Family Health Guy

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

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    Walk Me? Walk YOU!

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    A bit more than two years ago now (wow, time flies) --- we launched Walk Me , a great HealthVault app to help folks get healthier by walking on their own and as part of a group. It was created by a group of Microsoft employees in their spare time ---...
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    Direct and DNS – systems design is hard (let’s go shopping!)

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    I've designed quite a few software systems in my career, and there's an interesting dynamic that happens every time. We're there with the Direct Project now, and I'm pretty confident the only thing that will get us beyond it is real live projects successfully...
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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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    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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    Press the button!

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    11:18pm, and I'm just closing up shop on a pretty incredible day at the Health 2.0 conference . Not only did I talk to a bunch of great folks and get to show of our integration of clinical and CHDI data with Amalga (I'll blog more about this awesomeness...
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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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    You had me at free (since 2007)

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    Yesterday's Financial Times article Microsoft drops US HealthVault profit plans has been making its way through the social media machine with remarkable efficiency --- it's appeared at least a couple of dozen times on my Twitter feed already. Problem...
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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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    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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    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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    Help us create the future of healthcare!

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    I really, really believe in HealthVault . I’m six years into the adventure, and it’s been a little more than four since the service officially launched in October 2007 . I wish everybody had a HealthVault record --- but they don’t...
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    Check out our HDI submission: Citizen-Centric Medical Imaging

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    We’ve participated in the both the first and second Health Data Initiative forums (in 2010 we submitted a cool use case combining air quality with inpatient data , and last year I served as a community judge ). Honestly I wasn’t really sure...
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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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    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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    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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    Why we keep at it.

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    One of the things I always get asked in interviews is, “How many HealthVault users do you have?” The answer rolls off of my tongue without even thinking about it. Personal health engagement is a new concept for people, and we’ve always...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Write once, connect everywhere, dammit.

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    This is one of those posts I write to keep myself from banging my head against the table. Again this afternoon I happened into a conversation where somebody was saying “hey, I should connect [HEALTH DEVICE X] to [HEALTH SERVICE Y] and it’ll...
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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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    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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    A few of the great folks behind HealthVault!

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    Greetings from 35,000 feet en route to sort-of-snowy Toronto --- up early this morning to get back in the saddle after a fantastic break for Thanksgiving in the US. My daughter was home for the first time after leaving for her freshman year at Pomona...
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