Posted by Robert Lorsch | Filed under Posts by Robert Lorsch
I have been making regular trips to Washington, D.C. since 2005, meeting with various government officials going back to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, former National Coordinators for Health IT David Brailer and David Blumenthal, and Congressional Representatives of the House Science Committee staff, and others.
And there is no better proof about effectively getting things done than reading about the results of my impromptu meeting last week with Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. The meeting came as a direct result of my many trips to Washington demonstrating the MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record that patients can sign up for in real time. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/26/exclusive-pakistani-premier-pledges-to-reconsider-jailed-doctor-case/
My message has been clear, repeatedly demonstrating MMR’s cost-effective solution to deployment of an interoperable Personal Health Record at the SBA, HHS, ONCHIT, Surgeon General of the United States, Congressional Representatives and appropriate committees that deal with health care and budgets for health IT.
I first got involved in health IT because I saw an opportunity to provide affordable, easy to use, patient-controlled access to protected health information regardless of the system that it originated from, which seemed like the right thing to do.
Then, in February this year, while in Washington to present the MyMedicalRecords story to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Oversight, I was invited into a meeting which evolved into a discussion of international politics and Pakistan.
The meeting was about the plight of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was imprisoned by Pakistani officials for helping the United States pinpoint the location of Osama bin Laden. Because it also felt like the right thing to do, Kira and I started www.freeafridi.com, which led us on a humanitarian mission to free Dr. Afridi from his 33-year prison sentence.
If you believe that the more you give to the universe the more the universe gives back, then look for Dr. Afridi to go free and MMR to fulfill a significant purpose in the world’s health care systems by empowering people with the freedom to manage and control their protected health information wherever and whenever they want to anywhere in the world, including Pakistan.