Health Matters 2013: How to partner with wired Coachella Valley Unified students

President Bill Clinton and his team of medical experts heard Tuesday about the thousands of students in the eastern Coachella Valley clamoring for iPads.

Clinton is sitting front row at the La Quinta Resort and Club for his second-annual health and wellness conference, Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation.

During the “Health Transformation” panel, medical experts focused heavily on data sharing and how evolving technology affects healthcare.

Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Darryl Adams stood and eagerly waved his program for attention.

Adams told the panel about the district’s iPad pilot program, under which thousands of students will be wired.

“I want to partner with you. Could you help us?” he asked.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor NBC News, turned to the panel and asked what they would do to empower kids who are “impoverished, but wired.”

Dr. Donald Berwick, former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, spoke.

“Each kid needs to know they’re not alone,” he said. “One of the great opportunities you have now is for kids to be able to say, I have this problem. Who else has it? What have you done?

“By the way, I’m thrilled to hear the school system getting involved here,” Berwick continued. “Health is not going to be solved in health care.”


During her panel on “Access to Healthy Lifestyles,” Chelsea Clinton mentioned the Coachella Valley Unified School District again.

She praised the iPad campaign and cited it specifically as an example when asking panelists how government can help.


Should technology be regulated? AT&T wants free reign over voice-over-Internet services

Do you live in California and use AT&T? Your basic flat rate has more than doubled in the last eight years, and customers are paying an additional $205 every year.

And now AT&T is asking the state Legislature for free reign over voice-over-Internet services.

This is all detailed in a Neiman Watchdog commentary, which was picked up today by the Huffington Post. It asks “where the outrage” is over a new bill that would remove all regulations on voice-over-Internet services.

This bill could spell big trouble for California customers if the voice-over-Internet replaces regular phone service like phone companies want, New Networks Institute Executive Director Bruce Kushnick argues in the commentary.

“They would effectively remove the entire regulatory fabric that protects customers, or the requirement to maintain the networks,” Kushnick writes. “If a customer calls and asks for their wire line phone service to be fixed, or if they want such service — too bad.”

Supporters say the legislation is similar to two dozen other states and would protect California’s spot among the states that are at the epicenter of the global Internet economy, the Los Angeles Time reports.

The bill is part of a national effort that is backed by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and it’s raising questions about whether the Internet and other technologies should be regulated to protect customers or totally open forums.

Technology and the future

I was reading an article 5 ways realtors can use techology  that helps save time and money.  What really enlightens me was the piece of advice that we all can use no matter what industry we are in.  It said, “Embrace technology.   It’s not always easy – but we are living in an amazing age. Think of the world before we had internet to now – isn’t it amazing?!  Don’t be afraid of technology – embrace it and it will save you more time and money in the long haul!”  I am always looking for ways to help save time.  Just curious, how many of you are using such technology mentioned or something similar.  If so, how has it changed the way you do business?