Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO

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Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Introducing Snapchart

Check out this game changer - Snapchart deletes patient information as soon as it’s viewed.What could be more secure than an empty EHR?Be sure to watch the video!

Evaluating Blockchain for Health Information Exchange

Yesterday, I read a New York Times article about a possible successor to Bitcoin called Ethereum, which provides a distributed database (no central repository) for the purpose of tracking financial transactions. I immediately thought...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of March 2016

I’ve returned from China and re-established my daily routine on the farm. In my absence Kathy kept the animals safe and warm. She watered and nurtured all the indoor and outdoor crops. She served as point of contact for all the people in our lives. Show More Summary

CareKit as an Enabler for Patient Generated Healthcare Data

As we move from fee for service to alternative payment models/value-based purchasing we will increasingly measure our progress based on outcomes and total medical expense. HealthKit was an enabler that led Beth Israel Deaconess to create...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of March 2016

Kathy has been running Unity Farm while I’ve been in Texas and China. The weather in Sherborn has been mild with light rain. The first round of newly germinated seeds is planted in the hoop house and enjoying the warmth of early Spring, Kathy is watering everything at the end of the day to keep the seedlings moist. Show More Summary

Dispatch from China

On Saturday I flew to South by Southwest for a keynote about cybersecurity. Luckily, President Obama warmed up the audience before I arrived and offered balanced remarks about the need to balance privacy and security. Two hours after my presentation, I flew to Hong Kong for all day meetings in Shenzhen. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of March 2016

Spring is here. Although we’ve not quite reached the vernal equinox (March 20), the temperatures this week have been consistently above freezing. The spring peepers are beginning their mating rituals in the vernal pond and their chorus is soothing us to sleep every night. Show More Summary

Another Perspective on HIMSS 2016

Several BIDMC System IT leaders attended HIMSS this year to help us select the most innovative solutions for our 5 strategic pillars. Manu Tandon, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shared his notes with me and with his permission,...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of March 2016

I’ve been traveling this week, so Kathy has been carrying the full weight of running Unity Farm. Here are her notes from the past few days“The mother coyote is raising another litter of kits and she’s clearly anxious to feed herself and them. Show More Summary

Dispatch from HIMSS

Every year I walk the HIMSS floor and speak at HIMSS events with the hope that I can distill the conference sensory overload into a few key themes.In the recent past, big data, interoperability, personalized medicine, population health,...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of February 2016

You may have heard the term “lipstick on a pig”, which generally refers to dressing up a flawed product. You may have also heard the term “lipstick on your collar”, which generally refers to evidence of an affair. However, you may not have heard of “pig lipstick on your collar”. Show More Summary

The Pillars of the BIDMC IT Strategic Plan

Communicating the IT strategic plan is one of the primary responsibilities of a CIO. Most importantly, the IT strategic plan should be seen as an enterprise wide activity and not just an IT centric exercise. IT should be an enabler for...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of February 2016

A few years ago, I wrote about keeping warm in New England when alpine climbing in -40F weather. Over the weekend at Unity Farm, it was -35F with wind chill and -15F without. While using my ice ax to break up manure in the barn (really), I wore the same gear I use for the White Mountains. Show More Summary

Enabling Nationwide Interoperability

Today’s post is co-written by Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, and me.It’s been over 10 years since ONC head David Brailer and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson published the “The Decade of Health Information...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of February 2016

Stormaggedon arrived this week. Heavy, wet snow covered the entire farm like a paste, breaking trees, puncturing holes in the hoop house, and taking out power for more than 100,000 households in Massachusetts, including Unity Farm. Power...Show More Summary

Embracing the Cloud

As I have written about previously, CIOs across the country are telling me that expectations for IT delivery are at an all time high. More must be delivered faster, cheaper, and with greater usability.After a recent EHR rollout, a number of clinicians told me they were disappointed with the project. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of February 2016

The germination station I built last week has worked fabulously. 500 sprouts of romaine, bibb, boston, greenhouse, and red lettuce are growing rapidly in the heated, moisture retaining, and light controlled spaces. Here’s what lettuce...Show More Summary

On the Road to Interoperability, Industry Collaboration Drivers Wanted

The following is a guest blog post from Tom Skelton, CEO, Superscripts. I've asked the leaders of number of health information exchange organizations to write guests posts to inform us about their plans for the next year. These posts...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of January 2016

We’ve passed the coldest part of winter and already our thoughts are focused on the germination of our Spring crops and planning for the growing season ahead. This week I used the germination station, pictured below, which can produce 360 seedlings at a time using grow lights and heat pads, regardless of the external temperature. Show More Summary

The Senate HELP Committee Draft Legislation

On January 20, Senators Alexander and Murray released the Bipartisan Senate Health Committee Staff Draft of Bill to Help Improve Health Information Technology for Doctors & Their PatientsHere’s a summaryThis is a really important bill. Show More Summary

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