Thanks for stopping by. My name is John Patrick and Attitude LLC is the name of my company. My activities include writing, speaking, and board service. I am fortunate to have quite a few affiliations and I get to work with people from whom I am constantly learning. Prior to “e-tirement”, I was vice president of Internet Technology at IBM Corporation. Nearly everything I have ever said or written is here at patrickWeb or in my book, Net Attitude. As of today, the patrickWeb blog contains 1,447 posts. I hope you enjoy reading some of them. Get the email version of patrickWeb if you prefer. Find me on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. Follow me on twitter. You can also find me in Wikipedia.
Health Attitude was published on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The launch took place on Tuesday, March 24 at the Agility First! Forum Dinner at the Union League Club in New York. The Forum took place the next day. I will be writing about the dinner and the Forum later. Please click here to make sure you are on the list to receive updates.
Thanks very much to all those who gave me ideas, identified typos in the early drafts, and offered encouragement along the publishing journey. My special thanks to editor Kathleen Imhoff for her countless suggestions that helped crystallize the story I want to tell. The initial version of Health Attitude is available in print on Amazon. It is also available at the CreateSpace eStore. Get a 15% discount on any quantity code 3ZCLVD9F. The Kindle version will be available on or hopefully before April 1. An Audible version will follow.
My goal with Health Attitude is to have a positive impact on our healthcare system. It is worse than you may think, but the opportunities to make it better are far greater than you may think. That is what Health Attitude is about: unraveling the complexity of healthcare and offering solutions. It’s not disease, dollars, or doctors standing in the way of safe and affordable healthcare. The solution includes a new health attitude of patients, providers, payers, and policymakers. I will be making regular posts to expand on concepts in the book. Thanks for your interest in Health Attitude.
A number of my friends have asked what I thought of the FCC voting for Net Neutrality. Many people interpret the move to regulate the Internet as a sign of government controls, more regulation, and even stifling innovation. I do not see it that way at all. I am not in favor of more government or regulation, but there are some areas where government should take a leadership role. I am not completely comfortable with the FCC and have agreed with others in the past that we would be better off without an FCC. It is highly unlikely the FCC is going to go away so what should their role be with regard to the Internet?
AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon would be happy to have less regulation except for regulation that helps them increase their hold on us, the consumer. There is not enough competition and prices for broadband are too high. Cities would like to work with Google and others to establish free WiFi as a boost to their local economies and provide more connectivity for education. The lobbyists have gone around the cities and convinced a number of states to make it illegal for a municipality to establish Internet service. In my opinion, that is not right.
Another danger area is content tie-ups. Suppose Comcast and ESPN made a deal together that provided extra fast speed for ESPN content. You could only take advantage of it if you are a Comcast subscriber. More than a third of broadband subscribers have only one choice of a provider. If such fast lanes became pervasive, it is conceivable, some say likely, that the Internet for everyone else would slow down. That would not be good for innovation and the spawning of the next Facebook. Net Neutrality is a good thing for the Internet. Sasha Segan at PC Magazine said, “This isn’t a case of federal government overreach, or of federal government reach at all.” I agree.
The board of trustees of OCLC meets at least five times per year. We usually meet in the headquarters city, which is Dublin, Ohio. Once per year we meet somewhere outside of Dublin. The last few such meetings were in Boston, Seattle, and Toronto. This year it was in Florence, Italy. My wife and I decided to go a few days early and spend some time in Rome.
The food, wine, Roman ruins, and hotel room at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria were all great. The historical sites are amazing. I had seen them some years ago but was happy to see them again. Looking at 100 foot marble columns made 2,000+ years ago is mind boggling. The fountains all over the city deliver clear clean water with no pumps — an engineering feat to behold. The Pantheon, Colosseum, and the Roman Forum are among many other sites that make you wonder, “How they did they do that?” For transportation around the city we used Metro subway tourist passes and Uber. Uber reportedly has 200 drivers in Rome. They all used spotless Mercedes E Class cars and the rates were less than a taxi. Photos from Rome are here.
We took a train from Rome to Florence. It was a ninety minute ride and provided beautiful views of snow capped mountains. Florence is much smaller than Rome. There was no Uber service, but we could easily walk anywhere in the city. We had seen the David some years ago, and it remains a marvel. It is said that if you see the David, there is no reason to look at any other sculptures because none can equal the craftsmanship of Michelangelo’s great work. Photos from Florence are here.
A highlight of our time in Florence was the FryskLab. Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, a library organization in the Netherlands, developed FryskLab, a mobile lab facility from a former book mobile. The goal of the FryskLab is to bring digital fabrication skills to primary and secondary school students. The FryskLab bus made the long trip from the Netherlands to Italy and plans to continue on to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France. The bus contains three 3-D printers and a laser engraving printer along with MacBooks and iPads to facilitate learning and making things. I could not resist using Doodle3D on the iPad and printing a 3-D image of Health Attitude.
The only disappointment during the trip to Italy was WiFi. Nobody made it simple. One restaurant had an access point named TELECOM-67583117 and the password was trattoriadavelentino00184. Could they make it any harder? Some of the passwords were annoying and unnecessary, but at least the service was free. Not so at the wonderful Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria. To get charged $25 Euros ($28.50) per day for WiFi was an insult. I consider it gouging. They charge the high fee because they know people want it. There rationale is that WiFi is free in the public areas of the hotel and if you want it in your room, you have to pay. Making matters worse, the consistency and the speed of the WiFi service was poor. The high-speed train to Florence offered WiFi for one cent for 24 hours. We checked into the Hotel Brunelleschi in the center of Florence. WiFi there was included in the price of the room. Our last night was at the Rome Airport Hilton. They charged 20 euros for WiFi.
I have always believed WiFi should be like the other things you expect in your room: heat, a/c, electricity, TV, and water. The Cavalieri obviously sees WiFi as an incremental profit opportunity. WiFi does have a cost associated with it, but in my opinion, that should be bundled in the price of the room. It is the principle of adding on the charge after you check in that I object to. As some airports and many hotels offer free WiFi, the high charges from those who do not stand out and leave a bad taste for what otherwise may have been a good experience.
The 21st Annual Genesys Partners Venture Dinner — Genesys XXI– will take place on Monday, January 26, at the Union League Club in New York. As always, Jim Kollegger — CEO of Genesys Partners and one of the pioneers of the information industry — will be master of ceremonies. I will give a short speech after dinner. I will provide an annual update on the continued growth of the Internet, but will emphasize the transformation of the American healthcare system that is underway. I won’t be able to resist telling the audience about Health Attitude, which will be published in March.
The new element of the Genesys program this year is a conference called The Agility First! Forum. The new conference’s mission it to convene founders and CEOs of agile and advanced early and mid-stage companies with one goal: To focus on more powerful execution. I will participate on a panel on Tuesday labeled “The Uber and Airbnb Blitz: Breaking the Law or Breaking Down Barriers?” I will emphasize how the consumer-led revolution occurring in healthcare is at least as significant as what Uber and Airbnb are doing to transportation and lodging.
Health Attitude is coming soon. An open question is what the tagline should be. This is important because it affects the likelihood that someone will decide to read the book. Ten people have responded to the survey so far, and you can see the results below. For those of you who have been following the development of Health Attitude and providing feedback, you have been shaping the content of the book. If you did not weigh in on the tagline and can spare a few seconds, click here for the one-question survey. Thanks!
Tagline Votes So Far
Unraveling the mysteries of the American healthcare system: 4 votes
How attitude and technology can revolutionize our healthcare system: 2 votes
Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis: 2 votes
How to make our healthcare system better and more affordable: 1 vote
Other: How to make our healthcare system affordable and better: 1 vote
SplashData compiled a list of the worst passwords of 2014 that is instructive. The company analyzed more than three million passwords that had been stolen and then posted on the web. The reason they are called “worst” is because they are the least secure. If you ever wondered how a friend’s email account at AOL or Yahoo! got hacked into, this is the reason: weak passwords that are easy to guess.
SplashData has a line of software products and services called SplashID Safe. I use SplashID as my database to store information about family credit cards, driver licenses, passports, etc. For passwords I use 1Password. There are many password managers available; just Google “password manager” and you will find them.
Password managers allow you to have passwords like &6^%aG(@5T6r@@ that no human can remember and that are very hard to guess. The only password you need to remember is the one you use to open your password manager, and that password is stored only on your computer and smartphone, not on the Internet. A feature that many password managers offer is to show you how many passwords you have that are more than six months old, how many are duplicate, and how many are weak. Your security is important and should be treated with respect and priority. It is worth investing some time to make sure you have strong passwords.
You can read the full story about SplashData’s analysis of the stolen passwords here. You may also want to read a story I wrote about my project to change all my 400+ passwords. I called the story Password Hell.
Thanks for following progress toward the launch of Health Attitude. We are getting very close. The book cover design is entering the second round next week. Marketing copy for the Amazon website is underway. “Advance Praise” blurbs are coming in from reviewers. I will continue to edit and make Health Attitude as good as possible. The feedback from many of you has been incredibly helpful. Another round or two and the draft, cover, and marketing copy will all come together to make Health Attitude a reality. The target is still March, but it may be earlier for the Kindle version. I will keep you posted. Thanks again for your support. Your feedback is always welcomed! Feel free to post a comment on my Facebook page, at LinkedIn, Google+, my Twitter feed, or drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. One other thing: I am considering different taglines for the cover of Health Attitude. If you can spare 30 seconds, click here for a one-question survey. Thanks!
I wish happy holidays for all, and I want to thank those who have been giving me feedback on the draft of Health Attitude. If you are not on the reviewer list, but would like to be, please drop a mail to email@example.com. The purpose of this post is to provide an update on plans for the new book. I started writing it in July, and finished chapter 16, the last one, just before Christmas. I have engaged CreateSpace to design the book cover, and I have secured an ISBN. The target publish date will be in March. The feedback has been invaluable, ranging from “nice read” to “here is a list of 99 things you need to edit”. Like software, a 300-page book will have bugs to fix, and words and phrases to improve. No one is happy about the American healthcare system, and my goal for Health Attitude is to make the system and solutions understandable, and hopefully, help providers, payers, policy makers, and politicians to see the system as the rest of us do.
The other thing underway is a new website, attitudellc.org. Attitude LLC is my company and it will be the publisher of Health Attitude. The new website will include two sets of stories: Health Attitude will be posts about healthcare and the book. Net Attitude will be posts about the things I have been writing about in patrickWeb for more than 20 years: the Internet, motorcycles, music, technology, travels, and e-business. If you receive emails with my periodic posts, you will continue to receive them, but they will come from attitudellc.org beginning in January. No action is required on your part. If you are a reviewer of Health Attitude and also a subscriber to patrickWeb, you may receive a few duplicates until the transition is complete. In January, visits to patrickWeb.com will automatically be redirected to attitudellc.org. Thank you very much for reading my posts and for your feedback. Happy New Year! John
Health Attitude is coming soon! No one is happy about the American healthcare system. Millions have no health insurance. Millions more have it but cannot afford it. Primary care physicians feel over worked. Specialist physicians feel the payers are squeezing them. Hospitals are under huge pressure from Medicare to lower their costs and improve their quality of outcomes. Tax payers are not happy about the increase in their taxes to support the healthcare system. Thousands of people die each year because of errors in the healthcare delivery system. The list goes on. The topic is complex and there is no simple solution, but there are multiple solutions, and good things are underway. Health Attitude will unravel the mysteries of healthcare, make the problems understandable and, more important, will make the solutions understandable. It all revolves around attitude. Consumers need to take more responsibility for their health. Physicians need to put the consumer in the center of health care. Hospitals need to do a better job of coordinating care across the community. Political leaders need to focus more on the needs of citizens and a bit less on the wants of health insurance companies and big pharma.