Family Health Guy

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    HealthVault as a Personal HIE

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    Yesterday my colleague Dr. Bill Crounse wrote a great blog post about how --- perhaps --- we could accelerate progress in health data sharing by “starting over” with a patient-centric approach. This post won’t make much sense without...
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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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    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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    HealthVault Data Type Awesomeness

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    Warning: Geek post alert. Late last week I got an email from a customer asking some questions about how HealthVault renders data types at http://healthvault.com . As I answered the question, I realized that I haven’t ever really talked here about...
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    What is wrong with EHR developers?

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    I’m sick --- one of those winter-is-coming things that’s not remotely serious, but leaves you with a huge pile of Kleenex, a brilliantly red nose and a huge case of the crankies. So forgive me if this is a little harsh, but I think it’s...
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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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    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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    I'd Better Get a Laminated Membership Card…

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    I've posted a few times about the great home monitoring programs we're participating in --- most recently the Kaiser Colorado study that showed a 50% better chance of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels by using HealthVault-connected devices at...
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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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    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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    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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    Individuals Matter

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    The blog has been quiet for awhile; I just got back about a week ago from my summer break --- a trip to Paris and Rome with my family. We spent incredible days exploring the cities, connecting with history, eating a ton of gelato, and sharing some great...
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    Wow … a thoughtful piece on Patient Activation!

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    I have to admit to a certain amount of impatience with most debates about patient engagement. Much like a conversation about gun control or abortion, many people have established their opinions without a lot of critical thought and conversations devolve...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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