How are all your cats doing?
I’m in the elevator this morning and I overhear this conversation.Elevatormate #1: How are things?Elevatormate #2: Good. You?Elevatormate #1: Good. How are all your cats doing?Elevatormate #2: They’re all good now. Thanks for asking.Sure, the image of the stereotypical cat lady popped into my head and I immediately wondered, “how many cats?” However, what struck me is that is was a genuine caring question and a genuine thankful response about the well-being of loved ones. This person’s cats mean a lot to her and it sounded like there may have been some kitty health issues in the past, so she was thankful to be able to report that they are all good now. And (this is how my mind works) it made me think of the op-ed on evidence-based healthcare that our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeff Rideout, published in this past Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle.Healthcare has been a huge issue for years in the U.S. (and worldwide) and Dr. Rideout points out that technology can help (potentially even in the veterinary field I would assume). In his San Francisco Chronicle article, he states, in part, “For as long as modern medicine has existed, treatment has been based on a doctor’s learned and professional opinion. Historically, that opinion was only as good as the information available to the doctor, used in conjunction with the physician’s personal expertise and experience….Advances in scientific knowledge and information technology are rapidly expanding the pool of information a doctor can and should use. The digitization of health information creates an enormous pool of knowledge, and the ability to quickly and accurately access that information will enable a doctor to more rapidly shift from learned opinion to evidence-based care.” Read the whole piece here.So, I hope all your cats are doing well…and your friends and family as well.