Medical Records PALS Malaysia website-blog is my personal communications blogging platform in health information management / medical records management professional matters.

The letters in “PALS” identifies to “Practice, Advocacy, Learning and Sharing (PALS)”. Each initial component (first letter) of the phrase “Practice, Advocacy, Learning and Sharing” will share the acronym “PALS”, that is PALS will be an abbreviation formed from the initial components in the phrase “Practice, Advocacy, Learning and Sharing”.

This website-blog was originally started to bring closer Malaysian HIM / MR practitioners through planned social meets along with the sharing of health information management / medical records management articles and news. Hence I adopted the best acronym I could think of then, that is “pals” to include all of Malaysian HIM / MR practitioners, both the ex-colleagues and colleagues who served and still serving in Health Information Management (HIM) services, primarily in the Medical Records Management services, with the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MoHM) and surely not forgetting those HIM / MR practitioners who served or still with the Malaysian private healthcare industry.

However, as much as my intuition defibrillates, I think I am not expecting much of meetups, of the social kinds among Malaysian HIM / MR practitioners in the distant future.

Thus, stimulated by the disinclination for change in the horizon, this website-blog is a new dimension where I intend to continue to blog using this same website-blog. This website-blog continues to use the same blog segments (actually categories) I used in all previous posts – with active posts and room for interactive discussion and knowledge sharing among discerning HIM / MR practitioners in health information management / medical records practice, advocacy, learning and sharing for HIM / MR practitioners in Malaysia first, and then reaching out internationally, minus the social component.

Each blog segment/category title will begin with a small “b” denoting that it is a blog with posts. The 8 blog segments/categories are titled as:

1. bMeetup – Blog posts on meetup sessions, an extension from the page “Meetup” with sub-segments or called sub-categories; this segment/category will cease to continue to carry posts on any meetup;

2. bRound-ups – Here in this blog segment/category, you will find list-style posts, posted weekly or monthly, all of them put together with a list of links to other blog posts recently posted in medical records niche. Sure, it’s going to be a bit of a cop out but I hope it keeps this blog segment blog fresh, and I hope to bring this blog to the attention of other bloggers in the medical records niche, and give readers access to other material they might find interesting. I like these because they’re a way to show readers trends in what bloggers in a certain niche are talking about during a given week/month;

3. bBig-List – Big List blog segment/category is a longer than top ten types of lists. This is a compilation of a large number of resources that readers would be interested in, all in one place. It’s a segment showing lists my niche audience may frequently look for. I hope to help them find it;

4. bBig-Ten – Some people love them and some people hate them, but top 10 lists everything medical records;

5. bReviews – Every niche has something that’s available to review. Review of books, services, products, other websites and blogs for the medical records niche!;

6. bViews – Blog posts sharing my viewpoint on issues with link to the original news. It can to be a great way to ignite some cross-blog or comment discussions;

7. bNews – Presenting a blog segment/category, sharing with readers of detailed post(s), or just link(s) to the news source and a brief summary write up after news engines search for news on what’s going on in the medical records niche; and

8. bTechno – News on enabling technology affecting medical records management.

As I have hinted above, this website-blog will no longer remain the domain for social contact, rather it moves into professional discussion with blog posts from me allowing insights into developments in enabling technology, and news from many facets of the medical records and health information management niche.

To remind of its previous version of this website-blog, the Meetup Page will remain available until further notice. Nonetheless, the Contacts Page is modified to allow new contacts to join the contacts list, both among HIM / MR practitioners in Malaysia and globally.

I must also add that given the limitations of a free blogging environment from WordPress.com, I am curtailed to keep within its confines, but I intend to keep the website-blog as evolving as ever, considering the volatility of the changing and challenging times we live in.

Finally, the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of this website-blog will remain as http://mrpalsmy.com/ so as not to lose it original identity and route. Thank you for been part of this website-blog and do care to leave your comments after each blog post.

Recent Posts

Reasons I should continue blogging and updating mrpalsmy.com in 2018

I’ve been enthusiastic for the past few years ever since I started on setting up this website with website pages, and which also contains a blog for posts, which is why I call this mrpalsmy.com website a website-blog.

Maintaining a website-blog practically forces you to develop routines and content plans. These routines can be mimicked in my dietary planning as I am senior citizen and need to be aware and control food intakes, workout regimens to keep a healthy body going, personal discipleship, and relationships with the spouse and kids as well as friends and realtives. A successful website-blog may not always mean more page views. Personal growth through the discipline of updating a website and blogging can be success in and of itself. My blog posts here at mrpalsmy.com had since created a routine for blogging and updating a personal-professional-life website from the beginning, for which I am grateful.

All that being said, I’ve been a sporadic blogger of mrpalsmy.com for the past two years, during 2016 and 2017. The reason I stopped blogging as well updating mrpalsmy.com was as I thought I had covered most needs and guidance on aspects of Health Information Management (HIM) development as well in matters relating to HIM and healthcare quality activities for a developing country like Malaysia. As we look ahead to 2018, I do have positive reasons that I really should consider blogging in 2018 as well updating mrpalsmy.com. And I am encouraged to continue to post to the mrpalsmy.com blog, as I think blogging forces me to think more about a subject. I am also encouraged to update mrpalsmy.com with more and new updated information to the website pages I have created. Since this is a personal website, I believe it adds credibility in my professional life. I think having a professional-looking website helps add credibility. When it comes to dining, we eat with our eyes first. A meal that looks appetising will psychologically taste better than one that doesn’t—even if it’s the same dish. The same goes with a personal website or blog. If you have an eye-catching site, you will be taken more seriously than if you don’t.

Another reason to continue to update and blog in mrpalsmy.com is my readers. There is no way I will ever meet all of my readers or visit every country my readers live in. But the number of people I “have met” through this site is incalculably greater than it would be if mypalsmy.com did not exist. Thus, if my website blog content is high-quality, I believe my readers are going to look forward to newly published content on my blog as well this website. But surely I am not going to give my regular readers what they want by publishing as often as I can, without sacrificing quality. I think posting at least once a week is going to be sufficient to establish a regular core of my readers, and these readers are typically the ones who will form the core of my brand community.

In terms of capturing the most traffic, more blog posts and regular updates to the website is going to be generally better; more  times the inbound linking and indexing opportunities. To use a fishing metaphor, it’s like casting more hooks into the water; the more you cast, the more fish you’ll catch. Of course, this assumes that all of my blog posts and website updates are equal in quality. If the number of posts I make is like the number of hooks in the water, then the quality of my content is like the tastiness of the bait I use on my hook.

To end this blog post, I know that getting the ball rolling is often the hardest part, because it means coming up with a topic or title for my next blog post.

But I have updated already the Events Page of mrpalsmy.com and also posted some featured news in the footer section of mrpalsmy.com, for a start.

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