In Order to Keep Life Exciting, You Must Take a Few Risks to Reap the Rewards

Being CEO of a company is anything but boring.  Who would have thought that each $2,000 invested as founders’ capital into a publicly traded company which I co-founded and ran, would someday be worth ten million dollars in only three years, as it did.  It proves the adage that good things are worth waiting for, and it looks like a similar story awaits at MMRGlobal.  Who would have thought that MMR would evolve into a Company owning a portfolio of Health IT and Biotech assets valued at as much as a billion dollars, not including the value of patents in twelve additional countries http://michaelbass.com/PDF/Patent_Valuation.pdf .

For those who have been there and supported the Company since the beginning in 2005, thank you.  As we head into the 2013 Super Bowl weekend the one thing not to bet against is the future of Health IT and MMR’s role in it.

What keeps my life exciting is that MyMedicalRecords has only just begun. That’s because the Meaningful Use requirements that mandate patients receive online access to their Personal Health Information takes effect in 2014.

MMR is a company that took a big risk fostering ideas that were hatched before their time.  And there are advantages to being the early first mover.  We benefited with great inventions that resulted in 7 US patents, plus continuation patents and pending patents, and more patents in countries around the world, with nearly 400 U.S claims, and hundreds more internationally.  In fact, MMR has additional patents issued, pending and applied for in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Israel, Japan and South Korea. If MMR were in a Master Charge commercial, its intellectual property would be described as PRICELESS!

Working with legal counsel, we have spent the past year pursuing license agreements and strategic relationships for the use of MMR’s Health IT patents and other Intellectual Property.  The industry is recognizing the value of our IP and the Company has already entered into licensing and strategic business relationships.

We believe our patents increase the bar, making it difficult for hospitals, physician groups, healthcare professionals and vendors of  Personal Health Records and patient portals to sell their products and services without infringing on MMR’s IP.

And while MMR owns a significant portfolio of health information technology IP, the Company also owns biotech assets, samples and patents created at a cost of more than $100 million and which are already the subject of a $13 million license agreement with a major biotech company.

Meanwhile, the next 30 days promise to be one of the most exciting periods in MMR’s history.  On February 10th I am scheduled to attend a series of major customer meetings in Pennsylvania and MMR is hosting a dinner for carriers and payers representing more than 100 million lives.

On the 11th and 12th I attend meetings in Washington DC with representatives from Congress to discuss the use and effectiveness of more than $10 billion in paid out stimulus monies and other opportunities to improve care and reduce costs in preparation for future hearings. While there, I also plan on meeting with affinity groups representing seniors, emergency preparedness and other existing association clients of MMR.

Then, it’s two days in New York, where the Company will be telling its story to institutional investors and entertainment conglomerates interested in incorporating interactive health with broadcast and online programming.

Then back to Los Angeles to prepare for HIMSS 2013, which starts March 3rd in New Orleans to more than 40,000 projected attendees and is featuring a keynote address by President Clinton http://www.himssconference.org/.  I am proud to be part of a company that participates in the future of healthcare today.  Although it’s too late to bet on the Super Bowl, it’s not too late to bet on the Future of Health IT.

 

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal
4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010
www.mmrglobal.com
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What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s Happening…

Last night was Innovation Night at The La Jolla Playhouse, where QUALCOMM, BioMed Realty Trust, Avalon Ventures, Nokia, Ivor Royston of Forward Ventures, MMRGlobal and other corporations joined together for a revival premier of Jesus Christ Superstar. The revival and this cast are scheduled to open on Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre, in New York, March 2012.

Yesterday was also a day where the innovativeness of MMR was rewarded with a near record trading day on the back of the Company’s receipt of an offer to license portions of its health information technology patent portfolio.

Things happen in my life at the strangest times and for no apparent reason.  Some would say it’s because I work hard, putting at least 60 hours a week into MMR.  I like to think it is as how the universe gives back to those who give to it.  I believe the more you put out the more you get back.

So in the spirit of the Season of Giving, isn’t it coincidental that on a day where the company’s stock traded nearly 3 million shares, I spent 12 hours of my day driving to San Diego to “Give Back” to the community, and in particular, teaching the arts to kids.

To paraphrase the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, “Here’s the buzz, let me tell you what’s happening”.

And there is a lot of buzz on the street about MMR and my job is to make “Buzz” happen. One of the many ways I do it is called “Socially Networking”, like I did last night.  Rather than sit behind a desk and push a “Like Button” on someone’s website or write meaningless inaccurate information on a bulletin board or page somewhere, I spend my day making a difference for the shareholders of MMR by also making a difference in the community, by “Socially Networking”.

And last night was all about “Socially Networking” for the benefit of MMR.  Does socially networking work better than social networking?  Does corporate and personal philanthropy impact our business and personal lives?  Although difficult to measure, I think the answer to both is an absolute yes!

At MMRGlobal, social networking is a very important part of our business.  It cost effectively calls people to the attention of our product when they need it the most. Using the tools at our disposal, Facebook (Friend us), Twitter (Follow us) and Google Alerts, we follow people struggling in the loss of a home from fire or dealing with the crisis of illness and numerous other personal and natural disasters.  MMR then uses social networking to make a small difference by giving an affected individual or family a trial account when they need it most.  In fact, that is what our www.mymedicalrecords.com (Watch Video) and our www.myesafedepositbox.com (Watch Video) are supposed to do. And as an example of how Giving Back can benefit MMR’s bottom line over time, we add users after the free trial periods with user attrition of less than 5%

However, “Socially Networking” is just as important.  I am sure many who read this blog will criticize me for doing anything “social” in my life other than driving to the office.  I see it everyday from bloggers that have nothing to do but attempt to criticize me for giving my life (and tens of millions of dollars) to the charities Kira and I love. I can only assume that I have nothing in common with these people other than perhaps the keyboard I am typing on. That’s why we have the Robert H. Lorsch Family Pavilion at The California Science Center.

To “Socially Network” is like any other job.  It requires commitment to want to give back and it only works when one manages the possibilities around them.  One of the ways I make a difference is by staying very connected, and that takes work.  As a result, I can reach virtually anyone in the world by calling someone that I know personally.  I keep contact data on nearly everyone I meet.  Consequently I have 14,464 current contacts in my personal Outlook database and a near full time person who calls anyone regularly to keep their contact information correct.

In large part, that is how I get to participate in events like Innovation Night last night.   It was an exciting evening that started with a sponsor cocktail reception, where Richard Lagani, Kira and I networked with the healthcare, biotech and telecommunications elite.

Having this opportunity to open the doors to major new business relationships for MMR, while preparing to watch this “ground breaking” rock opera, which reinvented musical theatre as we know it today, reminded me of how MMR is reinventing “the Future of Healthcare Today” with “ground breaking” tools for personal health.

Opportunities like last night do not happen if I were to sit in the office pushing a “Like Button”- they only happen when you actively “Give Back.” So as we go through the Season of Giving, give Socially Networking a try. It can make a difference in your life and will defiantly make a difference in someone else’s.

Speaking of making a difference, today will be another 12 to 15 hour day, since China calls start at 7:00 PM tonight, as we get closer and closer to seeing years of efforts also turn into reality.

As I said, 14,464 contacts truly represent a global opportunity to make a difference.  Perhaps you should start backing up your phone, PDA and contact data base today.  And perhaps in a www.myesafedepositbox.com account.

Although this is not the last blog I will probably write this year, I want to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends the happiest, healthiest and most prosperous of holiday seasons.

 

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, Tel. 310-476-7002

www.mmrglobal.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Occupy MMR By Investing in Your Family’s Health Over the Holiday

You can take charge of your health by occupying an MMR account with all your family’s’ medical records and other important documents over the Thanksgiving holiday.  We sympathize with those who have opted to take to the streets and sleep in tents to make their point. While we are all feeling the pain of a difficult time, we believe supporting the economy by shopping and investing in small business is another way to “Occupy Wall Street.”  One way you can do a small part is to join in a grassroots movement to set up a personal health record using MyMedicalRecords while the family is together over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Because Thanksgiving is about families coming together, it is a time to make sure that everyone’s important medical records and vital documents are maintained in one place in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to invest in starting a MyMedicalRecords.com Personal Health Record. Your family, including your pets, will appreciate it.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. First, it’s always a four-day weekend, so I actually get time to slow down. And even if I wanted to keep working, the tryptophan in the turkey puts me out for the count by 7:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day.  It is also my wedding anniversary to Kira, which makes the memories and the celebration that much more special.

MMR has also evolved through two Secretaries of Health and Human Services from both parties, over two administrations, consistently focusing on Health IT and the importance of having a personal health record. I congratulate President Obama for his efforts to make affordable health care available to millions of people that didn’t have it in the past. That means more customers for MyMedicalRecords.com. And for that, why wouldn’t I be thankful.

MMRGlobal is growing despite the worst recession in modern times, and, despite a dismal world economic climate. In the past few months alone, ng Connect and MMR announced that MyMedicalRecords.com will be the first Personal Health Record to be featured in the ng Connect booth at the upcoming January 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. REACH Air is offering MMR accounts to travelers, UST Global has become the newest strategic partner to MMR, OTC: MMRF has been picked by numerous analysts and other services as a stock to watch, while the Company has been invited to Qatar to explore a venture in the UAE.  The Company is also actively working with Alcatel-Lucent to connect to telemedicine services and a high growth revenue cycle management group to integrate our products and services throughout their network of healthcare providers.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish our many friends, employees, shareholders, and our strategic partners around the world a happy healthy Thanksgiving holiday. At MMR, we think of them as an extended family, and for that I am thankful.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, Tel. 310-476-7002

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“The Biggest Reason you don’t get answers is that you haven’t asked the questions”…..a quote by Richard Bach.

This has already been a difficult year for our planet and those of us who inhabit it. The other day, Japan had another large aftershock to the March 11th earthquake. U.S. scientists predict as many as 16 hurricanes through November, and there have been more than 1200 tornados since January.  That’s why MMR is running our current advertising campaign, which, if you haven’t already, you can see it here (Watch Commerical).

One of the reasons I am proud to be CEO of MMRGlobal is we make products and services that give back to the universe.  Our products assist people in their most severe time of need, including the aftermath of natural disasters or personal tragedy. Regardless of what it is, when we hear of any personal disaster on the magnitude of a massive earthquake, flood, tornado, or fire, or an illness of a family member or pet – to us they are all heartbreaking.

I do believe that the more you put into the universe the more you get back and I am a person who listens from the heart, not simply the head. However, I would also encourage you to use your head and be prepared.  We all owe common sense preparedness to our family. And Preparedness starts with having a Personal Health Record account or a www.myesafedepositbox.com account. (Watch Video)

Everyone loves their family and as we enter the hurricane season, one might ask themselves why they haven’t yet set up a Personal Health Records account. However I can only help those who care to help themselves. In order to get any benefit from having an MMR account you need to join www.mymedicalmedicalrecords.com (Watch Video) or www.myesafedepositbox.com and sign up for a free trial.  Once you have done it you will feel better about being prepared.

Wherever one may be, in Asia, New Zealand, China, or the U.S., having an MMR account can save lives and gives you the information you need in an emergency at the click of a mouse. You will be able to have all your important life documents from the deed to your home, the pink slip on your car and any other important papers, inventories, marriage and birth records, whatever, to give you peace of mind and importantly help shorten the time for reimbursement from an insurance company when one needs help most.

Being CEO of a public company is a difficult job. When things are good and the stock price is up, everyone loves you. When things are tough and the stock is down, everyone criticizes you. Many companies hide their CEOs. Conversely, I have always made myself available to communicate with our shareholders and customers.

I make myself available because I believe in the credibility and integrity of our company. My chief role at MMR is to create and ensure value for our shareholders, something that is many times largely out of my control.

However, sometimes statements appear from people who have an agenda contrary to the company’s.  In fact yesterday, someone brought a comment to my attention as follows; “The best trade in the world with this stock is to throw in some low ball bids, have it get hit, and sell 3 minutes later as the longs try to cover up any weakness with some panic buying.”

It suggests ways to engage in a trading practice designed to manipulate stocks at the expense of other shareholders in the market.  Worse yet, it encourages others to engage in  similar, manipulative practices.

Certainly there are some who sporadically express criticism of a Company or dissatisfaction with its progress. That is their right. However, statements such as that, whether innocent or malicious, should not be allowed.

As many of you who follow the Company have read over the past many months, it is our goal to identify anyone perpetrating these types of practices for their own gain at the expense of our shareholders by reaching out to compliance departments of broker dealers and others as appropriate.

I encourage anyone interested in MMR to visit www.mmrglobal.com and register on our investor relations page.  Regardless of whether you are an existing or potential shareholder, or someone interested in learning the latest developments in the emerging Health IT space I hope you will look at MMRGlobal (OTC: MMRF), and  continue to follow this blog.

MMR continues to be a leader in the areas of Personal Health Records and safe, secure storage of vital documents online.  As I stated in the headline above…..”Ask The Questions and Get The Answers.

The good news is tens of thousands of people will read this blog and “Ask Questions”, then they will have an opportunity to be part of the MMR family of customers, friends and shareholders.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90077, Tel. 310-476-7002

www.mmrglobal.com

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Natural Knowing

I am often asked why I do things the way I do. I think the answer is Natural Knowing.  By any standards I am a self-made person who has seen a modicum of success in my life. I have made money and have caused tens of millions to be given to charity. However, I think the measurement is how I use my “Natural Knowing.”

For those of you who follow MMRGlobal, it’s no secret that the last five years of my life have been as challenging as any. Yet every day, I get up and put one foot in front of the other, never quitting and “Naturally Knowing” that having a Personal Health Record will soon be as common as having a credit report or a credit card.

That is why I believe in what we are doing at MMRGlobal.  Every day brings new adventures and the beginning of many journeys.  Some take much longer than we ever thought they would, but so far this company hits consistent singles and ultimately reaches home plate at least once in every inning.

People who know me personally know me know that I am a fighter. And when the going gets tough, I get tougher.  Since Memorial Day (or in less than two weeks), this company has made two major announcements, the essence of which has gone unnoticed.

First, we had a very successful MUSE convention in Nashville. We participated in a joint dinner with three Strategic Partners, including Alcatel-Lucent. As we said earlier, we are getting close to announcing the first hospital to launch MMRPatientView and the MMR Stimulus Program (both part of MMRPro) in Interbit Data customer hospitals.

We announced a Joint Venture Agreement with VisiInc in Australia.  We believe this agreement can also represent the first step into Russia. What many people do not understand is that the Australian government is fast tracking Personal Health Records at an unprecedented rate. Remarkably, MMRGlobal owns a significant number of the underlying patents already issued in Australia and other Pacific Rim countries.  As it stands, these patents are necessary to comply with the government’s agenda. This intellectual property could easily make MMR a dominant player in the eHealth industry throughout the Pacific Rim.  Australia alone is expected to do as much as $2.6 billion US in eHealth in 2012.

Additionally, the Vistime platform will give MMR the ability to deliver a real-time 3D viewer for retrieval viewing of large files, including medical imaging systems such as MRIs, scans and sonograms, over any Internet connection, including dial-up. I cannot even imagine what that can mean to the power of an MMR Personal Health Record.

This partnership, along with Chartis and China, continues to enlarge our footprint around the world, opening new territories and exposing our Personal Health Record products to millions worldwide.

Two days ago, we announced that we have identified an effort by a small group engaged in what we believe to be aggressive and perhaps illegal shorting of our stock, thereby lining their pockets at the expense of our long-time shareholders. We have implemented efforts to bring this to the attention of the regulators and hope that by shining a spotlight on their actions, these parties will go away to make havoc on a less aggressive management team.  In any event, we never stop focusing on revenue and building our business with our strategic partners, including Kodak.

If your Natural Knowing told you that MMR was the place to be this summer, you probably sense fireworks on the 4th of July.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, Tel. 310-476-7002, Fax 206-374-6136

www.mmrglobal.com

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Don’t Quit!

In my last blog, entitled “Enjoy the Journey, Not the Destination,” I ended it by saying, “Don’t Quit” and inserting the poem by Anonymous. I received overwhelming response from literally thousands of readers – thanking me as Don’t Quit clearly has personal significance to many of us and clearly affected them personally.

Since that time the Company has announced record revenues, The RHL Group credit line renewal and relationships with Alcatel-Lucent, Interbit Data and VisiInc.  Hundreds of thousands of readers are learning more about the positive opportunities at MMR.

This week we are at the MUSE conference in Nashville launching MMRPatientView (part of the MMRPro Stimulus Program) to hospitals. While MMRPro and MMRPatientView will be demonstrated to hundreds of hospital administrators, we will also host meetings and dinners through our collaborations with Alcatel-Lucent, 4medica, Interbit Data and Kodak, all of which are at the show and in many cases leveraging each other’s products and services. Take a look at the brochure that we will start distributing through hospitals and medical offices in support of the MMRPro system and MMRPatientView at http://pv.mmrcontent.com/PatientViewFlipBook/.

MMRGlobal is a company that appears to be in the right place at the right time.  Were you in the right place at the right time in the dot.com boom?  How many of you think back and wish you would have bought Google, Microsoft or Amazon in founders rounds or the very early stages when they were emerging growth companies with unknown futures.

I believe MMRGlobal represents that type of opportunity. In the recently published Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for 2011 through 2015 it says, “PHRs allow patients to capture their own health observations. Mobile phones with glucometers allow individuals to track their blood sugar levels through their mobile devices. Mobile phones and related applications are being used in mental health to track moods and provide therapeutic interventions with personalized messages, exercises, and coaching. Using these tools, individuals can become more attuned to healthy behaviors, monitor their health make informed personal health decisions, and receive preventative care. Patients managing illnesses or other ailments can keep better track of their health care, receive health care solutions remotely, and participate in their care coordination.”

The report also points out that “less than 10 percent of Americans have actually used a PHR” so it does not take much to see the opportunities ahead at MMR. So in case you missed it………….

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And when you want to smile but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but just don’t quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns

As every one of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about,

When we might had won had we stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

And you can never tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-

It’s when things seem worse that you must not quit!


Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90077,  310-476-7002

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Don’t Leave Home Without One. Thalians Event Raised Nearly One Million In Support of America’s Best.

Wherever a person may be in the world, if they have a mymedicalrecord.com or esafedepositbox.com account, they have the comfort of knowing their personal documents and family photos are protected and available to them in the event of an emergency. As we all watched the pictures and stories of the devastation from the tornados in Alabama, Arkansas, and the other stricken southern states, we felt compassion and sympathy.   Most would not have had time to save their most important family documents and photos representing the memories of their past. Those who could have used a MyMedicalRecords.com personal heath record or MyESafeDepositBox.com electronic safe deposit box probably did not have one.

I am proud to be CEO of a company that offers a product that can help mitigate the pain of these kinds of losses.  My wish for those who undoubtedly will find themselves in a similar situation in the future is that they will use our systems or some system to help piece their lives back together.

Natural disasters cannot be avoided, they simply happen. However we can make a difference in the aftermath by being prepared. One such way is to make sure our important life documents and photographs are securely stored in one safe place. I have family photos that go back generations. It would be heartbreaking if they were to instantly disappear. I also have very important personal papers, insurance policies, passports, property deeds, and financial documents that could take years to replace.

There is no better way to demonstrate the value in what MMRGlobal is all about than to remind ourselves about the recent triple disasters in Japan, New Zealand and Mexico, and now in our country, the tornadoes in the south.  Whatever is in store for us in the future, it seems to me that setting up a MyMedicalRecords account or a MyEsafeDepositBox in advance of a  disaster is one thing we should all do for the benefit of yourself and your family.

There is no question that after six years of pounding the streets, the investor community is getting the fact that MMR can be a part of the future of emergency preparedness and healthcare. Another example today is the Alcatel-Lucent joint announcement on how our products and services can be used in Telemedicine.

It continues to be a very busy time at MMRGlobal.  Less than two weeks ago, MMR’s management team met with a group of its shareholders and investors to discuss the Company and its plans for the future, including plans for MMRPro and the new Kodak 550 scanner. Many of the thoughts expressed and suggestions are being looked and implemented.

Last week in Chicago, at the Microsoft Connected Health Conference, we saw first-hand how hospital administrators, physicians and healthcare senior managers were impressed with our PHR product. While in Chicago, MMR made a number of one on one institutional presentations and also hosted an investor lunch, which was attended by existing shareholders, brokers and market makers, as well as Blue Cross, to learn more about the Company and its products and services.  The presentation lasted over two hours, until I had to leave Chicago and fly back to Los Angeles for Kira’s and my part in Chairing The Thalians Gala, which MMR helped sponsor.

The event, held less than one day prior to the elimination of Osama Bin Laden, raised nearly one million dollars for the benefit of mental health and will help pay for restorative surgery for American Soldiers. In fact that night we honored Dr. Timothy A. Miller and many of America’s BEST at the event in person. These men and women at the event fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and are still with as today because of UCLA’s Operation Mend.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

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EVERY PERSON, ALL THE EVENTS OF YOUR LIFE ARE THERE BECAUSE YOU HAVE DRAWN THEM THERE

As I watch the events in Japan unfold, I am especially moved, having raised millions for earthquake preparedness in the US, Latin America and Japan.

When I was first recruited by the City of Los Angeles as a co-chair of an Earthquake Preparedness program in 1983, I had no idea I would be writing this blog 28 years later. It never occurred to me that I would be again focusing on programs to educate my community on disaster preparedness, or encouraging you to send support to Japan at this very serious time of need.

My primary focus at that time was to educate youth on the importance of earthquake preparedness.  Working with Joe Barbera of Hanna-Barbera and Dan Slusser of Universal Studios, we appointed ‘Yogi Bear’ the first Earthquake Preparedness Bear we printed tens of millions of booklets in English. Spanish and Japanese like the one featured in this blog.


 

 
It is painful to watch the suffering in Japan, but encouraging to think that some of the people on the ground today may have been influenced by earlier efforts to educate their families on preparedness and how to survive in the aftermath of an earthquake.

As the headline says, we never really know how what we do in our lives impacts the future of our lives.  We all have at least one school teacher or mentor who set an example that influenced us in later years.  In many cases what we learn in our youth contributes to who we are today.  “We teach best what we need to learn the most and we will always be learners, doers and teachers”.  I think about these ideals and watch for ways to apply life experiences in my daily life today.

As life would have it, I co-chaired the California State and Los Angeles City and County Earthquake Preparedness Committees, for which I received the “C” Flag for Private Sector Initiatives by President Ronald Reagan.  The Award was given in consideration of my work in support of the education of school-age children on earthquake preparedness.  These efforts also earned numerous awards from the City and County of Los Angeles, the State of California and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In 2006 MMRGlobal also received a special award from President George W. Bush and the Small Business Administration for creating its comprehensive MyMedicalRecords electronic Personal Health Record and disaster preparedness management and communications system.

I am writing this blog on my third coast-to-coast trip in less than a month. I’ll spend all of Friday in new business meetings at Basking Ridge, and the weekend in New York, with institutional investors and some of our shareholders.

Monday, Kira and I will be in Washington, D.C., attending the Points of Light Institute tribute to George H. W. Bush, who will be honored for his contribution to the modern day voluntary service movement.  Also in attendance on this historic occasion will be Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.  We are proud to be part of the Tribute Committee for this prestigious event, taking place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

While in DC, Rich Lagani and I will spend time on a government relations tour and meetings with Kodak resellers attending a document imaging convention taking place the day after the Points of Light event.

Then it’s back to Los Angeles to prepare for the release of our annual report.  When I was very young, a man told me the more you put out to the universe the more you will get back in your life.  If there is any truth to that story, 2011 should be a great year for MMRGlobal.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90077, Tel. 310-476-7002

www.mmrglobal.com

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Every event is subjective; it’s not what it means that matters, but what it means to you.

Today is my birthday.  And “Earthquakes,” specifically earthquake preparedness, mean a lot to me. When I started thinking about what I would write in this blog, I never thought that I would be watching the devastating pictures coming from Japan after their 8.9 magnitude earthquake yesterday.

Earthquake preparedness is a very personal subject to me, having lived first-hand through the California earthquake in 1994. In fact, Joe Barbera, co-Founder of Hanna-Barbera, Dan Slusser, former COO of Universal, and I chaired the California State Earthquake Preparedness Committee during the Reagan Administration. Yogi Bear was our Earthquake Preparedness Bear and Spokesbear.

I was awarded the prestigious “C” Flag Private Sector Initiative from the White House by President Reagan for raising millions of dollars for state and local earthquake preparedness education. I then spent more than ten years serving on Los Angeles City and County earthquake preparedness committees.

I also received a string of awards from the City and County of Los Angeles, the State of California, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).These efforts resulted in MMRGlobal receiving a special award from President Bush and the Small Business Administration in 2006 for deployment of the most comprehensive turnkey personal health record and disaster preparedness document management and communications system available today.

I spent weeks in Japan working with the Japanese on preparedness safety as an expert and guest of that nation. Kira and I and all the team at MMR send their thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan.

Birthdays for me are also a time to reflect on where I am at this moment, where I’ve been in the last 12 months, and what I’ve learned so far on Planet Earth.

The most obvious lesson is that the people who are happiest do what they want to do.  First, it took a long time, but I am blessed with a great relationship with my wife, Kira.  She is very patient and loving. I know I constantly push the boundaries of our relationship with my workaholic behavior and I thank her for her support and understanding on behalf of all the stakeholders in MMRGlobal, MMRF.

Hard work is something I grew up with as a family mantra. And hard work and patience is what MMRGlobal is all about.  As the Company’s Chairman and CEO, I get up every day thinking about creating value for my nearly eighty million share equity stake into a future for our shareholders, vendors, employees, Kira and I.

Next week, Kira and I are back to the east coast for the third time in a month. We will start with more meetings in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and arrive in Washington D.C. on the 21st.

In Washington, we will join in honoring George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, along with three other of our living presidents; Honorary Chair, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, at the Points of Light Institute’s celebration of George H. W.   Bush’s contribution to the modern day voluntary service movement.   Volunteerism takes on a special meaning today since “Volunteers” will be the ones on the front line feeding and sheltering those who lost their homes and, most important, leading the rescue efforts to save lives.

Kira and I are proud to be part of the Tribute Committee for this prestigious event, taking place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which will feature Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, and Carrie Underwood. You can watch this very special show on NBC, March 28th, at 8:00 EST.

While in Washington, I will, of course, combine this trip with sales calls, a government relations tour, and meetings with potential investors on behalf of MMR.

Most of my “adult” birthdays have been spent as fundraisers to benefit my Charitable Foundation, “The Robert H. Lorsch Foundation Trust.” In fact, we have celebrated at The Robert H. Lorsch Family Pavilion, located at The California Science Center, with as many as 2,400 people, where, in one year, we managed to raise nearly one million dollars, thanks in great part to a very generous sponsorship from Verizon.

As I reflect on the memories of my past years, I think about some very special birthdays.  If I could celebrate my birthday with all of you, I would simply ask that you honor the day by “giving” gifts to any emergency disaster agency for relief in Japan or The RHL Foundation Trust at 1158 26th Street, Suite 521, Santa Monica Ca. 90403. .  Any tax-deductable contribution to the trust will go 100% to disaster relief in Japan.

In the alternative, you can give to disaster relief in Japan and your family at the same time.  Go to www.myesafedepositbox.com or www.mymedicalrecords.com now and sign up for an account. One hundred percent of this month’s revenue from your new account will go to disaster relief in Japan.

Celebrate something today, I surely will.  It will mean something special to you.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90077, Tel. 310-476-7002

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We Have Given Up Our Whole Life To Be The Person We Are Now. Was It Worth It?

In my case, Yes!

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of our lives, and to say mine is exciting is an understatement.  Today, we are in the final day of the HIMSS Conference. It’s 2AM and I finished the day spending a few minutes with Wil Yu, from the National Coordinators office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Everyone from medicine, government and technology is here.  The convention floor reminds me of the first COMDEX convention when I represented Microsoft and Roland Hanson and he and I launched the “Mouse.”(http://www.thehmccompany.com/rowland.html)  Roland is now a member of the MMRGlobal Board of Advisors.  Click here to view article.

There is no question of the importance of Health IT on the world stage when the two highest ranking officials in health care, The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for the Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services, join together to make the closing keynote remarks at HIMSS.

As I get ready for the third and final day of the show, I will go straight from the show to the airport for a flight to Boston. Then tomorrow, I will host at least thirty-five institutional investors at our second Investor Roadshow.

Until I leave the show, I will also continue to use every available moment meeting with investment bankers and other strategic partners about numerous opportunities, including Dell, Microsoft, multiple wireline and wireless carriers, and many others, and Google, of course.

The first two days of our HIMSS adventure has been nothing short of phenomenal and absolutely packed (www.himssconference.org).  Our booth is directly across the hall from Google Health. As a result, we are seeing everybody who is anybody.  In fact, visit www.mmrglobaltoday.com and see pictures of the action for yourself.

Ralph, AJ, Joy, Eric and Muhammad are working the trade show floor with support from Rich Lagani, Sunil, Kira and I, demonstrating MMRPro and our Personal Health Records products and services.  Kira is even helping manage the traffic flow in the booth. And if you have not seen it, the new MMRPro video is getting great reviews. Shorter and more comprehensive than before, you can watch it at www.mmrprovideos.com The Kodak team of Jim, Rich, Jody, Megan and Bryan are also demonstrating  Pro and the latest in MMRPro advanced high speed scanning capability. If you were a fly buzzing around our HIMSS booth you would be blown away by “the action.”

Meanwhile Rich Lagani is spending his time meeting with health insurers and financial institutions who are interested in  us based on the Company’s existing relationship with Chartis. These business development opportunities take time; however, they can lead to gigantic results.

Sunil has walked at least 100 miles meeting with every possible strategic partner CTO at the show, from Microsoft to McKesson, to Apple, to Intel and Lucent, to name a very, very, very few.  Combining MMR and Kodak’s leading edge technology as a back end in support of all these major players in health IT helps insure that our advertising slogan, “The Future of Your Health at Work Today,” stays “at Work” tomorrow.

Sunil, Ralph, Rich and I have also all been meeting with middleware providers who already support thousands of hospitals looking for a robust PHR.  This is a very big opportunity.  All of these developers and providers represent opportunities for MMR to offer its Personal Health Record to fulfill “meaningful use,” as is required for Personal Health Records, into their existing hospital clients where they control the future of that hospital’s care.

Attendees are feeling the heat from the mandate to offer Personal Health Records by 2014. And the lines around strategic opportunities are getting brighter.  4medica, provider of the industry’s leading cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) lab results and clinical integration platform, announced at the show that they are providing 27,000 providers with access to more than 30 million unique electronic lab samples and patient records.

Visitors this year are here to buy, not just look. In fact, Spalding Surgical showed up and bought a second MMRPro system, and based on that, another surgery center bought one right at the show.

Oleg Bess, 4 Medica CEO, was my neighbor at www.LorschLand.com for ten years.  Who knows what a good neighbor policy could bring to these two emerging growth companies.

So was it worth the read?

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