What Can We Learn From a College Essay About Bees?

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I was in the audience listening to the guest speaker, Dr. John Fleming of the ONC, at the Digital Quality Summit of NCQA / HL7 on November 1, while waiting for my signal to be on stage to start the working part of the meeting. In the audience were policy backers, health informatics experts, measurement developers and other interested parties. I was particularly worried because I had not prepared any preliminary remarks and that I only had a glimpse of the "not to be missed" announcements from my staff. I was also quite sleep deprived thanks to my 17 year old son.

Each year, high school seniors submit their applications for admission to the university in the fall. Like most parents, my wife and I encouraged our teenager to start the process earlier.

July: "Start thinking about your essays."
August: "Have you listed any topics to write about?"
September: "Have you ever downloaded any specific college questions?"

Of course, it is not surprising that late in the night of October 31, the last hours before the decision deadline (and the night before the Digital Quality Summit), our son was working hard on the last day . test. It would be another late night for all of us because my wife and I were coaches, critics and proofreaders throughout this college application process and we would not stop for the moment. The test required that the author identify a complex problem and propose a way to solve it with a multidisciplinary approach.

My son decided to write about the threat to the hives because of rapid changes in the ambient temperature. Of course, worker bees keep the queen warm when temperatures drop by gathering in the hive and leave the hive when the temperature is safe. However, if temperatures drop unexpectedly, queens may be inadvertently exposed to lethal temperatures if workers can not return in time. His solution? A temperature controller for hives to maintain a safe environment for the queen bee. He began the trial by highlighting the economic contribution of bees to the oysters. agricultural industry of the United States ( about 15 billion dollars ). Before describing the various engineering problems and experts needed, he stressed the need to involve beekeepers in the design of the temperature controller because of the special relationship between beekeepers and their bees as well as their knowledge of bees. He clarified that without the contribution of beekeepers, the effort could fail.

While I was sitting in attendance, the next morning, worried about my lack of preparation, I thought about my son 's trial and I' ve suddenly realized that his essay was all that I needed to log on. My role with the participants was to encourage them to work across disciplines to prove the utility of emerging technical standards in creating and deploying quality measures. I scribbled some notes on the back of the diary printed literally two minutes before going on stage. After sharing the essence of my son's essay, I drew parallels between his remarks on the involvement of beekeepers in the design of the hive solution and our need for ############################################################################# 39 to involve patients and clinicians in the design and prioritization of the development of quality measures.

It was hard for me to say whether the comments were echoed by the public. A few people came to see me afterwards with nice comments. More important to me was the pride that I felt to be able to share the idea of ​​my college-related son that the experts should involve those who are most affected by the issues discussed and the potential solutions that they have. they will consider.

This was not the first time that he was giving me a lesson that I could translate for professional use. When he was twelve, I wrote a blog titled: " What's a 12-year-old child can teach us about care coordination? "on the site AmericanEHR . This episode involved online games and the police.

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<p data-recalc-dims= Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, MACP, Executive Vice President of NCQA of our Measurement and Quality Research Group. In this position, he promotes delivery system reform and performance measurement, research, analysis and consulting work. Michael has a personal website with blogs on health, medicine, music and life: http://michaelsbarr.com/

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