Family Health Guy

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    On the Road Again with NHIN Direct

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    What a difference a few weeks and TONS OF WORK can make! Folks in the office are now convinced that I'm completely bipolar. My mood and outlook on life has shifted from minute to minute since my last NHIN Direct post after our face-to-face meeting...
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    Blimey!

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    Exciting news on the HealthVault front this week as we announced the launch of HealthVault in the UK , our third country to go live with the platform so far --- totally cool! Unlike our announced agreements in Canada and Germany, in the UK we are going...
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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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    NHIN Direct: Losing our way; need small business at the table

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    This last week we held two days of face-to-face meetings for NHIN Direct . The goal was very clear: decide on the base technology underlying the simple push messaging system we've been asked to create. We need to do this so that we can move into the implementation...
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    Listen to Dory --- just keep swimming!

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    John Moore wrote an interesting post this weekend asking if Google Health was at risk of shutting down - and wondering if the resulting lack of competition would cause us here at Microsoft to let HealthVault stagnate. John is really good at bringing up...
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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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    Surprise! New blog software!

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    So it appears that Microsoft updated the blog software running Family Health Guy ... and my templates, images and at least one post got nuked in the process. Great. Well, I'll be figuring that out over the next few days --- thanks for your patience!
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    NHIN Direct: the case for SMTP and email

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    As I've said, it seems that my life has turned into "All NHIN Direct , all the time" --- which is presenting a number of challenges given that I have this day job building software as well (not to mention being behind on my obligations for the Community...
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    NHIN Direct: Put up or shut up time!

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    12:40am and here I am in Washington, DC after some great discussions at New York Presbyterian during the day and a treat of a ride on the Acela Express down the coast during the evening. I really should be in bed --- we have seven hours of NHIN Direct...
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    Rock the Meydenbauer

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    It appears that Spring is on its way to the Pacific Northwest - the mountains and evergreens are showing themselves outside my window, just like in Doonesbury when Mike worked for Bernie in high tech. And with another Spring comes another Microsoft Connected...
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    I am in love with my Withings scale.

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    Every Monday, the folks who manage our HealthVault partner relationships have a meeting called "What's Going On?" where they talk about the applications and devices that have "gone live" in the last week, issues that partners are facing we need to be...
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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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    Go-Live Season

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    The last few weeks before HIMMS are always a flurry of activity in the Health IT ecosystem. I'm not sure if many messages really get through all the noise , but the pressure of having to deliver demos, deals and code definitely makes for a good forcing...
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    Magic

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    Part of my job is proving to tech folks at potential customers that our products really can do what the sales guys say they do. The things you can make happen using HealthVault and Amalga are pretty fantastic, and naturally people want to know if we're...
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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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    Trust is not Global

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    I have been lax in acknowledging another awesome idea to emerge from recent discussions about how to accelerate progress around data exchange. Just before Thanksgiving (and my daughter's 16 th birthday!), Wes Rishel wrote a post in which he proposed that...
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    Starting with "No"

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    I have been really excited over the last few weeks as our national discussion around healthcare standards and data exchange have taken on a real world quality that has felt lacking in the past. But change is hard to make stick, and John Halamka's blog...
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    Hey -- was that just an HIT Standards breakthrough?

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    I spent Thursday last week at the HIT Standards Committee's inaugural " Implementation Workgroup " meeting in Washington DC. The purpose of the meeting was for the committee to hear perspectives from folks who are "on the ground" and could offer real...
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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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    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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