Family Health Guy

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

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    It’s 4:30am… do you know where your developer is?

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    When we started this gig a few years ago, I asked Peter to make sure I didn't have to travel a lot. Well, sometimes that works out and sometimes it doesn't. Today's jaunt is just for a day down to San Jose, so not much to complain about really. Still...
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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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    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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    Sweet Opportunity for Health Devices

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    As I posted about a few days ago, we're gearing up for the Connected Health Conference , happening here in Bellevue from June 10 th through 12 th . It looks like a really strong event, with an eclectic mix of participants and speakers showing off real...
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    Continua in da house!

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    Thursday is the first full day of the 2009 Microsoft Connected Health Conference here in Bellevue ... there were a few events today, but things really get underway tomorrow at 9am with Peter's keynote and an opening panel including Uwe Reinhardt , David...
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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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    Broken Windows and Broken Scales

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    " Broken Windows " theory says, in a nutshell, that letting little things go can lead to big problems: [I]f a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken...one unrepaired broken window is...
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    H1N1: Painting with the HSG Palette

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    People ask me a lot why I came back to Microsoft after being away for so long. The answer is pretty simple: I don't believe there is anybody in the world better positioned to make a real difference in the world of healthcare technology. And that's about...
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    HealthVault as a platform for research development

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    Greetings from Alaska flight 3, Reagan National to Seattle-Tacoma, seat 16C. I’m on my way home after a great day at the Institute of Medicine’s Digital Learning Collaborative workshop. The overall goal behind the conversation was to identify...
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    I am in love with my Withings blood pressure monitor.

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    Last year I wrote about my Withings bathroom scale --- a fantastic piece of hardware that I’m still using today, happily sending measurements up to my HealthVault account over my home network. The proof of its awesomeness is how little I think about...
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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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    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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    Even More Thunder for Direct

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    More great news --- Dr. Halamka and his incredible engineers went from zero-to-Direct in about a day of actual work ... and just fourteen days from the first conversation about the possibility of hooking up BIDMC to HealthVault using Direct S/MIME...
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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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    For Lupus Awareness Month ... my daughter is awesome!

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    A poem written by my 18 year old ( Pomona -bound!) daughter Alex, in support of Lupus Awareness Month . An Ode to Lupus Oh Lupus, you do suck so bad, ...At times you drive my family mad. It’s not that fun when, due to flares, Not Mom nor I can...
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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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    Join us for HealthVault State of the Union v3!

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    Wow, time flies --- and the months since our last State of the Union webinar have been particularly big ones for HealthVault . Just off the top of my head … Worldwide expansion , release of the final Meaningful Use 2 rule , launch of the AARP Health...
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    Join us Friday for a "State of the Union" Webinar!

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    On Friday, January 13 th from 9-10am Pacific time, we’ll be holding our first “State of the Union” webinar for the HealthVault community, and I hope you’ll join us! This will be a pretty informal session. I’ll talk a bit...
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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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    January 13th HealthVault Webinar Recap

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    Wow! We had a great turnout for our HealthVault "State of the Union" webinar on Friday --- it was super-fun to share some of the ideas we've got for getting personal health to critical mass in 2012, and making HealthVault integration the obvious choice...
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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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    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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    Trust me, I'm a patient!

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    In our little world of patient data interoperability, job #1 for the last year or so has been all about getting data out of provider systems. Meaningful Use VDT is a big part of that, and it’s cool to have been in the UK last week learning about...
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    Now, even SAFER families with HealthVault and NOKR!

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    I have been a big fan of the Next of Kin Registry for a long time. Mark and his team have taken a grassroots, non-nonsense, get-it-done approach to helping people find each other in times of emergency or disaster. They didn’t go out and seek millions...
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    Another year, another Health 2.0 Shindig

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    Sitting here on Amtrak train 14 --- the Coast Starlight that runs from Los Angeles up to Seattle (I jumped on in Portland for a quick four hour ride home). It’s a wonderful trip, so completely different than the ridiculous cattle call that is travelling...
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