Family Health Guy

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

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    Watch out for the black helicopters…

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    OK, let's just get this over with once and for all. Why haven't we joined Continua ? And why did we move forward with a device strategy for HealthVault if we (raise one eyebrow here) aren't out to corner the world market on peak flow meters? Pardon the...
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    Awkward Turtle...

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    It's been a classic good/bad day. On the good side --- we announced our relationship with Aetna , which is awesome and a big win for consumers. The American Heart Association also launched their new Heart360 application today, which is a huge step up...
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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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    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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    Things are Pretty OK

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    I've been having an email discussion this weekend with some folks on the team about what "success" looks like for HealthVault ... kind of like those freshman-year-of-college things where you stay up all night and have pretentious debates about the impacts...
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    Anybody want to build a fun app?

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    This morning in the shower, I was trying to think up with new ways to motivate folks to do little things to increase the amount of physical activity in their daily lives. As anybody who reads this blog knows, I am in love with RouteTracker , and credit...
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    Comparative Analysis with Respect to the Comparative Analysis

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    The good folks at Project HealthDesign just published a pretty comprehensive analysis of the state of the art in personal health record technology. There's a lot of information in the report, and despite having a truly hilariously long title at twenty...
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    Super-simple connectivity with DOPU

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    Our operations team is in the final stages of releasing one of my favorite new HealthVault features to the production systems. "Drop-off / Pick-up" (DOPU for short) is live in the partner environment now and will be ready for public consumption next week...
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    Again with the Standards Thing

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    David Cerino (General Manager for HealthVault) told me a funny story the other day. He was on a panel at the (very cool, I was told) Healthcare Unbound conference with folks from Dossia and Google, and the conversation turned, as it often does, to "standards...
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    HealthVault and Identity Choice

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    My plan had been to blog about this when the feature goes live later in the week. But there's been some online discussion already, and I'm sitting here at the horse show in waiting mode anyway, so it seems like now is as good a time as any to join the...
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    25 Tubs of Crisco

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    Today is the first day of our 2008 HealthVault Solutions Conference. I am pretty lucky at these things ... Our partner and business teams carry the brunt of the load and, except for a presentation tomorrow and a few Q&A sessions, I just get to sit...
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    Nice Problems to Have

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    A couple of days ago, we announced that we've expanded the size of the Be Well fund to $4.5 Million ... a 50% increase over what we had planned. We received almost 200 entries, making Be Well one of the most successful programs in Microsoft Research history...
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    Get Educated!

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    I realized the other day that I haven't ever focused much on our search application here. But Live Search Health is a super-important part of the HealthVault ecosystem -- and something we've spent a bunch of time working on. It's inescapable that pretty...
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    HIPAA-potamus

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    In one of those classic if I had a nickel things ... you have no idea how many times I get asked if HealthVault is "covered" under HIPAA . The short answer to that question is, very simply, NO . HealthVault is neither a covered entity or business associate...
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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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    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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    And Now for a Little Usability

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    It took a lot of people coordinating a whole bunch of different efforts to get the first release of HealthVault out the door. On top of the core platform, we were creating an SDK and developer experience, integrating with the LiveID system, building a...
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    You let marketing host your blog?

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    OK, this is not my shining moment. But yes, when we set up Family Health Guy, the HealthVault marketing team offered to get it going, and I was kind of busy. So everything got put together and I happily posted away for a couple of months ... until this...
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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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    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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    All Three Things

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    Have I mentioned that we've got a lot going on over here? So... well, we could really use some help getting it all done. Eric beat me to the punch with his recruiting post , but I thought I would follow with some thoughts of my own as well. One of...
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    Sharing data using HealthVault

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    There are always folks out there ready to beat up on Microsoft -- and sometimes it's well-deserved. But not always -- Fred Trotter in his most recent post makes some claims about HealthVault that are simply incorrect, so I wanted to spend a few minutes...
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    Everybody Loves Devices

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    One of the real strengths of HealthVault is the seamless connectivity that we have with personal monitoring devices. Using the HealthVault Connection Center , I can sit down at my desk, put my arm in the cuff of my Omron blood pressure monitor , wait...
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    Welcome to HIMSS

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    Well, here we are in Orlando and things are a-hoppin'. The sheer size of this conference is unbelievable to me -- the Microsoft booth is about as big as my house. It's a pretty surreal atmosphere as everybody tries to sell everything to everybody else...
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    Opening up the Vault

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    I've been looking forward to writing this entry for quite awhile. We have been frankly thrilled by the reception that HealthVault has enjoyed since our launch just a few months ago. We've taken a few legitimate lumps over "v1" usability issues (fixes...
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