Family Health Guy

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

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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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    Hey -- was that just an HIT Standards breakthrough?

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    I spent Thursday last week at the HIT Standards Committee's inaugural " Implementation Workgroup " meeting in Washington DC. The purpose of the meeting was for the committee to hear perspectives from folks who are "on the ground" and could offer real...
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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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    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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    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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    A new champion for HealthVault developers

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    I’m quite excited to be able to point you at Ali Emami’s inaugural post over at the HealthVault developer blog. Ali has taken on the role of technical lead for the HealthVault app platform --- meaning that he’ll spend all day making...
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    Hello, Health Statements!

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    After getting home from HIMSS Thursday night, barely making it through work on Friday, and sleeping pretty much all day today, I’m finally feeling close to normal again. What an insane week --- our little four-person HealthVault contingent was not...
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    Health & Fitness in Windows 8.1!

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    Finally today, we’ve started talking more about Windows 8.1 and shared a preview version at the Build conference in San Francisco. There are a ton of changes squeezed into this drop --- amongst other things, I have to admit that as an old man somewhat...
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    MU stage 1, 2, 3, 50, whatever. Bring it on --- HealthVault is waiting.

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    Never before have I been part of a community where the ratio of “talking” to “doing” is so out of balance. The Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposed rules up the ante on patient engagement, and in a study just released by NeHC , 95%...
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    iHealthVault!

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    I have a mixed family --- by which I mean that my son and I use Windows phones, my wife uses an Android and my daughter just got a shiny new iPhone (not to mention the iPod Touches some of us use as well). These devices are with us all the time, and are...
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    I am in love with my Withings scale.

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    Every Monday, the folks who manage our HealthVault partner relationships have a meeting called "What's Going On?" where they talk about the applications and devices that have "gone live" in the last week, issues that partners are facing we need to be...
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    Meet the Smiths!

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    Working on HealthVault is just a ton of fun. There are lots of reasons for this --- helping real people live better lives is a pretty good gig --- but a key one comes down to the people on the team. Folks just seem to go the extra mile and it makes for...
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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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    The Sun Never Sets….

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    Very quietly, while I was far away from the office, getting ready for bed just before midnight at the Park Plaza Victoria after an action-packed day of meetings at the Microsoft UK Reading campus, Jono, Steve, Noah and the rest of the HV team pulled the...
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    On the Road Again with NHIN Direct

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    What a difference a few weeks and TONS OF WORK can make! Folks in the office are now convinced that I'm completely bipolar. My mood and outlook on life has shifted from minute to minute since my last NHIN Direct post after our face-to-face meeting...
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    Listen to Dory --- just keep swimming!

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    John Moore wrote an interesting post this weekend asking if Google Health was at risk of shutting down - and wondering if the resulting lack of competition would cause us here at Microsoft to let HealthVault stagnate. John is really good at bringing up...
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    Scaling up our support options

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    As it turns out, there are a ton of people working on HealthVault-related projects. Hospitals, labs, payers and other health systems sharing data with their patients; pharmacies helping to manage medications; direct to consumer startups building innovative...
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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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    What We Did While Baseball Season Went Awry

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    Most of the Nolan family* went to the last Mariners game of the season this past Sunday afternoon. Despite a bit of a rally in the eighth and ninth innings, the Ms basically went quietly into the night. The Red Sox won their last game, but really that...
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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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    CHDI and Amalga --- two great tastes that taste great together!

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    One last post about Health 2.0 this year. In addition to all the Blue Button cheerleading, I had an opportunity to showcase Microsoft Amalga combining (anonymized) clinical information with CHDI indicators to deliver some pretty cool insights. For my...
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    Another win for real folks --- 2D barcodes on vaccines!

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    Ryan Champlin over at Cook Children’s is a really neat guy. He and his team are super-focused on creating solutions that make things better. They don’t get confused by what’s hard, or not perfect, or messy --- not when the end result...
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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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    Suddenly it’s all about the APIs

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    It’s funny how topics wax and wane in our business … turns out I’ve got a number of events coming up where I’m on tap to discuss the emergence of “APIs” in Health and what it might mean for interoperability and adoption...
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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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