Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO


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Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Third Week of May 2017

In case it seems that my posting frequency has dropped, it’s a combination of a hectic spring farming/sanctuary schedule and writing requests from outside organizations. For my views on the recent cybersecurity/ransomware events see the PBS Newshour blog.Unity Farm Sanctuary work clothes have arrived in our closets. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - First Week of May 2017

We continue to work on the forests and trails surrounding the Unity property to create a community resource. The map below shows the current status of the land (water is in blue) - 18 trails, 10 bridges, 3 ponds, and 5 streams. We’re...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fifth Week of April 2017

Several folks have contacted me, wondering why the pace of my blog posting has slowed a bit in April. Don’t worry - all is well on the farm and sanctuary, it’s just spring planting, maintenance, and trail building time. The snow has melted, the weather is mild and the plants/animals need more attention that ever. Show More Summary

The Dark Side of E-commerce

As I mentioned in a recent post, Amazon has focused on the convenience of the customer instead of the convenience of their business. Yesterday’s New York Times highlighted the trend for the hotel industry to do the same.In my post, I...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - First Week of April 2017

In North America, Easter and Thanksgiving are traditionally associated with eating ham and turkey. You can imagine that a vegan sanctuary is very popular with creatures who want want to avoid being eaten.This week, we had the great turkey chautauqua. Show More Summary

A Cautionary Tale for Healthcare

During my CIO career, I’ve worked on a few Harvard Business School case studies and I’ve had the “joy” of presenting my failures to Harvard Business school students for over a decade.I enjoy telling stories and inevitably the cases I...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fifth Week of March 2017

We continue to refine the sanctuary buildings, prepare the new animal care areas, and keep our creatures healthy.Sweetie, our 18 year old Welsh Pony developed a sore on her right lip. Using my human medicine training I inspected it for abscess formation and drained it, while also applying local antibiotics. Show More Summary

Early Experiences with Ambient Listening Devices (Alexa and Google Home)

BIDMC has a long tradition of testing speculative technologies with the notion that breakthroughs often require tolerance for failure. For example, we’ve embraced blockchain in healthcare because we believe public ledgers have promise...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fourth Week of March 2017

It’s officially Spring and although the weather is cold and snowy, the anticipation of warmer weather means that Unity Farm Sanctuary is more active than ever.This week, a local young woman purchased our goose eggs and made traditional Ukrainian Pysanky Easter eggs. Show More Summary

Embracing Innovation

I’ve written several posts over the past two years about the need for innovation in healthcare IT - deploying self-developed apps, leveraging third party cloud hosted functions, and embracing the internet of things.I’ve previously discussed establishing a center for innovation. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Third Week of March 2017

With every passing day, Unity Farm Sanctuary increases its capacity to host public educational sessions, retreats, and events. Our first few months were focused on the historical Unity Hall building. As you’ll see in the photographs below, we’ve made substantial progress. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Second Week of March 2017

When you run a sanctuary, you need to be agile. We received a message that we had until 1pm to rescue a heritage turkey or he would be eaten. We drove the Unity Farm van to pick him up and within 2 hours he was living at Unity Farm Sanctuary. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fourth week of February 2017

In New England we often say that if you do not like the weather, wait 5 minutes. The high this week at Unity Farm Sanctuary was 70F and the low was 5F. We’ve had blankets on the horses overnight then removed them at dawn to prevent overheating. Show More Summary

Next Steps for the National Healthcare IT agenda

At HIMSS, I listened carefully to payers, providers, patients, developers, and researchers. Below is a distillation of what I heard from thousands of stakeholders.It is not partisan and does not criticize the work of any person in industry, government or academia. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Third Week of February 2017

As the weather begins to warm, work on the sanctuary gets easier. Snow and ice are melting. We’ve taken the blankets off the horses and left the doors/windows on barns open overnight. Turkeys and deer are looking for food on the newly...Show More Summary

Dispatch from HIMSS 2017

As I wrote last week, I expected 2017 HIMSS to be filled with Wearables, Big Data, Social Networking concepts from other industries, Telemedicine, and Artificial Intelligence.I was not disappointed. 42,000 of my closest friends each walked an average of 5 miles per day through the Orlando Convention Center. Show More Summary

Preparing for HIMSS 2017

Next week, 50000 of our closest friends will gather together in Orlando to learn about the latest trends in the healthcare IT industry.What can we expect?I’ll be giving a few keynote addresses, trying to predict what the Trump administration...Show More Summary

Building Unity Sanctuary - Second Week of February 2017

I have been traveling in Japan and New Zealand this week so Kathy had to manage the sanctuary and farm.The major challenge has been the snow, ice, and cold. While I’ve been away, 18 inches of snow have fallen, making sanctuary operations more challenging than usual. Show More Summary

Dispatch from Japan and New Zealand

This week I’ve taken vacation time to help my colleagues in Japan and New Zealand with national IT planning. As I often say, the healthcare IT challenges are the same all over the world, but the cultural context is different.In Japan, I spent 2 days in Tokyo and 1 day in Kyoto, lecturing, meeting, and listening to stakeholders. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - First Week of February 2017

Running an animal sanctuary requires constant attention to the care and well being of all the creatures living there. This week, Pippin, our 30 year old Welsh pony stopped eating hay and required urgent intervention. He did not appear to be suffering from colic. Show More Summary

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