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Thursday, November 17, 2011

E-N-C-R-Y-P-T

The life of a world-renown Medical Informatimusicologist is both rewarding and exhausting. In his commitment to reaching all peoples within reach of the World Wide Web with memorable, educational and entertaining musical works that focus on the advancement of health information technology, applied informatics and real change in our healthcare system, our President and Founder, Dr. Ross D. Martin, has often been called on short notice to create a musical work that can further these goals.

Ideally, these are purely original works, such as the vaunted HITECH Interoperetta and The Meaningful Use Rap. But there are times the call of duty come so rapidly that there is no opportunity to pen original music and Dr. Martin must instead rely on prior art, adapting a familiar tune to send a new message. The advantage of quick results has its cost - one must honor the intellectual property rights of those artists who worked hard to create iconic, memorable tunes.

In this context, ACMiMiMi is pleased to announce the world premiere of E-N-C-R-Y-P-T, based on the 1965 lyric and music written by Otis Redding and the cover version made famous by Aretha Franklin. It is being performed live today at the 2011 ONC Annual Meeting in Washington, DC by the incomparable Veronda Wright, a former ONCer.

Lyrics are posted below and are free to distribute under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license. But the performance will not be posted online by ONC to avoid copyright infringement (non-commercial, public performance of a parody passed muster of the legal eagles at HHS). I have created a karaoke soundtrack for the song, so if you would like to perform it somewhere, please send me an email.

Thanks to Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer at ONC, and Laura Rosas from Joy's office for the opportunity to create this work.

To the tune of R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Aretha Franklin version)
Lyrics by Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA
Original song by Otis Redding in 1965
©2011 American College of Medical Informatimusicology
Lyrics shared under Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution/Share-Alike license

(oo) What you got
(oo) Somebody wants it
(oo) What you need
(oo) Somebody has it
(oo) All I'm asking
(oo) Is for a little protection
(just a little bit)
Protection
(just a little bit)
For my information
(just a little bit)
I'm saying
(just a little bit)

I ain't gonna hold you
Back from your business
I ain't gonna slow you down
But you gotta listen
'Cause all I'm asking
Is for a little protection now
(just a little bit)
I'm saying
(just a little bit)
For my information
(just a little bit)
I'm saying
(just a little bit)

I'm about to give you
All my data
And all I'm asking
In return, Doctah
Is make sure it's encrypted
When you send it far from home
(send it, send it, send it, send it)
Yeah, Doctah
(send it, send it, send it, send)
Encrypt it, Doctah
(encrypt, just a-lock it up)
When you send it far from home
(just a-lock it up)

E-N-C-R-Y-P-T
Keep my data safe for me
E-N-C-R-Y-P-T
Respect my privacy

Oh
(move it right, hold it tight,
move it right, hold it tight)
A little encryption
(move it right, hold it tight,
move it right, hold it tight)
Whoa, Doctah
(just a-lock it up)
A little encryption
(just a-lock it up)
When you send it far from home
(just a-lock it up)
It’s easy
(just a-lock it up)
So please don’t do me wrong
(just a-lock it up)
Yeah, Doctah
(just a-lock it up)

E-N-C-R-Y-P-T
Respect my privacy

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