James Holly's archive

Southeast Texas Medical Associates began using electronic health records in March 1998. Shortly after that, we determined that our “real” goal was “electronic patient management,” i.e., the leveraging of the capabilities of electronics to improve the quality of the care we provided to our patients.

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June 16, 2016, SETMA received a note from our friends in China. They have previously made two visits to SETMA and as this note indicates they want to visit a third time. The note stated:

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Dr. James L. Holly is CEO of Southeast Texas Medical Associates, LLP (SETMA) in

As we move deeper into the 21st century, we do so knowing that the technological advances we face are astounding. Our grandchildren’s generation will experience healthcare methods and possibilities that seem like science fiction to us today. Yet that technology risks decreasing the value of our lives if we do not, in the midst of technology, retain our humanity.

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Here is a difficult question: “Can a healthcare provider help a patient develop virtue?” Without doubt, it is hard, but it is possible. Virtue is more than the development of habits, but virtue’s presence or absence will result in habits being formed. The healthcare provider can help a patient develop positive habits with accountability and reinforcement of positive conduct. The healthcare provider can promote virtue in the life of the patient by celebrating success, however small, and by cheering the patient on to success.

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May 18, I had a new experience: I flew across the country to attend a conference and, after the first session and brief discussions with several leaders, flew back to Beaumont on the same day. I did not leave angry but realized that if I stayed, I would be disruptive. I was there at the invitation of someone I greatly respect and did not want to embarrass or disappoint that person, so my only option was to leave.

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