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Amy's Reflections

September 2, 2019

“In this volatile business of ours, we can ill afford to rest on our laurels, even to pause in retrospect. Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” ~ Walt Disney

It has been a hectic couple of weeks with a lot of changes. Shaila started classes and seems to be settling into college life. The boys are starting to find their groove in 7th grade and finding their way around school.  Jacob started football and is working hard in practice. Maleigha is adjusting to being without her brothers in the elementary building and started dance classes. I remember Annette Odland sharing how much she struggled when Andrew went to college. I totally get what she meant now. Those of you that have lived through it know exactly what I am talking about; being so sad because you know that things will never be the same while being so very excited for the future. Change can be fun but it can also leave us feeling lost in transition. 

Lucky for me I have a lot of experience in surviving change as we have had a lot of change in healthcare over the years. I had the opportunity to attend the EPIC conference this week and get some insight into the future planned enhancements for EPIC. I was amazed at some of the things coming in the future and really enjoyed hearing Judith Faulkner, the founder of EPIC, speak with passion about keeping the patient at the center of all of their enhancements. I can see the uses of MyChart increasing to make it a better tool for our patients to participate in their care. In the next three to five years there will be some pretty significant changes in the way we provide healthcare. So, I guess it is time to take a deep breath and let go of the past and embrace the future. We will keep the patient at the center of our decisions and continue to achieve our goals.

“Focus on opportunities not setbacks. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Focus on the present moment, not the past or the future. Empower yourself!” ― Akiroq Brost

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