‘Tis the season for an update!

Maybe I’m here and maybe I’m not.

In the forever words of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again

It’s been a long time since I have posted here and while I have several draft posts of topics that I wanted to talk about, I never got around to refining them with finishing touches that have that “me” flair on them. I’ve touched upon interoperability, different technologies, EMRs, MACRA, and various other topics that I believe are important and significant when considering the shift to value-based care and how information technology plays its role in medicine. I wanted to continue talking about MACRA (due to its impacts on healthcare information technology), how the constantly changing environment of healthcare insurance affects EMR usage and efficiency, how healthcare technologies can help appease and even combat common patient gripes, and continue discussing about interoperability and the lack of accountability for it in EHRs currently. It’s no hidden secret that users spend excessive amounts of time working with EHRs during and after hours. However, the reason I never published these articles is because I felt that I was beating a dead horse and that I was drifting away from the initial scope and purpose that I created this website for, to act as documentation and a self-journal where I can reflect on things that I have learned and things that I find interesting at the crossroads of IT and medicine.

goodnight supa hot fire

Reading through my old posts, I felt that I was getting too heated and subjective instead of staying objective. I felt that I was becoming too preachy and making calls to action for areas of this field that I haven’t personally experienced and faced myself. I felt like a fish out of water because I was speaking about issues that I was passionate about and wanted to be involved in, yet I wasn’t actually involved yet. I took some time off from writing due to stress and simply being burnt out from everything that I was doing. I wanted to come back to writing with a new drive and focus more on the information itself and bringing awareness to these issues. I knew that my writing quality had declined, but I felt obligated to put something out there even if I knew it wasn’t my best work. In a sense, I lost myself into a weakness that I struggle to overcome all the time, allowing and being content with effort that was not my best. While I won’t say that I will implement a self-schedule to write, I do want to continue writing and documenting about the things that I learn as a resource for me to look back on in the future and hopefully provide insight for others also looking to pursue a similar career path.

Personal Updates!

  • In my previous update, I talked about my post-graduation plans and I am still working as a research technologist as well as an operations technician.
  • Still applying, still waiting, and still holding out. While I have no acceptances just yet, I have faith and confidence that I put forward a strong application that is able to capture all the facets of myself.
  • Involved in administration and management of various eSports teams and organizations for two titles, Smite and Paladins. I am a content creator and streamer on YouTube and Twitch. I am a coach for professional Smite teams where I provide insight, analysis, and ego cushioning in tough times. Additionally, I am a professional Paladins player competing in Tier 2 circuits, leagues, and, competitions.
  • Music. Music. Music. As a percussionist living in a small apartment, I am unable to personally play and practice myself. Thus, I live vicariously through musicians by attending different concerts and shows whenever and wherever I can. Since the summer, I have gone to, on average, a concert/show each week. Working two part-time jobs and being heavily involved in eSports, I find that I often do not have much time solely to myself. As a result, attending these music events gives me the opportunity to just step back and relax. It rationally pulls me away from obligations for just a few hours a week where I can sit, think, and enjoy music.

Article by Sir. Lappleton III

I'm a happy-go-lucky recent graduate that started a blog as a way to not only document my education and my experiences, but also to share it with whoever stumbles upon my site! Hopefully I can keep you guys entertained as well as learn about a few things from IT as well as from my time and experiences as I plunge deeper and deeper into healthcare! A couple of my areas of focus is data management, system security (cyber security), as well as information technology policy.

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