Family Health Guy

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

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    Headed to the gym? Stay motivated with new awesome from Precor and HealthVault!

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    One of my New Year’s resolutions was to not pile onto the torrent of “resolutions” blog posts and tweets. ;) But it’s late enough in the month, and our news with Precor is awesome enough, that I think I’m justified in sharing...
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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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    Back!

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    I’m just back … and still a bit jetlagged … from a fantastic two weeks with my family in Spain. Monday I’m headed into work, and while I’m jazzed to be back with the team, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t dreading...
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    MS-HUG awards time again ... bring it!

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    Every year at HIMSS the Microsoft Health Users Group awards their innovation awards. Past winners have been pretty awesome --- of course I'm partial to some of the HealthVault -based winners like Heart360 and SkinScan , but from top to bottom we see great...
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    Great stuff at e-Health Canada

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    I spent Monday night and Tuesday up in Vancouver at e-Health Canada 2012 … got to meet a ton of new folks and “re-meet” some old friends. There’s something really great about the healthcare community in Canada; everybody seems...
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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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    More Windows 8 “Sharing” and HealthVault

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    In my last post, I talked about how our Windows 8 HealthVault app integrates with the new “ Sharing Charm ” to do some pretty cool stuff, like sharing photos and other files directly from the Camera to HealthVault. But as great as that stuff...
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    A great time to set up your Family Health Portrait!

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    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s just the right combination of family and friends, food and low-stress activity to reinforce the purpose --- a time to reflect on how incredibly lucky we are, and how we might share a bit of that...
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    Submit your Awesome HV app for an MS-HUG innovation award!

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    Each year, our uber-healthcare group at Microsoft runs an awards program on behalf of the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (HUG, get it?). It’s a great opportunity to showcase the work that is being done all around the Microsoft ecosystem, including...
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    Another uninformed analysis of the problems at healthcare.gov

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    It’s been interesting, and frustrating, watching the drama around healthcare.gov play out. Here in the real Washington, we’ve got a state-based exchange and while the first day or two was pretty ugly, it’s humming along pretty well now...
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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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    Springtime in Seattle: check out the 2008 HealthVault Solutions Conference!

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    Way back when I was a Microsoft intern working on a precursor to the Jet database engine , my then-girlfriend-now-wife came out from Florida to visit for a few days. This was a big deal as I was hoping to convince her that Washington would be an "awesome...
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    Personal Health Information Exchange: the only real answer to interoperability

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    A few weeks ago, I posted (be sure to check out the comments, I’ll explain why later) about how using HealthVault as a personal health information exchange can address the problems of identity matching and consent for movement of data. It’s...
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    You want even more good news for patients? We’re here to please!

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    I love it when a plan comes together . What started in a pretty featureless meeting room in 2009 is finally coming to fruition in the real world, as Direct messaging makes its way into the hands of real providers and real patients. This is the fun part...
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    Know your meds --- automatically!

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    OK, now that everyone has set up their emergency profile in HealthVault … You HAVE set up your profile, right? If not --- go do that now . It takes five minutes and you and your family will be safer for it. You’ll enjoy telling your friends...
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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 for iPhone v2 --- now worldwide!

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    Since its launch in the United States last August, HealthVault for the iPhone has consistently been one of our highest volume apps. It’s just a darn good app both for daily tracking and for keeping important family information safely in your pocket...
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    Tons of Awesome from Kansas City today!

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    I woke up today in beautiful La Jolla, California … not right on the beach but close enough to hear the seagulls and smell the surf in the air. With this at one end and the mountains of the Northwest at the other … it’s pretty hard...
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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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    A critical tool for Virginia residents

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    We’ve done some great work to help ensure folks have their medical information available in an emergency (hopefully you’ve already filled out eprep profiles for you and your family). However, there are times when that information isn’t...
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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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    For Lupus Awareness Month ... my daughter is awesome!

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    A poem written by my 18 year old ( Pomona -bound!) daughter Alex, in support of Lupus Awareness Month . An Ode to Lupus Oh Lupus, you do suck so bad, ...At times you drive my family mad. It’s not that fun when, due to flares, Not Mom nor I can...
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    My New Playground

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    I'm proud to say that quite a bit of the HealthVault codebase still traces its roots back to the stuff that Johnson, Jeff and I wrote back in early 2006. But the truth is, that's less and less the case every day (at least for me -- Johnson and in particular...
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    Raising the stakes again ... here come the patients!

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    Some days I feel like I ought to send my good friends at ONC a big care package full of Valium. The team there really is doing great work, and frankly I can understand trying to move fast given all the political FUD around health reform, but boy is it...
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    Want to help?

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    Well, that was awesome. I just got home from a wonderful, two week family vacation --- something that is increasingly rare for us as my kids continue to grow into their own lives. We spent time in Maine with my parents, Georgia on the island where my...
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