Perspective, Use It Or Lose It…

The definition of “Fear” is being afraid of something that has not happened yet.  As CEO of MMRGlobal, a publicly traded company (OTC:MMRF), I live my life under the microscope of the shareholders our management team works for.  Unfortunately, some shareholders spend much of the day in fear of what has not yet happened, while I spend my days in the belief that as long as one foot keeps moving in front of another, the best is still to come.  Yes, I am an eternal optimist and I do not quit.  That is why a sign sitting in my office for the past 30 years says, “To be Average Scares the Hell Out of Me.”

As the end of the year approaches, I have been getting my annual report cards from many of you who are shareholders, partners and vendors, telling me your thoughts on how the last 12 months have impacted our relationship and our lives.  Although I get my share of A’s, B’s and a few C’s, my resolution next year is to continue working to turn them all into A+++’s, similar to the one from Hillary Clinton to her husband President Clinton, President & Mrs. Gerald Ford and others in entertainment and business, including me [click to watch Senator Hillary Clinton].

As I say goodbye to 2011, and look back at the events in my life and those events that impacted MMR, I think about what has happened and what I can do to make 2012 better.

I have lived through and witnessed numerous events that were considered to be crises at the time, which, through perspective, now seem to have been opportunities and lessons for the future, which I will now borrow for 2012.

However, I am unusually lucky to be in the right place at the right time.  For example, in the case of MMR, we will begin to reap significant benefits from the HITECH Act. It stipulates the conversion of paper-based medical records into digital Electronic Personal Health Records for all Americans by 2014.

As a result, our MyMedicalRecords.com PHR allows patients online access to all their medical records and other important documents in one secure place, anytime, from anywhere in the world, well in advance of the 2014 deadline.

Some of my perspective also comes from my willingness to not only learn from events in my life, but also to look inside my life.  I spent many years looking inside in numerous ways, amongst them in a program called Lifespring.  In one of my advanced trainings, my then-trainer (today an MMR Board Member), took a Styrofoam cup and drew a circle around it. His point 30 years ago was to remind me that the cup was half full, or maybe half empty.  I look at that cup every week, since I keep collar stays in it, and after 30 years, I am convinced it’s still half full.  However, as I have every year, I will continue on working to fill the other half.

I sometimes ask myself when is enough, enough?  I am not sure if there is such a thing. Perhaps that is why philanthropy is such a big part of my life, because the more results I seem to create, the more I am able to give back to those less fortunate; children, America’s Veterans, the physically & mentally ill and, as many of you know,  wild, exotic and domestic animals.  My perspective is that the more you receive and put into the universe, the more you will undoubtedly get back.

Accordingly, as a make-it-happen guy, my resolution in 2012 is to continue working to turn my 70 million plus shares in MMR into my next 100 million dollars. This way, I can continue achieving the level of success I had with my last publicly traded company, with the sincere hope that I, along with all of MMRF’s shareholders will be successful enough for all of us to make a difference in this world.

Happy New Year and remember to use “Perspective” so you don’t lose perspective.

 

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

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

www.mmrglobal.com

www.mymedicalrecords.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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Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

Last week, Kodak and 4medica announced a relationship that was created as a result of the introduction and behind-the-scenes efforts of MMRGlobal. As I thought over the weekend about the significance of our role in this relationship, I could not help but think about how serendipitous my life has been and how serendipity can play an important part in the future of MMR.

In 1990, I purchased a house from Prince Jefri of Brunei that ultimately became to be known as LorschLand (www.lorschland.com). LorschLand was approximately 26,000 square feet with a 4,400 square foot guest house. You might have figured out that I like toys. The purchase of LorschLand was to me the purchase of the ultimate toy, and a crowning achievement of my life at that time. LorschLand was located next door to the Frank Sinatra residence near Mulholland and Coldwater, on Bowmont Drive. The house had 12 bedrooms, 14 baths and was located on 3 acres with a 360-degree view of the world.

The only thing wrong with the house was that it was at the end of the Department of Water and Power’s power grid. Not that that is such a big deal, but every week, the power would go out. Then, with 12 bedrooms and alarm clocks, 14 baths, 4 microwave ovens, a 6-oven kitchen, Lutron lighting, 3 acres of irrigation timers, 10 air conditioning units and 28 security cameras, I had to be a triathlon runner to reset every system in the house. Finally, I had to hire a full time engineer to deal with power failures.

After months of running around 3 acres and up and down stairs, I decided it was time for a generator. Of course it had to be large enough to supply all the power we needed. So the only thing to do was to get a generator that could run at least a 100-bed hospital.

That’s when the fun started. The propane generator necessitated a mini-construction project which included the gas company’s re-routing of the gas lines from the street to the property, relocating the power poles coming into the property and the building of an underground bunker for the propane tank. The tank needed to be big enough to provide enough propane for 10 days. The generator itself was so heavy it couldn’t be delivered by truck because of weight limitations on Mulholland and Bowmont. So we set up a staging area in Beverly Hills and flew it in by cargo helicopter. During the trip the cable carrying the generator broke and it fell on a hillside where it almost took out another neighbor’s house.

Once finally dropped into place and installed, I had to hire a propane delivery service to fill the tank with enough propane to keep it going for at least 10 days, powering all the important systems in the house, which of course included DirectTV to more than 20 televisions. All installed (and permitted of course), all that had to be done now was to fill the propane tank. The propane truck arrived and pulled up to the house, but the hose and nozzle didn’t reach far enough to get to the tank. So nearly $200,000 of construction expenses later, now what?

That’s when the Kodak-4medica relationship started. I did not know my neighbors, Dr. Oleg and Irina Bess at the time, but his house had a large driveway and was just on the other side of the wall to the propane bunker. I needed to get the Besses to grant access to the propane truck so the hose could go over the wall to fill the tank. I put on my game face and knocked on their door – not asking for a cup of sugar, but asking for permission to use the Besses’ house as my permanent propane staging area.

Thanks to the Department of Water and Power, Irina, Oleg and I became the best of friends. I installed emergency outlets on their side of the wall and we had a win-win situation for both of us. I got propane and the Besses got power in an emergency.

In the process, I learned Dr. Bess was also one of the best OB-GYN physicians in Los Angeles who, by coincidence, had founded one of the first Integrated Health Records-type companies in the market. One never knows how the events of their life will ultimately affect the outcome. Oleg and I are now beginning a new chapter in a 10-year friendship that could see MMRGlobal collaborating with 4medica to offer 4medica systems to MMRPro users.

Nearly five years before the concept of Personal Health Records was on my bucket list, Oleg suggested I get involved with 4medica. I wasn’t interested at the time but his vision must have stayed with me. Eventually, I founded MMRGlobal and developed MyMedicalRecords.com, MMRPro, and our entire suite of products. That is serendipity at its best, and why I chose Richard Bach’s line as the title of this blog, “Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.”

At the recent Meditech convention in Nashville last month, 4medica introduced their first certified Electronic Medical Records systems in a booth with Kodak and Alcatel-Lucent, also an example of serendipity.

I met Shel Bachrach (www.bachrachassociates.com) nearly 15 years ago. Shel claimed to be the world’s greatest insurance agent and someone who could save me at least 20% on anything, which by the way is true. Never knowing that one day I would be running a company offering secure e-Storage of personal health records and other important documents, Shel brought me to AIG now known as Chartis Insurance. The result can be found at www.chartisinsurance.com/mmr.

Nearly 30 years ago, when I was running Lorsch Creative Network, a full service advertising and sales promotion agency, LCN was hired by Winchell’s donuts as a sales promotion agency of record. At the time I met a very tall, lanky guy named Conley Smith, who had barely started shaving and was then the advertising manager for Winchell’s. Again, serendipity at its best, Conley today is National Director of Marketing & Advertising for Verizon Wireless. Do I need to say more?

As Richard Bach says, “What we choose to do with the events in our life is up to us.” All I can say is, based on serendipity and the fact that I have 14,282 additional contacts in my Outlook database, the future of healthcare at MMRGlobal is just beginning.

And if I have anything to say about it (the future that is), we will continue to write history with the remaining 14,279 additional Outlook contacts for another 10, 20 or 30 years.

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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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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Tell Us What You Think

I have set aside Wednesday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to invite our shareholders to come to an informal meeting at our offices, at 4401 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 2nd fl., for a “brainstorming” session.

The purpose is to discuss the company’s strategies to grow the business with you our stakeholders.  Senior management will be there to share your thoughts, instincts and advice, as we continue to grow our business. We will not discuss or release any Material Non-public Information.

The overall objective is to solicit your thoughts as to how we create more visibility, public awareness, and of course, value.

In preparation for the meeting, there continues to be significant developments every day, among them:

  • The continued negotiation of a wireless deal bringing the MMR Personal Health Record as an embedded handset feature. Not simply an app.  We are of the belief that having a Personal health Record like www.mymedicalrecords.com on your phone is a valuable life savings tool.  We think the carriers agree.
  • We will share our existing road show presentation that we will plan to take to Chicago later this month.
  • The launch of MMRGlobal Connectivity to HealthVault planned to be launched at the Microsoft Connected Health Conference April 26 and 27 also in Chicago.
  • The possible integration of The MMR PHR into the back end of a multi-billion dollar European technology Electronic Medical Records.
  • Continued final contract negotiations on our three-year effort to launch a MyESafeDepositBox.com type of product with one of the world’s largest banks.
  • Ongoing efforts to complete a distribution and marketing relationship with Lucent domestically and in China.

Since space is limited please register “To Tell Us What You Think” as soon as possible by contacting Investor Relations at info@mmrmail.com. For those who would like to participate and cannot attend in person we will have limited dial-up access.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

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

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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

www.mmrglobal.com

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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.

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To Learn Anything You Must Put Aside The Safety Of Your Ignorance

I want to thank everyone for the enthusiasm and positive comments about my blog, particularly over the last several weeks. In fact I have had several requests from publisher’s networks to publish my blogs on a regular basis for newspapers throughout the country. Although after some of the events of last week, it’s a tempting offer (specifically speaking of the political climate in the middle east), I am convinced the big potential is to take on full time spiritual blog writing after my mission on earth with MMRGlobal is complete.

So who is Bob Lorsch anyway? There is a sign on my office wall that says, “To be Average Scares The Hell Out Of Me”. If any of the readers of this blog have any interest in actually learning facts about MMRGlobal or Bob Lorsch, I am always available to discuss facts vs. fiction at 310-476-7002.

This week, we are at T minus 10 on the countdown to HIMSS where we expect to announce the details of our comprehensive Concierge Medicine launch, Consumer Sweepstakes, Favorite Things Emmy Program and expanded relationship with Kodak. In my spare time I am also working on biotech licensing opportunities worldwide. In addition this coming weekend I am in Orlando at Kodak’s KES meeting in Orlando.

Also, as a result of MMR’s relationship with Lucent in the United States, last week, Unis posted photos on their website of a first meeting between Lucent and Unis in China to discuss Lucent’s interest in the MMR-UnisTH China Joint Venture and possibly becoming an active participant. The value of having Lucent as a potential strategic partner in China could represent a tremendous opportunity.

And since many of you are new to this Blog and may not have known me personally for the past 30 plus years, I thought you would be interested in the following along with a copy of my bio. Click here to view article.

On May 15, 06 for those of you who subscribed to AOL you saw this on the AOL home page on that day.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch is a Los Angeles businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded MyMedicalRecords, Inc. in 2005, leading the company through a merger with the biotechnology company Favrille, Inc., completed in January 2009. Mr. Lorsch was elected Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company, which was renamed MMR Information Systems, Inc. and officially became MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTC: MMRF) in June 2010. The name was chosen to more accurately reflect the company’s business as a worldwide provider of its MyMedicalRecords consumer and professional products for the healthcare industry. These include the MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record (www.mmrvideos.com) and the MMRPro professional solution for physicians and small hospitals (www.mmrprovideos.com). Additionally, MMR’s MyEsafeDepositBox provides secure storage solutions to the insurance, legal and financial services industries (www.myesafedepositbox.com).

As a result of MMR’s merger with Favrille, the company also acquired intellectual property assets, including data and tissue samples from the FavId® vaccine clinical trials to treat B-cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and an anti-CD20 antibody that was developed as a potential candidate for the next generation Rituxan®.

Mr. Lorsch also heads up the private equity and consulting firm, The RHL Group, Inc., (www.rhlgroup.com) with diverse interests in e-commerce, entertainment, and biotechnology. For over 20 years he was in the telecommunications and marketing services industries. From 1994-1998, he was Chief Executive Officer of SmarTalk TeleServices, Inc., leading the company he co-founded for $5000 plus about $400,000 in credit card debt and built it into one of the largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services in the world. SmarTalk had a market cap of nearly $1 billion when it moved to Ohio in January of 1998 and Bob retired into eight years of Philanthropy. Prior to that, he partnered with Pacific Bell Information Services to build a voice mailbox system that became part of the WinFax product offerings.

In the 1980s, Mr. Lorsch built and headed the Lorsch Creative Network (LCN), a full-service advertising and sales promotion agency specializing in marketing campaigns for “blue chip” national and international clients, including the ABC, CBS and NBC television networks, Campbell’s Soup, Procter & Gamble, Marvel Entertainment, Johnson & Johnson, Taco Bell, Northrop Grumman, and McDonald’s Corporation, among many others.

Mr. Lorsch also founded Natural Products for Pets, Inc., which he launched in 2001 as the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of the Dancing Paws product line. Offered at major retail specialty stores and on the Internet at www.dancingpaws.com, Dancing Paws is a popular pet nutrient system that is produced at human dietary supplement plants requiring FDA approval. One of the company’s leading products is “Breath-A-Licious,” a dental treat for dogs that is an industry best-seller.

Known early on for his innovation and marketing acumen, one of Mr. Lorsch’s out-of-the-box campaigns was chronicled in the book Barbarians Led by Bill Gates: Microsoft from the Inside, which recounts the first launch of Microsoft. In it, he is described as “a marketing mastermind…a magician who believed anything was possible and simply wouldn’t take no for an answer,” and where in one week “Microsoft had reinvented and redefined the idea of promotion.” Another innovation involves his efforts starting in 1981 to sell advertising on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station to benefit NASA research programs. He has continued to maintain the currency of his copyrighted proposals and has provided expert testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space, expanding the scope of his programs to include future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Mr. Lorsch’s support of science and technology was recognized in 1998 by Vice President Al Gore in his dedication of the new California Science Center in Los Angeles, where the Robert H. Lorsch Family Pavilion stands as the gateway to the museum in historic Exposition Park.

Mr. Lorsch is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center at Exposition Park, also having served a four-year term on the State-appointed Board of Directors; Member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of D.A.R.E. America; Member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Member of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society; and Member of the Board of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. He has also served as a National Vice President and President of the Executive Committee/Western Region of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Further, he has been a major supporter of the John Wayne Cancer Institute; the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; and the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Mr. Lorsch has received numerous awards and proclamations for his public spirit. He was recognized in 2006 by the U.S. Small Business Administration with its “American Spirit Award” for his efforts in disaster preparedness since the early 1980′s and MyMedicalRecords.com’s contribution to disaster preparedness in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has also received the prestigious “C” Flag Private Sector Initiative award from the White House during the Reagan administration for his work in raising millions for financing state and local earthquake preparedness education. His efforts for this cause, which include serving on numerous earthquake preparedness committees, have also earned him awards from the City and County of Los Angeles, the State of California and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

On June 5, 2002, Mr. Lorsch was recognized by the City of Los Angeles when the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution commending the entrepreneur/philanthropist for his outstanding charitable work and business leadership, and further honored him by creating “Bob Lorsch Day.”

Mr. Lorsch has helped raise millions of dollars for charitable organizations through a combination of direct giving and by creating cause-related marketing programs for national advertisers from which organizations like the Special Olympics have benefited.

For his philanthropy, he has been recognized by the following charitable organizations: the anti-drug, anti-violence organization D.A.R.E. America honored him in 1998 with its coveted Future of America Award at a dinner where he was named D.A.R.E.’s “Man of the Year.” He was instrumental in raising over $2 million for this organization at the dinner, which represents the most successful fund raising event held by D.A.R.E. and is among the most successful money-raising events honoring an individual in the Los Angeles area. The Muscular Dystrophy Association honored Mr. Lorsch in 1999 with its esteemed Humanitarian of the Year award; the Southern California Chapter of the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America named him Humanitarian of the Year 2000; and Starlight Children’s Foundation (now the Starlight/Starbright Children’s Foundation) honored him in April 2002 with the Golden Wish Award at its 19th annual gala hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis.

In October 2003, Mr. Lorsch was honored by the Wildlife WayStation with its “Paws of Fame” Humanitarian Award in recognition of his philanthropy and unselfish dedication to the world-renowned animal sanctuary. In 2009 he received the Humanitarian Award from the charitable organizations Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind and Love Across the Ocean.

Mr. Lorsch has been a featured speaker on personal health records and telecommunications at forums nationwide, including MIT. He has also been highlighted in hundreds of national and international newspapers and magazines and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. His career of combining entrepreneurship and philanthropy was the focal point of one of the seven keys to success in the 2007 book, “The Millionaire Zone,” authored by ABC Radio Host and AOL Family Financial Editor Jennifer Openshaw. His entrepreneurial spirit was also profiled on AOL’s Money & Finance Web portal (“From High School (Almost) Dropout to Having $100 Million”) and in the 2007 book, “The Engine of America,” written by Hector V. Barreto, former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch, CEO, MMRGlobal
4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90077, Tel. 310-476-7002, Fax 206-374-6136
www.mmrglobal.com
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Why Are There so Many Sharks in the Water?

The Senate voted to keep President Obama’s health care bill in place. This means that the Supreme Court will eventually decide whether the new law stands or fails. MMRGlobal is well positioned regardless of any outcome.

When you listen to my Fox Satellite radio interview on The Money Channel from earlier this week, (Listen Here), you’ll learn more about MMRGlobal and why MMR benefits doctors and patients no matter which ever way the debate goes, and regardless of any modification of the law.

Should the bill not get repealed, government stimulus will reinforce the agenda to get doctors and other health care professionals paperless.  If all or any of the program does get modified or repealed, the MMR stimulus plan bubbles to the top as an alternative form of subsidies through the MMRPro system (www.mmrprovideos.com).

In fact, the MMRPro stimulus package can pay health care professionals more than five times the amount of the government’s stimulus program using a system provided in part by Kodak and their state of the art document imaging technology, at a cost substantially less than a typical Electronic Medical Record system. Regardless of reform, MMRPro should emerge a winner in this controversial debate.

While the debate goes on everywhere, MMR is planning a month of very exciting events. First, on February 12 it’s off to Orlando for the Kodak Executive Summit and Awards dinner.  I will spend 2 days with the senior management at Kodak and expect a number of positive announcements about our relationship coming from those sessions.

Then returning to Los Angeles, to prepare for the following week back in Orlando, at HIMSS, in a 20′ by 30′ booth where MMR will exhibit with Kodak’s sales team (http://www.himssconference.org), with Google Health across the hall.  The focus of this year’s presentation is how MMRPro represents a first step for the concierge medicine profession, a very hot subject as profiled in an article in The New York Times this week, located at http://tinyurl.com/4u6g97w .

We will be talking about how MMRPro can be one of the most important support tools to any “Concierge Medicine” practice. Kodak will be there to help demonstrate the new MMR co-branded Kodak Scan Station 550 scanner. If you are visiting Disney World, stop by and say hello.

From HIMSS it’s right on to Boston to do an institutional investor road show, followed by a quick series of government relations meetings before heading home to Los Angeles.

With concierge medicine, patients pay a reasonable upfront fee to their medical provider and receive personal service that extends to having the physician’s cell phone and email address and more plus with MMRPro their personal medical records in real time.

The President and I seem to have one thing in common when it comes to health care. We constantly get criticized for doing what we believe is right.  Obama is working on a national agenda for health care and, like it or not, it is an issue that needs attention.  I am working to build a company using the health information technology he is pushing.

Meanwhile, for every unrelated reason imaginable, I am bombarded by many spending their time averse to Obama or MMR’s efforts.  I guess these days many people do not seem to have anything better to do.  They spend their days attacking and retreating from behind keyboards and aliases, without any facts to support a position, continuing to nibble like sharks on any effort that can help make our free enterprise system great.

Most of these “sharks” have never even tried an MMR Personal Health Record account.  However they lay in wait, ready to attack anything that moves in the water.  I wish them all (the sharks) a case of indigestion so they have an excuse to activate an MMR PHR account and find out for themselves what a great product and company this is.

I’ve always believed that the more you put out in the universe, the more you get back. But it seems no matter what you put out there some of the “sharks” will find it tasty. I guess that is the price of admission.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor  Los Angeles,  CA 90010, Phone 310-476-7002,  Fax 800-203-2127

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