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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

We Must Think and Act as One Planet

Over the past few days, several journalists have asked me to comment about travel bans, immigration policy changes, and trends in isolationism.My opinions are my own and do not reflect any official position from my employer or my academic affiliation.Here are my observations1. Show More Summary

What is Care Management?

I recently joined the advisory board of Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of analytics, decision support, and workflow enhancement services. At my first advisory board meeting there was a rich debate about the marketplace for care management and population health tools. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fourth Week of January 2017

The Board of Directors of Unity Farm Sanctuary held its first meeting at the Unity Meeting House the 1830’s building on the sanctuary property. The “board room” is the original dining room, made from American Chestnut, which no longer grows in New England due to the chestnut blight of the early 1900’s. Show More Summary

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Fourth Week of January 2017

This weekend we’ll run our first Sanctuary board meeting, providing our 7 member board with an overview ofAnimals and activitiesFinancialLegalInfrastructureProjectsOur strategic goals in 2017 areDevelop internship programDevelop educational...Show More Summary

Dispatch from Scotland

I was in Scotland over the weekend, helping a multi-disciplinary group of academic and government leaders with strategic IT planning.Scotland, like New Zealand, is a remarkable learning laboratory. With a population of 5.5 million, a...Show More Summary

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

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