Never Be Afraid To Experience Your Feelings

Back in Los Angeles after a red-eye flight last night, the last 5-day whirlwind trip had much to remember. However, it was marked with one of the most important and emotional highlights of my life. It came at the Points of Light Institute Tribute to President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush. It was called “All Together Now-A Celebration of Service”. If you watch American Idol and cry at the back-stories, then this was American Idol on steroids.

The emotional highpoint came when everyone was seated and the announcer said, Ladies and Gentleman…..United States President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn; Ladies and Gentleman…..United States President William Jefferson Clinton; Ladies and Gentleman…..United States President George W. Bush and his wife Laura; and, finally, Ladies and Gentleman…..tonight’s honorees United States President George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife Barbara. At that point, the person sitting next to me reached over to shake my hand; at first, I did not recognize Governor Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security.  Then I connected the fact that the universe had placed me next to the one man in this country who could do more for MMRGlobal at this time than just about anyone but President Obama who beamed the opening remarks in from his South American travels.

The message of the evening was all about all of us being a star in the galaxy of 1000 Points of Light and how anything we do for anyone can make a profound difference. I have spent much of my life in service to others and was particularly moved by the stories of the evening. I hope you will watch or record the evening on March 28th on NBC Prime Time. I promise you a family night you will cherish and an experience that you will never forget. For me, it is especially gratifying to be in a business where the deployment of a account or a account can do so much for someone in need, even perhaps save a life.

I get the pleasure of running a company that by its very existence gives back with these remarkable service offerings that can make a difference in an emergency or disaster. In addition to sitting with The Honorable Governor Ridge, Kira and I were joined by friends from the NRA and the Vice President of Marketing for Kaiser Mid-Atlantic. It always amazes me how when you put things into the universe, great things come back. Kaiser, The NRA and, of course, Governor Ridge are already on my call list this week (and they are expecting my calls).

On the MMR front, I spent Friday in Basking Ridge, at Verizon, where we are making great progress in what I believe will be a long-term very exciting relationship. Also, we will soon be announcing an integration of our products and services on the HealthVault platform. In fact MMR is planning on participating at the Microsoft Health Conference April 27, 2011 in Chicago. There we will be selling MMRGlobal as a PHR solution to HealthVault strategic partners. We will also continue our series of investor roadshows in Chicago.

I could not write this blog on Volunteerism and ignore the human suffering in Japan. If you read this blog, you know that I have been involved in Earthquake Preparedness since 1994. As part of that involvement, I raised and contributed the monies to print millions of booklets featuring “Yogi Bear” on what to do before, after, and during an earthquake or other disaster. As an easy act of volunteerism, perhaps you could participate in this simple task to make them go viral.

Please send this link (or this entire blog) to everyone you know and ask them to share these booklets with everyone they know. Perhaps someday you will help save someone from unnecessary suffering or perhaps even save a life.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch, CEO, MMRGlobal

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

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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

Follow me on Twitter at PHREMRGURU

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It is hot in Las Vegas, 101 degrees in the shade, and hot at the Hilton, where hundreds of workers are busy preparing for a star-studded event Sunday night. It’s very exciting to be here at this moment. Costumers are running back and forth with bolts of cloth; set builders are filling the Showroom with three-story high structures; dancers and musicians are rehearsing on stage and off. You can hear the music emanating from the wings.

The hotel is packed with people who have flown in from all over the world to see the celebrities and watch the awards ceremony from the Showroom and on television sets all over the grounds. Stars of TV can be seen playing blackjack in the casinos, hosting tables in the restaurants, and generally having a great time.

MMR is in full attendance here – our commercials our cued up and ready to go; Kira is all set to cover the event from back stage and we look forward to introducing to an audience of more than 6 million people in just hours from now.

This Emmy weekend you would never know Las Vegas suffered during the recent recession. The crowds are milling about everywhere. There are thousands of Emmy guests at the Las Vegas Hilton. Dick Clark just arrived. Reservations at the top restaurants are hard to get, and some of the hotels are running at 97% capacity. America’s economy seems to be rebounding, and that’s a good thing for MMR.

When I look at all the people thronging the streets here, I remember that some 32 million could begin to be enrolled in the government’s healthcare program, and that virtually all will be tracked by some form of an Electronic Medical Record. We believe that MMR has the best solution for the Personal Health Record component of that EMR. .

I will continue to keep you posted from Las Vegas.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch, CEO,
Tel. 310-476-7002

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The Future of Healthcare starts here today……..

This coming Sunday many of you will watch the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS. It is the first time an Emmy award show will be broadcast live from Las Vegas Nevada. Despite my 60 to 80 hour weeks working for MMRGlobal I found a few minutes this year at the RHL Group to help package this show. As a result I am one of the show’s Executive Producers.

Given the awareness of Obamacare and the growing interest in having a personal health record I negotiated a significant portion of fees that would otherwise have been paid to the RHL Group away in order to debut MMR as a national advertiser and sponsor of this 2 hour prime time program which is projected to reach as many as seven million people this Sunday night. This campaign is not free but it is necessary if MMRGlobal wants to be a leader in Global health care.

Recently GE has emerged as a major advertiser with their Healthymagination campaign. GE created Healthymagination to gather, share and discuss healthy ideas. about how one can make a difference in their future.

MMR’s campaign is entitled “The Future of Your Health at Work Today.”  At MMRGlobal we will begin the task of educating consumers on how they can make a difference in their future by having a Personal Health Record today.

This campaign will start on CBS and expand to multiple forms of media. It is shot with Kira and Mark as two separate spots that over time are intended to educate the public on why they need a PHR and encourage them to try it. Although we are very excited about this opportunity to brand MMR (like everything else) it takes time.

MMRGlobal believes that it has access to one of the biggest (if not the biggest) user bases of any personal health record in the world. The intent of this campaign is to begin the long process of making sure as many people as reasonably possible get exposed to the Company. We will start Sunday night.

What many of you do not know about MMR is that there is a team that works very hard for MMR to get things done for the benefit of shareholders. All members of this team are stakeholders in the Company. That’s why Kira created this spot last week. Eric and Christie worked from last Thursday nearly 48 hours straight to shoot, edit and post the spot internally. My friend Joel Sill (check him out) got the music written and the spot musically scored while Eric and Christie were doing the post production. And Bobbie hung around all weekend with me approving frame by frame as the spot came together. This is an effort that happens because we want to make MMRGlobal a significant part of the Future of Healthcare starting today.

Show your family you care and if you haven’t already, sign up for an MMR account today. Personally I hope you never need it. However if you do, you will be glad you have it.

Here is your sneak preview of the Future of Your Health at Work Today.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch, CEO,
Phone 310-476-7002, Fax 206-374-6136

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