24-foot sloop Aurelia
OSN Practice Management Section Editor John B. Pinto has launched "Voyage to EHR," a new project sponsored by Compulink Business Systems and Ocular Surgery News. This project will culminate in John's month-long solo sail from San Diego to Honolulu aboard the 24-foot Aurelia starting May 6. John's practice management blogs will resume in July.
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 to make a donation supporting its eye care and surgical training services throughout the Pacific, please go to www.hawaiianeyefoundation.org.
This kicks off a roughly weekly blog that will be posted in this space over the next several weeks leading up to "the big event."
Most of you have flown to Hawaii — hopefully for family vacations as well as OSN's annual Hawaiian Eye meeting. Once you get from wherever you live in America to your intermediate hub on the West Coast, flying about 2,500 miles across the eastern Pacific Ocean takes roughly 5 hours. Six, if you include TSA's personal intrusions.
Now imagine taking the same trip on foot.
Walking briskly at a little more than 3 miles an hour, nonstop, would get you to Hawaii in a month. That's the pace I'll be traveling solo starting May 6 when Aurelia, a 24-foot sloop, and I set sail from San Diego.
Besides arriving in Honolulu Bay safe and sound and tan sometime before the hurricane season, my chief goal is to raise funds for John Corboy's Hawaiian Eye Foundation. Since 1984, the nonprofit foundation has been dedicated to promoting the preservation, restoration and improvement of vision for people of the Pacific Basin through charitable service, education and research programs. People of the Pacific Basin, because of isolation and impoverishment, are often underserved by eye care practitioners and face urgent needs for the prevention and treatment of vision loss and blindness due to conditions such as cataracts, pterygium, diabetic retinopathy and corneal trauma.
Logistics for this sailing/fundraising trip are being kindly furnished by the staff of Ocular Surgery News along with the staff of ophthalmic IT systems provider Compulink, which has signed on as the title sponsor. Compulink will also provide technical support during the voyage, allowing Aurelia to post regular updates as she crosses the Pacific Ocean at a pace of about 85 miles a day.
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