Family Health Guy

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

April, 2008

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    King of the Road

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    My Dad was a big runner for most of his adult life. When I was pretty small, I stood at the Boston Marathon finish line watching him come into sight -- he had this wobbly-armed gait that was unmistakable even from a huge distance. These days his knees...
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    Totally Wicked

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    Having lived away from Boston now for about twenty years, I've slowly lost most of my Boston habits. I signal when I change lanes, and even caught myself calling Fluff "marshmallow creme" the other day. But the one thing I've never shaken is an affinity...
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    And Now for a Little Usability

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    It took a lot of people coordinating a whole bunch of different efforts to get the first release of HealthVault out the door. On top of the core platform, we were creating an SDK and developer experience, integrating with the LiveID system, building a...
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    You let marketing host your blog?

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    OK, this is not my shining moment. But yes, when we set up Family Health Guy, the HealthVault marketing team offered to get it going, and I was kind of busy. So everything got put together and I happily posted away for a couple of months ... until this...
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    Springtime in Seattle: check out the 2008 HealthVault Solutions Conference!

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    Way back when I was a Microsoft intern working on a precursor to the Jet database engine , my then-girlfriend-now-wife came out from Florida to visit for a few days. This was a big deal as I was hoping to convince her that Washington would be an "awesome...
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    My New Playground

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    I'm proud to say that quite a bit of the HealthVault codebase still traces its roots back to the stuff that Johnson, Jeff and I wrote back in early 2006. But the truth is, that's less and less the case every day (at least for me -- Johnson and in particular...
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    All Three Things

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    Have I mentioned that we've got a lot going on over here? So... well, we could really use some help getting it all done. Eric beat me to the punch with his recruiting post , but I thought I would follow with some thoughts of my own as well. One of...
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    Sharing data using HealthVault

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    There are always folks out there ready to beat up on Microsoft -- and sometimes it's well-deserved. But not always -- Fred Trotter in his most recent post makes some claims about HealthVault that are simply incorrect, so I wanted to spend a few minutes...
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    Everybody Loves Devices

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    One of the real strengths of HealthVault is the seamless connectivity that we have with personal monitoring devices. Using the HealthVault Connection Center , I can sit down at my desk, put my arm in the cuff of my Omron blood pressure monitor , wait...
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    Welcome to HIMSS

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    Well, here we are in Orlando and things are a-hoppin'. The sheer size of this conference is unbelievable to me -- the Microsoft booth is about as big as my house. It's a pretty surreal atmosphere as everybody tries to sell everything to everybody else...
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    Opening up the Vault

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    I've been looking forward to writing this entry for quite awhile. We have been frankly thrilled by the reception that HealthVault has enjoyed since our launch just a few months ago. We've taken a few legitimate lumps over "v1" usability issues (fixes...
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    Momentum: Connectivity and "Direct-to-Clinical"

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    Data connectivity is key to HealthVault's ultimate success. Before people can do great things with consolidated health information, they have to have consolidated health information. Many great consumer-focused efforts in health fail -- not because they...
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    Getting Started

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    First off, who am I, and what am I doing here. My name is Sean. I'm thirty-eight years old, weigh more than I should, have a remarkable family, try to visit Disney theme parks at least twice a year, tend to vote Libertarian, and cried (just a little...
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