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It is such a big problem, how can any one person make a difference?

Posted by Cheryl Kerr on Mon, May 30, 2011 @ 11:39 AM

It’s Memorial Day, and a time to remember all who served our country.

There are millions who have done so over the years. A few have been singled out to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor because they stood out with some act of unbelievably unselfish heroism.

But there are so many who just did their duty, unknown and unnamed. They are honored fully as well, because each has served and each has contributed to our safety and freedom.

In healthcare, we are in the midst of a battle that in a way is even worse than one with tanks and guns, bombs and planes. The magnitude and confusion, the noise and the panic are the same. And, people are dying.

Just as in a war, each of us can make a difference. Some of us will become medal winners, some of us will not.

Sometimes instead of trying to analyze everything, it is better to examine an important slice. Our recent attendance and presentation at the New York Mid Atlantic Consortium, a collaborative of genetic programs, illustrated this clearly to us. During college and medical school we learned about Punnet Squares, polymorphism, and decreased penetrance. By 2011, genetics has exploded. We now have the human genome. Cancers can be analyzed and their own genome described. Personalized medicine is not only imminent, but it has started.

The problem is, however, that there are not enough people to do the work that is needed right now, needless to say, in the future. There is so much knowledge that no one person can know it all. These are big problems. These are problems, in part, because of funding. Those who are passionate about the field wonder where the funding can come from. Meanwhile, every other segment of society is asking the same questions. How can we do what we need to do without more funds? How come other interests get more funding? There is so much to do, so little time, so few personnel, and so little money. What can we do?

We at ClickCare have decided that each of us can make a difference. Maybe it won’t be a Congressional Medal of Honor difference, or maybe it will. But each of us, like each individual whom we remember this day, can make a difference. Each of us can push forward and improve our lot. Funding is important, but its value is negligible compared the richness of many who do their little part and collaborate with others. The rewards will come later, or doing your part better may be the reward in itself.

For our, part, I can put a stake in the ground and say: “If you don’t have the funds to buy a ClickCare subscription, call us and we’ll personally work with you to make it happen.”

ClickCare can bridge the gap between what can and should be and what is. We know that better collaboration brings better care, better access to that care, and better education of those who provide that care.

We applaud each of those we met at NYMAC and know that each of them are trying to make a difference. Many of them have, and many are still at it.

We at ClickCare will keep trying too because each of us deserves better, and each of us can make the world a better place.

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