guide you, letting it beat you down and make you its victim.

Today, let’s turn the tide. Flip the script and make fear your slave.

Today, let’s face fear head on and empower ourselves to break free.
Your challenge for today: start crushing your fears in five simple steps

1) Specific goals: Make a list of five things you’ve really wanted to do but haven’t because fear has been holding you back. It can be anything, even something as simple as saying “Hi” to a colleague when you walk past them in the hall all the way to trying something completely new.

Be creative and don’t hesitate to write anything down. If you want it, list it. Even if you think it’s silly or you can’t do it just yet, don’t let that stop you for now. Just write it all down, and we’ll get to that later. Ideally, you should spend 2-3 minutes brainstorming things you want to do, but it may take you a less time.

Once you have your list of 5 things, move on to the next step. But don’t skip ahead. Be thorough here. I promise if you go through the exercise correctly, you’ll reap the rewards.

2) Selection: Now that you have your list of 5 things/action items, take a second to review it. Really go back over it and make sure you don’t want to add anything else. Okay, what you’re going to do next might shock you, but I want you to select only ONE goal on that list you’d like to achieve. Shelve the other four things for now. You’re going to focus all of your mental energy on this goal. This one should be the utmost important to you. Something that, if you accomplished it, would make you incredibly excited, overjoyed even. Circle just one. It’s better to accomplish one small thing than having hundreds of ideas floating around in our heads that we never get around to doing.

Keep moving, now, to the next step.

3) Systematize: Here’s where get very strategic in our approach. Anyone can make a list of goals and feel good for a moment. For most people, goals go into a pile of dreams and wishes to remain unfinished. We differentiate ourselves by creating a plan to follow through. So now, let’s create a simple set of action steps to help achieve your goal. For example, if my goal was to start a conversation with a colleague, I’d include the time of day I planned to talk to them; I’d make sure to plan on starting the conversation on day when I wasn’t pressed for time so I could be more present and authentic; I’d even go so far as to script out a conversation, not only with what I’d plan on saying to initiate a quick chat, but also, what I’d say to exit the conversation, if I started to feel uncomfortable.

When you’re done crafting your plan, move on to the next step.

4) See: Create a vivid vision of yourself following through on your goal and conquering your fears. Let the positive emotions wash over you that come from taking this action. Allow yourself to enjoy this moment, and see yourself as truly being successful. Remember, our minds can’t tell a vision in our head apart from something that actually happens to us. So you can use this to your advantage and practice in advance, without actually having to take action just yet. The more vivid and real you can make your vision, the more powerful this exercise becomes. So include, how things look, smell, and feel in your visualization.

5) Lastly, start fulfilling your dreams, today. Go out and take action toward your goal. Now that you know what you want to do, how to do it, and have seen yourself be successful, there’s no reason not to give it a shot.

Most people don’t work on their dreams. They just let things happen to them, and fear ruins their lives.

What will you do?

Let me know what happened when you tackled your first fear in the comments section below.

Are You Doing What It Takes To Be Great?

100 Tricks To Help You De-Stress

November 11, 2014 by Pat Lynch

The Huffington Post  | By Healthy Living Editors

Posted: 11/05/2014 8:12 am EST Updated: 11/05/2014 12:59 pm EST

Who doesn’t get stressed every now and then? Between work worries (“My deadline is when?!”) and personal pressures (“Whose turn is it to pick up the kids?”), it may feel like you’re always on the brink of being totally overwhelmed. The key is knowing when it’s happening — and being proactive about putting an end to it.

Luckily, there are a lot of ways to keep those stressors in check. In honor of Stress Awareness Day, we rounded up 100 expert and research-backed ways to relax, whether you have five minutes, five hours or five weeks. So long, stress!

  1. Write your worries down in a journal.
  2. Peel an orange. Studies show the smell of citrus can help reduce stress.
  3. Read a book for six minutes.
  4. Eat an avocado. The monounsaturated fats and potassium in the superfood can lower blood pressure.
  5. Take a walk in green space.
  6. Hang out with your BFF.
  7. Spend a few minutes focusing on your breath.
  8. Take a power nap.
  9. Bring your dog to work. Research suggests having Fido in the office can lower stress levels throughout the day.
  10. Listen to Mozart.
  11. Try some aromatherapy. One 2009 study found it’s an effective stress-relief technique, especially for high school students.
  12. Let out a laugh.
  13. Get a massage.
  14. Give someone a big hug.
  15. Belt it out at karaoke
  16. …Or sing in your church choir.
  17. Do a small project or craft.
  18. Take up knitting. Research shows the activity puts your brain in a state of flow similar to the one achieved through meditation.
  19. Speaking of which, try a little mindfulness meditation.
  20. Have sex.
  21. Unsubscribe from all of those promotional emails.
  22. Kiss a loved one.
  23. Call your mom.
  24. Do a progressive muscle relaxation exercise.
  25. Try the “chocolate meditation” technique. This allows you to fully savor the sweet treat. Instructions here.

  1. Take an email vacation. (Bonus: It also makes you more productive.)
  2. Forgive someone.
  3. Think about something you’re grateful for.
  4. Exercise. Research shows it helps boost the body’s ability to handle stress.
  5. Be mindful of how you deal with frustration during an argument.
  6. Drink black tea.
  7. Power down that smartphone for a few minutes.
  8. Walk the walk. Research shows if you carry yourself like a happy person, you’ll feel happier, too.
  9. Drink some orange juice.
  10. Chew gum.
  11. Reflect on what (and who) is important in your life.
  12. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Bring on the salmon!
  13. Tap into your religious beliefs.
  14. Look into a less stressful job.
  15. Live in Salt Lake City (or just take a visit). It was named the least-stressed city in the country in 2014.
  16. Walk or bike to work.
  17. Listen to soothing nature sounds.
  18. Eat a bowl of oatmeal.
  19. Give acupuncture a try.
  20. Flash a smile at someone.
  21. Do some guided imagery exercises.
  22. Get a plant for your house or your desk.
  23. Let yourself have a good cry.
  24. Eat some dark chocolate.
  25. Get in touch with your inner yogi. Try one these yoga poses, specifically geared toward reducing anxiety.
  26. Say no. You can do anything, but not everything.
  27. Have an orgasm.
  28. Take a laughter yoga class.
  29. Think positive thoughts.
  30. Dance it out. Not only does it reduce stress, it can also boost your memory.
  31. Take a warm bath.
  32. Surround yourself with the scent of pine
  33. …Or the aroma of vanilla.
  34. Float in water.
  35. Sleep. Not only is it crucial to zapping stress, it’s key to your daily happiness. “When we’re exhausted, we drag ourselves through the day instead of enjoying the day,” HuffPost president and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington once said.
  36. De-clutter your home or your desk.
  37. Become a morning person. (Or at least embrace the morning.)
  38. Spend time around horses.
  39. Focus on one task at a time.
  40. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  41. If you’re a smoker, quit.
  42. Watch 3-D videos of trees. (Really!)
  43. Go to the beach.
  44. Distance yourself from stressful people in your life.
  45. Repeat a positive affirmation. Looking for a few examples? Try these.
  46. Choose not to wait in line.
  47. Spend time with the person you’re in love with.
  48. Drink a cup of green tea.
  49. Feel free to ignore your boss while you’re on vacation.
  50. Embrace aging.
  51. Try a “mood monitoring” exercise. Find tips on how to do it here.
  52. Take a break from social media.
  53. Use a little foul language (in the right company).
  54. Share a meal with a friend.
  55. Let out a deep sigh
  56. …Or a primal scream.
  57. Make a silly face.
  58. Close your eyes, even for just a few moments. (But don’t do it while you’re driving.)
  59. Brush your hair.
  60. Do something nice for someone else. Good karma and less stress? Win.
  61. Give yourself some quiet time.
  62. Write your thoughts on a piece of paper, then physically throw them out.
  63. Stare at the color blue.
  64. Look at old photographs.
  65. Set “stress boundaries.” If someone — or something — is starting to stress you out, step away from the situation.
  66. Go for a run.
  67. Color a picture. This activity isn’t just for kids!
  68. Pet your dog or cat.
  69. Look out the window.
  70. Try a de-stressing app. Programs like Headspace, Calm and our own GPS for the Soul are designed to reduce stress.
  71. Use your imagination and look at your life like scenes in a movie.
  72. Count to 10, then count backward.
  73. Spend a little time in the sun. (Just wear your SPF!)
  74. Take a lunch break away from your desk.
  75. If your stress becomes unmanageable or overwhelming, consider seeing a therapist.

IT Workers must be “Swiss Army Knives”

November 6, 2014 by Pat Lynch
Note: This echos very strongly the article I wrote for Tech Nation November 2014 about IT staff being so compartmentalized that they cannot handle the broad spectrum of problems that confront them.  Biomeds are, by definition, much more broadly knowledgeable.  Pat

‘There really is too much going on at once … what’s going on in our organizations is really nuts.’

SAN ANTONIO | November 3, 2014

Jim Turnbull   The past few years have been “a very, very intense time” for health IT workers, said Jim Turnbull, chief information officer at University of Utah Health Care, speaking at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum this past week. As he and other CIOs look ahead toward the next few years, they see more challenges still to come.

[See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness']

Turnbull spoke as part of a spirited panel, alongside Rick Schooler, CIO at Orlando Health, and Ed Marx, CIO at Texas Health Resources.

Marx is current holder of the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award, given jointly by CHIME and HIMSS; Turnbull and Schooler are both former recipients. Each offered their perspectives on the evolving role of the hospital CIO – specifically with an eye toward what the job will look like by 2020.

[See also: CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU]

If the next five years are anything like the previous five, said Turnbull, they’ll be marked by a lot of hard work – and head-spinning change.

“Our world has changed dramatically,” said Turnbull. “The market has changed; the regulatory environment has changed; we’ve gone through this crazy stuff with ICD-10 starting and stopping.”

The healthcare industry “has become very complex over the last four or five years,” he said. Worse, the recent past has seen a marked increase in “ambiguity,” he added, “and that’s the one that’s really concerning.”

His own organization, “from the top on down, literally seems to be changing priorities almost monthly now,” thanks to the vagaries of the government, the market and more.

“Being able to shift from one role to another” is increasingly essential, said Turnbull. “There’s always room in the drawer for a butter knife and a steak knife, but we’re really looking for our staff to be Swiss Army knives.”

Rick SchoolerCultivating “different skills, (getting) away from being a specialist – from being focused on the pharmacy or radiology, or the nursing staff,” is the necessary way forward in these uncertain times, he said.

Schooler echoed those sentiments, and added that it’s crucial to communicate with IT staff, and ensure they “understand why we’re doing all this stuff” – even if that “stuff” seems to be changing on a near-constant basis.

“I told you this was so important, but today I’m telling you that actually this is more important than that,” said Schooler, of the way he’s forced to relay shifting priorities to his team. “And tomorrow, this is going to be more important than those.”

As healthcare goes through these growing pains, “the ability to multitask and deal with demand” has come to the fore, he said. “The increasing amount of demand requires our people to shift gears on the fly.

“There really is too much going on at once,” said Schooler. “What’s going on in our organizations is really nuts.”

He added: “Our people are getting jerked around endlessly.” That places enormous stress not just on the IT teams in the trenches, but on “our customers and our partners in the organization.”

The success of a CIO, said Schooler, should be judged on “our ability to manage them through it.”

Ed MarxMarx emphasized the critical importance of connecting with staff and C-suite colleagues on a personal level.

“I know their names, and I know the names of their kids. And I know their favorite wine. It’s really about knowing people on a human level that makes a difference.

“Will something go wrong? Of course it will,” he added. “But these relationships help build team dynamic.”

Marx said one of his favorite photographs is one he has framed of a nurse, planting a big kiss on his cheek. Given the sometimes fractious relationship between the clinical and technology sides, he takes that as a sign of success.

“Is there anyone in your organization that has that sort of affection for IT?” he said, to much laughter.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been kissed at work; it often seems like I’m the one doing the kissing,” said Schooler, to even more laughter.

All joking aside, though, he made the point that CIOs have hugely important roles to play in helping their hospitals navigate these challenging waters.

“The No. 1 expectation for us in our organizations is to be a partner and collaborator,” said Schooler. The job “has to be built on a foundation that we have a genuine desire to ensure the success of the others in the organization that we serve. If you can’t serve, you can’t lead.”

That leadership will be key to making it through the next five years, the panel of CIOs agreed, as healthcare continues its momentous sea change away from fee-for-service and toward consumer-driven, coordinated care – all aided by technologies we may not even be aware of yet.

“We’e going to be seeing on-demand healthcare,” said Schooler. “Something is going to change, not only in how we deliver healthcare but how we think about it, and how we deliver convenient care.”

Telehealth and virtual visits will be on the rise, as will patient engagement, he predicted –  as will “integration, integration, integration.”

And, someday soon, all the angst, aggravation and agita of the past few years will prove to have been worth it, he said, as empowered patients are able to better direct their care experience.

“Five years used to seem like a long time,” said Schooler. “It really isn’t. It will be here before we know it.”

An excellent video about healthcare abroad – huge advances!

November 5, 2014 by Pat Lynch

Check out this excellent documentary about Healthcare.  HERE!

Adding 3D automated ultrasound assists in screening women with dense breasts

November 4, 2014 by Pat Lynch

Megan Applegate
Oct 22, 2014

A new study in Radiology has demonstrated an increase in cancer detection when using 3D automated breast ultrasound to supplement mammography among women with dense breasts—finding as many as 1.9 more cancers per 1,000 women screened than using mammography alone.

Supplemental screening with magnetic resonance imaging or ultrasonography after mammography has shown to increase the rate of early breast cancer detection in women with dense breasts, but the use of these advanced screening technologies has been limited to high-risk women with additional risk factors besides dense breast tissue.

The sensitivity of mammography for the detection of breast cancer is reported to be 85 percent, but as low as 48 percent in women with extremely dense breasts.

Led by Rachel F. Brem, MD, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., researchers studied 15,318 women with dense breasts and no further risk factors. The study was conducted between 2009 and 2011 among 13 study facilities in the U.S.

Screening mammograms were read by 39 radiologists using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) classification.

Breast density was assessed by a radiologist and classified using BI-RADS density types: type 1 (almost entirely fat), type 2 (scattered fibroglandular densities), type 3 (heterogeneously dense) and type 4 (extremely dense). Women with density types 3 and 4 who were asymptomatic of breast cancer with no prior findings of the disease were included in the study.

Each study participant underwent standard digital mammography screening followed by an automated breast ultrasound. Images from the automated ultrasound were reconstructed and made three-dimensional for the radiologist to interpret.

A total of 2,301 women were recalled on the basis of the digital mammogram alone. Of these, 1,957 were also recalled on the basis of the combined mammography/automated breast ultrasound combined read.

Of the 13,107 women whose screening results were negative on the basis of screening mammography alone, 2,407 had a recall recommended on the basis of the combined mammography/automated breast ultrasound read.

Among all the women who were recalled, 112 women with breast cancer were identified—82 were identified by using screening mammography and cancers in an additional 30 women were identified using the automated breast ultrasound after no mammographic evidence of malignancy was found.

Brem and colleagues concluded that cancer detection was increased when using automatic breast ultrasound in addition to mammography among women with dense breasts.

“Improved detection through the use of [automated breast ultrasonography] supplemented to screening mammography alone has the potential to lead to earlier treatment and better prognosis in patients with dense breasts,” the researchers wrote.