Inaugural Fundraiser Exceeds Goal, Raises Over $3000

HCHIC’s Inaugural Fundraiser raised over $3000 for a unified Electronic Medical Record system for the Houston, Texas area. “We’re excited that we surpassed our goal for this fund raiser and can now begin our next phase of development.” said Founder Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS.
HCHIC’s Inaugural Address by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS

“It is with the greatest appreciation that I welcome all of you to the Harris County Health Information Cooperative (HCHIC) inaugural fundraiser.

HCHIC has been created with the greatest of ideals in mind: the ideal that a community of dedicated people can solve the largest and most difficult of social and technical problems that of Electronic Health Record systems for a city. We live in an age of immensely powerful therapies, medications and medical diagnostic equipment. Yet we continue to use some of the most primitive and uncoordinated of instruments for the most important, most powerful and most valuable medical good we have: medical data.  Yet truly solving this problem can result in many benefits to society: life or death, reduction of cost, improvement in health and a legacy of freedom that generations can build on.

For all those flailing at the leaves of a problem, there are only a few that are getting at the root of the problem. With your presence, your donations and your self-sacrifice, all those present tonight have embarked on getting at the root of the problem. In order to do that, we begin with the end in mind: which is to leave the healthcare of this city profoundly better organized, better run and more effective than what was given to us.  The end is to leave it with a scalable, effective, powerful system that ensures the health of patients, ensures privacy, ensures security, ensures education and ensures freedom so that future generations can build upon this foundation novel and remarkable structures that ensure health, privacy,  security,  education and freedom in ways that we can only dream about and which are now utterly impossible.

Once again, we live in an age of immensely powerful therapies, medications and medical diagnostic equipment. Yet we continue to use some of the most primitive and uncoordinated of instruments for the most important, most powerful and most valuable medical good we have: medical data.  All of the politics, all of the power, all of the governments and all of the moneyed corporations have so far not solved this problem.  You who are attending tonight, HCHIC, its members, and its leaders have the audacity to think that we can and we will.  I salute you.”

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