Another funny television series ended recently — Netflix’s Grace & Frankie. It is a show about friendships and life’s roller coaster ride — including how new relationships begin, how new business ventures start that solve important health problems, and how our stereotypes about aging need to change. Each episode causes belly laughs and tears, and you feel a little wiped out after all those ups and downs for 7 long, binge-worthy seasons. Being a close observer of all the digital health policy proposals gives us that same roller coaster feeling: like you are coming to the top of a really big dive on a roller coaster, with that terrifying tick, tick, tick as you near the top and then you seem to hold on at the top forever before you start the wild ride down, screaming as you go. Pick something — the new consumer data privacy proposal (we mentioned it above and previewed it in Sept 2021) or the never-ending discussion about automating the prior authorization process (CMS said this about it 10 months ago and this in March 2022 at HIMSS; Congress has its own solution; and ONC repeatedly reminds us that they explained — months ago — how it could work operationally). And there is the on-again-off-again determination to study and develop new technology to help solve our biggest science and health care problems. It is enough to make you want to get off the roller coaster and chat with Dolly Parton at the gates of heaven, like Grace & Frankie did, before ultimately deciding the roller coast might be worth it.
June 10, 2022 | 3 min read
June 10, 2022
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