Although I enjoy both my job and my co-workers, I've been buried with work since recovering from my bout of meningitis. This is partly due to the fact that I had to play a bit of catch-up after missing a week of work, but this is also driven by several projects I am managing, which require my constant attention.
Later this month we are coordinating a fascinating one-day event in Washington, D.C. that will bring together healthcare leaders from around the country to discuss how the industry can better leverage healthcare data to improve quality and patient care. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration made a significant investment to drive greater adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Many organizations already have adopted an electronic platform to capture and analyze their data but this initiative will (hopefully) significantly move those that have yet to implement such IT projects. This program in D.C. is truly visionary and one of the reasons I really like my work. Leveraging secondary health data is not likely to make anyone money anytime soon, but by thinking about this strategically today - steps can be taken for leading institutions to position themselves in the market.
I'm also fixated on two web-based projects that will dominate most of my summer. No doubt I'll be obsessing about hitting deadlines and answering a multitude of questions from all the stakeholders this project will impact. I think I was asked to lead these web-based projects because of my previous experience spearheading similar (albeit smaller) projects, and because the rest of my team had little desire. These are both fairly high-profile so I'll keep my fingers crossed. If everything goes according to plan both of these web projects will be completed in September.
I've never worked at a company that has so many large-scale projects occuring at the same time. It really can leave my head spinning at times, but for the most part it is something I genuinely enjoy. I've been more challenged in the past 18months (since joining the firm) than I have been in the previous seven or eight years of my career.