After all these years does anyone still read this? I doubt it but if you do I’m still alive. My battle and the battle with my little Ohio hospital and the OSBP (and my friend’s up the street) is finally over and has been for a while.
My new mission and purpose of this blog will be to post my thoughts on how to finally, once and for all, flip the script on EHR technology and healthcare in general.
I’ve worked with EPIC, Cerner, Meditech, McKesson, Allscripts, etc now and the one universal truth is that they all are all shit. Some smell better than others, but they are all shit.
So I’m sitting in the Burbank airport the other day, waiting for my flight, when I happen to overhear the guy next to me on the phone telling tales of informatics failures at wherever he had just been. I strike up a conversation and come to find out that he works for McKesson as one of their implementation specialists.
I explain my general background including the fact that I’m a licensed pharmacist in Ohio.
He gets an intrigued look on his face and proceeds to ask me, “What is up with that crazy state board of pharmacy you have in Ohio?”
My immediate response, “Don’t even get me started.”
You know what, I spend a lot of time on planes. So do several other people who I have gotten to know after flying each and every week on the same flights. Normally most of us who do this weekly end up in First Class together. This week however very few of us were upgraded as there are several professional golfers who are on their way to our home city and they all actually purchased 1st class tickets so we were out of upgrade luck.
Being fired and black listed from hospital work in my home town forced me to become a traveling consultant. I am gone 4 out of 7 days each and every week and live in a hotel 1900 miles from home 4 out of 7 days every week. While it may not seem ideal, it has actually been a blessing and a lesson in itself. Being gone all of the time has helped me to better understand and value the importance of family, letting go, and letting my kids enjoy being kids rather than trying to make them perfect little adults.
I feel like I’ve been exiled. Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled to have a job. Thrilled.
And normally traveling from Ohio to California will be a Monday through Thursday thing. But right now it seems rather bleak because I am away for 2 weeks on this first go around. I realize it’s just for training because my hours aren’t actually being charged to a client.
I’m just bored out of my mind.
Right now I’m typing this on my phone on a train destined for Downtown Berkely just because I know they have food there that is within walking distance of the train that is not the hotel food (which I have grown sick of very quickly).
I just feel like I’ve been exiled. I’m about 3000 miles away from my wife and kids and I miss them something fierce.
Its the best option job wise because its in a field I like that uses my PharmD knowledge and informatics knowledge, but doesn’t require me to have a license to keep the job.
So if the Ohio Board of Pharmacy decides to ding me at some point and does do something to my RPh in Ohio, at least I still havey PharmD and still have this job.
And there are perks. My cell phone willbe paid for by my company. My internet is paid for so I can do remote work. They are buying me a new laptop which is something aivr desired for a long while now. They even let me pick it out which was nice.
I just can’t wait for this week to be over so I can go home and hug my kids.