On May 6, 2012, OSN columnist John Pinto launched “Voyage to EHR,” a month-long solo sail from San Diego to Honolulu aboard 24-foot “Aurelia” sponsored by Ocular Surgery News and Compulink. You can follow his mid-ocean blogs here, and track his daily progress online until his slated arrival in early June by clicking on http://tinyurl.com/AureliatoHawaii. John’s practice management blogs will resume in July.
Aloha from Aurelia, at 27 degrees, 11 minutes north, and 127 degrees, 50 minutes west. We hope you’re having the start of a great week.
There are about 8 distinct noises issued by Aurelia’s instruments located throughout the vessel. There’s a blaring high-water alarm, a buzzer every time the bilge pump turns on, along with an alarm for shipping traffic spotted by the radar system, several low-battery alarms, and a quiet dinger that goes off every time the apparent wind falls below 10 knots.
In any given 24-hour period, you only hear 1 alarm, perhaps 2. But when 2 or more go off, and especially when they wake up the skipper during a midnight power nap, it can be a bit disorienting for the first few minutes. [Unclear] …Make it a great day there.
All things considered, I’d rather be attending to my offshore alarms today than the phones, the faxes, the emails and all the rest of shore side business alarms.
P.S. We officially passed the one-quarter mark at noon yesterday, on Sunday. Just 1,800 nautical miles or so left to go. Zoom, zoom.
John’s voyage is meant to raise awareness of the similar “expedition” surgeons undertake when converting to electronic health records and will also support the work of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation’s work, and make a donation supporting their eye care and surgical training services throughout the Pacific, please click on www.hawaiianeyefoundation.org.
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