Family Health Guy

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

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    An incredible eight years, aka “the best summer sausage ever”

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    Usually words come easily to me. When it’s time to write something, I’ll think about it a bit in the shower or on a drive, and then it just kind of happens. Not so this time. I’ve been staring at this empty Word doc for a few days trying...
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    HealthVault as a Personal HIE

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    Yesterday my colleague Dr. Bill Crounse wrote a great blog post about how --- perhaps --- we could accelerate progress in health data sharing by “starting over” with a patient-centric approach. This post won’t make much sense without...
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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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    HealthVault breaks free from the desktop!

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    DANG it is fun to talk about HealthVault --- today the team propped another great release, and this one changes the face of the platform pretty radically. It is going to be really fun to see what new applications start popping up over the next few months...
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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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    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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    What's the story with HealthVault on Android?

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    Super quick post because it's just too much text to put into a tweet. ;) We get the question a lot --- with the HealthVault iPhone, Windows Phone and Windows 8 mobile apps --- what's the story with Android? Because we're both app and platform, there...
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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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    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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    Yes, thanks --- we've heard about Google Health

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    Seems like everybody on the web (or at least in our little Healthcare corner of it) has an opinion on the news that Google Health is shutting down . Just in case you’re thinking about sending me the link --- yes, I’ve heard. :) First off...
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    HealthVault --- now fun-size!

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    I am stunned at how many folks have already installed our brand new HealthVault app for Windows Phone . Forget any questions I may have had about the momentum of the mobile platforms; this is where the world is going. The app is meant to be a handy...
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    Just in time for HIMSS: new HealthVault features!

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    Believe it or not, there's more to my life than the Direct Project ! Later this week I'll be hopping a plane to Florida to attend the 2011 HIMSS conference . I'm not much of a show-type person, but they had me cold at "minutes from Disney World...
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    SMART apps in the EHR --- this is progress!

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    Last week I had the opportunity to visit my old hometown while attending the SMART conference at Harvard Medical School (and as a bonus I got to catch up with my dad at the super-yummy Publick House in Brighton). I always have high expectations of the...
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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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    HealthVault: Certified Awesome.

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    Update December 2013 --- the team has put together a great document with all the details required to integrate solutions with HealthVault to take advantage of our certification; you can find it on our MSDN site here . ---S EHRs aren’t the solution...
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    Great fun --- and a $10k challenge --- at Health:Refactored

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    I just got back from a great couple of days at the Health:Refactored conference --- a new show put on by the Health 2.0 folks that brings a slightly more technical bent than your typical “Healthcare IT” conference. The Computer History Museum...
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    Health & Fitness in Windows 8.1!

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    Finally today, we’ve started talking more about Windows 8.1 and shared a preview version at the Build conference in San Francisco. There are a ton of changes squeezed into this drop --- amongst other things, I have to admit that as an old man somewhat...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What an awesome weekend at Cajun Code Fest!

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    So I’m currently sitting in an extraordinarily cramped seat 23D on the way back home from Lafayette, Louisiana . Ali, Umesh and I had an incredible weekend, capped off with a great evening and just a little excess at Lafayette’s Festival International...
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    It’s all about the pictures: medical imaging arrives at HealthVault!

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    I'm always talking about how lame the health IT landscape is --- and with good reason. But there is one domain in which advances have been consistent and amazing and clearly impactful to care: medical imaging. Our ability to look inside a body and see...
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