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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 a number of affiliations and I get to work with Health Attitude people from whom I am constantly learning. Prior to “e-tirement”, I was vice president for Internet Technology at IBM Corporation. Nearly everything I have ever said or written is here at patrickWeb or in one of my books, Health Attitude and Net Attitude. My newest book, Health Attitude, was published in March 2015. The book unravels the complexity of American healthcare and outlines technological and attitudinal changes to make our healthcare safer and more affordable. The patrickWeb blog contains more than 1,000 stories about technology, music, motorcycles, travel, business, and healthcare. I hope you enjoy reading them. Please click here to get an email update when there is something new in the blog. You can find me on FacebookGoogle+LinkedIn, and Twitter. You can also find me in Wikipedia. To buy Health Attitude, please click here. Find me on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. Follow me on twitter. You can also find me in Wikipedia.

Sirius XM Radio Interview About Health Attitude

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Radio Announcer with Headphones and MicrophoneThe Sunday night interview with Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman on Sirius XM Progress Channel 127 was a pleasure. They both asked good questions and gave me the opportunity to explain what Health Attitude is about. You can play the 15 minute interview below. Read about Mark and Jonathan and their Left Jab Radio program here.


 

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Dr. John Patrick, business executive and innovation leader, talks about his new book Health Attitude: Unravelling & Solving the Complexities of Healthcare.

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Short Video Announcing Tonight’s SiriusXM Interview

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Mark Walsh, a fellow speaker at the 21st Annual Genesys Health Attitude book coverPartners Venture Dinner this week, will interview me about Health Attitude this evening on SiriusXM Channel 127. The interview will take place at approximately 7:15 PM. The name of Mark’s weekly program is Left Jab. Sirius XM describes the program as “An informative talk show that mixes politics, business and pleasure.” I have no idea what questions he will ask but likely something about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). I discussed the ACA in my new book, Health Attitude. Click  here to watch the short video of Mark Walsh and I.

 

 

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SiriusXM Progress Channel 127 Tonight

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Mark Walsh, a fellow speaker at the 21st Annual Genesys Partners VentureHealth Attitude book cover Dinner this week, will interview me about Health Attitude this evening on SiriusXM Channel 127. The interview will take place at approximately 7:15 PM. The name of Mark’s weekly program is Left Jab. Sirius XM describes the program as “An informative talk show that mixes politics, business and pleasure.” I have no idea what questions he will ask but likely something about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). I discussed the ACA in my new book, Health Attitude. I will post the interview audio here as soon as it is available.

 

 

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Genesys XXI

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People at a conferenceThe 21st Annual Genesys Partners Venture Dinner — Genesys XXI– Tuesday night at the Union League Club in New York included more than 100 invited venture capitalists, investors, journalists, entrepreneurs, and industry executives. As always, Jim Kollegger — CEO of Genesys Partners and one of the pioneers of the information industry — was an elegant master of ceremonies. Jim announced a new conference called Agility First! Forum which was held the following day. He introduced the various collaborators and sponsors, next day panelists at Agility First!, several startup CEO’s, and a few of us who speak at the dinner each year. Following is a synopsis of what I had to say.

Like a broken record, I offered my normal upbeat view of the future of the Internet but prefaced my remarks by asserting that we are still only 10-15% of the way there. In other words, of all the things that could be done on the Internet that would save us time and make our lives better, only 10-15% of them are there. It may sound low, but consider retail e-commerce. Although there has been continuous double-digit growth of retail e-commerce for twenty years, it still represents just 6.5% of total retail.

I observed the total United States retail e-commerce for 2014 came in at $305 billion. This represented 6.5% of total retail sales. One company — Amazon — amassed nearly $90 billion in revenue during the year. Why is retail e-commerce 6.5%, not 25% or more? Much is written about that at patrickWeb and in my book, Net Attitude, but the short answer is that there are still a lot of lame web sites. “Click here for the location of our nearest dealer where you can visit.” or “Call to buy the product you just found.” or “Click here to download this form and fax it to us.” How about healthcare? How is it fairing in terms of exploiting the Internet? If only it could be 5% of the way there!  Don’t you love the ubiquitous clipboards at doctor offices where we take a pen and provide a lot of information they already have? In the years ahead, I am hopeful healthcare delivery will operate more like Amazon. I attempted to unravel and solve the complexity of our healthcare system in my new book, just published last week. It is called Health Attitude.

I then offered my view of the status of the Internet and health care.  This is one man’s view of the evolution of the Internet including the seven characteristics I discuss every year.  The things going on under each characteristic continuously change and Jim asks me once a year to do a thumbnail sketch of my latest thinking. The seven characteristics I discussed are: Fast, Always On, Everywhere, Natural, Intelligent, Easy, and Trusted. I will share my comments on each in the next post.

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Health Attitude Launched at Venture Dinner in New York

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Agility First! Forum

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.

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Net Neutrality

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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.

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Italy 2015

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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.

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See more about the exciting FryskLab project, sponsored in part by OCLC, here and on the FryskLab Facebook page.

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.

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Health Attitude Tagline

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Thanks for helping narrow down the choices for the Health Attitude tagline. I narrowed it down to three. Please click here for your final choice. Thanks!

bullet Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare

bullet Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis

bullet How Attitude and Technology Can Solve Our Healthcare Crisis

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Genesys XXI – Coming Soon

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People at a conferenceThe 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.

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Health Attitude Tagline

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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

bullet Unraveling the mysteries of the American healthcare system: 4 votes
bullet How attitude and technology can revolutionize our healthcare system: 2 votes
bullet Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis: 2 votes
bullet How to make our healthcare system better and more affordable: 1 vote
bullet Other: How to make our healthcare system affordable and better: 1 vote

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