Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO

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Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of May 2015

I’ve always thought that shearing transforms a fluffy overstuffed alpaca into a creature from a Dr. Suess book (the Lorax?). Below are before and after shearing pictures of the alpaca herd. In May the temperatures at Unity Farm have varied from a high of 90F to a low of 32F. Show More Summary

The May 2015 HIT Standards Committee Meeting

The May 2015 HIT Standards Committee focused on an in depth review of the ONC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, with the goal of providing guidance to ONC by June as to which standards should be included in final rule, which should notShow More Summary

21st Century Cures Act

I’m in Washington today for the HIT Standards Committee and I will post the usual summary of the meeting this evening. However, I wanted to post a morning preview of the opening comments I’ll make a the meeting.We are in a time of great turmoil in healthcare IT policy making. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of May 2015

While I have been traveling in Eastern Europe, Kathy has been busy with bees, alpaca, and the daily duties of running the farm.There have been many articles about accelerating bee deaths/colony collapse disorder.On our organic farm, there are no pesticides, herbicides, or significant stressors for the bees. Show More Summary

Dispatch from Eastern Europe

I’m in Riga, Latvia today at the request of the Office of the National Coordinator, explaining the HITECH act and the US national HIT strategy to experts in the European Union 2015 EU-US eHealth/Health IT Cooperation Assembly.My mother...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of May 2015

We’re now in the middle of Spring mushroom season. Shitake subtypes like Westwind, Double Jewel, Snowcap, WR46 and WW70 have been particularly productive. The bulk of our mushroom production is in the Fall, but having two fruitings per season really helps our mushroom business. Show More Summary

Dealing with Difficult People

All of us interact with difficult people from time to time. Rather than have a dialog, difficult people make demands. Rather than objectively analyze a situation, difficult people subjectively render opinions as if they were fact. They...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fifth Week of April 2015

I’ve been in China this week helping the government of Shenzhen with medical education and innovation. Kathy has been in charge of the farm.Before any trip, I do my best to prepare the farm for my departure - maintaining every electrical, plumbing/water, and building issue I can think of. Show More Summary

Dispatch from China

The first part of this week I have been in China - Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Xuzhou as part of a Harvard Medical School program to help the Chinese create a learning healthcare system while they build 1000 new hospitals and train 300,000...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of April 2015

This week a coyote visited the barnyard during the day. Daytime activity is not unusual for females which have an active den of hungry pups. We have fox, coyote, and fisher cat dens at Unity Farm, so there is a high predator load. What happened? The guinea fowl alarmed. Show More Summary

The April 2015 HIT Standards Committee Meeting

The April 2015 HITSC meeting focused on the Certification Rule NPRM and a comprehensive review of the Federal Interoperability Roadmap.I suggested that a guiding principle for the committee’s work is to emphasize the enablers in the proposals while reducing those aspects that create substantial burden/slow innovation. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of April 2015

The daytime temperatures are in the 60’s and the evening temperatures are in the 40’s. The heated buckets in the barn can finally be retired. The heated bases for the poultry waterers and stock pond can be unplugged. The chance of frost will continue until late May, but the daily sub-freezing temperatures have passed. Show More Summary

A Dispatch from HIMSS

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend HIMSS this year because a special request from Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel. He asked me to serve with Roni Zeiger (Smart Patients, Google Health) and John Mattison (CMIO of Kaiser) as co-presenters...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second week of April 2015

Now that most days are above freezing and the mud is drying up, the cadence of the farm has returned to its usual pace. The hoop house is filled with winter/spring vegetables and all the beds have been planted. The garlic planted before winter is sending out shoots. Show More Summary

More Argonaut Deliverables

Micky Tripathi sent this update last evening. Dear Argonaut Steering Committee Member, I’m writing with a quick project update for your information. FHIR DSTU2 Ballot. The effort to keep the Argonaut-relevant components of FHIR on schedule was successful. Show More Summary

The First Argonaut Deliverable

The HL7 Ballot for the Argonaut-related FHIR specifications opens today as promised.Here's an overview with a list of the structured data elements to be exchanged through query/retrieve application program interfaces. This approach will usher in a new era of interoperability.Comments are welcome!

A Meaningful Use/Certification Crosswalk

Thank you to Steve Posnack and Mike Lipinski at ONC for producing a very valuable crosswalk between the CMS Meaningful Use Rule and the ONC Certification rule. This is not an official document and it is open for discussion.This summary...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of April 2015

March has been “in like a Lion, out like a lamb”. The snow is melted and 50 degree days mean that the growing season on the farm has started. We’re already harvesting fresh greens from the hoop house, the peas are a foot high, and our spring transplants - cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, etc. Show More Summary

Gathering Feedback on the Certification Rule

Over the next 3 months, the HIT Standards Committee will review every detail of the 431 page Certification rule. We’ll also be holding calls to look at the rule as a whole. At least one call will be open to the general public. o. Think...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of March 2015

The temperatures are finally above freezing and we can get back to the usual workflow of the farm. There is only a foot of snow left on the ground and we can actually walk to all our buildings and paddocks.We opened the bee hives and did a thorough inspection. Show More Summary

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