A doctor and a lawyer walking into a bar one day to shed off some worries from this roller-coaster economy; one says to the other: you know, in this economy, I don’t have to just wait for malpractice to earn my keep, what if we worked together and we solve a social problem?
Hmmm. I wonder if these guys are prior military? I knew for sure Chad was in the Air Force. I had visited their operation. Everything is run like a unit and it was extremely efficient and familiar. They have combined the holistic operational thinking behind a mobile command unit with a keen focus on emergency medicine – one that I know very well from another life time.
They are running an Aid Station for the city without the daily sick-calls.
Chad had asked me about my mobile app idea, but at the time I did not know how to answer. I didn't want to tell them what I was doing because I would go on forever in technical jargon that would bore a clown to death. I also knew intuitively there is a connection between their operation and what I am doing. But I didn’t know how to articulate the fit between the mobile application and their operation. So I kept my mouth shut.
Now I know, and I like to tell for the benefit of the community.
mootee.typepad.com What they need is a mobile communication and feedback mechanism, fashioned in a fractal pattern, to tie a community together with mobile ready data and notification management system. This could also be easily applied to a holistic medical information system centered on Sustainability. This is sort of a Constituent Resource Management system for emergency situations, and a knowledge-base for community health as an ecosystem. We may even learn a few things about our health care in general and save a few dollars for tax payers.
Of course this communication and information management system has to be simple for the end users. It will need to be tested over and over within real time trials to sort out all of the human bottle-necks. But this testing will generate data that we would desire to have in terms of social knowledge about our public health. An applied Six Sigma process will serve to that purpose, giving a step by step instructions to identify any potential gaps and problems within the current process, analyze and define some possible mobile solutions, design, develop, improve, and then control the information environment to maximize control over emergencies.
I deeply believe emergency medical information management is essential to the concept of Sustainability. I do admit my experiences make me a partial Opinionist. But I believe nature invariably changes, and we have to adopt. Adopt and then overcome. This is what New Orleans has done.
We could not have a sustainable society without acknowledging that we are not masters of nature, but just as insects – subject to Earth’s wrath. Developing and advancing our emergency management means developing an understanding to the long-term sustainability of our cities and society.
In the words of the MESH Coalition,
This requires a focus on sustainment of the healthcare infrastructure during an emergency event and through the recovery phase.
To be truly dialed in on Sustainability, this has to be about emergency medical management that will address issues such as our food crisis and the rising costs of our health care. This is Civil Emergency Management, well, Civil Information Engineering of sort. A mobile app and a web portal will serve as data capture and knowledge building tool. This could benefit our community in so many ways.
sorry, i tend to drool on ideas... I wonder if they are open to the idea?
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Jin Kong (kongjin417)
I was born in Lanzhou, a city of the Silk Road. Moved to Beijing at age 5, then to Cincinnati at age 11. I studied philosophy in college and graduate school. Lost in the academic nonsense I enlisted in … more