Family Health Guy

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

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    Who do you trust to defend your data?

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    Today marks the 10 th year of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Initiative --- which started in 2002 with Bill Gates saying ENOUGH to the wave of security issues that started to explode in the new millennium as the Internet became ubiquitous. A...
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    How YOU can make families safer, today!

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    I’m really proud of the emergency preparedness feature we launched a few weeks ago . Our approach of making a shared profile available in multiple emergency settings (wallet cards, online codes, MedicAlert , Vitaband , etc.) is really resonating...
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    Livescape, now with HealthVault, nails mobile life tracking!

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    For me, losing weight is pretty straightforward. Not easy, but straightforward. Eat less than 1,500 calories per day and I’ll start losing. Exercise and it will accelerate a tad. Problem is, tracking calories is a huge pain. This isn’t a new...
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    HOWTO set up Office 365 for Direct Project messaging!

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    If you haven’t seen it, we just recently announced availability of a really cool new cloud service called Office 365 . O365 lets users pick from a menu of tools: Office applications like Word and Excel, Document and team collaboration with...
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    Sweet! 50% better chance of healthy BP Levels using HealthVault monitoring

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    (This post was recovered after my blog meltdown ...) Wow --- this is just fantastic news . Dr. David Magid at Kaiser Permanente Colorado used a combination of: home monitoring using HealthVault-connected devices, patient self-care with the...
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    MyMedLab + Keas + HealthVault = Awesome

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    Once in awhile I get a glimpse of what healthcare is going to look like in a few years - and it is super-awesome. That happened the other day -- I got to experience what happens when you take two really great consumer health ideas and loosely couple them...
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    NHIN Direct: Losing our way; need small business at the table

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    This last week we held two days of face-to-face meetings for NHIN Direct . The goal was very clear: decide on the base technology underlying the simple push messaging system we've been asked to create. We need to do this so that we can move into the implementation...
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    I found the secret message!

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    At first I was bothered by this eWeek article "Microsoft HealthVault's Survival Uncertain With Advent of GE Joint Venture" --- but then I realized Brian was just sending a secret message with his tweet: "Microsoft HealthVault certain win in health...
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    So cool: "Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault"

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    Just got my copy of Vaibhav's new book: Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault and am totally psyched. It's a super introduction for anyone looking to experiment with the HealthVault platform: a great combination of breadth/context and deep samples...
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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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    SMART apps in the EHR --- this is progress!

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    Last week I had the opportunity to visit my old hometown while attending the SMART conference at Harvard Medical School (and as a bonus I got to catch up with my dad at the super-yummy Publick House in Brighton). I always have high expectations of the...
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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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    You put your right HIPAA in…

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    Early last May, I posted an entry that described our position regarding the relationship of HealthVault to HIPAA . In short, our interpretation was that HealthVault did not fall under the definition of a Covered Entity or a Business Associate as defined...
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    Even more on CCR "vs" CCD --- we don't need to choose!

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    I've copied below a note I just sent to some of the good folks responsible for setting policy around which standards will be considered appropriate for meaningful exchange of clinical summaries. As I've said many times before , I believe that annointing...
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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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    What an awesome weekend at Cajun Code Fest!

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    So I’m currently sitting in an extraordinarily cramped seat 23D on the way back home from Lafayette, Louisiana . Ali, Umesh and I had an incredible weekend, capped off with a great evening and just a little excess at Lafayette’s Festival International...
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    HIPAA-potamus

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    In one of those classic if I had a nickel things ... you have no idea how many times I get asked if HealthVault is "covered" under HIPAA . The short answer to that question is, very simply, NO . HealthVault is neither a covered entity or business associate...
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    HealthVault Mobile Libraries for iOS and Android? Check!

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    As I mentioned a few weeks ago , we are really excited to be making HealthVault functionality available to mobile developers. As promised, the development libraries or iOS and Android devices are now avaliable --- woo hoo! iOS Library on GitHub...
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    An incredible eight years, aka “the best summer sausage ever”

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    Usually words come easily to me. When it’s time to write something, I’ll think about it a bit in the shower or on a drive, and then it just kind of happens. Not so this time. I’ve been staring at this empty Word doc for a few days trying...
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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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    Dynamics CRM + HealthVault … Holy crap, it's population management!

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    There are a million incredible ways that HealthVault can help improve healthcare, and I love to talk about each and every one of them. But if you really step back and look at where we’re moving the needle today, one uber-scenario is clearly dominant...
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    Zweena takes away your last excuse …

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    So much bubbling in the world of HealthVault … hard to keep track of it all, and I’m way behind on my things-to-post-about list. But I have to pop this one to the top because it is just totally awesome. I’ve posted many times about...
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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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    HealthVault Emergency Prep: Safer Families

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    Since 2006 we’ve been building towards a pretty bold vision of families using HealthVault to make their lives healthier, safer and happier. We’ve built a ton of plumbing to set the stage for Microsoft and our partners to realize that promise...
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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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