EP Studios has never had a mission statement — until now. The only mission up until this point has been to do some computer programming, write sometimes serious but often silly blog posts, and otherwise use up your precious bandwidth with whatever comes into my head to write about. Now that I have reached the end of my actual doctoring career it has struck me that I need a purpose other than shiftlessly lazing around in Paris, France, eating French food and drinking French wine. Then again, maybe not. Well, regardless, I came up with what I think is a way I can still contribute to the medical community while no longer on the front lines, fighting the good fight. Doctors (and other health care workers) are like the foot soldiers in the war. They are so preoccupied with just staying alive from day to day that it is difficult to get any perspective on why they are putting themselves through this hell. The people who actually make the decisions are always safely away from the front lines, nicely ensconced in their safe multi-million dollar homes with their multi-million dollar CEO salaries (to shift the metaphor gradually from armies back to the health care system). I have worked in both academic medicine and private practice. I have seen a lot happen and a lot change over the years. The American health care system, always broken, is always changing, but the changes just tend to break it in new ways. There are too many financial fingers in the pie to start over and fix the system. Only more patches can be applied and, as with very old legacy software, applying a patch at one place tends to break something else in a another place. So, the Mission of EP Studios is NOT to fix the American Health Care System. That’s way too hard. It is more modest.
What I’d like to do is try to help doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals get their job done. I think I am in in a good position to do this. Whether through apps that make taking care of patients easier, or just blog posts that try to impart some of the things I have learned over the years, I think I can help. As a side mission though I will continue to post on non-medical topics — basically anything I feel like writing about. Come to think of it, maybe not a whole lot will change here after all.