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Today in health, it let's start the year with a little dialogue. My name is bill Russell. I'm a former CIO for a 16 hospital system. And creator of this week health, a set of channels and events dedicated to transform healthcare. One connection at a time. We want to thank our show sponsors who are investing in developing the next generation of health leaders.

Short tests are decide parlance, certified health, notable and service. Now check them out at this week. Health. Dot com slash today. If my voice sounds a little sultry it's because I am fighting a cold. And it just is the way it is when when you take a break, I think your body knows you take a break and it says, oh, this is a good time to be sick.

So I've been sick for the last couple of days. And I hope to be through this soon so that you don't have to put up with this. Nasally sound on the other side, but we're going to, we're going to continue anyway. I let me give you a couple of other things going on over here. We put out a new service as on the website this week, health.com/news. Check it out. We are adding curators.

If you work for a health system and you read the health it news and want to highlight some stories. Go ahead and sign up for that. And you can go to this week. health.com/news. Become a curator and we will get you set up to do that. It's real simple. You see a story, you text it to us. And we will review it and put it up on the site. So it's that simple. Love to have your help in doing that this year. And then one last thing, as we've supported Alex's lemonade stand all last year. And we exceeded our goal. We're going to continue to do that in 2024 with a goal of raising $75,000 from our community.

We asked you to join us, hit our website top right-hand column. You're going to see the logo for the lemonade. Stand, click on that to give today. We're excited about what we were able to do last year with this community. And we are excited about. What we are going to be able to do together again this year. And if you want to help us out one more way, share this podcast with a friend or colleague.

You said his foundation for daily or weekly discussions on topics that are relevant to you in the industry. They can subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. All right. As I said, fighting a cold. Hopefully I will get through it, but because of that, this is going to be a much shorter episode than usual. And What I'm going to do, and this can be brief, but important opener for the today's show.

I'm going to start with a thank you. Because I've been doing this show now for three years, some 700 plus episodes. Which is crazy. It's amazing. 10 minutes a pop that's, 7,000 minutes. And as I rarely go 10 minutes. Anyway, regardless when I started it, I was told by some that this was too ambitious. And I can now honestly say that they were absolutely right. By believe it was one of the most valuable things that I get to do every day. And, at the end of each year, we evaluate what is working and what isn't working at this week health.

And we try to jettison those things that aren't working, or at least adjust them to get them to be more in tune. If something's not working, we assume that the industry doesn't value it in some way. And that we need to do more, something, a little different. And this process has served me well over the years and it's gotten me to get rid of that baggage.

That's, hanging out there and you don't want to keep doing things that don't add value. And no, I'm not breaking up with you and we are not stopping this show. But I do need your help. See,

I get feedback over the years from a lot of different sources.

And a couple of them have told me that they make our shows at this week. Health required listening for new hires or salespeople. The anecdotal feedback is that those that listen to the show, come up to speed much quicker than those who choose not to. That's why we started the show. The premise was that an informed staff makes better decisions.

And the staff that only has an internal lens will start to come back with stale solutions. I still believe this, but wonder if there might be a better way to serve the community. And that is where you come in.

There's a form on our website this week, health.com/today.

It's hard to mess because I didn't do the CSS so well. And it's the wrong color. If you wouldn't tell our marketing person, that would be great. I'll get to that when I feel a little bit better. Regardless of the form works great. It's pretty open-ended form. It's just email address. Subject line and. In a content box for you to put in feedback.

If you've listened to the show for any length of time, you know, what our format is, what kind of what kind of dialogue we have, what kind of stories would look at and what, the Friday ramblings and that kind of stuff that we do. What I'd like for you to do is go out there sometime today. And send me one of three things or even multiple of these three things that you could it, the first one is one thing you would change to make the show more valuable to you yourself. So what's one thing we could do to make it more valuable to yourself. The second thing is one thing that you would change about the show as it currently exists, to make it better for the industry, something that you look at and you say, Hey, this would be better for the industry.

If you did this. And then the final thing. if You think, Hey, this is great. I listened to this all the time. And we do have a pretty steady following on the show. . If you liked the show and you gained value from it, the last thing. That you can do for us is provide a testimonial that we might use on our website. And if you could just put in the testimonial, put your name in there and we'll contact you before we use it, but just would love to have some feedback, some testimonials that we could. Promote the show and say, Hey, other people are from the industry are getting value out of this show. And we would recommend this show to you, or they would recommend the show to you.

You get the idea, the medicine's kicking in here. I'm a little foggy. But if you could do that today some of it's budget related, some of it's focus related, some of it's geography related and whatnot, and it's not going to be perfect because some geographies have different priorities and that kind of stuff.

But I want to break it down. I think four areas, IDs, large ideas. Academic medical centers, regional systems, and a small budget constrained health systems. And that there's a whole bunch that fall into that category, but it's going to be those that are smaller budgets, smaller teams. And what I would prioritize.

And how would we look at that? So I'm probably going to Look at those four different areas over the next couple of weeks, we're going to get to the news. In fact, I might do this over the next two weeks and sprinkle some news stories in there as well. So don't get too far behind either way. I'd like to see if my priorities match what I'm going to hear in the interviews I'm going to be doing. Over on the conference channel. We'll have to see.

So if you get a chance this week health.com/today, hit that page. Give us some feedback. One thing you would change to make the show more valuable to you. One thing you would change on the show as it currently exists, to make it better for the industry. And if you are so inclined, if you could provide us a testimonial of why you listen to the show and with your name. We'll contact you. If we can use that on the webpage or in other ways.

So again, appreciate you guys being a part of this journey. I don't even know what episode this is. I'd love to say, Hey, this is episode 785. I don't keep track of such things they say in the podcast industry, you should celebrate every major milestone. But if we did that we'd be celebrating. Every other week, maybe that's not a bad thing, but we'll see. Finally, we have some really big news coming in February at this week health, but that's just a teaser.

You'll have to stay posted to find out more about that. All right. That's all for today. Don't forget, share this podcast with a friend or colleague. We want to thank our channel sponsors. We're investing in our mission to develop the next generation of health leaders. Short test artist, site parlance, certify health, notable and 📍 service.

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