Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO

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Blog Post Archive

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Third week of January

After the subzero temperatures and snow of last week, we’re now having spring-like weather with temps in the 40’s.The blankets have come off most of the horses (Pippin is still thin and needs a blanket). Here’s what they look like enjoying the sunshine. Show More Summary

My Advice to the Trump Administration

As I've listened to the confirmation hearings for cabinet nominees, I’ve realized that no one with healthcare IT expertise has yet been identified by the transition team. I continue to ask all my colleagues about any contact they’veShow More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Second Week of January 2017

As temperatures fall and the snow accumulates, work on the Sanctuary gets harder. It’s -1 degrees F (without wind chill) today and that makes bare handed fine motor movements difficult. In the early weeks of building the sanctuary, we’re...Show More Summary

Our 2017 Priorities

In early 2016, I wrote about the 5 pillars of the BIDMC 2016 work plan - social networking, mobile, analytics, cloud, and keeping data private (SMACK)As we begin 2017, what should be the focus of our work over the next year?1. Embrace...Show More Summary

2016 in Review

Many people are yearning for the end of 2016 - too many unexpected deaths of notable people, too many unexpected acts of violence, too many unexpected election results.However, 2016 did have its highlights. In early 2016, I wrote about...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fifth Week of December 2016

The holidays are a time of joy and family gathering, bringing together multiple generations at Unity Farm. This year we introduced all our visitors to the sanctuary. My mother was eager to help out with the horses, pigs, and goats. Here...Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fourth Week of December 2016

As the end of the year approaches, I’m reflecting on the changes that 2016 has brought. Unity Farm Sanctuary was a distant strategy for leaving a legacy at the end of our lives. Now it is a reality with a population of wonderful creatures...Show More Summary

The Most Important Interoperability Story of 2016

You may have missed or not understood the implications of this press release. Here's a guest post from Micky Tripathi, the CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative that explains everything you need to know: "This summary provides...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Sanctuary Begins

Today we completed the purchase of the Unity Farm Sanctuary, established Unity Farm Sanctuary Inc. (a non-profit charity) and opened for animal rescue. Our first new citizens arrived on our first day.Pippin is a 30 year Welsh Pony who is healthy, friendly, and outgoing. Show More Summary

Dispatch from Israel

This week Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker led a trip of clinicians, industry leaders, government officials, academics, and entrepreneurs to visit Israel (not at taxpayer expense) on a mission to establish Massachusetts as an incubator for the US growth of Israeli companies. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of December 2016

Every night, Kathy and I sit by the fire and debrief on the events of the day. What rescue animals did we take on? What new projects need to be started? Is there new infrastructure required? Were their notable events at Unity Farm and...Show More Summary

21st Century Cures and the Road Ahead

I’ve been writing fewer posts recently because the trajectory forward for healthcare and healthcare IT seems to be evolving very rapidly. In just the past week, we’ve hadThe American Hospital Association letter suggesting that 21,000...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of December 2016

As winter approaches each year, we work hard to prepare the farm property for the cold, dark, snowy days ahead. Weekends and nights are spent clearing brush, /storing all irrigation infrastructure, and doing the last digging/hauling/siftng before soil freezes solid. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Unity Farm! A new pig has joined the herd - Lunchbox. He’s 3 years old and has a remarkable personality. He loves humans and is very good with children. We’re gradually introducing him to Hazel and Tofu through a livestock fence. Show More Summary

The BIDMC CareKit app

The following is a guest blog post from Seth Berkowitz, MD, who authors many of the innovative apps in the BIDMC Crowdsourcing program:Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, has developed BIDMC@home, a new app for engaging patients using Apple’s CareKit and ResearchKit frameworks and the HealthKit API. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of November 2016

This week we had the Supermoon - the largest/brightest moon since 1948 The pigs enjoyed basking in the moonlight while rooting and hunting for grubs/worms. Here’s a picture of hazel in the moonlight Pigs are hedonists and there are three things that make them happy1. Show More Summary

What Does the Trump Presidency Imply for Healthcare and Healthcare IT?

Many organizations have asked me to comment on the impact of the Trump Presidency on Healthcare and Healthcare IT. I served the Bush administration for 4 years and the Obama administration for 6 years. I know that change in Washington happens incrementally. Show More Summary

Thursday Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of November 2016

Yesterday in Massachusetts everyone was fatigued from a long night of watching election results. Everyone was asking about the impact of the surprising result. What will happen to the economy, the stock market, mood, culture, and domestic...Show More Summary

What is Patient and Family Engagement?

I recently participated in a nationwide (not the United States) healthcare IT planning effort and one recommendation was universal availability of patient portals. Several reviewers commented that patient portal is a loaded term - it implies that clinicians control the data and patients are given a view into it. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of November 2016

Now that I’m back from my Asia Pacific travels, I’m hard at work in the evenings and weekends catching up on the farm work I missed. The storms of Fall have caused a lot of fallen branches and trees. The 5 inches of rain (so much for the drought), have created a soup of mud, hay, and poop in the animal paddocks. Show More Summary

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