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.

So was it worth the read?

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Woody Allen is Famous for Saying 80% of Success is Just Showing Up

Being in the right place at the right time is what MMRGlobal is getting known for.

A new survey of venture capitalists by Dow Jones VentureSource says that VC’s see an increase in Health IT Investment this year. More than 330 U.S. venture capitalists and 180 CEOs of U.S.-based venture-backed companies were surveyed. Among the reasons is increased federal pressure on hospitals and doctors’ offices to meet Meaningful Use standards for electronic health records.

We anticipated this over two years ago when we completed the reverse merger with Favrille. Under the 2009 federal stimulus package, the U.S. government will spend as much as $27.4 billion between 2011 and 2021 to encourage health professionals and hospitals to make their health records electronic.

The process of implementing electronic medical records (EMR) involves a lot of moving parts. Physicians and Hospitals must find the right software vendors, work with that vendor to customize the EHR system to the facility’s needs, and ensure that the software interacts with hardware and existing programs currently being used such as practice management systems.

MyMedicalRecords, the company’s PHR and MMRPro, our document management and imaging system for health care professionals are the only Personal Health Records that can “talk” to any other EMR type system currently in use.

That makes us technology-agnostic and attractive to physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. MMR Pro will allow physicians to begin meeting meaningful use requirements and participate in a Stimulus Program that can place hundreds of thousands of dollars in physicians’ hands.

To assemble a truly comprehensive information and transactional healthcare platform, you need time, vision, money and management to get there, not a small task if you are creating a comprehensive healthcare platform. To see ours visit www.mmrmdvideos.com .

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal

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

www.mmrtheatre.com

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MMRGlobal Takes To The Airwaves Again

I like hearing from our stockholders and others interested in the Company. One individual who writes me on occasion and regularly writes about the Company under the “handle” Threeflight, sent me the following on Monday this week:

“Bob, 

 I want you to know I think that overall, you have done a wonderful job there at MMRF. You are probably the CEO I respect the most of any OTC CEO I know, and for sure you are in the top echelon of all CEO’s I know, including the big board CEO’s. I sincerely mean that. Same goes for you as a person. I would consider it a privilege to buy you a beer and talk about the wonderfulness that is MMRF. 

 Best of luck.”

Although his comments are greatly appreciated I realize that Threeflight may not agree with all my decisions. However it’s hard work building a company from the ground up in this difficult economic time. Meanwhile we are fortunate to be in a space where our Personal Health Records products could become a way of life as Obamacare rolls out over the next several years.

Today we will announce that we are expanding our advertising and promotion activities not only on TV, in tonight’s Hallmark Channel Special “The Spirit of Mississippi,” telecast at 6 pm, EST, and during the Labor Day weekend we will have launched a Listener Loyalty Radio Program with Clear Channel Communications to 75% of the 18+ U.S. population, via more than 800 radio stations reaching more than 97 million listeners every week. Listeners will be directed to MMR’s website to take advantage of the Company’s end of summer Labor Day promotion of a 30-day trial offer and  $25 toward a new subscriber’s next visit with their doctor (www.mmrvideos.com).

Clearly, promotions and advertising take money, which has a lot to do with the decisions management makes on a daily basis. Without access to capital a Company simply cannot grow and compete in a competitive marketplace. If you still have not signed up for your own Personal Health Record, this would be an ideal time. So visit MyMedicalRecords at www.mymedicalrecords.com and “Listen Up”, as they say, and thank you for your interest in and support of MMRGlobal.com. Happy Labor Day!

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch, CEO, MyMedicalRecords.com
Contact us at 310-476-7002

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