Family Health Guy

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

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    How YOU can make families safer, today!

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    I’m really proud of the emergency preparedness feature we launched a few weeks ago . Our approach of making a shared profile available in multiple emergency settings (wallet cards, online codes, MedicAlert , Vitaband , etc.) is really resonating...
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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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    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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    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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    Engineer By Day

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    Often towards the end of the day, I wander into Umesh's office, sit down with a sigh and lament how much of my time was spent in meetings vs. writing code. It's kind of a ritual --- he typically counters with a story about some new coding fad or technology...
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    HOWTO set up Office 365 for Direct Project messaging!

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    If you haven’t seen it, we just recently announced availability of a really cool new cloud service called Office 365 . O365 lets users pick from a menu of tools: Office applications like Word and Excel, Document and team collaboration with...
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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 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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    Time for a summer vacation at ONC

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    I’ve spoken at some length about my enthusiasm for the current leadership at HHS and ONC. President Obama has both directly and indirectly engaged some really gifted individuals to help us address healthcare challenges through the use of information...
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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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    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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    Yes, thanks --- we've heard about Google Health

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    Seems like everybody on the web (or at least in our little Healthcare corner of it) has an opinion on the news that Google Health is shutting down . Just in case you’re thinking about sending me the link --- yes, I’ve heard. :) First off...
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    Double the Inspiration!

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    Two pretty interesting trips over the last couple of weeks … first, the folks at CHIEF ( Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum ) invited me up for a keynote discussion over Memorial Day weekend in Toronto --- and then last week I was...
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    HealthVault breaks free from the desktop!

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    DANG it is fun to talk about HealthVault --- today the team propped another great release, and this one changes the face of the platform pretty radically. It is going to be really fun to see what new applications start popping up over the next few months...
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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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    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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    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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    It’s all about the pictures: medical imaging arrives at HealthVault!

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    I'm always talking about how lame the health IT landscape is --- and with good reason. But there is one domain in which advances have been consistent and amazing and clearly impactful to care: medical imaging. Our ability to look inside a body and see...
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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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    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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    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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    Just in time for HIMSS: new HealthVault features!

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    Believe it or not, there's more to my life than the Direct Project ! Later this week I'll be hopping a plane to Florida to attend the 2011 HIMSS conference . I'm not much of a show-type person, but they had me cold at "minutes from Disney World...
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    Start sharing information with patients --- today!

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    Last week I had a great time participating in an HHS press event launching the Direct Project . At the event we announced that every HealthVault record would automatically be given a Direct address . This is really cool --- anybody in the country...
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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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    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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