“FreeAfridi.com” Probably One of the Most Important Blogs I Have Ever Written…

Last week, I was in Washington, DC as CEO of MMRGlobal briefing the Congressional Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee about my concerns on how eleven billion dollars and counting is being spent under the government’s EHR Incentive Programs.  The monies are being spent in spite of the widely known fact that there is no interoperability and hardly any ability to create a comprehensive online personal health record, two items that were mandated as part of Executive Orders and other requirements to provide electronic medical records and personal health records (PHRs) to Americans by 2014. Of course, by being there I also hoped to have the opportunity to draw attention to the fact that MyMedicalRecords is already delivering interoperability and a comprehensive PHR now….today.

During my visit, I was asked by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to lend my marketing expertise to help raise awareness to the plight of Dr. Afridi.  My first question was, “Who is Dr. Afridi?”  Then I quickly learned what I did not know, that Dr. Shakil Afridi is the man who pinpointed the location of Osama bin Laden for the United States.  Without Dr. Afridi, the United States may not have found Osama bin Laden.  His reward was to be abandoned and left behind in a Pakistan prison, reportedly being regularly tortured, and sentenced to live side-by-side with the militants who continue killing our American soldiers.  I was shocked and I knew that something had to be done. I never thought that America would leave a hero behind.

The following is a copy of a news release that is being issued from MMRGlobal today.  It explains in greater detail what I did in Washington and how those meetings led to Kira and me calling on Oscar® to help FREE AFRIDI.

If you believe, like Kira and I do, that this man deserves our combined voice to be released and regain his freedom, then visit www.freeafridi.com, read the Letter from Congressman Rohrabacher, and do what you can to help bring this great American hero to where he belongs in America. Kira and I will be doing our part on The Red Carpet events throughout the weekend and on news broadcasts wherever we can similar to the one on CBS that is here: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/20/can-zero-dark-thirty-oscars-help-free-imprisoned-doctor-who-helped-find-bin-laden.

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MMRGlobal CEO Briefs Congressional Oversight Subcommittee on Questions Surrounding Better Ways to Have Spent $11 Billion on HIT Incentives

Los Angeles, CA (February 22, 2013) – Robert H. Lorsch, Chairman and CEO of MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) (“MMR”), a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals, recently met with U.S. Congressional Representatives along with their staffs and the staff of the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  The purpose of the meeting was to brief Representatives and staff on an independent compilation of articles, blogs, reports and opinions pertaining to questions surrounding the payments of nearly $11 billion in stimulus monies under the government’s EHR and Meaningful Use incentive programs.  The meeting was also intended to address concerns that primary requirements set forth in federal legislation pertaining to the provisioning of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) were not being met, specifically those which pertain to standardization, interoperability and requirements that most Americans have access to all their protected personal health information through some type of secure Personal Health Record similar to existing offerings from MMR.

According to Lorsch, “After the briefing portion of my presentation, I was able to demonstrate to staff  the MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record and explain how it could be deployed to everyone in America at an annual cost that would be less than the cost of one EMR system in a large hospital.  At that time, I had no idea that the points raised in my presentation would become Page One of The New York Times the following Wednesday, less than one week later.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/business/a-digital-shift-on-health-data-swells-profits.html?_r=0)

While in Washington, Lorsch was also asked to attend a meeting with Representative Dana Rohrabacher regarding the plight of Dr. Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani physician that verified Osama bin Laden’s location for the United States. Today, Dr. Afridi is in a Pakistan prison sentenced to 33 years, abandoned, and reportedly being tortured.  As a result of that meeting, Lorsch began a campaign, launched in a Special Oscars® issue of The Hollywood Reporter today, and at www.FreeAfridi.com. The campaign appeals for the release of Dr. Afridi by asking that the celebrities attending the Oscars® share a moment of their limelight to help draw attention to America’s abandoned hero.

“After making numerous presentations on behalf of MyMedicalRecords, where I requested support for PHRs, this was the first time that I left Washington believing that the value of a cost-effective, patient-controlled Personal Health Record was being embraced.  That includes previous meetings and presentations to former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, as well as Congressional Representatives including senior staff members in the office of The Honorable Ted Kennedy, as well as ONC staff and National Coordinators for Health IT David J. Brailer, M.D. and David Blumenthal, M.D.,” Lorsch added.

The briefing also emphasized the point that without standardization, the current HIT infrastructure did not allow a level playing field for small businesses competing with larger health IT equipment and system providers who dominate more than two-thirds of the marketplace. Information included in the briefing also covered how contractual terms from larger EMR systems are written to discourage hospitals from using other vendors which is counter to requirements of standardization and interoperability.

MMR’s technology specifically addresses the issues of interoperability while provisioning a comprehensive Personal Health Record to the patient.  The Company offers solutions for patients, physicians and hospitals that seamlessly connect along the lines of the government’s stated goal of interoperability and  empowering patients, providing access to their health information in a PHR. MMRGlobal also has an extensive healthcare IT patent portfolio, which includes seven U.S. patents: Nos. 8,301,466; 8,352,287; 8,352,288; 8,121,855; 8,117,646; 8,117,045; and 8,321,240.  The MMR Patent Portfolio includes nearly 400 claims as well as additional applications and continuation applications.  The patents involve inventions pertaining to Personal Health Records, Patient Portals and other Electronic Health Record systems.  MMR also has been granted patents and has other pending applications in countries of commercial interest including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal
4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor,  Los Angeles, CA 90010, Tel. 310-476-7002

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Being In The Right Place At The Right Time

Last Friday, my wife Kira went to sleep with a “headache.”  At first I thought she was upset that I was 3 hours late for dinner after a late night of packing my office for my multi-mile marathon walks through the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  However, it did not take long to figure out she really had a headache and the flu. Then the next morning, when I woke up with fever, unable to move more than 10 feet from the bathroom, I knew that we were both bit by the bug.

In any event, with all the strength I could muster, I decided that I should still prepare for CES on Monday in case a miracle cured me and I could still go to the big show.  So ritualistically, as I do on Saturdays, I went for a haircut.  Not that I have a lot to cut – it’s just that when you have as little hair as I do it deserves the very best.  So off I went, barely able to hold my head straight in Koby’s chair.

During my haircut, I began to reminisce about nearly 40 years of working the CES show for advertising and sales promotion clients, as well as my own companies.  I thought about all the nights in the Las Vegas hospitality suites and the girls, The Knobs Knowledgeable Knob Knowers program I created for stereo maker Wintec, and the girls. I remembered the 50’s Diners with the singing dancing waitresses that I built using Hollywood’s best Back To The Future sets to showcase telecommunications and decorator phone clients – and the girls. My taste buds also reminisced about the gourmet meals in The Bacchanal Room at Caesars Palace, where the girls peeled grapes and fed them sensuously to diners, the millions of Wuppees I sold as show giveaways to stick on the girls and the most successful trade show program of my career, in the 1985 COMDEX convention, where my sales promotion agency, Lorsch Creative Network, was hired by Microsoft, based on my legendary successes at CES …. and of course as my wife will not let me forget – the girls.

That last one is easiest to remember.   As described in the book written by Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller,  Barbarians Led By Bill Gates, as a “marketing mastermind,” in 1983 I got the call from Rowland Hanson, Microsoft VP Marketing, who said, Microsoft wants to own Las Vegas and own the COMDEX show when we launch Windows.  I said “What’s a Microsoft?”  He explained he was launching this software thing called Windows 1.0 and wanted everyone in town for COMDEX to know that the “Windows” were opening BIG. COMDEX was the equivalent of CES for the fledgling computer industry at that time.

In any event, as the book says, when people arrived in Vegas they were awestruck. There was not a taxi in town without Windows signage. The Wuppies were redesigned from having antenna to sporting mouse ears to celebrate the introduction of the “Mouse,” while I personally went from hotel bell stand to bell stand tipping housekeeping to change 20,000 pillow cases (at that time there were only 20,000 rooms) to a pillowcase with a Windows Lullaby silkscreened on the cases.

And as the final Coupe de Gras, we closed as big as we opened after hosting the first trade show concert featuring Glen Campbell in a free Rhinestone Cowboy (boots and all) show for attendees, celebrating in Las Vegas for COMDEX.  Campbell stayed for the entire soiree and standing next to the world’s soon to be most famous computer geek, he said…”I just wanted to welcome y’all here for the Microsoft party and I want you to know this is my good buddy, Bill Gates.”

The crowd exploded, dancing and laughing all night, but the party and the show were no joke. In an initial survey of COMDEX attendees arriving in Las Vegas, 10% of those polled hadn’t even heard of Microsoft. When Hanson’s team conducted an exit poll, the public perception of Microsoft had grown to 90% in one week. It’s amazing what you can do when you are willing to take some risk and think out of the box.  Of course it helps to have an unlimited budget.

Then, four years ago, when I thought my CES days were over, I heard about healthcare emerging in CES.  I went to check out the exhibits in the show referred to as Consumer Connected Health. In the last four years, that group of exhibitors has grown from a handful of booths to an entire pavilion of consumer health electronic products and companion services, with what appears to be hundreds of booths showing something to do with health and fitness.

And despite my flu, thinking only 110% of the public company shareholders of MMRF, I slogged the 2 miles (4 round trip) from the Las Vegas Hotel lobby through the Convention Center to walk the show with the other 150,000 attendees. For the second year in a row, MMRGlobal exhibited in the show as part of the Alcatel- Lucent and ngConnect Connected Health booth next to all the biggies, Verizon, Qualcomm and a ton of other huge players with booths the size of Lorschland.

MMR is on the verge of becoming part of healthcare and my CES history, launching a collection of Wellness & Health IT at work packages to improve the quality of lives. The Company was part of a complete, automated, connected health demonstration, featuring MMR’s Patented MyMedicalRecords.com Personal Health Record. The demonstration showed how MMR connects patients and their doctors in ways that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago.

It was all about Being In The Right Place At The Right Time.  I had so much adrenaline pumping in my veins, my flu bug got squashed. I walked miles through the convention center and talked to all the companies relevant to MMR’s PHR products and services. I did demonstrations, I shared the news about the company’s patents and intellectual property, I attended meetings where we discussed how to integrate with everything, including the HAPIfork.

I shook hands (using my Purell Sanitizer, of course) and met dozens of new health players, arranging follow-ups (at their request) to work together in 2013.  I also continued my networking with the giants, including Verizon & Qualcomm, where we have been working on formalizing strategic relationships for years.  Clearly, 2013 is not only the year of the Snake, it’s the year of eHealth and Health IT.

After a less than two-day whirlwind show, I was thankful that I went for a haircut, or I would have never reminisced and remembered how important it is to be in the Right Place at The Right Time.

Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch,  CEO,  MMRGlobal
4401 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010
www.mmrglobal.com
www.mymedicalrecords.com
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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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In Order to Live Free and Successfully You Must Sacrifice Boredom

The opportunities in Health IT are anything but “Boring”. Personal Health Records are fast becoming a tool used by more and more individuals who realize the value of having one for themselves and their family. Governments around the globe are also getting into the act, awarding hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus monies as incentives to encourage health care professionals and consumers to embrace Health IT, ultimately leading to everyone having a Personal Health Record (“PHR”).

MMRGlobal was clearly the early horse in the Personal Health Record race and, after nearly 5 years, life at MMR is also anything but “boring”.  Just read in the press about what’s going on in a worldwide health information market that is slated to grow into the trillions of dollars.

And also speaking of “boredom”, the last thirty days have been anything but. Dozens of stories about the value of Electronic Medical Records and PHR’s have appeared in business-to-business media, all discussing the opportunities for health care professionals, consumers and investors in health IT.  Many of these articles are referenced in earlier copies of this blog.

Also not “boring”, just last week, Rich Lagani spent four days in London, meeting with hospital equipment distributors, providers and other European health care organizations.  Meanwhile, I will start this week off in Athens, Greece, meeting with representatives of government and local universities regarding opportunities for MMR to help reduce the costs of health care in Greece. There could not be a better time to demonstrate the power and the positive economics of health IT anywhere than this week in Greece.

While we explore opportunities in London and Athens, we continue to place one foot in front of the other in China, India and Australia, responding to interest in Qatar and other UE countries, as well as Russia, where the lack of a high speed infrastructure makes MyMedicalRecords.com a more cost effective solution to efficiently and inexpensively store and share medical information today.

And so far in October, while the company is knee deep in the closing of our third quarter, AJ & Rich are with 4Medica, Lucent and Kodak representatives at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) meeting and convention in Las Vegas, where MMRGlobal is also exhibiting.

Meanwhile, the consumer media is also showing unprecedented interest in the importance of having a Personal Health Record.  On October 9th, Parade Magazine quoted Dr. Greg Ellis, President of the American Family Physician Association to millions of Sunday readers asking and answering the question, “Should Americans Have Personal Health Records.” His answer was a resounding, “Yes”.

Dr. Ellis stated that as a doctor, he believes having a PHR improves the physician’s ability to deliver a higher level of care to patients who know their own medical history and the medications they are taking, as well as all the notes and test results found in a patient’s previous history.

Dr. Ellis also pointed out the benefits of having medical records and other important documents available in the event of a disaster or other emergency such as a fire, flood, earthquake, even civil unrest.  That’s why MMR contains not only the most consumer-friendly Personal Health Record but also an emergency safe deposit box.

Coincidently, nearly three years earlier, after Hurricane Katrina, the SBA, in a ceremony attended by then President Bush, presented an award to MyMedicalRecords.com for being one of the most comprehensive disaster preparedness products that any family could have to store their most important documents including property deeds, birth certificates, marriage licenses, insurance policies, and of course brokerage statements of accounts for investors. That’s why, a MyMedicalRecords.com account, with a MyESafeDepositBox inside, truly represents the future of health care today!

The week after the October 9 issue of Parade, the Los Angeles Times published a Letter to the Editor from a physician working at the VA, saying that the Veteran’s Administration, in 1996, converted its record-keeping to electronic, thereby saving the VA millions of dollars, and making care of our wounded and ailing soldiers from all the services better. MyMedicalRecords.com is one of the only on-line personal health records that features connectivity to any doctor or hospital regardless of the plain paper or electronic medical records system currently in use.  This means that veterans who leave the VA system can use an MMR account to store their medical records after departing active military service and easily share them with their personal physicians in the private sector.

So what’s next to keep MMR from being boring?  As more and more physician groups and surgery centers adopt MMR products and services such as MMRPro, there will be opportunities to offer them a comprehensive MMR- branded certified MMR electronic medical records system. In fact MMR’s recently announced relationship with UST-Global is the first step to lining up resources and infrastructure partner to make that happen.

How does one avoid boredom?  There is a line that I learned in a basic LifeSpring training many years ago. The trainer was Jack Zwissig, who is on the MMRGlobal Board of Directors today.  The line goes, “When you resist opportunity, you are stuck with what you’ve got”. Being “stuck with what you’ve already got…..now that’s boring.

 

 

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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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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“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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“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.”

I am getting ready to leave for an early morning appearance on Good Morning San Diego however first I wanted to comment on the 8-K filing MMRGlobal made today regarding a definitive Agreement pertaining to the licensing of the Company’s biotech assets. A copy appears at www.mmrglobal.com under the Investor relations tab.

Over the past year I have focused many of my blogs on teachings from Richard Bach’s book, Illusions. In the book it says, “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.” http://blog.mymedicalrecordsinc.com/

Clearly, the mission at MMRGlobal is not finished. In fact, we believe it is just beginning. 2010 has been a year that many said could not be done.

How does a start-up company with limited capital compete with Microsoft, Google, Cerner, GE and others in electronic medical records? And when the naysayers kept working so hard to be right about the value of the Company’s biotech IP, we get to start the New Year with a new beginning.

Today’s 8-K filing demonstrates that nothing is impossible and highlights the potential value in the Company’s biotech assets and other Intellectual Property. It opens the door to opportunities where this management team was able to utilize in excess of 100 million dollars worth of pre-merger assets.

While the Company’s primary business remains health information technology, specifically our www.MyMedicalRecords.com Personal Health Record and our www.MMRPro.com electronic document management and storage for healthcare professionals, our biotech assets can also lead to relationships with big Pharma, where the Company can possibly use its health IT to speed approval of drugs by assisting in the monitoring of patients in clinical trials.

Accordingly, we will continue to work with institutional investors, strategic partners, scientific advisors, universities and others to look for opportunities to utilize both our health Information technology and biotech assets to identify ways to help save lives and speed approval of other drugs in various stages of clinical trials.

As we wish you and your family and friends the happiest, healthiest and most prosperous of New Years, all of us at MMRGlobal will spend this New Year’s holiday celebrating all of you for your friendship and support over the last year.

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 www.mymedicalrecords.com
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