Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO

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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

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

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