Family Health Guy

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

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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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    AARP launches its awesome Health Record app for members

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    If you’ve ever heard me give “The HealthVault Pitch (TM),” you’ll have heard me talk about the two key premises underlying the service: In order to be useful, personal health tools need to be connected to clinical data, because...
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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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    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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    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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    Double the personal health goodness ... two upcoming HealthVault webinars!

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    Two, count ‘em two upcoming HealthVault webinars … would love to see you for either or both: HealthVault intro for CodeFest Developers Thursday, April 19 10:30-11:30am Pacific We’re getting ready to attend the Cajun Code...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Another step forward for data liberation; Check out the SMART C-CDA Scorecard!

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    My job at HealthVault is to be a pragmatist. If somebody has information they want to get into HealthVault, my #1 job is to get it there --- no matter what format it’s in. That means we accept hand-entered data, scans, uploaded files, CDs and DVDS...
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    Why Consumer Control Really Matters

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    As HealthVault has begun to penetrate into the mainstream clinical arena, the idea of consumer control is beginning to sink in with folks for whom it was really just an abstract idea before. Frankly, it makes many in our industry a touch uncomfortable...
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    Edge of Tomorrow, aka why I’m not super-excited about FHIR

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    Yesterday evening my family and I went to see the new Spiderman movie (my wife has somewhat of a crush on Andrew Garfield ). It was pretty good, although I still do not get why magnetizing the web shooters protected them against Electro. Whatever. ...
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    HealthVault on Windows 8 ... amazingly great.

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    HealthVault means a ton to me --- as you might gather if you see me driving around Bellevue in my new Fiat 500C with the totally awesome custom “HealthVault” racing stripes (thanks Jody !). HealthVault is easy to love … moving us towards...
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    "Checklists" and Rapid Innovation with Amalga

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    A few weeks ago I was listening to the radio on my way to work and came across an interview with Dr. Atul Gawande talking about his book The Checklist Manifesto . He's kind of taken the world by storm with a really basic idea: maybe if we used simple...
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    Cue the John Williams soundtrack…

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    I am not shy about sharing my opinions. Pausing here to wait for laughter to subside. OK. Often that is a positive, and means that I can help push a group to surface important issues that otherwise get swept under the rug. But sometimes it gets in...
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    HealthVault in Deutschland und darüber hinaus!

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    Read this post in English here . Seit wir 2007 die Gesundheitsplattform HealthVault erfolgreich in den USA gestartet haben, war es unser Ziel, HealthVault auch international verfügbar zu machen. Im ersten Schritt haben wir dazu gemeinsam mit unserem...
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    Welcome BlipCare to the world of awesome health devices

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    When it rains it pours! What with NOKR , 1212 , MS-HUG and our new iPhone app , seems like I’m writing a new post every twenty minutes. But the good news keep coming, so here’s another one…. Over the holiday, I happened upon a new...
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    Helping Los Angeles seniors with Kinect and HealthVault

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    This has to be about the most wickedly awesome story ever. This afternoon we released details of a public-private partnership between Microsoft, the Los Angeles Department of Aging , Partners in Care Foundation , and St. Barnabas Senior Services , a non...
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    Tell us how to make HealthVault better, get goodies....

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    One of the big changes to the HealthVault team over the last few years is that we've built out an incredible, small but mighty group focused exclusively on making HV-based experiences great. If you're a long-time user or follower, you've seen things they...
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    Start to finish: The HealthVault Nickel Tour

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    A couple of weeks ago now we shipped a bunch of new HealthVault stuff --- in particular, we've significantly enhanced the tools available directly on healthvault.com. We had a bunch of our best designers rework the site's content, styling and navigation...
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    Totally Wicked

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    Having lived away from Boston now for about twenty years, I've slowly lost most of my Boston habits. I signal when I change lanes, and even caught myself calling Fluff "marshmallow creme" the other day. But the one thing I've never shaken is an affinity...
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    New Year 2013: Take five minutes to make your family safer

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    While it’s certainly cliché, this really is a great time of the year to “reset” a few things and make sure that each new year is just a little better than the last. Most of us have had a little time off to share food, games and...
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    WOW! Sinovo enables an avalanche of new devices for HealthVault users!

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    HealthVault is about managing our entire health lives, not just the isolated bits that happen in a doctor’s office. For many of us, that includes monitoring conditions at home, over time --- using numbers and trends to keep us safe, find hidden...
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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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