Family Health Guy

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

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    Time for a summer vacation at ONC

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    I’ve spoken at some length about my enthusiasm for the current leadership at HHS and ONC. President Obama has both directly and indirectly engaged some really gifted individuals to help us address healthcare challenges through the use of information...
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    Another promise delivered

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    I am super-excited to say that, as of last week, we have officially released the HealthVault service specification under the Community Promise . This means that anybody who wishes to create and operate their own version of the HealthVault service is free...
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    Magic

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    Part of my job is proving to tech folks at potential customers that our products really can do what the sales guys say they do. The things you can make happen using HealthVault and Amalga are pretty fantastic, and naturally people want to know if we're...
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    Self-Evident

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    If you've ever had to work through even a slightly complicated encounter with our health care system - you know what it's like. You become a combination archaeologist, file cabinet and pack mule, begging providers for copies of your own images, lab results...
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    Individuals Matter

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    The blog has been quiet for awhile; I just got back about a week ago from my summer break --- a trip to Paris and Rome with my family. We spent incredible days exploring the cities, connecting with history, eating a ton of gelato, and sharing some great...
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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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    25 Tubs of Crisco

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    Today is the first day of our 2008 HealthVault Solutions Conference. I am pretty lucky at these things ... Our partner and business teams carry the brunt of the load and, except for a presentation tomorrow and a few Q&A sessions, I just get to sit...
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    Awkward Turtle...

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    It's been a classic good/bad day. On the good side --- we announced our relationship with Aetna , which is awesome and a big win for consumers. The American Heart Association also launched their new Heart360 application today, which is a huge step up...
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    Things are Pretty OK

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    I've been having an email discussion this weekend with some folks on the team about what "success" looks like for HealthVault ... kind of like those freshman-year-of-college things where you stay up all night and have pretentious debates about the impacts...
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    Cue the John Williams soundtrack…

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    I am not shy about sharing my opinions. Pausing here to wait for laughter to subside. OK. Often that is a positive, and means that I can help push a group to surface important issues that otherwise get swept under the rug. But sometimes it gets in...
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    Trust is not Global

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    I have been lax in acknowledging another awesome idea to emerge from recent discussions about how to accelerate progress around data exchange. Just before Thanksgiving (and my daughter's 16 th birthday!), Wes Rishel wrote a post in which he proposed that...
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    Convenient cash + safety with VITAband … sweet!

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    Whenever I need a pick-me-up at work, one of my favorite things to do is to surf around on our “Partner App Reviews” site. Before any HealthVault application can “go live,” our support team reviews the experience against a list...
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    Start sharing information with patients --- today!

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    Last week I had a great time participating in an HHS press event launching the Direct Project . At the event we announced that every HealthVault record would automatically be given a Direct address . This is really cool --- anybody in the country...
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    The "Identity Proofing" Distraction

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    The crazy amount of activity going on in the Health IT world is a blessing and a curse. It’s more blessing of course --- Meaningful Use, Blue Button, Direct, Citizen Engagement --- these are all really great advances. But there is a downside, especially...
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    Exciting News: HealthVault in Germany and beyond!

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    Thanks to our German team for helping me with a translation here ! From day one it’s been our goal to expand the work we’re doing with HealthVault to other parts of the world. The first step was our partnership with TELUS health space in...
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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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    Welcome FitnessSyncer! (AKA Why ecosystems are awesome)

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    The important part of this post Woo Hoo! US-based users have a great new option for connecting fitness data to HealthVault --- go check out FitnessSyncer for a free account to integrate information from: Garmin Connect MapMyFitness (And all...
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    Windows 8 is HUGE for health … and almost here!

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    HealthVault is all about making health information available everywhere --- something I had a great time reinforcing a couple of weeks ago at Health 2.0 when I built, compiled and ran a HealthVault iPhone app live on stage in just two minutes. My favorite...
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    Ready for Sandy? HealthVault can help.

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    My daughter and I are big fans of apocalypse entertainment . In particular, I’m drawn to stories of how “regular” people have to overcome the loss of those little, implicit dependencies we rarely think about --- what happens when your...
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    Looking for a great coder to help a great cause

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    Just about a year ago we launched the HealthVault emergency prep feature . It’s a great and simple way to collect your family’s information in one place, keep it up to date using automated connections, and make it available in an emergency...
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    More Windows 8 “Sharing” and HealthVault

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    In my last post, I talked about how our Windows 8 HealthVault app integrates with the new “ Sharing Charm ” to do some pretty cool stuff, like sharing photos and other files directly from the Camera to HealthVault. But as great as that stuff...
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    A (much) better approach to patient identification

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    Unlike some others, I’m optimistic about the creation of CommonWell and its potential for making more information available to caregivers where and when it’s needed. Not because it’s a new idea, but because I’m lucky enough to...
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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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    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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    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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