If you first read on physician Ross Martins blog, rossmartinmd.com/f/blog.htm, that the good doctor had been thinking about writing a song for AHIC, CCHIT and the HITSP for a couple of years, you might think, God help this poor man.
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But if you read that statement, as Outliers did, after watching Martin sing and act out his miniopus, HITECH: An Interoperetta in Three Acts, on YouTube, youd still think, God help the man, but youd also likely admit the performance was both funny and ingenious. (You can also view the video on his blog, and believe us, its worth a look.)
Squeezing references to the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and American Health Information Community into one song and making them rhyme is no small achievement. Martin wrote in a section on the making of the Interoperetta that he had to use a spreadsheet to get the words and tones in the three-part harmony to line up, which they do, masterfully, in the finale.
The physician-informaticist, whose resume includes a National Library of Medicine-sponsored fellowship in medical informatics at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is now an IT consultant with Deloitte. He confesses to previously having written numerous songs, including three about standards development organizations, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, Health Level 7 and MedBiquitous Consortium.
He reports his latest work was sponsored by the American College of Medical Informatimusicology, of which he claims to be a fellow. Closed captioning for the video, he says, was provided by the Foundation for the Acronymically Impaired. Martin also has penned four screenplays and is working on his third musical, none of which, mercifully, are based on healthcare IT.
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