As our Hawaii Primary Care Association annual conference came to a close, a speaker quoted Maya Angelou, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." So true. As I thought about my role in Health Information Technology, it became, once again, apparent that we HIT'ers must deliver the right amount of technology at the right time, to the right people, and in the right place. Let's face it, we techies have a tendency to get a little crazy with technology. We, sometimes, provide technology that is overkill or too much for the user(s) to utilize. We, sometimes, spend little time understanding the user and deliver the wrong technology. We need to make sure the technology we deliver is appropriate for the situation and is good for the "system" or organization. Technology such as the electronic medical record must be used to capture data and the data must be displayed and delivered to everyone who can make a difference in the health care of the nation or else... Otherwise, what are we doing all of this for?


My brain is on autopilot. It is independent (of me). It thinks what it wants. And when it wants. It is tangential and random (and often, loony). Today, while preparing for our company's annual conference, it remembered word visualization and word clouds. It decided to take a break and copy the last 2 paragraphs of my previous SYRV IX Adventure in Nicaragua blog and create a Wordle word cloud. A commonly used marketing technique, a word cloud attempts to take text and transform it into an image. Here is the result. My brain is happy. Try Wordle for yourself.

Wordle: NicaBlog

Here are some essentials for the traveling surfer, or at least some of the important stuff I brought to Nica - towel, boardshorts, surfboard wax, sunscreen, camera, sketch pad and pen, toothbrush, toothpaste, cash, WiFi-accessible phone, Flor De Cana rum (purchased there), Advil (for morning after), water (attained there), sunnies, hat (courtesy of SYRV and Monique Evans), carbohydrate/protein energy drink mix (no that's not cocaine), and of course, not pictured - your favorite surfboards.

I had to post a few pictures of the meals we had in Nicaragua. Majority of the ingredients were fresh. It seemed as though there was little use of preservatives and "additives." We even had fried chicken from a gas station, Esso, that was tender and tasted "pure," as if the chicken was not pumped full of hormones.

Late August 2011, I traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer with SYRV, an organization dedicated to providing clean water for the rural residents of Nicaragua. The global water crisis is more serious than I knew and this trip was an eye-opening experience. Many ask how I ended up volunteering in Nicaragua. And it goes a lil' sumthin' like theeeeeeees...

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