Family Health Guy

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

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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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    Partners continue to drive HealthVault success!

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    It’s been a really great year so far here at HealthVault HQ … we’ve been totally focused on turning all the experiences of our “incubation” years into a scalable, long-term business. That means expanding our presence worldwide...
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    But wait, there’s more (worldwide goodness)!

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    When we launched our Windows Phone HealthVault app a few months ago, I said “Forget any questions I may have had about the momentum of the mobile platforms; this is where the world is going” … but unfortunately “the world”...
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    Take the stairs!

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    Microsoft Health Solutions works out of a pretty classic suburban office building --- seven total floors, three underground for parking and four for humans. The building is pretty much a rectangle, with a central elevator core and two stairwells, one...
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    Thanksgiving --- twice!

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    Last Wednesday evening, I was going to sit down and write a quick post about my family's great Thanksgiving break at Disneyland , where we recharged and got to see World of Color for the first time (as well as rock the all-time high score on Robotron...
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    Saving real money with HealthVault

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    Quick and fun anecdote ... I was talking to the HealthVault team leads this morning, working through strategy for the upcoming fiscal year. Our test lead Dan mentioned in passing that HealthVault had saved him $575 the other day. Pretty cool, so I asked...
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    More on adding Direct patient messaging to an EHR

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    Wow, what a nutty three days at HIMSS. As I said to Martha on the plane home, "enough social interaction to last me the rest of the year." But net-net it was totally worth it ... some great (and inspiring) conversations with customers, productive interactions...
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    HealthVault es mejor que los otros!

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    It's safe to say that I did not have a very "diverse" childhood growing up Lexington, Massachusetts *** in the 1970s . I was perhaps a slight minority in my peer group because I wasn't Jewish, but the closest I got to hearing folks speak Spanish was...
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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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    You need a Data Asset -- not a Data Warehouse

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    Last Friday, I had a chance to speak, along with Dr. Craig , to a pretty cool group of folks in Washington DC about how we think about creating data-centric assets, and why we think it's important to inject some new concepts into our national conversation...
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    The Worst Idea Ever

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    One day when I was about fourteen years old, I bought a bunch of fireworks (rockets mostly) from that shady guy who roams the halls of every high school selling contraband. I went over to my friend Don's house in the afternoon and we really wanted to...
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    Rock the Meydenbauer

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    It appears that Spring is on its way to the Pacific Northwest - the mountains and evergreens are showing themselves outside my window, just like in Doonesbury when Mike worked for Bernie in high tech. And with another Spring comes another Microsoft Connected...
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    Watch out for the black helicopters…

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    OK, let's just get this over with once and for all. Why haven't we joined Continua ? And why did we move forward with a device strategy for HealthVault if we (raise one eyebrow here) aren't out to corner the world market on peak flow meters? Pardon the...
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    This just in: sharing health data is hard.

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    The folks at Google Health have been taking it on the chin this week, after the Boston Globe ran an article about a super-engaged patient named Dave who found a number of pretty nasty surprises when he imported his health information from Beth Israel...
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    Secretary Leavitt's Last Word

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    This is a weird time between US administrations. Senator Daschle is shopping for new hand towels for the Humphrey Building , and Secretary Leavitt is packing up his banker's box. It's a time when we get a lot of last-minute attempts to squeeze in that...
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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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    HealthVault and Identity Choice

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    My plan had been to blog about this when the feature goes live later in the week. But there's been some online discussion already, and I'm sitting here at the horse show in waiting mode anyway, so it seems like now is as good a time as any to join the...
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    Again with the Standards Thing

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    David Cerino (General Manager for HealthVault) told me a funny story the other day. He was on a panel at the (very cool, I was told) Healthcare Unbound conference with folks from Dossia and Google, and the conversation turned, as it often does, to "standards...
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    Stay on target...

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    It's clear that Microsoft is buckling down to weather a potentially extended economic storm. This is a first time for the Microsoft community, and it has a lot of folks freaked out, especially here in Redmond where friends and coworkers are directly affected...
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    A quick note about oxygen

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    We've spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks talking about moving data around - making it easy for providers, patients and their caregivers to get the right information at the right time to make critical care decisions, correlate effect to...
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    Walk This Way

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    This is a fun one --- one story with two super-cool angles to it. First --- a few days ago we launched a great new HealthVault application . It's called "Walk Me" and the idea is simple. Just start counting your steps - a little thing that research...
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    Tryptophan-induced thoughts for Thanksgiving

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    "Careful how you sell her - she really believes this stuff." This is how I was prepped to interview one of our first candidates for Health Solutions, back in the early days of 2006. "She" has gone on to be one of the biggest contributors to HealthVault...
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    Start to finish: The HealthVault Nickel Tour

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    A couple of weeks ago now we shipped a bunch of new HealthVault stuff --- in particular, we've significantly enhanced the tools available directly on healthvault.com. We had a bunch of our best designers rework the site's content, styling and navigation...
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    NHIN Direct: Put up or shut up time!

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    12:40am and here I am in Washington, DC after some great discussions at New York Presbyterian during the day and a treat of a ride on the Acela Express down the coast during the evening. I really should be in bed --- we have seven hours of NHIN Direct...
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    "Checklists" and Rapid Innovation with Amalga

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    A few weeks ago I was listening to the radio on my way to work and came across an interview with Dr. Atul Gawande talking about his book The Checklist Manifesto . He's kind of taken the world by storm with a really basic idea: maybe if we used simple...
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