Family Health Guy

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

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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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    A Nice Business

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    Over Labor Day weekend my kids and I took off for an overnight hiking trip to Ingalls Creek , in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness just south of Leavenworth . After one of the most arid summers in Washington history, we managed to pick the one weekend where...
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    MyMedLab + Keas + HealthVault = Awesome

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    Once in awhile I get a glimpse of what healthcare is going to look like in a few years - and it is super-awesome. That happened the other day -- I got to experience what happens when you take two really great consumer health ideas and loosely couple them...
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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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    Even more on CCR "vs" CCD --- we don't need to choose!

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    I've copied below a note I just sent to some of the good folks responsible for setting policy around which standards will be considered appropriate for meaningful exchange of clinical summaries. As I've said many times before , I believe that annointing...
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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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    The Worst Idea Ever

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    One day when I was about fourteen years old, I bought a bunch of fireworks (rockets mostly) from that shady guy who roams the halls of every high school selling contraband. I went over to my friend Don's house in the afternoon and we really wanted to...
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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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    You put your right HIPAA in…

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    Early last May, I posted an entry that described our position regarding the relationship of HealthVault to HIPAA . In short, our interpretation was that HealthVault did not fall under the definition of a Covered Entity or a Business Associate as defined...
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    Sweet Opportunity for Health Devices

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    As I posted about a few days ago, we're gearing up for the Connected Health Conference , happening here in Bellevue from June 10 th through 12 th . It looks like a really strong event, with an eclectic mix of participants and speakers showing off real...
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    Another promise delivered

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    I am super-excited to say that, as of last week, we have officially released the HealthVault service specification under the Community Promise . This means that anybody who wishes to create and operate their own version of the HealthVault service is free...
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    I love it when a plan comes together

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    You know, I'm starting to think we just may be onto something with this whole HealthVault idea. This afternoon I was talking with a guy who's writing a pretty broad piece on consumer-driven healthcare, and as I was running through all of the accomplishments...
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    This just in: sharing health data is hard.

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    The folks at Google Health have been taking it on the chin this week, after the Boston Globe ran an article about a super-engaged patient named Dave who found a number of pretty nasty surprises when he imported his health information from Beth Israel...
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    A Little Imagineering at NYP

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    This last week while most of our industry was fighting the good fight through the snow at HIMMS in Chicago , I was taking a break with my family in the sunny climes of - no surprise to anybody who knows me at all - Disneyland, USA . Despite my daughter...
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    FIRST Robotics == totally wicked

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    Fair warning, this isn't really a note about healthcare -- except inasmuch as any conversation about innovation and technology in our culture impacts our capacity to actually improve health and wellness over the long term. I took the day off today...
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    Disappointed.

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    I thought a lot about whether I should write this one or not. For sure there's a set of people who are going to write it off to competitive jealousy - very possibly starting with the guy I'm writing about. But I think it's a real issue, so we'll just...
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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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    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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    Stay on target...

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    It's clear that Microsoft is buckling down to weather a potentially extended economic storm. This is a first time for the Microsoft community, and it has a lot of folks freaked out, especially here in Redmond where friends and coworkers are directly affected...
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    How about a REALLY better way to detect drug risks?

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    Jacob Goldstein at the WSJ just wrote a piece about a pilot program that Pfizer is funding to try and help track adverse reactions to drugs once they've hit the market. This is a real problem --- right now, once the clinical trials are done we pretty...
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    Secretary Leavitt's Last Word

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    This is a weird time between US administrations. Senator Daschle is shopping for new hand towels for the Humphrey Building , and Secretary Leavitt is packing up his banker's box. It's a time when we get a lot of last-minute attempts to squeeze in that...
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    Tryptophan-induced thoughts for Thanksgiving

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    "Careful how you sell her - she really believes this stuff." This is how I was prepped to interview one of our first candidates for Health Solutions, back in the early days of 2006. "She" has gone on to be one of the biggest contributors to HealthVault...
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