We had a dance competition this past weekend. It is so interesting to see how much we have adapted to the pandemic and how it has challenged us to be innovative in how we do things. In the past, dance competitions were several days long with 25 plus studios all competing in many different categories. This competition set up so that they have one studio at a time compete all of their dances, and then they do an online awards ceremony to determine trophies and rankings. I have to say that I LOVE this new process. So instead of an entire weekend, we had a two hour block where we performed and then we were free to go. I am sure someday they will go back to the old process but for now, I am enjoying the innovation and the extra time.
As we look at our future in healthcare and the role that rural facilities can play, it is definitely going to challenge us to be more innovative. We need to meet the challenges head on and be out in front leading the way. I am so proud to be a part of the work we do. I love that we continue to push the envelope and forge ahead with big ideas and big dreams. We have some pretty amazing projects that we are working on from a technology standpoint with a focus on engaging our patients in their care. One project that we have been working on for several years is direct scheduling through MyChart. I am happy to share that we are now live with this new feature and you are encouraged to go check it out. We are implementing it in phases so currently you won’t have access to every provider or every visit type, but it is so simple and convenient for our patients. No more playing phone tag or waiting for a call back. Our goal is to continue to listen to our patients and make changes and improvements to meet their needs.