Family Health Guy

In which Sean talks about HealthVault and other cool ideas in Personal Health

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    HealthVault as a Personal HIE

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    Yesterday my colleague Dr. Bill Crounse wrote a great blog post about how --- perhaps --- we could accelerate progress in health data sharing by “starting over” with a patient-centric approach. This post won’t make much sense without...
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    Karl rocks!

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    I often tell the story of how I ended up at Microsoft as an intern back in 1989. I wrote two letters from my college dorm room: one to Bill Gates and one to Steve Jobs. I never heard back from Steve, but a week later I got a call from Microsoft and within...
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    You want even more good news for patients? We’re here to please!

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    I love it when a plan comes together . What started in a pretty featureless meeting room in 2009 is finally coming to fruition in the real world, as Direct messaging makes its way into the hands of real providers and real patients. This is the fun part...
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    Trust me, I'm a patient!

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    In our little world of patient data interoperability, job #1 for the last year or so has been all about getting data out of provider systems. Meaningful Use VDT is a big part of that, and it’s cool to have been in the UK last week learning about...
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    Content vs Transport, 2015 Style

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    I’m afraid ONC has goofed with the changes they’ve proposed regarding the use of Direct secure messaging in the just-released 2015 Voluntary Certification Criteria NPRM . I’ve submitted these comments to them directly (ha, get it?),...
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    Talking to the feds about VDT

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    Last week I had the privilege to speak to the Information Exchange Workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee about our experiences with the "View, Download and Transmit" requirement in Meaningful Use Stage 2. Even though I (HealthVault) was the only consumer...
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    Super-enthused about Blue Button in pharmacies… I think

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    As the old saw goes, we were Blue Button before Blue Button was cool. We were part of the Markle workgroup where the concept was born, and at the very first Community Health Data Initiative conference we demonstrated how veterans could upload their BB...
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    Tell us how to make HealthVault better, get goodies....

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    One of the big changes to the HealthVault team over the last few years is that we've built out an incredible, small but mighty group focused exclusively on making HV-based experiences great. If you're a long-time user or follower, you've seen things they...
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    OK, now we’re getting somewhere!

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    For most of us, the doctor we picture in our head is pretty different from the one that HIT vendors sell to. Most of the love goes to big health systems like Kaiser and Mayo that can afford to spend ridonkulous amounts of money on technology. It’s...
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    MS-HUG awards time again ... bring it!

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    Every year at HIMSS the Microsoft Health Users Group awards their innovation awards. Past winners have been pretty awesome --- of course I'm partial to some of the HealthVault -based winners like Heart360 and SkinScan , but from top to bottom we see great...
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    How we spent our holiday vacation at HealthVault

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    Our most recent HealthVault release dropped to production right at the end of November, which left us with a bit of an awkward period of time before starting in earnest on the next one. With hundreds of different apps connecting to HealthVault, we always...
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    Headed to the gym? Stay motivated with new awesome from Precor and HealthVault!

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    One of my New Year’s resolutions was to not pile onto the torrent of “resolutions” blog posts and tweets. ;) But it’s late enough in the month, and our news with Precor is awesome enough, that I think I’m justified in sharing...
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    Woo Hoo ... it's a pilot party!

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    Speaking of a bias for action.... Just a few weeks ago I was down in San Diego visiting with a great group of people to discuss how to best light up patient-based Direct messaging for a set of pilot projects organized by the National Association for...
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    A Tale of Two Cities

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    Quite a week --- from Seattle to DC to Seattle to Edmonton to Seattle --- and can finally give belated thanks for no more travel in 2013! Especially given that it was, no joke, -22F degrees in Edmonton before wind chill. Yowza. Happy to be back home where...
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    HealthVault: Certified Awesome.

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    Update December 2013 --- the team has put together a great document with all the details required to integrate solutions with HealthVault to take advantage of our certification; you can find it on our MSDN site here . ---S EHRs aren’t the solution...
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    Another uninformed analysis of the problems at healthcare.gov

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    It’s been interesting, and frustrating, watching the drama around healthcare.gov play out. Here in the real Washington, we’ve got a state-based exchange and while the first day or two was pretty ugly, it’s humming along pretty well now...
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    What is wrong with EHR developers?

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    I’m sick --- one of those winter-is-coming things that’s not remotely serious, but leaves you with a huge pile of Kleenex, a brilliantly red nose and a huge case of the crankies. So forgive me if this is a little harsh, but I think it’s...
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    Great stuff at the USC Body Computing Conference!

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    Last week I got to head down to USC for their annual Body Computing Conference . It was really a neat gathering --- Dr. Saxon is able to pull together not only the “right” folks building innovative hardware and trying to make sense of the...
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    Thanks, Steve.

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    Today was the annual Microsoft company meeting; the last one that will happen with SteveB as CEO . Mostly the meeting is a well-orchestrated propaganda-fest --- the kind of thing that creates a very physical negative response in me, no matter what the...
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    Want to help?

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    Well, that was awesome. I just got home from a wonderful, two week family vacation --- something that is increasingly rare for us as my kids continue to grow into their own lives. We spent time in Maine with my parents, Georgia on the island where my...
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    Quantified Self, CHECK!

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    I am so psyched about this post that I’m literally bouncing up and down in my chair. That may be partially a hangover from watching Pacific Rim on the enormous Boeing IMAX screen at Pacsci … but only a little, because I get to announce something...
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    Raising the stakes again ... here come the patients!

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    Some days I feel like I ought to send my good friends at ONC a big care package full of Valium. The team there really is doing great work, and frankly I can understand trying to move fast given all the political FUD around health reform, but boy is it...
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    Your feedback at work, making HealthVault better!

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    A lot of the work we’ve been doing in the HealthVault team lately has been behind-the-scenes stuff … in particular, trying to make it really easy for application and device developers to reach a worldwide audience with a minimum of effort...
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    Take a (virtual) summer trip with GetFit RoadTrip!

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    MSN used to host a pretty popular HealthVault app called RouteTracker. The idea was pretty simple --- apply your real world activity to a “virtual trip” anywhere on the globe. The app let you follow your progress on an interactive map, view...
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    Tons of Awesome from Kansas City today!

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    I woke up today in beautiful La Jolla, California … not right on the beach but close enough to hear the seagulls and smell the surf in the air. With this at one end and the mountains of the Northwest at the other … it’s pretty hard...
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